Day At The Track

Bob Krivelin wins $14,000 NAADA Trot Series Final

04:22 AM 26 Apr 2014 NZST
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Bob Krivelin
After copping three of the six preliminary legs of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's spring trotting series it was a really no surprise that Bob Krivelin was victorious in the $14,000 series finale at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday evening April 24.

Although Krivelin had trouble getting his trotter Current Crisis away from the starting gate they still prevailed at the finish when they collared the pacesetter, Get Packin and his driver Bob Hechkoff I mid-stretch, and go on to score a length victory in a time of 1:59.3.

"Before I bought him (Current Crisis) he was the Maine champion at three (years old) when Donny Richards had him, but he (Current Crisis) was always hard to get going," Kriveli reltated. "So Richards would keep him back and then time the (starting) gate at the start. But If Richards had to put Current Crisis on gate he'd have trouble getting him away on the trot.

"But last night from the two-hole at Yonkers we were three lengths off at the start and I was lucky to find a place along the pylons on the first turn."

Krivelin had Current Crisis in fifth position as the field headed to the half and when Tony Verruso went first up with Northmedo Wine Guy Krivelin moved his trotter up behind Verruso's.

"I was getting a good second over trip behind Tony's horse until he faded and I had to go three deep. But I quickly got around him and fell in behind Hechkoff who was on the lead." Krivelin said. "I then followed him until the top of the stretch and when he headed for home my horse was stronger than his and we easily beat him to the wire."

Get Packin and Hechkoff held on for second money while Kendal Giovanni and Bob Davis got up for the show dough in the non-wagering event.

To say that Bob Krivelin is enthralled with amateur racing would be an understatement. True, as the owner of a major food distributorship in the Metropolitan area, he makes a comfortable living but his heart and soul revolves around the standardbred sport in general and amateur racing in particular.

A winner of 157 races, including last year's Billings Final, Krivelin, a three-time National Amateur Driver of the Year, is especially proud that the amateur drivers do lots of charity work donating to various organizations throughout the year.

Secretly, or maybe not so, he dreams of winning the Hambletonian as an amateur like Mal Burroughs did a few years ago.

"Winning a Hambletonian may never happen but it certainly is a goal of mine," Krivelin added. " I'll keep investing in young trotters with hopes of getting one good enough to have a chance to be competitive. But even if that doesn't happen I'll still enjoy driving, and winning, of course."

by John Manzi, for NAADA
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