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Lachance has a big night on the Grand Circuit
Saturday, July 10, 2010 - by John Zimich, publicity director, Pocono Downs

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Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Michel Lachance won four of the seven W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

On day three of Grand Circuit Week, Lachance got things start in the opening division of the Meda for 3-year-old trotting fillies. He was in the sulky with the heavily favored Devilish Emerald, who trotted the mile in 1:59.3.

Bill Zendt trains Devilish Emerald, now two for two lifetime after winning in her debut at the Meadows in 1:58.2.

“She’s a little hot but has a lot of speed,” Lachance said about Devilish Emerald in the winner’s circle. “”I’d rather one a little hot than a lazy horse. She’s perfect right now.”

Lachance also won the first division of the Tar Heel for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, guiding the 2-5 favorite, Pang Shui, to a victory in 1:51. Ray Schnittker trained this winner.

Easy Agenda, trained by Jimmy Takter, was Lachance’s next winner. He went wire to wire with the 8-5 shot and stopped the timer in 2:00.3.

The fourth Reynolds victory of the evening came with Aled Hanover, trained by Richard Norman. Aled Hanover was winning for the third time in eight starts this season. The time of 1:51 was a new life mark for Aled Hanover.

Dave Palone owns the stakes record for most wins on a single night’s card, with five.

George Napolitano, Jr., the track’s leading driver, collected a Tar Heel victory with Eagle Jolt. The 3-year-old Village Jolt gelding trained by Mark Ford stopped the timer in 1:52.3, a new life mark.

Veteran driver Roger Hammer drove Lyrical Lady to a Meda win in the second division of four for the young trotting gals. Trained by Walter (Boots) Dunn, Lyrical Lady won in 1:58.3 in a front end victory.

The Open Handicap pace winner was Golden Receiver, piloted by Joe Pavia, Jr. The 5-year-old gelding, trained by Mark Harder, won in 1:50. This was the seventh win in 22 starts this season with earnings approaching the $150,000 mark with the victory.

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