Keystone Riptide, Napolitano brothers dominant Pocono forces

from the PHHA/Pocono

Wilkes-Barre PA — Keystone Riptide recorded her third win in her last four starts, quarter-moving to the lead and going on to a 1:52.4 victory in the $17,500 distaff pacing feature Tuesday night (Oct. 16) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Driver Marcus Miller brushed with the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere past the :27.1 quarter, then put up middle splits of :56 and 1:24.1. The winner of $260,800 stayed strong in the lane to win by two lengths over closing Forever Liza, with favored Sail To The Beach having to settle for third behind the Randy Bendis-trained mare. Bendis is also co-owner of the eight-time 2018 winner with Thomas Pollack.

In a thrilling internal battle that lasted the entire week, Anthony Napolitano notched five winners on the Tuesday card while his brother George took down two heats, making their final score for the four-day race week Anthony Nap 16, George Nap 15. The Napolitanos thus won 31 of the 53 races conducted during the week, which means that some combination of their red and white colors was seen in the winner’s circle an extraordinary 58 percent of the time this week.

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