For the second time in the three-track NAADA Trotting Series, Bob Hechkoff and Tremendous Hit emerged victorious. Their most recent harness racing triumph came today, May 3rd, at Freehold Raceway when Hechkoff guided his veteran trotter to a 2:03.1 victory.
Hechkoff, an executive recruiter by trade, wasted little time taking Tremendous Hit to the lead and once there he refused to give it up. Along the way Hechkoff rebuffed all challenges, and there were many, but none could wrest the lead away from Tremendous Hit.
Hechkoff and Tremendous Hit sailed through fractions of :30-1:01.2-1:33.2 before finishing a one length winner.
"He (Tremendous Hit) is a classy old trotter and he's good on the lead," Hechkoff related. "I didn't want to give it up and when we got a breather going to the three quarters I knew we'd be tough to beat from there."
Dave Offenberg and Double Strength were in second place and within striking distance as the field came off the final turn but Tremendous Hit proved too much for his competition and rambled home an easy winner. Dave Yarock and Rompaway Alvin rallied for second money while Double Strength faded and finished third.
It was the second seasonal driving victory for Hechkoff who now has 32 since he earnestly began amateur competition in 2005.
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The final preliminary leg of the NAADA Trotting Series will again be at Freehold Raceway on Thursday, May 10. After that, the drivers who have earned the most points in the series will earn a berth in the $12,000 NAADA Final to be raced at Yonkers Raceway on May 17.
Footnote - Here is Bob Heckhoff winning at Freehold in 2010
The American Harness Drivers Club, Inc., an amateur Harness Racing organization based at Freehold Raceway, Freehold, NJ, USA. Bob Hechkoff of Manhattan, NY steering Fox Valley Michael to victory in the opening leg I of the 2010 Fall Pacing Series at Freehold Raceway on Friday September 24, 2010. Time of the mile was 2:01 flat.