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Driver George Napolitano Jr., who recently celebrated his 9,000th win, will be in the bike behind favorite Homicide Hunter.
Split The House, who set the pace at Pocono last week only to be caught by Romeo Rodeo by a head, was made the 3-1 favorite from post five, the best starting spot at Philly, for driver Brett Miller and trainer Chris Oakes. Two weeks back Split The House, the 2017 Breeders Crown winner for his division, was triumphant in the Franklin Consolation at Pocono.
Homicide Hunter has two wins and a fifth in his three GNOS starts, putting him top of the pack with 180 points in a division where the top six horses are separated by only thirty points. Both of his GNOS wins have come at Pocono, and in between he tied the world record for older trotting geldings on a 5/8-mile track with a 1:50.3 triumph at Scioto.
Homicide Hunter will start as the 5-2 favorite from post five (also tops statistically at Pocono) in the trotting event for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes (who thus has the chalk in both GNOS races Sunday); the one possible knock against Homicide Hunter is that he has not raced in 28 days.
Second choice in the GNOS trot is a newcomer to the series, but certainly not a newcomer to top-level racing: Moonshiner Hanover, listed at 3-1 from post two for driver David Miller and Chris Beaver. Moonshiner Hanover had notched two straight triumphs before finishing second to champion mare Ariana G when she set a 1:50.2 world record at The Meadowlands last week.
The Great Northeast Series continues with weekly events on the conditioned sheet until the weekend of August 25. The top pointwinners in each division (open trot, open pace, mares pace) will be eligible to declare in for $100,000 GNOS Championship races, to be conducted at 1¼ miles, on Sunday evening, September 2 at Pocono, which is also the night of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for three-year-olds.