Saturday's (March 29) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Daylon Miracle takes Preferred Handicap at Pocono
Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Daylon Miracle overcame a sloppy track and a tough first-over grind to win the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
|Curtis Salonick photo|
|Daylon Miracle was a narrow winner in the Preferred Handicap Trot.|
Leaving from post position No. 2 in a field of seven as the even-money favorite, Daylon Miracle (Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel), a 5-year-old mare trained by William Bercury, sat fifth for the first half-mile of the race.
It wasn’t until the backstretch that driver Brett Miller set the mare in motion and took aim at pacesetting Coraggioso. In the stretch, Daylon Miracle took over and held off the closers by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.1. Money On My Mind rallied for second while Coraggioso faded to third.
Daylon Miracle won for the sixth time in ten races this season. It was her 18th career victory, pushing her lifetime earnings to $310,003.
-- Jim Beviglia
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Recent News (Riverboat King) took a big time class drop for his Saturday start at Saratoga and the Heidi Rohr-trained pacer outclosed his competition to record his first win of the season. Recent News, who got away sixth and had to move four wide heading to the three-quarter pole, had something left for the stretch run and drew away late to win the $11,000 conditioned-optional claimer. Recent News, whose victory came in 1:56.2, returned $8.90 to win as he bested Lets Rock Together (Billy Dobson) and Theseyesrcrying (Jim Devaux). The win was one of two on the card for driver Shawn Gray and Rohr who also teamed up for a victory with pacer Tireman (The Panderosa).