Wilkes-Barre, PA — Horsemen should note that the conditions for two early-season series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono — the Game Of Claims Series and the Bobby Weiss Series — are now available on the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association website.
In February, the Game Of Claims will feature three weeks of preliminary action for pacing horses entered at a base price of $7,500, $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000, with preliminary purses equal to the first-round base price and claiming prices increasing with each subsequent preliminary. The top point winners in the three preliminary legs will be eligible to finals (out of which there will be no claiming) ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 on March 6 and 7. On Mondays in March, $15,000 claiming trotters will race in a series of the same format.
Pocono’s traditional showcase for developing younger horses, the Bobby Weiss Series, is for 3-year-olds who were non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of Feb. 1. Pacing colts will contest three $17,500 preliminaries on Saturdays in April, trotting colts on Sundays, pacing fillies on Mondays and trotting fillies on Tuesdays. During the week of April 24-27, the top preliminary point winners in each group will contest $40,000 finals and $17,500 consolations.
Nominations for the pacing Game Of Claims series are due by Jan. 15. All full schedules, nominating dates and fees, and the general conditions of every series are available on the PHHA website. Further questions should be directed to Rick Kane at 570.831.2126 beginning Jan. 10.