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Planned for and presented on November 10, the 241st Anniversary of the founding the United States Marine Corps, local amateur clubs had two races- a trot and a pace- at Monticello Raceway for military veterans who are also harness racing amateur drivers and at days end both the North American Amateur Drivers Association and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club each presented a check for $1000 to the Sullivan County Veterans Food Bank director Kathy Kreiter. In the trotting event, army veteran, Irving Bluestein, took no prisoners and went down the road to score a 2:01.1 victory with Pocket Passer while Alan Schwartz, a former Marine who served in Viet Nam, rallied Worth Watching to a 1:58.1 triumph in the pacing contest. Bluestein sent Pocket Passer to the lead from the two-hole and played hardball when the betting favorite, Whata Hustler (Jimmy Marshall IV), challenged for the lead. But Bluestein remained undaunted and kept the pedal to the medal and didn't allow Marshall's trotter to get the lead in .28.4 first quarter. Still out in the fresh air Whata Hustler couldn't take command and the leaders raced one-two past the half in :58.3. When Marshall's trotter began to tire Pocket Passer opened up a two length lead at the third stanza and remained in front all the way to the wire. Don Hoover, a former member of the National Guard, got Grecale AS up for the place money while Gerry Fielding, an Army Reservist, took home the show dough with Maggie O. "I felt bad about having to park out (Don) Hoover but it was the right move at the right time," said Bluestein, who came in from Dedham, Mass. just to compete in the veterans races. Pocket Passer, owned by Mark Levy, Carl Gillespie and Betsy Phillips, and trained by Gillespie, paid $8.40 for win. Alan Schwartz, the winningest amateur driver currently competing, scored a length victory- his 575th - when he guided Worth Watching to a solid length victory as the betting favorite.in the pacing contest. Sent off at odds just over even- money Schwartz settled his pacer in the three hole on the first turn as former army reservist Allen Sisco cut speedy fractions of :27.4 and :58.2 with Smokey's Luck . As they headed to the halfway point Schwartz moved Worth Watching off the pylons and took aim took aim at Smokeys Luck but his charge didn't gain complete command until they rounded the final turn. When the field headed for home Smokey's Luck began to tire and Worth Watching took the lead and held off a hard charging Fox Valley Leo, driven by Navy veteran Jimmy Marshall IV, to score a one length triumph. Gerry Fielding finished third with Art Retreat. "When we rounded the final turn I wasn't sure that I was going to beat Allen's horse (Smokeys Luck) but by mid-stretch he tired and we went on to victory," Schwartz related. The winner, owned by Ed and James Hall and trained by Dan Gill, paid $4.10.. After the final race all the competitors in the veteran's races gathered in the winner's circle to present $1000 checks - one each from NAADA and CADC -to Kathy Kreiter, director of the Sullivan County Food Bank. by John Manzi for NAADA and CADC

On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, James Devaux had a full house, he won 5 of the 9 races on the harness racing program. James is currently in 5th place in the leading dash win category with 144 wins, Bruce Aldrich Jr. leads the pack with 314. The 5 bagger started in the first race as he took both ends of the early Daily Double, he won the 1st race with Pen Drop ($4.40) in 1:56 for trainer Delores Basilone and came right back and took the 2nd race with Temptation Queen in 1:57 for trainer Murry Bassen. Dontelltellmywife ($6.50) was his winning drive in the 3rd race for trainer Michael Miller and owner Lewis Miller of New Berlin NY. The next trip to the winners circle came in race 5, as he steered Fluky's Girl ($5.30) to victory in 1:58 for owner Gregory Gardner. He ended the afternoon winning the last race with Paydaze On The Way ($4.50) for trainer and owner Andrew Adamczyk of Middletown NY. By: Shawn Wiles

The winners circle at Monticello Raceway was overflowing with family, friends and fellow harness racing horseman on Wednesday November 2, as after the card 8th race a Memorial service was held in the winners for Brett Smith, on hand were Brett's parents Gary and Tracey Smith. Brett recently passed away from injuries sustained in a horse training accident "The strong showing is a testament of how much Brett was loved and miss by all" said Eric Warner, Monticello Raceway Race Secretary. Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001 by Shawn Wiles  

When Monticello Raceway's director of harness racing, Eric Warner, found that the track lost a driver in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's $5000 seven- horse consolation he went to work immediately to secure another driver to keep the race with decent betting interests. With only a few possible drivers who were eligible to compete (this race was for the NAADA participants who didn't earn enough points for the series finale) Warner called down to Freehold Raceway and asked John Calabrese if he's be able to come and drive in the race slated on Wednesday November 2nd at The Mighty M. And when Calabrese said he'd come it turned out to be a win-win situation for both him and the Sullivan County oval. The 7-horse field went to post in the second race and when it was declared official Calabrese won the event with Woody in a 2:00.1 clocking. Perhaps the fact that Woody had the pole position made it easier for Calabrese confirm that he'd take the trip to Monticello, still it was a gracious gesture on his part knowing that amateur drivers receive no remuneration for their efforts. Also benefiting from Calabrese's trip to drive Woody was the horse's owner, Woody Hoblitzell, who got for him one of the more talented amateur drivers competing today. As aforementioned, Woody and Calabrese started from the pole position and they got away fourth position four lengths behind Come And Tell Pap (Bob Davis) who got first call in the :29.2 first panel. With Davis' charge on the lead Calabrese followed Paul Minore who moved Wygant Prince off the pylons and they were one-two on the limb as the field headed to the halfway point. As the field trotted to the three quarters Wygant Prince gained command with Woody and Calabrese in hot pursuit. When they straightened for home Woody was the strong horse and the Glidemaster 6-year-old gelding rallied to a 1-1/4-length victory over Minore's trotter to score his third victory of the season. Come And Tell Pap hung on for the show dough. Trained by Bruce Aldrich, Sr., Woody paid $7.80 for win. And for Calabrese, he is having his best year since he began competing in amateur racing in 1991. His victory was the 12th this year in 39 starts and considering his five seconds and three third place finishes Calabrese owns a .405 UDR.this season. On Saturday night, November 5 the top eight point earners in the recently completed NAADA Series will battle in the $15,000 Final on the betting card at Yonkers Raceway. John Manzi

The cold and rainy afternoon of October 27 in the Catskill Mountains certainly wasn't a day that amateur harness racing drivers could embrace still three races dedicated to the amateurs went to post on the betting card at Monticello Raceway; one in the CKG Billings Series and two in the North American Amateur Drivers series, with many participants competing in both. "Hurricane Hannah" Miller added another victory --her 30th this year--to her seasonal totals when she won the Billings trot with Jack's To Open. In NAADA action both Tony Ciufettelli and Alan Schwartz copped their respective divisions; Ciufettelli with Tagmaster and Schwartz behind Ladys Big Stormont. Upon her return to the paddock a cold and shivering Ms. Miller managed a smile while hanging up the lines on Jacks To Open who was an easy 2:00.4 victor in the Billings Trot. "I'm freezing," she said, "but I'm happy that my horse was real strong today. He went a tough mile and still drew off to an easy victory." When the gate sprung four horses went for the lead which was commandeered by Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff with Justtherighttouch. When Miller ranged alongside Hechkoff with Jacks To Open the two horses raced head to head to the half and up the backside at which point Miller's trotter took command with only the second and third place finishers in doubt. As Jacks To Open rounded the final turn he had five lengths on the field which was opened to eight at the wire. A shuffled-back Mack's Gold Band, with "Buffalo Bob" Davis at the controls, found daylight late and rallied to finish second, a length ahead of "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo's Permanent Joy. Nick Surick trains Jacks To Open ($6.80) who's owned by the Nick Surick Stable and Hannah Miller. Alan Schwartz got the amateur soiree started with a gate to wire triumph with Ladys Big Stormont in the first of two NAADA trots. Schwartz sent the 5-year-old Earl Of Stormont gelding to the lead, one that they never relinquished although Hannah Miller and Rocket Master supplied stiff pressure as the field headed for the three quarters. Schwartz's charge rebuffed Ms. Miller's trotter and went on to score a length victory in 2:01.1 over the soggy race track. "My horse is was testy behind the (starting) gate but once the race was underway he was perfect," Schwartz said referring to Ladys Big Stormont's winning trip. With a two-hole journey throughout Bob Hechkoff's, The Franchise, garnered second money and after his early rally Rocket Master just hung and finished third. Owned by his driver and trained by Raheim Strong Ladys Big Stormont returned a $7.30 win mutuel to his backers. The second NAADA Trot saw hot-handed Tony Ciufettelli sit back off the early speed with his own Tagmaster and then charge home an easy winner in a time of 2:04. "After some fast early fractions over the soaked racetrack the leaders seemed to come back to me," Ciufettelli said about the tiring horses on the front end. "I was back, off the early pace and when I moved him (Tagmaster) up the backside he took off like gangbusters and was the strong horse in the stretch. I guess the soft track was good on his (my horse's) feet." Trotalot finished second for Bob Hechkoff while 50-1 shot Saraboo garnered the show dough for Pete Seibert. Ciufettelli also owns and trains Tagmaster who paid $41.20 for win. He (Ciufettelli) is currently the hottest driver in amateur racing. With his victory today the retired correction officer now has four consecutive driving victories and five wins in his last six starts. By John Manzi for the Billings & NAADA Series

On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Jim Taggart Jr. won his 4000th career win, the win came in the 7th race on the harness racing card, aboard Classic Can Dream. The If I Can Dream mare won in 1:58:3 for Trainer Gary Messenger and Owner Kenneth Weckstein. The Monticello born and raised Taggart started his career in the backstretch of Monticello and started driving here in 1988, his career earnings are in excess of $19,000,000. On hand in the winner's circle he was surrounded by family members and fellow horseman and well-wishers. By Shawn Wiles

On Monday, Oct. 24, Monticello Casino and Raceway will open its new simulcasting room, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. The harness racing event is open to the public. The new simulcasting room has over 35 television screens on which patrons can watch live harness and thoroughbred racing, and simulcasting from across the country, seven days a week. Patrons will be able to place their bets with live tellers or from SAMs (automated teller machines). The room also offers a private high limit area with individual betting carrels equipped with flat screen monitors and their own teller and SAM machines. Other new racing enhancements will include an enclosed and heated bleacher section on the racing apron, which can be accessed via an enclosed and heated walkway from the new simulcasting room. The newly created simulcasting area represents a major investment on the part of Empire Resorts, the parent company of Monticello Casino and Raceway in the racing operation. Monticello Raceway General Manager Anthony Bruno said, "The new location will offer our loyal racing patrons the same amenities that our slot players have come to enjoy, such as easy access to the food court, beverage service and our weekend entertainment." Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001  

On Tuesday afternoon, Monticello Raceway honored the memory of long time Monticello Raceway patron and harness racing horseman Jim Taggart Sr. 20 proud family members and close friends were on hand in the winner's circle in remembrance of their father after the 8th race. Bruce Aldrich won the race with Clooney Drummond in 1:55.4 for trainer Jose Godinez. Shawn Wiles

On Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11th , America will commemorate the valiant services of former members of our armed forces with speeches, parades and various other celebrations. But on the previous day, Thursday, Nov. 10th, the local harness racing Amateur Drivers Clubs are planning an amateur driving challenge at Monticello Raceway as an impetus to raise money for the local veteran's food banks. "We chose November 10th for two reasons. First, Monticello is dark on Fridays and second because it will mark the 241st Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps," noted former U.S Marine Alan Schwartz, who is the vice president of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) as well as the president of the local horsemen's organization. "We have planned our own special tribute for those who served our country with honor by staging an Amateur Driving Challenge for veterans of the armed services who are currently amateur harness drivers and we're re being joined in this endeavor by the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club (CADC) and its president, Gerry Fielding. "At the end of Monticello's November 10th racing program each amateur club will donate $1000 to the Veterans Food Pantry of Sullivan County," Schwartz added. Although the amateur clubs have great ambitions their project couldn't come to fruition without the help of Monticello Raceway's longtime director of racing, Eric Warner, who over the years, has been helpful in promoting his racetrack. The Veterans Amateur Driving Challenge is only open to former servicemen who are amateur drivers licensed by the U.S. and/or the Canadian Trotting Associations. "This may not be an easy race to fill but we surely feel this is a worthwhile endeavor," Schwartz said. "Once the word is out we are hoping to get a good response from the proud veterans who helped preserve the American way of life." Anyone wanting more information, or to enter the event, must contact Warner at Monticello Raceway by calling 845-794-4100 ext. 557 or contact Schwartz in the Horsemen's organization's office at 845-791-7747. John Manzi  

"He loves the Monticello Raceway track," gushed Tony Ciuffetelli while he was hanging up the lines upon his return to the Mighty M paddock after his stunning 1:58 harness racing victory with Aventure in the third leg of NAADA's Fall Trotting Series. "He had won here in 2:00 in early August but after a month or so of not hitting the board he's been getting sharp lately and he certainly raced real well today." Actually, it was Aventure's second consecutive victory after having won a Billings Trot at Vernon Downs on October 2nd, and it was the trotters fifth win this year for Ciuffetelli who had purchased him earlier this season. After starting from the five-hole Ciuffetelli made the winning move by getting in the two-hole ahead of The B Street Fan (Bob Davis) who was also on the limb as the field approached the first quarter in :28.4. "It was real important that I find a hole and was lucky enough to fall in behind Alan Schwartz, who was on the engine with Imacrazynewyorker. He carried me until we headed for the three quarters where I moved Aventure off the pylons and we trotted to the front," Ciuffetelli explained. With Aventure in high gear after taking command the 5-year-old Muscle Mass gelding poured it on and rambled home a seven-length winner while trotting the final two furlongs in :28.2. After Aventure separated himself from the rest of the field the battle for second place ensued. I'm Fabulous, second choice in the wagering, was in fifth position with a wall of horses in her path as the remainder of the field rounded the final turn but the John Turok-driven mare charged home to garner second money, a full length head of Dave Yarock's Mr. Ridgetaker. The fans must have enjoyed the amateur contest since it was the best bet race on the afternoon card. Aventure, sent off as the betting favorite, returned a $4.70 win mutuel. With his victory the veteran trotter raised his seasonal bankroll to over $30,500 for Ciuffetelli, who is also the horse's trainer. For Ciuffetelli, a retired correction officer, it marked his seventh seasonal driving victory and 34th of his amateur career. by John Manzi for NAADA

'It's a pleasure when you have something between the shafts", were the first words out of harness racing driver Alan Schwartz's mouth upon his return to the paddock after driving Linda Marie to a new lifetime record winning the first leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) three track Fall Trotting Series in 1:58.1 at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, September 22. After starting from the three-hole Schwartz hustled the 5-year-old Crazed mare to the lead when the starting judge said "go" and while still on the first turn allowed Bob Hechkoff to take command with Trotalot. Both drivers were aided in their quest for victory when the betting favorite, Here Comes Numbers (John Kokinos), went off stride at the start. After Schwartz grabbed leather and allowed Hechkoff to show the way they then raced one-two by the first stanza in :28.4. The order remained the same past the half in :59.2 and at the third stanza Schwartz had Linda Marie tight on Hechkoff's back. "I had a handful of horse as we shadowed Hechkoff and on the final turn she wanted to go so I moved her off the pylons," Schwartz related. "Once she saw daylight I just let her ramble and she ranged alongside Trotalot as we headed for home. "Then in the lane, when I tried to pull the ear plugs, they got stuck but it didn't matter. She (Linda Marie) was in high gear and she trotted on to an easy victory. Schwartz wasn't lying. Linda Marie trotted the last quarter in :28.3 en route to her third seasonal victory. Trotalot was second with Imacrazynewyorker getting up for the show dough, albeit 11 lengths behind the winner. Linda Marie is owned and trained by Jimmy Doherty Jr. She paid $7.20 for win. For Schwartz, it was his 572nd driving victory, the most of any active amateur driver. The international amateur driving club kicked off its three-track fall series here at the Mighty M with races to follow at Yonkers Raceway and Freehold Raceway. The NAADA Trot Series will culminate with a $15,000 final at Yonkers on November 3rd. by John Manzi for NAADA

The 2016 New York Sire Stakes Season at Monticello Raceway concluded this afternoon with harness racing 3 year old filly trotters bidding the swan song for the states healthy Sire Stake Program. It was an afternoon where the first turn was the nemesis of many of the female trotters on the card, as many of the fillies made miscues in the first turn. The first division of Sire Stakes, race 4, went for a purse of $61,300. The bettors chalk Non Stick, starting from the rail for driver Daniel Dube made a break in the middle of the first turn, Jim Morrill Jr. driving the fractious Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty - Good Common Cents) from post position 6, eased her away from the gate and seized the opportunity, went for, and took the lead after Non Sticks miscue and wired the field to win by 2 lengths in 1:56.1, tying the track record, set by Gerri's Joy in 2007. Goosebump Hanover is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva, Crawford Farms and J. Di Scala. The win puts the filly over $130,000 in her 3 year old campaign. Race 6, was the 2nd heat of the Sire Stakes, saw Earn Your Wings, the Credit Winner ½ sister to the incomparable Mission Brief, win in 1:57.1 As the gate left, the heavy favorite Fad Finance, coming off on impressive win at Saratoga Raceway in 1:54.1, left from PP 7 and tucked in 3rd, going down the backside. Sweet Ashley T and Earn Your Wings were sitting 1 - 2, just before the ¼ pole, Jason Bartlett pulled Earn Your Wings to the outside and took the lead. Going to the half Fad Finance took the lead, passing that stanza in 58:2, the order remained unchanged until the top of the lane and Bartlett had Earn Your Wings on the move, opting to the outside, rather that the passing lane and hand drove the blue blooded filly to score in 1:57 by ¾ lengths and returned $4.80 to her backers. The Credit Winer- Southwind Serene filly is trained by female Swedish trainer Anette Lorentzon for owner SRF stable of Delray Beach Florida. Other winners on the card were, Love Crazy Love, (Crazed - Love U Overandover) who won a virtual walk over, as she was the lone horse trotting after the first turn, for trainer - driver Gates Brunet in 1:59.4, with a $25.60 win mutual. I Will Take Credit, entered the winners circle for trainer Erv Miller, trotting the mile in 1:59.1, The Credit Winer filly was driven by Charles Norris. Financial Focus, (Crazed - Pearls Last Chance) won in 1:59.2 for Phil Fluet. Over Joyed (Conway Hall - RC Biscuit) score in 2:01.4 for trainer George Ducharme. LTS Sandie (Conway Hall - Rejoycing) won in 1:58.4 for John Stark. Live Racing continues this week with its abbreviated Labor Day Weekend schedule of racing Tuesday - Thursday with post time of 12:50. Shawn Wiles

On Tuesday September 6, the New York Sire Stakes will make its last stop at Monticello Raceway for the year, as harness racing 3 year old trotting fillies will close out the Sire Stakes Season. $180,000 will be split into seven heats of Sire Stakes, 2 Regular Sire Stake's, going to post for $61,300 in each dash, 3 heats of the Excelsior A Class, each dash racing for $15,000 and 2 spilts of the Excelsior B's going for $6,000. Non Stick starting from the rail, has been installed at the 9/5 morning line favorite in the 4th race, first division of Sire Stakes. The daughter of Lucky Chucky is trained and co-owned by Ake Svanstedt and Little E LLC and will be driven by Daniel Dube. She a 4 time winner in this company, with over $230,000 earnings this year. She will be followed by Goosebump Hanover (PP6), who also won a Sire Stake event at Batavia and was a winner in the Tompkins stakes at Tioga Downs in July. Wendy's Girl, who has climbed through the ranks of the Excelsior A series, will take her first shot in elite company. The daughter of Lucky Chucky has reeled of 5 wins in her last 6 starts, her last start was an impressive win at Saratoga in 1:57. The second division has a pair of blue bloods, Earn Your Wings (PP3), the (Credit Winner - Southwind Serena) is a 3 year old half-sister to fastest 2 year old trotter of all time and 2 time Dan Patch Award winner, Mission Brief. She is trained by the Anette Lorentzon, a native of Sweden. The $260,000 yearling purchase will be driven by Jason Bartlett for owners SRF Stable of Delray Beach Florida. The filly took her lifetime mark of 1:54.4 earlier in the season at Vernon Downs, she has 1 win and 3 seconds in this company. The other Blue pedigree in the race is Monarchs Sequel (PP1) (RC Royalty- Armbro Monarch) She will be driven by Mark MacDonald for owner Al J Libfeld, of Pickering Ontario. Fad Finance has been installed the 5-2 favorite by virtue of her 4 Sire Stake wins this year and has amassed over $200,000 in this year's campaign. Regular driver Jim Morrill will drive the Credit Winner lass from post 7 for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Post time for the 12 race card is 12:50. By Shawn Wiles           All emails from Empire Resorts, Inc. and its subsidiaries, and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are considered privileged and confidential and may not be used by either party in any pending or future legal proceedings. Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001  

On Monday August 29, 2 Year Old Pacing Fillies will be featured on the afternoon's harness racing card. The card has 2 heats of elite Sire Stake vying for a purse of $52,500 each, 4 heats of the Excelsior A's, with a purse of $15,000 and 3 splits of the Excelsior B, with a purse of $6,600. Ken Jacobs brings a strong duo of Planet Rock and Robin J to the fray, Planet Rock is the fastest filly of the bunch, and Robin J being the richest. Planet Rock will start from post position 4 for trainer Linda Toscano in the 1st race of the day, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven has been flawless in pari mutuel competition thus far in her brief career. She has reeled off 5 consecutive wins in this company, with earning s of $97,665 with a speed badge of 1:52 taken at Vernon Downs for owner Kenneth Jacobs of Baldwinsville NY. Tim Tetrick will drive the filly in the 5 horse field. Roaring To Go, who has been unlucky at drawing inside post positions, will take advantage of the best post of her career, will start from post 3 for trainer Kevin Lare of Snow White fame. Team Miller brings the respectable Pleasant Roll, the son of Rock With Joe, will start from PP 5. In the second division, race 8, another 5 horse field, Ken Jacobs brings another outstanding filly, Robin J. The Roll With Joe lass has shown brilliant closing speed, she comes into the race with respectable credentials, 5 wins in 6 lifetime starts, and $131,605 in the bank. She is also trained by Linda Toscano, and will be driven by Tim Tetrick. Local horsemen Gary Messenger brings Delilah De Vie in race 5, a division of the Excelsior B. The son of Art Major has drawn post 5 in the 5 horse field. His looking for his 3rd win a row in the company. He is owned by Scott Woogen and Brenda Messenger. By Shawn Wiles

On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, New York Sire Stakes featuring 3 Year Old Trotting Colts comprised much of the harness racing card. Two divisions of regular Sire Stakes were contested with a purse of $59,100, the Excelsior's A class racing for $15,000 and 1 the Excelsior B's going for $6,600. Smalltownthrowdown took advantage of the short 5 horse field to cut out a wire to wire performance in 1:56.2. The Cash Hall - Ann's Promise colt won by 8 lengths, trotting his last stanza in 28:1 for winning owners Daley, Crawford, Brenner and Lombardo. His earnings thus far this year are $157,000, this was his 3rd win in the elite Sire Stake division this season, with a slate of 12-5-2-1 and lifetime earnings of $280,000. He is trained and driven by Dan Daley, who was also celebrating his birthday today. The Royal Harry and Ake Svanstedt who were making their first start since the Hambletonian made the most of the hugh drop in class to score in 1:59.4. Winning owners Michael and William Pozefsky were on hand in the winning circle. The RC Royalty - Wilsonator returned a paltry $2.70 to his backers. This was his second Sire Stakes victory of the year. In the Excelsior A events, Boxall was a winner for Trainer Jessica Okusko and owner Little E LLC of NY in 2:02.2, Jason Bartlett drive the son of Credit Winner. The Perfect Lindy, a Credit Winner $320,000 yearling purchase scored for Swedish trainer Jonas Czernyson in 1:59.1, he is owned by SRF Stable and was driven to victory by Mark McDonald. McDonald come right back and won the next race with Just For Today in 1:59.2. The Credit Winner - Brandnewgirlfriend is trained by crack trotting horseman Paul Kelly. The Excelsior B class saw local reinsman Bruce Aldrich Jr. steer Hotoff the Skillet to victory in 2:02.1. The son of Broad Bahn is owned by Winback Farms and was trained by H. Hochstetler. Thanks for Playin, who had a slate of 11 wins in 18 starts coming into the race, added to his tally to score in 2:01 with Jim Morrill Jr. aboard. The Lucky Chucky - Olympic Cheers colt is owned by Pine Hill Stable. By Shawn Wiles

The final leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Trotting Series, along with the final of the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club series, was featured at Monticello Raceway on the sunny afternoon of Thursday, August 18 and not surprisingly, "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, North America's leading amateur driver, walked away with a pair of driving victories in just two trips to post while a third harness racing contest went to Peter Kleinhans. Hannah won a NAADA Trot with Rocket Master in 1:58.1 and she copped the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club pace with Stoman in 1:57.3 which raises her win-total to 26 thus far this season. Kleinhans scored a 2:00.4 triumph with Zoli in a second NAADA Trot. In the first of two NAADA races Hannah scored a come-from-behind triumph with Rocket Master when they trotted by Alan Schwartz's Linda Marie in mid-stretch to score a two length triumph. Woody finished third for Joe Lee. "I had a steady hold of him (Rocket Master) and we left the (starting) gate softly because he is rough on the straightaways," Hannah explained. After settling in fifth position Ms. Miller moved her trotter up behind Cassa's Image (John Kokinos) who went first up. She followed her cover until the final turn where she wheeled Rocket Master three-deep and challenged the pacesetter, Linda Marie overtaking her and then trotting on to victory. "I moved him (Rocket Master) three wide on the final turn because he trots the turns well and when we straightened for home he was in full gear and I knew we were going to win it," Hannah said. Rocket Master is owned by his driver, the Surick Stable, and the Erv Miller Stable, and trained by Nick Surick. Sent off as second choice in the eight-horse field Rocket Master notched his fifth seasonal triumph and paid $6.20. Hurricane Hannah's second driving victory was in the final leg of the Catskill Amateur Club's Pace when she guided Stoman to a gate-to-wire triumph in 1:57.3. Last week the veteran pacer was claimed from the John Hallett barn by Bob Lounsbury but the horse's new address made no difference when Lounsbury again handed the lines to Ms. Miller "I fired him up when the gate left and when he made the front I had a handful of horse," Hannah said. "I tried the back him down a bit but he was raring to go." And go he did, pacing through fractions of :27.4, :58.2 and 1:28 before finishing two lengths in front of KB's Badboy, driven by Barry Addison. Shark Treasure finished third for Gerry Fielding. Owned by Bill Damburg and now trained by Bob Lounsbury, Stoman notched his fourth season victory and returned $3.40 to his backers. Talk about dominance, it was Hannah Miller's ninth driving victory in the 10-week Catskill Club's series.. In the other NAADA Trot Peter Kleinhans was content to follow the leaders with Zoli and then moved him three-wide on the final turn and went on to a 1-3/4 length triumph over the even-money favorite, Fox Valley Steffen, driven by John Kokinos. Bobby Krivelin took home the show dough with Current Crisis. "I eased him away from the gate because last week he made a break before the start," Kleinhans said after his victory. "I wanted to be conservative and I babied him and we got shuffled back but when I pulled him (at the three quarter pole) he was all business. He raced real. well" Owned by John Sullivan and trained by John Mc Dermott Zoli paid $6.60 for win. For Kleinhans is was his 51st career driving victory.-30- by John Manzi for NAADA and CADC

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