WILKES-BARRE PA – Driver Simon Allard won three of the five $20,000 first-round preliminaries in the Bobby Weiss Series for three-year-old male pacers on Saturday afternoon at Pocono Downs at Mohegan Pennsylvania, while in the two parallel events for trotters driver Tyler Buter piloted both winners home first.
Two of Allard’s victories came with Ron Burke trainees, with the faster being Panettone Hanover in 1:51.1. The Captaintreacherous gelding went on to the lead then withstood the inside charge of pocketsitting Ghost Shark by a head for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin while recording a lifetime best. Two races earlier Allard, Burke, and Burke - Weaver/Bruscemi combined with Beasty LLC and Frank Baldachino and won with the Rockin Image gelding Somewhere Rockin, who took a new mark of 1:53.
Allard’s third winner in this section of the Weiss, named after the famed longtime Pocono track maintenance man, was the Always B Miki colt Joemikiyoursofine, who reduced his mark to 1:52.4 for trainer Chris Choate and owners Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosies.
The other Weiss pacing winners were the Heston Blue Chip colt All Class, undefeated in two career starts after lowering his record to 1:51.3 for driver Jason Bartlett, trainer Demier Minor, and Morrison Racing Stables, and the 28-1 shot Nopewasntme, recording a career best of 1:53.3 for driver Anthony Napolitano, trainer Leah Vandervort, and Anatolia Racing LLC.
The pacing colts will have their remaining two prelims and then their $50,000 Championship on the next three Saturdays; the trotting colts will be featured on the next three Sundays, but their first prelim was held on Saturday for horsemen who did not want to race on Easter, and so Buter got his Easter eggs a day early.
Both successful Weiss trotters stopped the timer in 1:55.1. The first was the Walner gelding Bestfriend Volo, who broke his maiden for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Pinske Stables, Patricia Stable, and Curly Tall Curly Small. Matching that time was the International Moni gelding Moni Book, two-for-two lifetime while also earning a new speed badge for trainer Justin Wiest and owners David Wiest Stables LLC, Pamela Kimmel, and James Rappold.
There were a pair of $18,500 fast-class features, once on each gait. On the pace, A Rocknroll Star, an altered son of A Rocknroll Dance, boogied to both a new lifetime mark and an equaling of the fastest mile of the year at Pocono with a 1:50.4 victory for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Robert Cleary, and owners Joseph and Vincent Barbera.
The top overnight trot was taken by the Cantab Hall gelding Macmorris Hanover in 1:54.1 for driver Jim Pantaleano and trainer Robert Baggitt Jr., the latter co-owner with J L Sadowsky LLC and Howard Taylor. Trainer/co-owner Baggitt also sent out a horse who turned in the fastest trot of the year at Pocono, a 1:53 winner in the Donato Hanover gelding Mystical Wynn, who was driven by George Napolitano Jr. and is co-owned by the trainer and Christine Baggitt.
The Weiss action for fillies will commence Monday (pacers) and Tuesday (trotters); as noted there will be no Weiss action on the Sunday card at 6 p.m., which is topped by a $17,000 contest for developing trotters. Program pages for all Pocono races are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html.