Farifant sets New Track Mark at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs


WILKES-BARRE, PA —Farifant, driven by Andrew McCarthy, captured the $24,000 Open I Trot in track-record fashion Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Winning by two lengths over a fast-closing Dennis, Farifant stopped the timer in 1:52.1and equaled the second fastest trot ever in the history of the Northeastern Pennsylvania five-eighths mile track.
Farifant, an eight-year-old And Artifant stallion trained by Anette Lorentzon, was winning for the fourth straight time at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
The record-setting trot Tuesday came in wire to wire fashion from the seven post in the featured trot of the week.
Varenne, at the age of seven, established the aged stallion record on a five-eighths mile track in Finland in 2002 with the clock reading 1:51.3.
Armbro Barrister, with Ray Schnittker in the sulky, previously held the record at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a 1:53.1 mile set in June of 2006.
Badboy Paparazzi A, driven by Mike Simons and trained by Gail Wrubel, won the Open II Trot with a time of 1:54.
On the pace side Tuesday night, Presidential Order stopped the timer in 1:48.4, only two ticks of equaling the all-time track mark of 1:48.2.
Driven by Joe Pavia Jr. and trained by Lou Pena, the five-year-old Camotion gelding scored a wire to wire victory from the eight hole in a $25,000-$30,000 claiming pace. This marked the ninth straight win for Presidential Order.
Pilgrims Toner, driven by Brian Sears, set the aged gelding pace record May 29 of this year with the timer reading 1:48.2 and also equaled the all-time fastest mile ever at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Shadow Play, in an Adios elimination race with David Miller in the bike in August of 2008, stopped the timer in 1:48.2.