The Weiss Series kicks off on Sunday with the first round for both pacing groups, with the females slotted in races 5, 11, and 12 and the males facing the starting gate in the 6th, 8th, and 10th contests. A look at the ladies’ races would show that the 12th race may be the most competitive event, with the undefeated three-year-old Chat Snap coming right back to the races five days after her third career victory, but she’ll have to solve post six in the field of eight for driver David Miller and trainer Nifty Norman.
The busy barn of Ron Burke, North America’s leading stable for the last few years, will send out two nice youngsters in the competition for males: Dash For Danger (race six, post six, driver Matt Kakaley), who won at Pocono in 1:52 last Sunday, and Art N Music (race ten, post two, also Kakaley), who comes eastward after sweeping the Walter Russell Series at The Meadows, going 1:52.4 in the final.
Tuesday’s card will be highlighted by the first Weiss prelim for trotting distaffs (their male counterparts find their Weiss action starting a week from Tuesday). Local trainer Neal Ehrhart is looking to “overwhelm the opposition with numbers,” sending out no fewer than seven entrants in Tuesday’s three divisions, but all of them would have to be on the top game to go with the likes of Whambamthankumaam (race 11, post two, trainer-driver Greg Wright Jr.), who ships in from the Suffragette City of Pittsburgh after five wins and a second in her last six starts, fastest in 1:56.3.
Pocono will be racing on Saturday (featuring good overnight action), Sunday, and Tuesday this week; Monday racing fills out the normal Pocono four-day-a-week schedule starting on April 10.