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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

Freehold, NJ -- Another $9,000 amateur harness racing trot in the American Harness Drivers Club is now in the books after "Coach Paul" Minore gunned If I Must to the lead from the five-hole and then proceeded to make every pole a winning one en route to 2-1/4 length victory in 2:00.4 over seven others at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Oct 24). Mugshot Jess, driven by Pearly Allen, got all the early betting money and was sent away as the 1-2 favorite but road trouble from the six-hole never allowed him to contend until it was too late. After he grabbed the lead in a soft :30.2 first quarter Minore tapped the breaks and led Fji (Dave Offenberg) by the first stanza and they were one-two by the half in 1:01:2 while Mugshot Jess was stalled by breaking horses on the first turn. A lazy Tough Get Going (Joe Faraldo) who was in third place behind the leaders early, had trouble chasing the top two and in doing so it kept the trailers from a clear shot at the leaders. It was still If I Must and Fiji showing the way as the field rounded the final turn and in the lane the former opened daylight on the latter and coasted to an easy victory. Mugshot Jess finally shook free but too late to do any damage to the leaders and had to settle for third money.   If I Must, a 5-year-old altered son of Muscles Yankee, is owned by his driver and trained by Taylor Gower. He was sent off as third choice in the contest and returned a $14.70 win mutuel. Minore was the high school track and field coach for the great Carl Lewis. by John Manzi, for the AHDC

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

Freehold, NJ -- It was bombs away in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway ​on Saturday afternoon (Oct 17) when "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello hustled 47-1 Latoka up the inside to collar "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo and 30-1 Tough Get Going and together the trotters produced a whopping $1,017.40 exacta, one of the biggest in recent memories in amateur racing. And the third place finish by Wygant Prince ,with "Coach Paul" Minore at the controls, produced a near record $3,813.80 trifecta. When the gate sprung Minore sent his veteran trotter to the lead as Faraldo ducked in the two-hole, a place where he stayed until the stretch drive. In the meantime Minore played hardball with Marianna Monaco who had her Awol Hanover challenging for the lead from the six-hole in the :29.2 first quarter. But with Minore's insistence Awol Hanover never was able to drop down along the pylons as the trotters race one-two all the way to the final turn. With Wygant Prince showing the way and Tough Get Going following Faraldo was content with the way the race was breaking for him. "I moved Tough Get Going to the outside and when we rounded the final we had the lead and I thought we were going to win it," Faraldo said."I was eyeing Wygant Prince and I knew we had him beat. " Faraldo was right but his trotter drifted in the deep stretch which permitted Zuccarello and Latoka, who was fifth at the head of the lane, with a clear path to the finish line now that they were down along the pylons. With daylight the veteran 9-year-old Groton Hall gelding kicked it in another gear and collared the leader and went on to a head victory over Tough Get Going in 2:01.1.   For Zuccarello, who doubles as the publicist for the GSY Amateur Series, it was his first seasonal driving victory and the 17th of his career. The winner is owned and trained by Donald Maiorano by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club    

Dayton, Ohio -- Members of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association were on the move again this weekend with a trot at Dayton Raceway on Saturday evening and when the judges hung the official sign upon the completion of the $7,200 event Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel rallied Milford's Z Tam to a 1:56.4 triumph over seven harness racing competitors When the starter let the field go Daniel Jones gunned Don't Forget Muscle for the lead from the two-hole and they gained command before the first quarter timer flashed :28.1. Once on the lead Jones kept the pedal to the metal and zipped unchallenged by the halfway point although Alesha Binkley was tight on his back with Hititoutofthepark. Daryl Bontrager was the first to move with Conway Kellyanne and they charged alongside Jones and Don't Forget Muscle as the field trotted by the third stanza. At that point the field tightened but Jones' trotter was still in front and when they headed for paydirt Don't Forget Muscles stride began to shorten after trotting :28.3 third quarter. Although Keidel's attention was on the horses in front of him -he was fifth at the time-when Milford Z Tam rounded the final turn and headed for home he was full of trot and charged home in :28.3 for a solid one-length triumph over Hititoutofthepark in 1:56.4. Don't Forget Muscle garnered the show dough. The winner is owned by William Hartt and trained by Michael Hitchcock. He paid $6.20 for win. by John Manzi, for GLADA

"It certainly was a surprise, and a really nice one,"Linda Myers said after being honored a few days ago at Goshen Historic Track for 25 years of dedicated service to the Board of Directors. "In retrospect it all went so fast..too fast, but I loved every minute of it" she added. Myers began her tenure at the harness racing National Historic Landmark in 1995 when Dick Wallace was the Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Dick was a wonderful man and a pleasure to work for. And so was Vince Brescia another longtime chairman of the Board. Actually, all the Board presidents and Board members were, and are, dedicated and work tirelessly for the preservation of Historic Track," Myers added. Since her tenure at GHT there have been four chairmen and three presidents of the Board and Mrs Myers has also worked with five track managers. "And since I've been here I've seen four Presidents of the US in office," Myers said with a smile. Over the years she has had six different office assistants--"and I loved them all," she added. A longtime devoted employee at the National Historic Landmark and Cradle of the Trotter her dedication was honored in 2012 when the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers Association honored her as the recipient of their prestigious Amy Bull Crist Award. "Thank you so much for helping to make my 25th anniversary here at the track so memorable. The floral arrangement is beautiful and the cake was delicious. I appreciate your thoughtfulness," Mrs Myers said the afternoon of the presentation to her by attending Board members. Linda and her hubby, Gene, live in nearby Circleville, NY. by John Manzi, for Goshen Historic Track  

Freehold, NJ --- In one of the most dominant harness racing pacing performances at Freehold Raceway in a long time, Lettuceriprita obliterated the field in the Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday (October 10). He won by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1, missing the track record for aged pacing geldings by 1/5 of a second.   He was 15/1 in the field of eight, and left from post position one. Driver Dan Dube had him in third early on, sitting off a very hot pace set by Lyons Steel. Just after the half, which was paced in 55 seconds, Dube activated Lettuceriprita first-over, and moved up to the throatlach of Lyons Steel nearing three-quarters.   As they paced by that mark, in 1:23.3, Lyons Steel had no response, and Lettuceriprita powered away from the field. He went the final quarter in a very impressive 27.3 seconds.   The track record for aged pacing geldings is held by Francam, who paced a mile in 1:51 on September 16, 2006. Lettuceriprita also came close to the all-time record mile of 1:50.3, set by One More Laugh in the 2010 Cane Pace.   For Lettuceriprita, it was his second win of the year, from six starts. The race also shattered his previous lifetime best mark of 1:52.1, set at Harrah's Philadelphia in 2016 and equaled Yonkers Raceway in 2017. Bill MacKenzie trains the winner, and co-owns in partnership with Vincent Ali. Daniel Dube is the winning driver.   Dube and MacKenzie also teamed up to win the eleventh race, with Clint Westwood. Dube was the only driver on the 12-race card to win multiple races.   Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff wins the A.H.D.C. Trot   Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff knows that when a driver have the best horse in the race there's only one place to be and that place is on the lead. So that's just where he put Pound Sterling in the $9000 leg of the American Harness Drivers Club series at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon, October 10. After being roughed-up though a :28.4 first quarter Hechkoff's charge made the top from the five-hole and once there it was catch me if you can-- and nobody could as the veteran trotter chugged to a  2:00.1 victory When the starter said “go” Paul “the Coach” Minore grabbed the racetrack with his old veteran, Wygant Prince, and then allowed a parked -out Pound Sterling to take command . Hechkoff lead the competition by the first stanza but he had to contend with Permanent Joy, and driver Bobby “Rapid Rail” Krivlen, who moved first-up as the field headed to the half. Krivelin”s trotter was at first troubling to the leader but Hechkoff's charge was up to the task and rebuffed the challenge When the field straightened for home Pound Sterling was in command and 7-year-old Muscle Hill gelding held the lead all the way to the wire. After a two-hole journey Wygant Prince was second best while Fiji and driver Dave “the Rave” Offenberg garnered the show dough. The winner is co-owned by Kyle Spagnola and his driver and is trained by Spagnola. He paid $4.80 for win.    John Manzi      

Meadow Lands, Pa. - Members of The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association assembled at The Meadows for an $8100 trot and after a perfect pocket trip Alesha Binkley rallied Luminosity to a solid 1:56.2 harness racing victory over eight rivals. Sent off as third choice in the competitive field Luminosity paid $9.60 for win. After starting from the pole position Steve Oldford sent 18-1 shot, A Royal Line, to the lead and they had command as the field trotted by the first stanza in a swift :27.3 with the eventual winner tucked in nicely in the two-hole. With no one challenging Oldford then grabbed leather and lead the field by the halfway point in :58.1. But as the field headed to the three quarters Oldford fed his trotter racetrack and despite a :28.3 quarter they couldn't shake Luminosity who was enjoying a covered two-hole trip. When the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt A Royal Line's stride began to shorten and Oldford could do nothing more but watch Alesha Binkley rally Luminosity to a 1-1/4 length victory. And in the deep stretch John Sikaras got the betting favorite, Formor, up for second money. A Royal Line held on for the show dough.. Luminosity , a 10 year-old altered son of Cash Hall, scored his fourth seasonal triumph and 50th of his illustrious career. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke.   by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Northfield, Oh---Two trotting divisions in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association's year- long harness racing series were contested on Saturday night (10-3) over Northfield Park's speedy half mile oval and when the races were declared official Larry Ferrari and Lauren Harmon each emerged victorious in their respective divisions. Ferrari was a neck winner with Mesmerized in 1:57.2 while Ms Harmon scored convincingly with Stardust Memories in 1:56.1. Both winners are altered sons of Cantab Hall. In his split Ferrari took no prisoners when he sent Mesmerized to the lead from the two-hole and rebuffed any and all challenges. After gaining command Ferrari got his trotter by the quarter in a relatively soft 29 seconds and was clear on the lead by the half in :59. When Marvin Raber moved Azucar off the pylons as the field headed to the halfway point Daniel Jones followed with Don't Forget Muscle and they ranged-up to challenge the leader. But when the field headed for paydirt Mesmerized hung tough and kept Jones'. charge at bay and hung on for a head triumph. Azucar garnered the show dough.   Owned by Kennedy Sports LLC and trained by Clair Umholtz, Mesmerized paid $12.00 for win. In the other split 20-year-old Lauren Harmon and Stardust Memories were decisive winners. After parking High Blue(Emanuel Miler) in a 27.3 first quarter Harmon kept the pedal to the metal and rebuffed High Blue and had Stardust Memories in complete command as they showed the way by the half in:57.2 From there it was catch-me-if-you- can, and nobody could, as the veteran gelding began to draw off and open daylight on his competition and Stardust Memories cruised to an oh-so-easy 8-1/2 length triumph in 1:56.1 Warrior Way came from far back to finish second for Eddie Miller and Jackie Goldstein, with Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola at the controls, finished third.   Owned by the Pod Stable and trained by Jessica Millner, Stardust Memories returned a $14.00 mutuel. by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Northfield, OH--Nine members of the The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association (GLADA) convened at Northfield Park for a harness racing trot in the clubs year-long series and when the judges declared the race official, Here Comes Mooney and driver Darrell Rideout emerged victorious in a time of 1:57. But it took the photo-finish camera to determine that Rideout's trotter was the winner in a tight three-horse photo. Here Comes Mooney finished a neck in front of Mesmerised (Larry Ferrari) with Allen Sisco and Gonna Fly right there, just head behind the first two. When the race started Brian Miller sent the betting favorite, Stick With Me Kid, to the lead ad were challenged by the eventual winner who was second on the limb as the field passed the first stanza. However, at the halfway point Here Comes Mooney had pylon position and took command as Stick With Me Kid faded. From there it was a battle as Mesmerised picked up the chase and at the three quarters Mesmerised was challenging for the lead. In third place Gonna Fly was within striking distance and they raced heads apart all the way to the wire.   Rideout had had a drivers license for over 20 years and drove only occasionally. But this year he scored his third seasonal driving victory Here Comes Moony notched his 7th seasonal triumph. Sent off at odds of over 7-2 Here Comes Moony paid $9.60 for win. He's owned by Joe Cirasuola and trained by Chris Allen. The next event in the GLADA Series will be at the Red Mile on Oct 2.. by John Manzi, for GLADA

DELAWARE OH --"He was a handful and all I did was steady him and let him ramble," Steve Oldford said citing Missile J's stunning 1:54 triumph in The Fouts Memorial at Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. "He's got a big engine and sometimes a mind of his own so instead of looking for a hole when the gate sprung I just steadied him and he did all the rest." Oldford was referring to his stunning 1:54 harness racing victory at the home of the Little Brown Jug at the  in a race that featured top amateur drivers from various US amateur clubs in what has become an annual event. "After starting from the five-hole little did I realize that I was going to get the fastest ride of my life on a double-oval," Oldford added. At the quarter Daniel Jones and Cyclone Alvie wouldn't relinquish the lead when Missile J came calling and the two trotters got locked in a speed duel by that marker in :27.1 And with Oldfield's charge in command they zipped by the half in :54.4. From there it was literally 'ballgame' as the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding opened daylight on his competitors and finished some six lengths ahead of Noah Z Tam who was driven by Jazmin Arnold. Tony Ciuffetelli garnered the show dough with The Smidge. Owned by Black Magic Racing LLC and trained by Todd Luther Missile J returned a $3.40 win mutuel by John Manzi

Delaware, Ohio---Two harness racing trotting divisions in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association Series were contested at the home of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio on Sunday (9-20) and when both were declared official Alesha Binkley and Daniel Jones each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Binkley won with odds-on favorite Hititputofthepark in 1:57.1 while Jones was victorious with Dont Forget Muscle in 1:58.4. Both trotters were victorious after starting from the coveted pole position. A seasoned veteran even at her young age, Binkley knows that if one has the best horse in the race the place to be is on the front-end. And that's exactly where she put her trotter and once on top they controlled the race. Hititoutofthepark sped by the first stanza in :28.4 and by the half in :57.4. From there Binley played catch-me-if-you can and nobody could as the 7-year-old Yankee Glide ridgling cruised to a oh -so-easy 5-1/4 lengths victory in 1:57.1 over Favorite Uncle and driver Bob Troyer. Fleet Cessna garnered the show dough for Billy Muggleston.   Hititoutofthepark is owned by the Trent Stohler Stable along with Ben and Tim Graber and trained by Stohler. He paid $3.00 for win. A second division followed and saw driver Daniel Jones notch his second consecutive GLADA triumph this time winning with Dont Forget Muscle in 1:58.4. But unlike Binkley's triumph Jones came from off the pace. When the gate sprung Jones allowed Eddie Miller and Star Chip to gain command and with two trotters hung on the limb from the get-go Dont Forget Muscle ended-up with a two hole journey. However when Star Chip's stride shortened as he trotted around the final turn it allowed Jones' charge to get first call, a position Dont Forget Muscle held all the way to the wire as the veteran trotter held off a late rally by A Royal Line, with Steve Oldford at the controls. Third place in the tight three- horse photo, went to Stormont Wizard, driven by Ron Cusimano.   The winner, owned by Robert Beachy, is trained by Jones. He returned a $21.60 win mutuel. by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Northfield, OH -- Harness racing driver Eddie Miller isn't one who likes to wait especially when he thinks he has a major contender in a race. Case in point: the $6000 trot in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association Series at Northfield Park on Monday night (9-14) when Miller and Cowboy Country scored a impressive 1:57.2 victory. "I got away third behind a horse who I thought was rather weak so when we headed to the half I moved off the pylons and set sights on gaining the lead," Miller related. Miller had the right idea and his trotter proved him correct .when Cowboy Country raced alongside the leader, Mesmerized (Larry Ferrari) at the three quarters, and the two were neck-and-neck as they rounded the final turn headed for paydirt. "We came along way on the limb but when we headed down the homestretch I felt my horses was strong and he hung tough all the way to the wire," Miller added. The photo proved Miller correct as Cowboy Country was a gutsy head winner over Mesmerized. Three lengths farther back in third place was High Blue, driven by last years USHWA's National Amateur Driver of the Year, Jazmin Arnold.   Sent off at odds of over 6-1 Cowboy Country paid $14.60 for win. He's trained by Miller for owners Rebecca Sugg and Steven Maas. The next leg in the GLADA Series will be on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Delaware, Ohio. by John Manz,i for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers  

Northfield, Ohio--When harness racing amateur driver Daniel "Danny" Jones thinks he has the best horse in the race he knows to put him on the front-end and that's exactly what Jones did in the Great Lakes Amateur Diving Association's series trot at Northfield Park on Sunday Evening,September 6. With his charge, The Next Triumph, starting from the two-hole and being sent away at odds of 3-10, Jones put the pedal to the metal and gunned the 7-year-old gelded trotter to the front from post two and refused to relinquish the lead despite a hard challenge from William Rhoades' Impressive Chief. At the quarter mile marker Impressive Chief got first call but unfortunately for him it would be the last one he'd get in the race as Jones played hard-ball and regained command. The Next Triumph was en route to just that as the altered son of Triumphant Caviar turned back all comers and trotted by the half in:57.2and still had a length lead on his competitors as the three quarter timer flashed 1:27. After Jones headed for home he was glad that Northfield has a short homestretch and The Next Triumph fought gamely all the way to the wire and held off a hard-charging A Royal Line and driver Larry Ferrari to notch a neck triumph in the speedy 1:57 mile.   It marked the fifth seasonal victory for the aptly named The Next Triumphant who's co-owned by Robert Smolko and his trainer, Ron Steck. Faithful backers received a a $2.60 win payoff. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Columbus, Ohio--Outstanding rock and soul artist, James Brown, chirped in one of his top-ten charters "It's a man's world, but its nothing without a woman or a girl" and Gregg Keidel surely concurs after he guided Matteriel to an easy 1:55.4 victory in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association's at Scoto Downs on Friday evening, September 4 turning back five others of whom four were members of the gentle sex. Knowing he had the best in the race Keidel, sent his charge to the front but his competitors played hardball. Alisha Binkley, up behind the second choice, Cantab Lindy, did her best and kept Keidel's 1-5 shot on the limb as the fractional times flashed :27.4-56:4 and 1:25.3 as the two trotters raced head to head throughout and it wasn't until the six- horse field passed the third stanza that Matteriel took command, albeit by just a nose. Kiara Morgan chased the leaders with Atlas Peak and was within striking at the the head of the lane but the top prize in the $9000 contest was going to go to "Fast Greggy" and odds-on favorite, Matteriel as they crossed the finish line in 1:55.4, two lengths ahead of Cantab Lindy. Atlas Peak garnered the show dough. For Kiedel, who's done about everything in the sport, it was his first seasonal triumph and the l07th in his career. Matteriel, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter mare scored her 4th seasonal triumph. She's owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke. The next event in the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Series will be on Sunday (Sept 9) at Northfield Park by John Manzi, for the Great Lake Amateur Drivers Ass'n  

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  

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