Wilkes-Barre, PA — Boots N Chains overcame a first-over trip to win the $12,800 feature for high-priced claiming trotters Tuesday afternoon (July 28) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, a race where the top seven finishers were within two lengths of each other at the wire.
The Yankee Glide gelding Boots N Chains plugged along relentlessly out in the air, proving to have enough to defeat closer CR Blazin Beauty by a half-length in 1:55.2, with favored pacesetter Striking Encore just another neck behind. Daniel Dube drove the career winner of $365,976 for trainer Brandon Todd and owner Belrose Standard.
The Tuesday card also featured four $10,400 events for 2-year-olds, with David Miller victorious in both pacing features — although he had to share one.
In the pacing colt contest, Miller had the impeccably-bred Perfect Sting (Always B Miki–Shebestingin) on the lead in his purse bow, with the Sweet Lou–Faster Faster colt Mysweetboymax coming at him from the pocket late, and at the end of the 1:53 mile, the camera could not separate the two, with both taking new marks. Perfect Sting is trained by Joe Holloway for Brittany Farms and Val D’Or Farms, while Mysweetboymax was driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Sam DePinto and owners Robert and Brandon Horowitz.
Miller actually had an easier time in the filly pace, with the pocket-sitting Somebeachsomewhere–Fit To Frame miss Fire Start Hanover able to go by pacesetter Odds On Whitney by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53, even though Fire Start Hanover was 17-1 and Odds On Whitney was 1-9. Trainer Nifty Norman saw his pupil break her maiden for the Pinske Stables, David Hoese, and Lawrence Means.
On the trotting side, driver Kakaley and trainer Norman, also winners on the pace, tasted additional victory.
Kakaley, top driver on the card with four wins, won the filly event with the Father Patrick–Noble Miss filly Diffident, who rolled on the engine to a 6-1/2 length victory in her purse debut while posting a new record of 1:57.2 for trainer Åke Svanstedt and S R F Stable.
The colt winner had an even bigger margin with the Cantab Hall–Jolie De Vie gelding Jack Fire leaving his rivals 14 lengths in arrears at the end of a 1:56.3 mile. Jack Fire overcame the outside post nine to run his record to 3-2-1-0 and take a new mark for Nifty Norman and the partnership of Pinske Stables and Curly Tall Curly Small.