Top-caliber fillies reconvene at Pocono Sunday

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Many of the 3-year-old trotting fillies who raced in stakes company at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last Sunday will be back at the mountain oval this Sunday (June 13), contesting two $35,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars contest.

In the first section, going as race eight, the Andover Hall filly Love Muffin was accorded early favoritism in the field of nine despite making a break last week. Before that, though, Love Muffin had recorded two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes victories, and will look to rebound for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller from post four. Just outside her will be Dazzling Reign, who has two wins and a narrow second-place finish in three Stallion Series starts. The Father Patrick filly will be tested to see if she can handle the rise in company for driver Todd McCarthy and trainer Justin Huckabone.

The eight-horse field to contest race 10 finds both of last week’s Sire Stakes winners starting side by side, with the Bar Hopping filly Bella Bellini accorded the early nod off the strength of a 1:53 victory that included her trotting her last quarter in a sizzling :26.3. Dexter Dunn will be in the sulky for trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman. Just inside them will be the Cantab Hall miss Lady Chaos, the 2020 Breeders Crown champion, who notched her first win this year last time out in 1:53.4 for driver David Miller and trainer Linda Toscano.

The second group also features other stars: Anoka Hanover (post six, driver Todd McCarthy, trainer Noel Daley), last year’s Dan Patch award winner who pushed Bella Bellini to the limit last time in defeat; and the 2020 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Flawless Country (post eight, trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt), who has two good third-place finishes in her only seasonal starts.

First post for the Sunday card is 5 p.m.; program pages will be available at the PHHA website.

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