11,000 wins for George Napolitano Jr.
At 0h57, on September 15, 2021 • By POCONO DOWNS
Perhaps it was appropriate that it came in the 11th race on an 11-race card on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 14) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but when George Napolitano Jr., Pocono’s all-time leading driver, won the contest with Captain Romance in 1:51, it was the 11,000th victory of his career — a plateau reached previously by only 11 other North American drivers.
George Napolitano Jr., 55, has an incredible 31 Pocono horsemen’s titles on his resume — 14 driving win crowns (including the last nine), 12 UDR championships (including the last seven), and five titles as winningest trainer — and George again leads Pocono in both driving categories this season. The majority of his lifetime victories have come at Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia, 100 miles south on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, where he also has earned many titles.
In getting to 11,000, Napolitano stands alongside Dave Palone, Tony Morgan, Herve Filion, Cat Manzi, David Miller, Aaron Merriman, Tim Tetrick, Dave Magee, Zeke Parker, George Brennan, and Walter Case Jr. as now a member of that very exclusive club.