WILKES-BARRE PA –The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore colt Kauai King (no relation to the 1966 Kentucky Derby winner) had to dodge an early breaker and then worked hard to get the lead from his outside post, but once on top would not be supplanted in winning the $13,000 featured pace in 1:54.1 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon.
After an adventure-filled :28.1 opener which saw him land third, Kauai King and driver Anthony Napolitano decided to take over the lead, and did so with a minimum of fuss well before the :58 half. From there the winner sprinted home in :56.1 to leave Send It In Jerome 1½ lengths behind as he was victorious for trainer Mark Ford and All Star Racing Inc.
The Tuesday 12:30 card at Pocono, the track’s last in its racing week, will have three $17,000 features for horses aspiring to greater classification heights: a distaff pace in race five, a male pace in race ten, and a trot in race twelve; program pages are available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.
When racing resumes on Saturday, which will be October 2, Pocono will be shifting to a three-day-a-week schedule – Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday at 12:30 – until the end of its 2021 meet on Saturday, October 30.