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Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Austin Siegelman had quite the afternoon at Freehold Raceway on Friday (October 2). He won five races on the eleven race card. One of them was on a horse who won his fifth in a row, Kasha V in the $25,000 New Jersey Futurity.   Siegelman got his first win on the day with Duck N Roll in the fourth race, for trainer Izzy Estrada. In the New Jersey Futurity, he was on Kasha V, who had swept his way through the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund earlier in the meet. He was the 7/2 second choice, with Barley going off at 1/9.   Siegelman had Kasha V in the pocket in the early stages, then retook the lead after the quarter. Barley began inching up closer, an Kasha V braced for the challenge of his favored rival. As they turned for home, Barley went off stride, sealing the deal for Kasha V. From there, he cruised under the line five lengths in front. He went the mile in 1:58, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli.       After that, Siegelman got the natural hat trick in race 6, with Tom Fanning-trained Ashtini. He completed the grand slam in the 10th race with Fly in Style, for trainer Chris Height, and got the five-bagger in the eleventh race on Lionhead, trained by Terry Morgan.   Since the resumption of racing on August 28, Siegelman has far and away the most wins of any Freehold driver with 19 victories.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, starting at 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Watching Kasha V win has become a Friday tradition at Freehold Raceway. He continued his dominant harness racing streak this Friday (September 25), completing a sweep of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund Final for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings.The purse was $56,000.   Austin Siegelman was aggressive with his drive, putting him on the lead just after the quarter. He controlled the pace most of the way, and was clear at the top of the stretch. However, he had to hold off the surge of second choice Kyrie Deo, who was flying for Corey Callahan. Fortunately for Kasha V, the wire came just in time, and he held on to win by a head as the 7/5 favorite. The final time was 1:58.       That's the fourth win in a row for this gelding, who won all three legs of the NJSS-SDF series, plus the Garden State Trot. Of his $78,000 in lifetime earnings, $60,500 have come within those four races. He's owned by Theologos Moutafis and trained by Tom Corelli.   Friday's card at Freehold also featured several divisions of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old trotters. Ake Svanstedt swept both divisions of the first leg of the series for fillies, winning division one with Illuminata and division two with Wet My Whistle.   Two divisions of the series for colts and geldings were held as well. The first division was held as a non-betting affair, and was won by Torrey Pines, for trainer/driver Dan Daley. Division two went to Canadian invader Muscle Dynasty, for trainer Paula Wellwood and driver Jim Marohn Jr.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Young New Jersey-sired trotters will have the spotlight at Freehold Raceway this Friday (September 25), with five stakes races in the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series.   The card is headlined by the $56,000 final for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters, scheduled as the eighth race. Kasha V seeks his fourth win in a row, after wins in the first two legs of the series and the Garden State Trot. Austin Siegelman will once again be in the sulky, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli. He drew post position five.   He will encounter several rivals who figure to give him a fight. Fly Eagle Fly just missed in the first leg of the series two weeks back, then was a non-threatening third last out. He'll get a driver change to Jim Marshall, for trainer Marcus Melander.   Gerard won the other division of the second leg last week, edging out AP Hall of Trix, who also returns here. Eric Abbatiello and James DeLucia team up on Gerard, while Pat Berry and David Hoover drive and train, respectively, AP Hall of Trix.   Kyrie Deo was the 1/2 favorite in the second leg last week, but lost by just 3/4 of a length for trainer John Butenschoen and trainer Corey Callahan. He'll seek revenge from post position six.   The card also features two divisions of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old colt & gelding trotters, and two more for 2-year-old trotting fillies. The first division of the former series will be held as a non-betting race, at 12:15 PM. The second division also has five horses, and is scheduled as the third race.   The first division for the fillies features a field of seven, and will go as the seventh race. Ake Svanstedt will send out a duo, in Broad Strokes and Illuminata. The former looks like the stronger half of the two, having finished fifth in the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway last out.   The second division is race nine on the card, and has six horses. Svanstedt is also represented in this division, with Wet My Whistle. She finished third in a leg of the Kindergarten last week at the Meadowlands.   Post time for the first race on Friday at Freehold is at approximately 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ ---- A pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund races were held at Freehold Raceway on Friday (September 4). One race saw the heavy chalk win, another saw an upset.   1/10 favorite Common Sense S won the second leg of the series for 3-year-old trotting fillies by 3 1/2 lengths. Steve Smith put her on the lead early on, clearing to the pylons just after the opening quarter. From there, she never looked back, and drew off to a handy win. She went the mile in 1:58.2, for co-owner and trainer Ake Svanstedt and co-owner SRF Stable. This was her first win of the year from seven starts, and pushed her earnings past the $200,000 mark.       In the first leg of the series for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, Kasha V got the job done at 10/1. He got the dream trip in the pocket behind early leader Fly Eagle Fly, who set a moderate tempo while not sneaking away from the rest. In the stretch, Kasha V and driver Austin Siegelman moved outside and wore down Fly Eagle Fly for a half-length win. That was his first career win from nineteen starts, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli. The final time was 2:00.       Live racing continues on Saturday, with a first post of 12:30 PM EDT. There's a double carryover on the pick 5, worth $1,885.39.   From Freehold Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 24, 2020--Consider this a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway, where Tuesday night's (Feb. 25th) Pick 5 wager begins with a $8,398.22 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool after a 41-1 long shot Monday evening sent the Pick 5 onto another night. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. If the sequence was not hit (as was the case Monday night [Feb. 24th] after Grand Master [Austin Siegelman, $84] won the last leg, the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.   As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 remains a 50-cent base wager (5 through 9). Tuesday night's Pick 5 program pages accompany this release. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 18, 2020-- Harness racing favorite Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $4.30) was left to his own devices Saturday night (Jan 18th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. From assigned post position No. 5, Swansea found himself as the only leaver. With no issues, he worked around pole-sitting Mostinterestingman (George Brennan) before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :58.4 intermission before sharp interloper Now's the Moment (Jason Bartlett) moved from third. The invader was quite good this night, but Swansea had too many things (cheap lead, comfy teletimer) working to his advantage. After a 1:27.2 three-quarters, he had two lengths in and out of the final turn. Swansea closed the sale, handily widening to 3½ lengths in 1:56.3. Now's the Moment served notice holding second, with Yes (Brent Holland), Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change after never factoring. Mostinterestingman backpedaled to sixth.   For Swansea, a now-5-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned by Triple D Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts (career 21-for-47). The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $78.50. Special Saturday props to season-debuting Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube, $8.70), wiring his foes in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (1:54). Also, the venerable 11-year-old gelding Melady's Monet (Brennan, $3) made it 62-for-203 with his 1:55.2 win in the $27,000, second-race trot. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of top-class harness racing pacing events on Saturday afternoon (December 21): a $15,000 Invitational, and a $12,000 Preferred.   The Invitational was won by Sunfire Blue Chip, for trainer Gary Candell and driver Austin Siegelman. Off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, he was sent off as the 3/1 third choice. Siegelman rocketed him to the lead from post seven, set up shop before the quarter, and established a modest early pace.   They reached the quarter in 27.4, and the half in a slow 57.1. They then opened up a bit nearing three-quarters, and looked clear as they turned for home. Despite a frantic rally up the pylons by favored Clint Westwood, the wire came in time for Sunfire Blue Chip, and he held on for a 3/4-length victory. The final time for the mile was 1:55.4.   The 9-year-old horse is owned by Takter, Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc, and R A W Equine. He's won four times from 21 starts this year, earning more than $90,000.   In the Preferred, The Onlyest One showed a lot of heart to hold off the rally of Ideal One and secure the victory. Parked out early, The Onlyest One cleared to the lead after the quarter, getting to the half in a comfortable 58.1. On the third turn, Ideal One swooped three wide, then drew up alongside The Onlyest One after three-quarters. Turning for home, it looked like Ideal One would roll by, but The Onlyest One was game and held on for a neck victory.   The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy, trained by Nick Surick, and driven by Joe Bonigorno. He's won seven times on the calendar year, including two of his last three.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (December 27), starting at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Last year, No Drama Please won the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS - SDF) Final for 2-year-old colt & gelding harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway. This Friday, he'll seek to add the 3-year-old title to his mantle, as he faces seven rivals in the $70,000 final. After bypassing the first leg, the Tom Fanning-trained colt took the second leg last Friday, winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:58.1. It was the first win of his sophomore year, a season that has seen him earn almost $106,000. He'll leave from post position six in the final, and will be driven by Austin Siegelman. Powerscourt figures to be his chief rival. The Cheryl McGivern-trained gelding finished third in the NYSS Final at Batavia Downs on September 14, where he was third behind Gimpanzee. After losing the first leg of the NJSS-SDF by a neck, he went up to Saratoga Harness, where he won a conditioned trot by seven lengths in 1:56.1. He drew post position four in his Freehold return, with Michael McGivern in the bike. Cotton to You also looks like a contender. He defeated Powerscourt by a neck in the first leg, then broke stride int he second leg. He'll seek a rebound in the final for trainer Lucas Wallin, with Jim Marohn Jr back in the sulky from the inside post. Wallin also trains Sovereign Deo, who finished second in the second leg. That one will leave from the outside post, with Joe Bongirono driving. Warrior One, American Dream Boy, Brownie, and Innisfallen round out the field. The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

YONKERS, NY, Harness Racing - It was a grinding Lispatty (Austin Siegelman, $33.80) who prevailed Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away an early fourth from post position No. 2, Lispatty improved one place when the 4-5 pole-sitting fave Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett) jumped it off. Alexa's Power (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Dibaba N (Eric Goodell) fronted the fray early, with the former leading through subsections of a 27-second flat opening quarter-mile and a :55.4 intermission. Lispatty was out and moving toward a 1:23.4 three-quarters, hooking Alexa's Power in and out of the final turn before putting that one away. Lispatty then held off the lass she towed into it, Angel's Pride (George Brennan), by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton), Dibaba N and 'Alexa' settled for the small change. For sixth choice Lispatty, a 6-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her eighth win in 27 seasonal starts The exacta paid $156, the triple returned $1,125 and the superfecta paid $3,174. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (March 28) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Matt Krueger, Austin Siegelman, Derick Giwner, and Janine Gesek. Krueger is recovering from injuries sustained last week at Pompano Park, he will join the program this week to talk about his accident and how he is recovering from those injuries. The pair will also find out about his career in the sport of harness racing. Siegelman will join to talk about his career and what he is looking forward to doing next in the sport of harness racing. Siegelman had a stellar week and he looks to continue to add on to his winning ways. Giwner joins Mike and Mike to talk about the 2019 George Morton Levy Series taking place at Yonkers Raceway. The trio will discuss the various angles bettors can approach throughout each leg this weekend. The monthly Pacing for the Cure segment continues this month as Janine Gesek joins the program. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association       

Three year old harness racing pacing filly, Cheep Sunglasses, under the expert guidance of Austin Siegelman, reaches the wire in 2:02 at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday March 20. Austin Siegelman won 5 races on an 8 race card. No, its not groundhogs day but it is beginning to sound like a broken record, for the fourth time this season Austin Siegelman won five races in an afternoon at Monticello Raceway, he did it again on Wednesday March 20. He proceeded to win the first 3 races Boostwiththefur (1:59.1- $3.10), Cheep Sunglasses (2:02 - $6.30) Gonna Fly (1:58 - $10.80) he finished 3rd in the 4th race. Four Starzz Lefty (1:59.3 - $10.20) won the 5th race, Austin finished 2nd in the 7th race with Cerisier. It was Adorabella, a 3-year-old Pet Rock filly that earned Siegelman his 5th trip to the winners circle. Adorabella is trained by Jody Riedel, it was the fillys first pari mutual win. The five wins from today has vaulted Siegelman to the top of the leading dash winners at Monticello Raceway with 85 wins, Mike Merton is second with 64. James DeVaux 52 and Bruce Aldrich in 4th with 49 wins. Overall Siegelman has won 118 races thus far in 2019, which is good enough to earn him the 6th place nationally , his mounts have earned $676,073 at this point in the season.   By: Shawn Wiles

Harness racing driver Austin Siegelman's favorite number recently has been 5, on 2 occasions already in the young 2019 season, 27-year-old Austin Siegelman has won 5 races at Monticello Raceway, today he did it again for the third time. It didn’t matter if he was starting from the rail or the 8 hole, Siegelman found a way to find the winners circle. The winners started in the first race where he piloted River Run for Ryan to a 1:57.3 win for trainer Arthur Jones, the son of Western Terror notched his first win of the year.  Badlands Palace took the 3rd race from post position 2 for his first pari-mutuel win of the year in 1:59.3 for Trainer Robert Lounsbury and owner Margaret Olmstead, the daughter of Badlands Hanover returned $3.10 to win.  Siegelman scored from the 8 hole with Woodmere Rondevous in 1:59.4 by a scant neck and paid $12.60 to win.  Reflexionofroyalty would account for the 4th win of the afternoon, the 4-year-old mare by American Ideal is trained by Allen Sisco (2:01 - $3.70) The last winner of the day was Yankee Devil (PP2) who scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.2 ($5.70) for trainer E. Bucky Angle Jr.  Yankee Devil a 14-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser was winless in 2018 in 14 starts. With a bit more luck Siegelman could have won 7 races, he was just nailes at the wire in the 7th race with the 3/5 favorite Histoire Eternelle in a tight photo. In the 8th race, post time favorite Ironbarbassy was scratched lame in the post parade. In the paddock after the conclusion of racing when asked about his day, the reserved  Siegelman said “I have been getting live mounts and I have been putting them in good spots” Siegelman is atop the leader board for leading Dash Winners with 65 wins, followed by Michael Merton (61) James DeVaux (47) Bruce Aldrich (46) and Jim Taggart Jr rounding out the top five with 30 wins $599,529 was wagered on the 9-race card, an average of $66,000 per race, live racing resume Monday March 11 at 12:50. By:Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - No, it's not a typo, yesterday at Monticello Raceway harness racing driver Austin Siegelman won 5 races and today he duplicated the exact same feat. Siegelman won the second race of the afternoon with Reflexionofroyalty from the rail in 2:00.1 and returned a $8.50 win pari-mutuel, it was the first win of the season for Reflexionofroylaty. Histoire Eternelle (PP4) gave Austin his second win of the day, as he scored a wire to wire win in 1:57 for trainer Chris Petrelli. He came right back in the following race to score with Victory Singer (1:59.4 - $2.60) it was the 3rd win a row for Victory Singer. In the 7th race it was Sky Guy from post position 8, to win by 3 lengths after cutting the entire mile in 1:57.1, the son of Sportswriter is trained by Thomas Merton. The last win of the afternoon came aboard Celtic Art, the Joe Moeykens trained son of Artiscape won in 1:59 and paid $10.40 to win. The top 4 drivers are in a bottleneck for leading dash winner with 3 drivers Bruce Aldrich Jr. Michael Merton, and James Devaux all tied with 34 wins, Austin is in close pursuit with 33 wins. Over $780,000 was wagered on the 10-race card. Live racing returns on Monday with a 12:25 post time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday February 13, Austin Siegelman won half of the 10-race card as he steered 5 winners to the harness racing winner's circle. The Rick Dane Jr. trained Brandos Muscle Man ($13.00 - 2:00.4) got things going for Siegelman in a wire to wire effort from the 7 hole. Virtuous Dragon PP2 won the 4th race ($15.40- 1:58.2) A and C Artist ($1:59.2 - $6.70) - Ironbarbassy ($3.80 - 1:59.2) -and Law of Attraction ($9.00 - 2:00.2) The 26-year-old Siegelman is in 4th place for leading dash winning drivers, and sports a respectable .298 UDRS by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Austin Siegelman put up career-best numbers in 2018 and is looking to parlay that success into even bigger numbers this year. Siegelman, who turns 27 on Feb. 27, won 314 races and $2.19 million in purses last season. His win total ranked 26th among all harness racing drivers in North America. "I think I had a pretty good year," Siegelman said. "I think it was a step in the right direction if my career is going to go forward. I really didn't expect it to happen because I didn't have a steady barn to drive for, and I kind of still don't. I'm just going to take it for what it is. Hopefully I can build off it and it gets a little better this year." Siegelman enjoyed the majority of his success at Monticello Raceway, where he finished third in the driver standings with 229 victories despite missing three weeks as the result of an accident. His 18-percent win clip was also third among regulars at the upstate New York half-mile oval. In September, Siegelman added New Jersey's Freehold Raceway to his schedule. He won 32 races there during the remainder of the year, a total that was fourth best at the track. He also had wins at The Meadowlands, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Tioga Downs, and Yonkers. "It was nice to get 200 wins at Monticello," Siegelman said. "It was nice to get into Freehold towards the end again. It was really nice to break into Yonkers a little bit. That's where I'm looking to go." Siegelman is currently focused on driving at Monticello, Yonkers, and Freehold. He began racing regularly at Yonkers last July and has won 38 races there. "I'd like to drive at the Meadowlands more, but my schedule is nice and tidy with Monticello Monday through Thursday, Freehold on Friday and Saturday, and Yonkers the five nights," Siegelman said. "It's a full book. "I'd like to pick up a little more quality work at Yonkers and cut down a little. That way it's not just a mad rush every day. It's tough. It's tough on the body, it's tough mentally. Sunday is my only day off now and I don't want to do anything." Siegelman, the son of trainer James Siegelman, received the 2013 Rising Star Award from the Monticello-Goshen chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Last September, he got career win No. 1,000, which came at Monticello. "For sure that was the highlight of last year," Siegelman said. "That was nice." Siegelman does not set many goals each year, other than continuing to improve. "I watch replays when I'm off. I watch races. It doesn't stop," he said. "I want to learn. I know the mistakes I make when I'm out there. As soon as I make them I'm like, oh no. It's not a good feeling. "I think I'm finally learning to be a little more patient and play the gate a little better. I used to have it in my head before the race what I was going to do - if I was going to leave, or if I wasn't - and now most of the time I let the horse decide. I think I'm starting to get a little more polished. I'm still not there yet." Patience can be difficult for young drivers to achieve, especially as they strive to make a name for themselves. "I want to win every race that I'm in," Siegelman said. "It's a tough pill to swallow that I can't." Still, Siegelman is happy with the progress he has made so far in his career. "I'm finally getting to a point where I'm happy with where I'm at," he said. "I just take it day-by-day." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

2019 was a very good year for Michael Merton, the 47-year-old Monticello native earned his first ever Leading Dash winner title at his hometown track Monticello Raceway with 267 wins, former Monticello Raceway dash winner Bruce Aldrich Jr. finished 2nd with 235 wins, followed by the young Austin Siegelman with 228 trips to the winner circle. The Monticello native was reared in the backstretch of Monticello Raceway as a youngster and is no stranger to the Catskill Mountain oval. Merton hit the road hard this summer as he also won the leading dash driver at Tioga Downs with 82 wins. Between Monticello Raceway and Tioga Downs, Merton amassed over $1,440,971 in purses and 349 wins. Merton's combined season tally of 382 ranks him 16th in the nation for wins Bob Lounsbury earning his 4th overall leading trainer title at Monticello Raceway with 93 wins, Gary Messenger was second with 80 wins. Bob Lounsbury also won the leading training award in 2013, 2014 & 2015. He also ranked nationally, in 2013 and 2015 he was the % leading trainer in North America for trainers having over 500 starts. The Bob Lounsbury Stable earned over $305,797 in 330 starts, an average of $926 per start for the 2018 season at Monticello Raceway.   Shawn Wiles  

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