ABC Muscles Boy takes Pocono Trot feature
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The ABC Garland gelding ABC Muscles Boy went from the bottom conditioned level at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to the apex in four victorious steps, trotting through the 33-degree chill and overcoming first-over to win by a length in 1:53.3 in the $20,500 handicap trot.
Rene Allard trains the career winner of $285,991 in his current hot 4-for-4 form. Rene’s brother Simon had driven him in his three previous starts – but he booked himself off his brother’s horse and took Panana Republic, the 5-2 second choice, who then proceeded to get into a speedy early battle with favored B Yoyo, with both of the chalk fading after expending their energy early.
Laying off the duel was driver Tom Jackson with ABC Muscles Boy, who went on to the lead with an 1/8 of a mile to go, and then withstood hard-charging Wilberforce. The crowd had reservations about "Muscles"’ ability to handle the class jump, as he returned $27.40 to win for Allard Racing Inc. and Earl Hill Jr. (Pocono/PHHA)