Can A Stitch In Time overcome the nine?
April 17, 2014
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The first of four $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships takes place this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, with late-developing 3 and 4 year olds who did the best in their four preliminary rounds going behind the gate for the big money.
By far the fastest mile of the prelims was the 1:49.3 victory turned in last Saturday by A Stitch In Time, an altered son of Kent's On Nuke. But for the championship, race eight on Saturday, A Stitch On Time has drawn the very difficult outside nine hole for driver George Napolitano Jr., and is rated at 3-1, second choice behind the horse who was second to him last week, Trys Little Prince (5-2). The Million Dollar Cam gelding received much better luck at the pill shake by getting barrier two for driver Matt Kakaley, the leading driver over Napolitano early in this Pocono season.
Getitoffyourchest had been three for three before last week's final preliminary, but a combination of the outside post eight and a withering :25.3 opening quarter sapped the son of Tell All of his usual stretch strength, although he was beaten only two lengths. He's rated at 4-1 on the early line, starting in the Championship from post seven for driver Mike Simons.
Somewhere With You had two Weiss wins before last week's prelim, in which he had bad racing luck although beaten only 1 ¼ lengths; driver Brett Miller will try to get him to bounce back to his winning ways from post six. Also notching a second Weiss prelim victory was UF Rockin Dragon, who last Saturday stayed close to the pace and had the most finishing; Mark MacDonald will try to make it two in a row with this one as the pair start from the inside. (PHHA/Pocono)