Muscle Hill 2YO filly impresses at Pocono
June 13, 2018
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Driver Corey Callahan guided the swiftest winner on both the trot and the pace during a morning session for 2 year olds at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Wednesday.
The filly Scirocco Donnahill became the first 2:00 trotter on a five-eighths mile track when she won in 1:59.2, setting all the pace and then tacking on a :29 last quarter. The John Butenschoen trainee is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of the Donato Hanover mare UF Tady's Donato, who is a half-sister to the $1 million-winner Hez Striking.
On the pace, Sugar Factory also made every pole a winning one, hitting the half in :59.4 then scooting home in :55.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, two-fifths of a second off the season's record for baby colts. Tom Cancelliere trains the son of Sweet Lou-Cam Swifty, she a 1:50 pacer and million-dollar winner during her racetrack career.
The Erv Miller stable had a particularly successful day in sending out four winners, with his son Marcus handling all four before shuffling off to Buffalo with a total of 2,999 lifetime victories. Other stables who had multiple winners were those of John Butenschoen and Jake Leamon, each of whom had a pair. (Harrah's Philadelphia/PHHA)