Buzz a winner again at Pocono

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Buzz took a little longer than usual to get the lead in the $12,500 feature on Tuesday (May 3) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but he proved uncatchable once he got to the front, holding off favorite Bank Box Treasure by a neck in 1:55.1.

Buzz held his advantage to the wire in the featured trot on Tuesday at Pocono. Curtis Salonick photo.

Regular driver Jim Pantaleano had to settle for a three-hole tuck early with the veteran Kadabra gelding as BC’S Rose and Miss Muscle argued to a :27.1 quarter, but the speed-favoring winner of $426,424 was on the move in front of the stands and got the top before a :57 half. Bank Box Treasure advanced first-over to test Buzz much of the last half mile, but past the 1:25.2 three-quarters and through the lane, Buzz was able to hold off the chalk.

Buzz, who now has three wins and three second-place finishes in six starts since coming to Pocono in mid-March, was claimed out of his last start by trainer Joe Skowyra and owner Rocco Stebbins, and they retained the horse when no one went for the $20,000 optional claiming tag under which Buzz was entered.

Tyler Buter and George Napolitano Jr. each drove three winners on the Tuesday card; two of Buter’s came for trainer John Butenschoen.

Racing at Pocono resumes on Saturday (May 7), with the 1:30 p.m. card featuring a $17,500 fast-class feature for each gait. Sunday’s (May 8) 5 p.m. program will be highlighted by the first Pennsylvania All-Stars action of 2022, with two divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies going for $35,000 each. Leading the sophomores will be Treacherous Dragon, a top filly from last year who prepped for her seasonal debut by defeating last year’s divisional champion Niki Hill in a qualifier at The Meadowlands. Program pages will be available on the PHHA website.

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