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style="font-weight: bold;">Wilkes-Barre, PA --- A pair of ladies proved to be the winning hand Monday night (May 15) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the mares Gracie’s Parade and Windsongmusclelady reported home first in a pair of $14,000 claiming handicap co-features.


Gracie’s Parade, a daughter of Royal Mattjesty making her debut for owner/trainer Matias Ruiz off a claim, repaid immediate dividends when she closed strongly from third-over for driver Eric Goodell in the mares pacing co-feature, getting past Americangirlfriend (Eric Carlson) late to tally by a neck in 1:53.3 as the top pair completed a “Detroit Eric” exacta (both drivers were kings on the Motor City circuit at different points).


Matt Kakaley continued his hot sulky streak this week with his tenth victory during Saturday-Sunday-Monday racing, steadily rallying the invading Windsongmusclelady in the latter stages of the mixed-sex trot co-headliner, then drawing off by 1-3/4 lengths while reducing her mark to 1:55.2. Richard Johnson conditions the victorious daughter of Muscle Mass, who is co-owned by Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Jennifer Bongiorno.