Day At The Track

George Napolitano Jr. rebounds from accident

05:53 PM 07 Nov 2014 NZDT
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George Napolitano, Jr - Drove five winners today
After being involved in a series accident in the seventh race at Pocono Downs Wednesday, harness racing driver George Napolitano, Jr. recovered quickly from his hospital visit to make the journey to Harrah's Philadelphia and win two of the three divisions in the co-feature trots and a total of five races on the program..
 
The three divisions of the mid-conditioned level trot headlined the card on a rainy Thursday afternoon from Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $17,000.
 
In the first division, it was 4 Leaf Racing's Smoother Ride (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) with a front-end victory.
 
The son of Yankee Glide quarter-brushed past early leader (and eventual second place finisher) Muscolo (Tim Tetrick) just after the quarter pole.
 
From that point, he never looked back, splashing to a two length victory in 1:55.3.
 
Hoosier Park invader Time Will Tell All (Corey Callahan) emerged first-over from the three-hole past three-quarters, but flattened out to finish third.
 
Smoother Ride ($2.40) picked up his fifteenth victory of the year for trainer John Mc Dermott.
 
In the second division, it was Howard Jacobs' Political Desire (Geo Napolitano Jr.) going gate-to-wire for the victory.
 
The 8-year-old son of Tom Ridge was well-rated the first half (58.1) and had plenty left in the tank for the stretch drive.
 
He went on to win by a length and a quarter, stopping the timer in 1:56.
 
Wind Neath My Feet (Marcus Miller) finished a game second in his debut for the Jake Huff barn, while Way Outta Here (Andrew McCarthy) rallied for third.
 
Political Desire ($3.40) was one of three training wins for Kevin Carr.
 
The gelding is one win away from notching his 40th career victory.
 
The third and final division went to J&T Silva Stables' Omnipotent (Andrew McCarthy).
 
The daughter of Donato Hanover laid off the early battle, which saw Il Mago (Daryl Bier) and Bastille (Andy Miller) exchange leads.
 
Omnipotent (8.40) worked out a solid second-over trip, and was able to out close the leaders in the final steps, winning by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:56.2.
 
Il Mago had to settle for second, while Bastille faded to third.
 
Driver George Napolitiano Jr., who was unseated in a drive Wednesday night at Pocono Downs, had five winners on the card, maintaining his lead in the driver standings.
 
Live racing returns Friday afternoon with a first post of 12:40 PM.
 
Mike Bozich
 
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