WILKES-BARRE PA – Two more trotting colts from the seemingly-endless line produced by the Marcus Melander stable were among the three winners of $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for freshmen conducted Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
The faster of the two winners from Melander, last year’s Trainer of the Year, was the colt In Range, by Bar Hopping out of Ilia (the dam of $400G+ winners Tight Lines and Long Tom). Tim Tetrick hustled the baby away from the rail, kept him in line when he suffered some “Pocono paddock greenness” coming off the first turn (where the Pocono paddock is), yielded to stablemate Incentive for the two-hole, then came up the inside in the stretch to catch his barnmate by 1¾ lengths in 1:55.1. The fast freshman is owned by AMG Stable Inc., Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Asell, and Rick Wahlstadt.
Both the Melander youngsters were betting favorites; the third winner, Southwind Mazzarati, rewarded his backers with an 11-1 payoff. The Southwind Frank colt out of Alix Hall (dam of the $900G+ winner Flex The Muscle) got the lead at the quarter under Andrew McCarthy’s handling, could rate a 1:00 middle half, then sprinted home in :28.4 to complete a 1:58.2 mile that saw Arnold N Dicky 1½ lengths in back of him at the wire. The Lucas Wallin pupil is co-owned by his trainer, Mazza Racing Stables LLC, and Stormi And Bruiser Stables.
Driver Tyler Buter had four wins on the card, one of them with Wild Bill, a son of Somebeachsomewhere – Wild West Show, making him a full brother to world champion Huntsville. The long-memoried may recall that this horse showed the potential of a world-beater at the dawn of his career in mid-2017, but fate has not been kind to him until today, when he rushed to the lead at the half and went on to victory in a lifetime best 1:50.2. It’s hard to believe that the promising baby here achieved just the sixth triumph of his career, but maybe now is his time for owner/trainer Ray Schnittker.