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Finally had a decent week picking some winners. We had Sly McFly pay $10.40 to win in the Dash for the “C” Note final plus a nice $34.40 exacta and then Abrokenart Hanover came through and returned $8.40 in winning his “C” note final. This is the final week of preliminary rounds for both the Matchmaker and Levy Series at Yonkers plus the final of the Whata Baron and Artistic Vision Series at the Meadowlands and the return of San Pail at Woodbine. Plenty of top flight racing action to watch and wager on. Good Luck! $40,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Yonkers Raceway 4th race FRIDAY – Tried to find a way that Yagonnakissmeornot could get beaten in this final leg of the Matchmatcher Series. But I could not. Despite outside post this mare has been super sharp for trainer Rene Allard and can overcome post seven to take another leg before next weeks’ rich final. Use Krispy Apple and Ideal In Vegas in exotic plays. $40,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Yonkers Raceway 11th race FRIDAY – This is a great matchup of some real powerhouse mares who will again battle it out next week in the final. I am taking a shot with the P J Fraley Stable entry of Anndrovette/Shelliscape. They both need to be first or second to get into the final and thus need to race their hearts out and off recent weeks they have ability to surprise in here going against some of the best in the series. Use Somwherovrarainbow and Angels Delight in exotic plays. $25,000 Trot Preferred Handicap Pocono Downs 3rd race SATURDAY – Right now Modern Family is perhaps one of the best Open trotters in the country. Came back from a brief rest with an amazing 1:53.1 qualifying romp at Rosecroft Raceway and has been super sharp for trainer/driver Daryl Bier. Use Daylon Magician and Wind Of The North in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace Bobby Weiss Final 3 & 4YOs Pocono Downs 8th race SATURDAY – Series saw the best effort of the year for A Stitch In Time last start with an amazing lifetime mark of 1:49.2. Should be able to repeat provided he can overcome having to start from the far outside in post nine. Use Trys Little Prince and UF Rockin Dragon in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Preferred Handicap Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – After having his head handed to him in last two tries in the Levy Series, A J Corbelli smartly left Yonkers and comes to Pocono Downs where he drops and should pop from the rail. He was razor sharp before the series, even finished second in the opening round, but now should be able to handle this group and earn his keep. Use Abelard Hanover and Annieswesterncard in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Levy Series Yonkers Raceway 4th race SATURDAY – With a week’s rest after winning a series leg, Apprentice Hanover draws into a tough but beatable division as he needs the points to insure a spot in the final next week so watch for him to be racing at his best. Use the Burke Stable entry of Clear Vision/Hillbilly Hanover and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $63,000 Pace Whata Baron Series Final Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – Most will side with Captive Audience here and perhaps should as he has been perfect in the series, undefeated in three starts and fresh as a daisy for the upcoming long season. But I am going with Wake Up Peter. Despite outside post he showed last week he can leave well enough to take command and hold on to the lead. In this case he may leave hard and get a two-hole trip where he can also score from. Use Captive Audience and Ontario Success in exotic plays. $34,000 Preferred Trot Woodbine 9th race SATURDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of world class performer San Pail. $3.1 million career winner returns once again and looks to be back in shape. After two decent qualifying wins under his belt he should be ready for action and show his back class and his heels to his much younger rivals. Use Slip Into Glide and Zeus Lightning in exotic plays. $55,500 Final Artistic Vision Pacing Series Meadowlands  11th race SATURDAY – With a perfect season underway and 6 for 6, American In Paris should be at her best once again seeking to sweep the series in the final. Teamed with stablemate Art Ideal they look to be unbeatable in here. Use JK Letitgo and Road Bet in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Levy Series Yonkers Raceway 11th race SATURDAY – It’s the final preliminary division for the long series and Yonkers always saves the best for last. It’s Team Burke against four other poor souls. It’s the three-horse entry of Foiled Again/Special Forces/Easy Again. Win wagering and exacta only, no trifectas. With the way he has comeback this season Foiled Again should have little trouble remaining unbeaten in five starts. Use Mach It So and Word Power in exotic plays or sit this one out and just watch one of harness racing’s great performers do his thing.

WILKES-BARRE PA - The first of four $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships takes place this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, with late-developing three- and four-year-olds who did the best in their four preliminary rounds going behind the gate for the big money. By far the fastest mile of the prelims was the 1:49.3 victory turned in last Saturday by A Stitch In Time, an altered son of Kent's On Nuke. But for the Championship, race eight on Saturday, A Stitch On Time has drawn the very difficult outside nine-hole for driver George Napolitano Jr., and is rated at 3-1, second choice behind the horse who was second to him last week, Trys Little Prince (5-2). The Million Dollar Cam gelding received much better luck at the pill shake by getting barrier two for driver Matt Kakaley, the leading driver over Napolitano early in this Pocono season. Getitoffyourchest had been three for three before last week's final preliminary, but a combination of the outside post eight and a withering 25.3 opening quarter sapped the son of Tell All of his usual stretch strength, although he was beaten only two lengths. He's rated at 4-1 on the early line, starting in the Championship from post seven for driver Mike Simons. Somewhere With You had two Weiss wins before last week's prelim, in which he had bad racing luck although beaten only 1 ¼ lengths; driver Brett Miller will try to get him to bounce back to his winning ways from post six. Also notching a second Weiss prelim victory was UF Rockin Dragon, who last Saturday stayed close to the pace and had the most finishing; Mark MacDonald will try to make it two in a row with this one as the pair start from the inside. Also on the big Saturday night card before a dark day for Easter are two $25,000 Preferred handicaps. The third race trotters find the outside post six assigned to Modern Family (2-1, driver Daryl Bier), who has been 1-2 against this type in his last six starts; in the tenth race pace, Abelard Hanover (5-2, driver George Napolitano Jr.), who set a 1:48 world record on Sun Stakes Saturday here last year, was placed outside in a field of seven after a thrilling 1:48.4 victory last week over a very game Eighteen (3-1 Saturday, post three, driver Mark MacDonald). FINISHING LINES - The other three Weiss Championships will take place early next calendar week. Two are slotted for Tuesday: in the male trot, Ray Hall will try to Run The Table after taking all four of his prelims, while in the female pace a good case could be made for any of a half-dozen top contenders. Such will not be the case in Wednesday's female trot, when Perfect Alliance will be heavily odds-on again to dominate her competition. From PHHA, for Pocono Downs

Modern Family parlayed a pocket trip into a late-kicking victory in the Preferred Handicap featured trot on Opening Night Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night's top purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #7 in a field of nine as the 4-5 favorite, Modern Family was sent to the front end early by driver/trainer Daryl Bier before ceding the lead in the front stretch to Daylon Magician. That pair stayed in the top two spots until the stretch, when Modern Family pounced to beat Daylon Magician by a length in 1:52:1. The mare Daylon Mircacle finished 3rd. Modern Family, a 5-year-old stallion owned by Bier, Charles Dombeck, and Rich Poillucci, had won his previous start at the Meadowlands and now has three wins in his first seven races of the year. It was his 16th career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to $326,322. On the pacing side, the night's top performance was turned in by Eighteen. Trained by Mark Ford and driven by Mark MacDonald, Eighteen won a condition pace in the night's fastest time of 1:49:3. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs kicked off its season with 14 races. Racing in the early part of the season at the track takes place on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights with first post on those evenings at 6:30 PM ET. by Jim Beviglia, for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Are you ready for some harness racing action? Well post time is 6:30 this Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs!  Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to get everyone ready for the 2014 season of Harness Racing. In addition to a great night of horse racing, there are a number of special events being planned throughout the season Including some special guests to the track with major league baseball greats Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt making special appearances.  Steve Carlton will be there on April 14 and Mike Schmidt will stop by on June 28th.  h Then the very popular Kentucky Derby Day at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is set for Saturday, May 3 .  The race track will feature the biggest party around with events set for day and night and something fun for everyone! For the opening night race card there is a top flight $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot featuring Modern Family taking on Twin B Spike Man, Daylon Magician and Baximum. There are also four $15,000 opening round divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series with up and coming stars A Stitch In Time, Shark Fantasy, Dreamlands Art, Giant Sculpture and Dinner At The Met, all heading their repsective divisions. During Tuesday's Press Conference, Michael Bean, the President and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs welcomed everyone to another exciting season of Harness Racing beginning on March 22. Dale Rapson, Vice President of Racing Operations outlined the many race events that will be featured this season. Jennifer Starr, Racing Marketing Manager promised a fun-filled race season filled with special events and promotions that will be keep race fans and those new to Harness Racing coming back for more! The Harness Racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Season kicks off Saturday March 22 and runs through November 22 by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com.

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