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Mohegan Sun Pocono Week in Review

06:32 AM 02 Sep 2020 NZST
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Tee Wine was named Trainer of the Week at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs
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PACER OF THE WEEK: TELL THEM LOU

Moving up from overnight to stakes competition can be a bridge too far for a lot of horses. Tell Them Lou, a three-year-old gelding trained by Jim Campbell, was doing just that on Sunday night when he faced the Pennsylvania All-Stars for a purse of $35,000. Even though he had won his previous race, a non-winners of four, at Pocono in 1:51:1, bettors didn't give him much of a chance on Sunday, letting him go at 21-1.

Driver Scott Zeron found Tell Them Lou a spot on the inside early, refusing to get caught up in the outer flow and taking his chances that things would open up late. They did just that, and the gelding seized his opportunity, powering past heavily-favored Cattlewash to spring the upset. Tell Them Lou paced the mile in a career-best 1:50:2.

Honorable Mention

Anne Bonney N (Scott Zeron, Paul Fusco), a mare who picked up her second consecutive condition win on Sunday night, doing so in a career-best 1:51.

Razor's Edge (John Kakaley, Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who followed up a condition win in his last start at Pocono with a $25,000 claiming victory on Saturday in 1:52:2.

Freedom Warrior (Joe Bongiorno, Jennifer Bongiorno), a three-year-old gelding who defeated a condition group on Saturday and did so in a career-best 1:49:3, which was also the fastest pacing time of the week at Pocono.

TROTTER OF THE WEEK: SCIROCCO ROB

There is always a worry when a horse goes a career-best effort in one start that it will have a hard time following up that performance in the next. Scirocco Rob was brilliant in his victory at Pocono on August 22, winning in 1:51:3, not only a career mark but also our fastest trotting time of the season at Pocono. The five-year-old gelding trained by Mark Silva was back at it on Saturday afternoon, moving up in class to boot to face a $14,000 condition group.

Leaving from an inside post in a field of nine as a 1-5 favorite, Scirocco Rob found the pocket early behind pacesetter Max. Driver George Napolitano Jr. decided he wanted to control matters and moved the favorite to the lead on the front stretch. Scirocco Rob was rock-solid from there, fighting off Max in the stretch by a length-and-a-half for his second straight victory and posting a time of 1:52:3 in the process.

Honorable Mention

Consus Victory (Corey Callahan, Randy Bendis), who moved up in class on Sunday night and won his second straight condition race with a time of 1:55:3.

Valley Of Sin (Tyler Buter, Jill Roland), who followed up a win at Harrah's with a condition win at Pocono on Monday, despite a #9 post, in 1:55:4.

Nice Stuff (Simon Allard, Laura Angle), a mare who was able to move up in class and rally for her second straight condition win on Tuesday, this one in 1:55.4.

LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: SHOW ME THE MAGIC

This pacer driven by Kevin Wallis came from way back on the final turn to spring the upset in a claimer on Monday at 75-1, paying off $159 on a $2 win ticket.

DRIVER OF THE WEEK: SCOTT ZERON

Zeron was feeling it on Sunday night, as his four-win evening included three in a row on the program at one point and then was capped off with a Pennsylvania All-Stars victory aboard Tell Them Lou.

TRAINER OF THE WEEK: TEE WINE

The entire Wine training family have been ripping off wins with regularity of late at Pocono, with Tee taking center stage on Saturday with a pair of victories.

That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.

by Jim Beviglia, for Mohegan Sun

 

 

 


 

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