WILKES-BARRE PA – The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono featured two $35,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old trotting fillies on its Sunday twilight card, and a most noteworthy career debut was made by Mon Cheval, who came home in :57 - :28 to stop the timer in 1:54.3.
At 1-9, Mon Cheval was expected to do well for several reasons: she had won two consecutive baby races before her debut, one in 1:54.2 at The Meadowlands, and she has among the most royal of pedigrees, Father Patrick – Shake It Cerry, a pairing which earned over $5 million, a Trotter of the Year award, and four seasonal divisional honors, not to mention their post-racetrack careers. Dexter Dunn drove her as if she were the best, and she certainly was for trainer Nancy Takter (the defending Driver and Trainer of the Year combining) and the noted Solveig’s Racing Partners.
In 2021 amateur driver Tony Verruso has eleven victories (the most ever in any year of his 22-year career, and it’s only July 18) and a .522 UDR, both of which figures he improved with a win in Sunday’s Amateur Harness Drivers Club Series event. He guided Big Nudge, a son of Donato Hanover, to a 1:55.3 triumph, drawing away in winning for trainer Symon Spicer, also co-owner with George Beck and Michael Sherman Jr.
Several classes of freshman performers will be in the spotlight during Monday’s 12:30 card at The Downs; program pages are available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.