Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs's seasonal curtain raising series of early-closers, collectively known as the Bobby Weiss Series to honor the recently-retired trackman who made Pocono's surface into one of the best in the world, stages its fourth and final preliminary rounds over the next five days, with the highest prelim money-winners eligible for their respective $30,000 championship races.
The series, for late-developing 3 and 4 year olds, have divisions for both gaits and both sexes.
During the pacing prelims, only one horse has been able to win during the three conducted to date--the 4-year-old Tell All entire Getitoffyourchest, trained by Dick Lewis for owner David Banks. Banks and Lewis are certainly a patient pair, with their pacer making only three starts at two and five at three. But he has exploded at four, with four victories in as many starts, three in the Weiss, last week's a 1:51.1 tally that is the fastest prelim win of all the Weiss colts. Getitoffyourchest, though, was unlucky to shake the outside eight ball at the draw, which should provide a big test for the horse and driver Mike Simons.
Trainer Rene Allard sends out a powerhouse pair in this cut, slotted for race 12. Somewhere With You (post 4, driver George Napolitano Jr.) is the only other horse in the series with two prelim wins, coming in his last two starts, while stablemate City Hall (post 2, driver Simon Allard) also visited the Weiss victory lane last week.
In the eighth race Weiss division Saturday, Try's Little Prince is the only horse to have a Weiss victory, and he has been accorded early favoritism from post 4 for driver Matt Kakaley and the all-conquering trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing/Weaver Bruscemi ownership.
During Sunday's Weiss trotting action, the luck of the draw has put the two horses who have swept their three preliminaries, Sixteen Mikes and Ray Allen, in the same division, race 10. Ray Allen (post 4, driver Tim Tetrick) has gone faster than Sixteen Mikes each week, including the 1:54 fastest prelim win to date last week, but Sixteen Mikes (post 3) has shown great fortitude and must be respected for "The Trot Man,” driver Simons.
The other Sunday section has Mustodian the early choice in race 12 as the only Weiss prelim winner in this field. That victory came last week in 1:55.3, and Mustodian has more than a decent chance to repeat from post 1 for driver Ron Pierce. (PHHA/Pocono)