WILKES-BARRE PA – Three $17,000 feature races for up-and-coming horses climbing the class ladder were held at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon, with the winners Cigar Smoking Tony (male pace), Think Of Galaxies (female pace), and Ghostintheshell S (trot).
Cigar Smoking Tony was used hard past the quarter to get the lead, then let favored Red Power go to the lead under the wire the first time. He stayed in the two-hole until the stretch, used the Pocono Pike to go to command midstretch, then had to resist a late bid by Mikibytheseaside to his left, doing so by a nose in 1:50.4 over a “good” track that actually never appeared far away from peak speed. Marcus Miller drove the 11-1 Art Major gelding to a new lifetime mark for trainer Jose Godinez and owners Joseph Betro, Ian Behar, and Kristie Leigh Farm Inc.
As impressive as anybody racing on the Tuesday card was the From Above mare Ghostintheshell S, who was thought of so highly upon importation from Europe that she started her North American career in the Ms Versatility series. Returning to the races after a two-month layoff, Ghostintheshell S was prepared for her best by master trainer/driver Åke Svanstedt, coming home in 1:53.2 and looking like a mare who could rise through the ranks for Knutsson Trotting Inc.
George Napolitano Jr., less than $300,000 away from $100 million in lifetime money won, took four races on the afternoon card as he approaches his 10th consecutive dashwinning crown at Pocono.
Starting with the next card at The Downs, Saturday (October 2), Pocono shifts to its October schedule of racing on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday afternoons, with a first post of 12:30, up to the end of the 2021 meet on Saturday, October 30. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.