04/09/2017 10:33PM

Pocono: Highalator stretches win streak to seven

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Curtis Salonick
Highalator has won races at Dover, Pocono, and the Meadowlands this year, with a mark of 1:52 2/5

Promising 3-year-old colt pacer Highalator scored his seventh consecutive victory thanks to a 1:53 2/5 effort in a $15,000 division of the Bobby Weiss Series Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Driven by Vic Kirby, Highalator led at the 26 4/5 opening panel, but then was overtaken by Chilln Matisse (Corey Callahan), who would go on to reach the half in 56 1/5 and the three-quarters in 1:25 1/5.  Highalator found clearance in the passing lane in the stretch, and once he was shown the clear air, he exploded by Chilln Matisse on his way to a three length decision.  Chilln Matisse would hold second, followed by Youcaniknow (Anthony Napolitano).

Highalator, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, is trained by Jenny Bier for co-owners/breeders Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck.  This was his eighth win from ten starts overall, and he has earned $48,120.  Highalator's dam, the stakes-winning Western Terror mare Higher And Higher, earned over $923,000 in her career, and Highalator was her first foal.  Sent off at 1-9, Highalator returned $2.20 to win.

The colt is eligible to several high-profile stakes events the rest of the year, including the Meadowlands Pace and Breeders Crown.