WILKES-BARRE PA – The noted closer Baldaquin came from last (save a breaker) to first to win his second straight race, the trotting event in a pair of $15,300 Tuesday features at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and took a mark of 1:55 despite the track being rated “good.”
The Explosive Matter gelding was far off the hot fractions of :26.3 and :55.3 argued by Gerard on the inside and SVF Blushingbride on the outside, but then got in gear going down the backstretch for driver Tyler Buter (five winners on the day), following the cover of Caviart Emma passing the 1:25 three-quarters. Caviart Emma got past the tired frontenders, but was ripe to be passed by the late-speed specialist, who won by 1 1/2 lengths over Worthy Of Honor, who came clear and also rallied late, with Caviart Emma third. The lightly-raced Baldaquin, now five, has seven wins in sixteen career starts for trainer Louise Pepin and owner Steven Bryden.
When racing resumes at The Downs on Saturday, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes will be the features for a few days. Saturday will find Shady Daisy 1-2 finishers Grace Hill and Fire Start Hanover in separate divisions of a three-year-old filly pace contest, their last SS prelim before their Championship at Pocono on Saturday, September 4. The next two cards will feature the best Pennsylvania-sired two-year-olds: pacing colts on Sunday and trotting fillies on Monday. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.