WILKES-BARRE PA – Trainer Erv Miller, fourth on the statistics list in both lifetime conditioning victories and money won, sent out four successful two-year-olds, a pair of males on each gait, during morning qualifiers for babies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Fastest performer in the early action was Carrythetorchman, a colt by American Ideal out of Kattimon, who has produced two $400G winners already. She may have three to her credit if this baby continues to show top speed, as he made two moves to the lead then stepped home in :55.4 to win in 1:57, taking his second straight qualifier for Miller, driver Atlee Bender, and owners Ronald Michelon and the War Horse Stables. The other victorious Miller pacer was the Art Major – Wenditions colt Not Today, who overcame the outside post nine in 1:58.4 for Erv and driver/son Marcus Miller and the ownership of Michael Anderson, Louis Willinger, and George Golemes.
Trainer Jenny Melander sent out two successful trotting filly freshman winners, with the Cantab Hall – All That Sparkles miss Myreanna taking speed honors with a wire-to-wire 1:59.2 win for driver Matt Kakaley and the JPS Racing Stables LLC. Jenny herself handled the Cantab Hall – Tymal Elvira distaff Two Piece Tanlines and probably didn’t like being thirteen lengths behind at the three-quarters, but the front-end speed gave way and Melander guided her baby home first in 2:03.2 for Melander Racing Inc., John Devito and Michael and Gary Card.
Finally, quickest of the freshman pacing fillies was the Roll With Joe – Special Sweetheart freshman Special Olivia, who went to the lead down the backstretch and carried her speed to the wire in a 1:58.1 win for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and owner John Fleischman.