Simeon trots to lifetime best at Pocono
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Maybe Simeon just likes the month of October. The five-year-old altered son of Andover Hall, who won his three-year-old trotting colt Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship on October 10 of 2015, came back on Monday to set a new lifetime best of 1:54.1 in the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – eight days shy of the two-year anniversary of his Championship win.
Driver Jim Marohn Jr. sent the winner of $124,798 to the lead on the first turn, only to see a looped Calipari and a quarter-moving Warrawee Onyx move by him in turn to take over the racetrack. Simeon was pinned in by a struggling first-over horse to midturn, but he exploded when Marohn had clearance and tugged on his right line, with Simeon easily picking up the favored pacesetter Warrawee Onyx by 2¾ lengths.
Claimed four starts back, Simeon posted his second victory for his new connections, trainer Toni Freitas and owners Edward Hall and James Hall Jr. He also brought his lifetime win ratio to exactly one-third – he's won 19 times in 57 career outings. (Pocono/PHHA)