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Freehold, NJ - As the saying goes, " when you're hot you're hot" and it could easily be applied to talented amateur harness racing reinsman Tony Beltrami. Not only did he win the American Harness Drivers Club trot today at Freehold Raceway with Broadway Bruiser but that victory came on the heels of a driving double which he had last night at the Meadowlands. Today after starting from the seven-hole, Beltrami was in no hurry to leave the gate and floated away near the back of the pack in seventh position as Labadee As (Tony Ciuffetelli) led the field by the first stanza in 29 seconds. When they headed to the halfway point Beltrami moved behind cover provided by Tony Verruso and Slated To Win and when the field headed to the three quarters Slated To Win had collared the pace-setter, Labadee As. But the latter folded as the trotters rounded the final turn. When the field headed for paydirt Verruso braced for the late charge from Beltrami and Broadway Bruiser and as they headed down the lane John Calabrese moved Dark Pool off the pylons and they joined the leaders and the three trotters rallied toward the finish line just heads apart. In a tight three-horse photo Beltrami had gotten Broadway Bruiser up in the final strides for a head triumph over the fast closing Dark Pool. Right there, but third best just a head behind the top two, was Slated To Win.   Broadway Bruiser, a 6-year old Muscle Mass gelding, is owned by Joseph Scanio, James Cozenza, Bart Fooden and the HDS Stable. He is trained by Williams Hernandez. Sent away as third choice in the eight-horse field Broadway Bruiser paid $11.40 for win. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club        

Freehold, NJ--Last week harness racing driver Tony Beltrami got a late start with Broadway Bruiser and although the veteran trotter finished with a rush he was a head short at the wire. But today Beltrami kept his trotter in contention early and the 6-year-old altered son of Muscle Mass was not to be denied when he rallied alongside the pacesetter, Wygant Prince (Paul Minore),,and went on to a 2:02.1 one length victory in the $9000 American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway on the chilly Saturday afternoon of January 9. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Minore sent his charge to the lead from the five-hole and they had command at the first stanza as the timer flashed, :30. But no sooner did Minore grab leather Beltrami was out and going forward with Broadway Bruiser. As the leaders passed the halfway point they were one-rwo and at the three quarters it was still Wygant Prince on the inside and Broadway Bruiser on the outside. But when they turned for home Broadway Bruiser was the strong horse and he took command and went on to a 2:02.1 triumph. Broadway Bruiser The betting favorite, Masster Blue (Tony Verruso), had road trouble and didn't shake loose until late and had to settle for the show dough. Broadway Bruiser is owned by Joseph Scanio, James Cozenza, Bart Foodrn ans the HDS Stable and is trained Williams Hernandez. He paid $8.40 for win. by John Manzi for the AHDC

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