SECOND RACE – CHARMED LIFE was fourth-over but had excellent cover throughout, tipped wide in the lane and, like many Allard horses recently, won in hand. CAN DO pushed the ¼ then yielded for the pocket, to the Pocono Pike, just second very late. LUMINOSITY was four-wide to the 1/8 but went right on, got the lead just before the ¼, set a good pace, stayed right in the battle for place to the very end. GET TO DOIN IT moved third-over 3/8, followed cover three-wide 5/8, left three-wide uncovered to the 3/8, finished steadily. UPFRONT BILLY was third-inside, went to the deep Pocono Pike, OK+ while possibly in tight quarters. SHEER FLEX and ZOOMING were far back throughout. KARETS moved second-over behind the parked horse 3/8, three-wide 5/8 to two-wide raw before the ¾, but gradually faded in the last ¼. PITTSTOP KIP was three-wide leaving and looped, had cover o the ¼ then was left raw, passed by the three-wide tier near the 11/16.
THIRD RACE – CARIBBEAN BEACH rolled up to the lead at the ¼ and set the pace, drew clear in the latter stages. CANE RIDGE yielded and rode the pocket journey, couldn’t stay with the winner but was far ahead of the rest. ANDREW LUCK sat in, found room in the Pocono Pike and was along for a distant third over TOSSIES FLASH. The latter found an inside spot early and kept a hole shut before the ¼, outpaced for the show. TOWNSLIGHT HANOVER was three-wide to the 3/16, then tried to back into the 3-hole but had the door shut and was left out raw, actually not too bad to get the last check. MAJO JUST DO IT went four-wide around snarled traffic ¾, back to three-wide midturn but couldn’t make a dent. JC KINGDOM was five-wide leaving and four-wide to the 1/8, then dropped down behind cover, blindswitched down the back but had little to offer. JET PASSING gapped inside. YOU’RE MY HERO was out behind the two parked horses on the second turn, went three-wide 5/8 but was empty, broke when already far back headstretch.
FOURTH RACE – AVENUE HANOVER was three-deep into the first bend, took the pocket 3/16, outside going to headstretch, made the lead, then urged to hold off the late thrust of the Pikeshooting NAKED CITY. The latter left but took back, gapped a little late backstretch but then retightened, to the Pocono Pike and closed steadily, extending the winner fully. THAT’S MY OPINION spotted, then came first-over past the 3/8, slowly worked his way up but didn’t gain enough to keep the pocketsitter locked in late turn, stayed on well. STONEHOUSE ADAM gapped second-over, then came back on a bit in the lane. IN COMMANDO backed out to third-over and went three-wide ¾ but couldn’t get into contention. ROAD UNTRAVELED gapped. MUSCLE BEACHBOY headed down the road from the pole, put up steady numbers, but was powerless in the stretch.
FIFTH RACE – ANDY RAY improved position early, came out from behind a gapper 11/16 and quickly moved up into contention after the withering pace, proved to have the most in the stretch. ABC MUSCLES BOY came off the rail ¾, then ducked to the deep Pocono Pike and gained as the late pace slowed down. SKATES N PLATES cleared from PP9 before the first turn and went monstrous fractions stringing out the field, couldn’t make the lead stretch out to the wire. CHARLES VII tucked, came out behind the winner on the turn, OK late. CLASSICAL ANNIE was looped, raced up to get the pocket before the 3/16, considered a quarter-move but went back in, no gain in the latter stages. CINNABAR HALL gapped; TESACO DU PONT was never close. MR LOVER broke while well back just before the ¾. ANGELS RANSOM was offstride w-a-y before the start.
SIXTH RACE – The wind has diminished, as it often does as we get later in Pocono cards … V I P BAYAMA was the only horse preventing a lineup out of the gate, made the top, got a big challenge from the first-over down the back, shook off both that one and then a host of stretch contenders in a very game triumph. MARTY MONKHOUSER A was third-over, three-wide approaching the ¾ and joined the front two duelers on the turn, was very courageous throughout the lane. BELIEVEINTHESPIRIT tracked the place horse throughout, bore out some in the lane but continued to gain. IDEAL ROCKY was second-over, gapped slightly in the quick third split, ducked into the pocket midturn and wasn’t far off at the wire via the Pocono Pike. SI SEMALU was third in the three-wide tier on the turn, ducked inside BELIEVEINTHESPIRIT in the stretch, a step or two shy of the top ones. MADIBA MAGIC N sat in, shuffled, out in a blindswitch on the turn, couldn’t get into it. THORN IN YOUR SIDE started uncovered at the 3/8 and was at the winner’s throat from going into turn two to coming out of turn three, faded. HERE COMES SWIFTY had the pocket as only the winner left, done at the ¾. MCCITO gapped in last.
SEVENTH RACE – FRAC went right to the top, yielded to the chalk when he challenged 5/16 and sat the pocket trip, came out past midstretch and was mildly urged to make the lead nearing the wire. STORMONT PARK wasn’t leaving but looked around and saw that the front would quickly resolve itself so was set down to work at the 1/8, worked up to the lead 5/16, rated the half, then kept the field strung out, just lacked the required steps to hold off the winner. BOB N TONY left and had the early pocket by the 1/8, sat in, gapped when the pace picked up in the third quarter, OK to the line. REIGNINGBLACKSWAN never threatened. LAKEVIEW TAMMY got the last check. OH THAT GIRL fell way back in the second half. SWISS PLATINUM and BOSSY VOLO both broke down the backstretch; SERIOUS SAVANNAH ran heading towards turn two.
EIGHTH RACE – MARINER SEELSTER yielded at the 3/16 in the 26 opener, stayed third-inside and had the Pocono Pike when the pocketsitter edged out late turn, had a big last 1/16 to catch QUALITY CLOSER. The latter moved out of third to quarter-move, hung out a while before clearing, put up fast middle splits, just failed to last. MUSTANG ART was out 3/16 in the big first panel to make the lead, then pushed the brusher a ways before yielding, started edging out late on the turn, narrowed in but couldn’t reach the inside two on the money. TECHTOR HANOVER stayed fourth-inside, angled wide headstretch, found his best strides a mite too late but was moving well at the finish. RONNY BUGATTI was last much of the way, ducked to the inside in the stretch and was the distant last checkgetter. VILLE VALO showed little. E STREET PLAN was four-wide leaving, took back to fourth 3/16 when the inside spots stayed tight, then came first-up at the half but couldn’t reach the front. BELIEVE THIS BOB was not prominent from second-over. MIKE’S POWERHOUSE fell back badly in the last quarter.
NINTH RACE – NEXT SUCCESS was the fastest leaver but soon broke, caught stride at the 1/8 but was last, aided by the battle up front (first half = 54.4, second half = 58.4), moved out into a three-wide blindswitch early turn, to four-wide with cover midturn then went wider in the drive, had a terrific recovery last 1/8 to the point he needed one tap through the lane to blow by everybody; there was an inquiry into the early break, but it revealed no need for placing. LUNATIC FRINGE moved three-wide from fourth-over past the 5/8 and then four-wide midturn, outblasted but finished steadily and was up for second. TOMY TERROR looked at the pocket 3/16 but saw it shut and took until the 3/8 to make the lead, yielded past the half after being involved in 26.3 / 54.4 fractions, pocket, to the Pocono Pike and got the lead towards deep stretch, only to be outkicked, good after hard early involvement. BAGGAGE CLAIM did not want to yield, finally did so 3/8 but was right back out and got to the lead again 9/16, held on to the lead to midstretch. THE ROCKINATOR was second-over, went three-wide ¾ when LUNATIC FRINGE came on, flattened out. WINTER BLAST was third-over, blindswitched past the 5/8 and was in a two- and three-wide blindswitch until the stretch, angled behind the winner and gained a bit. GOLDEN GESTURE kept the pocket shut 3/16, moved out with cover that he lost 9/16, challenged but couldn’t sustain. ALL ARTIST was empty at the ¾. LOW CARD was never a factor.
TENTH RACE – CASIMIR JITTERBUG was looped by his righthand neighbor, eschewed a possible two-hole and went on to the lead at the ¼, was challenged 3/8 by an early brusher but easily withstood that charge, then powered off the last 5/16 – very sharp now. COOPERSTOWN was fastest away despite the outside PP8, yielded for the golden journey, gapped the last ¼ but was safely second. OOH BAD BOY raced close to the pace, went to the Pocono Pike and just did hold off LEAN ON YOU to his inside. The latter ducked in off nonproductive cover and went up the deep Pike to just miss third. DULL ROAR was second-over, three-wide at the ¾ but had no gain. FIVE CARD DRAW N couldn’t cash in here. ALLBEEF N NOBULL had dull cover and was never a factor. SWEET BEACH came brushing after the leader 3/8 but didn’t have the speed to clear and was left out to dry, faded significantly on the far turn.
ELEVENTH RACE – PREPARTY was three-wide into turn one and two-wide to the 3/16 for the lead, yielded for the pocket, a bit loose during the fast third quarter and through the turn, then came outside early stretch and overhauled pacesetting HONEY I’M HOME rather easily. The latter left between horses and yielded for the pocket, then quarter-moved, backed off the half then rolled the third split, had to settle for second. ONE BAD NIGHT, at 169-1, stayed in and just held third over KID PK to his left after that one stayed in then went to the Pocono Pike. TG’S DIVINE SCENE was second-over, had to go three-wide when his cover tired on the turn, had a bit of belated pace. ALL WEEK stayed in, no factor. PANSFORMATIVE pushed the 1/8 and yielded, then was first-over on the second turn, didn’t really threaten the leader before tiring off the far bend. THE OTHER TWO were outside but never prominent.
TWELFTH RACE – MR BLISSFULL was the innermost of three leavers, yielded, stayed in, went right to the deep Pocono Pike as the leader bore out a little headstretch, had a solid late move as the pace slowed to take the big money. EVEIL DUN CHAMPION left between horses to 1/8 command, pushed a foe through most of the rest of the 26.1 opener then yielded, went to the Pocono Pike from the pocket, may’ve wearied by the early battle because although perfectly-placed he could not withstand to the horse to his left and looked to get second more because the two on his right were tired. VISIBLE GOLD was out three-deep early, made the lead before the rapid ¼, pressured hard from the 5/8 on, not enough to hold back the inside horses. MY TEMUDJIN N started first-up going to the second turn, hooked the leader 5/8 and fought hard with him, held well. KEYSTONE CAMARO wasn’t that sporty. REAL ROCKER was third-over, never gained. DIRTY DEVIL was second-over, gapped to the ¾ despite urging and kicking the plugs. … In races 7 through 12, there was only one race (the ninth, where the first half was 54.4 and the back half 58.4) where a 1-2-3 finisher had a parked-out sign at the ¾.
THIRTEENTH RACE – DR C’S Z TAM went right to the top, yielded to the chalk to sit the pocket, outside late on the turn, urged to pass the leader and then withstand ALTA LEROY N. The latter spotted then moved second-over, three-deep past the ¾, then back to two-wide late turn and stayed with that cover almost to midstretch, then again wide and was narrowing in, overcoming a later-card bias against horses parked on the far turn. DUEL IN THE SUN was away second and moved 3/16 to the lead at the ¼, just didn’t have quite enough late. SMOOTH CRIMINAL was first-over on the second turn, fell back past the ¾. HOLLYROCK HEYDEN picked his way through horses for the last check. STONEBRIDGE ADAM retucked then moved out 11/16, little. GOODTIME MATT tucked third, then started gapping past the 1/8 and gapped almost all the rest of the way. RESCUE PLAN and SCOFANMAN fell way back.
FOURTEENTH RACE – The five inside at the ¾ got the checks here … EMPEROR MONTANA N left well enough, without anybody challenging, to dictate a lineup, walked to the half, sped up a little down the back then asked for high gear midturn and responded with a 26.4 kicker to hold the field safe. ROCK THREE TIMES sat in the three-hole, came up the Pocono Pike as the pocketsitter moved out, gained slightly – but it WAS a 26.4 final quarter. SPORTSKEEPER was content with the two-hole, outside stretch, lost ground in the sprint. SB IDEAL IN ART and DEALMAKER stayed in for the minor checks. THEREISAPACEFORUS certainly didn’t get the pace he wanted from third-over, ducked in in the lane but couldn’t gain. CHARGER BLUE CHIP came first-up from far back but never reached. MEETBEHINDTHEBARN backed out to second-over at the half but had little in the last ¼. WICKED BUSINESS never got a call.