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MONTICELLO, NY--The chilly weather, with intermittent rain drizzling down , didn't deter Bob "Rapid Rail" Krivelin from his mission today. The three-time National Amateur Driver of the Year sent his trusty harness racing steed, Permanent Joy, to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded and then made every pole a winning one en route to a 1-1/2 length victory in the CKG Billings trot at Monticello Raceway.on a gloomy Thursday afternoon. Starting from the pole position Krivelin sent his charge to the front and they had command on the first turn. "My horse doesn't like dirt in his face so I wanted the front end, " Krivelin explained. "And all through his long career once Permanent Joy gets in front he doesn't like t give up the lead. And thankfully, today, I guess was no exception" With a six-horse field and two trotters breaking after the start, Krivelin got away with a soft 30 second first quarter even as Annie "Get You're Gun" Stoebe hustled Pembroke Bada Bing in behind Permanent Joy. They then raced one-two by the half in 1:01 and the order remained the same as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:31.1. When the field headed for home Permanent Joy opened a two length lead and then rebuffed any and all challenges to score his fifth seasonal triumph. Pembroke Bada Bing finished second and The Cuse is Loose garnered the show dough for Billings president, Tony "the Capo" Verruso. Sent off at odds of 4-1 Permanent Joy, a $258,000 career winner, notched his 43rd lifetime victory and repaid his backers with a $10.00.mutuel. And for Krivelin, it was his 222nd winning drive by John Manzi, for the CKG Billings Series

Monticello, NY--After two events in Ontario over the past weekend harness racing's greatest traveling road show, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, was on the move again today (Oct. 3) for a trotting contest at Monticello Raceway and on the rainy and chilly afternoon in the Sullivan County Catskills, Bob "Rapid Rail" Krivelin used the front-end route with his old warhorse, Permanent Joy, to win the East Region Billings trot over a sloppy race course. When the gate sprung Krivelin sent his charge to the lead and they were joined by Six Bax and driver Tony "the Capo" Verruso. but when Krivelin showed that he wanted the front-end Verruso took back and settled his trotter in behind Permanent Joy. "I wanted the front knowing my horse swells-up when he's on the lead," Krivelin related. "And once he's in front he's hard to beat." Krivelin led his challengers by the quarter in :29.4 and they were comfortable when they passed the half in 1:01. When Permanent Joy approached the three-quarters he still had three-lengths on his competition but that lead quickly began to dissipate when Broadway Bruiser and driver "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello, came roaring down the stretch. However their rally fell a neck short of overtaking the leader and they had to settle for second money. "I heard them coming and so did Permanent Joy, Krivelin said."He dug in and refused to lose." March Madness, driven by Annie "Get Your Gun" Stoebe took home the show dough. Krivelin owns and trains the winner who returned a $13.80 mutuel. It was the 42nd career win for the 11 year-old Trot For Joy gelding. And for Krivelin, a three-time National Amateur Driver of the Year, it marked his 220 th driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Yonkers, NY--On a wet night and over a racetrack rated sloppy Bob Krivelin and his old warhorse Permanent Joy sat back off stiff early fractions and followed cover until late in the mile then rallied to overtake the pacesetter, Soul Train (Joe Lee), and rebuff a late charge by Fiji and driver Dave Offenberg, to go on to a two-length triumph in 2:00.4. Once the starter said "go" it was a cavalry charge for the lead as Paul Minore and Wygant Prince, who started from the four-hole, parked Tough Get Going (post eight) past the quarter in a stiff .28.3 before yielding. Although Faraldo had command as the field trotted by the halfway point in :59 he was no longer factor in the race as Joe Lee and Soul Train went first-up and rallied to the lead at the third stanza in 1:29. They were soon joined by Monica Banca with Master Of Excuses and although Lee and Banca were one-two heading for home Krivelin and Permanent Joy trotted around them and went on to an easy victory. It was Krivelin's 219th driving victory to go along three National Amateur Driver of the Year Awards he earned over the years. The non-wagering event was the second leg of the 10-race NAADA series which will culminate in a $15,000 finale on May 23. And on the series end, in a drawing ,one of the top three point earners will receive an all expense paid trip to compete in Padova, Italy later this year against their Italian counterparts. The next leg in the series will take place at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, March 28   by John Manzi for NAADA

MONTICELLO, NY--If there's any doubt about what a good post position can do just ask Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin. After off-the-board finishes from outside ;positions in his last three starts Krivelin took advantage of the pole and sent his charge to the lead and they made every pole a winning on en route to a 2:00 victory in the Billings trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (August 30. It was the horse's second victory this season and 37th of his successful career. "When the starter said "go" I immediately sent him (Permanent Joy) to the lead which is where the old guy races best," Krivelin said in the paddock after the race. "He doesn't like dirt hitting him in his face so being on the front-end is where he gives his best effort." The ever- traveling CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series made its fourth seasonal stop at the Mighty M where seven venerable trotters lined-up behind the mobile starting gate. When Permanent Joy vaulted to the lead Jennifer "Golden Girl" Lappe ducked in behind the leader with Celebrity Blue Chip and they were content to follow as Krivelin's trotter passed the first quarter in :29. The order remained the same as the two leaders trotted by the halfway point in 1:00.1. "Yankee Joe" Lee was the first to move when he pulled the right line on Tim Lizzie but they never made up much ground and by the three quarters Permanent Joy was comfortable on the engine with Celebrity Blue Chip 2-1/2 chasing the leader. As Permanent Joy rounded the final turn Krivelin fed him his head and the old veteran opened the lead to 3 lengths and in the deep stretch Krivelin was looking around for challengers as and his charge cruised to five-length victory. Celebrity Blue Chip held on for second money while "Buffalo Bob" Davis and Stitch in Time came between horses to capture the show dough. "This was Permanent Joy's first (seasonal) start in the Billings this year and actually he faced a much lesser caliber field than he did in the five NAADA races he'd been in earlier," Krivelin added. Owned by the Hero Stable and trained by Krivelin, the 12-year-old Trot For Joy gelding was sent off at odds of almost 6-1 and paid $13.80. by John Manz,i for the Billings Series

Monticello, NY- If the industry doesn't consider amateur racing an integral part of the current scene they just need to check the number of races being programmed at many racetracks, especially on the East Coast. On a pleasant Thursday afternoon (July 12) at Monticello Raceway amateur racing was front-and-center on the 10-race betting card with members of three different amateur racing organizations taking a seat behind a spirited steed. And when the judges declared the races official, "Joltin Joe" Pennacchio won the Billings trot with Connie Keeper in 2:01.1 and then came back two races later to score a 2:01 trotting triumph in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's trot behind Cheeky Little Minx. A final amateur contest saw Bob Krivelin use the front-end route for a 1:59.2 victory in the Catskill Amateur Club's pace. Even though the program marked the return of two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, the day really belonged to Joe Pennacchio. And although its still early in the season talented driver and multiple horse owner is leading his competitors for seasons-end awards. Currently, his 12 victories are tops among the amateur driving colony. In his first contest of the day "Joltin' Joe" started from the from pole position with Connie Keeper and was content to hug the pylons in the early going. After the half he moved his charge to the outside and rallied alongside the leader and old warhorse, Wygant Prince, only to ware him down in the deep stretch. Wygant Prince and driver "Coach Paul" Minore held on for second while Better To Be Lucky finished third for "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli. "I followed the leaders and when I moved my mare she hung as we rounded the (final) turn but when we headed for home she began to pull away and we went on the a two-length triumph," Pennacchio said. Connie Keeper is owned by Dr Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, She paid $5.10 for win. Pennacchio's second win was a laugher when his Cheeky Little Minx notched her fourth victory since her purchase in early May. The 6-year-old Lucky Chucky mare ran away and hid on her competition and cruised to an oh-so-easy 5-1/4 length triumph over Gianni (John Campagnuolo). Woody and Bob Krivelin garnered the show dough. "I have 11 horses currently racing with three in the amateur ranks," said Pennacchio, a retired CEO. "We bought "Cheeky" at an Ohio sale in early May and she's been stellar for us. This was her fourth victory since we purchased her." Cheeky Little Miss is owned by Pennacchio's, Joe P Racing, and trained by Allen Sisco. Sent off as the odds-on favorite she returned a $3.20 mutuel. The final amateur contest was in the Catskill Amateur Drivers Pacing Series and when the dust settled Bob Krivelin had guided TKR's Metro Spec to a gutsy gate to wire victory in a 1:59.2 clocking. When the gate sprung in that contest Krivelin sent his pacer to the lead from the pole position and they had three lengths on the field when they passed by the first stanza. From there Krivelin had to contend with a parked-out Idontthankyoucan (Bob Davis) who kept unrelinquished pressure on TKO's Metro Spec. They then raced one-two past the half and three quarters and were still heads apart when they headed for paydirt. At the wire Krivelin's horse scooted away for one length victory over Davis' charge. Hannah Miller finished third with Eagle Artesian. The winner is trained by Bruce Aldrich, Sr. " I really like driving Aldrich's horses because Bruce always has them ready when they hit the racetrack," Krivelin said after garnering his 217th career victory. Owned by Woody Hoblitzell TKO's Metro Spec paid $11.40 by John Manzi, for Amateur Racing

MONTICELLO, NY -The results of the NAADA Trot at Monticello Raceway on the steamy afternoon of July 5th was a case of good things come to those who wait. And Bob Krivelin bided his time shadowing the leader and then rallied his veteran trotter, Permanent Joy, to a one and one-half length victory over seven others in a 2:00 clocking. Overlooked and sent off at odds of over 14-1, Krivelin's charge notched his first seasonal triumph and paid $31.40; $11.40 and $6.10 across the board. When the starter said "go" Joe Lee gunned the second choice in the wagering, On The Podium, to the lead from the three-hole and they easily had command as the rest of the field all looked for a position along the pylons. Because of that Lee got his trotter by the frst stanza in a soft :29.3 as Krivelin and Permanent Joy were comfortable in the two-hole. On The Podium then trotted another :29.3 quarter with the trailing horses content to sit still. As they headed for the third stanza Lee's charge looked comfortable as no one in the rears could make up any ground. When the field rounded the final turn On The Podium looked like a winner. But mid-stretch he began to falter and Krivelin and Permanent Joy rallied along the pylons and went on to a triumph, the horses first victory in five seasonal starts. On The Podium held on for second place while Gianni finished third for Matt Zuccarello. "He's a grand old veteran whose won more than a quarter of a millions dollars in his career,"Krivelin said in the paddock after the race as he hung-up the lines. "But really, he (Permanent Joy) was down in class after having raced in the weekly winners-over here for the past four weeks." Permanent Joy, a 10-year old altered son of Trot For Joy, is owned by the Hero Stable and trained by his driver. Krivelin, a longtime accomplished amateur driver, scored his fifth seasonal triumph and the 217th of his illustrious career. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved on to Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (April 22) where a seven-horse field went to post and when the judges hung the official sign Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin emerged victorious with his own Permanent Joy in a 2:01:1 clocking. In a race marred by breaking horses on the first turn "Hurricane Hannah" Miller cleared the confusion with Winwood Scout from the seven- hole but had to sizzle to a :28.4 first quarter which arguably took its toll later in the race. She did get her trotter a breather but "Buffalo Bob" Davis kept the pressure on with Mr. Butterworth. However, the eventual winner, Permanent Joy wasn't quite as lucky in clearing the breaking horses . "Permanent Joy is handy little horse so I was able to avoid the confusion On the first turn but by then I was 10 lengths back of two leaders," Krivelin related via email. As the field headed up the backside the final time around Winwood Scout was joined by Permanent Joy and from there a battle ensued. "Once I caught the field I felt I had a shot (to win). Coming around the final turn I thought I would go right by Hannah (with Winwood Scout) but she did a great job keeping her horse alive and we battled till the (finish) line. Fortunately I came out on top." The margin of victory had to be determined by the photo-finish camera and when the judges developed the print Permanent Joy won by a head. Third place went to Windsong Illusion driven by "Slate Hill Allen" Sisco. The crowd sent the winner off at odds of over 7-1 and Permanent Joy returned $16.80 to those who backed him. Krivelin owns and trains the veteran 9-year-old Permanent Vocation gelding who years ago was the State of Maine's 3 year old trotting champion. For Permanent Joy it was the trotter's second seasonal victory and for Krivelin, a three-time National Amateur Driving Champion, it was his fifth win in just nine seasonal starts. By John Manzi for the Billings Series

The fifth leg of the eight-leg NAADA Trotting Series was contested on Thursday (April 20) at Yonkers Raceway and when the results were official David Glasser and Robert Krivelin were each victorious in their respective splits. Glasser and Celebrity Stimulus cruised to a five- length triumph in a 1:59.3 clocking while Kivelin and Current Crisis out-trotted their harness racing competition to score a 2:01,4 victory. Seemingly comfortable on the double oval-Celebrity Stimulus was hustled to the front from post five when the gate sprung and led the short five-horse field by the first stanza in 30:1. After a :59.4 first half Glasser asked his steed for more and Celebrity Stimulus responded and trotted clear and just kept opening daylight on the field while he cruised home an oh-so-easy winner over Tim Lizzie and driver Bob Davis in a 1:59.3 clocking. Signal Hill OK finished third for Joe Faraldo On March 30 at the Hilltop oval Celebrity Stimulus and Glasser went on the be the first under the wire in an earlier NAADA trot only to be disqualified and placed fourth for drifting in the homestretch. "I didn't make that mistake again tonight," Glasser said. "We were clear in the stretch and I was cognizant about not drifting in or changing my position as we raced to the finish. I'm grateful to Team Butenschoen for always sending 'Stim' to the track ready to race!" The winner is owned by Glasser Racing LLC and trained by John Butenschoen In the second NAADA trot Krivilen also used the front-end route to score a 2:01.4 victory with Current Crisis for the trotter's second win in the series. Starting from the two-hole Current Crisis circled I'm Fabulous (Alan Schwartz) when the gate sprung and was on the lead at the quarter in a soft :31.When the field headed to the halfway point Schwartz moved I'm Fabulous out to challenge Current Crisis for the lead only to be rebuffed as the pace-setter began to draw away from his challenger.; They then raced one-two to the finish with Current Crisis a one-length winner. Third place went to Wygant Prince, driven by Paul Minore. It was Current Crisis' fourth seasonal triumph. He's owned by the Hero Stables and trained by Krivelin. The series will continue on Thursday April 27 at Monticello Raceway. John Manzi  

After the first leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) Trotting Series was snowed out at Monticello Raceway on March 16 the harness racing series got underway at the Catskills mountain oval on March 30 and when the two divisions were completed each leg was won by a former National Amateur Driver of the Year. Alan Schwartz copped his leg with Ladys Big Stormont while Robert Krivelin won his division with Current Crisis. In his split, Schwartz went down the proverbial road and made every pole a winning won en route to a 2:00 triumph. "I hadn't planned to be on the front-end from the five-hole but when the gate sprung my horse left like a runner and we were on top before the turn," Schwartz related after his driving victory. "Although he (Ladys Big Stormont) had been racing well this was the first time I had him on the lead. And he really seemed comfortable there, so much so, that I might have to send him to the front again." After Ladys Big Stormont gained command Schwartz and his trotter coasted through fractions of :30.1; 1:00.2 and 1:30.2 before kicking in a :29.3 final panel to score an easy one length victory over Sim Brown and driver John Kokinos. Joe Lee took home the show dough with Woody. Sent off at odds of over 2-1 Ladys Big Stormont returned a $6.30 win mutuel. It was the second seasonal triumph for the 6-year-old Earl of Stormont gelding who's also owned by Schwartz and trained by Raheim Strong. For Schwartz, the National Amateur Driver of the Year in 2000, his driving victory was the 579th of his amateur career. In the other division Krivelin also sent his trotter to the lead but they didn't gain command until the first stanza which was trotted in 29.1. From there Current Crisis showed the way past the half in .59.4 and by the three quarters in 1:30.1. At that point Tony Ciuffetelli mounted a charge with Tropical Storm Bi and although they were charging in the deep stretch they fell a nose short in the 2:00.1 clocked mile. Third place went to The Fighter, driven by Alan Schwartz. "He's been a good horse for me ever since I bought him from Donnie Richards at the end of his 3 year old season where he was the Maine Sires Stakes champion," Krivelin said of the 8-year old Current Crisis. "Over the years I won two Billings Finals with him and he's earned me well over $200,000." It was the third seasonal triumph for Current Crisis who's owned by Krivelin's Hero Stables and also trained by Krivelin. Sent off at odds of over 6-1, Current Crisis paid $14.20 for win. For Krivelin, who was National Amateur Driver of the Year in 2001, 2012, and 2014, the victory was the 205th of his career. By John Manzi for NAADA  

The American vs Italy Friendship Competition kicked off at Monticello Raceway on the warm and sunny afternoon of August 17 with the amateur harness racing drivers competing in both a pace and a trot on the betting card. The pacing race went to USA's Bobby Krivelin who reined Five Star Stud to a 2:00.2 victory while Giancarlo Moretti scored a 2:01.1 triumph in the trot with Samsawinner. In the first contest race Krivelin heeded advice and sent Five Star Stud to the lead from the three-hole and led the competition to the first panel in :28.3 while the USA's Peter Kleinhans (Show Topper) and Italy's Otello Zorzetta (Art's Jimmy Ray) were hung on the limb. Five Card Stud showed the way by the half in 1:00.1 and was still strong on the lead by the three quarters in 1:30. Both Show Topper and Art's Jimmy Ray were going the long mile but still in the race. When the field headed for home Krivelin tapped his pacer a couple of times and Five Star Stub responded and sailed home a 1-1/2 length winner over Show Topper and Peter Kleinhans which gave the American team win and place competition points. Otello Zorzetta, a winner of 471 races in his home country, took home the show dough with Art's Jimmy Ray. "My horse was good today, "said Krivelin, who drove Five Star Stud for the first time. "I listened to the trainer (Antonio Grillo) who asked me to send his horse to the lead and keep the bit tight in his mouth. I kept a tight hold on him (Five Card Stud) which kept him brave and he went the best mile in his last six starts." The winner, owned and trained by Antonio Grillo, notched his second win in 29 seasonal starts and paid $16.60 for win. For Bobby Krivelin, a three time National Amateur Driver of The Year, it was his 13th driving victory this season and it marked his 197th lifetime winner. Since the front-end worked so good for Krivelin in the first USA-Italy Friendship Competition race he used that same strategy in the next event, which was a trot. Up behind 5-2 second choice, Mr. Invincible, Krivelin gunned the trotter to the lead from post three and they command on the first turn and led the competition by the first quarter in :28.2 in the process keeping Trojan Horse, driven by the USA's Dave Offenberg, parked out. The two Americans raced one-two by the half in :59.3 with Italy's Giancarlo Moretti and Samsawinner tucked in nicely in the two hole. Just before the three quarters flashed 1:30.1 Moretti had Samsawinner out to challenge the leader and in the lane Samsawinner drew off to a three-length triumph. Mr. Invincible held on for second and Dream Defence N finished third for Italy's Roberto Michelotto. Moretti, a principal in Italy's world famous Murano Glass, was sporting a huge smile when he handed the lines to the horse's caretaker upon his return to the paddock and said, through an interpreter "I had a terrific two-hole journey and when I asked him (Samsawinner) to go he won the race easily." Samsawinner, trained by Bruce Aldrich, Sr. notched his 52nd career triumph. Owned by Woody Hoblitzel the trotter paid $19.00, $8.10 and $7.40 across the board. For Moretti it was his first American triumph and his 57th driving victory, overall. At days end the American team lead the visiting Italians 43-41. Tomorrow the same Italian team will battle against an American team consisting of Hannah Miller, Joe Faraldo, Tony Verruso and Tony Ciufettelli at Yonkers Raceway. by John Manzi for NAADA

The seventh of ten legs in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) trotting series was presented on Thursday, July 28 at Monticello Raceway on a hot an steamy afternoon and when the events were finalized Bob Kenney and Bob Krivelin each emerged victorious in their respective harness racing splits. Kenney won with Come And Tell Pap in 2:00.3 while Krivelin eeked- out a victory with Permanent Joy in a 1:58.3 clocking. Kenney, a retired computer salesman from Belchertown, Massachusetts, took no prisoners and went wire to wire with Come And Tell Pap and scored an easy two- length triumph over Current Crisis and driver Bob Krivelin. It marked the third time that these pair pf Bob's finished one-two in the NAADA trots this season. When the gate sprung Kenney sent his charge to the lead from the pole position and they trotted through quarters of :29 and :59 rebuffing any and all challenges along the way. Still with a one-length lead as they passed the third stanza Come and Tell Me Pap scooted off to a three length lead as they headed for home and at the wire Kenny's trotter was two-lengths better than Krivelin's, Current Crisis. Zorgwijk Impact rallied from far back to garner the show dough for Joe Pennacchio. "He's a good horse," Kenney said referring to Come And Tell Pap after his driving victory. "He won over $40,000 last year but he's been sick this year. We nurtured him and now he's coming back strong. He was great today and it was almost like a training trip for him." Owned by Kenney's wife Linda and the Di Stefano and Son Stable and trained by John Di Stefano Come And Tell Pap won his first race this season and returned an $11.40 win mutuel. However, Krivelin made amends in the second NAADA trot when his Permanent Joy held on for a nose triumph over a persistent Aventure, who was driven by Tony Ciuffetelli. But after the judges reviewed the race they found a racing infraction by Ciufettelli and his horse was placed out of the money. Krivelin sent Permanent Joy to the front from the two-hole and they took charge in a :29 first quarter. From there Krivelin kept the pedal to the metal and his trotter showed the way through a :57.4 half. After they passed the third stanza in 1:27.3, Aventure, who was menacing Permanent Joy throughout the mile, staged a late charged but came up a nose short. And it was all for naught as Ciuffettelli's trotter was dis-qualified. Woody, driven by Joe Lee, was moved up to second place and I'm Fabulous was granted the show dough for driver Tony Verruso. "My horse races best when he's on top and although we went to some fast early fractions he was still strong enough to hold on for the win," Krivelin explained and then added that this was the only time that Permanent Joy has had a harness on him since his last race on July 22nd. "He lives out in a paddock at my farm and for exercise we tow him behind another horse when we jog," Krivelin added. "He (Permanent Joy) seems to really like this routine." Owned by Krivelin's Hero Stable and trained by Krivelin, Permanent Joy paid $11.60 for win. By John Manzi for NAADA

YONKERS, NY - Talk about dominating. Not only did Bob Krivelin win five legs of the recently completed NAADA Trotting Series but he also was victorious in the series $15,000 Finale which was presented Thursday evening at Yonkers Raceway. In fact he won that contest by five lengths with his own Permanent Joy in a time of 1:59. "My horse went a big trip," he said. We had the pole (position) and (Dave) Yarock (with Nautilus De Vie) left like gangbusters which was OK with me but when Alan Schwartz slipped in in front of me as we headed to the quarter pole it upset my plans for a two-hole journey. Yarock's trotter led the field by the first quarter in :29 and with horses hung on the limb and moving up it forced Krivelin to come first-up as the field headed to the half-way point.. "I really didn't want to come out so early but with (Bob) Hechkoff and Joe Lee moving up from the rears I really had no choice but to move when I did," Krivelin related. Getting out in front of the outside flow allowed Krivelin clearance and he was able to challenge Yarock's trotter as they headed for the third stanza. However Nautilus De Vie hung tough and Permanent Joy didn't clear until the two trotters passed the three quarters. But once Kriveiln's horse settled down along the pylons only the margin of victory was in doubt. At the wire Permanent Joy was five lengths in front of runner-up Joe Lee's Boysdroolgirlsrule who finished a long neck better than Bob Hechkoff's AJ Destiny. "I'm proud of my driving victory but I'm even prouder of my training," added Krivelin who doubles as Permanent Joy's trainer. "I keep him in his own huge paddock on my farm which is outside (the village of) Goshen (NY) and rarely do we put a harness on him between races. For extra exercise we tow him along on my farms bridle path.from time to time" Krivelin, a food purveyor in New York City, it marked his 190th amateur driving victory and his 107th win as a trainer. by John Manzi, for NAADA

The final leg of the NAADA Winter Trotting Series was contested at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon (March 30) and once again both harness racing drivers Bob Kenney and Bobby Krivelin emerged victorious. Both gentlemen also copped the previous legs at Yonkers Raceway on March 17. But this time each reined a different horse home first; Kenney scored with Just Like Lloyd in 2:00 while Krivelin won with Permanent Joy in 2:00.2. The afternoon fans were treated brilliant sunshine and a bright blue ski but gusting winds and temperatures hovering around 58-degrees kept a chill in the air. In the first split Bobby Krivelin worked himself a great two-hole trip with Permanent Joy and he refused a parked-out Boysdroolgirlsrule (Joe Lee) any room to move down along the pylons in front of him. Nautilus De Vie and Dave Yarock had surged to the lead with Krivelin and Permanent Joy in hot pursuit and both trotters raced one-two around the double oval. During the entire mile Boysdroolgirlsrule challenged while racing on the outside. In the lane Krivelin moved his charge to the outside of Nautilus De Vie as Boydroolgirlsrule faded after his overland trip and Permanent Joy rallied to a one- length victory. Sam's Honeybee rallied from far back for third money. Krivelin was pleased when interviewed in the (race) paddock after the race. "He (Permanent Joy) never gets a harness on him (between races). I keep him out in a special pasture and only tow him along with another horse when we jog," Krivelin related. "He has a sore back so we like to keep the harness off him." Krivelin's, Hero Stable owns the winner and Krivelin also doubles as the trotter's trainer. He paid $4.80 for win. For the New York City food purveyor it was his fourth victory in series and he will garner the trophy as the highest point-earner the nine-race NAADA Winter Series. In the other split Bob Kenny took no prisoners and sent Just Like Lloyd down the road and they made every pole a winning one en route to short head victory over a stubborn Woody (Joe Lee). In that one, Just Like Lloyd drew off to an open-lengths lead with only Woody within striking distance when they headed for paydirt. Lee stalked the leader and when he pulled Woody out to challenge in mid-stretch they began closing in on the leader but they ran out of race track and finished second in the photo. Kenney, an IT Technician from Belchertown, MA is a relative new comer to the amateur driving scene although he has been with and around harness horses since his then girlfriend Linda Parrotta introduced Bob to harness racing back in 1972 at Hinsdale Raceway where her dad raced his horses. 'At that time Linda was my girlfriend and she still is after 42 wonderful years of marriage," Kenney said joyfully after he and Linda had explained Bob's introduction to harness racing while they walked back with the winner to the horse's paddock stall. Kenney, a big man at 6ft-5in, now has three wins, one second and three thirds this year in just nine starts. With just 15 drives since 2014 Kenney has reined seven winners. The winner, owned by Linda Kenney and The Di Stefano And Son Stable, and trained by John DiStefano. paid $5.30 for win. The series $15,000 final will be raced at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, April 7, although a $6,000 Consolation, if it fills, is offered at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, April 6. by John Manzi for NAADA

A pair of Bob's emerged victorious in the ninth leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's spring trotting which was contested at Yonkers Raceway on March 17.Harness racing driver Bob Kenney reined Rev Up The Spice to a 1:59.2 triumph in the first division and Bob Krivelin scored a 1:59.4 victory in the second split with Current Crisis. Kenney scored his first victory in the series while Krivelin emerged victorious for the third time and he is currently is atop the series leaderboard, now with 63 points. With both events contested on St. Patrick's Day some might say it was the luck of the Irish that propelled Bob Kenney to victory. But make no mistake the big fellow knows his way around a double oval. After leaving soft from the three-hole Kenney was content to drop down along the pylons in fifth position as Joe Faraldo and Dreamsteeler sped to the lead when the gate folded and they kept Mr. Invincible (David Glasser) and Fox Valley Steffen (John Kokinos) out in the fresh air as Dreamsteeler led the field by the first stanza in :29. When the field headed into the paddock turn there were five in and two still out on the limb as they raced past the half mile marker in :58.4. Kenney sat cool in the pocket and bided his time with Rev Up The Spice and waited for daylight which came as the field approached the three quarters. Kenney's trotter then ranged alongside Faraldo's charge and they raced head to head into the final turn. At that point Dreamsteeler began to fade and Kenney's trotter took command in the lane and braced for Fox Valley Steffen who had raced on the limb the entire mile. But at the wire Rev Up The Spice was 1-1/2 length victor over Fox Valley Steffen. Sam's Honeybee (Tony Verruso) came from far back to finish third. The winner, an 8-year old Revenue S gelding, is owned by the Di Stefano & Son Stable and trained by John Di Stefano. In the second split a breaking horse caused interference with two inside horses as the race began. Meanwhile Bob Hechkoff gunned Sing Out to the lead and they had five lengths on the field as they passed the first quarter. At that point the eventual winner, Current Crisis, was comfortable racing in second position. As the field approached the halfway point Dave Offenberg moved Blueberry Kidsqueen out to challenge Sing Out and they raced side by side up the backstretch and at that point Krivelin slipped off the pylons and followed Offenberg's trotter around the final turn. When the field headed for home Bluebird Kidsqueen had a two length lead but in the deep stretch Current Crisis rallied to notch a solid one-length triumph. Nautilus De Vie and Dave Yarock rambled home for the show dough. It was the third victory in the series for Current Crisis who's owned by the Hero Stables and trained by Krivelin. The next leg of the NAADA Series will be raced at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, March 26. A $15,000 series finale is set for Thursday, April 7 at Yonkers Raceway. John Manzi          

The seventh leg of the NAADA trotting series at Yonkers Raceway saw two former Passover Pace harness racing champions each drive a winner in their respective splits. Bobby Krivelin (2011 & 2013) won the first $6000 split with Permanent Joy while Alan Schwartz (2002, 2004 &2006) copped the other $6000 trot with Current Crisis. But since the competitors in amateur racing don't receive any remuneration Krivelin emerged as the big winner since his Hero Stables own both trotters. After starting from the pole position in his non-wagering trot, Krivelin allowed Mr. Invincible (Matt Zuccarello) to take command on the first turn but once the field straightened on the backstretch Krivelin then quickly retook the lead before the quarter mile timer flashed :29.4. From there Permanent Joy was on cruise control as the 8-year-old Trot For Joy gelding went on to an oh-so-easy five-length triumph over Warrawee Preferred, driven by Dr. Scott Woogen. Although Mr. Invincible shadowed the winner throughout, he ended up third some seven lengths behind Permanent Joy. "Permanent Joy loves to be on top and he just straightens out and seems to get stronger and stronger," Krivelin related after his triumph, and then added, "He never sees a harness until he goes to the races because he lives outside 24-7. Oh, occasionally I'll tow him behind a golf cart so he moves along a good clip but he loves the outdoors and I have lots of big beautiful paddocks on my farm in Goshen (NY)." Krivelin, a food purveyor by trade, has been a three- time recipient of the National Amateur Driver of the Year Award and with his victory on Saturday he now has driven 187 winners in a career which began in 1996. It was his third victory in the current NAADA Trotting series and his 48 points are 15 better than runner-up Dave Yarock's 33. Hannah Miller is third with 31 points. A second split saw another former National Amateur Driver of the Year, Alan Schwartz guide Current Crisis to a 1:59.1 victory. In their split, Schwartz's trotter started from the pylon position but he allowed Dave Yarock and Nautilus De Vie, to take command after the start. Biding his time in the two hole Schwartz stalked the leader until the field rounded the final turn at which point he eased Current Crisis to the outside and the 7-year old Current Cast gelding trotted by Nautilus De Vie and went on to a three length triumph. Peter Kleinhans rallied Windsun Galliano from far back to finish second just a neck ahead of Nautilus De Vie. "It's been a long time between pots but I finally had some power," Schwartz said referring to Current Crisis's abilities. "Still, I had a perfect trip and didn't have to move until the stretch and it's a nice feeling when you pull on the leader and your horse goes by him and wins the race." But Schwartz has had that feeling more times than any current amateur driver competing today. It was his 565th driving victory and with the passing of "Boots" Dunn, Schwartz is now the winningest amateur driver racing today. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Although the sun was shining brightly but the gusting winds kept the temperature in the mid-20's at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (2-18), still the harness racing surface was in good shape for the two divisions of the trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) . And when the judges posted the winners, Bobby Krivelin and David Yarock each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Krivelin moved to the top of the series leaderboard after he scored a come-from-behind victory with his Current Crisis in a time of 2:00.3. It marked Krivelin's second victory the five currently contested legs. Content to stalk the pace-setter, AJ Destiny driven by Bob Hechkoff, Krivelin followed the leader all the way until the homestretch at which point he moved Current Crisis off the pylons and they rallied to a neck victory. Windsun Galliano finished a neck behind AJ Destiny to garner the show dough for Peter Kleinhans. "He's an honest race horse and we had a good trip," Krivelin related after his victory. "We were getting a good trip so I waited until we straightened for home to challenge Hechkoff and when I pulled Current Crisis I knew he'd go on to win it." It was the 27th career victory for the former Maine colt trotting champion who is now owned by Krivelin's, Hero Stable. Current Crisis paid $6.10 for win. And for Krivelin, who has been competing regularly in amateur races since 1996, it was his 186th driving victory. Dave Yarock won the second division with Nautilus De Vie in a 2:02.3 clocking. Sent off at odds of over 4-1 Yarock sent the 6-year-old altered son of Credit Winner to the lead when the gate sprung and the duo was more than content to cut all the fractions. Despite the betting favorite, Just Like Lloyd (Robert Kenny), falling into the two hole on the first turn Yarock and his charge proceeded undauntedly on the front-end and they had two lengths on Kenny's trotter as the field headed for home. In the lane Just Like Lloyd began to gain on Nautilus De Vie but they ran out of racetrack and had to settle for second money a head behind the winner. Cassa's Image finished third for Bobby Krivelin. "I really thought we were the best before the race and I drove him like he was the best," Yarock said. "And he was,". "Junior (Jimmy Doherty Jr.-the horse's trainer) has worked real hard to make sure he was at the top of his game and he deserves a lot of credit." Owned by his driver, it was the first seasonal triumph for Nautilus De Vie who returned $10.80 for win. For Yarock it marked his 55th amateur driving victory. Now with 28 points Yarock is fourth on the leaderboard which is currently at the halfway point of the three- month series. By John Manzi for NAADA

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