05/01/2017 9:21PM

Pocono: Streaking pacers Highalator, Cousin Mary score in Weiss finals

Jennifer Starr
The connections of Highalator pose with him in the paddock

A pair of $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series finals for pacers were staged on Monday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and Highalator and Cousin Mary both continued their respective win streaks, picking up new speed badges in the process.

In the colt and gelding contest Highalator (Vic Kirby) was in the lead at the 27 second opening quarter, but Dash Of Danger (Matt Kakaley) moved up to challenge out of third, and he would clear to command.  Kirby wanted to be aggressive with his charge, though, and popped back out of the pocket to re-take the top spot at the 55 2/5 half. After regaining the front Highalator came under first-over pressure from Dakota Jack (George Napolitano Jr.), and they battled to three-quarters in 1:22 4/5.

Turning for home Highalator put away Dakota Jack's bid, but then Rough Odds (Andrew McCarthy) went on the attack from second-over.  He gained ground on Highalator, who was under urging from Kirby, but the pace-setter held sway, prevailing by a neck in a career-best 1:51 1/5.  Dash Of Danger checked in third.

Highalator, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, is trained by Jenny Bier for co-owners/breeders Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck.  This was his tenth win from 12 starts overall, and he has earned $71,120.  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 as the even-money favorite, Highalator returned $4.00 to win.

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

The final for fillies and mares saw 4-year-old Cousin Mary (Anthony Napolitano) dispatched at 1-5 off victories in her three Weiss prelims, plus her three prelims and the final of the Petticoat Series at Yonkers prior to that.  The daughter of Camluck rewarded the public's faith in her, as she led through fractions of 27 1/5, 57 4/5, and 1:24 3/5, then sprinted home in 27 1/5 to win by 2 3/4 lengths in a life's mark 1:51 4/5 mile.  I Deal In Kisses (Simon Allard) challenged the eventual winner from first-over in the middle half of the mile, but she was put away off the final bend and wound up second, and Twist Of Fate (Corey Callahan) came in third.

Andrew Harris trains Cousin Mary for owner Jeffrey Williamson.  Cousin Mary is 15-for-29 in the win column during her career (11-for-13 in 2017), with $154,543 banked.  She paid $2.60 to win.