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.
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.