Day At The Track

Marianna Monaco wins NAADA trot

10:40 AM 11 Dec 2020 NZDT
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Marianna Monaco pictured driving in a previous victory, Harness racing
Marianna Monaco pictured driving in a previous victory
Geri Schwarz photo

Monticello, NY- She was the only woman in the race but that was of no concern to Marianna Monaco because she had no trouble defeating her seven male harness racing rivals in the $5000 NAADA Trot at Monticello Raceway on the cold and dreary afternoon of Thursday, December 10. .

In an unusual beginning the front-end speed-ball Ladys Big Stormont came up empty and was third at the quarter in "29.1 as Tony Verruso gunned Exarch to the lead with Someway Same Hall and Tony Ciuffetelli following closely.

Verruso kept the pedal to the metal and Exarch led by the half in 1:00 flat. Bob Davis was the first to move with Lucky June Bug and Monaco let him pass on the outside and then moved Stealing out to follow, second over.

"I think that was the winning move for me by allowing Bob (Davis) to move first and then following him,'Monaco said. "And his horse (Lucky June Bug) was strong to the final turn."

With Exarch still cutting the fractions he had command as the field headed for home.

"I thought I was gonna be the winner but Marianna had her trotter in high gear on the far outside and he overtook us in the deep stretch," Verruso said.

At the wire Stealing was a solid length winner over Exarch who was a nose better than Someday Some Hall in the 2:01.1 clocked mile.

For Monaco it was her seventh winner this season

Stealing is owned and trained by Darren Rybka, Jr Sent off at odds of over12-1 her charge, Stealing, paid $24.40; $14.00 and $5.00 across the board.


John Manzi

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