WILKES-BARRE PA – The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Somebeach Baron continues to exhibit career-best form, winning one of two $16,000 divisions of the top-level claiming handicap pace on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Somebeach Baron and driver Anthony Napolitano briefly tucked fourth early in a :26.2 opener, then rushed up to get the lead near a :54 half, hot fractions even on a hot day. But the tempo didn’t faze the winner, as he went :26.4 down the backstretch to get away from his opposition, then finished out in 1:49, a career best by over a second. Marta Piotrow conditions the winner of three of his last four for A Napolitano Racing Inc.
A $15,700 fast-class trot went to the veteran Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob, who made the early lead and slowed the half, then came home with twin :27.4 quarters in a 1:52 triumph. George Napolitano Jr., the meet’s leading driver who had four wins on the day (three of which came for trainer Tee Wine), was in charge of the winner of $596,404 for trainer Mark Silva and owner Kathleen Whitaker.
Sunday’s 5:00 p.m. twilight card at Pocono features two $35,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old trotting fillies. The tenth race division is definitely tougher than the eighth race on paper, as it contains all three winners in the first leg of the PA Sire Stakes – Mimi Ocean Hanover, Vogue, and Dreamonhigh – as well as Stallion Series winner Gumdrop Hanover. Program pages for the Sunday card are available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.