Connors’ Comments for Saturday, March 6, 2021

2021-03-08

FIRST RACE – Never above freezing temperatures … Winds swirly throughout the day … JANAID left some, came off the rail 5/8 and quickly went up to challenge, had the lead but couldn’t clear around the far turn, finally got a safe margin late. UPTOWN FUNK was behind a breaker into the backstretch, steadily made up a tremendous amount of ground and was just along for second. CLASS SIX was on top near the 1/8 and headed ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Monday, March 1, 2021

2021-03-04

FIRST RACE – A “good +1” track in 40-degree temperatures, with a stretch headwind early… I GOT THE LOOKS went to three-wide with cover to the first turn then two-wide, left raw 5/16 and to the lead 3/8, mildly roused late to withstand MEADOWBRANCH RICKY. The latter was three-wide to the 1/8 then two-wide to the top 5/16, yielded, a bit loose in the pocket much of the last half, then did better from early stretch home. MARION ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Sunday, February 28, 2021

2021-03-03

FIRST RACE – 39 degrees, “sloppy +1,” with a stretch headwind … BIG GAME HUNTER refused to give up to the lead to BAMSKI early, and then again refused to give it up when that one challenged inside him late. BAMSKI wanted the top but was forced to accept the two-hole, gapped far turn but was resurgent in the lane, just edged out. MY ALOHA ROCK N moved 3/8 and got cover, three-wide just past the ¾ and finished steadily. ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, February 27, 2021

2021-03-02

FIRST RACE – 43 degrees and “sloppy +1” throughout, with a stretch headiwnd definitely portrayed by most races’ fractions … RANGERS SURESHOT was third-over past the 3/8 behind the swift numbers, three-wide with cover then four-wide at the ¾ and circled the field to open a clear lead, had gotten away from TRENTE DEO. The latter took the early pocket, was under a fierce hold late far turn awaiting the Pocono Pike, finally got there ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Sunday, February 21, 2021

2021-02-25

FIRST RACE – Warmest card of the year so far – it was up to freezing 32o at first post … MYIDEALSON N was three-wide early, briefly had cover then pressed on 3/16 to the lead 5/16, continued at a quick clip in these circumstances and opened a big lead he kept from the 5/8 to midstretch, tired at that point but was just too far ahead. SARONNO went third-over and followed cover three-wide then lost it late turn, along for ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, February 20, 2021

2021-02-24

FIRST RACE – 28 degrees throughout; track “good +1” through eight races, then “fast +0” … HORSING AROUND insisted on cutting the pace from the pole forcing tucks, kept a controlling lead to the wire. APEX SEELSTER sat in, gapped a bit early, blocked on the far turn, came up the far inside with solid pace. SHANE ADAM went into the pocket at the 1/8, lost a little ground from the ¾ on, still not bad. GRAND ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Sunday, February 14, 2021

2021-02-17

Connors’ Comments at POCONO DOWNS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021

 

FIRST RACE – High 20s; stretch tailwind from race two until late in the card … MYIDEALSON N got early position, quarter-moved right to the top, shook off the outside challenger by headstretch, then held safe the inside threat of LOVE THE ACTION. The latter was outside until just past the ¼ for the top, yielded for the two-hole, battled inside the winner, good second. ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, February 13, 2021

Connors’ Comments at POCONO DOWNS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2021

 

FIRST RACE – Welcome back for another year of harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono … Temperature rising from the low to mid 20s; wind is not a factor … I GET THAT was second-over, gapped in a quick third quarter, then went three-wide midturn as cover tired, overhauled UNION STATION at 40-1. The latter tucked fourth just past the 1/8, quarter-moved to ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Saturday, October 7, 2020

2020-11-12

FIRST RACE – Stretch headwind on a warm day for November … JEREMES GENERAL left well from the rail and protected the pocket, went to the Pocono Pike and was an easy winner. KEYSTONE STORM left a small gap off the top three until past the half, got going uncovered 5/8, went on steadily and photoed ROCKNROLL CHARM for the deuce. The latter moved out second-over, swung three-deep late turn, looked to have aim on second ... 

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Connors’ Comments for Tuesday, November 3, 2020

2020-11-09

FIRST RACECARMENS BEST made two speed moves and fronted the field, gamely holding off two good foes. STONEBRIDGE PROUD was in the early-forming second tier 3/8, circled three-wide from last 5/8 and stayed wide the duration, kept narrowing in but didn’t get there by the wire. MYSTERY ISLAND was between horses early and tucked, started on the grind 3/8, tried very hard to the finish. REDHOT ROMEO was ... 

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