Dynamic Youth captures Saturday night feature at Pocono
Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Dynamic Youth led much of the way and picked up the victory in Saturday night’s featured Preferred pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000.
Leaving from post position three in a field of nine as the 3-2 favorite, Dynamic Youth (Bettor’s Delight--Always True), a 4-year-old gelding from the Aaron Lambert barn, settled into third on the first turn as Meirs Hanover took the lead. In the front stretch, driver Andrew McCarthy seized his opportunity and sent Dynamic Youth quickly to the lead before the clubhouse turn. He led from there, holding-off a second move by Meirs Hanover in the stretch to win by one length in 1:49.2. Alsace Hanover finished third.
Dynamic Youth, owned by J&T Silva Stables, Kenneth Tucci, and C&G Racing Stable, won for the fifth time in 15 2013 races. It was his 14th career victory and his lifetime earnings now total $776,137.
Sheer Brilliance displayed his radiance with a bold-striding, 1:51.2 victory in Saturday night’s $10,000 featured Open pace at Vernon Downs. Competing for the second time at Vernon since shipping in from Tioga Downs, Sheer Brilliance left from the assigned outside post position in Saturday’s second session and, after a brief battle for the early lead with Moonlight Ransom, took charge of the mile contest. Despite broken equipment, the gritty gelding continued on to a close decision over his early challenger. It was the third tally in the last four starts for the productive 8-year-old, his seventh season’s score and 41st lifetime win. The aggressive bay son of Blissful Hall--High Roller Ash raised his career earnings to more than $492,000. Claude Huckabee III did the teaming for co-owner and trainer Jeffrey Long and his partner, J. Paul Long. Saturday’s fastest mile was a 1:51.1 performance by No Monkeys Allowed, who scrambled home from sixth in the final quarter to snare his second win in succession for owners Robert J. Orr and Gary J. Jonas in the $8,000 seventh race. John MacDonald, who earned a double with the first place finish, did the steering for trainer Edgar Clarke, who also recorded two victories on Saturday’s 13-race program, as did owners Orr and Jonas. Leading driver (130 wins) and trainer (51 tallies) Rick Plano picked up his meet-leading 15th triple during the track’s 71st program, while Roman Lopez also logged three wins and Fern Paquet Jr. had two.
A better post and a driver switch to Ken Holliday turned out to be the winning tonic for OK Braveheart ($19.20) as he won the featured $8,500 Open pace in 1:53.3 on a perfect Saturday night (Sept. 28) at Batavia Downs. Stonebridge Rocket (Shawn McDonough) fired out and posted wicked fractions of :26.2 and :55.2 to the half. That proved to be a perfect setup for the closers. Stonebridge Rocket stalled badly and OK Braveheart, who was third, came first-over, and took a commanding, two length lead to the three-quarter marker in 1:24. The ever-dangerous closer Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) made a charge in the stretch but OK Braveheart was still “okay” in the lane and won by 1-1/4 lengths at the wire. What The Sheik (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished third. Owned by Ron and Paul Viele and trained by Alex Giuliani, OK Braveheart (Bettor's Delight--Color Me Beachy) now has seven wins in 2013 and $73,296 in the bank. It also pushed the 7-year-old's lifetime earnings to $554,919. Besides guiding OK Braveheart to a $19.20, Holliday completed the driving double as he scored with Mattigician who returned $30.00 for the win. Ron Beback had a triple while Shawn McDonough, Kevin Cummings and David McNeight III each posted two wins.There will be racing on Tuesday and Wednesday night starting at 6:30 p.m., ET, but no on-track wagering will be accepted as Batavia Downs prepares for its opening of the new Video Lottery Terminal area that will located on the ground floor, on Friday. Wagers came be made via the Batavia ITW simulcast center, Off-Track Betting, Batavia Bets or other simulcast outlets. The races can also be seen on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester, N.Y. and surrounding areas.
Saratoga’s defending Older Pacer of the Year, Silent Swing, reached the two million dollar mark in career earnings behind an Open Pace victory on Saturday night at the Spa. The Mark Ford-trained pacer set a track record for 11-year-olds as he went wire-to-wire in 1:53 on a beautiful early fall night in Saratoga. Billy Dobson piloted Silent Swing (Northern Luck) to the score in the $18,000 Open. Twin B Hollister (Brandon Simpson) sat the pocket to the winner and finished second, winning a place photo with A Place In History (Joe Bongiorno) who earned the show spot. Silent Swing now has earnings of more than $2 million in his sensational career after recording the 71st win of his illustrious career.