Day At The Track

Alan Schwartz takes NAADA Trot

09:04 AM 23 Oct 2020 NZDT
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Monticello, NY--When a horse is deemed the best in a race the driver knows the most preferential place to be is on the front-end. And that's just where Alan Schwartz put Ladys Big Stormont in the NAADA trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22. And once there, the big strapping 9-year-old altered son of Earl Of Stormont didn't let him down and cruised to a gate to wire triumph in a time of 2:01.1.

"He's now won 45 races in his career with the overwhelming majority while racing on the lead.." Schwartz said of his veteran trotter, "And today he was extra gritty turning back all comers and finishing strong."

When the starter released the field Schwartz gunned Earl Of Stormont to the lead and they had control on the first turn but had to contend with Massamillion (Bob Davis) who was parked.

Davis rushed his trotter up alongside Schwartz's charge who had command and the pylon position.

They raced side by side past he first quarter in :29.1 and they were still like a team by the half in :59.4.

"I guess I got a little lucky when when Bob (Davis) didn't try to force the pace and the fractions turned out to be just right for me," Schwartz acknowledged.

After the half Massamillion began to fade but Bobby Krivelin had Permanent Joy in high gear and they rushed alongside Ladys Big Stormont as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:31.1

"My horse was up to the challenge and when he saw Krivelin's trotter he put it in another gear and we drew off a couple of lengths and cruised home an easy winner," Schwartz said.

Permanent Joy held on for second money while Garnet (Chris Doherty) took home the show dough.

The winner is owned and trained by his driver. He paid $4.20 for win.

For Schwartz it was his 623rd amateur driving victory.

by John Manzi, for NAADA

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