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Monticello, NY-- The front-end was the place to be in the amateur races today(Thus. Oct 18) at Monticello Raceway as Joe Lee and Alan Schwartz hustled their trotters to wire-to-wire victories in the fifth leg of the NAADA Trotting Series over the Sullivan County double oval. Lee won his betting division with Makin Trouble K in 2:02.3 while Schwartz and Ladys Big Stormont connected for a 2:01.3 triumph in the other on the sunshiny, but unusually blustery, afternoon in the southern Catskill Mountains of New York State. Lee, driving for trainer Bruce Aldrich, Sr., sent Makin Trouble K toward the lead which they gained before the first quarter timer flashed :29. But once on the lead they had to rebuff multiple challenges before they passed the halfway point. "My horse was a handful in the post parade and before the race but once the gate let us go he was fine," Lee said in the paddock after his driving victory. "Once he settled down he was gritty and raced good." At the three quarters they had put away most of the early competition, all but Sheer Action, who was driven by Chistopher Doherty, the grandson of Hall of Famer, Jimmy Doherty, who was making his first lifetime pari-mutuel start. Down the lane Makin Trouble K and Sheer Action were side by side and were joined late on the far outside by Tough Get Going (Joe Faraldo). But as the field neared the wire Faraldo's charge hung and Jennifer Lappe ducked to the passing lane and rallied for second money with Celebrity Blue Chip as Tough Get Going had to settled for the show dough. And although Sheer Action was just a length behind he winner at the wire he finished fourth. Makin Trouble K, who won for the seventh time this season, is owned by Woody Hoblitzell. He paid $18.40. And for Joe Lee, last years National Amateur Driver of the Year, it marked his ninth winning drive thus far this season. The second split went similarly to the first when Schwartz sent Ladys Big Stormont toward the lead and when Bob Krivelin and Current Crisis closed the two-hole Schwartz had little choice but to try to get the lead from Monica Banca and Master of Excuses, who had command. "I really waned to race my horse from a pocket but when there was no room long the pylons I went to the front and I was a little concerned about the 28 and 4 first quarter.," Schwartz explained. Once on top Schwartz and Banca were open lengths in front of their competition and they raced one-two by the half in :59.3 with the order remaining the same as they passed the third stanza in 1:30 flat. Third at that point was Current Crisis (Bob Krivelin) but he began to fade as the leaders rounded the final turn. Despite a two-hole trip the entire way Master Of Excuses couldn't get by Ladys Big Stormont in the lane and they finished 1-1/4-lengths behind Schwartz's trotter who won for the 10th time this season. Jennifer Lappe rallied Multitaskr Hanover to finish third after he went off-stride at the start. Schwartz owns and trains Ladys Big Stormont who paid $3.70. It was Schwartz's 11th seasonal driving victory and the 606th of his amateur career. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

Monticello, NY-- He has been competing with amateur status since he began driving but today (Wed. Oct. 10) at Monticello Raceway Tony Ciuffetelli drove like a professional when he won both divisions of the French v America Friendship competition. The former corrections officer won one race from behind and the other on the front-end. In the third race Ciuffetelli avoided the congestion in front of him and rallied Sams Fortune to a come-from-behind triumph in 2:03.4 over seven rivals and three races later he sent Brandos Music Man to the front and made every pole a winning one en route to a 2:00.4 victory. "This is my first driving double and I'm certainly thrilled" a smiling Ciuffetelli said in the paddock as he handed the reins to the horse's caretaker. Starting from the two-hole with Sams Fortune Ciuffetelli got away slowly as four others sped for the lead. They were in fifth place when the field passed the first quarter as France's Ms Sandrine Oyer was stuck on the limb with Five Star Stud. A the race progressed French driver Jerome Maillard had Tattle Tell Teen on the lead as Frenchman Jean Marc Freyssence and Four Star Lefty were second -over behind Ms Oyer's pacer which sort of made a block for anyone trying to get around. Sensing a problem the USA's Alan Schwartz wheeled Lightning Madison three-deep and they paced by the leaders and opened daylight and were followed by Ciuffetelli and Sams Fortune. At the top of the lane Lightning Madison they had a three -length lead and despite being hung-out the entire way Five Star Stud was still in contention. At that point Sams Fortune was fifth on the far outside still five lengths off the leader. But as the field progressed in the lane Lightning Madison faded to finish third and Sams Fortune rallied to a length victory over Five Star Stud. "I made it through the traffic and when we finally cleared and headed for home my horse was the strong horse and we went on to win it," Ciuffetelli explained. The winner is owned by Pete and Donna Siebert and trained by Siebert, He paid $7.80. After all the road trouble Ciuffetelli had in the first event he hustled the betting favorite Brandos Muscle Man to the lead from the six-hole and played catch me if you can,-.. and nobody could. They chugged along unchallenged for a one-length victory in a time of 2:00.4 as his French rivals finished second and third. With a two-hole trip France's Jerome Malliard was second best with Ralph R and his countryman, Jean Marc Freyssence, third with Bootswiththefur, albeit in a dead-heat with Linda Marie, driven by the USA's Jerry Fielding. "He's a classy old horse," Ciuffetelli said referring to Brandos Muscle Man, "And even though the old veteran knew just what to do I still had to keep after him in the stretch." The winner is owned by Rick Dane and Monica Banca and trained by Dane. He paid $4.80. For Ciuffetelli, who has sights on possibly being the amateur driver of the year, his seasons stats after today's races are: 10-7-6 in 50 starts with a UDR of .318. On Friday, the final race in the America v France Friendship Competition will be at the Meadowlands. by John Manzi, for NAADA          

MONTICELLO, NY- On Sunday, October 7, the longest running radio show in the Catskills, "The Bop Shop" hosted by John Manzi, will celebrate its 35th anniversary. The four- hour doo wop program spins 45RPM records every Sunday night from 8pm until mid-night on WVOS-95.9FM A unique offering, which features mostly vocal group harmony records from the late 40's, 50's and early 60's, the program is also available world-wide on the internet at  Host John Manzi is also an inductee of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame as a Communicator. Manzi's full time career was that of being a harness racing track publicist, who spent most of his career at Monticello Raceway. "We have a fun show which many of the listeners say that the four hours goes too quickly," Manzi says. "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 and Long Island and all over the East Coast; even from Alaska!" "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 although we sometimes spin rock-a-billy and blues records." Manzi tries to keep his audience involved in the show 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. 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, BQE, and recently, Little Isadore and the Inquisitors, to mention a few. Every Sunday Manzi is joined by his sidekicks, Cindy "G" and Steve "the Eggman" Ristano. Besides playing the music, they inform the listeners of the background of the songs; talk about the personnel and where they originated from, and if the songs placed on the Billboard charts. Manzi has always been a fancier of old rock n roll and rhythm and blues music. His collection of 45RPM records exceeds 50,000 and his albums number more than 3000 and on Sundays he plays records from his collection over the airwaves. For the first 25 years the Bop Shop was heard on WSUL-98.3FM but 10 years ago his program was switched to 95.9WVOS-FM when that station began an "oldies" format. When Manzi took over the Sunday night oldies show at WSUL radio in October 1983 little did he fathom that 35 years later he'd still be at it. "And the beautiful part of this music is that even though the records are 50 or 60 years old, and some even 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."  

Monticello, NY--- The third leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) current harness racing trotting series on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway went to Dave Yarock and Kickinitwithkohler when they rallied for a stunning come-from-behind victory in 2:01.3 over a rain-soaked course. But victory didn't come easy. The race began with four horses going for the lead but it was Cinderellas Dress and driver Alan Schwartz who had command on the first turn and led the field by the first quarter in :28.4 with the eventual winner some nine lengths in the rears in sixth position. The field was in Indian file as they trotted past the quarter pole, around the clubhouse turn and toward the halfway point. As the y headed down the homestretch the first time around Paul Minore moved the favorite, The Fighter, off the pylons from fourth position and charged up to challenge the leader. However, on the clubhouse turn the pace-setter, Cinderellas Dress, went off-stride and the drivers of the trailing horses searched quickly for the best route to get by the breaking horse which certainly changed the complexion of the race. Uriel and driver Annie Stoebe, who were in the two hole, cleared with no trouble but for others the route was not as easy as many of the trailers had various degrees of interference caused by the breaking horse. At that point Yarock did a masterful job with Kickinitwithkohler weaving her in and out of the horses in front of them and by the time the leaders passed the three quarters they were a three-deep as they headed around the final turn. "I was just happy to get through and around the horses in front of me but when I finally saw daylight on the far outside I must have been six or seven lengths behind Annie (Stoebe and Uriel) and I thought that second was the best I could be," Yaroch said. Actually Kickinitwithkohler trailed Uriel by six lengths and they were in fourth position when they straightened for home. "My horse just put it in another gear when he headed down the homestretch and and we passed everyone, Annie's horse must have tired a bit because we trotted right by him in the deep stretch and we were easy winners," Yarock added with a smile on his mud-filled face. Kickinitwithkohler finished a one length winner over Uriel in 2:01:3, a time slowed somewhat with all the confusion after The Fighter went off-stride on the third turn. Third place went to Stitch In Time, driven by Bob Davis. The winner, a 6-year-old Southwind Breeze mare, is owned and trained by George Anthrop. She paid $25.40, $12.40 and $9.20 across the board. by John Manzi, for NAADA

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  

The final leg of the 2018 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) took place on a rainy, cold afternoon at Monticello Raceway on Monday September 10. Only 7 freshman fillies were entered in the New York Sire Stakes event, the short but talented harness racing field raced for a purse of $108,300. In the middle of the first turn St Somewhere (Matt Kakaley) made a break, with Zero Tolerance inheriting the pocket. Ladybeluckytonite (James Devaux) peeled off fractions of 29.1, 58.4, 1:28.1, at the head of the lane Zero Tolerance bypassed the passing lane and went to the outside to clear pacesetter Ladybeluckytonite to win in 1:58.1, So Awesome (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second and Ladybeluckytonite garnered the show spot after cutting the mile. Zero Tolerance is a bay filly by Heston Blue Chip, she is trained by recent Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Hollaway and is owned by Val D'Or Farm and another 2019 Hall of Fame Class inductee, all around good guy Ted Gewertz. Zero Tolerance picked up her 2nd Sire Stakes event of the year, she has also won a heat of the Reynolds Stake and a division of the Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs. With the victory her earnings are now $144,000, her next stop will be the Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway on September 22. In the first Excelsior A dash ($15,000) James Devaux was first away from the gate and cut the fractions with Major Frost, the 1-5 favorite Boogie Roll (Tyler Buter) pulled first over at the ¾ marker but could not pass the stubborn Major Frost in the stretch. Major Force scored a wire to wire win in 2:00.2. The homebred son of Art Major is co-owned by co-breeder Jeffery Runch and is trained by Mark Harder. Heavens Challenge was second, followed by Chase You. In the second division of the A's saw Sun Visor work hard to get lead after being parked 3 wide down the backstretch going to the ¼, once on top the 20-1 longshot coasted home for David Miller, giving him a driving double in Sire Stakes Action. The Heston Blue Chip filly is trained by Scott Didomenico for owners Triple D Stables of Jamesburg NY, she picked up her 3rd Excelsior A win of the season. Time for the mile was 2:00.4. The lone Excelsior B ($6,800) saw Jason Bartlett lead from start to finish with Justabitofcharm to score a tight win over Irish Art (Kyle Dibeneddo) in 2:02.1, Chase You was 3rd. Kelly Hasting's did everything but drive her filly this afternoon as she is the Breeder - Owner and Trainer of Justabitofcharm, the Heston Blue Chip filly picked up her 6th Excelsior B event of the season and upped her seasonal tally to over $20,000 in purses. On the card James Devaux won 3 races, Bruce Aldrich Jr. along with David Miller each scored a driving double, Sire Heston Blue Chip had a banner day, as 3 of his offspring where winners on the card. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - With just seven two-year-old pacing fillies entered for the New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway Monday, they will race for the entire pot with a purse of $108,300. It will be quite a battle in the seventh race feature between Zero Tolerance (PP2) and So Awesome (PP5). Zero Tolerance, a daughter of Heston Blue Chip, is on a four-race winning streak for trainer Joe Holloway. She has won five of her six starts this year and her lone loss was by a neck. She has a record this year of 1:51.3 taken at Vernon Downs. David Miller is again in the sulky with Zero Tolerance. She is owned by Val D'Or Farms of Freehold, NJ and Ted Gewertz of NY. So Awesome will have Jim Morrill, Jr. in the bike as she has won three of her last four starts. Her loss coming at the hands of Zero Tolerance. Trained by Scott Di Domenico for owner William Hart of Carmel, Maine, So Awesome has yet to lose when racing on the lead and the So Surreal filly has a record of 1:53.3 at Saratoga Raceway. Another major contender in the race is ST Somewhere, who starts from the rail for driver Yannick Gingras. This American Ideal daughter has won three of her last five starts for trainer Ron Burke with a record of 1:52.2 at Tioga Downs. Her last two losses have come from both Zero Tolerance and So Awesome. Completing the field are Hurrikane Norakane (post three), Ladybeluckytonite (post four), Topville Angelina (post six) and Brooklyn Lilacs (post seven). There are two $15,000 Excelsior Series A divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies in the second and ninth races. Boogie Roll (post three) is the morning line favorite for driver Tyler Buter in the second race and is on a two-race winning streak for trainer Buzzy Sholty. She takes on Major Frost (post one) and Joe's Girl (post two). In the ninth race, Siesta Beach (post two) is the favorite for driver Jim Morrill, Jr. and two starts back scored a lifetime mark of 1:55.1. The daughter of American Ideal goes against Under The Hood (post one) and return winner Dorothy's Legacy (post eight). The race card also features one Excelsior Series B division in the fifth race where Justabitofcharm looms over the field. The Heston Blue Chip filly has won five of her last six starts, the fastest in 1:54.4 at Vernon Downs. She will be driven by Jason Bartlett for owner, trainer and breeder, Kelly Hastings of Columbus, NJ. First race post time Monday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit By Steve Wolf, for Monticello Raceway

On Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway in conjunction with the New York County Fair Finals, the final of RUS Series was conducted. This marks the 5th year that the RUS has held their unique events, over the course of the summer 8 RUS events were held through the state. The RUS fair series is sponsored by the NYSS and Agricultural and New York Breeding Development Fund via a $5,000 grant, Monticello Raceway & The Monticello Harness Horseman's Association donated $2,500 towards the $3,500 purse. A field of 7 trotters went behind the gate monte style, Funny Photo and Sophie Engerran lead from start to finish and establish a new track record 2:02.4 in the process to win by 18 lengths, trotting home in 30:3. Funny Photo is owned, trained and ridden by Sophie Engerran. Flowing James (Vanessa Karlewicz) finished 2nd followed by Armbro Hall (Cathy Gearwar) Event organizer Michelle Miller could not have been happier after the race, "I am so proud of the girls today, it has been challenging the last few years to organize the event, but on days like today, it is all worth it! The quality of the riders continues to improve" said Miller. "We have been very fortunate to have partnered with Monticello Raceway who have been extremely gracious to our event since its inception. We would also like to thank all the many sponsors that have been so generous to us, "The Meadowlands, Vernon Down Tioga Downs, Batavia Downs, The Mark Ford Stable, Advantage Edge Equine, Morrisville State College, Triple Crown, Pure Country Campgrounds in New Berlin NY, T&K Harrington LLC, The Equine Tax Group, Preserving Gods Creation Taxidermy and Early Owego Antique Center." The High Point Rider Award was presented to Vanessa Karlewicz for earning the most points throughout the series. This year's prize was donated by Carharts Harness Shop and the Feed and Pet Supply in Vernon NY. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

As Labor Day represents the end of summer, so do the Finals of The NYSS County Fair's that were held at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon September 6. The New York County Fair circuit kicked off on a brutally hot Sunday in Goshen on July 2, the program raced 21 legs at various fair tracks throughout the state. The 12-race card had 8 County Fair Finals, 1 RUS (Racing Under Saddle) and 3 overnight events. 2-year-old pacing colts were first out of the box, TOK, (PP2 - $19.20) scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.1, earning a new lifetime mark. The son of Roll With Joe - Crystal De Vie is trained by Judith Blaun for owner John O Sixt. For driver Kevin Cummings it was his first of 3 winning drives on the afternoon. Good Luck Ginny (Lucky Chucky - Classical Ginny) cut an even rated mile from post position 2 to score in 2:00.1 for driver Jim Devaux in the 3-year-old trotting filly dash, the 1/9 favorite earned her 8 win of the season. She is trained by co-owner David Dewhurst and longtime owner and patron of the New York Sire Stakes program, Philip Hale. Jim Devaux scored his 2nd County Fair Final win with Royal Bahama in the 3-year Colt Trot, Devaux made his move at the ¾ pole and opened daylight on the rest of the field to draw off and win by 12 lengths in 2:01.1, for her 5th win of the year. The daughter of RC Royalty - Becca J is owned and trained by winning connection David Dewhurst and Philip Hale. The Sixth race featured 2-year-old trotting fillies, Behati left strong from the 2 hole and was on top of the field by 8 lengths at the ¼ in 29.4, her lead diminished slightly as she reached the half in 1:01.2 and had 5 on the field, down the backstretch Behati began to tire badly and Golden Gypsy became the new leader. As the field reached the paddock turn a tired Behati caused a traffic jam and pileup, 6 horses were affected, 3 horses were DNF and Behati fell on the track unseating driver Kyle Dibenedetto, who walked away unscathed. Golden Gypsy walked home to win by 18 lengths in the marred race in 2:07.2 for owner - trainer driver Gary Clark. The daughter of Ulay Boko - Uffra Girl earned her 7th win of the season. The 9/5 favorite Lily Hammer (Kevin Cummings) used the front end to her advantage as she coasted to an easy 9 length win in 1:59.2 in the 2 YOPF Final. The daughter of So Surreal - Jens Underdog picked up a new lifetime record for her 5th win of the season for owners North Creek Racing LLC, of East Amherst NY, Gerry Sarama was the trainer. In the 3 YOTF division, Precious Blue Chip was on top of the filed at every stanza, meanwhile Super Roll (PP6) took the overland route, at the ¾ pole he was 3 wide, he continued to grind it out to overtake pacesetter Precious Blue Chip in 1:59.1. The good-looking son of Roll with Joe - Calista is owned by Jerry Hoffman and trainer driver David Byer. The 3-year-old pacing filly class was won by Heavens Diva (PP4) her win gave Kevin Cummings a driving triple on the afternoon, a training double for Judith Blaun, and for owner John O Sixt it was his second winner of the day as their Rock N Roll Heaven lass scored in 1:58 - $2.80. The last event of the card was in the 10th race for 2-Year-Old Trotting Colts and Gelding saw Hereyago lead from start to finish for Owner - Trainer - Driver Robert Wittcop to score in 2:03.2. The impressive looking son of Muscle Mass - End of Innocence earned a new lifetime record in the process. The final leg of New York Sire Stakes will be held on Monday September 10 when 2-year-old pacing fillies close out the season. Going to post will be 1 division of Sire Stakes, racing for a purse of $108,300 and 2 divisions of the Excelsior A's $15,000 and a lone Excelsior B $6,800, post time is 12:50. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - In 2013 harness racing driver Austin Siegelman was awarded the Monticello - Goshen USHWA Rising Star Award, since then the young 26-year-old Siegelman notched his 1000 win at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon September 5. He started the day 998 wins, he won the 4th race with NY Whitesox, (1:56.1 - $6.90) and then came right back in the 5th to earn his first of many career milestones with KJ Brent, a 6 YO gelding by Art Major, who is trained by Bruce Aldrich (1:54.3 - $12.80) The usually reserved and stoic Siegelman man was all smiles in the winner's circle, surrounded by his fellow horseman and other well-wishers after the milestone. Siegelman currently is in 3rd place with for leading dash winning drives at Monticello Raceway with 141 wins. Austin was on his way to a banner year this year until a race track mishap put him out of action for a few weeks, costing his valuable mounts and wins. Thus far at Monticello Raceway his mounts have earned purses of $540,672 - UDRS .332, his total career earnings are $6,377,355. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

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

Monticello, NY - On Tuesday afternoon August 21, Jim DeVaux could do no wrong, winning 6 of the harness racing cards 10 races at Monticello Raceway. Devaux wasted no time in the first race as he steered Thergoesmyvacation for the first win of the day (2:00.2 - $3.20) for co-owner and trainer Robert Petitto. He was off the board in the second race but came right back in the next race and won the next 3 races in succession, starting off with Panedictine (1:54.4 - $16.40) followed by Fly To The Angels (1:58.2 - $20.20) and then Sammy B Happy (1:56.1 - $4.30), the 4-year-old gelding is owned by David Yarock and is trained by Dawn Devaux. Devaux's fifth win came aboard Rude Boy who paced his mile in 1:55.2 and returned $6.80 to win. The 6 pack was secured with O Jonnie in race 9, the 3-year-old Muscle Yankee colt started from the rail to win in (2:00.3 -$16.40) for his 2nd win of the season for trainer Joe Moeykens. The Dolores Basilone - Jim DeVaux combo accounted for 3 wins. An interesting breeding anomaly took place on the day, as the prolific mare HF's Gal (Cumin) had 2 of her offspring race on the card and both were winners. Her 11-year-old daughter Thergoesmyvacation and her 3-year-old son O Jonnie were both driven by DeVaux. HF'S Gal has been very good to owner/breeders Robert Petitto and Sharon Stanton over the years, the Cumin mare continues to throw productive, hard hitting consistent trotters. After picking up the half a dozen wins for the day, DeVaux overtook Austin Siegelman for 3rd place for leading dash wins. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

MONTICELLO, NY--The final leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Summer Trotting Series was contested at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, August 9th and when the judges declared the event official, Jennifer Lappe walked away with all the marbles when she guided Multitaskr Hanover home first over Crystal Sphere and driver Alan Schwartz in a 2:00 clocking. Woody finished third for Tony Ciuffetelli, For the talented lady tail-setter who has had 170 previous starts this year against her counterparts as well as against professional drivers, it marked her 16th seasonal driving victory to go along with her 26 seconds and 33 third place finishes. However, Lappe won another race later on the Monticello Raceway card, also. When the wings of the mobile gate sprung Lappe grabbed the racetrack from the 3-hole and then allowed Keenan and driver John Calabrese to take command. Once Keenan settled on the lead Lappe then moved Multitaskr Hanover back to the front as the quarter mile timer flashed :28.1. Comfortable on the front-end Lappe got her charge by the halfway point in :58.2 but when they straightened up the backside Crystal Sphere and Alan Schwartz rallied alongside the leader and even gained command for a short way but Ms Lappe urged her trotter and they rebuffed the challenge and went on to a 2-1/4 length triumph. "It was an aggressive race and I gave my horse an aggressive drive," Lappe said with a smile . "I had instructions before the race but I nixed them at the gate and decided to go for the lead ...and it all worked out well." The winner, a 5-year-old Explosive Matter gelding, owned and trained by Ms Lappe, notched his seventh seasonal victory. He returned a $5.40 win payoff. For Lappe, it was her 40th driving victory and her 58th training win thus far this year. The NAADA Series $6000 consolation-- if it fills-- will be contested on Wed, August 15. The $15,000 Final--expected to fill-- will be raced at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, August 16. by John Manzi, for NAADA

MONTICELLO, NY-- The final two events in the Italy v NAADA Friendship Competition went to post today (Tues. Aug. 7) at Monticello Raceway and when the results were finalized both competitors each walked away with a victory; Alan Schwartz won the first leg for the hometown North American Amateur Driver Association foursome after he reined Starstruck Lola home first in a time of 2:03.2 while team Italy came back in the second split when Roberto Michelotto scored a 2:00 triumph with Mrs Krabappel. The temperature was in the lower 90's and the humidity in the upper 70's but it didn't seem to hinder North America's premier amateur driver, Alan Schwartz, from 'delivering the mail' and scoring to his 604th career driving victory. Sent off as second choice from the pole position in the 8-horse field Schwartz gunned his pacer to the lead and was safely in front in a soft 30-second first quarter. With no challengers Schwartz got his charge by the halfway point in 1:02.1 and still with no one coming at him Schwartz and his pacer, Startruck Lola, got by the third stanza in 1:33.2 before unleashing a final 30-second final panel to score to an easy three-length victory. "I couldn't believe that I was all alone in the 30 second first quarter," Schwartz said after the race was completed. "When no one challenged I had complete control (of the race) and after the soft early fractions my mare was strong all the way to the finish". Second place went to Whata Hustler driven by Italy's Raffaello Ruffato and Italy's Roberto Michelotto garnered the show dough. The winner, owned by William Mc Cracken and trained by Chris Mc Cracken, paid $7.00 for win. The second division had the visiting Italians jockeying for positions to make it tough for the odds-on favorite Argyle Aleberwhosur and driver Matt Zuccarello to see any daylight until way late in the mile. Bestwind Heather and Italy's Piergiovanni Michelloto gained early command and led the competitors until the three quarters at which point Mrs Krabappel and Roberto Michelotto squirted through along the inside to gain command and hold the lead all the way to the wire while Matt Zuccarello and the favored Argyle Alberwhosur had to go four-deep going into the final turn to get a shot at the leaders. Needless to say, although Zuccarello's pacer rallied, she came up short and had to settle for second place. NAADA's Gerry Fielding finished third with Check My Pulse. The winner, Mrs Krabappel, is owned by William Mc Cracken and trained by Chris Mc Craken which gave the owner-trainer duo both victories in the NAADA v Italy Friendship Competition. by John Manzi, for NAADA      

Monticello, NY - The last leg of the 2018 Sire Stakes took place at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon August 6 as 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies closed out the season with a bang. The first heat of Sire Stakes was worth $61,300, Apothic and Mark Macdonald started from post 3 and took the field to the fastest opening ¼ of the year, hitting that station in 26.2. The duo still set the pace to the ½ in 55.2, as the outer follow developed with 4 in and 4 out. Apothic started to tire down the back side as Solitary was the new leader as the field past the ¾ in 1:24.1. As they turned for home Newsday ranged into contention after enduring a brutal trip on the outside, Better Than Happy who benefitted from a perfect 2 hole trip the entire mile took advantage of the passing lane. The pair paced stride for stride down the lane and hit the wire in a dead heat in 1:53.3. Better Than Happy is owned by Joe P Racing LLC of Delray Beach Florida and is trained by Jennifer Bongiorno and was driven by Joe Bongiorno. Newsday a bay filly by Art Major is trained by co-owner Richard Silverman, Scot Zeron was the driver. In the second division of Sire Stakes, also racing for a purse of $61,300, divisional point leader Wisdom Tree started from post position 8, Scott Zeron rushed the Betterthancheddar filly away from the gate, she made the front just past the ¼ in 27.4. Once on the front end, she controlled the fractions 56.1, 1:24.4 to win in 1:52.4 by 2 lengths, just a tick off the track record of 1:52.3. Wisdom Tree is owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher, she picked up her 9 win of the year for trainer Ed Hart. Bullvillekarla (Jim Marohn Jr.) scored a wire to wire win in her Excelsior A heat in in 1:55.3 -$7.20, the Bullville Powerful filly is owned and trained by Steve Crevani. Mink Pink was second followed by So Long Darling. Psychic Bluechip (Scott Zeron) overtook the early pace setters to win her division in 1:55.1, over the heavy favorite KJ's Justine. The Art Major filly is trained by Joseph Skowyra and earned her 5 win of the year. Escape Again went wire to wire in her race to win by a length in 1:54.3 for owner - trainer Troyce Thomas, the daughter of Artiscape was driven by Jim Marohn Jr. The first heat of the Excelsior B class in race 1 was a 4 horse field, Lady Orb extended her win streak to 3 and picked up her 4th seasonal win for trainer Erv Miller, the daughter of Art Major scored in 1:57.3 and returned $3.10 to win for driver Marcus Miller. Reflexionofroyalty notched her first win of the season in 157.3. the American Ideal lass is trained by Allen Sisco and was driven by Kyle Dibenedetto. On the afternoon Scott Zeron drove 3 winners and Jim Marohn Jr had 2, Art Major led all sires with 3 winning daughters on the afternoon. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY-- John Calabrese, and his veteran trotter,Keenan, had no trouble turning back six others on July 26 in the eighth leg of the current North American Amateur Drivers Association trotting series at Monticello Raceway when they cruised to an easy 2-1/2-length triumph over Connie Keeper and driver Joe Faraldo in a 1:58.1 clocking. It marked their second victory in the event, after having been victorious in 2:00.3 back on June 21. Third place went to On The Podium, in rein to Joe Lee. "He was real good today and a pleasure to drive, that is, once he got behind the (starting) gate," Calabrese related while hanging up the lines upon their return to the paddock. "But during the post parade and scoring down he's a handful." When the wings of the mobile gate folded Keenan, from the pole position, shot right to the lead with On The Podium stalking him as the quarter mile timer flashed :28.3. They then raced one-two by the half in :58.0 but once they straightened up the backside Keenan began to pull away. "I just clucked to him and he dug in and opened up some daylight and at that point I knew we'd be the winner," Calabrese said. They had two lengths on On The Podium at the third stanza in 1:27.3 which was opened to three at the top of the lane. From there Calabrese never took the whip off his shoulder as the $570,000 career-winner just jogged home unchallenged. Connie Keeper rallied to overtake On the Podium and garner the place money. Calabrese then added that the only time his trotter wears a harness is when he goes to the races. "I vanned him here (to Monticello)from my farm in Chesterfield NJ--a three-hour trip, one way--so a victory is well appreciated," Calabrese explained. "At home all we do is tow him for exercise and he's a lot more manageable that way. Otherwise he's out in a paddock all day and sometimes overnight. But once he gets behind the gate he's all business and a pleasure to drive." The 10-year-old altered son of Credit Winner is owned by Calabrese Farms, LLC and trained by Calabrese. Keenan scored his third seasonal triumph and 40th of his illustrious career. Sent off as second choice in the seven horse field he paid $6.90 for win. by John Manzi, for NAADA

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