Cousin Mary came to Pocono after taking three prelims and the final of the Petticoat Series at Yonkers, and she duplicated that pattern in the Weiss prelims and Championship, winning easily for the hot team of driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Andrew Harris. “A-Nap” put the Camluck mare right on the lead, got a :57.4 stroll to the half, then sprinted hone in :54 flat to reduce her mark to 1:51.4 for owner Jeffrey Williamson.
I Deal In Kisses was first-over against the 1-5 favourite, and when pocket sitter Twist Of Fate couldn’t stay tight on the far turn, I Deal In Kisses dropped inside, finishing out 2-3/4 lengths behind the strong winner, who is now 10-for-13 and with earnings of $135,000 this season. Twist Of Fate did hold for third, with Warrawee Sunshine and Tearful Of Happy getting the final paydays.
The Bobby Weiss Series honours the long-time Pocono trackman who was primarily responsible for honing the local brick-red oval into one of the fastest and safest surfaces anywhere, a favourite of horsemen, and Weiss was on hand to greet the two champions.
Bob will be back in the winner’s circle tomorrow night to present the trophy for the $30,000 distaff trot Championship, for which Checkmate Time is the 2-1 favourite after winning her only Weiss start last week in 1:53.3 after a nine-month layoff. The final Weiss prelim for trotting males will also be held tomorrow, seven days before its $30,000 Championship event.