Hot Flash Kimmy, Hand Dover Dan win Pocono features

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Both Hot Flash Kimmy and Hand Dover Dan toured the Pocono Downs at Mohegan Pennsylvania oval in 1:54.1 on Saturday afternoon (June 15) to win their respective $17,000 featured trotting events.

Hot Flash Kimmy was the first to visit the winner’s circle after charging to the lead up the backstretch and then holding off a late inside move from Partner Dolan by a half length while taking a new mark. Matt Kakaley drove the successful daughter of Lookslikeachpndale for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.

Hot Flash Kimmy lowered her mark to 1:54.1 in winning a featured trot on Saturday at Pocono. Curtis Salonick photo.

Hand Dover Dan, now a winner in three of his last five starts, had a protracted duel from first-over with pacesetter Seven Sins before edging out that rival by a head. Anthony Napolitano drove the Dover Dan gelding for conditioner Lance Hudson and owner William Hartt.

Two-year-olds contested their first pari-mutuel event at Pocono in 2024, with colt pacers going after $14,000. In an exciting race that saw five of the six entrants finish within three-quarters of a length of each other, Alabama Lucky made his purse debut a successful one in 1:57.3. Mark MacDonald kept the Huntsville-B So Lucky colt on the inside, found stretch clearance, and held off a determined finish from Sweet Parlay to win by a head. Trainer Ray Schnittker co-owns Alabama Lucky with Ma3 Racing Stable.

The fastest mile of the day was the 1:50 clocking recorded by Stone Hanover in the last race on the card. Simon Allard sent the son of Art Major to the early lead and kept him there to the wire, holding off three separate outside challengers along the way for trainer Joe Pavia Jr. and the partnership of Steven Held, John Whitig, Joe Pavia Jr. Stable Inc. and Bridgette Jablonsky.

Tyler Buter topped the day’s drivers with four victories, including one for trainer Ron Burke, the only conditioner who doubled.

Sunday’s (June 16) 6 p.m. card is headed by two divisions of the $143,200 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 3-year-old trotting fillies in their third preliminary round. The current “Queen” of the division is Elista Hanover, who has won her last six races, including the last four in stakes — two against Sire Stakes horses. There are also four $20,000 divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for this group. Free Pocono programs are available at

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