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Muscle Diamond glitters in Pocono Sunday feature
Monday, September 17, 2018 - from the PHHA/Pocono

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Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Muscle Diamond launched three-wide down the backstretch and trotted a :27.3 third quarter to clear to the lead before the three-quarter pole, going on to win in 1:52.2 to take the $21,500 feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night (Sept. 16).

Tyler Buter kept the son of Muscle Hill off of hotly-contested fractions, then launched him mid-backstretch and had no further problems in the three length victory. Brett Bittle conditions the winner of $734,449 lifetime, and he is also a co-owner along with Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV and Dan Bittle.

In the $17,500 co-feature, the Crazed gelding Crazshana made the top handily, rated the half to :57, then sprinted home in :55.3 to be clear of his field at the end of the 1:52.3 mile. The Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained horse, who boosted his earnings to $101,450 this season and $437,849 lifetime, is owned by Bamond Racing and he was part of a 17-winner weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday, including Harrah's Philadelphia) for driver George Napolitano Jr.


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