07/10/2017 9:55PM

Pocono: Freakonomics leads Pennsylvania All-Stars winners

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Curtis Salonick
Freakonomics matched her lifetime mark set on June 20 at Pocono

Freakonomics was the swiftest sophomore pacing filly in Pennsylvania All-Stars competition Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, stopping the clock in 1:51 4/5 in the second of four $30,000 sections.

Driven by George Napolitano Jr., Freakonomics led on the outside at the 27 1/5 opening quarter.  She cleared beyond that marker, hit the half in 55 4/5 and the three-quarters in 1:23 4/5, and held off pocket-sitting Beach Club (Joe Bongiorno) to win by a neck.  Gotthisone Hanover (Matt Kakaley) came in third.

A daughter of Western Terror, Freakonomics is trained by Ross Croghan for co-owner/breeder Let It Ride Stables Inc. and co-owner Dana Parham.  This was her fifth career victory, and she has now earned $79,220.  The even-money favorite, Freakonomics paid $4.00 to win.

Driver Brett Miller and trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman paired up to upset in a pair of splits as well, taking the third flight with 11-1 Perplexed in 1:52 and the final one with 6-1 Bridge To Tomorrow in 1:51 4/5.

Perplexed is a Somebeachsomewhere filly owned by Cool Cat Racing, Inc.  She is now a four-time winner in her life, and she has put away $59,015.  She returned $25.20 to win.

Her stable-mate Bridge To Tomorrow is a daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bay Pond Racing Stable.  She also scored her fourth career triumph, and she pushed her bankroll to $58,430.  She paid $15.00 to win.

9-2 shot Pittstop Danika (Kakaley) also downed the favorite in the opening flight, rallying from fourth to first in the final quarter to post a 1:52 victory.  The Miller/Norman tandem were the slayed in this split, as their Inverse Hanover was second at 3-5.

Ron Burke trains Pittstop Danika, a filly by Yankee Cruiser, for owners/breeders Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and M1 Stable LLC.  This was Pittstop Danika's seventh stop in the winner's circle, and she now has $131,752 in earnings.  Pittstop Danika returned $11.20 to win.