Wilkes-Barre, PA – Rich And Miserable, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, returned to northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon (June 27) and immediately resumed his winning ways, posting a 1:52.4 victory over a good track in the $20,000 winners-over $25,000 lifetime contest.
Driver Tyler Buter wound up in third early with the gelded son of Explosive Matter as early leader Max led through a first quarter of :26.4 before favored Obrigado took the lead into a :55.2 half. Rich and Miserable moved outside approaching the 1:23.3 three-quarters and quickly got in gear to go by the leader fairly easily for his 17th win in 49 lifetime starts, good for $417,922. Todd Buter trains the successful trotter for Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs.
Like Rich And Miserable, Turbo Hill was a 12-time winner in 2019, and like that trotter the son of American Ideal won the feature on his gait on the Saturday Pocono program. Boosting his lifetime bankroll to $207,145, Turbo Hill raced in the pocket, went to the Pocono Pike to gain the stretch lead, then held off a closing Skyway Quinton to post a 1:50.3 victory in the $17,200 contest for owner Tom Hill. Trainer Jennifer Bongiorno rang up her third victory on the card, and George Napolitano Jr. visited the winner’s circle for the fifth time on the card.