WILKES-BARRE PA – In the middle of a “five race win streak” at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, driver George Napolitano Jr. won with the Explosive Matter gelding Lindy’s Big Bang in 1:55.2 in taking the faster of two $12,800 claiming handicap trot features.
Napolitano, the track’s perennial leading driver who won the last two races here on Sunday, sent Lindy’s Big Bang to the lead under the wire for the first time and the pair drew away comfortably late in the Monday opener for the meet’s leading trainer, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who is also the owner. Napolitano then went on to take the second and third races on Monday in winning five consecutive races over two cards at the mountain track.
Matching George Napolitano Jr. with three driving victories Monday was Doug McNair, who has been doing very well on his unexpected spring “vacation” from Ontario racing. So far in the U.S. he is a very respectable 15 for 133 against cream-of-the-crop drivers while not always getting to drive top-level horses in any given race, as could be expected for any “newbie.”
The racing week concludes Tuesday at Pocono with a trio of strong features, three $15,300 events for the high-flying “nw 8 races” brigade: one for male pacers, one for female pacers, and one for trotters. The distaff pace will find Meadows invader Filly Speaks going for her sixth straight victory after dominating a pair of late-closing series there. There will also be a carryover of $50,127.28 into the track’s Rainbow Pick 5 wagering pool. Tuesday’s action begins at 12:30 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.