WILKES-BARRE PA – The A Rocknroll Dance mare Lady Rocknrolla A was tighter in her second start at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a $11,200 feature for pacing distaffs in 1:54.2 during a soggy Sunday twilight card where the temperature did not exceed 45 degrees.
The recent Canadian import and driver James MacDonald were intent on setting the pace in this event, with the favorite putting second choice Royaltywestho in behind her by the :27.2 quarter. A breather to the half in :57.3 was followed by a challenge from Topville Angelina nearing, at and past the 1:25.4 three-quarters, but Lady Rocknrolla A dug in gamely to defeat that challenger for trainer Carmen Auciello and owner Stephen Klunowski.
The meet’s leading trainer, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, sent out three winning horses, driven by three different drivers; two of them were Tyler Buter and the meet’s leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., who also each recorded a three-bagger.
The top claiming trotters at the track will be featured in a pair of $12,800 contests on the Monday card at Pocono, with Thisisshe looking for her fourth straight win upon being reunited after a claim with owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Monday’s action begins at 12:30 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.