Two-year-old colt pacers and colt trotters will be in action Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania All-Stars opening-round action. The first-year pacers and trotters have been each been divided into six $30,000 divisions.
Santa Fe Beachboy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown, is the morning-line favorite in the first pacing event to kick off the card. Driven by David Miller, Santa Fe Beachboy has been impressive so far in two baby races at Scioto Downs, winning by 6 ¼ lengths in 1:57.1 and by 8 ¾ lengths in 1:55.2.
Favored in the second pacing division is Red Rocks, a son of The Panderosa, made a break in his first appearance in a baby race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs but the Ray Schnittker trainee made a quick turnaround in his next start as he led wire to wire to win in 1:54.4. Tim Tetrick will drive from post five.
A well-matched field of seven will line up in the third PA All-Stars pacing action but the morning-line nod goes to Dovuto Hanover, a gelded son of Dragon Again out of the Kelly O'Donnell Stable. After a win and a third in baby-race action Dovuto Hanover finished second in his pari-mutuel debut in a June 24 conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia. David Miller will drive Dovuto Hanover from post three.
Cowboy Terrier, the year's fastest freshman to date with a 153.1 baby race win June 16 at the Meadowlands, is the pre-race choice in the fourth pacing division. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is driven by Tetrick and trained by Schnittker, who is also co-breeder and co-owner with Charles Iannazzo.
Lonewolf Currier, who scored a 1:53.4 win in his pari-mutuel debut in a June 24 conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia, is the favorite in the fifth division. The son of The Panderosa will be driven by Tetrick for trainer Kevin McDermott.
Johns Polyview, who won his pari-mutuel debut June 24 at Philadelphia in 1:53.3, will start from post five with driver John Campbell in the last pacing split. The son of McArdle is trained by Donna Marshall.
High Bridge, a son of Cantab Hall out of the Yankee Glide mare Madame Volo, is the program choice in the first trotting event. Trained and driven by Jimmy Takter, High Bridge has won two baby races in as many starts, both clocked in an identical 2:00.2.
Arctic Tale, who followed up two wins in baby races at The Meadows with a 1:58 score in his pari-mutuel debut June 25 over that five-eighths mile oval, is the choice in the second trotting split. Trained by Ron Burke, Arctic Tale will be driven by Matt Kakaley from post two.
Tigress's Legacy, whose three baby race victories have been by one length, 2 ¼ lengths and 27 ¼ lengths, respectively, will leave from post seven in the third trotting division. The son of SJ's Caviar is trained and driven by David Wade, who is also the breeders and shares ownership.
Vibe Blue Chip is the program favorite in the fourth split. The son of Andover Hall will leave from post one for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Vibe Blue Chip is coming off a 21 ½-length romp in 1:59 in his final baby-race tune-up on June 14 at The Meadows.
The Takter barn will send out morning-line favorite Dontyouforgetit in the fifth trotting division. The son of Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Solveig will start from post one in his debut after a pair of baby race victories. Takter trains and will drive. Also in the field is the undefeated Jersey Rebel, who had one win in a baby race and then a 2:00.1 score in a conditioned race June 19 at Philadelphia. Julie Miller trains and Andy Miller drives the son of Cantab Hall.
The 15th race on the card is the final division for rookie colt trotters. The morning-line favorite is Major Athens, who has two second-place outings in baby races on his resume coming into the race. The son of Andover Hall out of the Self Possessed mare Miss Athens will start from post one for driver David Miller and trainer Rich Gillock.