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Tataria fends off three challenges in Pocono win

11:59 AM 28 Aug 2018 NZST
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WILKES-BARRE, PA - Tataria was given a rough reception upon shipping from Yonkers to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for Monday night's $14,000 mares claiming handicap pacing feature, but the Four Starzzz Shark mare withstood three different solid challenges to win in 1:52.1.

Tataria was sent to the lead early by driver Simon Allard and hit the quarter in 27.1; she soon faced an early move from Chitty Bang Bang, who had advanced to second by the 56 half. That one's moment in the spotlight was short-lived, but favored Ella Rose took up the Tataria-harassing baton, sweeping wide down the back to be at the leader by the 1:23.3 3/4s.

Ella Rose could not sustain in the lane, but Unbeamlieveable, who had sat in the pocket behind these various battles, got in high gear in the stretch, only to come up a neck shy to the game winner.

Tataria was haltered for $15,000 at Yonkers on July 3 by trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera; in five starts since then, all against better opposition than she faced Monday, she had two seconds and a third and got a check in every start, but the combination of the slight class dip and the move to the mountain oval proved to be the proper victory tonic for the winner of $210,631.

George Napolitano Jr. rang up four more winners at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday night, giving him 21 victories between The Downs and Harrah's Philadelphia since Friday -- 4 at Philly Friday afternoon, 7 at Pocono Saturday night, 4 at Philly Sunday afternoon, 2 at Pocono Sunday night, and the quartet on Monday. His record over the four days is 59-21-7-6-.456.
The hot streak has boosted George to fourth in the North American standings, trailing Dan Noble in third by 11 victories -- Aaron Merriman and Ron Wrenn Jr. are 1-2. All four drivers have topped the year-end win standings during their careers.

Draw for $1.5 million All-Star Sunday is Wednesday

The draw conducted by the racing office tomorrow morning will be watched with great interest by many different horsemen and fans, as the fields for $1.5M worth of racing on this Sunday, September 2 will be put together tomorrow.

The all-star Sunday card will feature the $252,000 Championship races for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes three-year-olds, plus $50,000 consolation races if they fill; also at Pocono on Sunday are the three $100,000 Championships for the Great Northeast Open Series classes of open pacers, open trotters, and mare pacers, to be conducted at 1¼ miles.

From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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