21-year-old driver ties track record at Monticello

01:42 AM 27 Sep 2013 NZST
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Mymomsablizzard, harness racing
Austin Siegleman drives Mymomsablizzard
Photo by Geri Schwarz

Mymomsablizzard trotted to a track record equaling 1:57 mile winning Monticello Raceway’s Open Trot on Wednesday, (Sept. 25) for young Austin Siegelman. The 7-year-old mare tied the aged trotting mare’s standard which was set earlier this year on August 21 by Aren’t I Hanover and driver Billy ”Zeke” Parker, Jr.

Coming into the race off a 1:56.4 triumph at Saratoga Raceway on September 20 Siegelman sent the daughter of CR Excaliber to the lead from the six hole and they cruised through fractions of :29,:58.4 and 1:27.3 before finishing four lengths ahead of Rompaway Alvin and driver Mike Merton. Banker All took home the show dough for Jimmy Devaux.

“There was no doubt that she was the best in here and she had no trouble defeating these today. She’s a real good one,” the 21 year old driver said about Mymomsablizzard, a seasonal winner of $108,000 who’s owned by Robert Weinstein of Bellmore, NY.

Siegelman also drove the mare when she won at Saratoga and recently has been driving horses for her trainer Chris Marino , and said that he was real happy to get a chance to driver her again.

“Chris has got some nice horses and I’m really lucky that I am getting to drive for him,” Siegelman said.

But it seems like it is a two way street because Marino is high on Siegelman and is very pleased youngster’s driving.

“He’s a nice young man and he was brought up right,” Marino said of Siegelman. “Although he’s young he drives a horse really well. I’m very satisfied with what he has done for me.

In another drive on the Wednesday card for Marino, Siegelman finished second with Hawk Wild in a race timed in 1:58.2. And the youngsdter had a driving double that afternoon when he reined his own veteran trotter, Grace N Charlie to a 2:00 victory in yet another race.
Siegelman has been opening eyes here this year with his driving ability. His Mighty M stats of 26 wins, 32 seconds and 18 thirds and a .351UDR in 143 starts went a long way in helping the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA choose the youngster as their Rising Star Award winner.

Siegelman will be presented that honor when the scribes hold their 55th Annual Awards Banquet at The Fountains in Middletown, NY on Sunday evening, November 17.

by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway

 

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