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?
Episode two is ready to view! And because it's our special Sun Stakes Saturday preview show, we're sharing it right here before it airs on TV! On this week's show...
· We take a look back at last week’s elims and all the stars, including drivers Tim Tetrick and Yannick Gingras, plus horses Lather Up, Manchego, Heaven Rocks and more.
· This week’s guest handicapper—Harrah’s Philly track announcer Mike Bozich—is here to help you make some money on the Ben Franklin.
· Our Blast From The Past takes us back to the days of big hair—and big miles! It’s the 1980s at Brandywine.
· We look back at the life and accomplishments of driver and trainer Earl Beal, Jr. and talk to PHHA president Sam Beegle about why he honored every year with a race in his name.
Veteran driver Andy Miller recorded the 9000th victory of his very successful career on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia when he came home first with American Filly in 1:52.1 for trainer Joe Pavia Jr.
It was a star-studded Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 23rd—and that was just the warm up! Eliminations for this week's Sun Stakes Saturday featured the best of the best in every category for the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace, $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial, $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial Pace. Also included on the star-studded card was a leg of the Great Northeast Open Series which was captured by Bettor's Edge in a sharp 1:48.2; the swiftest North American mile this season.
Happy Saturday! It's our first episode of 2018, and we're jam packed with great stuff including:
· Trainer Jimmy Takter talks Breeders Crown, his next potential superstar horse, and shows off his collection of trophies and racing memorabilia from an extraordinary life in racing.
· Next week’s Sun Stakes Saturday at Pocono is bound to be one to remember, and we talk elims, undefeated Manchego and more.
· Driver George Napolitano Jr. celebrates a huge milestone victory…9,000 wins!
· As driver Montrell Teague heads to Pocono for the Sun Stakes elims, we talk to him about his latest big win in the North America Cup.
· Plus, 2017 Driver of the Year Yannick Gingras chats with Sharla, we look at a Blast from the Past, and check out the latest trending topics on social media.
DRF THINKS TONIGHT'S SUN staKES ELIMS MIGHT BE AS EXCITING—IF NOT MORE—THAN THE FINALS
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.
9,000 WINS FOR NAP!
Pocono's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., was honored in the Pocono winner's circle early in the evening on Saturday, June 16, for earning career driving victory 9,000 on Monday night, making him only the 21st North American member of that exclusive club. Then George Napolitano went out and showed he was in a hurry to get to 10,000 on Saturday scoring eight times on the card.