McWICKED was "McWicked Awesome" in his elimination of the Max C. Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday evening crushing a fine field of 3 year old colt pacers drawing off by over 5 lengths in a monster mile timed in 1:48f. That time set a national season's record for 3 year old colt pacers on a 5/8 mile track, shattered his own personal best time and just missed tying the world record of 1:47.4. Just an amazing performance given that he was stung and stretched out on the outside through a blistering half of 53.1. Yet, it was no problem for the son of McARDLE as he drew off effortlessly. He will undoubtedly be the favorite for next week's Hempt final. Good luck to his connections in the final.
DATSYUK, the Explosive Matter gelding, and son of the Farm's mare, PINK RIBBONS, trotted to a personal lifetime best of 1:52.2f finishing a strong second to Nuncio in his elimination in the Earl Beale Memorial at Pocono. 1:52.2 is a national season's record at Pocono. DATSYUK has lowered his time by a second in all of his last 4 starts while having only only 5 lifetime starts going into the final next week. Owned by Farm co-owner, Leonard Buckner and trainer Charlie Norris, DATSYUK is rated fifth on the Hambletonian Watch List behind Trixton, Father Patrick, Nuncio and Harper Blue Chip. All of us at Hickory Lane are thrilled and excited for DATSYUK and his connections and wish them the very best of racing luck in this week's $500,000.00 final.