Connors’ Comments for Sunday, May 9, 2021


FIRST RACE – A chilly 45 degrees on a dank “sloppy +1” night … BANK BOX TREASURE was three-wide leaving to the front 3/16, got stern pressure from MUSHANA from before the half until into the stretch, asserted himself late. The latter came out 3/8 raw and fought hard with the winner, having a small advantage at a couple of points, but got a bit tired midstretch. LIFE WELL LIVED yielded for the pocket, was off the ... 


Connors’ Comments for Saturday, May 8, 2021


FIRST RACE – A cool day (46o) at Pocono, with a stretch tailwind starting early in the card … KEYSTONE STEAM moved uncovered into turn two, was between horses the length of the backstretch battling the pacesetter to his left and a sweeper to his right, edged past the leader midturn but in getting the advantage clipped that one causing massive interference, paced on gamely but was placed last for the violation. CLASS SIX originally ... 


Connors’ Comments for Monday, May 3, 2021


FIRST RACE – Mid 60s most of the card, then dropping a bit at the end … CIRCUIT PARTY quarter-moved, set an even pace, seemed to be in charge even as DYNAMITE VOLO made up late ground. The latter went to the top and yielded at the ¼, vacated third-in on the turn and inched up the last ¼. CHERRY MASON gapped late backstretch, to the Pocono Pike, fair. MY SON TY HANOVER never entered the main picture. ... 


Connors’ Comments for Tuesday, May 4, 2021

FIRST RACE – Stretch headwind … BETTER B ROLLING left, yielded, stayed in third, trapped headstretch but found room when the pacesetter bore out, came inside that one and was really rolling from midstretch to be just up. REGAL HOPE went on between horses to the pocket past the 1/8, inside in the stretch and had a clear advantage midstretch, but was outkicked late. CASH IS KING was three-wide just past the 1/8 and onward ... 


Connors’ Comments for Sunday, May 2, 2021


FIRST RACE – Warmest day of the year so far at 80o … Wind would start as a stretch headwind, then make a 180o switch midcard to a stretch tailwind … JUSLIKEAQUEEN made the front just past the 1/8 in a rare “reverse lineup,” opened a big lead down the back, maybe a bit tired late but very far ahead. ROJAS BLUE CHIP stayed on the back of the gapping pocket horse until midturn, just edged past ... 


Connors’ Comments for Saturday, May 1, 2021


FIRST RACE – Mid 50s throughout the day … WITH OUT A DOUBT was the only leaver and rolled on the lead, just warded off the grinder KING ALPHONSO. The latter moved raw at the 5/8, never made a big move at the leader until very late, very steadily to just miss. NEXTROUNDSONME moved out and got second-over, wide early in the stretch and had an OK finish. CONQUEST AS got the pocket by default with only ... 


Connors’ Comments for Tuesday, April 27, 2021


FIRST RACE – Stretch headwind developing before midcard … THISISSHE cleared with relative ease, rated the half, held off a long bid from STOP RESISTIN. The latter moved uncovered 5/8, challenged hard and drew to almost even terms late turn, ceded only a little stretch ground. TRIUMPHANT’S CHIP gapped down the backstretch, to the Pocono Pike, outfinished the others. GOLDEN SON left and secured the ... 


Connors’ Comments for Monday, April 26, 2021

FIRST RACE – Temperature near 50 degrees all day; stretch tailwind … CAPSAICINN was three-wide to the first turn, briefly with cover then kept going raw to 3/8 command, looked to be under threat from the closing QUEEN Z TAM midstretch but saw that one break and won by herself. The latter stayed in until the ¾ then moved up, looked a possible/probable? winner midstretch but went offstride, placed for a triple LOB. BETTER BID ... 


Connors’ Comments for Sunday, April 25, 2021


FIRST RACEDON’TCALLMEFRANCIS was between horses leaving, looped, in gear when that one went past and up to command just before the 3/8, stayed in command to the wire. SPECTACULAR ROCK took an early tuck, then moved first-over towards turn two, grinded well for a solid second. BYE BYE JOHN was third-over, gapped at the 5/8, came on to be next-best. GOLDEN GESTURE left, yielded, trapped in as the pocketsitter ... 


Connors’ Comments for Saturday, April 24, 2021


FIRST RACE – Slight stretch headwind … LEAR SEELSTER followed the lively cover of NATIVE’S SWEETLOU, left uncovered on the turn then ducked in late turn, to the Pocono Pike and caught that rival. The latter spotted fifth, uncovered at the ½, in gear at the 5/8 and sailed past the leader past the ¾, held well after the hard trip. TULLOW N committed outside 11/16, couldn’t go with the top pair but was along for ...