06/28/2014 10:50PM

Pocono: McWicked goes a wicked mile in Hempt

Derick Giwner
McWicked won for the fourth time in seven starts this year on Saturday.

World records were falling left and right at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs on Saturday night and the $500,000 Max Hempt for 3-year-old pacers was no different. McWicked soundly dispatched of his rivals in a 1:47 3/5 final time.

Despite the large purse, the action in the Hempt was virtually non-existent. At Press Time went to the front at the quarter in 26 2/5 and soon gave way to the oncoming charge from McWicked. The Casie Coleman trainee would post the half in 55 seconds and cruised down to three quarters in 1:21 2/5 while only facing token pressure from the first-over All Bets Off.

At the top of the stretch only McWicked and At Press Time were within winning position and McWicked left no doubt who was best as he drew off to score by 2 1/4 lengths for driver David Miller. All Bets Off finished third in the world record mile for 3-year-olds on a five-eighths track.

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“I didn’t think we would go a world record off a 55 half, but he was really good today and warmed up like a monster,” said trainer Casie Coleman, who added that McWicked would take a few weeks off and aim for Adios at The Meadows.

McWicked, a son of McArdle-Western Sahara, increased his earnings over $570K for owner S S G Stables with the victory. He paid $3.00 to win.

One race earlier, Fancy Desire posted a similar wire to wire score in the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Fancy Desire took charge from the word go and led Sayitall BB and Uffizi Hanover past the first two calls in 26 1/5 and 55 3/5. Gallie Bythe Beach made a first-over move but hardly threatened the leader as she rolled past three quarters in 1:22 2/5.

Fancy Desire had a healthy 1 1/2 length lead in the stretch but Sayitall BB kept coming and made it very close on the wire. But she was a head short in the 1:49 2/5 winning mile by Fancy Desire and driver George Napolitano, Jr.  Uffizi Hanover was third.

“I knew it would be a tough race and Yannick (Gingras, Sayitall BB) was right behind me,” said Napolitano, Jr.

The winner paid $5.20 for owner Robert DiNozzi and earned $150,000 with the successful mile. Kevin Carr trains Fancy Desire.