Day At The Track

Delco Papa Bear beats rival Aston Hill Dave

12:36 AM 05 Sep 2018 NZST
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The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Putting aside the cooling night and sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Monday evening, the $13,000 featured pace boiled down to a classic harness racing confrontation - a pair of horses who had been first or second in their last three starts, each against each other; the first choice and second choice; the pacesetter and the pocketsitter; and to add a local touch, two very talented brothers in the sulky.

The two horses hit the wire in virtual unison, and the photo showed that Delco Papa Bear, the second choice, and driver Anthony Napolitano had rallied from the pocket to just catch frontstepping favorite Aston Hill Dave, driven by Anthony's brother George, by a nose on the end of the 1:52.3 mile.

The Dali gelding Delco Papa Bear had gained into 55.4 - 27.4 back fractions to just get the job done over his tough foe for trainer Carmine Fusco and J M F Racing LLC while evening their recent rivalry at two triumphs apiece.

The weather turned ugly just after the first race, but the show had to go on. Fortunately, the wet weather came to the area a day after Sunday's $1.5M top-notch card had spotlighted Homicide Hunter setting a world record for a 1¼ mile trot, 2:22.2 (mile rate 1:53.4), and top three-year-olds Dorsoduro Hanover and Crystal Fashion take dramatic photo victories in their respective Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships.

From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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