WILKES-BARRE PA – In changing weather, three impressive three-year-old males won their respective $30,000 divisions of Pennsylvania All-Stars action during the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Over a “fast” track in the first division, raced before the rain came, Kosher Mahoney was let go at 7-1, was unbothered on the lead, and came home in :56.3 - :28.1 to win in a new mark of 1:53.3 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Symon Spicer, and Keystone Stable. Favored S I P made a brief break in the pocket early and did not have enough to recover; closest to the victorious Explosive Matter gelding at the finish was Dandy, whose vaunted late kick was not suited to the speed-favoring situation at that time and came up 1¼ lengths short to the winner of $131,527.
The Bar Hopping gelding That Old Bar Stool, going for his fourth straight win in the third division, was patiently guided to the lead by Matt Kakaley in front of the stands and looked to have a safe lead approaching midstretch. But remember that wind shift and stretch tailwind? That may have helped propel Parola Hanover, last and 4½ lengths behind at headstretch (after taking back early), to make a giant late move that came up a head shy. But That Old Bar Stool weathered the late storm and now has wins in ten 2022 starts for trainer Robert W. Clark and owners Clark Stables LLC and Tina Clark.
The stakes-winning drivers, Matt Kakaley and Andrew McCarthy, had the best nights among the drivers, each having three victories overall. Eleven of thirteen favorites won, and thirteen of thirteen winners avoided the two-wide tier to start their second halves.
The racing week continues at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday and Tuesday, with cards beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day. Program pages are available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.