WILKES-BARRE PA – Eurobond never appeared to lead in the stretch during in the $17,500 trotting feature Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono until the most important step – the last one – when he nosed out P L Notsonice at the end of a 1:54 mile.
It was Blenheim who used the rail to force the 1-2 finishers in behind him going to a :27.1 quarter; he backed off the half to :57 then picked up the pace to 1:24.2 at the three-quarters as Eurobond moved up to challenge and P L Notsonice stayed well-placed in the pocket. It was Blenheim who was a bit clear of his challengers during the first half of the far turn – and then it was Blenheim who went offstride shortly after midturn, being taken wide out of harm’s way.
The two contenders found themselves with a clear path as they came out of the far bend, with the heavy favorite Eurobond working hard to get the advantage over P L Notsonice. There was virtually nothing between the two right through the wire, and it required the photo finish camera to determine that Eurobond’s nose reached the finish line over the game P L Notsonice.
Eurobond is a seven-year-old son of Love You who has won exactly one-third of his lifetime 90 starts, and this 30thvictory raised his earnings to $542,415. Travis Alexander conditions the classy trotter for Morrison Racing Stables.
Eurobond was driven by Matt Kakaley, who was winning for the fifth time of the day, and for the first time while not behind a trainee of conditioner Darren Taneyhill. Ten-time defending driving champion George Napolitano Jr. had tightened the sulkysitters’ derby against Kakaley, who had led since the very start of the year, but in the last five Pocono cards Matt has won twenty times, and with six cards left in the the mountain oval's season Kakaley now has a 13-win lead, and is in a good position to be the first driver to top Napolitano since … a 23-year-old Matt Kakaley in 2011.
Pocono will be back in action this coming Monday and Tuesday with 1:30 cards. Program pages for all Pocono races are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.