Wilkes-Barre, PA — The Real Desire mare Eclipse Me N won for the fifth time in her last eight starts on the Tuesday (Aug. 27) twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, defeating a strong group of mares in the $21,500 pacing feature in 1:50.2.
After Bettorhaveanother passed the quarter in front in :27.2, Eclipse Me N and driver Simon Allard took the lead and hit the half-mile marker in :56. From there Eclipse Me N hit a much higher gear, stepping home in :54.2 to defeat first-over Diva’s Image, the slight 6-5 favorite to the winner’s 3-2, by two lengths.
The career winner of $292,944 is trained by the meet’s leading conditioner, Rene Allard, for Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald Mac Rae.
P L Ketchup was able to come out on the right side of a photo after finishing second four straight times, three of them by a half-length or less, winning a $15,000 conditioned trot in a lifetime mark of 1:54. The gelding set fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:23.3 to hold off his nearest challenger, the pocket sitter Trixar, by a neck.
Pat Berry drove the winner for trainer Steven Brabrook and owner Jaypaul Hoover.
The track’s perennial leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., guided five horses past the wire first on the Tuesday card.