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...
FIRST RACE – Mid-60s all night; stretch headwind all night, and here’s proof: the average third quarter for tonight’s races is 27.2, with three in sub-27 … QUALITY CLOSER left, then took the pocket before the 3/16, outside late turn, saw PAPPY’S PAL get the lead in the Pocono Pike midstretch, but
FIRST RACE – A balmy 75 degrees to start, and a stretch tailwind (which, true to form, dissipated through the card) … ALEXANDER HANOVER moved uncovered at the half and grinded up vs. the wind in the third quarter, kept at his task and had a little more than RAY HALL in the latter stages, on the
FIRST RACE – 77 degrees to open the Monday card, 30 degrees warmer than it was when Saturday’s action ended – hope you own some stock in companies that make cold medicines … Stretch headwind to start; it would get generally milder … ANDOVERS TOUCH started a grinding mission at
FIRST RACE – DAKOTA JACK left inside two rivals, saw one take back then let the other one go, outside before the ¼ to the lead after that spot, rated the half, then came home in 54.4 – 27, speed the rest could not match. WESTERN TYRANT was three-wide leaving and pressed on to the fore just past the
FIRST RACE – Temperatures at the high mid-60s to start and the low mid-60s to finish … Stretch headwind … ALEXANDER HANOVER launched three-wide off poor cover ¾ and gained throughout the last quarter three-deep, still had a lot of ground to make up in midstretch but just got there.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017
FIRST RACE – Temperature started at 48o – and went up to 50o near the end of the card! … “Sloppy +1” all night … Slight headwind to start … CAN DO left well, forced a tuck, then yielded for the pocket, stayed tightly-connected, to the Pocono Pike, and right by just past midstretch. MILITARY
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017
FIRST RACE – 38 degrees and “fast +0” throughout the card; the evening opens with a mild stretch headwind – which will swirl throughout the night … DASH OF DANGER moved outside raw at the 5/8, worked to the lead by early on the turn and had drawn clear by headstretch, kept to task mildly to
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017
FIRST RACE – Temperatures held in the mid/low 40s throughout the night … “+0” variant; what water there was in the track that caused it to be rated “good” for races 1-4 gradually worked out because of the atypical stretch tailwind, and the surface was rated “fast” thereafter … ALLBEEF N NOBULL left some, then got a great second-over trip, three-wide to headstretch, strong through the lane. HALL BRO left strongly, forced a tuck, then strung a rival out most of the way to the 3/8, yielded for the pocket, cleared in the Pocono Pike but only after the winner had momentum going for him, finished steadily. AMERICAN RAGE was third-over, couldn’t quite keep with the winner late turn and into the stretch, but then came on with a good gain. RATHER SWELL sat in, went to the path behind the winner but was never clear to the wire. BIG GAME HUNTER left between horses, took the early pocket 3/16, came out raw off the second turn, fought the leader and had an advantage, but not the rail, on the far turn, held well. JOHNNY O gapped at the ¾. MACHTU N, a bit rank behind the gate, was three-wide to the 3/16, then pressed on to command before the 3/8, didn’t get much rest on the lead, gave way in the stretch. SPORTSKEEPER was never a major player.
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