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There are only three days remaining in the 2019 harness racing season at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the track in Northeast PA is planning a special “Fan Appreciation Night” on Saturday, November 16th.  Just in time for the cold weather, fans can pick up a special commemorative hooded sweatshirt, while supplies last.  A coupon is required, and will be in the live racing program, available starting at 5:00pm at the Racing Rewards desk.  The coupon may be redeemed between 9:00pm and 10:00pm at the lower grandstand, and sizes are limited. The Downs is also continuing to highlight the best of the 2019 season, with the Leading Trainer – UTRS to be honored on Saturday, November 9th, and the Leading Driver and Trotter of the Year spotlighted on closing night, November 16th.  Rene Allard was honored for Leading Trainer – Wins on Saturday, November 2nd, and Atta Boy Dan took home two awards, Pacer of the Year and Claimer of the Year on Saturday, October 26th.   Post Time for the two Saturday cards is 7:00pm, and Tuesday post is 4:00pm. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s 2020 racing schedule will be released in late December.  by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs  

Labor Day Weekend at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will be full of harness racing excitement with a jackpot; a fun giveaway; and a baseball legend! Sunday, September 1st, the extremely popular Rainbow Pick 5 will have a mandatory $150,000 plus payout!  During the season, bettors have been “racing” to wager on the Rainbow Pick 5, with the jackpot awarded several times throughout the season.  There can only be one winner, so this is extremely difficult to hit.   Once the jackpot started again, it has been growing steadily over the last few months, and the mandatory payout night is set for September 1st and the Sunday night card. For the mandatory payout, all fans that have the winning horses for those five races will share in the jackpot.  Post Time is 7:00pm, and the wager is .20 for races 10-14 on the card. Fans can meet and have a photo taken with former Philadelphia Phillies baseball legend and member of the 1980 World Series Championship team Greg Luzinski on Sunday night as well.  Wristbands are required, and will be distributed starting at 2:00pm in a limited supply in the racing lobby.  The event will start at 5:00pm, and only authorized photos will be signed, and available, one per guest.  Labor Day Monday, fans can take advantage of the most popular promotion at the track, “50/50 Night”.  The first 100 fans purchase $50 in live racing vouchers, and it is matched for a total of $100 in vouchers.  Wristbands for this event will be available starting at 2:00pm with line-up starting at 1:00pm. Post Time is 4:00pm  Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm and Monday at Tuesday at 4:00pm.  There is no live racing Monday, September 16th.  by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs    

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will have a mandatory payout of the popular Rainbow Pick on Sunday, September 1st.  The mandatory payout will be $150,000 plus, and the wager will be offered on the last five races of the race card that night, with a 7:00 pm post time.  The wager will not be offered starting on tonight’s card.  Labor Day weekend will be a great weekend of events, with a chance to meet Philadelphia Phillies baseball legend and member of the 1980 World Series Championship Team Greg Luzinski on Sunday evening at 5:00 pm, with more details to follow.  On Monday, fans can take advantage of the fun promotion “50/50 Night”, where they can purchase $50 in live racing vouchers, and it is matched for a total of $100 in vouchers.  Racing continues at the track in Northeast, PA Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays at 4:00 pm. By Jennifer Starr, for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs                  

The weather looks great. The horses have arrived at Pimlico. The Preakness Stakes is ready to go, and the party is ON at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono! Doors open Saturday, Preakness Day at 9:30am, with the wagering windows open at 10:00am.   Post Time for Pimlico is 10:30am, and the Preakness Stakes is race 13 with an approximate Post Time of 6:45pm.   The trackside bars will be open at 2:00pm with all kinds of ice-cold refreshments, including the famous Black-Eyed Susan in the souvenir glass. Fans have plenty of seating options, with a big tent with TV monitors, along with tables and benches on the apron.   Dress to impress and bring your friends to enjoy the second jewel of the Triple Crown!   In between the racing action at Pimlico, enjoy a free concert on the track apron starting at 4:00pm featuring Encorz and The Fellas with a “Tribute to Soultown”! Dance to the sounds of these Motown Tribute bands, or just put your feet up and enjoy!   Encorz   Pacer’s Clubhouse opens at 5:30pm with a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet To reserve your table, call 1-888-WIN-PA.   After the Preakness is official, the Downs has a massive live racing card set to go at 7:30pm! There will be plenty of excitement on the track all night long, so fans are encouraged to stay and play well into the night.   Advance wagering on the Preakness is available on Friday, May 17 th , Black-Eyed Susan Day, starting at 11:00am.   Post Time for Pimlico is 11:30am on Friday.     Jennifer Starr The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

A double header of live harness racing; a hat revue with 6 categories including the “Triple Crown” winning hat;  and a Champagne Brunch are all part of the biggest Kentucky Derby party north of Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  Doors open Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 Post for the first of the double-header of live harness racing card is 11:00am.  Pacer’s Clubhouse will host a Champagne Brunch from 11:00am to 3:00pm featuring delectable Southern delicacies and Brunch favorites, by reservation only.  Call 1-888-WIN-IN-PA.  At 5:00pm, a top shelf all-you-can-eat dinner buffet will be featured, also by reservation only, and the dinner seating is almost sold out. Ladies can proudly wear their elaborately decorated Kentucky Derby hats for the Run for the Roses Hat Revue.  All hats must be registered between 3:30pm to 5:30pm in the lobby, and the Revue takes place promptly at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Winner’s Circle with cash prizes!  Six categories will be judged, including “The Hottest Trotter” for the best horse-themed; “Most Fascinating Fascinator”; “Exquisite Elegance” for the most elegant; “Prettiest Pocono Pacer” for the most colorful; “Judge’s Choice”; and the top prize, “Triple Crown Winner”.  A photo booth will be open at 3:00pm in the lobby for fans to capture fun moments of the day, with a $3 minimum donation to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.  For a last-minute hat, fascinator, or accessories, stop by the Spa Sapphire Kentucky Derby Fashions in the racing lobby, open at 2:00pm. The Trackside Concessions, bars, and the Party Tent open at 3:00PM, and of course, Mint Juleps will be available all day in the official Kentucky Derby 145 souvenir glasses!  Following Kentucky Derby 145, fans can stay and enjoy exciting live harness racing under the stars.  A stellar card is planned, including the first of the Great Northeast Open Series, the Van Rose Memorial Pace for 4 year-olds and up. As always, parking and admission is free at the racetrack! The Downs will open for advance Derby wagering and coverage of Kentucky Oaks Day on Friday, May 3rd starting at 11:00am. Jennifer Starr – The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing trainer Rene Allard, leading conditioner at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono five of the last six seasons including the previous two, showed that he should again be a major force during the early part of 2019 at the mountain oval as he harnessed three winners during the Thursday morning qualifying session. The track was again rated "+2" in 20-degree temperatures even though the surface was today rated fast, but several horses looked in midseason form, especially those coming from Team Allard. Rene's brother Simon drove two of the barn's winners, Bet On Brett (1:56.1) and Beach Boogie (1:57.1, his own last half 56.2); Simon was guiding another Allardite when Rene's third winner, Nicol Shard N, posted the fastest clocking of the day, 1:55.2 (56.4-28), going wire-to-wire for driver Tom Jackson. For the results of these qualifiers click on this link. Many of the horses who qualified two days ago and today are likely to be racing on Pocono's first live card of the season on Saturday, March 16, which will be drawn on Monday. Opening night will find male pacers going in $12,500 first leg divisions of their Secretary's Series action. Nicol Shard N returning to the paddock with driver Tom Jackson for trainer Rene Allard There will be one more qualifying session at Pocono before Opening Night - this coming Wednesday, the 13th, at 10:00 a.m., after which Pocono will welcome the media for a preview of the 2019 racing season. Jennifer Starr Racing Marketing Manager

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce their 2019 harness racing season schedule.  The track in Northeast PA is looking forward to another tremendous season of racing. Opening night has been set for Saturday, March 16, and there will be a limited schedule in the month of March, with racing on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Starting in April, the track will move to the full schedule of four days a week.  Post Time for Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season, with some exceptions, will be 7:00pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays will have a 4:00pm post.  During the months of March and April, fans will receive a free live racing program on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Opening night will also be 50/50 night.  Racing fans receive $100 in live racing vouchers for $50.  The very popular promotion will start with a line for wristbands at 4:00pm, and all fans receiving the wristbands at 5:00pm will receive this offer, while supplies last.  Stakes action kicks off on opening night with the Secretary’s Series for 4 and older, and the finals for the series starts Sunday, April 19th.  In addition, the Bobby Weiss Series returns Monday, April 1st, and continues throughout the spring.  Finals for the Bobby Weiss begin on Monday, April 29th.  Other stakes action in the spring and summer includes the PA All-Stars beginning on Saturday, May 11th; the PA Stallion Series starting May 19th; and the PA Sire Stakes kicking off on May 19th as well.  The prestigious $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday is June 29th,  featuring the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot; $500,000 Ben Franklin Free For All Pace; 500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Pace; and the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial Pace.  Eliminations will take place on Saturday, June 22nd. A double-header of live racing is once again planned for Kentucky Derby day, Saturday, May 4th, with a first post of 11:00am and the second card approximately 7:30pm.  Racing follows the Preakness Stakes on May 18th and Belmont Stakes on June 8th, and will also be an approximate Post Time of 7:30pm. Qualifying dates have been set for Tuesday, March 5th and Thursday, March 7th, and then every Wednesday thereafter for the remainder of the season. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is extremely excited to welcome all horsemen and fans back for another season! by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

On a night that is typically named “Mischief Night”, the Grey Ghosts will take to the track at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the annual Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace.  The race will consist of all grey horses, and it is quite the eerie sight to see!  Tuesday, October 30th, will be a frightfully fun night at the track! Making his 6th start in this Halloween pace is Gotta Love Him for trainer Cindy Weitoish.  The 10-year-old veteran’s won this race in 2014 and 2015, and his owners are hoping that his first win this year will be by the light of the ghostly Halloween-eve moon.  Matt Kakaley drives the popular gelding, who brings his own cheering section, from post 1. White Rolls won this race in 2016 with driver Jim Marohn Jr., and this year, he will be driven by Pat Berry.  Amanda Malone trains the 5 year old.  Another returning “Grey Ghost” is White Bliss, who is snow-white in color and a true attraction to see!  Ake Svanstedt trains the 6 year old and Simon Allard picks up the drive.  Rounding out the field is Marc Mellow Man for Rob Harmon with Tyler Buter driving; and Gypsy Leather for William Adamczyk.  The horses are ready!  The Winner’s Circle is decorated. There will be face painting starting at 5:30pm, and children can paint a pumpkin, so bring the kids!  Plus, there will be free candy!  Don’t miss this fun Halloween event on Tuesday, October 30th!  Post time for the night is 7:00pm, and the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace is race 4 on the card. by Jennifer Starr,, for Pocono Downs

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is preparing for the biggest night in harness racing, the Breeders Crown, on Saturday, October 27th.  Post Time for this superb night of racing is 5:30pm. There will be three Pick 4 wagers offered on the card, each one with a $40,000 guaranteed pool.  The Pick 4 wagers start with race 3. In addition, the popular Rainbow Pick 5 will return for Breeders Crown night with a mandatory $75,000 guaranteed pool payout.  The Rainbow Pick 5 starts with race 10, and will include the 3-year-old Colt Pace and the Open Pace.  All of these exciting wagers, combined with the 15% takeout offered for the entire card, will make for the most thrilling night of racing this season, and perhaps for years to come! by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is still searching for a few more grey or roan pacers for the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace. Set for Tuesday, October 30th, “Mischief Night”,  it will be the perfect night for the ghostly greys to “appear” on the 5/8 mile oval in Wilkes Barre, PA.  This will be the sixth year for this fun family event!  The race will once again be sponsored by the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY.  The winning horse will be presented with his or her trophy by children of Pocono horsemen in costume, and the Winner’s Circle is sporting spooky decor to set the mood for the race. Children in costume are welcome!  There will be face painting; free candy; and children can choose and paint their own pumpkin.  All the activities will get underway at 5:00pm, so get here early for the fun!  Post Time for the night card is 7:00pm and the race number is TBA.  Expect the unexpected in Post Parade, as in the past, a few drivers have been replaced with strange and scary creatures of the night! Anyone interested in being a part of this fun event with their grey or roan should contact Jennifer Starr at 570-831-2195 as soon as possible. ***According to the U.S. Trotting Association, the governing body of harness racing, less than five percent of all harness horses are grey in color.  The most famous was the former world champion trotter and Hambletonian winner, Greyhound. by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs            

WILKES-BARRE PA – Driver Anthony Napolitano swept the entire card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night. Both races. Rain storms became so severe that racing was canceled after the second race. Rain starting before the card had made the track “good” for the first race, which “ANap” won in 1:54.3 with the midlevel conditioned trotter Second Sister, moving past the ¼ to a lead the pair would never surrender. The rain intensified before race two, causing a further downgrading of the track to “sloppy,” but Anthony Nap’s tactics didn’t change, as he had A And C Artist out and clamoring for the lead in front of the stands, reaching the top just before the half – which is just when the skies really opened up, with high winds and lightning joining in the mix. Napolitano kept A And C Artist rolling to hit the wire in 1:54 in the bottom claiming pace, and then went directly to the paddock after the race, bypassing the winners circle. It was the last action of the evening, as the deteriorating conditions did not allow for safe racing, so the remainder of the card was cancelled, and Anthony can tell his grandkids, “Did you ever hear about the night I swept the card at Pocono?” The 3-7 ANap Daily Double, by the way, returned $41.80. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

Breeders Crown 2018 is quickly approaching, and more events have been added to the terrific event planned at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  Eliminations weekend will be Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th.  Fans can pick up their program starting at 5:00pm on either night, and exchange the attached coupon for a souvenir Breeders Crown hat.  Quantities are limited. The Friday coupon will be valid Friday only.  Redemption is 9:00pm – 10:00pm in the lower Grandstand.  In addition, on Friday, 10/19, fans can meet former Philadelphia Eagle Keith Byars in the racing lobby!  The football star will stop by the track for autographs and photos starting at 5:30pm, and this is a wristband—only event, with wristbands distributed starting at 2:00pm in a limited supply.  Only authorized photos will be signed, and they will be distributed at the signing.  Post Time for both eliminations nights is 7:00pm.  There will be plenty of free grandstand, patio, and apron seating for both nights, and fans are encouraged to get here early.  Admission and self-parking is free.  Various food trucks will be on the apron with plenty of food for the fans to enjoy while watching the great racing action.  Post time for finals night on Saturday, October 27th is 5:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for the VIP Tent, which includes a hot and cold buffet, table seating, program, and cash bar, at Patio, Grandstand, and apron seating will be open to everyone, and free of charge.  by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

The Breeders Crown is three months away at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the track is busy preparing for the biggest night in harness racing.  On October 27th, all 12 championship races will be held on one night at the track in Northeast PA. Tickets for the VIP Tent go on sale on Wednesday, August 15th, and include a delicious hot and cold buffet; table seating with a great view of the track; a commemorative program; betting machines; and a cash bar.  They are $50 plus a convenience fee, and may be purchased at  A limited amount of tickets will be sold for the tent seating online, and mailed as they are ordered. Also on sale starting August 15th will be the VIP Horsemen’s Tent, located just below the apron and close to the Paddock.  The tickets are $50, and include the hot and cold buffet; cash bar; and commemorative program.  Horsemen may purchase directly through the Pocono PHHA office, cash or check only.  For information, please call 570.831.2129.  The VIP Ballroom tickets will go on sale at a later date.  Pacer’s Clubhouse will be reserved exclusively for owners.  Eliminations for the event take place Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th.  by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs  

The 2018 Harness Horse Youth camp had an exciting finale to their week-long stay at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with three thrilling exhibition races on the world-famous 5/8 miles oval.  Accompanied by Pocono drivers, the children donned harness racing colors and thrilled the crowd made up of family and friends. The first Exhibition was won by Logan Keller of Kingston, PA, who drove Pokie’s Topshot accompanied by driver Joe Poliseno.  His brother, Jatym, won the second race with Royal Attire, assisted by driver Matt Romano.  Exhibition 3 was a tightly contested race between Pokie’s Topshot and Alivia Smith (with Matt Romano) and CD’s Miss M, driven by Lucas Rideout and assisted by Joe Poliseno, coming right down to a nose win by Pokie’s Topshot. All campers were joined in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle by Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association Executive Director Mike Harant and Horsemen’s Representative Pete Antosh, along with Marketing Manager Jennifer Starr, for a special trophy and medal presentation.  A few tears were shed as the children said goodbye to their fellow campers and Ellen Taylor, camp director, and her counselors, Katie Eick, Morgan Kiehl, and John Reames.  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the PHHA are looking forward to next year’s camp, and extend a special thanks to all volunteer horsemen who made this year’s camp such a huge success. **The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation was established in 1976 and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs and educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to by Jennifer Starr, for Mohegan Sun

The harness racing stars of tomorrow are coming!  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, are welcoming the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camp to the track in Wilkes Barre, PA from Tuesday, July 17 to Saturday, July 21st. Seven girls and three boys between the ages of 12 and 14 will be spending the week learning all about harness racing while working hands-on with the HHYF’s stable of Trottingbred horses. They will learn all about the care and grooming, equipment, conformation, lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers. The camp director, Ellen Taylor, and her counselors, are assisted by Pocono horsemen who volunteer their time for the week with the various learning activities. Also during the week, the campers enjoy several other events, including a night watching the live harness racing action; riding in the starting gate and learning about the duties performed by the starter judge and other track personnel; as well as fun activities after hours, including bowling and a pool party.  The camp concludes on Saturday, July 21st with three exciting races on the famous Pocono oval with the children accompanied by Pocono drivers.  Approximate Post Time for the races is 5:15pm, with an awards ceremony in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle after the races.  All in all, it is a week filled with lots of hard work…and fun! This year, nine children are from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties in Pennsylvania, and one of the campers is from Massachusetts. This camp is one of several across the country being conducted by HHYF this summer.  The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation was established in 1976 and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs and educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (June 28) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jennifer Starr, the harness racing marketing director at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono; Jimmy Takter, trainer of Manchego; Jordan Stratton, driver of Marion Marauder; and Jim Campbell, trains a slew of horses participating in stakes on Saturday. Starr, the racing marketing director at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, joins the program to talk about the happenings at the track on Saturday. The pair will discusses the races and what the track has available to patrons. Takter, trainer of Manchego, will discuss his champion three-year-old filly. She was victorious against the boys during her elimination and she looks to take them down for the second week in a row in the $500,000 final. Takter told Ken Weingartner that he believes his filly has something left in the tank for Saturday night. Stratton, who drove Marion Marauder last week, joins the show to discuss how the champion trotter handled the 1/2 of Yonkers Raceway. The duo will discuss with Stratton how he feels he can handle the different size tracks going forward and what may be next for the Triple Crown winner. Campbell trains a slew of horses throughout the three big stakes races and consolations Saturday night at Pocono. The pair talks to Campbell about all of the horses he has entered and how he feels they are training up to the big weekend. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website or on the archive by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

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