No question, tonight is going to be a spectacular night of racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. All the stars will be going all out—but what will that mean in terms of track and even world records? With temperatures forecast in the 90s, and a track that will most certainly be FAST, the stage could be set for some impressive, even record-setting numbers. But who will tonight's superstars need to beat?
Says Jay Bergman: "Such is the case in the last of three Earl Beal Jr. Memorial elimination races this Saturday. The highlight of course is the undefeated Manchego putting her record on the line and facing all boys for the very first time. “This is definitely the best field she’s ever faced, “said Jimmy Takter, her trainer. “You have a Breeders Crown winner (Fiftydallarbill), a Horse of the Year (Fourth Dimension) and Canada’s Horse of the Year (Alarm Detector) in the field." Read the full article at DRF Harness.
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
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