WILKES-BARRE PA – Aggressive handling by driver Eric Carlson helped the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Sweet Rock to defeat 2-5 favorite Springsteen in 1:50.1 to take the $21,500 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night.
Sweet Rock left hard from the rail and would not let Atta Boy Dan (more on him in a minute) go by early; once putting that rival behind Carlson started to hit the brakes, bringing Springsteen out of last in the field of four to quickly grab the lead past a :27.2 quarter. Springsteen then went his middle half in :53.4 (:54.2, 1:21.1) trying to get away from the field, and indeed he had an open length lead from shortly into the backstretch until turning for home
As for Pocono’s “King Of The Claimers,” Atta Boy Dan – the highest level of claimer was not filling, so an optional $40,000 claiming price was added to the conditions of the feature. Atta Boy Dan had won his last five starts and ten of his last eleven races, but he had to settle for third in this higher company after a week away. However, he was claimed for $40,000 out of his 14th straight race, beating the unofficial local record of R Gauwitz Hanover set in 2015.
The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Somebeach Baron laid off of a hot pace, moved to contention on the far turn, then paced away from his field for a 1¼ length victory in the $17,500 co-feature, equaling his lifetime record with the 1:50.3 victory. Somebeach Baron has now taken three of his last five starts for trainer Marta Piotrow and owner Ameer Najor.
Somebeach Baron was driven by Anthony Napolitano, who had four victories on the card, as did his brother George.