Wilkes-Barre, PA — Favorites Spectre and Mass Fortune K both parlayed front-end trips into victories in $15,000 co-featured trots during the Tuesday (Aug. 6) twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
The Holiday Road gelding Spectre went to the lead before the :27.3 quarter for driver Anthony Napolitano, backed off the half to :57, picked up the pace to the 1:25.2 three-quarters, then held off a threat from pocket sitting P L Ketchup to take a two length victory in 1:54.1. Rob Harmon trains the late-developing 5-year-old for Adv Racing Stable.
After facing the likes of Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S in his last few starts, the Muscle Massive colt Mass Fortune K responded well to the change in company, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:55 for driver Pat Berry after making two early moves and putting up fractions of :28.2, :57.2, and 1:25.4. Mass Fortune K won by 8-1/2 lengths in posting his first seasonal score after a six-figure campaign at two for trainer Charlie Norris and owner Robert Key.
In a $14,000 distaff pace, Vorst was also a favored front-stepping winner, but her path to the winner’s circle was much harder. The Four Starzzz Shark mare, owned and trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, was parked past a :26.3 opener and went on to a :55.2 half, only to have second choice Attention Hanover come up to challenge and require a 1:22.4 three-quarter clocking.
Vorst received constant last quarter urging from driver George Napolitano Jr., who had four wins on the card, and the mare responded even after being passed by pocket sitting Summer Charm in mid-stretch, surging back to take a half-length victory over Attention Hanover, who photoed out Summer Charm for second. The mile was timed in 1:51.4.