Wilkes-Barre, PA — The Cash Hall sophomore gelding Coventry Hall looks like he is finally growing into his pedigree, recording his second win in his last three starts with an effortless 1:54.4 triumph in a $10,400 trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 14).
Coventry Hall is out of the mare Canland Hall, which makes him a three-quarter brother to Hall of Famer Cantab Hall and a full brother to the half-million dollar winner Chin Chin Hall. The $210,000 yearling raced in stakes exclusively in his first 10 starts at two and three, with a second in a Tompkins-Geers stake and thirds in Reynolds, Currier & Ives, and Tompkins-Geers competition.
Away from stakes company on Aug. 14, Coventry Hall broke his maiden in 1:53.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, then followed that race up with a fourth in the Zweig.
At Pocono on Tuesday he went right to the lead and never looked back, 3-1/2 lengths ahead of his nearest competition at the wire for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt and Enghavegaard Aalborg APS, and with that pedigree perhaps now he has enough confidence to be a factor in the late-season classics.
The track’s winningest driver, George Napolitano Jr., and Marcus Miller each had three victories during the card including one each in the same race: the camera could not separate Broadway Promise (Miller) and Striking Encore (Napolitano) at the end of an $8,800 claiming trot that went in 1:55.3.
There will be a carryover of $200,733.90 in the Rainbow Pick-5 (have a unique ticket with the winners of the last five races) when racing resumes on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.