Napolitano dominates Game Of Claims action

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.

Sweet Talkin Satin was a clear winner on Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking his second straight during Game Of Claims Series action. Curtis Salonick photo.

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.

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