08/16/2016 8:31AM

Pocono: Big guns clash on Super Stakes Saturday card

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Betting Line will put his 8-race win streak on the line in Saturday's Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono.

A rematch of the Hambletonian and North America Cup highlight a Saturday card filled with over $2.2 million in stakes races at The Downs at Pocono.

On August 6 at the Meadowlands, Marion Marauder got the best of Southwind Frank in both the elimination and final of the $1,000,000 Hambletonian. Now two weeks removed from his triumph, the Paula Wellwood-trained Marion Marauder will put his crown as top dog in the division on the line from post two in the $500,000 Colonial Trot. The 3-year-old colt has won six of seven races in 2016 and three straight with Scott Zeron in the bike.

Southwind Frank was the prohibitive favorite heading into the Hambletonian but came up a nose short in the sport’s biggest event. Yannick Gingras will look for revenge as he steers the Ron Burke trainee from post six.

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Burke also has the freaky-fast Dayson signed on to the Colonial from post one. The Conway Hall-sired gelding has won three straight since adding trotting hobbles and posted the fastest trotting mile of the year (1:51 2/5) the day before the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands.

The Colonial, scheduled as race 12 on the program, features the top five finishers from the Hambletonian, with Sutton (post seven), Waitlifter K (post nine) and Bar Hopping (post eight) all expected to be in attendance Saturday.

We’ve waited more than two months for the rematch between Betting Line, Racing Hill and Control The Moment. Those three will hook up for the first time since the North America Cup in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers, race 13 on the 14-race card.

Back on June 18 Betting Line won the NA Cup with a season’s best 1:47 4/5 clocking at Mohawk over Racing Hill and Control The Moment. Since that victory, the Casie Coleman trainee has continued rolling along to the tune of an eight-race winning streak. After three Ontario-sired wins, he tried Open foes in the Milstein Memorial at Northfield last week and got the job done by four lengths despite making a brief break on the final turn. The Bettor’s Delight-Heather’s Western colt starts from post one with regular driver David Miller in the bike.

Racing Hill and Control The Moment have been razor sharp as well in recent weeks. The former has won four of his last five races for the combination of driver Brett Miller and trainer Tony Alagna, including the Adios and Hempt finals. Control The Moment is riding a three race streak of victories since driver Brian Sears joined the team. The tandem has won the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace.

Racing Hill will start from post three while Control The Moment has post eight in the nine-horse field.

While the boys will take the spotlight, the $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old pacing fillies deserves plenty of attention on the Saturday card. Slated as race 11 and kicking off an all-stakes pick three, the Valley Forge has lured all of the divisional leaders.

Heading the field is Pure Country, who has earned $685,706 in 2016 while winning six of 11 races. After winning five consecutive races versus fillies, Pure Country tried her luck versus the boys and held her own, finishing fourth in the Cane Pace and second in the Milstein behind Betting Line last weekend. Brett Miller will be in the bike for the Jimmy Takter trainee from post nine.

Takter’s daughter, Nancy Johansson, sends out the number one contender with Darlinonthebeach from post six. The Somebeachsomewhere-Darlin’s Delight product has won seven of 12 starts and is coming into the Valley Forge off a 1:48 4/5 win at Pocono last Saturday. David Miller will drive Darlinonthebeach.

Kiss Me Onthebeach actually one-upped Darlinonthebeach with a 1:48 3/5 clocking on the same August 13 Pocono card. She’ll have the benefit of post three, way inside the above foes and fellow contender Blue Moon Stride, who starts from post seven. Kiss Me Onthebeach will be driven by John Campbell while Blue Moon Stride has Andrew McCarthy in the bike.

The Pocono card also features multiple consolations for the above stakes and three Invitationals for older pacers and trotters. The action kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

$350,000 Valley Forge - Race 11

PP-Horse-Listed Driver-Trainer 1. Call Me Queen Be – Scott Zeron – Ross Croghan 2. Lindwood Beachgirl – Yannick Gingras – Mark Steacy 3. Kiss Me Onthebeach – John Campbell – Chris Ryder 4. JK Fannie – Corey Callahan – Nancy Johansson 5. Shezarealdeal – Marcus Miller – Ross Croghan 6. Darlinonthebeach – David Miller – Nancy Johansson 7. Blue Moon Stride – Andrew McCarthy – Mark Harder 8. I Said Diamonds – George Napolitano Jr. – Matias Ruiz 9. Pure Country – Brett Miller – Jimmy Takter  

$500,000 Colonial - Race 12

1. Dayson – David Miller – Ron Burke 2. Marion Marauder – Scott Zeron – Paula Wellwood 3. Milligan’s School – David Miller – Julie Miller 4. Hititoutofthepark – Corey Callahan – John Butenschoen 5. Love Matters – Yannick Gingras – Jimmy Takter 6. Southwind Frank – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke 7. Sutton – Andy Miller – Julie Miller 8. Bar Hopping – Tim Tetrick – Jimmy Takter 9. Waitlifter K – Matt Kakaley – Andrew Harris  

$500,000 Battle of the Brandywine - Race 13

1. Betting Line – David Miller – Casie Coleman 2. Boston Red Rocks – Tim Tetrick – Steve Elliott 3. Racing Hill – Brett Miller – Tony Alagna 4. Another Daily Copy – Corey Callahan – Nicholas Devita 5. Check Six – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke 6. Western Fame – Mark MacDonald – Jimmy Takter 7. JK Will Power – David Miller – Ron Burke 8. Control The Moment – Brian Sears – Brad Maxwell 9. Big Top Hanover – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke