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Freehold, NJ -- Harness racing amateur driver Bob Hechkoff took no prisoners and sent Southwind Frost down the road for 1:58.4 victory in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway this afternoon and in doing so kept his main competition out in the fresh air. Hechkoff grabbed command when the gate sprung and then played hardball keeping John Calabrese and Ooh Rah parked all the way and the overland route took its toll. And when they trotted side-by-side past the half Ooh Rah was all-in. Up the backside Southwind Frost opened daylight on his competition and when he trotted by the three quarters he was 3-1/2 lengths ahead of Masster Blue(Tony Verruso) who was second along the pylons the entire way. Southwind Frost held command all the way to the wire. Masster Blue finished second. Third place went to French Moni, driven by Paul Minore. SOUTHWIND FROST REPLAY   Southwind Frost, a 5-year-old altered son of E L Titan, is owned by R.B.H Ventures and trained by Vincent Stallworth. Sent off as third choice in the eight-horse field he paid $9.80 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club        

Northfield, Ohio -- After a contest last night at Scioto Downs members of GLADA traveled to Northfield Park for two harness racing trotting divisions in the year-long series and when the judges posted the official signs Don Sherman and Larry Ferrari each emerged victorious in the respective $7800 splits; Sherman won with Palmers Pride in 1:56.4 in the first division while Ferrari copped the second one behind So Wishful in 1:57.1. In his split Sherman gunned Palmers Pride to the lead from the four-hole and the veteran trotter needed a :27.4 first quarter to take command. But once on top pressure continued as Joggintothebank (Matt Burkholder) took up the chase and they raced one-two to the three quarters but Palmers Pride was game and rebuffed the challenge. But pressure kept coming as Joggingtothebank (Matt Burkholder) moved to challenge Palmers Pride and the two raced head-to-head by the three quarters and into the stretch. But when Sherman's trotter headed for paydirt he had company in the presence of Go Go George (Larry Ferrari) and the two raced heads apart to the finish. However, Palmers Pride held tough and eked-out the victory. Rockefella Lindy finished third for Manny Miller. PALMERS PRIDE REPLAY   Palmers Pride is owned by Judy Roegner and trained by Jessica Roegner. He paid $18.60 for win. After being bridesmaid in the first division Larry Ferrari made amends and copped the second division behind So Wishful in 1:57.1. After a slow start where he got away seventh Ferrari bided his time and moved slowly up the pylons as Impressive Chief (John Payne) showed the way. But at the three quarters Quadrangle and Vernon Beachy assumed command as Ferrari had So Wishful out and winging. When the trotters rounded the final turn and headed for home So Wishful was the strong horse and rallied to a head triumph over Quadrangle in 1:57.1. Don Sherman took home the show dough with Ubanji. SO WISHFUL REPLAY   The winner, a 5-year-old Wishing Stone gelding, is owned by Kiesha Ferrari and trained by his driver. He paid $14.20 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Columbus, Ohio--Young harness racing driver Eddie Miller just keeps rolling along. Tonight at Scioto Downs the talented youngster defeated nine others when he guided Bold Strategy to a gate to wire 1:56.3 tn the $7500 leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association series. Sent off as the betting favorite in the contest, Bold Strategy returned a $3.80 win mutuel. With the crowded field Miller had little choice other than sending his trotter to the front from post five and they got first call at the quarter in :28.1. Surprisingly most drivers had found a seat for their steeds along the pylons and Miller was unchallenged as he led the competition by the half in :58.2 Gregg Keidel was the first to move when he tipped Cruzen Cassi to the outside as Miller showed the way by the three quarters in 1:27.4. But when the field turned for home Bold Strategy put it in another gear and cruised away to a four length triumph. Cruzen Cassi finished second while A Royal Line garnered the show dough for Steve Oldford. BOLD STRATEGY REPLAY   It was Eddie Miller's sixth driving victory in just 11 starts this season.. Bold Strategy, a 4-year-old Break The Bank K gelding, is owned by Rebecca Sugg, Watson Harness Racing and Mary Stucky and trained by his driver. For full race results, click here. by John Manz,i for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association  

Yonkers, NY-- Two $8,000 non-betting harness racing trotting divisions of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) were presented tonight at Yonkers Raceway prior to the betting card getting underway and when the judges posted the results Tony Verruso had reined the winner in the first split and Dave Offenberg won the second. Verruso, who's enjoying his finest year in the sulky, went wire to wire for a 1:58.1 triumph with Exarch in the first split while Offenberg aped that journey behind Fiji for a 1:59.1 triumph in the other. Both races were presented prior to the betting card getting underway In his split Verruso sent Exarch immediately to the lead and they had two lengths on a parked-out Raceace(Alan Schwartz) when they trotted by the first quarter in :28.3. Still on the limb the order remained the same when the trotters passed the half in :58.4. "I think Schwartz was trying to keep his horse trotting since he had made brakes in his previous starts,"Verruso said. "But he kept coming at me past the three quarters in 1:27.4 and all the way around the far turn and into the stretch." And when they turned for home Tony Ciuffetelli rushed Golden Kronos into contention and all three trotters headed for paydirt nearly side-by- side. But in the deep stretch Exarch proved to be the best and trotted off to a solid one-length triumph in 1:58.1. Raceace hung on for second money, a head better than Golden Kronos. The winner, a 6-year-old Cantab Hall gelding, is owned by Fortune Valley Stable ad trained by Sean Campbell. For Verruso, it was his sixth driving victory of the season and 88th of his amateur career. Dave Offenberg had little trouble in the other division after he sent Fiji to the lead when the wings of the starting gate folded. Once on top Offenberg put it in cruise-control and Fiji trotted through fractions of :29; :59.4: and 1:28.2 before drawing off to an easy victory over Possess The Stone who was driven by Joe Faraldo. Third money in the short four-horse field was garnered by Stealing (Matt Zuccarello). The winner, an 8-year-old Cantab Hall gelding is owned by Offenberg's Allister Stables LLC and trained by Noel Daley. by John Manzi, for the North American Amateur Drivers Association

Northfield,Ohio - -A pair of trotting events in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association were contested on Saturday night at Northfield Park and when the judges declared them official Eddie Miller and Lonnie Graber each had won a $7800 division. Miller won with Cowboy Country in 1:58.1 from the nine hole while Graber scored a 1:58.3 victory from post 5 with Time Outa Jail. In his split Miller hugged the pylons leaving and was fifth as Curleys Son (Marion Chupp) and Shake It Off Lindy (Don Sherman spared for the lead in the 28 second first quarter. At the halfway point Curleys Son enjoyed a three length lead but had to brace for Eddie Miller who moved Cowboy Country out to challenge. Still Curleys Son showed the way by the half in :57.4 and was still in command by the third stanza in 1:27.4. But when the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt Cowboy Country as the strong horse and went on to a 1-1/4 length triumph in 1:58.1. Curleys Son was an easy second and Starsaboveallerage,who was parked the entire mile, finished third for Steve Oldford. COWBOY COUNTRY REPLAY   The winner, a 6-year-old altered son of Break The Bank K, is owned by Rebecca Sugg and Steven Moss and trained by his driver. He returned a $13.60 win mutuel. For Miller, a rising star, it was his fifth driving victory in just ten seasonal starts. In the other division Lonnie Graber reined his first winner this year when he guided Time Outa Jail to a come-from-behind 1:58.3 victory at odds of 15-1. A speed duel between Riverdancing Diva (Manny Miller) and Go Go George(Larry Ferrari) set the stage for the closers. But it took a three-deep move at the three quarters by Graber for Time Outa Jail to rally from fifth and gain command at the top of the lane and then sail to a 1-3/4 length triumph over Go Go George. Steve Oldford took home the show dough with Gonna Fly. TIME OUTA JAIL REPLAY   For the Dundee, Ohio native it was his fourth career driving victory. Time Outa Jail, a 10-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding is owned by George and Rose Bonomo and trained by Crist Hershberger. He returned a $33.20 win mutuel. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for GLADA      

Freehold NJ- Again this week, two divisions of the American Harness Club harness racing series went to post at Freehold Raceway, and when the dust had settled, Tony Verruso and Joe Faraldo each emerged victorious in their respective $9000 splits. Verruso scored a 1:57.1 triumph with Drazzmatazz in his division while Faraldo was placed first in his split with President Zette in 2:00.4. In his event, Verruso floated away from the gate and landed his trotter third along the pylons as Dave Offenberg and Fiji showed the way to the 28 second first quarter. And they were still in command when they passed the half in :56.4. "After the steppy half I moved Drazzmatazz off the pylons as we headed to the three quarters and we charged up alongside the leader and when we headed for home my horse was strong and we rallied to a solid 1:57.1 victory," Verruso said. Although Fiji was second under the wire, he was disqualified and placed last. That placing allowed for Ooh Rah (Todd Whitney) to be moved up to second and Always a Good Time (Joe Faraldo) up for third money. DRAZZMATAZZ REPLAY   Drazzmatazz, an 8-year-old RC Royalty gelding, is owned by Danbry Racing and trained by Vincent Stallworth. Sent off the favorite in the six-horse field, he paid $3.00 for win. Joe Faraldo emerged victorious with 17-1 shot Presidente Zette in the eight-horse second division, but only after the first horse under the wire, Keystone Orion (Tony Beltrami), was disqualified for a racing infraction With Keystone Orion on the engine, Beltrami kept the pedal to the metal and zoomed to an apparent open-lengths victory. But after the start it was determined that Keystone Orion left the course and the judges disqualified him. When the gate folded Faraldo ducked Presidente Zette in sixth along the pylons an then found cover later in the mile as Pound Sterling (Bob Hechkoff) and Keystone Thunder (Matt Zuccarello) duked it out past the three quarters and into the final turn. But, in the lane, Presidente Zette was the strong horse and rallied to victory over Masster Blue (Tony Verruso) and Inukchuk Chuck (Mark Schullstrum). PRESIDENTE ZETTE REPLAY   Presidente Zette, a 7-year-old Muscle Hill stallion, is owned by Cozette McAvoy and trained by Scott Di Domenico. He paid $36.60 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club

Northfield, Ohio- In the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trot tonight at Northfield Park, a once very familiar harness racing name emerged with a driving victory. Don Sherman, whose illustrious career has seen him rein over 380 winners added yet another victory to his resume when he guided Heidi's Heart to a gate- to- wire triumph in a time of 1:57.2. But in reality its been quite a while since Sherman drove constantly. Actually during the past decade he's had a limited amount of trips behind the mobile gate but prior to that he was a prolific driver and trainer in the mid-west and he showed that talent again tonight. Tonight he was up behind Heidi's Heart, the second choice in the nine- horse field from the rail position and he drove her like she was the best sending her immediately to the front and they led their competition by the first quarter in:28.4, But coming to the halfway point Steve Oldford moved the betting favorite Gonna Fly off the pylons and out to challenge Heidi's Heart for the lead. The two trotters were then eyeball to eyeball up the backside and still as a team when they trotted by the three quarters in 1:27.4 but when they rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt the :28.4 third panel was more than Gonna Fly could handle and he began to lose ground to Heidi's Heart. When they headed for paydirt Don Sherman's charge began to pull away and the veteran Uncle Peter mare went on to a 3-1/4 length victory in 1:57.2. Go Go George and driver Larry Ferrari rallied from far back to finish second while Gonna Fly hung on for the show dough. HEIDI'S HEART REPLAY   Heidi's Heart is owned by Judy Roegner and trained by Jessica Roegner. She paid $6.20 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association       .

Freehold, NJ -- An old adage says "when you're hot you're hot" and no harness racing amateur driver is hotter than John Calabrese. Not only did he win both divisions of the American Harness Drivers Club trots today at Freehold Raceway but he won an amateur contest last night at the Meadowands and he's now had five wins (and four seconds) in his last ten trips behind the starting gate. Calabrese started his afternoon in the Garden State with a solid 2-1/4 length 2:00.1 triumph with Ooh Rah in the third race and then came back two races later to score a one- length victory Shoemaker Hanover in the identical time of 2:00.1. In the first AHDC contest Calabrese left softly from post five and fell in second as Bob Hechkoff led the field by the first stanza with Pound Sterling in :29.1. With open lengths on the field Hechkoff and his trotter cruised by the halfway point and remained unchallenged until the backstretch where Todd Whitney made a big move with longshot King Cast but by the three quarters he was rebuffed which gave room to Ooh Rah. Calabrese then waited until the top of the lane to rally his charge and once they had clearance it was "ballgame" as the veteran Credit Winner gelding went on to an easy triumph. Paul Minore rallied If I Must home second best, a head better the Pound Sterling. OOH RAH REPLAY   The winner, an altered son of Credit Winner, is owned by Kathleen and Donald La Montagne and trained by Kathleen LaMontagne. Send away as the 1-2 favorite Ooh Rah paid $3.00 for win. Calabrese came back in the fifth race to score another come from behind triumph, this time with Shoemaker Hanover. After starting from the four-hole Calabrese floated softly away from the gate and was sixth at the quarter some seven lengths off the leader, Inukchuk Chuck, who was driven by Mark Schullstrum. As the field headed to the half Bob Hechkoff moved Southwind Frost off the pylons and Calabrese followed that cover and both trotters moved up closer to the leaders. But Inukchuk Chuck still had command when they straightened for home and in the lane Shoemaker Hanover was the strong horse and he forged to the front and was the first one home. Southwind Frost won the place photo over Inukchuk Chuck. SHOEMAKER HANOVER REPLAY   The winner, an 8-year-old stallion by Cantab Hall, is owned and trained by Tracy Tarantino. Sent off as the odds-on favorite he paid $3.00 for win. Thus far this season Calabrese is a clear candidate for Amateur Driver of the Year. He now has eight wins, six seconds and four thirds in 28 starts for a .464 UDR. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club  

Freehold, NJ -- A short six- horse field went to post on the bright and sunny afternoon of April 10 in the $9,000 American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway and when the judges hung the official sign Shoemaker Hanover emerged victorious when John Calabrese guided the veteran harness racing trotter to a solid 1:59 triumph. After the starter released the field Paul Minore gunned If I Must to the lead and got away with a soft :30.3 quarter as Tony Verruso settled Masster Blue in behind the leader and they were closely followed by Calabrese with Shoemaker Hanover. When the field headed to the halfway point Calabrese moved out in front of Joe Faraldo and Always A Good Time and both trotters moved closer to the pace-setter as the half mile time flashed 1:00.3. Still If I Must showed the way but Shoemaker Hanover was on his throat-latch as they trotted by the third quarter in 1:29.4. In the homestretch they were noses apart but as they approached the finish line Calabrese's horse began to draw away and they were home free in 1:59. If I Must was was second best and Masster Blue garnered the show dough. SHOEMAKER HANOVER REPLAY   Shoemaker Hanover, an 8-year-old son of Cantab Hall, paid $4.80 for win. He is owned and trained by Tracy Tarantino. And for driver John Calabrese it was his 5th win in 25 starts this year for a solid .400UDR. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the AHDC

Northfield, Ohio --- Harnesss racing driver Eddie Miller wins again. The hot-handed youngster scored his fourth victory in seven seasonal starts when he guided Warrior Way to a 1:58.4 triumph in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trotting series tonight at Northfield Park. And racing fans are starting to take notice of the youngster's talent. Tonight Miller had the pole position and the locals sent him away as the 3-5 betting favorite and Miller didn't disappoint. When the wings of the gate folded Miller got away third as Hail To The King and Marion Chupp gunned for command and they had a short lead over Mesmerized (Darrell Rideout) as they passed the first stanza in a swift :28.1. As the field approached the halfway point trailing horses began to move up so Miller moved off the pylons with sights on the front-end. However, Hail To The King was still strong as they approached the three quarters in 1:29.2. But when they trotted into the final turn he faltered and Warrior Way took command and began to draw clear. In the deep stretch Miller was the one to beat and no one could as Warrior Way finished a length ahead of fast closing Time Outa Jail (Lonnie Graber). So Wishful with Larry Ferrari at the controls, rallied from far back to finish third. WARRIOR WAY REPLAY   The winner, an 8-year-old Muscle Mass gelding is owned by Jamie Miller and trained by Eddie Miller. He paid $3.40. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Monticello, NY---When Joe Pennacchio's trotter, Keystone Blade, drew the eight-hole in the NAADA trot today (April 8) at Monticello Raceway he wasn't discouraged. After all, Keystone Blade had gone wire to wire in 1:58 against similar company two weeks ago at Yonkers Raceway. So, in the amateur trot this afternoon Pennacchio sent his veteran trotter toward the front when the wings of the mobile gate folded at odds of 50-1 and they ranged alongside the pace-setter Pound Sterling (Bob Hechkoff) as they trotted to the first quarter in a swift :28.4.. "When I ranged alongside Hechkoff I could see he wasn't going to let me go so I grabbed leather and backed my horse into the two-hole," Pennacchio said."And once settled in I just followed the leader for a ways." Hechkoff kept the pedal to the metal and showed the way by the half in :59 with Pennacchio's trotter tight on his back. "When we headed up the backside for the second time I moved off the pylons as the trailing horses were beginning to rally and I didn't want to get locked-in,"Pennacchio explained. Keystone Blade was moving forward but Pound Sterling still had command when they trotted into the final turn. And when they straightened for home it was all Keystone Blade as the veteran 8-year-old Yankee Glide gelding began to draw off and went on to a 2-1/2 length triumph in 1:59.2. KEYSTONE BLADE REPLAY   Alan Schwartz, who was following the leaders throughout with Ladys Big Stormont, got up in the final strides to collar Pound Sterling for te place money. Maybe it was the eight-hole or perhaps Pennachio's first Mighty M start this season, but for whatever reason the betting public sent Keystone Blade away at odds of 50-1. Those who believed were rewarded with across the board mutuels of $102.00 to win, $47.00 to place and $18.00 show. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Northfield, OH -- Harness racing fans in the Midwest are witnessing a rising star in driver Eddie Miller. The 22-year-old mid-westerner is off to a great start this season and after his 1:57.2 driving victory tonight with Star Chip at Northfield Park, he now has three wins in five seasonal starts. Last season from a limited amount of trips behind the starting gate, he won six times. Sent off at odds of over 13-1 in the Great Lakes Amateur Driver's Association Trot tonight, Miller's charge had the five -hole and he buzzed him away from the gate and settled in behind Better Call Saul (Vernon Beachy) in a :28 second first quarter. Then he sat still trailing the pace-setter by the half in :57.4 and Star Chip was still trailing the leader until the top of the lane where Larry Ferrari and Don't Touch Me were living on the outside as the field headed for paydirt. So, Miller ducked inside and rallied the veteran gelding to a solid one length triumph over Better Call Saul. Voss Volo and Manny Miller rallied to finish third as Don't Touch Me faded and finished fifth. STAR CHIP REPLAY   The winner, Star Chip, is a 10 year old altered son of Chip Chip Hooray and owned by Rebecca Sugg and trained by his driver. He returned a $29.60 win mutuel. For full results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association    

Monticello, NY -- After having to cancel its first seasonal leg last week due to unsafe track conditions this years North American Amateur Drivers Association Trotting Series finally got underway with two $8000 legs at Yonkers Raceway on April 1st and when the judges posted the official signs John Calabrese and Matt Zuccarello each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Calabrese's victory came behind the veteran Cantab Hall gelding when Calabrese darted Dark Pool to the lead from the pole position and after being overcome by Golden Kronos (Tony Ciuffetelli) Calabrese quickly retook command after the quarter was trotted in :28.4. And once on top Calabrese played catch me if you can and no one in the short five-horse field could as Calabrese kept the pedal to the metal and the field lined-up behind him. Dark Pool led his competition by the half in :59.1 and they had a length and a half on Golden Kronos as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:29.1. In the lane it was all Dark Pool with Golden Kronos following in second and Noble Warrawee (Mike Polanski) five lengths farther back in third in the non-wagering event. It is often said that there are horses for courses and that some steeds perform well for certain drivers and that can be said about Stealing and driver Matt Zuccarello who scored hi second consecutive triumph with the 5-year-old Yankee Glide gelding. After a come-from-behind triumph in a dead-heat last week Zuccarello and Stealing were all alone in the win column tonight in the NAADA trot.. And as their previous victory Stealing again came from off the pace to score the 2:01.1 victory. In tonight's other contest Paul Minore sent If I Must to the lead in :30. seconds as Zuccarello settled in along the pylons in fourth position. Minore showed the way past the half in 1:01.2 as Marianna Monaco moved Hot Summer Knight off the pylons followed closely by Zuccarello and Stealing. If I Must had command by the three quarters just a nose ahead of Hot Summer Knight. But when the field headed for home Zuccarello had Stealing in high gear and they trotted by If I Must and rallied to a two-length triumph over the pace-setter. Joe Faraldo took home the show dough with Presidente Zette. "I waited patiently to the half and flushed out cover and when I asked him to go down the back side he had plenty of trot and cleared down the lane.,"Zuccarello explained. " I love driving him and he makes me look good. He is a nice horse." Stealing is owned by Winners Circle Racing, John Campanuolo and Latz A Luck Stable and trained by John Grasso. A couple of upsets during the sequence, one by 13-1 shot Checkered Past (Jordan Stratton) in race three and another by 9-1 offering Bronskimackenzie A (Todd McCarthy) in race seven, led to the Pick 6 not being hit on Thursday night (April 1) at Yonkers Raceway.  As a result, there will be a carryover of $4,002.80 on Friday night's (April 2) program. The Pick 6, which has a takeout rate of 20 percent, will kick off in race three. Friday night's 10-race card at Yonkers features two divisions of the fourth leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for pacing mares in races two and three.  Leg one winner Blue Ivy (post five, Tyler Buter/Todd Buter) heads the first section, and then in the second flight, Machnhope (post four, Andrew McCarthy/Noel Daley), a two-time victor in the event, returns from a one-week break to battle with Snobbytown (post three, George Brennan/Ron Burke), who scored in Matchmaker action a week ago. Post time at Yonkers Raceway is 7:15 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the North American Amateur Drivers Association

Northfield, Ohio -- For the second time in the last three trots in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association, young and talented harness racing driver Eddie Miller reined a winner. This week he took no prisoners and went down the road with Cowboy Country to a wire-to-wire triumph in a time of 1:58. On March 13 Miller won a GLADA trot with Bold Strategy at Northfield Park. Being sent off tonight as the prohibitive 1-2 favorite from the two-hole with Cowboy Country, Miller took command but was challenged by longshot Yss Toddys Prince (Mark Rocovich). They zipped by the quarter in :29 and were still side-by-side as they approached the half in :58.4. But by the time they reached that marker, Rocovich's trotter was all in, and his strides began to shorten. Meanwhile Better Call Saul (Lonnie Graber) was a solid second behind Cowboy Country as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:28.2. And as the field headed for the final turn, Darrel Rideout moved up behind Better Call Saul, but that was as far as he went. When the leaders approached the finish line, Better Call Saul was rallying, but the veteran trotter ran out of racetrack and was a head short as Cowboy Country held gamely for the win. Voss Volo came from out of the pack to garner the show dough for Manny Miller.   COWBOY COUNTRY REPLAY     Cowboy Country is owned by Rebecca Sugg and Steven Maas and trained by Eddie Miller. He paid $3.00 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for GLADA

Freehold, NJ - Harness racing amateur driver Chip Allen knows that when a driver has the best horse in a race there's only one place to be and that is on the front-end. And that is precisely where he put favored Levitation and they rebuffed all challenges on the way to a 2:00.1 triumph in the $9000 American Harness Divers Club trot today (March 27) at Freehold Raceway. Despite having to start from post seven Allen was undaunted and sent the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding immediately to the lead when the wings of the mobile starting gate folded and then rebuffed any and all challenges. The first to move off the pylons was Tony Beltrami but his Big Smoove never looked Levitation in the eye and at the third stanza Allen's charge had complete control. When they rounded the final turn Tony Ciuffetelli, who was enjoying a two-hole journey, moved Someway Same Hall out to challenge as they straightened for home. However, Levitation was still full of trot and kept Someway Same Hall at bay and went on to a solid one-length victory. Big Smoove finished third, two lengths behind the winner. LEVITATION REPLAY   The Levitation is owned and trained by Franz Wolf. He paid $5.60 for win. by John Manzi, for the AHDC

Yonkers, NY-- After a false start last week the 2021 season of amateur racing in the North American Amateur Drivers Series started in earnest when two non-wagering divisions of trotters went to post at Yonkers Raceway on Wednesday night (March 25) with surprising results when the second $8000 division ended in a rare dead-heat when Stealing and Matt Zuccarello, and Fiji and Dave Offenberg, hit the finish line simultaneously in 2:01. The first $8000 split saw Joe Pennacchio and Keystone Blade make every pole a winning one en route to 1:58.3 triumph After starting from pole position in his heat Pennacchio took command and led If I Must (Paul Minore) by the quarter in :28.4 and then had to contend with Ladys Big Stormont (Alan Schwartz) and John Calabrese's, Dark Pool. But neither wrested command from "Joltin' Joe" as his Keystone Blade was well in hand and led all comers by the third stanza in1:28. Through the stretch Penncchio's charge was the one to beat and no one could as the veteran Yankee Glide 8-year-old cruised home a length and a half winner over Dark Pool. Lady's Big Stormont garnered the show dough. The winner is owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Cory Stratton. In the second split, Bob Hechkoff showed the early way with Pound Sterling after Fiji and Dave Offenberg ended their charge for the lead and settled in second behind him after a :29.1 opening quarter Meanwhile, Zuccarello moved from fifth at the quarter and went three deep to range alongside Pound Sterling as the field headed into the homestretch. Still Pound Sterling had command and braced for late charges from Stealing and Fiji. In the deep stretch Zuccarello's trotter surged his neck in front and was joined by Offenberg's Fiji and when the photo-finish camera snapped to two couldn't be separated resulting in a rare amateur racing dead-heat for win. Exarch, driven by Tony Verruso, gained third money Stealing is owned by Winners Circle Racing, Latz A Buck Stable, John Campanuolo and trained by John Grasso. Fiji, who notched his second win in a row, is owned by Offenberg's Allister Stable and trained by Noel Daley. by John Manzi, for NAADA

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