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.
Veteran horseman Doug Hamilton was honored by Pocono and by the local horseman’s colony as he retired from training, with management and a huge portion of Pocono backstretch’s community gathering in the winner’s circle after the third race for the ceremony.
Matt Kakaley posted the 4000th win of his driving career on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, guiding the maiden trotter Rose Run Tyrone to an open length victory to reach the milestone.
Imagine you’re the trainer of one of the favorites for the Little Brown Jug, the Triple Crown race held in your home town of Delaware OH, and you’ve got a colt who has a string of impressive stakes successes.
Brian Brown must feel pretty good right now.
Growing our sport means inspiring the youth of today to become the stars of tomorrow. Perhaps no other nonprofit makes a bigger impact in that arena than the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Each year, the staff and volunteers travel from racetrack to racetrack hosting programs ranging from one to five days where kids who have demonstrated an interest in racing get to experience virtually every aspect of the sport. But the ripple effect is even more substantial because the media loves reporting on it—and this year, the PHHA-sponsored program at Pocono even made front page headlines. It's the kind of publicity that's simply priceless.
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.
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.
-----------------------PA Harness Week