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In Focus Takes Pocono Feature

Published: July 27, 2010 10:03 pm ET

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In Focus, piloted by provisionary driver Jim Takter, Jr., won the Open I Handicap Trot Tuesday at Pocono Downs. It was young Takter’s second lifetime victory in five starts.

In Focus, the five-year-old SJs Photo gelding left from the one hole in the seven-horse field and sat second behind Big Pepper (George Napolitano, Jr.) with the opening split in :27 and the half in :57.

Takter tipped out and soon became the new leader down the backside with the three-quarters clicked off in 1:24.4. In Focus was a winner in 1:54.2. Second by a head was a fast closing Dennis (Andrew McCarthy) with third-place going to Grain Of Truth (Tom Jackson), only a quarter of a length back.

Farifant, piloted by McCarthy and trained by Anette Lorentzon, captured the Open II Trot with a time of 1:54.4. It marked the third win-in-a-row for Farifant at Pocono Downs.

Second to Farifant was Stand Guard (Napolitano, Jr.), three lengths back with Badboy Paparazzi (Mike Simons) third.

There also was an Open III Trot on the 16-race card with that winner being P J Clark (Jim Morrill, Jr.). P J Clark stopped the timer in 1:54 followed by Broadway Paige (Matt Kakaley) and All About Justice (Simons).

Laura Shock trains P J Clark, a winner for the sixth time in 19 starts in 2010.

(Pocono Downs)


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