CHESTER PA – The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) again has its weekly quota of three $30,000 races for fast-class horses filled for Sunday – the open pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia in the afternoon, and the open mares pace and open trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the evening.
In the open pace, there are few better pacers right now than None Bettor A, who makes his GNOS debut from post two in the seven-horse gathering for the sister/brother team of trainer Jen and driver Joe Bongiorno. The Bettor’s Delight gelding has been racing in this country for less than two months – he opened his North American account with two thirds at Yonkers, then went over the George Washington Bridge to The Meadowlands and has ripped off our straight wins, the latest in 1:48.4.
The open mares pace at Pocono is topped by divisional leader Tequila Monday, who had won her first two starts in the GNOS before being beaten only 2½ lengths while timed in 1:49.4 against #1-ranked Shartin N in the Betsy Ross Pace at Philly this past Sunday. The American Ideal mare had opened her season with six straight wins for trainer Hunter Oakes before last week’s setback, and she is the early favorite to regain her winning ways while starting from post four for Tyler Buter, who won with her at Pocono in the GNOS on May 12.
Apple Bottom Jeans (post two, driver Corey Callahan) is second in the early GNOS pointstandings after three thirds in GNOS races, and the mare may be able to put her blazing early speed to work after drawing post two in the nine-horse field. A well-regarded newcomer is Alexa’s Power (post five, driver Tim Tetrick), a winner in the Open handicap at Yonkers on May 10.
In the GNOS open trot, 2018 Earl Beal Trot winner Crystal Fashion has drawn the rail in a nine-horse c collection for trainer Jim Campbell and driver Tim Tetrick. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Trotter of the Year last season, Crystal Fashion was a close fourth in his only GNOS start, his first of the year, and the Cantab Hall gelding then was second, only a half-length behind Muscle M Up, in a Graduate leg at The Meadowlands.
All Champy (post three, driver Simon Allard) comes off the race of his life, pushing The World’s Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter, to go all-out to beat him by a half-length at Philly on May 19. Also highly-regarded is La Grange Å (post two, driver Åke Svanstedt), an Australian import handled by the Swedish master who was second in his only GNOS competition.