Crossfit goes back to back at Pocono
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The Donato Hanover gelding Crossfit made it two straight and four of his last seven when he won the $12,800 trotting feature Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono while equaling his mark of 1:54.2.
Andy Miller sent the favored winner first-over and had a battle royal with pacesetting Striking Encore from the backstretch onward, with Crossfit finally separating himself from his hard-trying rival by 3 1/2 lengths at the finish. Trainer Susan Marshall co-owns the winner of $129,160 with John Marshall.
The Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Tito Rocks won a “nw2” pace in a clocking faster than usual for the class – 1:50, by far a lifetime best, and a good tightening mile that he’ll need on Sunday, when he has post 5 at Philly in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship for his division. Here George Napolitano Jr. put the talented 3-year-old on the lead and let him ramble in :26.4, :55.1, and 1:22.1 in the big victory for trainer Robert Cleary and Royal Wire Products Inc.
Also impressive was the Muscle Hill-Possessed By Lindy freshman trotting colt Lindysmusclemania, who ran his lifetime tab to two-for-two despite the outside post eight and covering the mile in 1:55, a personal best. The strong colt, trained and driven by Åke Svanstedt for Stall Droad AB, may be one to keep an eye on for further development. (Pocono/PHHA)