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Saratoga Springs, NY-The granddaddy of all amateur driving organizations, the CKG Billings Series,moved on to Saratoga Harness on Friday night (Sept. 21) for a trotting event and for the second consecutive week "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli and his vastly improved Someway Same Hall romped over a six others when they scored an oh-so-easy 15-length victory winning in 1:56.4 by an amazing 15 lengths. It was the second consecutive triumph and seventh victory of the season for Ciuffetelli and the 7 year old altered son of Cash Hall. Last week at Freehold Raceway they won by eight lengths in 1:58.1. "Once I learned that he doesn't like me to grab him I've been letting him have his way and its really paying dividends," Ciuffetelli said about Someway Same Hall. "He loves the front-end and that's where he's happy so that's where I've been putting him lately." After starting from the four-hole Ciuffetelli was little more than a passenger as his veteran trotter zipped to the lead as the wings of the gate folded and they had four lengths on he field when they passed the first stanza in :28.1. The lead was opened to five lengths at the half as the timer flashed :56.3. When they headed for the three quarters they were eight in front and from there only the margin of victory was to be determined. They crossed the finish line 15 lengths ahead of Wygant Prince and driver "Coach Paul" Minore. Darron Hall and "Buffalo Bob" Davis chugged home third some 17 lengths behind the winner. Recently Ciuffetelli has battled back from a serious dose of Lyme disease and his health seems to be improving daily. He takes his well-being philosophically, so much so, that he calls his racing outfit, "The Tic Racing Stable". Sent off as the prohibitive betting favorite in the race Someway Same Hall paid just $2.80 for win. He's trained by Ciuffetelli, a retired prison guard, and owned by his Tic Racing Stable. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

MONTICELLO, NY- The North American Amateur Drivers Association kicked off its Fall Trotting Series on Thursday (Sept. 20) at Monticello Raceway and when the judges hung the official sign Joe Pennacchio reined his Cheeky Little Miss to a gate-to-wire triumph over six others in a time of 1:59.2. "I'm having fun this year with this mare I purchased for $18,000 at the beginning of the amateur racing season and she has proven to be just a joy for me," the retired business executive said in the paddock while handing the lines to the horses' caretaker. "She's such pleasure to drive and this her ninth win this year." Starting from post three Pennacchio had envisioned falling in the two-hole behind Master Of Excuses (Monica Banca) who had the pole position but since Monica's horse was slow starting he decided to go for the lead which probably was the best place to be," "It worked out perfect since we gained command and got away with a relatively soft first quarter and once on the lead we controlled the race," Pennacchio explained. Master of Excuses followed Cheeky Little Miss through fractions of :29.2; 1:00.3 and 1:30.2 before Banca moved him to the passing lane in the stretch. But Cheeky Little Miss was up to the challenge and kept Master Of Excuses at bay with a :29.1 final panel and went on to a solid one length triumph. The first two finishers were well in front of the field the entire mile with third place going to Moolah Moolah (Alan Schwartz) who was six lengths behind at the wire. Sent off the prohibitive 2-5 favorite Cheeky Little Miss paid $2.80. The 6 year old Lucky Chucky mare raised her seasonal earnings to over $44,000. She's owned by Pennacchio's Joe P Racing LLC and trained by Allen Sisco. Meanwhile in Delaware, Ohio in the Hall Of Fame and Museum Amateur Racing Series the one-mile trot was dominated by the ladies when Alesha Binkley and Hititoutofthepark led runner-up He's On A Mission and last year's amateur driver of the year, "Hurricane Hannah" Miller to the wire in a very creditable 1:56.4. R.J. Schaut and saved for the boys when he finished third with Stemilt Touch. by John Manzi, for NAADA  

Delaware, Ohio---Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKB Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved on to the hallowed grounds of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio on Sunday, September 16 for a pair of trots in the Billings Series along with a pacing event for club members of various Billings organizations in the Fouts Memorial. When the lengthy card was completed Richard "the Wolverine" Roach and Joey "the Kid" Putnam won theirs respective divisions while Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford copped the Fouts Memorial. In his event "the Wolverine", up behind I'll Tell You What, was content to follow the pacesetter, Ki Ki Canolli, driven by Todd "the Downeaster" Whitney, through nearly even fractions to the three quarters and then rally his veteran 13 year-old Lockeeper gelding to a two-length triumph in a time of 1:59.2. Mike "the Mortgage Man" Mitchell was second under the wire with Bosston Tahoe while I'll Tell You What faded and finished third. The winner, owned by Janet Mathely and trained by Deb Clayton, paid $11.20. Joey Putnam and Sebiskit Bluegrass dominated their division as "The Kid" sent the Big Stick Lindy gelding to the lead from the four hole and they were comfortable until "Coach Paul" Minore moved Hititoutofthepark off the pylons as the field approached the three quarters. From there both trotters battled head-to- head all the way to the wire, with each exchanging leads at various intervals, but at the finish Putnam's Sebiskit Bluegrass was a neck winner. Third place went to Body Of Work in rein to Alesha"the Hoosier Hotshot:" Binkley. The race winner is owned by Dr. Luel Overstreet and trained by Joey's dad, Joe Putnam. He paid $6.40. In the Fouts Memorial seasoned veteran Steve Oldford showed the 'young'uns' how its done when he impressively hustled the Art Major 4-year-old, Arch Hanover to a head victory over H-and-N Dho Hailey, driven by Billings newcomer, Mariah " Nearly Always" Wright, in 1:57. Alesha Binkley took home the show dough with Badger Quinn The winner, owned by Marissa Russo and trained by her hubby, David, returned a $21.60 win payoff by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Freehold, NJ-- There's an old adage in harness racing that states, "when you think your horse is the best in the race send him to the lead and if he gets beat on the front-end he probably wasn't the best." Case in point; today's (Sept 15th) Billings trot at Freehold Raceway. After "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli sent Someway Same Hall to the lead from the four hole he obviously felt his trotter was the best in the field when he proceeded to park-out all comers and then roll on to an impressive 1:58.1 victory over six others. After the gate sprung both Fiji (Dave "the Rave" Offenberg) and Wygant Prince, in rein to "Coach Paul" Minore, were on the limb and Ciuffetelli seemed oblivious and left them on the outside as he hustled Someway Same Hall forward with Fiji right alongside while Wygant Prince was second over. Of course the challenges made the first fraction a swift :28.1 and at the halfway point the timer flashed :58.0. But Ciufferelli was undaunted as his steed began to pull away from the parked horses. At the three-quarters Ciuffetelli and Someway Same Hall had three lengths on the field which was opened to seven at the top of the lane. And when they headed for paydirt "Tough Tony" was looking around for company and they cruised to and easy 8-length triumph as the early challengers faded. Way Cry Hall and Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff were second under the wire while Fiji held on for the show dough. The winner is owned by the Tic Racing Stable and trained by Ciuffetelli. Although "Tough Tony" felt his horse was the best the betting crowd didn't concur and sent them off at odds of over 10-1 and Someway Same Hall paid $22.10. by John Manzi, for Billings Series

Northfield, Ohio-Over the past few weeks in the Billings mid-west region a battle has been raging between Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola. Oh, not a physical one, but a competition which involved their trotters; Steve's, Kaffir Kemp and Michelle's, Better Call Saul. It seems that they have been trading victories."We've been going back and forth recently. I won last night with Kaffir Kemp and Michelle got me last week with Better Call Saul," Oldford explained. And in the two previous weeks victory was either Oldford's or Ruvola's. Oldford, reached by phone, related that because of constant rain last night the track was muddy and visibility was tough. "I'm still wiping mud from places I never thought I would have to," he joked. In the race last night over the muddy oval eight trotters lined-up behind the mobile starting gate and even before the field was turned loose two had gone off stride. "I fired-up my guy before the start because I wanted to be on the lead," Oldford said. "He has always had good gate speed and we cleared to the lead from the five-hole but we had to deal with Marvin (Raber with Mikey Hanover) who was on the limb. So I opened-up some daylight with hopes he'd get in behind me, which he did," But lurking behind Mikey Hanover was the betting favorite, Better Call Saul and when the leaders straightened up the backside Ms. Ruvola moved Better Call Saul off the pylons. However, Kiffir Kemp was up to the challenge and they battled all the way to the wire and the victory belonged to Oldfield's trotter who was a head better than Ruvola's as the finish line timer flashed 1:58.2. After a slow start Grana Padanno, who trailed the leaders by some 12 lengths in the early going, rallied to finish third for Dean "What Am I Bid" Beachy. Kaffir Kemp is owned by the Oldford Stable LLC and trained by Terry Deters. He returned an $11.00 mutuel by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

Manaor, Majorca--The Spain v NAADA Competition ended on September 9 on the 3/8ths mile track in Manacor with the Spanish team racing one-two with Faraldo in the pocket all the way until the wire. The Spanish prevailed finishing first and second with the visitors' Alan Schwartz, third, Joe Lee, fourth, Joe Faraldo, fifth and Paul Minore trailed the field The distance was 2,350 meters or 3 1/2 times around the well banked oval which sports a iron pipe crafted running horse rail. ("There is no way you wanna touch that thing", Faraldo remarked). The sand based track provided a really good surface for the all-French trotting horse field. Once again NAADA ended-up on the short end. The final points: Spain 86, USA 67. During the afternoon the Americans had a tour of the largest Cathedral in Europe and a special delightful lunch of Majorcan cuisine at Celler Sa Premsa in Palma. The evening highlight was the performance of the 6-8 year old children in their colors driving a variety of ponies without a starting gate, with the best ponies handicapped by meters. Afterwards there was festive dinner in a setting of about 400 in attendance, mostly to support the children, "and not the American amateur drivers", Faraldo added. by Joe Faraldo with John Manzi, for NAADA

YONKERS, NY - Longtime owner and very capable amateur driver, Dave "the Rave" Offenberg got a very pleasurable ride behind his own veteran trotter, Fiji, when together they out-footed seven others to win the Billings Trot Friday night (Sept. 7) at Yonkers Raceway. Together they toured the double oval in a time of 1:58.2. When the starter said "go" , Uriel and "Annie Get Your Gun" Stoebe darted to the lead from the two-hole and they trotted by the first stanza in a soft :29.3 despite Fiji and Offenberg challenging on the outside. The two continued to race noses apart by the halfway point but at that station Fiji had his head in front as the timer flashed :59.4. Despite being on the limb all the way when the leaders headed up the backside Fiji circled Uriel and was the first to pass the three quarters as the timer flashed 1:28.4. But as the field rounded the final turn Fiji began pouring it on and opened up daylight and cruised home an easy 4-1/4-length winner over Uriel. Billings president "Tony "the Capo" Verruso gained the show dough with Stitch In Time. Weeks ago Offenberg and Fiji won an amateur event at the Meadowlands in a very creditable time of 1:53.3. Fiji, a 5-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, is trained by "The Little Red Man", Eric Abbatiello. It marked the fifth seasonal victory for Fiji which raised his yearly earnings to over $41,000. He is owned by Offenberg's Allister Stable. by John Manzi, for the CKG Billings  Series  

Four members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association have traveled to Palma de Majorca as guests of the Spanish Amateur Organization and will compete in a Friendship Competition this week. The following is an account of the first days events on September 5 by NAADA president and participant, Joe Faraldo. "The warmest day of the year with races at the unusual distance ( for us) of 2150 meters at the beautiful facility called, San Pardo, began the first installment of NAADA v Spain Friendship Competition. "Despite the beauty of this 1,000 meter oval, the day was about to get even hotter for the Americans. "The first of the two events saw the Americans outnumbered in the heavily weighted 12 horse field, eight Spanish amateurs vs four Americans and the points there killed us ( perhaps we should have applied a curve). The Spanish finished 1-3 with (NAADA's) Alan Schwartz, Paul Minore and Joe Lee following them, 4-6. I (Faraldo) finished last but not disqualified as were two Spaniards. "Event #2, a seven horse race at the same distance, saw me cut the fractions with Schwartz parked for his life and Minore enjoying the two hole trip. As the field turned for home Paul Minore tipped his French horse Cocktail Broniais out and "jiggy jogged" home. Following dutifully were two Spaniards, then Schwartz, Faraldo and Lee. With their being only seven in that second heat the points shook out as follows:Spain 67,USA 48, which precipitated a question; where is that curve when you really need it. "After the races 24 people were hosted to a fabulous lunch at a great restaurant called Nimos in the heart of the thriving Palma de Majorca. The Spanish Federation's head honcho, the affable Juan, had a feast set out for us with Majorcan bread, Spanish burrata, pulpo, chorizo and then the grand dame of all Paella. Juan then provided diet killing deserts and we were carried away. off to the FINCA. A Finca is like an Italian Agro Turismo, basically a farmhouse with horses , other livestock and fresh vegetables that somehow get to our table. "A host of other goodies show up at the Finca via Juan Bassa, the owner and sire of the great Spanish amateur Jaume Bassa. Minore is serving as our champion as of today and he bought the champagne and ten bottles of wine. Everyone is poolside right now pushing a few back. "There will be one race left in Monacor on the 3/8s mile oval on Saturday night. Because of Paul's generosity we are kinda rooting for him but with us leaving early the next morning with no time for him to shop, we just figure we will." by Joe Faraldo & John Manzi, for NAADA

The granddaddy of all amateur driving competitions, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, went back to its roots on Saturday, September 1st with a pair of races at Ohio's Fulton County Fair and when the events were completed "Lawbook Larry" Farley and Joey "the Kid" Putnam each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Farley won his division with Ronan in a time of 2:02.3 while Putnam scored behind Sum t Up in 2:00.3. Of the 11 races on the card at the finely manicured oval at Wauseon, Ohio, two short fields of trotters were devoted to members of the Billings mid-west region. Farley, a retired attorney and a longtime amateur reinsmen, notched his 58th career driving victory since he took a seat behind spirited steeds in 1981. In his division Farley started from the five-hole and gained an advantage when two in the five-horse field went off-stride at the start which allowed him the settle his trotter in behind the leader, BL Class Act, in rein to Mike "The Mortgage Man" Mitchell. Farley followed the leader until the backstretch where he moved Ronan to the lead and they coasted home an easy 4-1/4 length winner over I'll Tell You What, driven by Richard "the Wolverine" Roach. BL Class Act held on for the show dough. Farley owns the winner who is trained by Steve Boroff. Ronan returned a $7.00 mutuel to his backers. In his split Putnam took no prisoners when he sent Sum It Up to the lead and they had command in a :28.3 first quarter over Mulligan Bi, driven by Billings veep, Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford. From there the leaders raced one-two past the half in :59 and the order remained the same as the duo trotted by the three quarters in 1:30.2. And to no one's surprise they finished one-two in the 2:00.3 clocked mile. Ellens Lucky Roll and driver Larry Farley finished third some 14- lengths behind the winner.. For Joey Putnam, a rising star who currently holds a provisional license, it was the young man's 33rd win this year and 43rd in less than two seasons in the sulky. Sum It Up is owned by Joe Putnam and Cheryl O'Mara and trained by Joey's dad. He paid $5.40. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Who said that amateur racing isn't fun? Certainly not members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association. After hosting three different European amateur organizations on American soil already this year four NAADA members; Joe Faraldo, Alan Schwartz,Paul Minore and Joe Lee, and their guests; will soon be winging their way to Palma De Mallorca for an international Friendship Competition with the Spanish amateurs. "Though some may be going earlier than others we are all meeting in Palma on the 4th September and racing will be on September 5th, in the morning, and on the 8th in the evening," noted NAADA Event Coordinator, Alicia (Mrs Alan) Schwartz. According the NAADA president Joe Faraldo,"We have had competitions, almost yearly, with the Spanish amateurs. We hosted them last year in the States and we came out on the short end in the competition. But winning or losing is incidental, what is important is the friendship and comraderie shared during the competitions." Tentative itinerary: Arrive in Mallorca on September 4th. Drive to the Finca for accommodations.-Relax and dinner at Italian Restaurant September 5th; -Races in the morning,-Lunch at the racetrack then back to Finca for a barbeque. September 6th ; Visit the Rafa Nadal Museum-Paella by Xisco and after party with Gin tonics--then back to Finca. September 7th; -Visit Ca'n Axartell Vineyards with wine tastings and tapas. Then visit the Pearls in Porto Cristo followed by dinner in Restaurant Sa Fonda September 8th-- Boat Trip with tapas and cocktails during the day and at night races in Manacor followed by dinner with the horse owners September 9th - NAADA members leave Mallorca; except for Joe Lee who will be staying on a bit longer to enjoy the scenery.. 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

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved to the swift double oval at Saratoga Raceway in Saratoga Springs, NY for a what looked like very competitive 8-horse trot in the Eastern region and when the judges hung the official sign "Touch Tony" Ciuffetelli emerged victorious with Someway Same Hall in 1:59.2. But as it turned out it the final result was never in doubt as Ciuffetelli and his trotter sped the lead and bottomed-out the field and coasted to a 1-1/2 length triumph after leading by 10 lengths at the three quarters. When the starter said go Little Big Rigs and driver "Buffalo Bob" Davis went for the lead from the four-hole only to be seriously challenged on the outside by Ciuffetelli and Someway Same Hall. Davis finally grabbed leather and allowed Ciuffetelli to take command in the :28.1 first quarter. Someway Same Hall was so wound-up that he opened eight lengths on the field as he trotted by the halfway point in a swift :56.4. But "Tough Tony" just allowed his horse to continue forward and at the three quarters they had a 10-length lead. That margin shrank to five lengths at he top of the stretch and despite a :32.3 final panel they were home free as Little Big Rigs closed the gap but he was relegated to second place. EJ's Last Dance and Billings president "Tony "the Capo" Verruso, who were 17-lengths off the lead at the half, rallied to finish third just 3-1/2 lengths behind the winner. The attending crowd knew the best horse in the race was Someway Same Hall and they sent him away as the odds-on favorite and he returned a $3.60 mutuel. The winner, a 7-year old altered son of Cash Hall, is owned by the Tic Racing Stable and trained by Ciuffetelli. It was "Tough Tony's fifth seasonal driving victory and the 56th of his amateur driving career. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Greenville, Ohio-On the pleasant evening of August 22nd ,with temperatures hovering in the mid-70's, seven venerable trotters lined-up behind the mobile starting gate each with the task of trying to win the $2800 Billings Trot over the finely manicured racing facility at the Darke County Fair. After an extremely competitive stretch duel Mike "the Mortgage Man" Mitchell and his BL Class Act emerged victorious, albeit by a head, over the 1-2 betting favorite, Body Of Work, driven by Billings newcomer, Alesha "the Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley in a 2:01.1 clocking Mitchell sent BL Class Act to the lead from the two-hole and they got away with a soft :31 second quarter with Body Of Work tight on his back. "We left fast and my old guy took the turn easily and we had command at the quarter in a soft 30 seconds ," Mitchell recalled. "When we were heading to the half Dean Beachy challenged with Celebrity Lambo and we raced head-to- head past the three quarters and all the way through the final turn. In the stretch I kept driving my horse and although we were momentarily headed he was still strong enough to rebuff the late challenge from Body Of Work (Alesha Binkley). And after the race my horse wasn't even breathing hard. Actually I was breathing harder than him!" Dean "What Am I Bid" Beachy, back in the Billings Series after hiatus, faded and finished third with Celebrity Lambo. BL Class Act, an 11-year-old altered son of Classic Photo, is owned and trained by Mitchell. Since purchasing him as a 4-year-old the classy veteran has won almost $300,000 for the longtime amateur reinsman. Sent off at odds of over 6-1, BL Class Act paid $13.40. And for Mike Mitchell it was his 39th career driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Nichols, NY--The ever-traveling CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series moved on to Tioga Downs for a trotting contest and it turned out to be ladies night when Annie "Get Your Gun" Stoebe used the front-end route with Uriel to hold off "Lady Jennifer" Lappe and Celebrity Blue Chip for a 1:56.4 victory which marked the first time this season--maybe ever-- that women finished one-two in a Billings event. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Stoebe wasted no time sending Uriel to the front and they had a two-length lead on Celebrity Blue Chip at the first quarter which was trotted in :281. When Stoebe began to slow the pace "Buffalo Bob" Davis , who was sitting third, was out and going with Connie Keeper and they ranged alongside Uriel but as they did Miss Annie stepped on the gas and Uriel trotted the third quarter in :28.0 which not only put away Connie Keeper but opened daylight on Lappe's charge as the timer flashed 1:27.3. When the field headed down the lane Uriel had two lengths on Celebrity Blue Chip as Connie Keeper faded. At the wire Uriel was one-length winner. Celebrity Blue Chip held second and Connie Keeper finished third, seven lengths behind the winner. It was the fourth victory of the season for Uriel, a 7-year-old Explosive Matter gelding who returned a $13.40 mutuel. He's owned and trained by Stoebe who scored her fourth seasonal driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series      

YONKERS, NY-- Could it be that Joe Pennacchio's victory tonight (Sat. Aug 17) in the $15,000 NAADA Mid-Season Final at Yonkers Raceway not only fortified his stalwart seasonal resume but his 1:57.3 triumph with Cheeky Little Minx elevates him yet closer to a possible National Amateur Driver Award. Enjoying his best season in the sulky the talented amateur driver notched his 13th driving victory this year and that, along with nine seconds and two thirds in 51 starts, elevates his current UDR to a healthy .371. Fresh off a trip to Italy where he was among a foursome that represented the USA against their Italian counterparts, the retired businessman drove his mare like a pro. After starting from the two-hole Pennacchio settled Cheeky Little Minx down along the pylons in the early going and was third when the field passed the first stanza in :28.3 as John Calabrese showed the way with Keenan. Pennacchio then moved his mare first-up approaching the half and by the time they passed the three quarters Cheeky Little Minx had two lengths on her competition and from there she coasted home an easy 3-1/4 length winner over the veteran Wygant Prince and driver Paul Minore. Soul Train and Joe Lee took home the show dough. Keenan faded and finished fifth. It was the eighth seasonal triumph for Cheeky Little Minx, a 6 year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky who raised her seasonal bankroll to over $40,000. She is owned by Joe P Racing LLC and trained by Allen Sisco. For Pennacchio, a retired business executive, it was his 175th driving victory since he joined the amateur movement back in 1995. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Columbus, Ohio-- Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, made a stop at Scioto Downs on Friday (Aug. 17) for a $7500 trotting contest in the Billings mid-west region and when the judges hung the official sign Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Kaffir Kemp emerged victorious in a hard-fought stretch duel when they turned back Better Call Saul and driver Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola in a time of 1:57.2. Sent off as the 3-2 betting favorite Oldford sent his charge to the lead from the five -hole and they led seven others by the first stanza in :28.1. When Oldford tapped the breaks as the field headed to the halfway point Michelle Ruvola angled Better Call Saul off the pylons and they traveled alongside Kaffir Kemp as the duo passed the halfway point in :58.1. The two trotters were eyeball to eyeball past the three quarters in 1:26.4 and were still side by side through the lane. In the deep stretch Oldford's trotter hung amazingly tough and wouldn't allow Ruvola's charge to get the lead and at the wire Kaffir Kemp was the winner, just a head better than Better Call Saul Stemilt Touch finished third for Kelly "Sky" Walker. Ten days ago at Northfield Park Better Call Saul powered to the lead in the homestretch but this week his overland trip caused him to be a bit short at the wire. Or maybe Kaffir Kemp was just too mjch for him. The race winner is a 9-year old altered son of Angus Hall owned by Oldford Racing LLC and trained by Terry Deters. It was the veteran trotter's 6th seasonal triumph and 26th of his illustrious career. For Oldford, it marked his 136th career driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

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