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Abbatiello feted for milestone win

05:00 PM 30 Sep 2016 NZDT
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Eric Abbatiello
Eric Abbatiello reached the 2,000-win milestone
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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Harness racing driver Eric Abbatiello, who reached the 2,000-win milestone early in the day, was duly recognized by Yonkers Raceway.

Proving it's nothing if not a good sport, the Raceway offered congrats to Abbatiello, who arrived at his latest plateau at Freehold Raceway.

The 47-year-old Abbatiello, whose Harness Hall of Fame father, Carmine, won a few Yonkers races in his day, is actually at 2,001 wins and more than $13.2 million in career purses.

His single-season bests are 212 wins (2014) and $1.6 million in purses (2008) in career which began in 1999, but wasn't 'full-time' until 2005.

Yonkers' Thursday Pick 5 wager, beginning with a double-carryover of just under $8,200, attracted $25,620 of fresh funding. The winning combination of 5/1/2/1/4 paid $217.50 for every correct half-a-buck wager.

Frank Drucker

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