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When the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) joined FEGAT in the early 1980's that earned the organization an opportunity to name the American entrant in the FEGAT World Championship for Amateur Drivers (the World Cup). Although this harness racing competition started as an event every four years it has melded into an international competition every two years. Hannah Miller, the USA's National Amateur Driver of 2015, will carry America's colors when she competes in six races against her counterparts from 13 other international countries in Budapest, Hungary beginning August 31 and continuing until September 4. "I'm proud and overwhelmed in being the American representative to the World Cup," Ms. Miller said. "It will be challenging for me to compete mostly against men who, for the most part, are seasoned veterans, but I look forward to the challenge and I hope I do well." Miller is the daughter of trainer Erv Miller, the 2005 Trainer of the Year and number three ranked trainer in terms of wins with more than 4800, and is the sister of professional driver Marcus Miller. "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, 24, is a member of many amateur driving clubs including among others, the Billings Series, NAADA, and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club, and not surprisingly she is the current leader in each series. Last year when she won the National Amateur Drivers Award she had driven 32 winners, the most ever by an amateur in one season. She already has 27 wins and is on target to eclipse last season's stats. According to NAADA president Joe Faraldo, "Hannah is the best and we're sending our best to Budapest to race in the World Cup." Hannah is no stranger to racing abroad having anchored the American Team when they traveled to Majorca last fall to race against the Spanish amateurs. And earlier she was on the American team which traveled to greater Naples, Italy to race against their veteran amateurs. Slated to leave for Budapest on August 29 Hannah will be joined by her parents Erv and Heidi Miller, her boyfriend Nick Surick and NAADA founder and president, Joe Faraldo along with his wife Yma. John Manzi

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

The fields are set for the upcoming Italian American Friendship Races. The three-track harness racing series kicks off on Wednesday (8-17) at Monticello Raceway with two divisions set to go to post in races two and five on the 10-race betting card. The competition then moves on to Yonkers Raceway for the second leg which will go as race two on the Thursday (8-18) betting card and the competition will conclude on Friday (8-19) at Tioga Downs with events in the second and fourth races, also on the wagering program. As previously announced the veteran Italian team of Roberto Michelotto, Giancarlo Moretti, Raffaello Ruffato, and Otello Zorzetto will be constant and the visitors will drive in the races at all three tracks. But for the American home team a different driving foursome will be in action at each venue. At Monticello, Bob Hechkoff, Bobby Krivelin, Peter Kleinhans and Dave Offenberg will carry the fortunes for the American team there. Then at Yonkers Raceway, the American team will consist of Hannah Miler, Joe Faraldo, Tony Verruso and Tony Ciufettelli. Anchoring the Americans at Tioga Downs will be Alan Schwartz, Gerry Fielding, Matt Zuccarello and Joe Lee. Guests of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) the visiting Italians arrived on Monday, August 15 and will be chauffeured throughout the week by members of NAADA. Besides the driving rivalries the Italian guests will be lodged at different hotels along the journey and treated to dinners each night, much of which was arranged by NAADA event planner, Alicia Schwartz. Along the way will be sojourns to Historic Track, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Blue Chip Farm, the Mark Ford Training Center, as well as excursion to Bethel Woods, the site of the original and world famous Woodstock Festival of 1969. "I truly believe that our Italian guests will enjoy what we have planned for them," said NAADA president, Joe Faraldo. "And win, lose or draw our NAADA members will also have an enjoyable time, But the our enjoyment would certainly be kicked up a notch if we happen to come out on the winning end." by John Manzi for NAADA  

Two divisions of the ninth and next to last leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) summer trotting series were contested at Monticello Raceway on the hot and steamy afternoon of Thursday, August 11 with Dr. John Kokinos and Alan Schwartz each victorious in their respective harness racing divisions. Kokinos won his split with Cassa's Image in a 1:57 clocking while Alan Schwartz copped the other with Imacrazynewyorker in 1:59. In the Catskill Amateur Driver Club's pacing series, which has been running concurrently with the NAADA trots, Hannah Miller emerged victorious reining Stoman home first in a 1:57.1 clocking. Both Stoman and Imacrazynewyorker are trained by John Hallett. In his split Schwartz took no prisoners and went down the road from the pole position with Imacrazynewyorker and they made every pole a winning one en route to a one length victory over Paul Minore and Wygant Prince. Lou Lou's Princess finished third for Hannah Miller. The winner is owned by Hallett and Oglesby and trained by John Hallett. He paid $4.40 for win. Kokinos romped in his division with Cassa's Image when confusion behind them on the first turn allowed them to gain an insurmountable lead and they cruised to an easy five length victory in a 1:57 clocking. Upfront N Crazy was second best for Tony Verruso while Paul Minore and Zoli took home the show dough. The winner, owned by the Hero Stable, returned a $14.60 win mutuel. In the lone Catskill Club Pace, the sports current leading amateur driver, Hannah Miller, didn't get nervous after being parked, relaxed her charge and then eased her pacer, Stoman, to the front nearing the halfway point and from there it was Katey bar the door as Stoman cruised to a three length triumph. Fly To The Angels, a 37-1 shot, finished second for Allen Cisco and KB's Bad Boy finished third for Barry Addison. John Hallett trains the winner for owner Jason Mac Dougall. Stoman paid $4.40. On Wednesday (Aug. 10) at the Wayne County (Pa.) Fair 'Hurricane Hannah' drove Pierce to a stunning 24-length pacing victory in a time of 1:58.4. The talented miss now has 24 wins, 14 seconds and six thirds in 92 seasonal starts good for a .407 UDR. Next Thursday,upon the completion of the NAADA Series at the Mighty M,the top three drivers with the most points in the series will be in a drawing with the winner earning an all-expense paid trip to New Zealand to compete against their amateur counterparts there. Leaders include: Hannah Miller (52); Alan Schwartz (48);Tony Ciufettelli (46); Peter Kleinhans (40) Tony Verruso (36). John Manzi

For the past few decades the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) has been hosting amateur drivers from various countries in Europe and Down Under and currently plans are being finalized by the amateur driving group for an upcoming Friendship Competition against their harness racing counterparts from Italy. Four veteran amateur drivers from Venice will be coming in to challenge the NAADA members in a series of races at three different American racetracks with races slated at Monticello Raceway (8-17), Yonkers Raceway (8-18) and Tioga Downs on (8-19). Those who will be driving for team Italy include; Raffaello Ruffato (110 lifetime wins), Giancarlo Moretti (55 wins), Roberto Michelotto (74 wins) and Zorzetto Otello (462 wins). Coming along with the Italian amateur drivers is their club representative, Luigi Cardin. Although the Italian team will be constant at all three venues NAADA will field a different team at each racetrack. "We look forward to once again hosting our friends from the Venice area of Italy," said NAADA president, Joe Faraldo. "We were their guests in the past and we've previously reciprocated by hosting them here in the States. We always have a wonderful time although we usually end up on the short end the stick. But make no mistake, we (NAADA members) will do our best to win this upcoming competition. However, winning or losing is incidental, it's the camaraderie that is shared with these competitions that is the important thing." "We have what we hope will be an entertaining visit for our Italian guests, "Faraldo continued. "Tom Grossman will host the participants and sponsor a luncheon at his Blue Chip Farm on Tuesday (8-16) and then the visitors will tour Goshen Historic Track and enjoy the nearby Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. "After driving at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday (8-17) the visitors will make a stop at the Bethel Woods Museum, the site of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969," noted NAADA event coordinator, Alicia Schwartz, who was an integral part of finalizing the agenda. Along the way Mrs. Schwartz says there will be a tour of the Mark Ford Training Center, in Goshen, NY and shopping at the Woodbury Common Outlet Mall in Central Valley, NY as well as great dinners at local area restaurants each evening. Then on Saturday (August 20) the visiting Italians will be able to explore and enjoy two days in greater New York City. By John Manzi for NAADA

When "Hurricane Hannah" Miller returned to the Monticello Raceway paddock after her driving victory with Histoire Enternelle on Thursday (August 4) she handed the lines to harness racing trainer Nick Surick and said "It was a good day", and by all accounts it certainly was for the nation's leading amateur driver. The 1:55 triumph with Histoire Eternelle was the talented miss's second driving victory of the day and 22nd of the season after previously scoring behind trotter Rocket Master in 1:57.4 in an earlier race on the card. In all, there were four events for amateur drivers on Monticello's 11-race Thursday afternoon program; three trots in the NAADA Series and one pace in a Catskill Amateur Club event. The NAADA trots were the eighth leg of the 10-leg series that will afford the three top point-earners in the events a chance to draw for an all-expense paid trip to New Zealand later this year to race against the local amateurs in events slated down under. The afternoon's amateur events got underway when Ms. Miller reined Rocket Master to a two length triumph in the second race. After being careful as the wings of the mobile gate folded, Miller took her trotter to the pylons and was fifth at the first stanza, some eight lengths behind the leader as the timer flashed :28.3. With a move to the outside at the three- eighths pole Rocket Master improved to fifth position at the half and by the time he reached the three quarters he was on top. From there Rocket Master coasted to a two-length triumph over Peter Kleinhans' Windsun Galliano. Current Crisis was third best for Bobby Krivelin. "I was careful with him as the gate pulled away because he's rough-gated on the straightaways," Miller said. "He put in a couple of extra steps along the way time but he was still strong finishing." Co-owned by Hannah, her dad Erv Miller and trainer Nick Surick, Rocket Master paid $2.90 for win. Hannah's ride behind Histoire Eternelle was the fastest on the afternoon card. "He was a little head-strong warming up and scoring down but once he got behind the (mobile starting) gate he relaxed. But when the gate sprung he was off to the front," Miller said referring to Histoire Enternelle. They were never in trouble and were an oh-so-easy four-length winner over KB's Bad Boy and driver Barry Addison. Azoreansailor (Ken Heins) finished third. Owned by the J L Stable and trained by Nick Surick, Histoire Eternelle returned a $2.50 win mutuel. Another NAADA trot saw Tony Ciufettelli and Aventure steal soft fractions during the first half mile and then speed away to a two-length triumph in a 2:00 clocking. Joe Faraldo and For You Almostfree chased the winner home while Bob Kenney and Rev Up The Spice were third best. "I rushed him (Aventure) out of there and when no one came at us I lulled him," Ciufettelli explained. "When we passed the half (in 1:02.3) I stepped on the gas and he paced a final half in :57.2." Owned, trained, and driven by Ciufettelli Aventure paid $4.60 for win. A third NAADA trot went to Sam's Honeybee and driver Tony Verruso with a gate to wire performance in a time of 2:00.4. Cassa's Image finished second for Dr. John Kokinos and Steve Oldford took home the show dough with Starsboveallerage. "We had the pole position and we got a big break when the favorite (Zoli, driven by Peter Kleinhans) broke at the start," Verruso said. "My mare is good on the lead and when we were left alone in a 1:02.2 half I knew we'd be tough to beat from there." Owned by her driver and trained by Carl Gillespie Sam's Honeybee won for the sixth time this season. Discounted by the betting public and sent off at odds of nearly 12-1 she returned a $25.60 mutuel. Now with eight legs in the books Hannah Miller leads with 48 points followed closely by Tony Ciufettelli's 46. Peter Kleinhans is currently third with 40 points. Rounding out the top five are Alan Schwartz (37) and Tony Verruso (29). Upon completion of the series 10 legs the top three in points will draw for a trip to New Zealand. by John Manzi for NAADA and the Catskill Amateur Club  

The seventh of ten legs in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) trotting series was presented on Thursday, July 28 at Monticello Raceway on a hot an steamy afternoon and when the events were finalized Bob Kenney and Bob Krivelin each emerged victorious in their respective harness racing splits. Kenney won with Come And Tell Pap in 2:00.3 while Krivelin eeked- out a victory with Permanent Joy in a 1:58.3 clocking. Kenney, a retired computer salesman from Belchertown, Massachusetts, took no prisoners and went wire to wire with Come And Tell Pap and scored an easy two- length triumph over Current Crisis and driver Bob Krivelin. It marked the third time that these pair pf Bob's finished one-two in the NAADA trots this season. When the gate sprung Kenney sent his charge to the lead from the pole position and they trotted through quarters of :29 and :59 rebuffing any and all challenges along the way. Still with a one-length lead as they passed the third stanza Come and Tell Me Pap scooted off to a three length lead as they headed for home and at the wire Kenny's trotter was two-lengths better than Krivelin's, Current Crisis. Zorgwijk Impact rallied from far back to garner the show dough for Joe Pennacchio. "He's a good horse," Kenney said referring to Come And Tell Pap after his driving victory. "He won over $40,000 last year but he's been sick this year. We nurtured him and now he's coming back strong. He was great today and it was almost like a training trip for him." Owned by Kenney's wife Linda and the Di Stefano and Son Stable and trained by John Di Stefano Come And Tell Pap won his first race this season and returned an $11.40 win mutuel. However, Krivelin made amends in the second NAADA trot when his Permanent Joy held on for a nose triumph over a persistent Aventure, who was driven by Tony Ciuffetelli. But after the judges reviewed the race they found a racing infraction by Ciufettelli and his horse was placed out of the money. Krivelin sent Permanent Joy to the front from the two-hole and they took charge in a :29 first quarter. From there Krivelin kept the pedal to the metal and his trotter showed the way through a :57.4 half. After they passed the third stanza in 1:27.3, Aventure, who was menacing Permanent Joy throughout the mile, staged a late charged but came up a nose short. And it was all for naught as Ciuffettelli's trotter was dis-qualified. Woody, driven by Joe Lee, was moved up to second place and I'm Fabulous was granted the show dough for driver Tony Verruso. "My horse races best when he's on top and although we went to some fast early fractions he was still strong enough to hold on for the win," Krivelin explained and then added that this was the only time that Permanent Joy has had a harness on him since his last race on July 22nd. "He lives out in a paddock at my farm and for exercise we tow him behind another horse when we jog," Krivelin added. "He (Permanent Joy) seems to really like this routine." Owned by Krivelin's Hero Stable and trained by Krivelin, Permanent Joy paid $11.60 for win. By John Manzi for NAADA

MONTICELLO, NY - For the past five weeks at Monticello Raceway Thursdays have featured races driven by amateur drivers. And July 14th was no exception. Two trots in the NAADA Series were carded as well as a pace in the Catskill Club's Amateur Series. When it was all over Alan Schwartz and Peter Kleinhans were each victorious in their respective NAADA splits while "Hurricane Hannah" Miller copped the Catskill Club's pace. Schwartz led the NAADA brigade winning his division with Lady's Big Stormont in an eye-opening 1:57.2 over Bob Hechkoff's The Franchise. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Schwartz gunned his recent purchase to the lead and took no prisoners. Lady's Big Stormont, whom Schwartz claimed last week for $12,500, zipped by the first stanza in a stiff :28. Still comfortably in hand they were two lengths in front as they trotted by the half in :57.3. Although Bob Hechkoff and The Franchise enjoyed a two-hole journey they were outclassed when the field turned for home as Schwartz's charge drew off to a two length victory. Third place went to Woody, driven by Joe Lee. "I just claimed him here last week and he sure has a lot of trot, but he's a handful. He grabs on when jogging and is tough behind the gate and when scoring down he's on the muscle but he's got a big engine," Schwartz said referring to Lady's Big Stormont. "So I'll have to put up with his ways." Trained by Raheim Strong, Lady's Big Stormont scored his sixth seasonal triumph and paid $4.30 for win. The next NAADA trot on the Thursday card saw Peter Kleinhans send Toss Cartwright to the lead in after the half and then jog away to 9-length triumph over Typical New Yorker and driver Alan Schwartz. Kleinhans and Toss Cartwright didn't see the pylons until they wrested the lead from Tony Verruso and Up Front N Crazy as the two trotters passed the halfway point. Then surprisingly, even to Kleinhans, his trotter began to open daylight on the field and they cruised home an oh-so-easy winner over Typical Newyorker. Up Front N Crazy took home the show dough for Tony Verruso. "When we passed the half in :57.4 I thought he'd (Toss Cartwright) be tired but I was I pleasantly surprised to see us run away with the race," Kleinhans said. "This is my girlfriend's horse and I wish she could have been here today to see him win today." Owned by Collene Cash and trained by John McDermott, Toss Cartwright paid $4.80 for win. Amateur racing's current leading driver, "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, scored her 18th seasonal victory when she guided Stoman to a wire to wire triumph in a 1:56.1 clocked mile in the Catskill Club's pace. But victory didn't come easy. When the starter said go Miller sent Stoman to the front from the pole position but she had pressing company from Late Night Flight and driver Monica Banca. Their horses raced head to head past the quarter pole in a swift :27.2, that was until Miller opened a hole behind her for Banca's pacer to fall into, which Monica did. But by then Ms. Miller had little hope of giving Stoman a breather and they traveled by the half in :56.2. "I was quite concerned with the fast early fractions but I didn't want to get in behind Monica's horse," Miller said after the race. " The :56-half had me concerned even though I had a snug hold on him (Stoman) right from the start. Still they were fast fractions." As the field headed for the third stanza Stoman had opened up a three-length lead on the field. Barry Addison and KB's Bad Boy--last week's winner in this event--began a charge at the leader but it was too little, too late and they had to settle for second money. Shark Treasure rallied from far back to finish third for Gerry Fielding. Stoman, a 10-year-old Market Report gelding is owned by Jason MacDougall and trained by John Hallett, He paid $4.20 for win. After the amateur races at the Mighty M were contested, Miller and a contingent of others hit the road to Saratoga Raceway--2-1/2 hour ride-- for two Billings trots carded late on the Saratoga Harness race card. by John Manzi for the NAADA and Catskill Amateur Club  

Once again Monticello Raceway afforded three races today--Thursday, June 30 -- for the burgeoning amateur movement which has been helpful to the race secretaries in their quest to present full race cards. Two amateur contests were in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's spring trotting series; the first won by Tony Ciuffetelli with Aventure in a swift 1:57.3 while the other went to Typical Newyorker and driver Alan Schwartz in a 2:00.2 clocking. The third, a pace in the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club series, saw Hannah Miller guide Tijuana Party to a gutsy 1:57.1 clocking. In his NAADA series contest Ciuffetelli left hard from the two hole with Aventure and when he saw Hannah Miller charging to the lead from the seven-hole with the odds-on favorite Scottish Cross, he allowed her to take command in a :28.2 first quarter. From there he was content to let the lady and her trotter cut he fractions. "I knew if I let Hannah go I'd get a good two-hole trip,"Ciuffetteli said after the race. "I followed her all the way until the stretch and then I moved my horse out and he trotted right by her and won going away." At the wire Aventure was a two-length winner. Scottish Cross easily held on for second money while Toss Cartwright rallied to be third for Peter Kleinhans. Ciuffettelli, a retired corrections officer, also owns and trains Aventure. The 5-year-old Muscle Mass gelding paid $6.90 for win. In the other NAADA trot Alan Schwartz sent Typical Newyorker to the lead from the pole position and they remained unchallenged until Hannah Miller moved Lou Lous Princess first -up as the field approached the halfway point. "I knew Hannah was coming but her horse was hanging (on the limb) as we raced past the three quarters and I could see she wasn't going to even get alongside me," Schwartz said. "When we straightened for home my horse opened up a couple of lengths and he was strong all the way to the wire." Typical Newyorker was a solid one length winner over Paul Minore's Wygant Prince. Third place went to Blazin Delores, driven by Dein Spriggs. Lou Lous Princess faded and finished fourth. With his victory Typical Newyorker raised his lifetime earnings to nearly $252,000. The veteran Conway Hall gelding is owned by Michelle Hallet, Michelle Oglesby and Roger Doire and trained by John Hallett. He paid $13.00 for win. Alan Schwartz, a former National Amateur Driver of the Year, notched his 569th career driving victory and he continues to be the winningest amateur driver competing today. Sandwiched between the NAADA trots on the 14-race card the Catskill Club pace was won for the second consecutive week by Tijuana Party. Hannah Miller was again in the sulky and although she struggled to take command in a :27.2 first quarter, once Tijuana Party was on the lead he never relinquished it. Hannah and her charge stepped by the halfway point in :56.2 and at that point Ms Miller had second thoughts. "When I saw the timer flash :56.2 I figured I was in trouble, "Hannah said. "But my horse was gritty and to my pleasure he just kept going forward. He was even strong in the stretch and held off Dein Spriggs' pacer (Stoman) who had a two-trip." Tijuana Party was a two-length winner over Stoman. J Wanda took home the show dough for Bob Davis. Sent off the odds-on favorite Tijuana Party lived up to his billing and returned a $3.80 win mutuel. The pacer is co-owned by her driver and her trainer, Nick Surick. For "Hurricane Hannah" it was her 14th winning drive thus far this season. Last year she won 32 races and was named National Amateur Driver of the Year. Her exploits last season also earned her the Harness Racing Museum's Amateur Driver of the Year and with that honor she will drive against six Hall of Famers in the Hall of Fame Trot at Goshen Historic Track on Sunday afternoon, July 3. ""It's a real big honor and I'm so excited to be able to drive against the Hall of Famers," Miller said. by John Manzi, for NAADA

The second legs of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club (CADC) 10-week series were contested on Thursday, June 23 at Monticello Raceway and upon the completion of the afternoon card NAADA winners included Alan Schwartz and Dein Spriggs while Hannah Miller copped the CADC pace. Schwartz won with Armstead Kyra in 2:00.3 while Spriggs was victorious with Saint Patty's Doll in 2:00.2. "Hurricane Hannah" romped by over three lengths with Tijuana Party in 1:58.4. In their contest Schwartz and Armstead Kyra's biggest challenge was how to handle Bob Hechkoff's recent purchase Photosavvy whose prowess in his previous races impressed the bettors enough to send them away at odds of even money. However, on the first turn Photosavvy made a break which allowed Schwartz's charge to cruise along unchallenged on the front end. They traveled through fractions of :30; 1:00.2 and 1:30.2 and then held off a late charge from Hannah Miller and Lou Lous Princess to hold on for a head victory in 2:00.2. Joe Lee took home the show dough with Woody. "This was the first time I drove her (Armstead Kyra) and I was real careful with her leaving out of there. The last time she had the pole she made a break at the start so I didn't want that to happen with me today," Schwartz said after his driving victory. As the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt in that event Lou Lous Princess, who had a two-hole trip, mounted a late rally. "In the lane I knew Hannah's horse was gaining on mine and I was certainly glad when the wire came up," Schwartz added. Armbro Kyra, owned by Brenda Messenger and Dr. Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, paid $10.40 for win. A second NAADA split went to Dein Spriggs, former two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year. Up from Florida to drive Saint Patty's Doll, Spriggs made the trip worthwhile when he reined the 7-year old daughter of Conway Hall to a 2:00.2 victory over Aventure and driver Tony Ciuffetelli. A stalwart in the Florida Amateur Drivers Association, this was the fourth time Spriggs sat behind Saint Patty's Doll and the second time he was victorious. He also has had two seconds among those four outings. In the NAADA trot today Spriggs gunned Saint Patty's Doll to the lead from the four-hole and took command at the quarter in :29.3. Once on top he made every pole a winning one en route to a 2:00.2 clocking while he kept a hard charging Aventure and driver Tony Ciuffetelli at bay. Blazin Delores finished third for Hannah Miller. "Besides having a drive with Saint Patty's Doll today I'll stay tomorrow (Friday) to drive in the GSY Amateur Series at the Meadowlands," Spriggs related. Owned by Karma Racing and trained by Patti Harmon, Saint Patty's Doll returned a $3.80 win mutuel. The last of the three amateur races saw Hannah Miller continue her prowess when she guided Tijuana Party to an oh-so-easy 1:58. 4 victory In the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club Series. Sent off as the 8-5 favorite from post two Miller quickly gained command and led the field by the first stanza in a swift :28.4. From there she toyed with her competition and was never in any trouble. And when Tijuana Party rounded the final turn he began to draw off and coasted home an easy three-length winner over McCabe Hall and driver Tony Ciuffetelli. Third place went to Shark Treasure driven by Gerry Fielding. "He's a pleasure to drive and he was real good today," Miller said referring to Tijuana Party. "He's got quick speed away from the (starting) gate and he's was strong at the end of the mile, too." Hannah co-owns the winner with Nick Surick who doubles as the horse's trainer. Tijuana Party paid $5.50 for win. For "Hurricane Hannah" it was her 13th driving victory already this year. John Manzi for NAADA and CADC

The North American Amateur Drivers Association's 10-week trotting series kicked-off Thursday (June18) at the Mighty M with two divisions on the 11 race harness racing card. Hannah Miller copped the first with Lou Lous Princess while Bob Hechkoff won the second with No Recess. Also on the program was a Catskill Amateur Club pace which went to Dirty Devil, driven by Steve Oldford. Hannah Miller, last year's National Amateur Driver of the Year, continued on her winning ways when she guided Lou Lous Princess to a head victory in a 2:01.3 clocking in the first NAADA split. With the field heading to the halfway point Miller moved Lou Lous Princess first-up in front of Samsawinner and driver Joe Lee who was looking for cover and the two continued on an overland trip. "I moved in front of Joe's horse as we headed to the half and although the pace was slow I wondered if that was the best move," Miller said. "Up the backside we were head and head with the leader (Swift Blizzard) and I figured if we could clear before the turn we'd be OK. And we did. In the stretch my mare was real game and fought off all challenges to win it." John Kokinos used the passing lane to rally for second money with Cassa's Image. Samsawinner took home the show dough. Owned and trained by Hannah's dad, Erv Mller, Lou Lous Princess paid $4.90 for win. In the other NAADA trot Bob Hechkoff drove No Recess like the 1-2 shot he was on the tote board. They took no prisoners and they made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:59.2 triumph despite losing his whip in the lane. They turned back Tony Ciuffetelli's, Aventure. "He's a nice horse," Hechkoff said in the paddock after his driving victory. "He's so versatile and now he's getting back to last year's form when he won nine races and over $46,000." Third place in that trotting contest went to Fox Valley Steffen in rein to John Kokinos. Sent off as the odds-on favorite No Recess returned a $2.80 win mutuel. He's owned by Kyle Spagnola and Hechkoff's RBH Ventures. Spagnola doubles as the horse's trainer. As if amateur racing wasn't competitive enough as an added bonus in their current 10-3eek trotting, the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) is offering an all-inclusive paid trip to race in New Zealand later this year. The lucky finalist will be drawn from the top three point earners in the series. Also on the Thursday card was a Catskill Amateur Club pace which saw Steve Oldford rally Dirty Devil to a come-from behind victory over the pace-setter, Shark Treasure, driven by Gerry Fielding. "He's a big guy and we just bought him last week,"Oldford said referring to Dirty Devil. "Today as we headed for home there were five of us across the track and although I thought we had a good chance of winning it I wasn't sure especially since he (Dirty Devil) was 0 for 16 this year." Off the schnied and now one for 17 this season, Dirty Devil is owned by Oldford Racing LLC. He paid $9.90 for win. The NAADA Trotting Series will continue on Thursdays at Monticello Raceway by John Manzi for NAADA & Catskill Amateur Club

YONKERS, NY - Talk about dominating. Not only did Bob Krivelin win five legs of the recently completed NAADA Trotting Series but he also was victorious in the series $15,000 Finale which was presented Thursday evening at Yonkers Raceway. In fact he won that contest by five lengths with his own Permanent Joy in a time of 1:59. "My horse went a big trip," he said. We had the pole (position) and (Dave) Yarock (with Nautilus De Vie) left like gangbusters which was OK with me but when Alan Schwartz slipped in in front of me as we headed to the quarter pole it upset my plans for a two-hole journey. Yarock's trotter led the field by the first quarter in :29 and with horses hung on the limb and moving up it forced Krivelin to come first-up as the field headed to the half-way point.. "I really didn't want to come out so early but with (Bob) Hechkoff and Joe Lee moving up from the rears I really had no choice but to move when I did," Krivelin related. Getting out in front of the outside flow allowed Krivelin clearance and he was able to challenge Yarock's trotter as they headed for the third stanza. However Nautilus De Vie hung tough and Permanent Joy didn't clear until the two trotters passed the three quarters. But once Kriveiln's horse settled down along the pylons only the margin of victory was in doubt. At the wire Permanent Joy was five lengths in front of runner-up Joe Lee's Boysdroolgirlsrule who finished a long neck better than Bob Hechkoff's AJ Destiny. "I'm proud of my driving victory but I'm even prouder of my training," added Krivelin who doubles as Permanent Joy's trainer. "I keep him in his own huge paddock on my farm which is outside (the village of) Goshen (NY) and rarely do we put a harness on him between races. For extra exercise we tow him along on my farms bridle path.from time to time" Krivelin, a food purveyor in New York City, it marked his 190th amateur driving victory and his 107th win as a trainer. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Monticello, NY - For the first time in decades the NAADA winter/spring trotting series finally received enough entrants to present a consolation final when seven drivers who didn't make the top eight in points for eligibility in the series finale, obtained mounts for the $5000 series consolation today (Wed., April 6) at Monticello Raceway. And when the judges hung the official sign Tony Verruso emerged victorious after he guided his own Sam's Honeybee to a 2:02.2 victory. "Initially I wasn't thrilled about not making the Final but as it worked out maybe it was a blessing in disguise," Verruso said in the drivers room after the race. "I raced my mare in all the series legs but we were outclassed and failed to earn enough points for eligibility in that $15,000 Final tomorrow at Yonkers (Raceway), so winning this (consolation) gave us a bigger payday than we probably would have earned in the series finale." But winning todays consolation at Monticello Raceway wasn't an easy task for 19-1 Sam's Honeybee. But a cool heads-up drive by Verruso showed why he's one of the most talented amateur drivers on he circuits today. When the race began the three inside horses went off-stride on the first turn and the field scattered to avoid complications. "I skirted breaking horses by weaving in and out and finally settling in along the pylons in fourth (position) as we headed to the quarter pole," Verruso explained. Monica Banca, with Pixel Queen cleared the confusion on the first turn as did Bob Davis and Swift Blizzard but it was the lady who showed the way. Verruso was the first to move as the field trotted by the half and into the clubhouse turn. Up the backside Sam's Honeybee was gaining on Pixel Queen but Ms Banca and her charge still had command as they rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt. In the lane Sam's Honeybee was the strong horse as she trotted around Pixel Queen and on to a one length victory. Swift Blizzard held off a fast closing Bad I Am (Jim Marshall IV) for the show dough. Sams Honeybee, trained by Carl Gillispie, paid $40.80 for win. For Verruso, who is the president of the CKG Billings Series, it was his 61st driving victory. Thursday night (April 8) the eight drivers with the most points in the NAADA series will be do battle in the $15,000 Final at Yonkers Raceway. "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, last year's Amateur Driver of the Year, will handle the early favorite, Jacks To Open, from post six. by John Manzi, for NAADA

A pair of Bob's emerged victorious in the ninth leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's spring trotting which was contested at Yonkers Raceway on March 17.Harness racing driver Bob Kenney reined Rev Up The Spice to a 1:59.2 triumph in the first division and Bob Krivelin scored a 1:59.4 victory in the second split with Current Crisis. Kenney scored his first victory in the series while Krivelin emerged victorious for the third time and he is currently is atop the series leaderboard, now with 63 points. With both events contested on St. Patrick's Day some might say it was the luck of the Irish that propelled Bob Kenney to victory. But make no mistake the big fellow knows his way around a double oval. After leaving soft from the three-hole Kenney was content to drop down along the pylons in fifth position as Joe Faraldo and Dreamsteeler sped to the lead when the gate folded and they kept Mr. Invincible (David Glasser) and Fox Valley Steffen (John Kokinos) out in the fresh air as Dreamsteeler led the field by the first stanza in :29. When the field headed into the paddock turn there were five in and two still out on the limb as they raced past the half mile marker in :58.4. Kenney sat cool in the pocket and bided his time with Rev Up The Spice and waited for daylight which came as the field approached the three quarters. Kenney's trotter then ranged alongside Faraldo's charge and they raced head to head into the final turn. At that point Dreamsteeler began to fade and Kenney's trotter took command in the lane and braced for Fox Valley Steffen who had raced on the limb the entire mile. But at the wire Rev Up The Spice was 1-1/2 length victor over Fox Valley Steffen. Sam's Honeybee (Tony Verruso) came from far back to finish third. The winner, an 8-year old Revenue S gelding, is owned by the Di Stefano & Son Stable and trained by John Di Stefano. In the second split a breaking horse caused interference with two inside horses as the race began. Meanwhile Bob Hechkoff gunned Sing Out to the lead and they had five lengths on the field as they passed the first quarter. At that point the eventual winner, Current Crisis, was comfortable racing in second position. As the field approached the halfway point Dave Offenberg moved Blueberry Kidsqueen out to challenge Sing Out and they raced side by side up the backstretch and at that point Krivelin slipped off the pylons and followed Offenberg's trotter around the final turn. When the field headed for home Bluebird Kidsqueen had a two length lead but in the deep stretch Current Crisis rallied to notch a solid one-length triumph. Nautilus De Vie and Dave Yarock rambled home for the show dough. It was the third victory in the series for Current Crisis who's owned by the Hero Stables and trained by Krivelin. The next leg of the NAADA Series will be raced at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, March 26. A $15,000 series finale is set for Thursday, April 7 at Yonkers Raceway. John Manzi          

Although the sun was shining brightly but the gusting winds kept the temperature in the mid-20's at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (2-18), still the harness racing surface was in good shape for the two divisions of the trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) . And when the judges posted the winners, Bobby Krivelin and David Yarock each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Krivelin moved to the top of the series leaderboard after he scored a come-from-behind victory with his Current Crisis in a time of 2:00.3. It marked Krivelin's second victory the five currently contested legs. Content to stalk the pace-setter, AJ Destiny driven by Bob Hechkoff, Krivelin followed the leader all the way until the homestretch at which point he moved Current Crisis off the pylons and they rallied to a neck victory. Windsun Galliano finished a neck behind AJ Destiny to garner the show dough for Peter Kleinhans. "He's an honest race horse and we had a good trip," Krivelin related after his victory. "We were getting a good trip so I waited until we straightened for home to challenge Hechkoff and when I pulled Current Crisis I knew he'd go on to win it." It was the 27th career victory for the former Maine colt trotting champion who is now owned by Krivelin's, Hero Stable. Current Crisis paid $6.10 for win. And for Krivelin, who has been competing regularly in amateur races since 1996, it was his 186th driving victory. Dave Yarock won the second division with Nautilus De Vie in a 2:02.3 clocking. Sent off at odds of over 4-1 Yarock sent the 6-year-old altered son of Credit Winner to the lead when the gate sprung and the duo was more than content to cut all the fractions. Despite the betting favorite, Just Like Lloyd (Robert Kenny), falling into the two hole on the first turn Yarock and his charge proceeded undauntedly on the front-end and they had two lengths on Kenny's trotter as the field headed for home. In the lane Just Like Lloyd began to gain on Nautilus De Vie but they ran out of racetrack and had to settle for second money a head behind the winner. Cassa's Image finished third for Bobby Krivelin. "I really thought we were the best before the race and I drove him like he was the best," Yarock said. "And he was,". "Junior (Jimmy Doherty Jr.-the horse's trainer) has worked real hard to make sure he was at the top of his game and he deserves a lot of credit." Owned by his driver, it was the first seasonal triumph for Nautilus De Vie who returned $10.80 for win. For Yarock it marked his 55th amateur driving victory. Now with 28 points Yarock is fourth on the leaderboard which is currently at the halfway point of the three- month series. By John Manzi for NAADA

Despite frigid temperatures and punishing winds the fifth leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association winter trotting series went to post on Saturday afternoon, February 13 at Freehold Raceway and there were no surprises when the harness racing betting favorite Justa Rebel scored a decisive victory for Dr. John Kokinos. After Justa Rebel's strong second place finish in his last start at Yonkers Raceway the local crowd punched his ticket substantially and the veteran trotter was sent off at odds of 11-10. With the cold winds swirling Justa Rebel got away slowly from post position six and was some six lengths behind the pace-setter Keystone Boca when the Joe Lee-driven trotter tripped the first stanza timer in :29.1. As the field rounded the second turn and headed to the halfway point a parked-out Wygant Prince (Paul Minore) settled in along the pylons and when he did Kokinos was out and going with Justa Rebel. When the field passed the half Justa Rebel was second on the outside but the classy trotter then took command and from there on Kokinos played catch me if you can. Not surprisingly, no one could seriously challenge the new leader and Justa Rebel kept Wygant Prince at bay in the deep stretch to score a 1-1/4 length triumph in a time of 2:02.1. Current Crisis came from far back to garner the show dough for Bobby Krivelin. It was the 27th lifetime victory for the altered son of Valley Victory who paid $4.20 for win. For Dr. John, a veterinarian from Campbell Hall, NY, it was his 19th career driving victory. As the sun went down the weather got more colder and was so frigid that races scheduled that evening at Yonkers Raceway and the Meadowlands were canceled due to the excessive cold. The NAADA Trotting Series will continue at Monticello Raceway on Thursday Feb. 18. John Manzi

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