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NORTHFIELD, Ohio-- For the second time in two weeks Jazmin "the Little Flower" Arnold was victorious in a CKG Billings Midwest regional harness racing trot when she guided Buddy Halley to a gate-to-wire 1:56.2 triumph at Northfield Park on Sunday night, October 20. On October 7th, at the same venue, the talented miss also won a Billings trot there and what might be more unusual was that the second place finisher in both races was driven by Michelle the Belle" Ruvola, once again giving the ladies their respected due. On Sunday night (Oct 20) the diminutive miss started from the two hole and quickly grabbed command and refused to yield when Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel came calling with the betting favorite, Crime Fighter. The two then raced side by side past the half in a stiff 56 seconds and they were remained one-two when they passed the three quarters in 1:25.3. and were still heads apart at the top of the lane. Meanwhile, Ruvola, with Better Call Saul, was sitting comfortably in the two-hole right from the reel and when the leaders turned for home Ruvola came off the pylons and her trotter battled bravely with Buddy Hally all the way to the wire but Ms Arnold's charge was not to be denied and hung gamely for a length victory over Better Call Saul. Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer took home third money with Ubanji. And after a grueling parked-out trip Crime Fighter faded but still finished fourth, beaten just a little more than three lengths. Buddy Hally, a 9-year-old Angus Hll gelding, is owned by Joseph Varga and trained by Herman Hagerman. He paid $6.80 for win. However, with her victory, the 5-foot; two inch Jazmin Arnold now has 19 wins, 8 seconds and 5 thirds in 51 seasonal starts good for a .492 UDR. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

East Rutherford, NJ--Give them a big racetrack and a good purse and add that another harness racing amateur trot is also scheduled that evening and they'll come. And come they did on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Not only did the local $11,000 GSY series attract 10 horses but the granddaddy of all amateur racing events, the CKG Billings Series, had 12 entrants, so many that instead of splitting the field into two divisions it was decided to lengthen the race and go with the 12 horses at a distance of l-1/8th miles. It was a grueling contest and much to the delight of "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio his Super Manning overcame the traffic and rallied to a 1-1/2 length triumph and took home the lions share of the $12,500 purse. With the huge field all the drivers were seeking a good position in the early going but it was the six- horse, Roundtown Rocker ("Lady Monica" Banca), who grabbed the early lead in the :27.1 first quarter. while Pennacchio and Super Manning followed in third position along the pylons. Roundtown Rocker led the cavalry charge past the three quarters before yielding to Super Manning who then went on to a 2:13 victory in the lengthened event and gave Penncchio, last season's Amateur Driver of the Year, a stellar victory. Billings president Tony "the Capo" Verruso hustled Santini home ahead of Roundtree Rocker to garner second money while the latter earned the show dough. Super Manning, an 11-year-old altered son of Diamond Goal, notched his third seasonal victory and 35th of his career while raising his lifetime earnings to over $655,000.He's owned by Joe P RacingLLC and trained by Cory Stratton. He paid $11.60. mutuel by John Manzi, for the CKG Billings Series

MONTICELLO, NY---Although it appeared that the six-horse NAADA Trot today (Thursday) at Monticello Raceway had an even- matched field, in reality when the harness racing event was contested the winner, Ladys Big Stormont, trotted off and hid from his competition and won the race by some 6-1/2 lengths in a time of 2:02 on the wet and windy afternoon over a track rated good. When the starter said go driver Alan Schwartz hustled his charge for the lead and they showed by the first quarter in a soft :29.4. "When we left out of there I really wanted to follow Faraldo (with Tough Get Going) and settle in behind him but when his horse made a break before the start I decided to go to the front and was pleased that we got a soft (first) quarter" Schwartz said. Once comfortably on top Schwartz was able to control the fractions and he and his trotter cruised by the half in 1:01.2 as Joe Pennacchio had Cheeky Little Minx tight on his back. But as they headed for the three quarters Ladys Big Stormont began to draw off by some 3-1/2 lengths and from there the only thing in doubt would be the margin of victory. In mid-stretch Paul Minore and Six Bax rallied for second money while Cheeky Little Miss faded and finished third. It was the sixth seasonal triumph and the 42nd career victory for the 8-year old altered so of Earl Of Stormont which raised his lifetime earnings to over $334,000. Lady Big Stormont is owned and trained by his driver. Sent off as the favorite in the race he paid $3.80 for win. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

Northfield, OH--Harness racing greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, made a stop at Northfield Park on Sunday night (Oct 13) for a trot in the series Midwest region and when the dust settled Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford emerged victorious after rallying Mego Moss to a 1:58.4 triumph over eight others. Sent off at odds just over 4-1 from the pole position, Oldford was content to allow Kelly "Sky" Walker and Jurgen Hanover to take command in a :28.1 first quarter and then sat chilly following the leader through fractions of :57.3 and 1:28.1 before unleashing his veteran trotter and then taking command and cruising home an easy length winner. Jurgen Hanover held on for second money while Bob "Lumberman" Troyer rallied Ubangi from far back to garner the show dough. Mego Moss, a 10 yer old altered son of Amigo Hall, is owned by Oldford Racing and trained by Terry Deters. He returned a $10.60 payoff to his backers. Oldford, one of the main forces in amateur driving for many years now, is enjoying another, great season, currently with 14 wins, 9 seconds and 11 thirds in 56 starts which equates to a solid .405 UDRS. It was his 158th winning drive. by John Manz,i for the Billings Series

Monticello,NY- On Sunday, October 13, the longest running show in the Catskills, WVOS-FM's "The Bop Shop" hosted by John Manzi, will celebrate its 36th Anniversary. The four- hour radio show is heard on Sunday nights from 8pm until mid-night. The unique program which features music--mostly vocal group harmony records-- from the late 40's, 50's and early 60's is available on WVOS radio at 95.9FM in southeast New York. And the show can be heard world-wide on the internet at "We have a fun program and we play enjoyable songs from small labels that never really go much airplay and since we've been on the internet we've been getting calls from listeners in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, the greater New York area, including Long Island and all over the East Coast; even from Alaska," Manzi relates.   "We go back to the roots of rock n roll and rhythm n blues playing great songs from what is now known as the doo wop era. Sure we play chart records but mostly we feature vocal group harmony records but we also play some rock-a-billy and blues records, too." Currently with features like "the name game", "name that tune", "same thing only different", battle of the (record's) B-sides", "rate a record", and "common denominator", Manzi tries to keep his audience involved in the show. From time to time Manzi has had live in-studio a cappella from vocal ensembles like Larry Chance and the Earls, Guy Villari & the Regents; The Shallows; the Cliftonaires; Mystique; the Creations, the Arrogants, the Excellents; Sentimental Journey; and BQE, to mention a few; and recently, Little Isadore and the Inquisitors . Every Sunday Manzi is joined by his sidekicks, Cindy "G" and Steve "the Eggman" Ristano. But it is not unusual that visitors, knowledgeable in doo wops, join Manzi in the studio from time to time. Before his passing Joe "Doo Wop" Greco had been with Manzi since the beginning of the show which started in early October 1983. Besides playing the music, Manzi informs the listeners of the background of the songs; talks about the personnel and where they originated from, as well as where songs placed on the Billboard charts. Manzi recently retired from Monticello Raceway -after 41 years- where he had been the longtime director of publicity and public relations. He has always been a fancier of oldies music and his personal collection of 45RPM records exceeds 50,000; and his albums number more than 3000. Though it's rare in today's world he still plays his 45RPM records over the airwaves. For the first 25 years the Bop Shop was heard on WSUL-98.3FM but 11 years ago Watermark Communications, which owned both WSUL and WVOS, switched the program to WVOS-FM when that station began an "oldies" format. Recently, both WSUL and WVOS have been purchased by Gold Bold Media. When Manzi took over the Sunday night oldies show at WSUL radio in October 1983 little did he fathom that 36years later he'd still be at it. "The beautiful part of this music is that even though the records are 50 years old, and most older, I'm always coming across vocal group harmony songs that I never heard before," Manzi said. "It's like listening to new music." "I really look forward to Sunday nights. I love the music and I love our audience."  

Yonkers, NY – Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, made a stop at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night (Oct 10) for two short-field trotting divisions and when the judges hung the official signs two youthful newcomers each emerged victorious in their respective splits. “Terrific Tyler” Miller scored an impressive 1:56.4 triumph with Inukchuk Chuck while Melissa “Missey” Arbia reined Finnick Odair home first in 2:01.3 for her maiden victory. With short fields usually the most advantageous position is to be on the front-end and Miller knew that so he fired Inukchuk Chuck to the lead from post five and although it took a :27.4 quarter for them to get there once on top Inukchuk Chuck knew just what to do for the veteran gelding recently had strung together four previous victories. Miller's charge led his company by the half in 58.4 and from there the only thing in doubt was the margin of victory which turned out to be 2-1/2 lengths over “Joltin' Joe” Pennacchio's, Super Manning. Dave “the Rave” Offenberg took home the show dough with Fiji. Ms Arbia obviously felt she had the best horse in the race so she sent Finnick Odair to the lead from post five and they got there in a relatively soft :29.4 While marching to the half Mike “the Tyke”Polansky went first-up with Noble Warrawee and they got alongside Finnick Odair at the threequarters but in the lane Polansky's trotter tired and faded which allowed room for Annie “Get Your Gun” Stoebe to rally March Madness home for second money making it yet another time where the ladies finished first and second in a Billings trot. Third place went to Muzzy's Muscles in rein to Billings president, Tony “the Capo” Verruso. NAADA action at Monticello Raceway Monticello, NY-- A very confident Robert Hechkoff sent Five Towns to the lead when the gate folded and the veteran trotter made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:59.4 victory in the fourth leg of the NAADA Trotting Series at the Mighty M on Thursday afternoon. Sent off as the favorite from the four-hole Five Towns was joined on the first turn by Ladys Big Stormont (Alan Schwartz) and to Schwartz's dismay Hechkoff played hardball and wouldn't allow his trotter to take command. "My horse leaves good so I wanted the front-end and I tried to make a hole for Schwartz behind me but that didn't work out so he was left out in the fresh air," Hechkoff explained. They raced as a team by the first stanza in :29.1 and Hechkoff kept the pedal to the metal and kept Schwartz on the limb as they trotted by the halfway point in :58.1. When the leaders headed for the three quarters Ladys Big Stormont was still second but the overland route was taking its toll and the veteran trotter tired. That allowed Joe Pennacchio and Cheeky Little Minx a shot at he leader when they rounded the final turn but Five Towns was too much for his competition and rambled home a 1-1/4 length winner over Pennacchio's charge. Six Bax finished third for Tony Verruso. "He can leave fast or he can follow. He's just a nice old horse and a real pleasure to drive." Hechkoff said about Five Towns A 10-year-old Andover Hall gelding, Five Towns notched his seventh seasonal victory and raised his yearly earnings to over $51,000. He is owned by Hechkoff's, RBH Ventures, and Spagnola Racing. Sent off as the favorite in the race, Five Towns paid $5.50 by John Manzi, for the Billings and NAADA Series  

Northfield, OH ---The ladies of the sulky made an extraordinary showing in the CKG Billings trot at Northfield Park on Sunday night (Nov 6) finishing first and second ,but it was Jazmin "the Little Flower" Arnold who shone brightest when she guided Buddy Hally to a gate-to-wire 1:56.4 victory over eight others, one of whom was Better Call Saul who was driven by accomplished Billings participant, Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola, making it a rarity when the ladies finished one-two in a CKG Billings harness racing event. Sent off as second choice in the race, the talented and up-and-coming Arnold took no prisoners when she sent the 9-year-old altered son of Angus Hall to the lead and made every pole a winning one en route to an easy 2-1/2 length triumph over Better Call Saul. And to add to the tenuity in that contest is that third place finisher Tartufo Lindy, was driven by Ruvola's dad, Chicago George" Bonomo. The race winner, Buddy Hally, is owned by Joseph Varga and is trained by Herman Hagerman. He paid $5.80. It was the second seasonal Billings victory for Arnold who has been competing at the county fairs and now sports impressive stats of 18 wins, eight seconds and five thirds in 49 starts which equates to a very impressive .492 UDR by John Manz,i for the 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 Thursday evening, Oct. 3 two harness racing divisions of trotters in North American Amateur Drivers Series (NAADA) went to post at Yonkers Raceway and when they were declared official Bob Hechkoff and Tony Ciuffetelli, Jr each emerged victorious in their respective non-wagering divisions. Hechkoff guided Five Towns to a 2:01.3 triumph while Ciuffetelli scored with Someway Same Hall in 1:59.3; both races contested before the wagering card got underway over a rain slicked oval. In his division Hechkoff sent Five Towns to the front and due to the short five-horse field they got away with :30.1 first quarter with no challenges. But when they headed for the halfway point Miguel Alejo Hernandez was out and moving with Tropical Trice. The two raced side by side until the three quarters when Hechkoff's trotter rebuffed the challenge and then braced for Paul Minore and his veteran Wygant Prince. But Five Towns held strong and rambled to a 1-1/4 length triumph over Minore's trotter. Tropical Trice faded and finished third. Five Towns is owned by RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing and trained by Kyle Spagnola. The second NAADA split saw Tony Ciuffetelli, Jr. sit a pocket until the head of the stretch and then hustle his trotter to a length triumph in the 1:59.3 clocked mile. After Joe Lee zipped Soul Train to the lead when the gate sprung Ciuffetelli was content to sit in the two-hole and follow the leader. Fast early fractions over the rain-soaked race course took a toll on the leader and when Ciuffetelli decided to challenge late in the mile Someway Same Hall didn't have any trouble circling Soul Train and rallying to victory. Meanwhile in the deep stretch Dave Offenberg hustled Fiji up for second money while Soul Train faded and finished third. Someway Same Hall is owned by his driver and trained by Joe Ciuffetelli. The NAADA Trotting Series continues next Thursday at Monticello Raceway For full results and entries click here. by John Manz, for NAADA

Rexdale, Ont.--For the second consecutive evening CKG Billings president Tony "the Capo" Verruso enjoyed a trip to a Canadian racetrack's winners circle in a two- night harness racing journey across the border for amateur driving action.. On Sunday night Verruso was victorious in an east region Billings pace at Flamboto Downs and last night (Sept.30) he made a 24-1 shot look like an odds-on favorite when he guided Mister Of All to a 1:56.3 Billings trot at the Woodbine Mohawk Racetrack in greater Toronto. One of two American reinsmen who participated in both Canada's Billings events, Verruso undoubtedly enjoyed trip north of the border after being two-for-two in the win department. Now with five victories, eight seconds and one third along with a .337 UDR in 29 seasonal starts, "the Capo" now finds himself in the running for National Amateur Driver of the Year. With little respect from the attending Canadian crowd on Monday night Verruso's trotter had the eighth post position but that didn't deter Verruso from sending his steed out to seek a position along the pylons in the first turn. But no 'holes' were to be found so Verruso kept his charge marching for the lead after being on the limb in a :27.3 first quarter. Mister Of All took command and led his competition by four lengths as he trotted by the halfway point in :57.1 With the pedal to the metal Verruso kept after his trotter and they had five lengths on the field as they passed the three quarters in 1:26.4. And although Mister Of All's strides began to shorten as he headed down the long homestretch he had enough in the tank to score a 1:56.3 victory by 1-1/2 lengths. After being eighth at the three quarters and seventh at the top of the stretch, "Mighty Marielle" Enberg rallied Meadowbranch Memo to a second place finish while Lets Leavem garnered the show dough for "Handy Dan" St Pierre. The winner, owned by Robert Key paid $51.50. East region Billing action will continue on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 3) at Monticello Raceway. For race results and entries click here. by John Manzi, for the CKG Billings Series

Hamilton, ON--The industry's greatest traveling roadshow moved north of the border on Sunday to Hamilton, Ont. for the CKG Billings pace at Flamboro Downs and when the harness racing judges posted the official sign Tony "the Capo" Verruso emerged victorious after he guided Cheyenne Moishe to a gate to wire 1:57.4 clocking over eight others. Verruso, the president of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, was one of just two Americans who traveled to Canada for the Flamboro Downs event and used the front-end route to score his fourth seasonal triumph and 75th of his amateur career. Cheyenne Moishe started from the pole position and when the starter said "go" Verruso sent his charge to the front and the 10 year old Western Ideal stallion was alone on the lead when he passed the first stanza in :28.2. Still comfortably in front by the halfway point in :59.1 Freddie "Frenchy" Bourgault sent the betting favorite, Danzig Moon, up to challenge for the lead as the two passed by the three quarters in 1:28.1. But as the two leaders paced around the final turn Danzig Moon went off-stride which left the decided 14-1 outsider, Simon Said and driver" Racin' Jason" Sgrignouli, with the only legitimate shot of catching Cheyenne Moishe. But that never materialized as Verruso's pacer had enough in the tank to turn back the challenge and score a 1-1/2 length triumph. Third place went to Little Quick driven by "Joe Joe" Walker. The winner is owned by Peter Murtezai and trained by Ronald Macdonald. He paid $5.50 for win. Tonight (Sept. 30) a final Canadian contest, a trot, will take place at Woodbine Mohawk. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Batavia, NY-- Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, kicked off a three-day weekend with a trotting event Sarurday at Batavia Downs in New York State which will be followed by competitions across the border in Canada; first at Flamboro Downs on Sunday and then at Woodbine-Mohawk on Monday. Tonight at his hometown track in western New York "Easy Dave" Russo made a laugher out of the contest when he hustled Reiki to the lead from the seven-hole and they rolled on to an easy nine-length triumph in 1:59.4 over a sloppy racetrack. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Russo found himself in the fresh air on the limb and he had no choice but to have Reiki take command which he did after a :28.4 first quarter.Once on top the field settled in behind Russo and his trotter had no challenges until Tony " Shifty" Ciuffetelli moved Bazilion off the pylons as the field headed for the third stanza. Still with a length-and-a quarter lead when the field trotted by the three quarters it was plain to see that Reiki was determined and the 7-year-old Cheyenne Rei gelding hit another gear as he rounded the final turn and then drew off to an oh-so-easy triumph. Bazilion hung on for second money while Ideal Longshot garnered the show dough for Billings president, Tony "the Capo Verruso. Reiko won for the third time this season and paid $4.20. He is owned by Russo's wife Marissa. Russo, who devotes most of his time training, has already harnessed 42 winners thus far this season and is just one victory short of 500 career winners. Tonight's triumph was Russo's 3rd driving victory--in just 7 starts- this year and 35th of his career. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series      

Yonkers, NY---Faraldo and Minore.... It may sound like a law firm or maybe an excerpt from the motion picture , "The Italian Connection". but the Faraldo and Minore referenced here are harness racing drivers and each won division of the CKG Billings Series at Yonkers Raceway Wenesday. "Smokin' Joe Faraldo won his Billings split with Muzzy's Muscles in 2:03.1 while "Coach Paul" Minore was victorious with Wygant Prince in 2:00.3 in the other division. In his event Faraldo hustled Muzzy's Muscles to the lead and they coasted through soft fractions while on the engine and although they were headed in the stretch Muzzy's Muscles rallied back to score a head victory over "Millstone Mike" Polansky's Noble Warrawee. Broadway Bruiser took home the show dough for "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello. Muzzy's Muscles, a 5-year-old Credit Winner gelding,is owned by his driver and trained by Richie Banca Since the front-end route worked well for Faraldo Minore aped that move and his old warhorse made every pole a winning one. After starting from the five hole Minore zipped Wygant Prince to the lead and they had two lengths on the field as they trotted by the quarter in :29.4. Once on top they had to contend with "Joltin' Joe" Penncchio and Super Manning who came first- up after the half but they couldn't get any closer than to Wygant Prince's throat latch and Super Manning followed the old veteran trotter home to claim second money. Finnick Odair finished third for Melissa "the Contessa" Arbia. Wygant Prince is owned by Minore and trained by Taylor Gower. For full race results click here.  by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Lexington, Ky-- Unlike many amateur programs one of the unique rewards for members of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series is that participants are afforded the opportunity to compete on various size harness racing tracks. Case in point; Thursday's Midwest region Billings trot at the Red Mile following competitions last week over the double-oval at Delaware, Ohio Today at the renowned racetrack in Lexington, Ky a 7-horse field went to post and unlike many other competitions three of the seven drivers were ladies and the eventual winner was a member gentle sex, Kiara "the Columbus Clipper" Morgan. After getting a perch up behind Inukchuk Chuck , Ms Morgan followed in the footsteps of "Hurricane Hannah" Miller who had won two races with the veteran gelding at Delaware, Ohio the previous week. Displaying a unique talent of keeping her horse alive Morgan sat relaxed on the limb and the veteran trotter kept marching forward despite receiving the cold shoulder from Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford who was on the lead with Utopia. Still side- by-side nearing the three quarters they were joined by Tartufo Lindy and driver "Chicago George" Bonomo. However, in the deep stretch Utopia's stride began to shorten and Morgan and Bonomo raced to the wire, with their horses noses apart and after the long study of the photo Kiara Morgan and Inukchuk Chuck were declared the winner, a short nose better than Tartufo Lindy. Utopia held on for the show dough. Owned by Clifford Grundy and trained by Nick Surick, the altered son of Muscles Yankee paid $3.60 for win. And for the 20 year old Kiara Morgan, who is certainly a talented and up- and- coming chauffeur, it was her 14th seasonal victory in just 35 starts--most at the Ohio county fairs. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

Monticello, NY--It was a tough day for racing at Monticello Raceway with the pouring rain and the muddy track, still business went on as usual. Six members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association battled for supremacy and when the judges posted the official order of finish Alan Schwartz and his old warhorse Ladys Big Stormont emerged victorious by a head in 2:02.1 over Five Towns and driver Bob Hechkoff. After starting from post five Schwartz angled his charge to the pylons and settled in fourth position as Bob Hechkoff gunned Five Towns to the lead and they had three lengths on their competition as they passed the first stanza. "Ladys Big Stormont isn't really comfortable in a hole so I moved him first-up as we headed to the half but we were still some five lengths off Hechkoff's,lead," Schwartz related. "But my horse kept grinding and we finally got alongside Five Towns as we rounded the final turn. From there we were head-to-head all the way to the finish line but my horse got up in the final strides to win it by a head." Although they had a two-hole trip from the get-go, Chapter And Ruth, and driver Tony Ciuffetell Jr.had to settle for third money. Send off at odds of nearly 4-1, Ladys Big Stormont paid $9.80. And for Schwartz, a former Amateur Driver of the Year, it was his 10th seasonal triumph and the 618th of his amateur career. By John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

Yonkers, NY-- In what turned out to be an adjustment in the first leg of the third NAADA Trotting Series at Yonkers Raceway tonight, the first harness racing horse under the wire, Ladys Big Stormont driven by Alan Schwartz, was disqualified and placed second which opened the door for Soul Train and driver Joe Lee to walked away with the lions share of the $8000 purse. "Because of tight racing on the final turn I was forced by Soul Train to go over the pylons on the final turn and when I did the judges deemed it was a Euro-rail violation and my horse should not have gotten any advantage, " Schwartz related after the race. " And I didn't, because the judges disqualified my horse and placed Joe's ( Soul Train) first, even though I beat him by a head at the wire." When the wings of the mobile starting gate folded Schwartz gunned his veteran trotter to the lead and they had command in a :28.4 first quarter with Uriel and Tony Ciuffetelli, Jr. pressing hard on the outside. But after the .59.3 half Uriel began to fade and when he did Joe Lee moved Soul Train off the pylons and rallied up alongside Ladys Big Stomont. However, around the final turn with the leaders tightly side by side the infraction occurred which caused Schwartz's trotter to receive a disqualification which allowed Lee's horse to be placed first. Wygant Prince and driver Paul Minore finished third, just one length behind the top two. Next Thursday the NAADA Trotting Series moves on to Monticello Raceway. by John Manzi, for NAADA  

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