WILKES-BARRE PA – P L Leeroy, the only double winner in the first two preliminaries in his sector of the Game Of Claims Pacing Series at Pocono Downs at Mohegan Pennsylvania, couldn’t complete a sweep of his prelims on Sunday afternoon in one of ten $12,500 divisions for horses priced at $20,000. Instead, he was joined by his conqueror Mister Daytona N and four other horses as two-time victors as their group’s preliminaries ended a week before their $25,000 Championship.
P L Leeroy set the pace on the frigid day at Pocono, but Mister Daytona N sat right on his back, then caught him up the inside in 1:55.2 as the entire field of seven was separated by a mere two lengths on the money. Both of the first two horses had been claimed out of their first two legs -- P L Leeroy did get that ”consecutive triple” as he was one of five horses on the day claimed for the $20,000 third-leg tag, while Mister Daytona N got to stay with owner/trainer Christen Pantaleano and driver Jim Pantaleano.
Only two of the ten winners were haltered Sunday, and both had previous series wins, but one of them was not even guaranteed a spot in the Championship by his second win in an unofficial post-competition tally. That would be Busboy Hanover (1:55.4, driver George Napolitano Jr.), who skipped a leg and thus was beaten out in the pointtotals by horses with a first, a second, and another checkgetting prelim effort, but still could get in if someone ahead of him did not declare. The same would apply to Sunday winners Mariner Seelster (1:54.1, Matt Kakaley) and Vasari N (1:54.3, Jim Pantaleano), who also skipped a leg.
The other horse earning his second GOC win and being claimed was Make Some Waves (1:54.2, Simon Allard). Other Sunday winners were Perkins (1:54.3, Jim Pantaleano’s third GOC win of the day), Classified Material (1:54, Tyler Buter), Intrigued Again (1:56, George Napolitano Jr.), Kept Under Wraps (1:56.1, Braxten Boyd), and Droptherakefreddy (1:53.4 for the fastest series win, Allard). Simon Allard wound up as the day’s top driver with five victories.
The March preliminaries in the Game Of Claims series come to an end on the Monday 1 p.m. card, with five $7500 divisions of horses entered for an $11,000 tag; with no horse winning twice in the preliminaries, this action will be wide-open ahead of next Monday’s $15,000 Championship for this group. Program pages for all Pocono races are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.