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Trenton, NJ — After hitting career highs in wins and earnings in 2019, Austin Siegelman seemed on his way to breaking both of those marks again last year until the COVID-19 shutdown hit. He still finished with strong numbers, and has carried that momentum into this season. Racing predominantly at Yonkers during the week and Freehold on weekends, Siegelman has won 54 races in 2021, a total that ranks 10th in North America. He is the leading driver at Freehold Raceway, where his 43 victories put him 18 ahead of second-place Jim Marohn Jr. “I think it’s been a good start,” said Siegelman, who won the driving title at Freehold last year. “I wish I won a few more races at Yonkers to start, but that’s all right.” Nonetheless, he is happy with the progress he’s made over the years, which includes winning the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational last year with Leonidas A. “It’s getting to a point where I’m extremely confident on the racetrack,” he said. “I’m starting to get a little more finesse than I used to have and getting a little more polished than I used to be.” Siegelman, who turns 29 on Saturday, has been steadily climbing the ladder since receiving the 2013 Rising Star Award from the Monticello-Goshen chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. That was his first full year of driving and he won 90 races and earned $538,079 in 752 starts. From there, he would win over $1 million each of the next four years. He cracked 300 wins and $2 million in earnings for the first time in 2018 and exploded in 2019 with career-highs in starts (2,587), wins (323), and earnings ($3.63 million). He seemed ready to surpass those marks last year before the pandemic hit. “It was pretty disappointing to finally get rolling and to get shut down like that but, it happens, so no big deal,” the laidback driver said. “I didn’t find it hard to get back in a rhythm when we started again, but it was definitely different. There was less work available, less purse money. Just a lot of less.” In 2018, Siegelman’s main track was Monticello, and he began to drive at Freehold toward the end of the year with hopes of getting steady drives at Yonkers. That schedule slowly morphed into becoming a regular at Yonkers during weeknights and at Freehold on Fridays and Saturdays. He is hoping to get some drives at The Meadowlands, and possibly The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia. “My Saturdays just opened up; Yonkers changed its schedule, so they picked up Wednesday instead of Saturday a few weeks ago,” he said. “I’ve been throwing around the idea of racing in Pennsylvania and still doing Yonkers at night.” Siegelman will remain at Freehold, where he won 85 times in 2019 to capture the driving title. “Doing it at Freehold is a little different,” he said. “Usually, you’re driving for different people every race and it’s not just one barn, so that’s always nice.” When it comes to getting on a roll like that, Siegelman said, “You’re just thinking how to win the next one.” There is, however, some confidence that starts to build. “Oh yeah, absolutely,” he said. “Once you start to win a few, it kind of helps the train get rolling a little bit.” Siegelman began driving at Freehold since its day racing fit well with his schedule. It has turned into a nice little haven for him. “I feel very comfortable over at that track,” he said. “The atmosphere is a little more laid back.” He is now looking to conquer Yonkers the way he has at Freehold. “I like Yonkers, it’s tough,” he said. “I consider Yonkers my main track now. Even though I don’t win five a night at Yonkers, I’m there every night.” Siegelman, who lists winning the Potomac Pace last year and “just making it this far,” as some of his biggest accomplishments, says his goal this year would be to get 100 wins at every track he races regularly. But for the most part, he is taking it drive by drive. “Right now, I’m happy with where I’m at,” Siegelman said. “I drive for the overnight guys now. But when I’m ready (for stakes races), I’ll be ready for that.” Austin is the son of trainer James Siegelman, who he still goes to for advice. “We’re living in two separate places right now, but he still helps me out a lot,” Siegelman said. “I talk to him every night. He’ll criticize me every night or tell me I did good every night.” Slowly but surely, he’s earning more praise with each of those talks. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Austin Siegelman further asserted his dominance at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (February 6), winning five races on the 13-race card.   He won for the first time in race 4, with a perfectly-timed drive on Mike Posner's Atomic Rei. He surged in the stretch to get up at the wire over Somesurfsomewhere by a nose. In race 5, he sat a great pocket trip with Proven Desire, trained by Chris Height, and got another win.   Siegelman completed the hat trick in the 7th race, going gate-to-wire on favorite Its Just Too Much, for trainer Allie Reynolds. He scored another front-running win in race 10 behind Ultimate Flyer N, for trainer Mark Infante. In race 12, he completed the five-bagger with Ane DePietro trainee Shaving Mug.       After winning the driving title in 2020, Siegelman is off to a fast start in 2021. He's won 34 races from 162 drives, putting him in first place in the standings by a comfortable margin.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (February 12) starting at 12:30 PM. There will be a pick 5 carryover, starting in race 5, worth $1,285.70.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Austin Siegelman continued his driving dominance at Freehold Raceway on Friday (December 4). He won four races on the 11-race harness racing card, the third consecutive racing day he's won at least that many.   Siegelman got things started in race 2, as Rock the Baby won with a powerful brush to the lead heading up the backstretch the final time. Brandon Mongiello was the winning trainer. In race 6, Siegelman dominated the competition, as Sweet You won going away for trainer Michael Kimelman.   One race later, Siegelman completed the hat trick. Masster Blue rallied wide on the turn and got up to win, for owner/trainer John Novello. The grand slam was completed in race 10, as Stonebridge Honey wore down Southwind Tsunami with a strong first-over grind. Bruce Lauer trains that winner.   Rock the Baby   With six days left of racing at Freehold in 2020, Siegelman has established a solid lead in the driver standings. He's won 70 races on the year, seven more than runner-up Vinny Ginsburg. He's done his best work since the resumption of racing on August 28. During that three-month stretch, he's won 57 races, the most of any driver by 24 dashes. With eleven drives on the Saturday card, Siegelman will have plenty more chances to extend his lead.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (December 5), with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.      

Freehold, NJ --- After his five-win afternoon on Friday, harness racing driver Austin Siegelman didn't rest on his laurels on Saturday. He continued his driving dominance, winning four races on the 12-race card.   Siegelman's aggressive driving paid off in race 2, as he hustled Windsong Jack to the lead and held on, for trainer Chris Height. Siegelman won two more races on the front end, guiding Keystone Honor to victory in race 5, and Mach it So to a race 7 score. Height also trains Mach it So, while Keystone Honor is trained by Richard Johnson.   After those big wins, Siegelman was hungry to get a fourth, and he got it in the 11th race. He kept Shaving Mug in the three-hole early on, then moved him to the lead and drew off for his fourth win of the afternoon, for trainer Ann DePietro.   Siegelman's nine-win weekend extended his total to 64 Freehold wins on the calendar year. He ends the month of November with sixteen wins at Freehold, from 69 drives.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (December 4), with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.    

Freehold, NJ --- Austin Siegelman is no stranger to big days at Freehold Raceway. He added another one to his big meet on Friday (November 27), winning five races on the eleven-race harness racing card.   Siegelman got his first win of the day on the front end, guiding Woodmere Ultimate to a gate-to-wire win in race 2 for trainer Laurie Molnar. He worked a pocket trip to victory in race 4, with Sweet You for trainer Michael Kimelman.   The hat trick was completed in race 6. With a surge at the wire, Siegelman and Little Honeybadger won a photo, for trainer Mike Posner. Siegelman booted home another Posner winner in race 7, as King Cast surged to the lead on the final turn and drew off.   Siegelman got the five-bagger, and a natural hat trick, with a heads-up drive on Princess Holly N in race 8. Leaving from post eight, he aggressively sent his mare to the front, cleared to the top without too much trouble, and held off a host of challengers to win. Mike Fiumenero was the winning trainer in that race.   On the calendar year, Siegelman has 62 wins from 409 drives, making him the top driver at the track. This is the second time since Freehold's restart on August 28 that he's won five races; he also pulled off the feat on October 2.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (November 28), with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM. There will be a pick 5 carryover, worth $592.45.   Publicity Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Harnes racing drivers Jack Pelling and Austin Siegelman both had a day to remember at Freehold Raceway this Saturday (October 31).   Pelling, the son of trainer Brett Pelling, won his first race as a driver in race 3, on Cote Keim-trained Jackamino. Sent off as the favorite from the inside post, Pelling kept Jackamino in the pocket early on, watching the action unfold in front of him. As they turned for home, Pelling steered his horse into clear sailing, and he won by 1 3/4 lengths.       Pelling, 25, got his provisional license earlier in the year, and began driving in qualifiers in June. He drove in his first pari-mutuel race last Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Siegelman, meanwhile, continued a scary good Halloween weekend. After winning four races at Freehold on Friday, he won four more on Saturday. He got his first win in dominant fashion, scoring on favored Haymitch in race 4 for trainer Vincent Stallworth. He then won race 7 on Bettor BB, surging late to win a four-horse photo. Scott DiDomenico was the winning trainer.   After that, Siegelman went back-to-back guiding Vasari to a strong win for owner/trainer Mike Posner. In the 12th race, Siegelman wrapped up the grand slam on Bill Height-trained Momma's Artist.   Eight members of the America Harness Drivers Club congregated in Freehold to compete in a $9,000 leg of the group's 2020 series and when the dust settled Pearly Allen was victorious with the veteran Mugshot Jess in 1:59.2. Allen gave his trotter a perfect drive following cover from the half and then rallying in the deep stretch to hold off John Calabrese's Shoemaker Hanover When the starter said "go"Dave Offenberg gunned Fiji to the front and they had command as the quarter mile timer flashed :28.4. Still on the lead as the field passed the halfway point in :58.2 the trailers moved out to challenge and at the three quarters Joe Faraldo and Always a Good Time got first call. But right there on the outside was Mugshot Jess and in the deep stretch Allen's charge sprinted to the lead and finished a 1-1/2 length victor over John Calabrese's Shoemaker Hanover who rallied late. Always A Good Time held o for the show dough. It was the third seasonal triumph for Mugshot Jess and 54th victory of his illustrious career.and the 13-year old trotter has amassed purses of over $660,000. And for Allen it marked his second seasonal triumph and 35th of his amateur career Mugshot Jess is owned and trained by Taylor Gower. He paid $4.20 for win. Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (November 6), with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway and John Manzi  

Freehold, NJ --- On Halloween Eve, harness racing driver Austin Siegelman had a scary good afternoon at Freehold Raceway. He drove four winners on the Friday (October 30) program.   He got his first win of the afternoon on Sheeza Shark N in race 2, winning a stretch battle to win on the Bill MacKenzie-trained mare. He got the double in race 7, guiding Twin B Friendly to the score for trainer Shaun Vallee.       Siegelman got the hat trick in race 9, as Massive Talent trotted to victory for trainer Jeff Smith. After a near-miss in race 10, Siegelman completed the grand slam on Odds on Daytona in the 11th race, who was indeed the odds-on favorite for trainer John Wyatt.   On the calendar year, Siegelman has 44 wins, good for fourth place in the driver standings. Since the resumption of racing on August 28, Siegelman's 31 wins are best among Freehold drivers.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (October 31) with a 12-race card, starting at about 12:30 PM. There will be a pick 5 carryover, starting in race 5, worth $428.57.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Austin Siegelman had quite the afternoon at Freehold Raceway on Friday (October 2). He won five races on the eleven race card. One of them was on a horse who won his fifth in a row, Kasha V in the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity.   Siegelman got his first win on the day with Duck N Roll in the fourth race, for trainer Izzy Estrada. In the New Jersey Futurity, he was on Kasha V, who had swept his way through the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund earlier in the meet. He was the 7/2 second choice, with Barley going off at 1/9.   Siegelman had Kasha V in the pocket in the early stages, then retook the lead after the quarter. Barley began inching up closer, an Kasha V braced for the challenge of his favored rival. As they turned for home, Barley went off stride, sealing the deal for Kasha V. From there, he cruised under the line five lengths in front. He went the mile in 1:58, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli.       After that, Siegelman got the natural hat trick in race 6, with Tom Fanning-trained Ashtini. He completed the grand slam in the 10th race with Fly in Style, for trainer Chris Height, and got the five-bagger in the eleventh race on Lionhead, trained by Terry Morgan.   Since the resumption of racing on August 28, Siegelman has far and away the most wins of any Freehold driver with 19 victories.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, starting at 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Watching Kasha V win has become a Friday tradition at Freehold Raceway. He continued his dominant harness racing streak this Friday (September 25), completing a sweep of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund Final for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings.The purse was $56,000.   Austin Siegelman was aggressive with his drive, putting him on the lead just after the quarter. He controlled the pace most of the way, and was clear at the top of the stretch. However, he had to hold off the surge of second choice Kyrie Deo, who was flying for Corey Callahan. Fortunately for Kasha V, the wire came just in time, and he held on to win by a head as the 7/5 favorite. The final time was 1:58.       That's the fourth win in a row for this gelding, who won all three legs of the NJSS-SDF series, plus the Garden State Trot. Of his $78,000 in lifetime earnings, $60,500 have come within those four races. He's owned by Theologos Moutafis and trained by Tom Corelli.   Friday's card at Freehold also featured several divisions of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old trotters. Ake Svanstedt swept both divisions of the first leg of the series for fillies, winning division one with Illuminata and division two with Wet My Whistle.   Two divisions of the series for colts and geldings were held as well. The first division was held as a non-betting affair, and was won by Torrey Pines, for trainer/driver Dan Daley. Division two went to Canadian invader Muscle Dynasty, for trainer Paula Wellwood and driver Jim Marohn Jr.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Young New Jersey-sired trotters will have the spotlight at Freehold Raceway this Friday (September 25), with five stakes races in the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series.   The card is headlined by the $56,000 final for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters, scheduled as the eighth race. Kasha V seeks his fourth win in a row, after wins in the first two legs of the series and the Garden State Trot. Austin Siegelman will once again be in the sulky, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli. He drew post position five.   He will encounter several rivals who figure to give him a fight. Fly Eagle Fly just missed in the first leg of the series two weeks back, then was a non-threatening third last out. He'll get a driver change to Jim Marshall, for trainer Marcus Melander.   Gerard won the other division of the second leg last week, edging out AP Hall of Trix, who also returns here. Eric Abbatiello and James DeLucia team up on Gerard, while Pat Berry and David Hoover drive and train, respectively, AP Hall of Trix.   Kyrie Deo was the 1/2 favorite in the second leg last week, but lost by just 3/4 of a length for trainer John Butenschoen and trainer Corey Callahan. He'll seek revenge from post position six.   The card also features two divisions of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old colt & gelding trotters, and two more for 2-year-old trotting fillies. The first division of the former series will be held as a non-betting race, at 12:15 PM. The second division also has five horses, and is scheduled as the third race.   The first division for the fillies features a field of seven, and will go as the seventh race. Ake Svanstedt will send out a duo, in Broad Strokes and Illuminata. The former looks like the stronger half of the two, having finished fifth in the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway last out.   The second division is race nine on the card, and has six horses. Svanstedt is also represented in this division, with Wet My Whistle. She finished third in a leg of the Kindergarten last week at the Meadowlands.   Post time for the first race on Friday at Freehold is at approximately 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ ---- A pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund races were held at Freehold Raceway on Friday (September 4). One race saw the heavy chalk win, another saw an upset.   1/10 favorite Common Sense S won the second leg of the series for 3-year-old trotting fillies by 3 1/2 lengths. Steve Smith put her on the lead early on, clearing to the pylons just after the opening quarter. From there, she never looked back, and drew off to a handy win. She went the mile in 1:58.2, for co-owner and trainer Ake Svanstedt and co-owner SRF Stable. This was her first win of the year from seven starts, and pushed her earnings past the $200,000 mark.       In the first leg of the series for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, Kasha V got the job done at 10/1. He got the dream trip in the pocket behind early leader Fly Eagle Fly, who set a moderate tempo while not sneaking away from the rest. In the stretch, Kasha V and driver Austin Siegelman moved outside and wore down Fly Eagle Fly for a half-length win. That was his first career win from nineteen starts, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli. The final time was 2:00.       Live racing continues on Saturday, with a first post of 12:30 PM EDT. There's a double carryover on the pick 5, worth $1,885.39.   From Freehold Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 24, 2020--Consider this a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway, where Tuesday night's (Feb. 25th) Pick 5 wager begins with a $8,398.22 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool after a 41-1 long shot Monday evening sent the Pick 5 onto another night. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. If the sequence was not hit (as was the case Monday night [Feb. 24th] after Grand Master [Austin Siegelman, $84] won the last leg, the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.   As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 remains a 50-cent base wager (5 through 9). Tuesday night's Pick 5 program pages accompany this release. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 18, 2020-- Harness racing favorite Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $4.30) was left to his own devices Saturday night (Jan 18th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. From assigned post position No. 5, Swansea found himself as the only leaver. With no issues, he worked around pole-sitting Mostinterestingman (George Brennan) before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :58.4 intermission before sharp interloper Now's the Moment (Jason Bartlett) moved from third. The invader was quite good this night, but Swansea had too many things (cheap lead, comfy teletimer) working to his advantage. After a 1:27.2 three-quarters, he had two lengths in and out of the final turn. Swansea closed the sale, handily widening to 3½ lengths in 1:56.3. Now's the Moment served notice holding second, with Yes (Brent Holland), Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change after never factoring. Mostinterestingman backpedaled to sixth.   For Swansea, a now-5-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned by Triple D Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts (career 21-for-47). The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $78.50. Special Saturday props to season-debuting Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube, $8.70), wiring his foes in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (1:54). Also, the venerable 11-year-old gelding Melady's Monet (Brennan, $3) made it 62-for-203 with his 1:55.2 win in the $27,000, second-race trot. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of top-class harness racing pacing events on Saturday afternoon (December 21): a $15,000 Invitational, and a $12,000 Preferred.   The Invitational was won by Sunfire Blue Chip, for trainer Gary Candell and driver Austin Siegelman. Off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, he was sent off as the 3/1 third choice. Siegelman rocketed him to the lead from post seven, set up shop before the quarter, and established a modest early pace.   They reached the quarter in 27.4, and the half in a slow 57.1. They then opened up a bit nearing three-quarters, and looked clear as they turned for home. Despite a frantic rally up the pylons by favored Clint Westwood, the wire came in time for Sunfire Blue Chip, and he held on for a 3/4-length victory. The final time for the mile was 1:55.4.   The 9-year-old horse is owned by Takter, Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc, and R A W Equine. He's won four times from 21 starts this year, earning more than $90,000.   In the Preferred, The Onlyest One showed a lot of heart to hold off the rally of Ideal One and secure the victory. Parked out early, The Onlyest One cleared to the lead after the quarter, getting to the half in a comfortable 58.1. On the third turn, Ideal One swooped three wide, then drew up alongside The Onlyest One after three-quarters. Turning for home, it looked like Ideal One would roll by, but The Onlyest One was game and held on for a neck victory.   The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy, trained by Nick Surick, and driven by Joe Bonigorno. He's won seven times on the calendar year, including two of his last three.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (December 27), starting at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Last year, No Drama Please won the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS - SDF) Final for 2-year-old colt & gelding harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway. This Friday, he'll seek to add the 3-year-old title to his mantle, as he faces seven rivals in the $70,000 final. After bypassing the first leg, the Tom Fanning-trained colt took the second leg last Friday, winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:58.1. It was the first win of his sophomore year, a season that has seen him earn almost $106,000. He'll leave from post position six in the final, and will be driven by Austin Siegelman. Powerscourt figures to be his chief rival. The Cheryl McGivern-trained gelding finished third in the NYSS Final at Batavia Downs on September 14, where he was third behind Gimpanzee. After losing the first leg of the NJSS-SDF by a neck, he went up to Saratoga Harness, where he won a conditioned trot by seven lengths in 1:56.1. He drew post position four in his Freehold return, with Michael McGivern in the bike. Cotton to You also looks like a contender. He defeated Powerscourt by a neck in the first leg, then broke stride int he second leg. He'll seek a rebound in the final for trainer Lucas Wallin, with Jim Marohn Jr back in the sulky from the inside post. Wallin also trains Sovereign Deo, who finished second in the second leg. That one will leave from the outside post, with Joe Bongirono driving. Warrior One, American Dream Boy, Brownie, and Innisfallen round out the field. The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

YONKERS, NY, Harness Racing - It was a grinding Lispatty (Austin Siegelman, $33.80) who prevailed Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away an early fourth from post position No. 2, Lispatty improved one place when the 4-5 pole-sitting fave Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett) jumped it off. Alexa's Power (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Dibaba N (Eric Goodell) fronted the fray early, with the former leading through subsections of a 27-second flat opening quarter-mile and a :55.4 intermission. Lispatty was out and moving toward a 1:23.4 three-quarters, hooking Alexa's Power in and out of the final turn before putting that one away. Lispatty then held off the lass she towed into it, Angel's Pride (George Brennan), by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton), Dibaba N and 'Alexa' settled for the small change. For sixth choice Lispatty, a 6-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her eighth win in 27 seasonal starts The exacta paid $156, the triple returned $1,125 and the superfecta paid $3,174. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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