Papi Hanover wins featured trot at Pocono

Wilkes-Barre, PA — The Explosive Matter gelding Papi Hanover enjoyed a downturn in company on Tuesday afternoon (April 26) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the $12,500 featured fast-class trot in 1:56 over sloppy going.

Driver Ridge Warren sent the winner of $163,421 to the lead nearing the quarter, controlled the pace, then could keep away the resurgent pocket rival Darty by three-quarters of a length. Karen Fread, who trains the winner, shares ownership with Randy and Michael Toth and James Mims Jr.

The Dontyouforgetit mare Lady’s Image is a very consistent trotter: She has now been first or second in 11 of 12 starts in 2022, she now has three victories in a row, and she now will be competing for her fourth straight different barn next time after winning a $15,000-$20,000 claiming handicap trot in a lifetime best 1:54.4. George Napolitano Jr. put the 1-5 favorite on the lead, and she left her foes well behind — though she had only a one-week stay with trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. and owner Rodney Long, they made a $6,000 profit on her minus expenses.

The Napolitano brothers, Anthony and George, each visited Victory Lane three times during the Tuesday racing.

Racing at Pocono resumes on Saturday (April 30) at 1:30 p.m. The top event is the $50,000 Weiss Series final for sophomore pacing males, featuring the promising Lanjo Lee and All Or Nothing; there is also a pair of $25,000 fast-class features, one on each gait. Program pages will be available at the PHHA website.

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