WILKES-BARRE PA – The Il Sogno Dream gelding Evil Guy used the uncovered route to get a neck victory in the $15,000 featured trot at Pocono Downs at Mohegan Pennsylvania on Monday afternoon.
Simon Allard got away third with Evil Guy as 55-1 shot P Chico, parked past the quarter for the top after avoiding an early breaker, and set fractions of :28.1, :57.4, and 1:26, with Evil Guy put in motion by Allard during the third quarter. The pacesetter and his outside challenger were the two who slugged it out in the end, with Evil Guy getting up by a neck in 1:55.2 for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
In a $12,500 co-featured trot, it took the Chapter Seven gelding Seventier past a :27.2 quarter and to the three-eighths pole to make the top, but once there he continued on with splits of :56.2 and 1:25 en route to a length decision over pocketsitting Nancy Bar in 1:53.3. A winner and then a victim of broken equipment in his previous two races, Seventier regained his winning ways for trainer/driver Gareth Dowse and his Dowse Racing Inc.
George Napolitano Jr. won four times on Monday for top honors among the Pocono drivers.
The racing week concludes on Tuesday at 1 p.m., with a trio of $16,000 paces of the “nw 6 races” variety as the headliners. Program pages for all Pocono races are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.