Skippin By, Gural Hanover win Pocono features
July 09, 2018
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The Shadow Play mare Skippin By, driven by George Napolitano Jr., took a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at age seven while winning the $21,500 featured mares pace Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Skippin By drew the rail, was urged away from the start by Napolitano, got everybody to tuck in behind her well before the :27 quarter, went :28.2 to the half to hit the half in :55.2, then sent his mare on a :26.3 sprint down the back, opening some distance by the 1:22 three-quarter pole. Napolitano and Skippin By had enough strength to hold off the first-over bid of Vorst by 1¼ lengths, with a :27.4 last quarter to get the 1:49.4 new speed badge. Nick Surick conditions the winner of $836,534 for the Cornerstone Stock Farm.
The Crazed gelding Gural Hanover inched closer to the $1 million plateau in lifetime winnings with a 1:53.2 triumph in the $17,500 featured trot on Sunday. Matt Kakaley patiently made his way to the lead in a race with fractions of :27, :56.2, and 1:24.4, then had plenty left nearing the wire to stay 1¼ lengths clear of Ostrich Blue Chip. Ron Burke is the trainer of the winner of $979,002 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Little E LLC and the Panhellenic Stable Corporation. (Pocono/PHHA)