WILKES-BARRE PA – The Explosive Matter gelding Papi Hanover enjoyed a downturn in company on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the $12,500 featured fast-class trot in 1:56 over “sloppy” going.
Driver Ridge Warren sent the winner of $163,421 to the lead nearing the quarter while passing the original frontstepper Darty, controlled the pace, then could keep away the resurgent pocketsitter by three parts of a length. Karen Fread trains the winner, and she is also co-owner with Randy and Michael Toth along with James Mims Jr.
The Napolitano brothers, Anthony and George Jr., each visited Victory Lane three times during the Tuesday racing.
Racing resumes at Pocono on Saturday at 1:30, featuring probably the best card so far in 2022 at the mountain oval. The top event is the $50,000 Weiss Series Championship for sophomore pacing males, featuring the very promising Lanjo Lee and All Or Nothing; there are also a pair of $25,000 fast-class features, one on each gait. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.