Wilkes-Barre, PA — Eclipse Me N worked gradually to the lead and then came home in :27.1 to take the $19,300 distaff pacing feature on the Sunday (May 23) twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
The 9-year-old Real Desire showed solid form at Harrah’s Philadelphia, and she was able to bring that sharpness to Pocono with a three-length, 1:50.3 score over Prairie Westerngal in line to usual driver Simon Allard. The winner of $394,119, trained by Lou Peña for Yves Sarrazin, D Racing Stable Inc. and Donald MacRae, visited the winner’s circle for the 34th time in 117 career starts.
The meet’s leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., and the leading trainer, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, saw Sweet Rockin Gia overcome a hard first-over route to win in 1:53 in the $11,200 co-feature for distaff pacers. Sweet Rockin Gia, also owned by Garcia-Herrera, has now won two times in a row and in four of her last five trips behind the gate.
Napolitano had four winners on the Sunday twilight card at Pocono.
Top-level claiming handicap trotters, going for $12,800, are again in the spotlight for the Monday afternoon (May 24) card at Pocono. The carryover for the Rainbow Pick-5 bet stands at $68,737.68, and past performance pages for the 12:30 p.m. program are available via the PHHA website.