WILKES-BARRE PA – Frazzleberry never looked back in winning the $13,000 featured conditioned claiming pace on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in the process providing trainer Jose Godinez with his 1000th career victory.
The feature was a mirror image of the race before it, as driver Anthony Napolitano sent a Godinez trainee to the lead and was never caught. Frazzleberry, a son of Art Major, took command right away, put up a :27.4 quarter, rested to a :57.1 half, and then came home in :55.2 - :27.3 to lower his mark by over two seconds to 1:52.3. Joseph Betro, Ian Behar, and Kristie Leigh Farm Inc. own the winner.
Godinez, 39, a native of Mexico now living in Bullville NY, has been training for fifteen years, and has had most of his success at New York State tracks, though he is a frequent participant in the Pocono program.
A $12,500 event for trotters went to Great Magic for Team Whelan – driver Michael and trainer/owner Walter – in 1:55.2. The veteran son of Kadabra sat a pocket journey, then dashed up the Pocono Pike for a 1½ length victory over pacesetter Teddy Brosevelt. Great Magic has now won both of his starts since returning to the track where he took his mark of 1:54.4 last year.
Anthony Napolitano won the last four races on the Tuesday Pocono card to end the day with five victories; Braxten Boyd reported home first four times.
Racing resumes at Pocono on Saturday with a 1:30 program, with a $27,500 fast-class pace the highlight of a card with many talented horses. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.