Buzz repeats in top Pocono trot

Wilkes-Barre, PA — The Kadabra gelding Buzz, a gem of recent consistency with four wins and three second-place finishes in his last seven starts, was an easy winner in the $12,500 fast-class featured trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon (May 10).

The trotter Buzz loves to be in front, and that’s where he was at the end of the Tuesday feature at Pocono. Curtis Salonick photo.

The winner of his division of the Game Of Claims Series earlier this spring, Buzz was entered for the optional $20,000 claiming tag, and he won — unsurprisingly — on the front end. Fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:25.2 under Jim Pantaleano’s handling were more than too much for his opposition to handle, and he finished out his 1:54.2 mile 3-3/4 lengths to the good of Dylan The Great. Since being reclaimed on April 19 by trainer Joe Skowyra and owner Rocco Stebbins, Buzz has won two straight while taking his lifetime earnings to $432,674.

Pantaleano led all drivers on the day at Pocono with four victories.

Playing a different type of trotting game, but perhaps even more ruthlessly, the Readly Express sophomore filly Hill Of Cash S made her 2022 debut a smashing one with a 12-length victory in 1:53.4, lowering her mark almost three seconds. She got away last in a field of seven for trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt, but was on the move midway on the first turn, carried on to take over at the three-eighths, and called her margin from there for Jorgen Sparredal Inc.

Racing resumes at Pocono on Saturday afternoon (May 14) at 1:30 p.m., with high-class contests throughout the card. On Sunday (May 15), top 3-year-old pacing colts will come together in three $30,000 divisions of their Pennsylvania All-Stars action. Program pages will be available on the PHHA website.

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