Tuesday's (Aug. 19) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Harrington Raceway, Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Hippodrome 3R.
Frau Blucher matches WR at Pocono
Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Frau Blucher made her first win of the 2014 season a memorable one by matching a world record for her age group on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
|Curtis Salonick photo|
|Frau Blucher matched the world record for a 4-year-old trotting mare on a five-eighths-mile track.|
A huge earner at age 2 and 3 for trainer Chris Oakes, Frau Blucher (Broadway Hall-My Angel) was winless in her first five starts as a 4-year-old heading into Tuesday night’s condition trot for non-winners of $10,001 in the past five races, which carried a purse of $13,000. Leaving from post position 2 in a field of nine as the 4-5 favorite, Frau Blucher, with George Napolitano Jr. in the bike, took over the lead on the front stretch and opened up from there.
The mare ended up 8-1/4 lengths in front of the field in a winning time of 1:51:4, which matched the world record for 4-year-old trotting mares on a five-eighths-mile oval, set back in May at Pocono by Classic Martine, another Oakes trainee.
Frau Blucher, owned by Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, and Matt Tudisco, won for the 14th time in 34 career races, pushing her lifetime earnings to $924,117 in the process.
-- Jim Beviglia
Jason Johnson’s My Ideal Hanover ($6.40, Victor Kirby) prevailed in Tuesday’s $11,000 featured conditioned event at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53.3 triumph. The 5-year-old Western Ideal mare had won five in a row before suffering a defeat in the $30,000 Legislator’s Cup at Harrington on Governor’s Day during the Delaware State Fair. After a pair of seventh-place finishes in Open company at Yonkers Raceway in her ensuing efforts, My Ideal Hanover returned home where she received some class relief for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. She set all the ractions from post position eight, and held off Sucha Bad Girl and Whistler Seelster for a one-length win. It was the sixth win of the year for My Ideal Hanover and 16th in 86 career starts. Driver George Dennis had three winners on the 12-race card. Sean Bier and Montrell Teague each had a double.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Freshman pacer Mister Skitter (Western Terror) broke his maiden in impressive fashion at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Tuesday night. The Don Sherman-trained 2-year-old finished third last week in his first start with leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky. On Tuesday night, the rookie pacer flashed early speed and sat the pocket to the race’s favorite. When the front runner began to tire approaching the head of the stretch, Dobson elected to move Mister Skitter to the far outside and was three wide in the lane when he came charging hard to reel in rival Jojo Jove (Dave Byer) to break his maiden in a strong win time of 1:57.3. Jojo Jove was the runner-up for the second consecutive week while freshman Here Comes Karma (Frank Coppola Jr.) came on to earn the show spot in the $4,800 race comprised of mostly freshman pacers. The win for Mister Skitter was one of two on the card for conditioner Don Sherman and one of three on the night for Billy Dobson.
With one of the most impressive three-wide sweeps from last place after the half-mile in harness racing, Decret Justiciale and trainer/driver Denis Filion was able to collar pacesetter Margarita Bi in the stretch and go on to win the featured trot at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. Decret Justiciale kicked in another gear to not only collar Margarita Bi in mid-stretch, but pass her to win by one length in 1:57.4. Bel Gazou was able to hold on for third place. It was the second straight win and sixth victory in nine starts this year for Decret Justiciale. The 5-year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall is owned by Danielle Levac and paid $2.90 to win as the wagering favorite. In the seventh race featured pace, Windham Hanover and trainer/driver Norman Beaudon were able to lead from start to finish and win with ease by two open lengths in 1:55.2. That was the fastest mile of the evening as Windham Hanover posted his second victory this season and paid $17.80 to win.