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Bombs Away At Pocono

Published: May 16, 2017 10:26 pm ET

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George Napolitan Jr., Matt Kakaley, and Anthony Napolitano – first, second, and fourth in the driver standings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – each took two of the first six races Tuesday at the northeast Pennsylvania oval.

Not a favourite among them; in fact, the average win price was $29.03. The Napolitano brothers each took half of the Daily Double – which paid $455.00.

The chief perpetrator of this mutuel mayhem was Anthony Napolitano – both of his two winners paid more individually than Matt’s and George’s combined quartet. 'A-Nap' started things off with $54.40 winner Maracana (named after the Rio football stadium from which 200,000 Brazilians went home unhappy after their side lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final), holding off the late charge of 45-1 shot Doyoufeelluckypunk to top the $684.60 first race Exacta. He then came back in race five with pocket rocket Threedee Delight A at $67.20, with 10-1 proposition Whiskersonkittens the underside of the $625.80 Exacta.

And things didn’t calm down mutuelly in the feature race either, as George Napolitano, Jr. rallied the longest shot on the board (how often do you see that sentence at Pocono?), the Shark Gesture mare Melanies Sharkette, out of the pocket, coming home in :55.2 – :27.2 to earn a new speed badge of 1:51.2 in taking the $16,500 distaff pace headliner.

Claimed by Gilbert Garcia-Owen three starts ago and trained by his father Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, Melanies Sharkette was the fifth winner of the night for 'George Nap', and the longest-priced at $27.20.


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