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MONTICELLO, NY - The last two amateur races of the season at Monticello Raceway were contested on Wednesday, November 29 and when the harness racing judges hung the official signs Tony Ciuffetelli emerged victorious in the $6000 NAADA Consolation while Jennifer Lappe copped the $6500 Catskill Club Final. Ciuffetelli reined trotter Better To Be Lucky home first in a 2:01.2 clocking whereas Lapped scored a 1:59.2 triumph with pacer Lightning Strike. There was only a five horse field for the NAADA consolation and taking advantage of the short field Tony Ciuffetelli sent his charge to the lead. Once there they made every pole a winning one en route to a head victory over Connie Keeper and driver Bob Krivelin . "Since my horse is good on the lead, and with the pole position and the short field, I thought the front end was the place to be," Ciuffetelli said after the race. They charged to the front and Better To Be Lucky trotted off to an early lead. But they couldn't shake Connie Keeper who followed along doggedly in the two hole as the others faded lengths behind. When the leaders headed for home Krivelin moved Connie Keeper out to challenge and they raced neck and neck to the finish and at the wire Better To Be Lucky prevailed by a head. Third place went to Grand Vision in rein to Bob Ciavardini. "He had breaking issues earlier this year but he's OK now.", Ciuffetteli said referring to Better To Be Lucky. "I was getting after him pretty good as we neared the wire but he stayed at his work and hung tough today" Ciuffetlli also owns and trains the winner who returned an $8.20 mutuel. The Catskill Amateur Club's finale was a tribute to the ladies as three were finalists and the gals finished one -three an action packed driving finish. When the wings of the mobile starting gate folded Monica Banca sent Fox Valley Leo to the lead followed on the outside by Lightning Strike and driver Jennifer Lappe. But as they approached the first stanza in a swift :27.2 Lappe found room on the inside and tucked in nicely behind the leader. Before the field passed the halfway point in .57.2 Gerry Fielding was out and going with Troon, the betting favorite. They rallied alongside Fox Valley Leo as the three quarter timer flashed 1:27.4. When they straightened for paydirt Fox Valley Leo and Troon battled side by side and then in mid-stretch they were joined in the passing lane by Lucky Strike and the three raced to the finish. At the wire Lappe's pacer, Lucky Strike, prevailed by a length. Troon was second and Fox Valley Leo third. "We got lucky finding room along the pylons or we'd have been hung out," a joyous Lappe related in the paddock as she hung up the lines. "Lightning Strike is a pleasure to drive and I guess we just clicked." It marked Lucky Strike's fourth victory in his last five starts for Lappe. Owned and trained by Bill Mintz he paid $4.00 for win. On Friday the $15,000 NAADA Final will be contested at Yonkers Raceway as a non-wagering affair prior to the first race on the betting card. by John Manzi for NAADA and the CADC

YONKERS,NY - "Yankee Joe" Lee is celebrating today. And why shouldn't he? After all, he just scored the biggest triumph of his amateur harness racing career when he guided Dizzy Rizzy to a 2:34 victory over the 1-1/4 mile distance in the $25,000 CKG Billings Gold Cup Final this morning (Nov. 26) at Yonkers Raceway. Second place went to Wygant Prince and driver "Coach Paul" Minore while "Tough Tony" Ciuffettelli garnered the show dough with Aventure. A true amateur driver Lee has no race horses of his own and no specific trainer who he drives for and although he always gets first call on horses trained by Bruce Aldrich Sr. Lee travels the amateur circuit seeking drives wherever he can. Driving today for trainer Nick Surick, whose trotter won the Billings Gold Cup last year at Harrah's Chester with "Hurricane Hannah " Miller at the controls, victory didn't come easy for Lee who has plenty of supporters at Yankee Stadium where he serves as the assistant locker room attendant for the New York Yankees. "We had tough trip today but we got the job done," Lee related. "I tried leaving but Steve Oldford (with Gonna Fly) was giving Paul Minore and Wygant Prince a tough time. I then tried to slip down on the pylons to no avail but got lucky when Bob Krivelin's horse made a break. "Sitting third I thought I had a good spot. Then Oldford pulled the pocket with over a half mile to go so I got to slip into the two hole. At the top of the stretch I rolled out of the pocket grunted at her (Dizzy Lizzy) a little and she rolled right past the leader and got there in time. I'm real honored to win the Billings Gold Cup for her connections." It was the 11th victory this year for Dizzy Rizzy, a 7 year old Ken Warkentin mare. She is owned by the Nick Surick Stables, J L Benson Stables and Hannah Miller. A rising star in the amateur ranks Lee's victory was his 15th this season after garnering 10 last year. His career began in 2010 but earnestly in just the past three seasons. The $15,000 Billings Silver Cup Final was also a big thrill for driver Bobby "Rapid Robert" Ciavardini who also scored the biggest victory of his career when he guided Baltimor AS to a 2:32.2 triumph As a youngster Ciavardini dabbled in harness racing but upon retirement from a professional career he got back into harness racing and his victory today was paramount to him, especially driving the family horse. Now with a new trainer Ciavardini and Baltimor AS started from the two hole and enjoyed a two-hole journey. Following the lead set by Fox Valley Steffen and driver by "Doctor John" Kokinos Ciavardini got lucky when Kokinos carried them all the way to the top of the stretch. At that point Ciavardini moved off the pylons and rallied his veteran trotter to a head triumph over Fox Valley Steffen. Peter "Enough Talk" Kleinhans finished third with Toss Cartwright. Baltimor AS is an 8-year-old Credit Winner gelding owned by Richard, Diane and Robert Ciavardini and trained by Tom Milici. Both races went as non-wagering events. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Robert "Rapid Rail" Krivelin is no stranger to fans who follow the amateur races, especially in the granddaddy of them all, the CKG Billings Harness Racing Driving Series. Although he's slowed his participation in the many other amateur series events Krivelin, a food purveyor in New York City, makes sure he competes in the Billings. And why shouldn't he? He's been so successful over the past two decades that he has earned National Amateur Driver of the Year honors three times. And after his triumph tonight at the Meadowlands he may be in consideration for a fourth national title At the Meadowlands tonight Krivelin scored an upset victory with his old war horse, Permanent Joy, turning back seven others in a 1:58 contested mile over racetrack rated good. Overlooked by the betting public and sent off at odds of over 12-1 Krivelin worked a perfect cover trip for Permanent Joy. After starting from the pole position Krivelin allowed David "Poppa" Glasser and Celebrity Stimulus to take charge in the :28.3 first quarter and then shadowed the leader throughout. Glasser and his trotter .passed the halfway point in :58.1 and they were still comfortable on the lead as the three quarter timer flashed 1:27.4. But at that top of the long lane company began joining Celebrity Stimulus. Krivelin was the first to move and his trotter joined Glasser's as the field headed for paydirt. When they straightened for home Permanent Joy hung tough and rebuffed all challenges to go on for a one length triumph over Dizzy Rizzy, driven by "Buffalo Bob" Davis. Landonfitz came from far back to garner the show dough for Dave "Steady As" Yarock. Krivelin's Hero Stable declares ownership of Permanent Joy and Krivelin is the registered trainer. Permanent Joy paid $27.80; $8.80 and $5.20 across the board. For Krivelin it was his 212th driving victory since he began his amateur career in 1996. The Billings Gold and Silver Cup Finals will be contested over Yonkers Raceway's double oval on Sunday,November 26. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

YONKERS, NY --The final preliminary contests prior to the series finale in the NAADA Fall Trotting Series were staged before the harness racing betting card at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night(Nov. 17) and when the judges hung the official signs Paul Minore and Joe Faraldo emerge victorious in their respective divisions. Minore won with his old warhorse Wygant Prince in 2:01 while Faraldo scored behind Tough Get Going in 2:00.1. In his contest Minore worked out a perfect two-hole journey behind Bobby Krivelin's Connie Keeper. "Krivelin had to pole position and he raced to the lead and since I had the two hole I fell in behind him on the first turn," Minore explained. Once the field settled Minore just played follow the leader which he did until the homestretch. "When we rounded the final turn I eyed the passing lane and then angled Wygant there and he trotted on to one length victory over Krivelin's horse.," Minore added. Peter Kleinhans and Toss Cartwright finished second with the pacesetter Connie Keeper third. Minore owns the 10-year-old altered son of SJ's Photo who's trained by Taylor Gower. It was Wygant Prince's second consecutive victory and fifth this season." It was also the 93rd lifetime driving victory for Minore, a retired New Jersey high school track and field coach whose most famous pupil was world champion Carl Lewis. In the other split NAADA president Joe Faraldo smoked 'em with a solid 2:00.1 wire to wire triumph with Tough Get Going, a 4-year-old Kadabra gelding he co-owns with trainer Richie Banca. The hardworking barrister sent his charge to the lead from the three-hole and despite the short field they were constantly challenged. But Tough Get Going lived up to his name and turned back all challengers despite being looked in the eye from the half to the finish. "We made some equipment changes", Faraldo said referring to his trotter. "He was breathing funny, making noises like he was gasping for air at the end of the mile the last few times I drove him so we put on a throat plate and tied his tongue and it seemed to do the job " At the wire Tough Get Going was a neck better than runner-up Mr. Ridgetaker ,d driven by Dave Yarock. Tim Lizzie and driver Joe Lee were three lengths back in third. by John Manzi for NAADA

The granddaddy of all amateur racing organizations, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series which came to fruition nearly four decades ago, has been the inspiration for all the amateur clubs that have since evolved. And there are many, much to the delight of the participants as well of the harness racing secretaries. When there are events at two different venues on the same evening, one can begin to see the positive impact that amateur racing is having on the industry. Earlier tonight ( November 11), a Billings Trot was slated at two different racetracks; one for the Midwest region members at Dayton Raceway in Ohio and another at Pocono Downs for members of the series' eastern region. "Yankee Joe" Lee was victorious with Soul Train in a 1:57.4 clocking at Pocono Downs while Ned "the Insurance agent' Hodkinson won the trot at Dayton Raceway with his own Mutinyonthebounty in a 1:58.4 clocking. At Wilkes Barre, Pa. Joe Lee went to post in an amateur race for the 79th time thus far this year and the New York Yankee's assistant locker room manager notched his 14th seasonal triumph. In his contest Lee got away softly from the pole position then picked up cover behind "Buffalo Bob" Davis with Dizzy Rizzy as the field headed to the halfway point. But as they neared the third stanza Lee wheeled Soul Train three-deep and they marched forward and at the top of the lane they were third. When the tight field headed for paydirt Soul Train began to ease away from his competition and went on to a 1-1/4 length triumph. Second place in that $12,000 contest went to Aventure driven by "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli, Dizzy Rizzy hung on for the show dough. The winner, owned by Blindswitch Racing, Good Friends Stable and Santo Farina , is trained by Al Annunziata. Sent off as the odds-on favorite Soil Train paid $3.00. Meanwhile, at Dayton Raceway in Ohio hot-handed Ned Hodkinson added to his Midwest region point lead when he reined Mutinyonthebounty to a wire to wire triumph. But victory didn't come easy with his trotter being challenged the entire mile by Keep the Cash (Patricia "the Write Stuff" Miller) and Fairground Drama (Rodney "Hot Rod" Bebeck). Despite the challenges throughout, from the parked horses, Hodkinson managed to get away with fairly even fractions. When the bunched field headed for home Mutinyonthebounty hung tough and managed to rebuff Fairground Drama who was on his throat-latch throughout the final quarter. Kelly "Sky" Walker finished third with Stemilt Touch. "He's such a nice horse,"Hodkinson said referring to Mutinyonthebounty."He's so handy and well-mannered and he loves to race." Hodkinson owns and trains the winner who returned a $10.40 win mutuel. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Often overlooked when it comes to amateur harness racing is that a good many of the participating drivers are also owners and many race their own stock in the amateur races, especially in the granddaddy of all amateur events, the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series. And furthermore, many of these gentlemen drivers employ professional trainers. Case in point: Longtime owner and sportsman, Dave "The Rave" Offenberg. On Saturday night (Nov. 4) in an east region Billings trot at Yonkers Raceway Offenberg gave his own trotter, Fiji, a picture-perfect drive and they rallied to a 1:59.2 victory over Gonna Fly and driver Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford. "I had the four hole and when the starter let us go I grabbed the lead and then surrendered it to Tony Verruso with Flirting Duesy," Offenberg said via telephone. "We were going a pretty good clip (:28.2) so I was content to sit the pocket as Tony's trotter cut the fractions and then up the backside endured a stiff challenge from Steve Oldford's Gonna Fly who eventually gained command and on the final turn and began to pull away. "When we headed for home I had daylight and Fiji proved to be the strong horse in the stretch and we went on to a length victory over Steve's trotter." Flirtin Duesy held on for the show dough. Fiji, a 4 year old Cantab Hall gelding, is owned by Offenberg's Allister Stables and trained by Eric "the Little Redman" Abbatiello. Although he has driven only 10 times this season tonight's triumph was the first of the year for Offenberg. But since he's been participating in amateur racing he had 51 career driving victories. "To me it's just a whole lot of fun being able to drive my own stock," Offenberg said. "If you can't have fun in harness racing you don't belong doing it." by John Manzi for the Billings Series

YONKERS, NY--Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Peter "Enough Talk" Kleinshans each won their respective splits in the NAADA Trots tonight, Friday, November 3rd , at Yonkers Raceway. Oldford scored a come-from-behind harness racing triumph with Starsaboverallerage in 2:00.1 while Kleinhans won with Toss Cartwright in an exciting three-horse photo in a time of 2:00.4. Both races were non-wagering affairs and went to post prior to the first race on the betting card. In his division Oldford heeded trainer Allen Sisco's instructions and kept Starsaboverallerage covered as long as possible. "Going to the three quarters I was tight on Alan Schwartz's helmet and followed him and (his trotter) Linda Marie around the final turn and when I popped the (ear) plugs on Starsaboverallerage he exploded," Oldford explained. "My horse moved forward so quickly that I had to butt shuffle my sulky to clear room and when we had an open road he trotted around Monica Banca (with Brandos Muscle Man) and we went on to an easy length victory." Third place went to Wygant Prince, driven by Paul Minore. It was Oldford's first drive in the NAADA events this year although he has been a steady competitor in the Billings Series this year which , by the way, will be on display tomorrow night here at Yonkers Raceway, And after winning that organization's Travel Series Final earlier this season Oldford has already qualified for the $25,000 Billings Series Gold Cup Final which will also be here at Yonkers Raceway in late November. For Oldford,a former National Amateur Driver of the Year, the victory was his 13th this season and the 129th of his amateur driving career. To determine a winner in the second NAADA division wasn't near as easy as it was in the first split when three trotters, and their determined drivers, made an all- out charge to the finish line just heads apart. When the photo finish camera snapped it was determined that Peter "Enough Talk" Kleinhans and Toss Cartwright out-footed their competition to win by a head. Second place, right there, was Fox Valley Steffen and driver "Lady Jennifer" Lappe while the show dough was garnered by the pace-setter Tough Get Going, driven by "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo. When the gate sprung Faraldo and Tough Get Going took command and after steady early fractions Tough Get Going was still on the lead as the field rounded the final turn and headed for pay-dirt.They were overtaken momentarily by Fox Valley Steffen, but in the deep stretch Kleinhans and his charge trotted to the front and they were the first to the wire. It was the fourth seasonal triumph for Kleinhans and the 55th of his career. by John Manzi for NAADA

GOSHEN, NY - Each year for the past three decades the Auxiliary of Goshen Historic Track has been raising money for the National Historic Landmark. And this year is no exception. The Auxiliary, spearheaded by Judy Green and Eveline White along with a dedicated group of women, annually work tirelessly through various fundraisers to help raise financial support and at season's end they donate the money they raised to Historic Track. "The Auxiliary of Goshen Historic Track had a lovely evening a few nights ago at Limoncello's Restaurant in Goshen(NY) with six members of the Track Board. At that meeting we presented our annual donation to the Board, which this year was $10,000," noted Eveline White," co-president of the Goshen Auxiliary. "This generous donation would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Auxiliary members. Judy and I bid a sincere thank you to all!" At the dinner Auxiliary co-president, Judy Green, who is also a longtime member of the Historic Board of Directors, presented a $10,000 check to Steve Jones, president of the Historic Track Board of Directors. Board member Janet Durso joined in the ceremony. "We are always so very appreciative of the Auxiliary's dedicated efforts and we can't thank them enough," Jones said upon receiving the check. "Every year the ladies do an outstanding job and work tirelessly to raise money for Historic Track." by John Manzi for Historic Track

Monticello, NY - Ever since the resurgence of amateur harness racing in the early 1980's Monticello Raceway has been in the forefront of that movement. On the Thursday afternoon card of October 26th three events--two NAADA trots and one trot for Billings drivers were carded and when the races were declared official , Alan Schwartz, Jennifer Lappe and Bobby Krivelin each were victorious in their respective splits. Schwartz won the first NAADA Trot with Linda Marie in 2:00 while Lappe copped the second division with Fox Valley Steffen in a 2:00.3 clocking. Krivelin's triumph came in a Billings Trot when he guided Permanent Joy home first in 1.59. In his NAADA split Schwartz, driving Linda Marie for the first time, sent the 6-year-old Crazed mare to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded although it wasn't his pre-race plan. "I thought I'd follow Peter's (Kleinhans) horse (Toss Cartwright-the betting favorite from the rail) and sit in behind him but my mare got away quickly so I sent her to the lead and it was a good thing I did because Toss Cartwright made a break on the first turn," Schwartz related. Schwartz and his trotting mare stepped by the first quarter in a swift :28.4 and with the next stanzas well rated no others took a shot at the leader and she cruised though fractions of :31.1 and :30.3 before kicking in a :29.3 final quarter en route to a 1-1/2-length triumph over Tony Verruso's Flirting Duesy and Bobby Krivelin's Connie Keeper. Owned and trained by Jim Doherty, Jr Linda Marie paid $6.50 for win. The second NAADA split was a six-horse field with two women among the drivers-, and one, Jennifer Lappe, showed she knows her way around the racetrack when she kept her charge, Fox Valley Steffen close to the pace and then maneuvered him on the final turn so she had a clear passage to the wire. "I was content to follow the leaders as Paul (Minore) set steady fractions with Wygant Prince and on the final turn I looked for the short path to the wire and used the passing lane to my advantage. In the deep stretch we trotted by Ladys Big Stormont (Alan Schwartz ) and Wygant Prince (Paul Minore) and we were home free." Ms Lappe owns and trains Fox Valley Steffen who as the longest shot on the board paid $23.20. The final amateur race was leg of America's premier traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Series. In that contest seven trotters lined-up behind the starting gate and when the wings folded Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin and Permanent Joy took charge. After starting from the five hole Krivelin sent his veteran 9-year-old trotter to the front and literally toyed with the opposition and played catch me if you can. But no one could as he and his Trot For Joy gelding cruised through fractions of :29;:58.3 and 1:28.3 before finishing a solid two lengths in front of Tim Lizzie and driver "Yankee Joe" Lee for a two-length victory in 1:59 "He's super on the lead," Krivelin said upon his return to the paddock as he handed the lines to the horse's groom. "He's (Permanent Joy) is a nice old horse and a real pleasure to drive." Owned by the Hero Stables and trained by Krivelin, Permanent Joy won for the fifth time this season and 35th time in his career. He returned a $7.00 mutuel. by John Manzi for NAADA & The Billings Series  

A pair of David's were victorious in short field East Region Billings trots at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night, October 19. The first split saw David "Poppa" Glasser guide Celebrity Stimulus to a gate to wire triumph in 1:59.4 while Dave "Steady As" Yarock used a similar route in which to get he and his trotter's picture taken in the harness racing winner circle. These were the 9th and 10th amateur contests since the week began on Sunday, Oct.15th and it's no wonder that the scheduled Billings trot at Dayton didn't fill on Saturday. But tonight in the greater New York City area the beat went on.at Yonkers Raceway. In his split Glasser sent his own Celebrity Stimulus to the lead from the three hole and with no threatening challenges Glasser got his charge by the first quarter in a soft :30.1. When the trailers settled in behind the leader Celebrity Stimulus had things his own way and raced on the lead all the way to the wire and finished 1-1/4 length ahead of Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff's War Cry Hall. Third place went to Wygant Prince, driven by "Coach Paul" Minore. The winner, a 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding is owned by Glasser Racing LLC and trained by Homer Hockstetler. For Glasser it marked his sixth seasonal driving triumph and 38th of his amateur racing career. Not to be outdone, Dave Yarock also sent his trotter, Landonfitz, to the front and they never ensued a challenge even as Yarock stole soft fractions. Landonfitz led three others by the quarter in :31 and half in 1:03 and then picked up the pace and trotted the next furlong in 29.3 with "Yankee Joe" Lee in hot pursuit with Flirting Duezy. After passing the third stanza in 1:32.2 a :29.2 final quarter kept all challengers at bay. Flirting Duezy held on for second while Tony "the Capo" Verruso garnered the show dough with Sam's Honeybee in the 2:02.1. Landonfitz , a 7-year old altered son of Jailhouse Jesse, is owned by Yarock and trained by Shawn Christner. For Yarock it marked his 5th seasonal driving victory and 61st of his career. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

The second leg of the three-track international Friendship competition between the visiting New Zealanders and the hometown NAADA team was contested Tuesday night (Oct. 17) on the betting card at Yonkers Raceway and when the judges hung the official sign the Kiwi’s Cheree Wigg emerged victorious with Big Turn On in a 1:57.1 clocking. Second place went the New Zealand’s Gavin Cook while the USA’s Jennifer Lappe saved face for the NAADA team by finishing third. But the race was dominated by the talented ladies with the Kiwi’s Colleen Nequs finishing fourth giving the visitors three of the first four placings. When the starting judge said “Go” New Zealand’s Mike Maynard charged to lead from the six-hole with 62-1 shot Every Intention and they had command at the first stanza as the timer flashed :28.1. Still in command as they passed the halfway point in :57.2 the early fractions soon began to take toll on the leader. Still second but tiring as they paced by the three quarters in 1:27.1 Maynard and Every Intention watched as Ms Wigg and Big Turn On zoomed by to take command. In the lane Big Turn On was the strong horse and rebuffed a late charges from both Dirty Devil (Gavin Cook) and Lucky Man (Jennifer Lappe) to score a solid one length triumph .“It was great,” Cheree Wigg said via telephone about her driving victory tonight at Yonkers. “I got away OK from the mobile in third place, followed the leaders and then popped out at the three quarters and skipped away on the turn. My horse was strong and held off the others to win it.” The winner, a six year-old altered son of Mr. Big, is owned by Joseph Di Francesco and trained by Bruno Nicolo. He paid $12.20 for win and set up a $75.50 all-Kiwi exacta. The final leg of the USA-New Zealand Friendship Competition will be contested tomorrow (Wednesday) at Monticello Raceway where two events are slated as races three and six on the 10-card. by John Manzi for NAADA

CAMPBELLEVILLE, ONT -- It was the last day of the lengthy harness racing race meet at Mohawk Racetrack and among the 10 races offered on the Monday, Oct 16th card were two events for Billings amateur drivers. And once again they were well received. "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello was victorious in the first trot with Taurus du Parc in 2:00 while the second went to Lets Leavem, driven by Shane "The Freelton Flash" Arsenault in a 1:57 clocking. Both winners were mostly dismissed by the betting public. In his contest Zuccarello gunned his trotter to the lead from the six-hole and they had command as they passed the first stanza in :28.4. with Dave "Modern Legend" Drew in hot pursuit with Swan For Dee. The two leaders raced one-two until the top of the stretch when they were joined by The Power Of Many and driver David "Poppa Glasser When the field headed for home a real horse race ensued as the three aforementioned trotters raced side by side all the way to the wire with 7-1 shot Taurus du Parc finishing a head in front of Swan For Dee. A head farther back in third place was The Power Of Many. For Zuccarello it marked his first winning drive of the 2017 season and the 12th of his amateur driving career. Lets Leavem is owned by Fellows, Knechtel, and Szabo of Bradford, Ont. and trained by Robert Fellows , He returned a $17.80 win mutuel. Pay-offs to those with winning tickets were even bigger in the second Billings split when Shane Arsenault swept the field around the final turn with Lets Leavem and then rallied to an easy 2-1/2 length triumph over Justasmalltowngirl in rein to Daniel "In The Lion's Den" St Pierre. Third place went to Bobby "I'm Back" Ciavardini. Disregarded by the betting public Lets Leavem paid $33.10; $11.10 and $6.40 across the board. The veteran Angus Hall gelding is owned by Sarah Town and trained by Arsenault. It was the second winning drive of the season for Arsenault and 129th of his career, as well as his 654th victory as a trainer. Next Billings action will be at Yonkers Raceway on October 19th. by John Manzi for the Billings Amateur Series

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, employed plenty of action on Sunday, October 15 when the granddaddy of all amateur racing organizations had contests at two different racetracks, one in the USA at Northfield Park in greater Cleveland, Ohio and the other in Canada at Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Ont. "Tiny Tim" Miller won the Midwest region Northfield trot with Song In My Heart while "Gentle Ben" Hollingsworth copped the Canadian event- a pace-behind with Michelle's Deuce over Flamboro's double oval. In his event Miller took no prisoners and sent his trotter down the road from the four-hole and made every pole a winning one en route to a solid 1-1/2 length triumph over Kelly "Sky" Walker's Stemilt Touch. Patricia "the Write Stuff" Miller took home the show dough with 45-1 shot, Keep The Cash. The winner, owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by JD Wengerd, was sent off the 6-5 favorite and returned a $4.40 win mutuel. For hot-handed Miller it was his fifth driving victory in just 10 seasonal starts. In the Canadian Billings pace later Sunday evening "Gentle Ben" had the prohibitive favorite Michelle's Deuce and drove like one is supposed to when deemed the best in the filed and rushed the 8-year-old Armbro Duece mare to the lead and remained unchallenged throughout coasting to an easy 1:59.1 triumph to notch the mare's 6th seasonal victory. The battle for second money saw Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and No Teasing Me out-foot Thrift Shop with David "Poppa" Glasser to the wire to garner the place dough. Owned by the LINK Stable and trained by Corey Johnson, Michelle's Deuce paid $3.50 for win. It was Hollingsworth's first seasonal driving victory(from just 4 starts) and 21st of his limited career. Billings action continues on Monday night with two trots on the card at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Two short fields went to post in the NAADA Trots at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, Oct. 12 before the betting car got underway and when the dust settled "Hurricane Hannah" Miller and "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo each emerged victorious in their respective harness racing splits. Miller won her division with Pine Tab in 2:03.2 while Faraldo scored with Tough Get Going in 2:01.2. Despite his outstanding and time-consuming efforts in producing all aspects of the International Trot slated for Saturday (Oct. 14) Faraldo found time to sit behind a spirted steed in his own NAADA Trotting Series. "Actually this race was scheduled for Wednesday but it was held over until tonight (Thursday) which was the night of the boat ride for our International Trot guests which caused a minor dilemma for me," Faraldo said after his victory. "I really wanted to go on the boat ride but I knew I had a good shot to win the NAADA race tonight." According to Faraldo he drove Tough Get Going at Monticello Raceway last week and a mishap behind the starting gate caused him to finish back. "I knew he (Tough Get Going) had a great chance to win tonight and I wanted to be in the driver's seat even though I had to pass on the International Trot boat ride around Manhattan Isle with all my friends," Faraldo said. "You know, I don't have that many live mounts when I drive and I didn't want to pass up this one." And Faraldo ,the president of NAADA, assumption was correct and he gunned his charge to the front and took no prisoners while making every pole a winning one. Second place went to Fox Valley Steffen driven by Jennifer Lappe. Billings president Tony Verruso finished third with Sam's Honeybee. Tough Get Going is a 4 year old Kadabra gelding owned by D'Elegance Stable, Richard Banca and Carmine Iannacone and trained by Banca. The other division saw Hannah Miller send Pine Tab to the lead and with the short field they didn't encounter any challenges as the two time National Amateur Driver of the Year got her trotter to the halfway point in a soft 1:03.2 Still Pine Tab needed a :59.4 second half to hold off Bobby Krivelin's Permanent Joy for ahead victory. Third place went to SJ Better Days in rein to Bob Hechkoff. It was Ms Miller's 22nd winning drive thus far this year and her 95th in just 322 career trips to post. Pine Tab is an 8-year-old Cantab Hall gelding owed by the JL Benson Stable and trained by Nick Surick Both NAADA races were non-wagering events. by John Manzi for NAADA

Kew Gardens, NY -A rematch with the invading New Zealanders is set to begin on Friday Oct. 13th when a contingent of Kiwi's arrive on American soil Friday, Oct. 13th to begin an amateur harness racing driving competition at three different race tracks in New York State. Races are slated at Yonkers Raceway, Saratoga Raceway and Monticello Raceway. "Late last fall a contingent of NAADA members traveled to New Zealand for an international amateur driving contest there and now we have the pleasure of reciprocating," noted Joe Faraldo president of NAADA. "We didn't fare very well Down Under but it didn't really matter What did was sharing the comradery and friendships fostered by amateur racing." The Kiwi's are coming with a powerful foursome consisting of Gavin Cook, Mike Maynard, Cheree Wigg and Coleen Negus and they will drive at all three venues. However, the NAADA Team members will change at each participating race track. Scheduled to drive at Saratoga on Monday, Oct. 16 are Tony Cuiffetelli, Bob Davis, Alan Schwartz and Gerry Fielding. At Yonkers on Tues. (Oct 17) Joe Lee, Joe Faraldo, Jennifer Lappe and Peter Kleinhans will represent NAADA. And at the final leg at Monticello on Wednesday (Oct 18), Alan Schwartz, Gerry Fielding, Monica Banca and Joe Faraldo will represent the Americans. Nightly dinners at outstanding restaurants along the journey will be supplied by the hosting North American Amateur Drivers Association(NAADA). Also on Saturday Oct 14th the visiting Kiwi's will dine at Yonkers Raceway while they enjoy the $1,000,000 International Trot and the rich finals of the New York Sire Stakes program. Enclosed below is the competition itinerary. New Zealand/USA Friendship Competition October 13th - 19th 2017 Friday Oct 13th...... Day of Rest at the Bentley Hotel - 62nd Street,, NYC Meet at 7:00 PM for dinner at Zero Otto Nove West 21st Street, NYC Saturday Oct 14th pick-up from Hotel at 10:30 AM to arrive at Yonkers Raceway to enjoy The International Trot and finals of the NY Sire Stakes... Dine at the track...Back to hotel.. Sunday Oct 15th. Pick up -8:30 AM to compete at Saratoga Raceway.. Enjoy the town of Saratoga. Dinner at Lonfellows Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY Monday Oct 16th - FREE DAY to explore New York City... Meet our host Peter Kleinhans for dinner at 7 PM at The Redeye Grill 7th Ave, New York, NY Tuesday Oct 17th - Pick up at 10 AM.. to visit and have a guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan. Transport to Yonkers Raceway for 2nd leg of competition. Dinner at Tra Di Noi and back to Hotel. Wednesday Oct 18th. Pick up at 10 AM for transport to Monticello Raceway for final leg of competition. Farewell dinner at the River Palm, Mahwah NJ in the evening. Thursday, Oct 19--Kiwis return home by John Manzi for NAADA  

Monticello,NY- On Sunday, October 8, the longest running show in the Catskills, WVOS-FM's "The Bop Shop" hosted by John Manzi, will celebrate its 34th 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 and on Time Warner Cable channel 1962 in southeast New York. And the show can be heard world-wide on the internet at wvosfm.com. "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. Over the years 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 earlier this year 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 eight 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 Bold Gold Media. When Manzi took over the Sunday night oldies show at WSUL radio in October 1983 little did he fathom that 34 years 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." John Manzi

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