WILKES-BARRE PA – A pair of $15,000 co-featured trots on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were won in photo finishes by the pocketsitter who used the Pocono Pike as the path to victory.
The faster of the two winners was the Crazed gelding Krentler Hanover, who lowered his lifetime best to 1:55 for trainer Bruce Clarke and owner Anthony Cangialosi. Marcus Miller used the rail well to defend the pocket behind pacesetting Fire’N Woodshed, then caught that one by a head.
The World Of Rocknroll mare Clarebear was three-wide well past a fast quarter in pursuit of the lead in the $14,000 co-featured pace for mares, but once on the front she held on to her advantage to the wire for a 1:52.1 victory. Eric Carlson kept the winner of $290,208 alive to the line to post a ¾ length win over pocket rallier Truth And Liberty for trainer Michael Russo and the Cavalli Veloci (“fast horses” in Italian) Stable LLC.
George Napolitano Jr. had a driving double on Tuesday night, bringing his local four-card week’s tally to 17 and his career total to 9,992. George now heads down the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for three days of competition at Harrah’s Philadelphia – whether he will be still be looking for the milestone 10,000th victory when he returns to Pocono on Saturday is up in the air, as he had three winners last Sunday at Philly.