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The Downs Week in Review

06:56 AM 12 Aug 2020 NZST
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Linda Toscano, harness racing
Linda Toscano was named Trainer of the Week at The Downs
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Here are the horses and drivers/trainer of week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

PACER OF THE WEEK: BELL I NO

The $30,000 to $40,000 claiming handicap harness racing pacers represent the best of the best in the claiming ranks at Pocono. And Bell I No has been hard to beat in that class of late. The eight-year-old gelding came into a start in that class on Saturday having picked up back-to-back victories in that group, with winning times of 1:51:3 and 1:50:2.

Bell I No was the pacesetter in those previous two wins, but, on Saturday, driver George Napolitano Jr. was forced to come first-over with him to challenge Lachie MaGuire N. In this first start for new trainer Chuck Crissman Jr., Bell I No took the lead in the stretch and held off closing Rangers Sureshot to win by 1 ¼ lengths. His third straight win came as the 7-5 second betting choice and in a time of 1:50:4.

Honorable Mention

Pyro (Simon Allard, Ron Burke), who followed up two straight wins at the Meadows with a condition victory at Pocono on Saturday in 1:49, a new career-best.

Ruthless Hanover (George Napoliotano Jr., Thomas Cancelliere), who scored his third consecutive win at Pocono with a victory in Stallion Series action for three-year-old male pacers on Tuesday with a career-best mile of 1:51.

Doubleoffthewall (Matt Kakaley, Tom Fanning), who followed up her maiden victory at Pocono with a Stallion Series win on Monday against other 2-year-old fillies in a career-best 1:54.

TROTTER OF THE WEEK: MISSISSIPPI STORM

Trained by Tom Fanning, this 5-year-old gelding was impressive in a victory in a $14,000 condition trot on July 18 at Pocono, as a 7-5 second choice, in 1:53:1. He struggled to a 7th place finish in tough company at the Meadowlands in his next start. On Saturday, Mississippi Storm returned to Pocono to face the $14,000 conditioners once again, leaving from the inside post in a field of nine as a 2-1 second choice.

Driver Anthony Napolitano stayed patient with Mississippi Storm in a third-in position, even on the back stretch when it looked like he might be boxed in. But the inside opened up nicely around the final term. Full of trot at that point, Mississippi Storm powered through the passing lane past the leaders for the win in 1:52, a new career mark and the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono.

Honorable Mention

Kinetic King (Tyler Buter, Rob Harmon), who came off two straight victories at Tioga to capture a claiming trot at Pocono on Monday in 1:56:1

Theresademoninme (Tyler Buter, Dylan Davis), who handled a tough group of condition trotters on Saturday in 1:54:2.

Alexandria Hanover (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), a mare who moved up in class to pick up her second consecutive condition won on Tuesday, doing so in a career mark of 1:56:1.

LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: SUMMER ROCK

More like Long Shot of the Year, as this pacing mare driven by Mark MacDonald rallied for a win on Monday in a claiming handicap at 170 to 1, paying off $342.40 on a $2 win ticket.

DRIVER OF THE WEEK: SCOTT ZERON

Zeron was all over the stakes action this week, going to town on Sunday and Monday with three Stallion Series and two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes victories.

TRAINER OF THE WEEK: LINDA TOSCANO

The Toscano barn is full of talented pacing fillies, as evidenced by three stakes wins at Pocono on Monday and Tuesday, including a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes victory with two-year-old Marsala Hanover.

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 The Downs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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