2YOCT Can't Say No 1:57.2 PcD winner
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The two-year-olds made their 2019 pari-mutuel debut at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card, with a $13,000 event for each gait sharing the feature spotlight with a trot and a mares pace for more experienced horses.
In the section for baby colts, the well-bred Can’t Say No was dismissed as the 38-1 longest shot on the board despite winning in his only qualifier, and he went out and trotted the fastest mile by a freshman on a 5/8-mile track this year, 1:57.2, besting favored Take Shape by four lengths and performing the quick mile when the track was still rated “good +1.”
Trainer/driver Ray Schnittker sent the Explosive Matter colt out of Fifty Shades, a half-sister to Muscle Hill, right down the road in :28.2, :59, and 1:28.2, with several different challenges coming at him at various points but failing to pass him. Schnittker also co-owns the impressive trotter with Steven Arnold, Arden Homestead Stables, and breeder Frederick Hertrich III.
In the fillies section, Do You Wanna Dance made her pari-mutuel debut a successful one for driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen. The daughter of Father Patrick – Tail Of Night yielded the lead nearing the :28.4 quarter to favored Heaven, sat behind that one through middle fractions of 1:00 and 1:30.4, then stormed home to pass the leader by 1½ lengths at the end of a 1:59.3 mile. The clocking came while the track was still “good,” and it was her fastest passing of the winning post. Do You Wanna Dance is a recent acquisition by owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick.
The surface had been rerated to “fast” by the time for the other features. The $15,000 trot for “nw 4 races” was also taken by the Ray Schnittker stable, as the Donato Hanover sophomore filly Jezzys Legacy followed good cover, then closed strongly to post a 5¼ length triumph in 1:54.1, a lifetime best. Jezzys Legacy, a recent PA Stallion Series winner at the mountain oval, was driven by Tyler Buter, one of four for him on the card and one of eleven for him during the four-card Pocono racing week. Trainer Schnittker co-owns the winner of $122,376 with Little E, Ted Gewertz, and Mary Kinsey Arnold.
In the $14,000 distaff pace, the Four Starzzz Shark mare Vorst made two moves to control the pace, then went on to post her quickest winning mile ever, 1:51.3, while 3¾ lengths clear at the finish. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera owns and trains the winner of $365,641 driven by George Napolitano Jr., who also won 11 times at Pocono this racing week, and fifteen times since Saturday counting a quartet of victories at Philly last Sunday. (PHHA/Pocono)