Panettone Hanover doubles up in Weiss Series

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Panettone Hanover became the only two-time winner in the Bobby Weiss Series for 3-year-old pacing colts Saturday afternoon (April 15) at Pocono Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning one of five $20,000 second-round divisions in 1:52.2.

The Captaintreacherous gelding, who has now won five of his last six starts, led at every pole and seemed confidently handled by driver Simon Allard, but Hurrikane Hunter was humming late only to come up a nose shy. Ron Burke trains the gritty horse for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin.

Panettone Hanover became the only repeat winner in his Bobby Weiss Series action on Saturday at Pocono. Curtis Salonick photo.

Allard and Burke teamed for another Weiss win behind the Stay Hungry colt Binge On Yankee, who raced on the engine and took a life mark of 1:51.2 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Brad Grant and Larry Karr.

With the chalk winning three Weiss contests, Binge On Yankee paid $14.00 and right behind him in the mutuel rank was $13.60 winner Poseidon Deo, another Captaintreacherous gelding who made a decisive backstretch move to the lead and lowered his best time to 1:51.3 for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Eddie Dennis and owner Roy Parker Jr.

The other two winners were Ghost Mark, a Revenge Shark gelding who equaled his mark of 1:51.3 for Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and owners Kyle Larner and Brian Hochman; and the Huntsville gelding I Was Tricked, home in a lifetime best 1:52 for driver Jim Pantaleano, trainer Nicholas DeVita, and the team of DeVita Racing Stable Inc., David Hamm, Christopher Giaccio and Glenn Phillips.

The top overnight event on the card went for $18,500, and the Sweet Lou gelding Phoenix Of Fluzzy parlayed a pocket trip into a head decision over His Beats Hanover in 1:52 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Scott Blackler and owner Chad Kowal.

Pocono posted its fastest miles of 2023 on both gaits, with both winners taking new speed badges and both being driven by Anthony Napolitano. The Luck Be Withyou gelding Luckbewithalex overcame a rough uncovered trip to win in 1:49.3 for trainer Lance Hudson and owner William Hartt, while, on the trot, the Walner gelding TNT Blue Chip won his fourth straight in 1:52.4 for trainer Bruce Clarke, who shares ownership with Patricia Waldeck.

Sunday’s (April 16) 6 p.m. card will be highlighted by two $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for sophomore trotting colts, with Bestfriend Hanover and Moni Book looking to repeat their victories in the first leg. Program pages for all Pocono races are or will be available on the PHHA website.

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