Game Of Claims trotters open series in Pocono slop

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Pocono Downs at Mohegan Pennsylvania hosted six $17,500 first-round preliminary divisions of the Game Of Claims Series for $25,000 trotters on Tuesday (April 2), and the star of the day over the sloppy track was Fight Song, who fronted his field throughout a victorious 1:55.3 mile.

Anthony Napolitano kept the Kadabra gelding’s mind to business throughout the mile, and the pair won daylight for trainer Susan Marshall, who shares ownership with John Marshall.

Fight Song left the competition far behind in the slop as he won in the Game Of Claims Trotting Series Tuesday at Pocono. Curtis Salonick photo.

Napolitano also drove Vegas Ticket to a 1:58.1 win, his second in a row.

Defending Pocono driving champion Matt Kakaley also won twice in the Game Of Claims — with Passionate Promise and Evil Guy — and led all drivers with four wins overall on the card. Braxten Boyd won a series contest with Hockey Hanover, and Kinnder Thinktwice got the trotting brigade off to an upset start when he circled his opponents to win in 1:58 for driver Simon Allard, paying $75.00 to win.

The Bobby Weiss Series for 3-year-old pacers will be in the spotlight when racing resumes at Pocono Saturday (April 6) at 1 p.m., with six sections of males and three of females racing for $20,000 purses. Free Pocono programs are or will be available at the PHHA website.

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