Day At The Track

Verruso wins Billing; Minore takes NAADA

09:24 AM 09 Aug 2019 NZST
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Monticello, NY--Two different events for amateur drivers were featured on the eight-race card at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, Aug 8 and when the judges declared each official, Tony "the Capo" Verruso was victorious with Six Bax in a 1:58.4 mile in the Billings trot while Paul Minore copped the NAADA Trot with Warrawee Preferred in 1:59.4

The local driving colony at the Mighty M is always very cooperative in helping to fill these amateur races and today was no exception. And strangely, local horseman, Gary Messenger trained both winners and both happened to be owned by Dr Scott Woogen, an owner of many standardbreds as well as being an accomplished amateur driver.

In the Billings trot Verruso sent Six Bax immediately to the lead from post two and they led their competitors by the first stanza in a swift :28.3 while parking out the favorite Someway Same Hall (Tony "Shifty" Ciuffetelli, Jr.). With Six Bax along the pylons and Someway Same Hall on the limb they trotted by the half in :57.4.

Up the backside Someway Same Hall tired and "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio hustled Super Manning up alongside Six Bax and they raced as a team around the final turn.

"My horse was rough in the turns and Pennacchio kept the pressure us but once we straightened for home Six Bax flattened out and we opened a short lead which held all the way to the wire,"Verruso explained.

At the wire Six Bax was length winner over Pennacchio's trotter. Tough Get Goings garnered the show dough for Smokin' Joe" Faraldo

Six Bax paid $5.80 for win.

In the NAADA Trot Minore started from post two and Warrawee Preffered had an exceptionally easy two-hole journey while following Joe Pennacchio with Cheeky Little Miss.

They raced one-two all the way to the top of the stretch where Minore angled his trotterout to challenge the leader and in the deep stretch Warrawee Preferrede went on to an easy one length victory.

"I was little more than as passenger as my horse, an 8-year old, knew just what to do when we followed the leader to the top of the lane" Minore said. "And when I moved him out to challenge he trotted around the leader and away to an easy victory," Minore said..

Monica Banca finished third with Master of Excuses

Sent off as the odds-on favorite Warrawee Preferred paid $3.80.

by John Manzi, for both the Billings and NAADA

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