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MONTICELLO, NY--The final leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Summer Trotting Series was contested at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, August 9th and when the judges declared the event official, Jennifer Lappe walked away with all the marbles when she guided Multitaskr Hanover home first over Crystal Sphere and driver Alan Schwartz in a 2:00 clocking. Woody finished third for Tony Ciuffetelli, For the talented lady tail-setter who has had 170 previous starts this year against her counterparts as well as against professional drivers, it marked her 16th seasonal driving victory to go along with her 26 seconds and 33 third place finishes. However, Lappe won another race later on the Monticello Raceway card, also. When the wings of the mobile gate sprung Lappe grabbed the racetrack from the 3-hole and then allowed Keenan and driver John Calabrese to take command. Once Keenan settled on the lead Lappe then moved Multitaskr Hanover back to the front as the quarter mile timer flashed :28.1. Comfortable on the front-end Lappe got her charge by the halfway point in :58.2 but when they straightened up the backside Crystal Sphere and Alan Schwartz rallied alongside the leader and even gained command for a short way but Ms Lappe urged her trotter and they rebuffed the challenge and went on to a 2-1/4 length triumph. "It was an aggressive race and I gave my horse an aggressive drive," Lappe said with a smile . "I had instructions before the race but I nixed them at the gate and decided to go for the lead ...and it all worked out well." The winner, a 5-year-old Explosive Matter gelding, owned and trained by Ms Lappe, notched his seventh seasonal victory. He returned a $5.40 win payoff. For Lappe, it was her 40th driving victory and her 58th training win thus far this year. The NAADA Series $6000 consolation-- if it fills-- will be contested on Wed, August 15. The $15,000 Final--expected to fill-- will be raced at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, August 16. by John Manzi, for NAADA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The night before the 93rd Hambletonian it was bombs away at the Meadowlands Friday, as a track that had seen 29 favorites score in its previous 60 races (48 percent) became the land of long shots. Five times on the 12-race harness racing card the winner's odds were 16-1 or higher, and even though the 50-Cent Pick-5 saw a 2-5 shot win leg four, the payout was still a hefty $12,016.25. The non-chalk parade began in the opening race when amateur driver Roberto Michelotto guided Cheeky Little Minx ($48.60) to victory in an event for Hambletonian Amateur Drivers. The second amateur drivers race saw Jennifer Lappe guide Fox Valley Steffen ($69.80) to victory lane in race five. Ake Svanstedt, who has a big chance to win both the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks Saturday, took race seven with Can't Afford It ($35.80) before Sprinter N ($69.80) rocked the clock to the tune of 1:48.3 in the eighth. The ninth race saw Steve Smith score with Atlas Alliance N ($49.60) to complete a Pick-3 that returned a whopping $6,797.00, while the 50-Cent Pick-4 (races eight through 11) came back $6,128.50 - despite being anchored by 3-1 and 3-5 winners - given the big prices that started the sequence in the eighth and ninth. A LITTLE MORE: Brett Miller, Andy Miller and Andy McCarthy all recorded driving doubles. ... All-source handle totaled $2,332,354. HAMBO DAY! The 93rd edition of the Hambletonian is the centerpiece for Saturday's 16-race, stakes-laden card at the Big M. Doors open at 10 a.m. Post time for the first race is noon. Post time for the Hambletonian is 5:14 p.m. If you can't make it to the track, the Hambo can be seen live on the CBS Sports Network. The 90-minute broadcast begins at 4 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The top three open pacing horses in the standings of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) will be joined by the 2017 Breeders Crown divisional winner and recent Franklin Consolation winner in a matchup of seasoned harness racing battlers in a $30,000 GNOS contest this Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Established as the 5-2 morning line favorite is Split The House, who last Saturday made his second start of the year a winning one while taking the Franklin Consolation here in 1:49, faster than McWicked's 1:49.3 in taking the Franklin Championship. A conqueror of McWicked in the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park last fall, Split The House will start from post two for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes. Second choice at 3-1 is Bettor's Edge, #3 in the GNOS list and like the two above him a two-time winner in Great Northeast action. He has the fastest 2018 clocking in the field, a 1:48.2 triumph in the opening race of Sun Stakes Saturday elimination night, and he will start from post four with the guidance of trainer Jennifer Lappe - who last week at The Meadowlands got her horse to pace his last ¾ in an amazing 1:19.4 while raw to miss a nose in a 1:48 mile. The 4-1 third choice is Rodeo Romeo, who won the first two legs of the Great Northeast, then has been twice second and once third in the series, including being the place horse in the big winning mile of Bettor's Edge. Rodeo Romeo draws the rail, which can be a nice advantage for a horse with his early foot, and the #2-ranked pacer in the GNOS with be handled by Eric Carlson for trainer Ross Croghan. And, no, we haven't forgotten about the #1 pointwinner in the series, Rockeyed Optimist, who comes off a GNOS win at Harrah's last Sunday. The reason the pacer was rated no higher than the 9-2 fourth choice is that he draws outside all of his main rivals, leaving from post six for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Jake Leamon. Outrajus Blue Chip (post three, driver Tom Jackson), Nocturnal Blue Chip (post five, driver Jim Morrill Jr.), Voracity (post seven, Anthony Napolitano), and Great Vintage (post eight, driver Simon Allard) complete the talented field, to go to the gate in race ten on the Saturday Pocono card. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

It was a great week for all of horse racing with the stupendous Triple Crown-winning performance by Justify in The Belmont Stakes. That kind of thing reminds everyone what special athletes these horses are, and we at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono are privileged to get to see them do their thing up close and personal four nights a week. We see great performances on the regular, and the best of those from this past week get the spotlight as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: MAJOR TRICK In many cases, the horses that take home the Weekly Awards are those who are in the midst of winning streaks. Yet in the case of Major Trick, his previous race to his start on Saturday night in a $30,000 to $40,000 claiming handicap pace was a loss by a half-length in third to Eastend Eddie. That loss snapped a string of three consecutive wins for the seven-year-old gelding. Major Trick, a popular claiming commodity even at the high price, rejoined the barn of trainer Hunter Oakes in his Saturday night attempt to atone for the loss. Leaving from post position #4 in a field of nine as a 6-5 betting favorite, Major Trick sat third early in the mile. A speed duel materialized in front of him, and the fractions spiraled quickly out of control. Sensing that the leaders were tiring, driver George Napolitano Jr. sent Major Trick for a quick first-over move on the back stretch, and he was on the lead in just a matter of moments. But it also made him a target for the closers, especially considering how close he had been to the blistering pace. In the stretch, both Our Dragon King and Our Regal Ideal were closing with a head of steam. But Major Trick showed himself to be none the worse for wear, closing strong to hold of Our Dragon King by a half-length. The proof of his excellence was in the winning time of 1:49.4, which established a new career mark. Major Trick has now won four of his last five races, and it seems like another prolonged winning streak could be starting right after the one that was just broken. Other top pacers this week include: Unbeamlievable (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who followed up a win at Harrah's with a victory in Monday night's featured claiming handicap for mares in 1:53.4; Boston Red Rocks (Anthony Napolitano, Jake Leamon), whose condition win on Saturday night came in 1:48.4, fastest time of the 2018 meet to date; and Mach It So (George Napolitano Jr., Jeffrey Bamond Jr.), who came up victorious in the Great Northeast Open series on Saturday night as an 11-1 shot in 1:49.3. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: OSTRICH BLUE CHIP For handicapping purposes, there were a couple of red flags that might have dissuaded you from putting your money on Ostrich Blue Chip on Saturday night. On the one hand, the four-year-old mare from the Rene Allard barn was coming off a sharp win on May 28 at Pocono in 1:54.3. But the negatives for her condition trot on Saturday night included the fact that she would be leaving from the difficult #9 post and would be jumping a few rungs on the condition ladder to face the $14,000 group. But the mare was driven by Simon Allard as if she was the no-doubt favorite and not a 6-1 third choice, which was the reality of the situation. She quickly hustled to the front end from the outside post in a rapid :26.4 for the opening quarter. That made it seem like she would be vulnerable, and, indeed, the favorite TSM Photo Bugger came brushing up on the back stretch to challenge. But when he reached Ostrich Blue Chip, she accelerated again and left him hanging on the outside. From there, it was just a matter of sealing the deal, and Ostrich Blue Chip was able to do that with aplomb. She withstood yet another charge from the game TSM Photo Bugger at the end of the mile, coming home three-quarters of a length in front. The winning time of 1:53.1 was a new career-best and also the fastest trotting time posted at Pocono this week. For all of those red flags, Ostrich Blue Chip was the one who took home the green, as in the winner's share of the $14,000 purse. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: LMC Mass Gem (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who moved up in class to capture Sunday night's featured condition trot, winning in 1:56.3 in the slop for his second straight victory; Skates N Plates (Anthony Napolitano, Andrew Harris), who stepped up the condition ladder to pick up his second straight win on Monday night, this one coming in 1:55.4; and Manchego, the three-year-old filly superstar who stayed perfect, two for two this year and 14 for 14 lifetime, with a Pennsylvania All-Stars victory on Tuesday night in 1:52.4, matching her career mark. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: HIGHLAND DYNAMITE Dynamite, indeed: This trotting filly, with Simon Allard driving, pulled a stunner in Pennsylvania All-Stars action Tuesday night, winning at approximately 124-1 to pay off $250.80 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR. The milestones just keep on coming for Pocono's 10-time driving champion, as his win on Monday night with Myidealson N was the 9,000th driving victory of his illustrious career. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JENNIFER LAPPE Lappe sent out a pair of New Zealand-bred winners on Saturday night, each of whom managed a new career-best with their victory: Motown N in 1:50.1 and Seel The Deal N in 1:51.1. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Bevigilia, for Pocono Downs

As is the norm, Monticello Raceway Thursday's harness racing card features amateur racing. On November 2, the Catskill Amateurs were featured in an 8-horse field that went to post for a purse $3,900. As the gate left, Jennifer Lappe and Lightning Strike spurted away from post position 6, she was followed by Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo, (PP3) Banca was the recent winner of the Catskill Amateur final held earlier in the year, Lightning Strike and Lappe cut fractions of 28.2, 58.0, 1:27 and tripped the beam in 1:56.2 on her way to a 2-length victory over the pocket sitting Fox Valley Leo, Sand Benelli (Bob Davis) finished 3rd. It was the 5th win of the year for Lighting Strike a 9-year-old gelding by Cam Terrific, he is owned trained and by William Mintz of Harris, New York. By: Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY--It was Ladies Day in the harness racing Amateur contests at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (Oct. 5) when two of three races were won by members of the gentle sex. Jennifer Lappe won the Catskill Club's Pace and Monica Banca copped the second leg of the NAADA trots. Only a victory by Dave Yarock in the first NAADA Trot saved face for the boys. Lappe, who had harnessed 63 winners as a trainer thus far this season enjoyed her third driving victory of the year when she guided Lightning Strike to a 1:57.2 triumph finishing a head better than Fox Valley Leo, driven by Monica Banca Lappe and her pacer started from the pole position and enjoyed two hole journey behind Fox Valley Leo until overtaking him in the deep stretch. "It always helps when you have the rail because you have lots of options,"Lappe said after her victory."I sat patiently and it all worked out." Bob Davis took home the show dough in that contest with Sand Benelli. Lightning Strike is owned and trained by Bill Mintz. The veteran 9-year-old Cam Terrific gelding paid $12.20. Sent off as the odds-on favorite in their NAADA Trot Banca once again used the front-end route with Brandos Muscle Man but this time Banca's charge didn't falter in the lane and went on to a solid one length triumph in 2:00 over Tim Lizzi. Although driver Joe Lee and Tim Lizzi stalked the leader throughout the mile they didn't have enough in the tank to overtake the leader. "He's a tough old horse ",Banca said with a smile in the paddock after the race was completed."He just wants to go and I just kept feeding him his head and when he was challenged in the stretch he dug in and would let Tim Lizzi pass him." Peter Kleinhans finished third with Toss Cartwright. Banca co-owns the winner with the Rock & Roll Stable. With his victory the 9-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding raised his career earnings to over $480,000. He's trained by Rick Dane, Jr. It was Banca's eighth driving victory this year. Although both Lappe and Banca had a mount in the first NAADA Trot the girls couldn't deny Dave Yarock his day in the sun as both finished out of the money in that event. When the gate sprung Yarock set sails with Mr Ridgetaker and they made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:59.2 victory. Despite being stalked by Ladys Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz ,Yarock wasn't going to be denied. "He's really a handful and he's not the best gaited trotter around, either. I had to hold him together right from the start and keep from fighting him so he wouldn't make a break,"Yarock explained. "He's a fast horse but not an easy one to manage." Schwartz's trotter finished a length behind the winner in second place while Sam's Honeybee rallied from far back to garner the show dough. Yarock owns Mr Ridgetaker who's trained by Dawn Devaux. He returned a $13.20 mutuel. by John Manzi for NAADA & CADC

Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven) was destiny's child at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the five year old mare scored in the Friday harness racing feature. Making her local debut, Beyonces Rockn moved out to the early lead in the $10,500 feature for fillies and mares and the Jennifer Lappe trainee never looked back. The invader didn't face her first challenge until checking in at three quarters in 1:26 when Walk Two Moons (Frank Coppola Jr) rolled up to the outside of the 3-1 shot Beyonces Rockn. The eventual winner had little difficultly thwarting that bid before being faced with the chore of holding off the favored Sometimes Graceful (Wally Hennessey) who got the pocket trip on Friday. Beyonces Rockn, who had competed in Opens at Yonkers and Tioga earlier in the summer, rediscovered the winning way as she hit the line first in 1:54.1 for her eighth victory of the season. Sometimes Graceful came up second best while Walk Two Moons earned the show spot. Beyonces Rockn, who was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr, paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $28 and $79.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 21, 2017) - Bettor's Edge, the 2015 TVG Free For All champion, returned to the Meadowlands and rewarded his new harness racing connections with a decisive 1:49.4 score in the $16,000 Saturday night feature. Bettor's Edge was recently purchased by trainer Jennifer Lappe and Robert Santagata after racing for Ron Burke and earning nearly $1.9 million. Brett Miller put the 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding on the front end through a 55.3 half mile and kicked home in 26.3 to record his 33rd lifetime win. 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation finished second with Somesizesomestyle finishing third. "He is an old class horse," said Miller, who was driving the horse for the first time. "I have raced against him quite a bit over the years and he was as nice driving tonight as he always looked when he would beat me." Bettor's Edge made amends for a break he made in his first start for the new connections last week at Yonkers, but Miller gave a big excuse. "Apparently they had the hopples set way too long when he raced at Yonkers," explained Miller. "They tightened them and he felt pretty good. He seems like he would be a nice horse for the Levy Series at Yonkers." Lappe added two other wins on the card to post a training triple. Heidi Rohr and Ron Burke scored two training wins. Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins while Miller, Yannick Gingras, Marcus Miller, and Jim Marohn, Jr. all posted two wins. Total handle for the 13-race card was $2,747,729. The Meadowlands moves to a three-nights-a-week schedule beginning next week with Thursdays added to the regular Friday and Saturday nights. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night's Meadowlands card should delight harness racing fans and horseplayers alike with full and competitive fields in many of the night's dozen races and a $47,000 carryover in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5.   The GSY Amateur weekly leg kicks off the card where this scrappy troupe of enthusiasts have recently been unable to stop and now only hopes to contain Dr. John Kokinos and his high percentage trotting mare Ellen's Streak. That pair has won the last two of these affairs and been assigned the outside post ten on Friday as a result of their recent dominance. Ellen's Streak overcame that starting point last week converting a wide but patient steer from Kokinos for her 13th seasonal score. Jennifer Lappe owns and trains the six-year-old CR Excalibur mare who has won 30% and been on the board in 65% of her 128 career starts.   The $17,500 feature condition trot is the penultimate event on the Friday menu. It offers an evenly matched field of seven accomplished square-gaiters led by return winners Waiting On A Woman and Rock Of Cashel who take on solid shippers Watkins and B Yoyo.   The dining options are many and wagering options a plenty with several guarantees and the customary complimentary program pages for the Late Pick 4.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations        

Kelly Ford's Something For Doc ($7.60) repelled a stout challenge from even-money favorite All Stienam to capture Sunday (May 8) afternoon's $8,200 top-level harness racing pacing event at Tioga Downs.   Justin Huckabone secured the pocket early with the 8-year-old Western Hanover gelding, brushing with a circuit to go to overtake Golden Gun (Tyler Freese) after a :27.2 initial quarter. After rating a :29.2 second split, Something For Doc was forced to accelerate by the favored All Stienam (Jim Marohn, Jr.), who applied stern first-over pressure on the backstretch. Something For Doc would not be worn down, edging away off the far turn and defeating All Stienam by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.1. All Golden Gun just stayed on for third from his loose pocket trip.   Jennifer Lappe trains Something For Doc, now a 22-time winner.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 14) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

On the heels of a ten win week at The Meadowlands, Brett Miller picked up right where he left off, winning a pair of harness racing events on Thursday night at The Meadowlands. First, he guided Summer Snow to the winners' circle with a win in a division of the Dash For The "G" Notes in race six, returning $11.00 to win for trainer Jennifer Lappe, who co-owns the mare with Squawk Box Stable. It was Summer Snow's first victory of the season, timed in 1:56.4. Miller also guided Triple Major to a mild 5-1 upset in the eighth race Thursday night, a $10,000 Claiming Pace. Not only did that win mark a driving double for Miller, but a training double for Jennifer Lappe, who also co-owned this gelding with John Carrington. Lappe wasn't done either. In addition to her two wins teamed up with Brett Miller, she also won with Lightning Strike in the nightcap with Scott Zeron. Triple Major came into the race with a record of being 0 for his last 44 and 1 for his last 61, making the win for Miller even more impressive. In other "G" Note action, Ace Of Pace scored in the second race in 1:55.2 at odds of 5/2 for John Campbell, one of two wins on the card for harness racing's all time leading driver. The Final division was captured by Bring Them Home with Yannick Gingras at odds of 9/2, one of two wins on the card for Gingras as well. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover went unclaimed and resulted in a carryover into the Friday program of $26,227, while the last race carryover stands at $129,347. Darin Zoccali

Upsets abounded early on the Friday (June 27) evening card at Tioga Downs, with four of the first six winners returning at least 10-1 odds. In fact, two of four odds-on favorites on the 10-race card were handed defeat. However, the featured $11,000 Miracle Mile 2 distaff pace was taken by one of its 9-5 co-favorites.   Summer Snow ($5.70) took the night's top pacing event, passing all five of her rivals en route to a 1:53 victory. The striking seven-year-old grey Admirals Galley mare settled at the back of the pack early on, floating second-over to track the cover of Seascape Hanover (John Cummings, Jr.) after the pace-setting Hayworth Blue Chip (Jim Marohn, Jr.) clicked off a sharp :55.3 half-mile.   On the approach to the far turn, Mike Simons angled Summer Snow three-wide off a stalling Seascape Hanover, sustaining a push to the lead at head-stretch and edging clear to a 2-1/4 length triumph. Antigua Hanover (Brandon Simpson) saved second off a pocket trip, while Last Minute Cindy (Aaron Byron) re-rallied between rivals after traffic trouble to take third.   Trainer Jennifer Lappe co-owns Summer Snow with the Squawk Box Stable, LLC.   Live racing resumes at Tioga on Saturday (June 28) evening, with three-year-old pacing fillies taking center stage in a trio of New York Sire Stakes events. First post for the 13-race pari-mutuel card is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. (EDT).   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Electrofire upsets in Tioga feature by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media   Stalking a late battle on the far turn, Electrofire sustained a three-wide push off the corner en route to a 16-1 upset win in Sunday (May 18) afternoon's $14,000 Open Handicap pace at Tioga Downs.   The seven-year-old Electric Stena entire was no part of the early pace, letting Firethorn (John Macdonald) handle the initial pacesetting duties. While Fireyourguns (Aaron Byron) pressed the pace on the backstretch Electrofire followed from second-over before making the winning move. On the far turn, Rick Plano angled three-wide, sustaining a late push to narrowly prevail in 1:51.3. Fireyourguns, who saw a five-race win streak come to an end, was a game second, while Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn, Jr.) held third off a pocket trip.   Trainer Jennifer Lappe co-owns Electrofire with the Hero Stables.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday evening, May 23, with first post at 6:15 p.m. EDT.   -end-   (Attached: Electrofire (#1) just beats Fireyourguns (#9) and Prairie Jaguar (#6) in the $14,000 Tioga Downs Open Handicap pace. Fred Brown photo.)

Electrofire (Electric Stena) became the fourth different horse to win the Open Pace in four weeks at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Shawn Gray piloted the Jennifer Lappe-trained pacer who was taking his first crack at the $17,000 feature at the Spa. The seven year old pacer flashed quite a bit of gate speed and captured control in the early stages of the Open. Electrofire never let up and had plenty left in the tank for a 1:54.3 victory. Mystical Valentine (Jason Ryan) held on for second while Trigger Finger (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Nobody hit the pick five for the third consecutive night at Saratoga so there will be a carryover on Sunday afternoon of $3,060. First post time for the matinee card is 12:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

With the completion of the final two preliminary legs of this year's North American Amateur Drivers Association's Charity Trotting Series held at Yonkers Raceway on December 12th, the field of drivers is now set for the $12,000 finale to be raced at Yonkers Raceway on December 19. Last night (Dec. 12) previous leg winners, Paul Minore and Dr. John Kokinos, each emerged victorious, Kokinos for the fourth time and Minore for the second. Kokinos, with Jennifer Lappe's Impressive Earl, trotted to the front in their $6,000 split and rebuffed all challenges en route to a 1:59.4 victory over Ipo Blue Chip and driver Steve Oldford. Third place went to Bob Davis up behind Ilari. For Doctor John, a veterinarian by trade, his victory added another 11 points to his totals and he finishes with 59 points and the points championship in the seven- leg, three-track trotting series which began on October 17 at Monticello Raceway. Freehold Raceway was also a participant in the series. In his $6,000 split Paul Minore, a retired high school coach who's most famous pupil was Carl Lewis, took no prisoners and went down the road to score a 1:59.3 victory with his own Wygant Prince. Monica Banca with Leave Your Mark finished a length behind the winner in second place while Bob Hechkoff got Tremendous Hit home for third money. As a results of those races the top eight in series points earned a berth in the $12,000 Final. Behind Kokinos and eligible to start if they choose to enter are; Paul Minore (40 points), Monica Banca (34), Bob Davis (24), Dave Offenberg (23), Bob Krivelin , Bob Hechkoff, and Dave Yarock, each with 21 points. If any of the aforementioned don't enter it opens up for those next in line in points totals which includes; Tony Verruso (18), Gerry Fielding (17), Steve Oldford, ( 13), Kelly Walker 12 and Alan Schwartz (11). When the series finale is completed, Joe Faraldo, the president of the North American Amateur Drivers Association, will again make a substantial donation from the organization to a worthwhile charity soon to be announced. By John Manzi  

"It was a lot of fun" Dr. John Kokinos said with a big grin as he approached the winners circle at Monticello Raceway after he scored a 2:02 trotting victory in the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) Charity Series with Impressive Earl on Thursday afternoon, December 5. It was Kokinos' third victory with the 10 year old Valley Victory gelding in the series and sixth overall this season. Light rain and heavy fog made for a gloomy afternoon of racing but that didn't dampen the spirits of Dr. John or Impressive Earl, nor did it deter any bettors whose confidence sent the pair away as even money favorites from pole position. As the wings of the starting gate folded Kokinos gunned his trotter to the lead on the first turn as the trailing horses ducked for cover along the pylons. With the field in straight alignment Impressive Earl showed the way buy the quarter in 30.0 and the veteran trotter had two lengths on his competition as he passed the halfway point in 1:01.3 . As Kokinos and his trotter headed up the backside the second time around they began to open daylight on Tremendous Hit and driver Bob Hechkoff, who was in the two-hole from the get-go. Moreover, none of the trotters were able to even get close to the leader as Impressive Earl opened up his lead to three lengths as he passed the third stanza in 1:32. On the final turn Impressive Earl came out of the fog which shrouded the racetrack with a four length lead. In the lane Impressive Earl poured it on and finished an easy seven length winner over Tremendous Hit. Tony Verruso got Rodeo Red up for the show dough. Owned by Jennifer Lappe the winner paid $4.00 for win. From the trotter's prowess Dr. John Kokinos will finish as the series points champion even though there is still one more leg at Yonkers next Thursday. No one is close enough to top Dr. John's 48 points. Currently Paul Minore is second with 29 points and Monica Banca's 28 is third best. They're followed by Bob Krivelin (21); Bob Davis (20), Dave Offenberg (20) and Dave Yarock (19). Three are tied for eighth each with 17 points. They are Gerry Fielding, Tony Verruso and Bob Hechkoff. However, since only eight drivers can race in the $12,000 Final set for December 19 , the last preliminary leg , also at Yonkers on December 12 , will probably define the top eight in points. by John Manzi for North American Amateur Driver Association

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