Buter continues Pocono hot streak

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Driver Tyler Buter maintained his hot driving form at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with six wins on the Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 19) card.

Captain Romance and driver Tyler Buter rallied to win the Tuesday pacing feature at Pocono. Curtis Salonick photo.

One of Buter’s victories came in the $17,000 pacing feature with Captain Romance. Buter kept the 3-year-old Captaintreacherous gelding last in the six-horse field behind splits of :26.2, :54.2 and 1:21.3 before tipping him wide for the stretch drive. Captain Romance finished strongly to lower his mark to 1:50.3 while defeating Bipbopnallie by a half length. Robert Baggitt Jr. trains the winner of four of his last five starts for J L Sadowsky LLC.

In the trotting feature, Big Nudge lived up to odds-on favoritism with a 10-1/2-length routing of his opposition in a lifetime best 1:54.4. George Napolitano Jr., the track’s leading driver, sent the Donato Hanover gelding three-wide up the backstretch to sweep by an embattled front flight, and they then increased the distance between themselves and the opposition with every stride for trainer Symon Spicer, who co-owns Big Nudge with George Beck and Michael Sherman Jr.

The Saturday (Oct. 23) card at Pocono starts at 12:30 p.m., with two $18,000 divisions of the competitive high-end claiming handicap pace and a $17,500 fast-class trot featured. Program pages for Saturday’s Pocono card will be available at the PHHA website.

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