Wilkes-Barre, PA — Parola Hanover and Global Pandemic won their respective fourth-round Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, which served as co-featured events, on the Sunday (Aug. 22) twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Parola Hanover broke his maiden in 1:55.2 over a sloppy track in the faster Sire Stakes division. Corey Callahan sent the Bar Hopping-Peace Dove colt right to the lead, and the pair came home in :56.3 to win by 4-1/4 lengths for trainer David Wiest, whose David L. Wiest Stables LLC shares ownership with Ed Kimmel.
Global Pandemic was the only stakes favorite to win on Sunday when Yannick Gingras put the Ron Burke trainee on the lead, got a rest to the half, then came home in :28.2 to defeat major danger Kosher Mahoney by two lengths in 1:57.2. Global Pandemic, who had two wins and two second-place finishes in the preliminaries, is a Cantab Hall colt out of Nicole’s Promise, who has five six-figure winners from her first seven foals.
On the Stallion Series side, the Donato Hanover-Hollybrook Lane gelding Oh Boy was let go at 5-1 despite having two wins and a second in his prelims to date. However, after being hard used from post nine in a :27.4 opener, Oh Boy still powered home a 2-1/4-length winner in a new mark of 1:57.1. David Miller drove the consistent youngster for trainer Jason Shaw and owner Tammy Carter.
Dribbling Bi broke his maiden in 1:59 in the other Stallion Series cut, as the altered son of Cantab Hall and Dream Child was a pocket rocket with a 1-1/4 length victory for trainer-driver Jeff Gregory and Jesmeral Stable.
Southwind Frost left the competition behind in the American Harness Drivers Club amateur series race in 1:57.2. The E L Titan gelding is trained by Michael Stallworth for driver Robert Heckhoff and his R.B.H. Ventures Inc.; Hechkoff picked up his eighth seasonal victory and the 113th in a fine career where he has generated a .292 lifetime UDR.
Trotters will be in the spotlight at Pocono on Monday afternoon (Aug. 23), with a pair of $11,700 events for 2-year-olds. That program will also have a Pick-4 carryover of over $2,400 in races 6-9, as well as a pentafecta carryover. Program pages are available on the PHHA website.