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Home 'n Dry, Good Living win at Pocono
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - by PHHA/Pocono

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Wilkes-Barre, PA --- The temperature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday (March 24) was not very warm, but the battles for early and late supremacy in the co-featured $17,500 races were at a fever pitch, with pacesetters Home 'n Dry and Good Living overcoming both the high price they paid for the top and good foes coming back at them in the lane.

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Good Living wins one of the co-featured events on Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

They were four-deep to the eighth pole in the trotting headliner, with the Credit Winner gelding Home 'n Dry three-wide at that point, eventually working his way to two-wide by the :27.4 quarter and then onward to the lead in front of the stands.

Home 'n Dry went on to post middle splits of :55.4 and 1:25, then found the two horses who had had the lead before him, first-on-top Upfront Billy and Golden Son, gaining on him in the Pocono Pike. But the Jim Morrill Jr.-driven winner, trainer by Robert Bresnahan Jr. for J L Sadowsky LLC, still had enough in reserve to post a three-quarters of a length victory in 1:54.1, with Golden Son a neck better than Upfront Billy for second.

Good Living, a winner on 2018’s local opening night last Saturday, made it two straight despite a small class step-up, tripping the timer in 1:50.4 for trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere.

The well-bred son of Western Ideal made the lead early inside of Somewhere Fancy, but with Ideal Cowboy keeping the pocket closed, the two quickest starters hit the quarter in :26 flat. Somewhere Fancy was out to almost the three-eighths pole before taking the lead, only to yield to the retaking Good Living, with the next two splits being rung up in :54.2 and 1:22.1.

In the stretch Anthony Napolitano, the track’s leading driver, asked Good Living for his all as Somewhere Fancy fought back, and he was able to maintain a three-quarter length margin over his game foe to the finish.

Pocono will have its first Sunday card tomorrow (March 25), with two $17,000 trots sharing the spotlight with many horses getting in a final preparatory mile for their Bobby Weiss Series action. The Weiss contests start a week from this Sunday (March 25), Easter Sunday, (April 1), a card which will have a special holiday post time of 5 p.m.

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