WILKES-BARRE PA – The combination of driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Mike Spaccarelli Jr. have been atop their respective horsemen’s standings since about the start of the 2022 season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, many of their wins coming with overnight stock. At qualifiers on Wednesday morning at Pocono, they teamed with three horses owned by Fiddler’s Creek Stables LLC to show there are some very nice younger horses in the barn as well.
2021 Messenger winner American Courage won a second qualifier at Pocono, and the final times of 1:52.4 - :27.3 for the son of American Ideal should be regarded as no less impressive than the 1:52.2 - :27 he turned in last week, for it was 70 degrees then, and 44 degrees in the mountains this morning.
The Captaintreacherous sophomore colt Layton Hanover, out of a ¾ sister to I Luv The Nitelife, was purchased by Fiddler’s Creek in partnership with D’Elegance Stable IX, T L P Stable, and Carmen Iannacone at the end of March, and he looked like a good investment after riding the pocket then coming home in :28.2 to freeze the timer in 1:54.3.
The Downbytheseaside colt Double Double, whose third dam produced champion Caviart Ally, posted a victory in his second charted line, going wire-to-wire and winning by a neck in 1:56.
Racing resumes at Pocono on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., with the $50,000 Bobby Weiss Championship for sophomore trotting colts the headliner, along with their pacing counterparts in their final Weiss prelim. Program pages for Saturday are now available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.