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Yonkers, NY- Two divisions of trotters in the North American Amateur Drivers Association series went to post tonight at Yonkers Raceway with one split as a non-wagering event off the card followed by a betting race on the nightly wagering program. Matt Zuccarello won the non-betting contest with Stealing while Tony Ciuffetelli guided Golden Kronos home first in the wagering event. Sent away as race one on the 10-race betting card tonight Golden Kronos started from the pole and got away third as Exarch and driver Tony Verruso showed the way by the first stanza in :28.0. Verruso kept the pedal to the metal as Exarch got first call at the half in :58.1. Ciuffetelli was the first to move and he rallied Golden Kronos off the pylons and they headed for the lead. But Exarch fought to rebuff his challenger and he still had command as they trotted by the three quarters in 1:27.2. But as they rounded the final turn and readied for the stretch drive Golden Kronos eased to the front and went on to a 1-1/2 length triumph in 1:57. Exarch hung on gamely for second while Madhatter BlueChip garnered the show dough for Joe Lee. GOLDEN KRONOS REPLAY   Golden Kronos , a 7-year-old Chapter Seven gelding, is owned by Mike Pozafsky, William Pozefsky and Myron Ekstein and trained by Chip Zombick. He paid $9.20 for win. Matt Zuccarello copped the non-betting affair with a patient drive behind Stealing, making it the second time that they were victorious in the series. After starting form the three-hole Zuccarello took command and the yielded to Dark Poole (Jake Stillwell) as the latter took command in the :28.4 first quarter. Then all Zuccarello had to do was follow the leader, which he did, to the top of the stretch and then rally his trotter to a head triumph in 1:58.1. Dark Poole was second best while Mike Polansky hustled Noble Warrawee third. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series  

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

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

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

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

Monticello, NY--- When harness racing driver Alan Schwartz realized that the field in the $5,000 NAADA Trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 19) was narrowed to just six starters by post time his spirits rose since he had the favorite, Ladys Big Stormont, who'd start from the far outside. But all didn't go as expected. His trotter was rough behind the gate and when the starter said go Ladys Big Stormont was sluggish leaving, a far cry from the horse's usual habits. Amateur driver Joe Lee, who happens to work for the NY Yankee's,  hustled Coco Hall to the lead from the two-hole and then grabbed leather to allow Ladys Big Stormont to take command in the soft 30- second first panel. With Schwartz on the lead the eventual winner Coco Hall was more than content to sit the pocket behind the favorite. "I was surprised that the first quarter was so soft but I was plenty happy to be in the two-hole ," Lee said later. "I didn't know at the time that Alan's horse wasn't himself today but I was sure going to enjoy a covered journey near all the action anyway." Ladys Big Stormont got the short field by the half in 1:01.2 and then began to open some daylight on the trailers. At the three quarters it was still the race favorite showing the way with Coco Hall and driver Joe Lee waiting patiently until the top of the lane so he could angle his charge down along the pylons and have a clear shot at the wire.   "When my horse saw daylight at the top of the stretch he grabbed the bit and put it in another gear and then he trotted alongside the leader and finished him off in the final strides," Lee explained. Garnet, who started from the pole position finished third, two lengths behind the winner, with the ever- improving Christopher Doherty (Duff's grandson) at the lines. Coco Hall, a 6-year Amigo Hall mare, is owned by Brenda Messenger and Dr. Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger. He returned a $7.00 win payoff. to his backers. by John Manzi, for the North American Amateur Drivers Association

Yonkers, NY--Three $8,000 divisions of harness racing amateur drivers went to post in the 4th leg of this years NAADA Series at Yonkers Raceway and when it was all over bragging rights went to Brett Beckwith, Paul Minore and Dawn Anderson, after each won their respective splits. For 17-year-old Brett Beckwith it marked his second consecutive victory with his mom's horse, DJ's Revenge. After a covered two-hole journey behind Alan Schwartz and Ladys Big Stormont, Beckwith was able to rally in the deep stretch with Dj's Revenge for a one-length victory in 2:00 flat. Three lengths farther back in third place was Bob Hechkoff's Boots N Chains. For the talented youngster it was his 6th lifetime victory and second in three seasonal starts. DW's Revenge is owned and trained by Melissa Bekwith. It's been longtime since Paul Minore was a teenager but the former high school coach knows his way around the racetrack. His victory tonight was the fourth this season and 111th of his illustrious career. Behind his old warhorse Wygant Prince, Minore sent him to the lead from the four-hole and they had command on the first turn and led the field by the quarter pole in :29.3. But coming to the half Nicole Dicostanzo moved Jacks To Open out to challenge and the two leaders were side by side until the final turn where Wygant Prince trotted free and coasted home an easy two-length winner in a 2:02.1 clocking. In mid-stretch Mike Polansky hustled Noble Warrawee home second best while Jacks to Open hung on for the show dough. Minore owns the winner who's trained by Taylor Gower. A final NAADA split saw Dawn Anderson make a laugher out of it when she 'stepped on the gas' and sent Take A Wish to the lead in :28.3 first panel and once there challenges were few and far between. They were two lengths to the good by the half in :59.1 and they had four lengths on the competition by the three quarters in 1:28.2. In the lane they kept pouring it on finishing an 8-1/2 length winner over Pearly Allen and Mugshot Jess. Third place went to Charley Ona Harley, driven by Besim Odza. Ms Anderson trains the winner who she co-owns with Steve Smith. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Monticello, NY---The betting crowd had confidence that Marianna Monaco would win the $5,000 NAADA Trot for amateur harness racing drivers at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon so much so, that they sent her trotter, Hot Summer Knight, away as the 2-5 favorite. And she didn't let them down. It took a strong stretch drive and a :29.2 final quarter but she hustled the veteran Justice Hall gelding to a come-from-behind triumph over the pace-setter, Ladys Big Stormont (Alan Schwartz), for a head victory in a 2:00 clocking. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Schwartz gunned Ladys Big Stormont to the lead from the three-hole while Monaco floated away in second position from the two-hole and they remained one-two by the first stanza in :29.4. With no one challenging, Schwartz tapped the breaks---albeit lightly-- and he led his competition by the halfway point in 1:00.1. Despite a few starters being on the limb as leaders trotted by the half it appeared that the race would be decided between Schwartz and Monaco... And it was. Ladys Big Stormont got first call by the three quarters but he was being stalked by the odds-on favorite Hot Summer Knight. And when they rounded the final turn and headed for home Schwartz's charge was strong on the lead but Monaco's .trotter was a bit stronger and Hot Summer Knight rallied in the final strides for a head victory. Noble Warrawee finished third for Mike Polansky. It was the fourth seasonal driving victory for the former "Gamecock" (she's a graduate of University of South Carolina) who had been a pupil of Richie La Cava. Hot Summer Knight is owned by Lynette Buter and trained by Todd Buter. He paid $2.70 for win. Next Thursday the series continues at Yonkers Raceway. by John Manzi, for NAADA  

Yonkers, NY--Despite the inclement weather two short-field harness racing divisions roughed the wind and the rain and competed over a muddy racetrack in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's $8,000 non-wagering trots which were presented on Thursday night (Oct. 29) prior to the waging card getting underway at Yonkers Raceway. In the first split 17-year-old Brett Beckwith scored behind DW's Revenge in 2:01 while Paul Minore and If I Must notched their second victory in amateur events in less than a week, having won an American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway on Sat, October 24. Their victory tonight was in a 2:00.3. In his division Beckwith sat a pocket until the three quarters and then rallied DW's Revenge to a going away 4-1/2 length triumph over Jacks To Open (Nicole Dicostanzo) who was cutting the fractions. Tough Get Going garnered the show dough for Joe Faraldo. The winner, a 6-year-old altered son of Archangel, is owned and trained by Melissa Beckwith In the other split, Paul Minore charged If I Must to the lead as the wings of the mobile gate folded then grabbed leather and allowed Tony Ciufettelli to take command with Someway Sam Hall. Minore then sat chilly and followed Ciuffetelli's lead all the way to the top of the stretch and then rallied his trotter to score a head triumph. Third place went to Ladys Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz. Minore owns the winner who is trained by Taylor Gower by John Manzi, for NAADA

Monticello, NY--When a horse is deemed the best in a race the driver knows the most preferential place to be is on the front-end. And that's just where Alan Schwartz put Ladys Big Stormont in the NAADA trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22. And once there, the big strapping 9-year-old altered son of Earl Of Stormont didn't let him down and cruised to a gate to wire triumph in a time of 2:01.1. "He's now won 45 races in his career with the overwhelming majority while racing on the lead.." Schwartz said of his veteran trotter, "And today he was extra gritty turning back all comers and finishing strong." When the starter released the field Schwartz gunned Earl Of Stormont to the lead and they had control on the first turn but had to contend with Massamillion (Bob Davis) who was parked. Davis rushed his trotter up alongside Schwartz's charge who had command and the pylon position. They raced side by side past he first quarter in :29.1 and they were still like a team by the half in :59.4. "I guess I got a little lucky when when Bob (Davis) didn't try to force the pace and the fractions turned out to be just right for me," Schwartz acknowledged. After the half Massamillion began to fade but Bobby Krivelin had Permanent Joy in high gear and they rushed alongside Ladys Big Stormont as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:31.1 "My horse was up to the challenge and when he saw Krivelin's trotter he put it in another gear and we drew off a couple of lengths and cruised home an easy winner," Schwartz said. Permanent Joy held on for second money while Garnet (Chris Doherty) took home the show dough. The winner is owned and trained by his driver. He paid $4.20 for win. For Schwartz it was his 623rd amateur driving victory. by John Manzi, for NAADA

MONTICELLO, NY --- A short 5-horse field gathered at Monticello Raceway on Thursday,(March 12) for a $5000 trot and when the judges reviewed the harness racing finish-line photo they declared Ladys Big Stormont the winner over a hard-charging Multitaskr Hanover (Dave Yarock) in the second leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) 2020 spring trotting series. Accomplished amateur Alan Schwartz was at the controls and he guided the veteran 9-year-old Earl Of Stormont gelding to a wire to wire 2:02.2 neck victory, the horses first of the season and 44th of his career. Starting from the pole position after two late scratches, Schwartz sent his charge to the lead and when no one challenged he got his veteran trotter to the first stanza in :31.3 and left alone on the front-end Ladys Big Stormont had a length and a half lead over Multitaskr Hanover when the half mile timer lashed 1:02.2. "He hadn't been racing well this year but today he felt strong and he went on to prove it," Schwartz said of is trotter. When the field headed up the backside the second time around Bob Davis moved Making Sparks from third position and charged at the leader but Ladys Big Stormont rebuffed that challenge. At the top of the lane Yarock tipped Multitaskr Hanover off the pylons and they took dead aim at Ladys Big Stormont but for them the finish line came up too soon and they had to settle for second money, a head behind the winner. "I was pleasantly surprised that my horse was strong all the way to the wire," Schwartz added. "This is the best race he's gone thus far this year." Schwartz, a longtime owner of harness horses, began his amateur driving career in 1988 and today he scored his 621st driving victory which is tops in the amateur driving community. He owns and trains the winner who paid $9.40 for win. by John Manzi, for NAADA  

YONKERS, NY-- The 2020 North American Amateur Driver Association (NAADA) harness racing season commenced tonight at Yonkers Raceway with two non-wagering divisions presented prior to the betting card getting underway and when the judges hung the official signs, Tony Verruso and Pearly Allen each emerged victorious in their respective $8000 splits. Verruso won with The Cuse Is Loose in 1:59.2 while Allen scored behind veteran Wygant Prince in 2:00.1. Both trotters scored from off the early pace and rallied late for decisive victories. Verruso and The Cuse Is Loose started slowly while Joe Faraldo and Muzzy's Muscles cut the early fractions and led the 6-horse field by the first stanza in :29.1 and by the halfway point in 1:00. Trailing in fourth place Veruso moved his charge off the pylons and was out and challenging as the field headed to the half. Third at that point Verruso then hustled The Cuse Is Lose and they took command as the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt. Aping Verruso's moves, John Calabrese kept Wild Smile on the leader's back but The Cuse Is Loose proved to much for his challenger and the 6-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding went on to a solid one-length victory. Wild Smile held on for second money while Pop I garnered the show dough for Brett Beckwith. The winner is owned by his driver and trained by Ethan Sisco. In the other division Wygant Prince started from post four and after the start Pearly Allen settled him in second along the pylons and was content to sit still while Melissa Arbia showed the way with Finnick Odair. But when the field rounded the final turn Allen moved the veteran trotter out to challenge and Wygant Prince rallied to a 2-1/4 length triumph in 2:00.1. Finnick Odair was second best while Southwind Dorian chugged home in third place. Paul Minore owns Wygant Prince while Taylor Gower does the training. Next Thursday the NAADA 10-race series moves on to Monticello Raceway. by John Manzi, for NAADA .

Monticello, NY--The North America Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA), one of harness racing's oldest and longest running amateur driving organization, will kick off its 37th season with two trotting events at Yonkers Raceway on Thurs March 5th Two 6-horse trots will be presented before the first race on the betting card and they will be the first of three 10-race series to be presented by the organization for its members during the 2020 racing season. Current events will be contested on consecutive Thursdays at both Yonkers and Monticello Raceways with the $15,000 series final slated at Yonkers on Thursday. May 14. "We're scheduled to have multiple international contests throughout the season with the first slated for early May against a visiting Italian team from Turino," noted NAADA vice president, Alan Schwartz. "But finalized dates will not be solidified until there is clearance from the current Coronavirus circulating throughout a good portion of the globe." The series is open to all amateur drivers who be come members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA). Last years December finale was won by Glenferry Dreamer reined to victory by Paul Minore. by John Manzi, for NAADA        

YONKERS, NY-- The coach showed-em how to do it. Paul Minore, a retired high school athletic coach and outstanding amateur driver, saved the best for last when he rallied his Glenferrie Dreamer in the final strides to win the $15000 final of the NAADA harness racing trotting series in 2:00.1 tonight (Dec. 5) at Yonkers Raceway. It was the third and final trotting 10-race series offered this year by NAADA. On a cold and windy evening Bob Hechkoff sent Five Towns to the lead from the six-hole when the wings of the mobile gate folded but found he had company in the presence of Dave Offenberg and Fiji who were making a bid for the lead but Hechkoff refused to yield. Meanwhile Minore was content to be in the two-hole as the leaders trotted by the first stanza in:29.1. But as they trotted by halfway point Fiji and Five Towns were heads apart as they raced one-two past the half in :59.3 while Minore sat chilly covered along the pylons. As the field passed the three quarters Fiji was beginning to show the perils of being parked out and began to fade. As he did Minore hustled Glenferrie Dreamer up to challenge Five Towns and they duked it out all the way down the lane. But as they approached the wire Minore's trotter was the stronger horse and eeked-out a head victory over Hechkoff's charge. Fiji was third, three lengths off the winner. It was the third victory of the season for Minore's 10 year old Dream Vacation gelding. Raced on the betting card Glenferrie Dreamer paid $5.60 to win. by John Manzi, for NAADA    

Yonkers, NY--As the NAADA Trotting Series third seasonal program nears its finale a short field went to post on Thursday night (Nov. 21) at Yonkers Raceway and a jubilant Miguel Alejo-Hernandez emerged victorious with Tropical Trice in a time of 2:01.1 defeating four others--due to late scratches- in the $8000 event which went to post prior to the first race on the betting card. And to say that Alejo-Hernandez was happy would be a gross understatement since it was his first-ever driving victory. And he was overwhelmed by a great congratulatory reception his competitors gave him in the paddock after the race. A member of the Rob Harmon stable operation Alejo-Hernandez eased his pacer away from the starting gate and settled in the four-hole as Joe Faraldo and Muzzys Muscles showed the way by the firstquarter in a soft :29.2. Comfortable on the lead Faraldo was in charge until late in the mile when Blazin Delores (Brett Beckwith) and Tony Verruso with Starsaboveallerage came calling. But Faraldo's charge rebuffed their challenges and he felt he was home free. But, by his own admission, he never saw the late rally on the far outside as Alejo-Hernandez had Tropical Trice in high gear and when the finish-line photo snapped Tropical Trice was a head winner over Muzzys Muscles. Starsaboveallerage was third, a length and a half farther back. On Wednesday, Dec.4 the series consolation will be contested at Monticello Raceway and the $15,000 NAADA Series Three Final will be raced at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, Dec. 5 by John Manzi, for NAADA    

MONTICELLO, NY-- A short five-horse field assembled behind the harness racing mobile gate for the first race, a division of the North American Amateur Drivers Series, at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Nov 14) and when the starter said "go" Bob Hechkoff immediately sent Five Towns to the lead and they led Lady's Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz by the first quarter in a soft :29.4. In hot pursuit of the leaders were Muzzy's Muscles (Joe Faraldo); Cheeky Little Miss (Tony Verruso) and ER Shane ( Joe Lee) and once the horses passed the by the first quarter, strangely the order never changed as Five Towns showed the way to the finish line to score a 2:00.3 triumph. Schwartz's trotter was second and Muzzys Muscles took home the show dough.Cheeky Little Miss finished fourth and earned fifth money "It's certainly an oddity when the horses finish in the exact order that they lined-up after the start," acknowledged NAADA president Joe Faraldo. "Obviously the short field played a part." Sent off as the favorite in the race, Five Towns, a 10-year-old Andover Hall gelding, notched his eighth seasonal victory and paid a paltry $3.50 for win. He's owned by RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing LLC and trained by Kyle Spagnola. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

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