Wilkes-Barre, PA — Tight Lines blew away a talented field in the $21,500 featured trot Sunday evening (Oct. 20) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, recording a 1:54.1 victory with a :56.3 back half despite a sloppy surface.
Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory was behind the innermost of the leavers and put foes in behind him to a :27.3 quarter, then got a :30 breather in the second stanza. From there the sprint was on, and the altered son of Yankee Glide was in complete control in the latter stages, winning by 4-1/2 lengths over pocket sitter Joey Bats. Tight Lines has now won a third of his 18 seasonal starts and has amassed $522,076 lifetime for Jeff Gregory Inc., Jesmeral Stable, and William Richardson.
There were a trio of $17,000 co-features for younger horses trying to earn their way up the condition ladder. In the single trotting event, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Nextroundsonme got to the half in slow time even over the off going while on the lead, then stepped home in :57.1 to complete a 1:57.4 victory, defeating Conman Crown by 1-1/2 lengths. George Napolitano Jr. drove the victorious 3-year-old for trainer Jenny Melander and Belmar Racing And Breeding.
The first of the pacing co-features was for females, and Blue Ivy proved worthy of heavy mutuel backing with an easy 2-1/2 length victory over Coral Bella in 1:53.1, coming her last half in :56.1 and her last quarter in :28 after moving to the lead past the quarter. The winner is a 3-year-old Captaintreacherous miss who was driven by Tyler Buter for trainer Chris Oakes and the partnership of Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, and Chuck Pompey.
In the division for male pacers, the sophomore Somebeachsomewhere gelding Quatrain Blue Chip moved to the lead in front of the stands, opened up a big lead with a :27.3 third quarter, and came home comfortably for a 1:53 triumph, 2-1/4 lengths to the good of JK Musicman. Trainer Chris Oakes completed a sweep of the pacing co-features with the 3-year-old for owners Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. The victory completed a driving triple for George Napolitano Jr.