Wilkes-Barre, PA — George Napolitano Jr. drove three of the four winners in $10,000 second-round preliminary action of the Game Of Claims Pacing Series for $10,000 base price horses on the Sunday (Feb. 21) twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
However, he’s not assured of a drive next week behind any of them, as all three of them were claimed for $12,500.
The faster of the two repeat winners in the series was the Always A Virgin gelding Sweet Talkin Satin, home strongly in 1:53 for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. The same duo also lost the Bettor’s Delight gelding Love The Action, who followed up a second-place finish in the first round with a 1:52.1 victory — a new lifetime mark by almost four seconds.
The other repeat winner at this level, also changing barns after a seven-day stay, was the American Ideal gelding Myidealson N, who toured the Pocono oval in 1:54 for Napolitano and trainer Brianne Good, who shared ownership with the Phillip Fluet Stable.
In five $7,500 divisions of Game Of Claims action for $7,500 horses, the Well Said gelding Rojan’s Way was the only repeat winner, overcoming a brutal first-over journey to win in 1:54.3 for driver Anthony Napolitano, trainer Marta Piotrow and owner Melvin Fink. After two preliminary wins for those connections, Rojan’s Way was claimed out of the race for $9,000.
Thirty-seven horses changed homes via the claiming box in the second round, for an outlay of $681,375. In the four Game Of Claims cards to date, there were a total of 97 claims for a combined price of $1,682,875.
George Napolitano Jr. led all drivers with four wins on the night.
Pocono will stage its first Monday card of the year on Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. Monday racing will continue through the end of the meet in October.