WILKES-BARRE PA – The ten-year-old gelding Lachie Maguire N turned a fast profit for owner Robert Weinstein, who claimed him for $30,000 out of the top claiming handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last Saturday. This week the veteran came on to win the $16,000 claiming feature in 1:51, and was taken for a $32,000 price – a $10,000 profit ($8000 purse + $2000 hike in price) minus expenses for a week of ownership.
Lachie Maguire N “paced back to his breeding” – his sire is Bettor’s Delight, and he was the crowd favorite, and his dam’s sire is In The Pocket, which is where he raced as Daamericansky cut out fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:23.1. Driver Jim Marohn Jr., handling the horse for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno, sent the winner of $471,637 up the Pocono Pike and got him past Daamericansky, who had to settle for second for the third straight week, by three-quarters of a length.
Joesstar Of Mia A also found being first-over not an insurmountable obstacle, getting home first in 1:50.3 in the pacing co-feature. Rock The Devil moved to the lead in front of the stands and set the pace, opening a large advantage that he carried to midstretch, but Joesstar Of Mia A never said never and caught the tiring leader by a neck. Anthony Napolitano rallied the Roll With Joe gelding for trainer Steven Brabrook and owners Jonathan Lapp Jr. and Wish Me Luck Stables LLC.
Normally the spotlight for this card would fall on trainer Darren Taneyhill, who posted four victories during the matinee performance to move into third place in the conditioners standings, but George Napolitano Jr. and his brother Anthony, 1-2 atop the Pocono standings, were at it again Saturday. Nine-time winners between them this past Monday, they bettered themselves here with ten victories, including the first three and then seven of the last eight. Each reported home first five times on the day, including twice each with Taneyhill trainees. Anthony Nap now has ten winners over the last three cards at Pocono; George has 22 victories during the last five performances at the mountain oval, and 34 wins in eastern Pennsylvania from last Saturday onward, including his Harrah’s Philly wins.