Day At The Track

"Tough Tony"Ciuffettelli scores impressive victory

12:18 PM 20 May 2018 NZST
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Freehold Raceway, Harness Racing
Freehold Raceway

MONTICELLO,NY - After a CKG Billings Series Midwest regional trot at Scioto Downs last night (May 18) the longest running amateur driving series moved on to Freehold NJ for a contest over the famed harness racing double-oval at Freehold Raceway and when the results were finalized, "Tough Tony" Ciuffettelli scored an impressive victory with Better To Be Lucky in a time of 2:00.4 over a soggy racetrack.

Last October Ciuffetelli purchased Better Be Lucky and since then the 6-year-old Lucky Chucky gelding has proven to be a valuable commodity after the trotter notched his fourth seasonal triumph.

"I bought him as a back-up Billings horse," Ciuffetelli explained. "He's a nice horse but he occasionally gets temperamental."

After leaving softly from the two-hole Ciuffetelli headed for the pylons and watched the speed duel ensue between Annie "Get Your Gun" Stoebe, with betting favorite Uriel, and "Yankee Joe" Lee's, Great Emancipator, who was on the limb fighting for command.

"I was feeling good watching Anne and Joe go at it. They were going pretty swift over the muddy racetrack and I was hoping that they'd get tired ... and that's just what happened," Ciuffetteli said.

With snappy early fractions of :28.2 and :58 Ciuffetteli just bided his time. He was second at the third stanza in 1:29.2 and when Better To Be Lucky cleared on the final turn he had command.

"I felt pretty confident as he headed for the wire since the two favorites battled it out early, "Tough Tony" added. "I saw Tyler (Miller) coming at us but he went off-stride before the finish."

"Young Tyler" Miller finished second with Masster Blue while Anne Stoebe took home the show dough with Uriel.

It seems that Bettor To Be Lucky lived up to his name as he crossed the finish line 1-1/2 lengths in front of Miller's, Masster Blue.

Ciuffetelli, a former corrections officer, also owns and trains the winner who returned $20.20; $7,00 and $3.60. For "Tough Tony" it marked his 54th career driving victory.

by John Manzi, for the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series

 

 

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