FREAKONOMICS IS FASTEST IN FOUR PA-ALL STARS 3PF CUTS MONDAY AT POCONO. PLUS, "LONGSHOT" BRETT MILLER STRIKES AGAIN!
Freakonomics won her second straight race in 1:51.2 when she equaled the mark she set here on June 20, taking the fastest of four $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars three-year-old filly pace Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Saturday, July 1st is the biggest race day of the year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono...and that also means it will be jam-packed with fans, fun, food and excitement. Need some help navigating all of the day's happenings? We're here to help! Keep scrolling for all you need to know...
Tell Us More leads all North American harness horses in 2017 victories after he won his 13th race of the campaign Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking one of two $18,000 claiming pace features in 1:50.4.
In this era of specializing catch-drivers, the “trainer/driver” title is still proudly held by a few horsemen, mostly horsemen “past the half” and usually with those focusing on trotters.
Another thing these “old-time horsemen” also possess is an ability to adjust strategy in midcourse, and one of the best trainer/drivers, Åke Svanstedt, dropped two of his charges out of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes class to the Stallion Series and then won divisions of the second leg of StS action Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
There were no repeat winners in the second preliminary leg of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but three “new shooters” thrust themselves into the upper reaches of the divisional rankings with impressive successes.
Your Guide To Handicapping Harrah's Philadelphia.
THE BEST CARD OF 2017 SO FAR—ANYWHERE—IS AT HARRAH'S ON SUNDAY
Welcome, fans of harness racing at Harrah's Philadelphia, to what is arguably the best card of harness racing to be presented in North America so far in 2017 -- the continent's best pacing mares join with N.A.'s best free-for-allers on both the trot and the pace in three $150,000 Invitational races -- the Maxie Lee Trot, the Betsy Ross Mares Pace, and the Ben Stafford Jr. Pace. The horses in these three fields have collectively earned over $21 million in their careers; there are 11 millionaires in the three fields of eight; and twelve have gone in 1:50 or faster -- including the trotter JL CRUZE! We devote today's ANALYSIS to these three top races.
The 2017 edition of the Betsy Ross Mares Pacing Invitational features a classy group of aged distaffers, as they vie for a $150,000 purse on Sunday, May 28th at Harrah's Philadelphia.
The race features the first ever meeting between Diamond Creek Racing's Pure Country and dominant older mare Lady Shadow.
Sunny skies and mild temperatures greeted fans at The Downs at Mohegan Sun for Preakness Day—which the racetrack turned into a weekend long patio with live music, live racing, and a special appearance by NFL legend Joe Montana.
Veteran and well-liked horseman Ben Stafford Jr. being interviewed by Heather Vitale in 2010.
One of the most anticipated races of the afternoon on Sunday, May 28th at Harrah's Philadelphia is the Ben Stafford Jr. Memorial for aged pacers. Stafford, a popular local horsemen who raced predominantly in Delaware and Harrah's Philly, passed away in July of 2016. He was 45 years old. Stafford won 693 races in his career as a driver, including Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion Badlands Jenna, Good Bet, Badlands Art, Mudslide and Scout Hanover.
Fear The Dragon used a huge backstretch spurt to flash by divisional leader Huntsville nearing the 3/4, then went on to easily defeat last year’s freshman champ by 2½ lengths in 1:49.1 while winning one of three divisions of the $148,492 second leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
-----------------------PA Harness Week