Longshot trotters surprise in Pocono co-features

Wilkes-Barre, PA —– There were four divisions of the non-winners of four races lifetime condition going for $15,000 each as the top purse events on the Tuesday night (Nov. 6) card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Two of them were on the pace, with a favorite and a second choice taking the big end of the purse, and two were on the trot, where form took a bit of a holiday.

The pacers hit the track first, and in the initial event for that gait Captain Deo, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $1.9 million-winning mare Worldly Beauty, justified his favoritism with a dominating 2-3/4 length tally for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Tony Alagna, and the ownership of Alagna Racing, Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, and Captain Deo Partners. Captain Deo won on the engine in 1:51.1, which included a :30 quarter in the second split — meaning in the other three-quarters Captain Deo flashed 1:21.1 speed.

In the other pacing section, a distaff event, Saratoga invader Northern Swift equaled her lifetime mark of 1:53.3, overcoming a first-over journey for driver Matt Kakaley (who led the drivers’ colony on Tuesday with four wins), trainer Jean Drolet, and the ownership of Funky Munky Stable and Marthe Drolet. The victorious daughter of Mach Three won by 1-3/4 lengths over pocket-sitting Don’t Mach Mia, who photoed out favored Covfefe, who had set most of the pace, for second.

On the trot, perhaps it was appropriate on Election Day that one of the winners would be QB Kemp, a Triumphant Caviar sophomore gelding named after the former pro football player turned politician. QB Kemp hung in there like a beleaguered quarterback or determined office seeker, setting the pace while keeping favored Northern Major on the rim, yet still winning by two lengths while lowering his mark by two seconds to 1:56.1 as a 9-1 shot for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and Harmon Racing Stable.

A $21.00 win price, however, pales next to the $72.40 for $2 generated by the winner of the other featured trot, Nice Stuff. The Yankee Glide 4-year-old mare, who started from the rail, got a literal break when a foe went offstride past the half, advanced to the pocket under the guidance of driver Tom Jackson, then rallied in the lane for a length win in 1:56.2.

Acquired by trainer Bucky Angle and the ownership of Howard and Joshua Kaufman at the end of the summer, Nice Stuff now has won two of her last three starts after going three-for-62 before her acquisition, and her surprise triumph here generated a $1,295.00 1-4 exacta with 20-1 Campbellini, a single 50-cent 1-4-9 winning trifecta ticket worth more than $2,900 with 21-1 Broadway Bruiser third, and a single 10-cent superfecta ticket on a 1-4-9-all payout also in the $2,900 neighborhood.

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