Day At The Track

Three NAADA divisional action at Yonkers

08:27 AM 13 Nov 2020 NZDT
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Yonkers, NY--Three $8,000 divisions of harness racing amateur drivers went to post in the 4th leg of this years NAADA Series at Yonkers Raceway and when it was all over bragging rights went to Brett Beckwith, Paul Minore and Dawn Anderson, after each won their respective splits.

For 17-year-old Brett Beckwith it marked his second consecutive victory with his mom's horse, DJ's Revenge. After a covered two-hole journey behind Alan Schwartz and Ladys Big Stormont, Beckwith was able to rally in the deep stretch with Dj's Revenge for a one-length victory in 2:00 flat. Three lengths farther back in third place was Bob Hechkoff's Boots N Chains.

For the talented youngster it was his 6th lifetime victory and second in three seasonal starts.

DW's Revenge is owned and trained by Melissa Bekwith.

It's been longtime since Paul Minore was a teenager but the former high school coach knows his way around the racetrack. His victory tonight was the fourth this season and 111th of his illustrious career.

Behind his old warhorse Wygant Prince, Minore sent him to the lead from the four-hole and they had command on the first turn and led the field by the quarter pole in :29.3. But coming to the half Nicole Dicostanzo moved Jacks To Open out to challenge and the two leaders were side by side until the final turn where Wygant Prince trotted free and coasted home an easy two-length winner in a 2:02.1 clocking.

In mid-stretch Mike Polansky hustled Noble Warrawee home second best while Jacks to Open hung on for the show dough.

Minore owns the winner who's trained by Taylor Gower.

A final NAADA split saw Dawn Anderson make a laugher out of it when she 'stepped on the gas' and sent Take A Wish to the lead in :28.3 first panel and once there challenges were few and far between.

They were two lengths to the good by the half in :59.1 and they had four lengths on the competition by the three quarters in 1:28.2. In the lane they kept pouring it on finishing an 8-1/2 length winner over Pearly Allen and Mugshot Jess. Third place went to Charley Ona Harley, driven by Besim Odza.

Ms Anderson trains the winner who she co-owns with Steve Smith.

by John Manzi, for NAADA

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