Pocono's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., was honored in the Pocono winner's circle early in the evening on Saturday, June 16, for earning career driving victory 9,000 on Monday night, making him only the 21st North American member of that exclusive club. Then George Napolitano went out and showed he was in a hurry to get to 10,000 on Saturday scoring eight times on the card.
You know him from his incredible racing career, and by now you've probably read or seen news articles celebrating his most recent achievement: 7,000 lifetime wins! But did you know...
1. He began his driving career in 1984.
2. Jim's fastest time is just a tick slower than the former race record, 1:47, achieved in guiding Won The West to a Breeders Crown victory.
The Great Northeast Series rolled on Sunday (May 13) at Harrah's Philadelphia with the open pacers in action going for a purse of $30,000 each.
The first division featured the return of soon-to-be million dollar pacer Mel Mara (Corey Callahan), who qualified sharply in 1:51.3 here in preparation for his return. His bid for victory at first asking as a 9-year-old was hampered by a break after the quarter due to a broken hobble hanger.
Trotter Rubber Duck and pacing mare Darlinonthebeach, the two crowd choices, were the winners in the inaugural events of the $1.8 million Great Northeast Open Series on a special Derby Day Saturday afternoon card at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Kimberlee and Sharen Hanover both became three-time winners in the preliminaries of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing mares at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday (April 23), as the track hosted two $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final Weiss preliminary.
Luck Be Withyou raced his 89th and final career start on Saturday night at Pocono, bringing an exceptional career to a close. The son of Western Ideal, usually handled by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Chris Oakes and owners John Craig and Northfork Racing Stable, will now begin a new career as a stud at Maple Lane Farm, Grabil IN after earning arning nearly $1.5 million.
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has announced their annual awards for Horses of the Year. The horses will be honored in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle starting Saturday, November 11th and continuing through Saturday, November 18th.
The C.K.G. Billings Amateur driving Series made its annual fall stop at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night, and driver Joseph Lee added another win to the best season of his sulky career when he guided Soul Train to a 1:57.4 victory in 29-degree weather.
Halloween night racing has become a tradition for families across northeastern PA. Ever since The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono began hosting the annual Grey Ghost & Poltergeist Pace, kids and kids at heart flock to the track for safe Halloweening, decorations, family fun and of course, the spookiest pace race of the season!
But Hallowen isn't just for kiddos. Pocono's marketing manager Jennifer Starr makes sure all of the grey horses get in on the fun with special treat bags loaded with carrots and apples. And as you can see by the look on that cute face above, the horses love Halloween at Pocono just as much as the hoomans!
It's a beautiful time of year to check out the racing excitement at Harrah's Philly, especially with its gorgeous riverfront setting. The sweltering heat of summer has finally given way to "sweater weather," and most of the time, that makes it awesome to enjoy the races outside on the Harrah's deck or patio. But, yep, things do sometimes get chilly this time of year. So here's Heather Vitale with some quick tips on enjoying everything Harrah's racetrack has to offer—indoors or outdoors.
-----------------------PA Harness Week