WILKES-BARRE PA – The Bar Hopping ridgling Top Me Off completed a “sweep” of his Bobby Weiss Trotting Series action for males, adding the $40,000 Championship on Sunday to his three earlier preliminary wins at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with a 1:54.4 triumph.
Trainer Todd Schadel had guided Top Me Off to the prelim wins, but he turned to driver Andy Miller to handle the three-year-old in the final. Their horse had drawn the outside post nine for the Championship, but even before the race they had luck, with a rival scratching and thus letting them start just a bit more inside.
In the $17,500 Weiss consolation for this classification, the Southwind Frank colt Tart Tongue broke his maiden in style with a 1:56.1 victory. Brian Sears sent the heavy favorite to the lead nearing the :28.4 quarter, rated the half to :59, then put in a pair of :28.3 quarters to win off by himself for trainer Marcus Melander and Stall TZ Inc.
The $40,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships continue Monday afternoon with the finale for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Incaseyoudidntknow was the only young distaff to go undefeated in her three preliminary contests, and she’ll be the likely choice starting from post four in the tenth race feature. Post time for the Monday program is 12:30 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.