Frazzleberry gives José Godinez 1,000th training win

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Frazzleberry never looked back in Tuesday’s (June 28) $13,000 featured conditioned claiming pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, providing trainer José Godinez with his 1,000th career victory in the process.

The feature was a carbon copy of the race before it, as driver Anthony Napolitano sent a Godinez trainee to the lead and was never caught. Frazzleberry, a son of Art Major, took command right away, put up a :27.4 quarter, rested to a :57.1 half, and then came home in :27.3 to lower his mark by over two seconds to 1:52.3. Joseph Betro, Ian Behar and Kristie Leigh Farm Inc. own the winner.

Frazzleberry easily won Pocono’s Tuesday feature, giving trainer José Godinez his 1,000th training success. Curtis Salonick photo.

Godinez, 39, a native of Mexico now living in Bullville, N.Y., has been training for 15 years, and has had most of his success at New York tracks, though he is a frequent participant in the Pocono program.

A $12,500 event for trotters went to Great Magic, for driver Michael Whelan and owner-trainer Walter Whelan, in 1:55.2. The veteran son of Kadabra sat a pocket journey, then dashed up the Pocono Pike for a 1-1/2-length victory over pacesetter Teddy Brosevelt. Great Magic has now won both of his starts since returning to the track where he took his mark of 1:54.4 last year.

Anthony Napolitano won the last four races on the Tuesday Pocono card to end the day with five victories; Braxten Boyd reported home first four times.

Racing resumes at Pocono on Saturday (July 2) at 1:30 p.m., with a $27,500 fast-class pace the highlight of a card with many talented horses. Program pages will be available on the PHHA website.

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