YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 29, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Black Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot for anyone duly deputized--were won by a perfectly-pocketed Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube, $6.70) and a second-up Super Manning (Matt Kakaley, $4.40). Leaving from post position No. 4, "Cookie" was in play early, making the first lead. She then gave it up to 8-5 choice Feeling You (Jason Bartlett), who worked her way from an eight-hole impost right at the :26.4 opening quarter-mile. Moving toward the :56.3 intermission, some unwanted company arrived in the form of Hot List (George Brennan). That one had body--but not bike--in front as Feeling You maintained her slim lead through a cut-throat 1:25.1 three-quarters. It was Marty Party (Eric Carlson) second-over, while "Cookie" was all dressed up and waiting for someplace to go. She found that place in the presence of the passing lane, edging clear by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.3. Second went to Marty Party, with Hot List, Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears) and Feeling You rounding out the payees. For second choice Handsoffmycookie, a 4-year-old millionairess daughter of Art Major owned by JFE Enterprises and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was her eighth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $76, with the triple returning $362.50. The week's marquee trot saw 6-5 favorite Super Manning--like "Cookie" a four-hole beginner--patiently waiting his turn. Brando's Muscle Man (Eric Goodell) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) were the early newsmakers through intervals of :28.1 and 59 seconds flat. Melady's Monet (Dube) then started the train, with Super Manning towed in behind. The night was just about over for "Brando" before a 1:27.1 three-quarters, with "Melady" opening a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. However, Super Manning was about to get the memo. He had the leader in his sights at mid-stretch, drawing away late to win by a length in 1:55.3. A shuffled Lorenzo Dream rallied for third, with Brando's Muscle Man and Calchip's Brute (Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Super Manning, a homebred 5-year-old Diamond Goal gelding owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, he's now 6-for-27 this season. The exacta paid $53, the triple returned $282.50 and the superfecta paid $783. Yonkers welcomed Cat Manzi back in the bike Friday night, as he finished sixth with his lone drive. Friday's Pick 5 wager was not hit, meaning Saturday night's wager--complete with a $2,688.93 carryover-now offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager on races 5 though 9 offered every racing night. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily. Frank Drucker
DOVER, Del. --- A full 15 race program opens the Dover Downs’ 2013-2014 season on Sunday, Nov. 3. First post is 5:30 p.m. Trace Tetrick joins track driver colony. The opening feature race pits Ted Gewertz, Bob Feldman, Kovach Stables and George Teague’s Feel Like A Fool, a career winner of $931,611 with Montrell Teague driving, and Three Of Spades, who has banked $741,203 for owners Bib Roberts and Bill DeLodovico, in the $9,500 feature pace. Hard-hitting veteran Itchy, owned, trained and driven by Vince Copeland, High Joltage, racing for former Philadelphia Flyers standout Rick MacLeish and trainer Ben Stafford, and Pike Hanover, with Allan Davis driving for Pat McCrae, are among the challengers. Maude Birney and Archie Peel’s Chipoffablueblock with Jim Morand, Sir Globalop Z Tam starts from post 9 in the second tier with Eddie Davis Jr.in the bike for Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing, Russ Foster’s Hi Sir, driven by Eric Carlson and Q Rock, owned by Dawn Webb and Bill Bright with Corey Callahan, drew the rail. On the undercard, Trace Tetrick makes his first local appearance in a non-stakes event at the track. Track, younger brother of one-time track champion driver, Tim Tetrick, is one of the leading drivers at several Mid-Western tracks. He will drive Enee Weenie And Me, the program favorite in a Delaware $15,000 Male Claiming pace. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays. It is suggested that reservations be made early to dine in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred Simulcasting is featured in the Race and Sports Book from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad
We are just a weeks away from the Breeders Crown finals at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. This past week, as if sensing that those year-end all-star races were approaching, a few of our top overnight performers stepped up their games with world-record performances. Those two extraordinary efforts highlighted the action and also lead the way as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: DYNAMIC YOUTH This 4-year-old gelding from the Aaron Lambert barn is one of the finest horses in his age group in all of North America, so anytime he steps in to face an overnight field, even one as tough as the Preferred pacers at Pocono, he will be tough to beat. On September 28 in chilly temperatures, he went gate-to-wire for a victory in that class in 1:49:2. Last Saturday night offered up unseasonably warm weather in Northeastern Pennsylvania, meaning that the track would be especially fast. For a speedy horse like Dynamic Youth, it meant that he could set nasty fractions and still have something left to give late. So that’s exactly what driver Andrew McCarthy and Dynamic Youth did in the race once they took over the lead on the front stretch. Though there were some other excellent competitors in the field, Dynamic Youth raced like he was the clock was his only measuring stick, staying out in front and winning by 1 ¼ lengths. When he crossed the line, the timer read 1:48:1. That matched the world record for 4-year-old pacing gelding on a 5/8-mile oval, which was set earlier this season by Live On at Pocono in July. Other top pacers this week include: Alfredsson (Anthony Napolitano, Rene Allard), who stepped up into our highest claiming handicap group and captured his second straight win at Pocono on Saturday night, this one coming in a career-best 1:49:3; Here We Go Again (Eric Ledford, PJ Fraley), who moved up the condition ladder on Saturday night and rolled to a win, his second straight, in a career-best 1:49:3; and Lotsa Chrome (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who ripped off his second straight condition win on Tuesday night, pacing the mile in 1:50:2. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: IN YOUR ROOM This 5-year-old mare from the Gail Wrubel barn was coming off of a pair of in-the-money finishes in her previous two starts. But she didn’t win either of those races and she was moving up in class on Saturday night into the non-winners of $25,000 in the last five starts condition group. So it wasn’t much of a surprise to see her final odds at 12-1, and, quite frankly, horses that go off at 12-1 usually don’t win, let alone set a track record. But driver Mike Simons had the wise inclination to settle In Your Room on the inside not too far off the early pace, which was a good thing because anyone trying to catch up with pacesetter Money On My Mind on the outside was in for a long night. Money On My Mind set ridiculous fractions, shaking off everybody in the field except for In Your Room, who made her move on the last turn. Money On My Mind was as game as could be in the stretch, but he was no match for the fresh mare coming up on his flank. In Your Room pushed past toward the line and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:51:4. That stunning time matched the world record for aged mares on the trot on a 5/8-mile oval, a mark that Beatgoeson Hanover first accomplished at Pocono back in August. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Trading Places (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), a mare who who rallied to beat the top claimers trotters on the grounds for the second straight week in 1:54:4; Paula’s Brady (Tyler Buter, James Quinn), who rallied for his second straight win over the $10,000 claimers on Tuesday night, matching a career-best victory of 1:55:3 in the process; and Rise N Shine (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), a mare who dominated the $12,500 claimers on Tuesday night in 1:54:3, a new career mark, for her second straight win overall. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: PUT IT IN GEAR This Yonkers shipper with Eric Carlson in the bike rallied late to stun a field of claiming pacers on Wednesday night at 75-1, paying off a hefty $153.40 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: HOWARD PARKER The veteran driver proved that it’s best not to underestimate him. He had three wins on Friday and Saturday night, and they came at odds of 44-1, 10-1, and 13-1. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: TOM FANNING The Fanning barn has been firing on all cylinders in the past few weeks, and the success continued on Friday night with a pair of training wins. That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. by Jim Bevigilia for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested on the Harrington Raceway program on Monday. George and Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser ($4.20, George Dennis) was the fastest winner with a 1:58.4 triumph from post seven in the third division. Trained by co-owner Dennis, the Headmaster-sired filly was able to grab the early lead before yielding to favorite Crushed Again. I'm Won Rum Wiser would reclaim the lead at the top of the stretch to prevail by a length. Hen's Playmate was third. It was the second win in two lifetime starts for I'm Won Rum Wiser. Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.40, Allan Davis) was a well-backed winner in the second division as the daughter of Gamblers Dream cruised to a two-length win over Mom Mom's Little C in 2:00.3. Treasure Valley was third. Trained by Wayne Givens, it was the second career win in four lifetime starts for Sebomook Fool Yah. The first division, which was contested off the wagering program, was won by Kim and Shayna Dashiell's Heart of Steel (Jim Morand), who also won in 2:00.3. Aggie's Dream was second with Reflected Art third. Heart of Steel, sired by Artzina, was trained by Doug Lewis. In the overnight feature on the program, Dandee Racing and Lightning 5 Racing Stable's Mojo Terror ($3.80, Eric Carlson) notched his seventh win of the year with a 1:53 victory in the $19,000 Open. Earlier on the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay won his eighth consecutive race for trainer Don Brittingham with a 1:54.4 score. Allan Davis and Eric Carlson each had three driving winners on the 15-race program. George Dennis, Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan each had a driving double. Matt Sparacino
It was an extremely busy racing week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Several other nearby tracks went on hiatus recently, so many of the horses from those tracks came to Pocono to keep up their schedules. In fact, both of the horses who captured our top Weekly Awards were shippers from other tracks. Let's hand out those awards and honor all of the other top performers of both the equine and human variety from the week that was at MSPD. PACER OF THE WEEK: SCOTT ROCKS One of the most fun divisions all year long at Pocono has been the non-winners of four races pacers, ages three and four years old. These horses are still only a relatively short way into their racing careers but are nonetheless at an age where they start to really come into their best form. Many have performed in tough stakes or racing series, so they are really primed when they come into this group, which usually takes center stage on Wednesday nights. This past Tuesday night, a great showdown in this class took place between two peaking three-year-olds, Scott Rocks and Cadillac Phil. Both are handled by top trainers and both had recently found solid success at Harrah's after coming down from Canada. In their battle at Pocono, Scott Rocks, who had won his previous start, grabbed the engine, while Cadillac Phil settled In The Pocket. By the time the stretch rolled around, this dynamic duo were the only ones who still had a shot at winning. The stretch duel was a thriller, with both horses all-out and burning down the track at top speed. Scott Rocks, with George Napolitano Jr. in the bike for trainer Chris Oakes, came out on top in a tight finish, pacing the mile in a career-best 1:50:2 in the process. That outstanding race was just one more in a long line of instant classics from this ultra-competitive condition grouping. Other top pacers this week include: Dynamic Youth (Andrew McCarthy, Aaron Lambert), a 4-year-old gelding who captured Saturday night's $25,000 Preferred pace in 1:49:2, the fastest time of the week at Pocono; Rick's Crossroads (Matt Kakaley, Richard Banca), a gelding whose victory over the $10,000 claimers on Saturday night was his second straight win and sixth in his last seven races; and B J's Skye (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), whose romping win in a claiming pace for mares on Wednesday night in 1:51:3 was her third win in a row, with two of those victories at Pocono. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: WORLD CUP There were some excellent trotters lined up for Saturday night's condition trot for non-winners of $23,500 in the last five starts, a race with a $21,000 purse that was the biggest prize for trotters at Pocono this week. Sand Wyndham had won his last start, Keystone Thomas had conquered two in a row, and Luckycharm Hanover had rolled up victories in three of his last four. Throw in outstanding veteran mare Definitely Mamie, who always races well at Pocono, and you had quite the field. The horse who was made the favorite at 6-5 was World Cup, a 4-year-old stallion from the Ron Burke barn who hadn't managed quite the recent success as some of the others in the field. What he did have going for him was the level of competition he had recently been facing at Harrah's and Harrington, giving him the kind of class that would toughen up for any kind of race. On Saturday night, World Cup, with Matt Kakaley in the bike, proved his mettle by powering from behind in the stretch for the victory. His winning time of 1:52:4 was not just the best of his career but it was also the fastest trotting time at Pocono for the week. It also pushed him closer to six figures earned in what has been an outstanding 4-year-old season. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Martino (George Napolitano Jr., Mike Watson), who followed up a win at Harrah's with a condition win on Friday night at Pocono in 1:55:2; Waiting On A Woman (Kevin Wallis, Travis Kolaczynski), who returned off a win at Tioga to score a condition victory on Wednesday night in 1:54; and Money On My Mind (Eric Carlson, Julie Miller), who exploded for a condition victory on Friday night in a sharp 1:53. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: ABSOLUTELY MICHAEL In a claiming pace on Tuesday night, Absolutely Michael, with Anthony Napolitano in the bike, overcame an outside post and a tough first-over journey to score at 16-1, paying out $35.60 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR. The meet's leading driver had 43 drives on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night and he won 19 of them. That's pretty much all you need to know about his amazing week. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JAMES EATON Eaton trained three winners this week, two on Saturday night and one on Wednesday, with all of them coming in rugged condition paces. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. Jim Beviglia
HARRINGTON, Del. - Dandee Racing Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable's Mojo Terror ($6, Eric Carlson) notched his sixth win of the year Monday with a 1:52.2 win in the featured $19,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. A 5-year-old son of Western Terror, "Mojo" had won 4 in a row to start the August season at Harrington before a two race mini dry spell that ended Monday. Trained by Doug Lewis, Mojo Terror held off all comers with a front end score that held pocketsitter and runner-up Rock On Moe at bay and a game first over Eagle All, who finished third. It was one of three winners on the card for Carlson. On the undercard, two Harrington overnight horses extended extensive winning streaks. Raritan Bay ($4, Bret Brittingham) won his seventh consecutive race for Liz and Bret Brittingham, while Josh Davis-Parker and Barry Spedden's Something Blue ($3, Jon Roberts) won his eighth consecutive race. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINNGTON, Del. - Dandee Racing Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable's Mojo Terror ($2.40, Eric Carlson) bested an abbreviated field in Monday's $19,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. After two scheduled starters were scratched, just four horses lined up behind the starting gate for the weekly feature for male pacers. Mojo Terror, a 5-year-old Western Terror gelding, held off all comers in a front stepping win over Mcerlean and Charger. Mcerlean battled the pacesetting favorite Mojo Terror gamely first over but was unable to deny him his 4th win of the year by a half length for trainer Doug Lewis. Victor Kirby had three wins on the program. Allan Davis and Jim Morand each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino
WATTSBURG PA - Pennsylvania fair action for three-year-olds was scheduled for both Indiana and Wattsburg yesterday, but with hard rain rendering the Indiana oval unusable, the spotlight shifted to Wattsburg ... where a 25-year-old ghost had quite a few anxious moments. In 1988, the three-year-old gelding Smokey Crown, driven by David Brocklehurst, traversed the Wattsburg track in 2:04 - an all-age track trotting mark that has withstood the test of time, even though yesterday the SJ's Caviar gelding Ruddy Rusty gave it a good scare before finally fixing the timer at 2:04.2, almost assuredly the second-fastest trot ever at Wattsburg. Fractions of 30.3, 1:00.3, and 1:31.2 were put up over a track a bit short of peak speed, and Ruddy Rusty finished gallantly for driver Chris Shaw but came up just short of the Smokey Crown mark (the two trotters are not dissimilarly bred - go back a few generations and there's plenty of Star's Pride and Volomite in their pedigrees). With the win for Shaw and doubling owner/trainer/breeder Boots Dunn, Ruddy Rusty is now perfect in 7 fair starts (and he is "on the bubble" for the Stallion Series Championship next week at Pocono). Ruddy Rusty just missed the track trotting mark; the sophomore pacing filly who did set an all-age standard for her gait of 2:00.3 here in June, defending Fair Champ She'salilfireball, returned to the scene of her earlier triumph on Wednesday. But she ran into the fair circuit's most in-form horse and had to settle for second behind the Christian Cullen miss In A Better Place, who leads all categories on the twicearound circuit with nine wins (13-9-3-1 overall) and 60 points. In A Better Place was one of three wins on the day for young Chris Shaw, and the fast filly is trained by his brother Jason for owner Amanda Beinhauer. While the defending pacing filly champ couldn't win on Wednesday, the defending colt champ did, as Mein Schatz, a Real Desire gelding, took his Sire Stakes cut in 2:07.1 for driver Aaron Johnston (2x), trainer Aaron Johnston, and owner James Biego. But the sophomore colt most had their eyes on was McAlvin in the day's last race - the McArdle gelding had broken 2:00 in all three of his previous fair starts, giving him 30% of the circuit's magic miles. On this day, McAlvin faced three foes who were a collective 0-for-30-for-2013, so he needed only 2:04.1 to be in control for driver Shaw, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner Julie Krenitsky. Neither the In A Better Place-She'salilfireball duel nor the appearance of McAlvin yielded the fastest mile of the day, however - that honor fell to Naked At The Beach, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere who is herself 8-5-3-0 at the fairs this year. She won in 2:03.2 for Ohio visitor Crist Hershberger, who doubled, trainer Dan Walski, and owner Howard Millhime. FINISHING LINES - Dave Brickell had four wins on the day, Chris Shaw three; their totals were reversed on Tuesday, so they tied for Wattsburg's winningest driver at seven, as Todd Cummings, who won six on Tuesday, did not compete Wednesday ... The draw will shortly be posted for the Friday-Saturday action at the Great Stoneboro Fair, with post time both days at 10 am. by Jerry Connors
HARRINGTON, Del. - Dandee Racing Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable's Mojo Terror ($6, Eric Carlson) notched his second straight win Monday in the $19,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51.1 triumph. The Doug Lewis-trainee sat behind pacesetting favorite Dancin Yankee, who set fractions of 26.4, 55.3 and 1:23.1. Following the favorite's move closely throughout the mile, Mojo Terror kicked home on the outside in the final sixteenth of a mile to prevail narrowly in a tight nose photo finish victory over Dancin Yankee. Eagle All was third. Drivers Victor Kirby and Allan Davis each had three wins. Dylan Davis and George Dennis had two wins apiece. by Matt Sparacino
It only took until the first race was made official for world records to be tied on Super Saturday Night at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs. The very first race on the card, a $50,000 Mares Pace Invitational, saw Drop The Ball and driver Corey Callahan come first over at the half and take command away from Camille (Matt Kakaley) and then hold the field at bay, winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:48.2. Camille was second with Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson) third. It was not only a lifetime mark for Drop The Ball, but the five-year-old mare by Western Terror tied the world record that she now co-owns with Southwind Tempo and Camille. It was the fourth victory for Drop The Ball, who is trained by Ross Croghan and owned by the Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Robert Cooper Stable, all of south Florida. Drop The Ball paid $2.60 to win. But not to be outdone, in the 4th race $100,000 Battle of Brandywine consolation for three-year-old trotters, Ultimate Beachboy and driver Dave Palone overcame a big scare from Rocknrolwilneverdie (Brian Sears) and scored a 1:48.3 victory to tie the world record for sophomore geldings. It was Sir Richard Z Tam (Mike Lachance) who left from the outside in post eight and battled for the early lead control from Good Day Mate (Ron Pierce) by the opening quarter mile in :26. But that lead was short lived as Palone sent Ultimate Beachboy to the front before the half mile, but they had little rest as Brian Sears came charging first-over at the half in :53.4 with Rocknrolwilneverdieand nearly passed Ultimate Beachboy. But Palone would not let it happen as he woke Ultimate Beachboy up and they barely were able to keep Rocknrolwilneverdie from taking command at the three-quarters in 1:20.4. But from that point on Ultimate Beachboy drew away from the field and won by three and three-quarter lengths. Net Tem Eom (George Naptolitano, Jr.) closed well to be second with Normandy Invasion (Dave Miller) third. It was the fourth win this year for Ultimate Beachboy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, who is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Bruke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Platt, III. Ultimate Beachboy tied the world record that is now co-held with three other horses, Alsace Hanover, Beach Memories and Vegas Vacation. By Steve Wolf
The month of August started out without the sizzling temperatures that are the norm for this time of year in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It's a good thing then that plenty of heat was generated on the track at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs this past racing week. It's gets harder and harder to narrow down the very best of the outstanding performances we see each and every night at Pocono, but that's what we'll try to do right now by handing out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: MATTADOR D It's not easy to jump even a little bit in class in the harness racing wars at Pocono and have any bit of success. To make a big jump and see immediate results is a rare accomplishment indeed because of the extremely competitiveness of the scene. Yet Mattador D took a pretty daunting leap up the claiming ladder on Saturday night and handled it impressively. It certainly helped that the 5-year-old gelding came into the race on a hot streak. He beat a group of $10,000 claimers on July 20 in 1:52:1, then followed it up the next week with a victory over the $12,500 claimers in 1:51:4. Still, those winning times didn't figure to hack it on Saturday night against the $20,000 claimers. In his first start for trainer Lou Pena, Mattador D would have to step his game. The gelding answered that challenge in sterling fashion. With George Napolitano Jr. in the bike, he hustled to the front end early and had to face severe pressure throughout the mile. Yet he sustained and came out on top in a career-best 1:50:2. It should be fun to watch Mattador D keep climbing that ladder and see how high he can get before someone slows his rapid ascent. Other top pacers this week include: B N Bad (George Napolitano Jr., Peter Pellegrino), who powered to a condition pacing win on Saturday night in a career-best 1:49:2, which was the fastest time posted all week long at Pocono; Allamerican Daddy (Eric Carlson, Eddie Nickle), who staged a furious rally to win his second straight $10,000 claimer on Saturday night, this one coming in 1:51:4; and Audreys Dream (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who won Saturday night's featured condition pace in 1:50. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: LIGHTNING STORM While Mattador D provided a good example of a horse hot enough to move up in class, our Trotter of the Week this week is one who needed to drop down to find the groove. There's no shame in such a move, since it doesn't make any sense for an owner to keep sending a horse over and over into a class that he can't handle. It's better for the horse to find a group in which he can do damage. Lightning Storm, a 4-year-old stallion from the Lou Pena barn, had success early in the meet in some rugged condition trots and then moved up into the Preferred trots in the month of June, taking on the best trotters on the grounds. He seemed overmatched with that class, finishing way up the track from the winners in three straight races. It was only when he dropped back into the non-winners of $16,000 condition trots on July 19 that he found his stride again, winning that night in a career-best 1:53:2. On Friday night he was back at in the same class, and he once again controlled the action, winning in 1:54:3 this time around with George Napolitano Jr. in the bike. Now that he's built up his confidence again, this might be the right time for Lightning Storm to try it again with some heavier hitters. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: CDs Eldorado (Joe Pavia Jr., Jason Robinson), whose victory over the $10,000 claimers in a career-best 1:55:2 on Tuesday night gave him wins in three straight and four of his last five; Biltmore (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), whose romping victory in a condition trot on Wednesday night in 1:55:1 was his third win in his last four races; and In Your Room (Mike Simons, Gail Wrubel), who rolled to a condition win on Wednesday night in 1:53, the fastest trotting time of the week at MSPD. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: HYANNIS HANOVER This 2-year-old trotter had quite the memorable debut on Wednesday night, rallying from way back for driver Bret Brittingham to score at 90-1, paying off $182.60 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR. It took a little while, but George has ascended to his usual position atop the drivers' standings at Pocono. He was especially lethal last weekend, picking up seven combined wins on Friday and Saturday. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: DOUGLAS BERKELEY by Jim Beviglia
Live On set the world record for 4-year-old harness racing pacing geldings on a 5/8 oval with a sizzling mile of 1:48:1 in a condition pacing victory on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Lorrie Please used a pocket trip and a furious stretch rally to capture her second straight Preferred pace for mares in the Sunday night feature at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000.
He's Spooky was never headed in a 1:52.1 victory in the $23,000 Open Handicap trot, breaking his own track record for an older trotting horse by a full second, on Wednesday, March 20 at Dover Downs.
After four-straight near misses, Lorrie Please held on for a 1:53.2 victory in the $16,000 Mares Winners-Over pace feature on a rainy day over a 'sloppy' track on March 17 at Dover Downs.
Stolen Car got up in deep stretch to win the $35,000 Preferred/Handicap pace in 1:50.4 while Woodstock Hanover came from far back to win the sub-features on a windy Thursday, Feb. 23 harness racing meeting at Dover Downs.