Wilkes-Barre PA --- Many horses making their final preparations for the upcoming Breeders Crown races can be found in Thursday’s (Oct. 3) qualifying races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, where the first of ten races faces the starter at 10 a.m.
The best matchup of the morning action is saved for last, as in the tenth qualifier top free-for-all millionaire pacers Warrawee Needy and Razzle Dazzle square off.
Warrawee Needy, as of this writing still the fastest horse of 2013 with his 1:46.4 victory in a W.R. Haughton elimination, makes his second straight Pocono morning appearance after a super qualifying win in 1:52 last week, with back fractions of 1:22-:53.3-:26.3. Warrawee Needy has not been in a pari-mutuel race since the U.S. Pacing Series Championship on Aug. 3.
Razzle Dazzle, earlier winner of the Levy Series Championship, has been spelled since failing to make the USPC final a week before.
Warrawee Needy has post three for trainer Mark Ford and driver Mark MacDonald, while Razzle Dazzle will begin from barrier six for trainer Nifty Norman, with Joe Pavia, Jr. selected for sulky duty.
Also returning to the races is North America’s No. 3-rated harness horse, the sensational sophomore pacing filly I Luv The Nitelife, who was given a brief respite after her straight-heat world record victory in the Jugette. Trainer Chris Ryder has tapped Andrew McCarthy to guide the phenomenal filly Thursday as they line up in post three in the day’s sixth event, over a track where I Luv The Nitelife won the Lynch Memorial in June and the Valley Forge in August.
Thursday’s Pocono action is not just a pacefest, as the highly-regarded sophomore trotter Smilin Eli is in to go for his first action since three-five finishes in the two weeks of Canadian Trotting Derby action ending Sept. 14. He’s in race nine and Pavia again got the nod for sulky action for trainer David M. Smith after shaking the three-pill.
Freshman Don Dorado, winner of the recent Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2-year-old colt trot championship, goes behind the starter from post five in the fourth race for trainer Robert Baggitt, Jr. and driver Mike Simons.