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Monticello, NY-- He has been competing with amateur status since he began driving but today (Wed. Oct. 10) at Monticello Raceway Tony Ciuffetelli drove like a professional when he won both divisions of the French v America Friendship competition. The former corrections officer won one race from behind and the other on the front-end. In the third race Ciuffetelli avoided the congestion in front of him and rallied Sams Fortune to a come-from-behind triumph in 2:03.4 over seven rivals and three races later he sent Brandos Music Man to the front and made every pole a winning one en route to a 2:00.4 victory. "This is my first driving double and I'm certainly thrilled" a smiling Ciuffetelli said in the paddock as he handed the reins to the horse's caretaker. Starting from the two-hole with Sams Fortune Ciuffetelli got away slowly as four others sped for the lead. They were in fifth place when the field passed the first quarter as France's Ms Sandrine Oyer was stuck on the limb with Five Star Stud. A the race progressed French driver Jerome Maillard had Tattle Tell Teen on the lead as Frenchman Jean Marc Freyssence and Four Star Lefty were second -over behind Ms Oyer's pacer which sort of made a block for anyone trying to get around. Sensing a problem the USA's Alan Schwartz wheeled Lightning Madison three-deep and they paced by the leaders and opened daylight and were followed by Ciuffetelli and Sams Fortune. At the top of the lane Lightning Madison they had a three -length lead and despite being hung-out the entire way Five Star Stud was still in contention. At that point Sams Fortune was fifth on the far outside still five lengths off the leader. But as the field progressed in the lane Lightning Madison faded to finish third and Sams Fortune rallied to a length victory over Five Star Stud. "I made it through the traffic and when we finally cleared and headed for home my horse was the strong horse and we went on to win it," Ciuffetelli explained. The winner is owned by Pete and Donna Siebert and trained by Siebert, He paid $7.80. After all the road trouble Ciuffetelli had in the first event he hustled the betting favorite Brandos Muscle Man to the lead from the six-hole and played catch me if you can,-.. and nobody could. They chugged along unchallenged for a one-length victory in a time of 2:00.4 as his French rivals finished second and third. With a two-hole trip France's Jerome Malliard was second best with Ralph R and his countryman, Jean Marc Freyssence, third with Bootswiththefur, albeit in a dead-heat with Linda Marie, driven by the USA's Jerry Fielding. "He's a classy old horse," Ciuffetelli said referring to Brandos Muscle Man, "And even though the old veteran knew just what to do I still had to keep after him in the stretch." The winner is owned by Rick Dane and Monica Banca and trained by Dane. He paid $4.80. For Ciuffetelli, who has sights on possibly being the amateur driver of the year, his seasons stats after today's races are: 10-7-6 in 50 starts with a UDR of .318. On Friday, the final race in the America v France Friendship Competition will be at the Meadowlands. by John Manzi, for NAADA          

Saratoga Springs, NY-The granddaddy of all amateur driving organizations, the CKG Billings Series,moved on to Saratoga Harness on Friday night (Sept. 21) for a trotting event and for the second consecutive week "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli and his vastly improved Someway Same Hall romped over a six others when they scored an oh-so-easy 15-length victory winning in 1:56.4 by an amazing 15 lengths. It was the second consecutive triumph and seventh victory of the season for Ciuffetelli and the 7 year old altered son of Cash Hall. Last week at Freehold Raceway they won by eight lengths in 1:58.1. "Once I learned that he doesn't like me to grab him I've been letting him have his way and its really paying dividends," Ciuffetelli said about Someway Same Hall. "He loves the front-end and that's where he's happy so that's where I've been putting him lately." After starting from the four-hole Ciuffetelli was little more than a passenger as his veteran trotter zipped to the lead as the wings of the gate folded and they had four lengths on he field when they passed the first stanza in :28.1. The lead was opened to five lengths at the half as the timer flashed :56.3. When they headed for the three quarters they were eight in front and from there only the margin of victory was to be determined. They crossed the finish line 15 lengths ahead of Wygant Prince and driver "Coach Paul" Minore. Darron Hall and "Buffalo Bob" Davis chugged home third some 17 lengths behind the winner. Recently Ciuffetelli has battled back from a serious dose of Lyme disease and his health seems to be improving daily. He takes his well-being philosophically, so much so, that he calls his racing outfit, "The Tic Racing Stable". Sent off as the prohibitive betting favorite in the race Someway Same Hall paid just $2.80 for win. He's trained by Ciuffetelli, a retired prison guard, and owned by his Tic Racing Stable. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Freehold, NJ-- There's an old adage in harness racing that states, "when you think your horse is the best in the race send him to the lead and if he gets beat on the front-end he probably wasn't the best." Case in point; today's (Sept 15th) Billings trot at Freehold Raceway. After "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli sent Someway Same Hall to the lead from the four hole he obviously felt his trotter was the best in the field when he proceeded to park-out all comers and then roll on to an impressive 1:58.1 victory over six others. After the gate sprung both Fiji (Dave "the Rave" Offenberg) and Wygant Prince, in rein to "Coach Paul" Minore, were on the limb and Ciuffetelli seemed oblivious and left them on the outside as he hustled Someway Same Hall forward with Fiji right alongside while Wygant Prince was second over. Of course the challenges made the first fraction a swift :28.1 and at the halfway point the timer flashed :58.0. But Ciufferelli was undaunted as his steed began to pull away from the parked horses. At the three-quarters Ciuffetelli and Someway Same Hall had three lengths on the field which was opened to seven at the top of the lane. And when they headed for paydirt "Tough Tony" was looking around for company and they cruised to and easy 8-length triumph as the early challengers faded. Way Cry Hall and Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff were second under the wire while Fiji held on for the show dough. The winner is owned by the Tic Racing Stable and trained by Ciuffetelli. Although "Tough Tony" felt his horse was the best the betting crowd didn't concur and sent them off at odds of over 10-1 and Someway Same Hall paid $22.10. by John Manzi, for Billings Series

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved to the swift double oval at Saratoga Raceway in Saratoga Springs, NY for a what looked like very competitive 8-horse trot in the Eastern region and when the judges hung the official sign "Touch Tony" Ciuffetelli emerged victorious with Someway Same Hall in 1:59.2. But as it turned out it the final result was never in doubt as Ciuffetelli and his trotter sped the lead and bottomed-out the field and coasted to a 1-1/2 length triumph after leading by 10 lengths at the three quarters. When the starter said go Little Big Rigs and driver "Buffalo Bob" Davis went for the lead from the four-hole only to be seriously challenged on the outside by Ciuffetelli and Someway Same Hall. Davis finally grabbed leather and allowed Ciuffetelli to take command in the :28.1 first quarter. Someway Same Hall was so wound-up that he opened eight lengths on the field as he trotted by the halfway point in a swift :56.4. But "Tough Tony" just allowed his horse to continue forward and at the three quarters they had a 10-length lead. That margin shrank to five lengths at he top of the stretch and despite a :32.3 final panel they were home free as Little Big Rigs closed the gap but he was relegated to second place. EJ's Last Dance and Billings president "Tony "the Capo" Verruso, who were 17-lengths off the lead at the half, rallied to finish third just 3-1/2 lengths behind the winner. The attending crowd knew the best horse in the race was Someway Same Hall and they sent him away as the odds-on favorite and he returned a $3.60 mutuel. The winner, a 7-year old altered son of Cash Hall, is owned by the Tic Racing Stable and trained by Ciuffetelli. It was "Tough Tony's fifth seasonal driving victory and the 56th of his amateur driving career. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Tropical Storm Bi (Yankee Glide) parlayed his pocket ride to victory in Sunday's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Tony Ciuffetelli trainee drew the rail in the $14,500 feature and driver Phil Fluet set up shop in the pocket behind the race's favorite Uva Hanover (Billy Dobson). Uva Hanover set comfortable fractions on the lead as a rain began to fall in Saratoga. First over threat Crazycat (Bruce Aldrich Jr) couldn't get by the front-running favorite but Tropical Storm Bi could. Once he got into the passing lane, Tropical Storm Bi surged by before drawing off to prevail in 1:57 for his second Open win of the season. The six year old gelding paid $7.70 to win. Last week's Open winner Crazycat was the runner-up on Sunday. Uva Hanover finished third while a beaten favorite for the second consecutive week. Tropical Storm Bi owns the fastest time of the year for any trotter at Saratoga as he scored in a dazzling 1:54.3 on a Sunday afternoon in May and has since established himself as a force in the local Open. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

MONTICELLO NY--Thursday, My 31 started out gloomy in the lower Catskills region of New York State but as luck would have it any precipitation that fell from the heavens held off during the harness racing program. Featured today at the Mighty M was a Billings trot that attracted seven horses, all veterans, and when the winner's number was posted on the totebord it belonged to Better To Be Lucky who was very capably driven by his owner-trainer, "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli. Starting from the three-hole, Ciuffetelli gunned his charge to the front and surprisingly Better To Be Lucky had command before the first turn. "He's been racing really well for me this season having already won three of seven starts, all of which came from behind but today, after looking over the official program it appeared that there were no leavers in the field so I decided to send "Better" to the front," Ciuffetelli said. After a 29 second first quarter Ciufettelli kept the pedal to the metal and he and his charge trotted by the halfway point in :58.1. They were being chased by "Coach Paul" Minore and Wygant Prince and Tim Lizzi with "Yankee Joe" Lee in the pilot's seat. "I had still 'lotsa horse' as we trotted by the three quarters and we were still fairly comfortable as we straightened for home but when we neared the wire I felt "Better" come back to me a bit. But at that point we were almost home" Ciufettelli explained. When they hit the finish wire, in a time of 1:59:4, Better To Be Lucky had a neck advantage over Tim Lizzie and coming from far back to be third was Starsaboveallerage, driven by "Steve "You're Never Too Oldford. Sent off at odds of over 2-1, Better To Be Lucky returned a $6.10 win mutuel. Next up in Billings action is a mid-west region trot at the Meadows on Saturday, June 2. by John Manzi for the Billings Series  

Sporting brand new driving colors harness racing driver Tony Ciuffetelli bidded his time and then rallied Better To Be Lucky to a come-from-behind victory in the NAADA Trotting Series season's opener at Monticello Raceway on the ides of March. They traveled along in third position until the three quarters as Monica Banca and Master of Excuses cut all the fractions before yielding in the deep stretch. Third place in the 2:00 trotting mile went to Ladys Big Stormont, driven by Alan Schwartz. "He raced good today," Ciuffetelli said as he hung up the lines after his driving victory. "It (the race) didn't go as I had planned. I had visions of taking the lead but when I saw that Monica (Banca) wanted the front-end I eased my trotter down along the pylons into third position. "I ended-up having a good trip and waited as long as I could to make a move for the lead which I did as we neared the three quarters. After ranging alongside Monica's horse (Master of Excuses) we raced head to head around the final turn and by mid-stretch I knew we'd be the winner." Better To be Lucky pulled away in the final strides for the trotter's second consecutive victory, having won a claiming trot at Saratoga Raceway on March 4th with Phil Fluet at the reins. Sent off as second choice, at odds of better than 2-1, the winner paid $6.60. Ciuffettelli owns and trains the 6-year-old Lucky Chucky gelding who notched his second seasonal triumph. For Ciuffetelli, a retired corrections officer, it marked his third seasonal driving victory in just seven trips to post and his 53rd career triumph. Today's NAADA Trot was the first in a two-track trotting series--with Yonkers Raceway--which will end in a $15,000 Final at the Hilltop oval on Friday, May 17. Next up will be a leg at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday March 22. by John Manzi, for NAADA

The ever-traveling CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, now in its second half of the 2017 harness racing season, made a stop at Saratoga Harness on Saturday evening, August 19 and 'homeboy' "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli made short work of the contest when he rallied EJ's Last Dance to a come-from-behind victory over five others in a 1:59 clocking. Ciuffetelli, a former corrections officer, got away slowly from the four-hole and sat back off a torrid early pace with the 5-year-old Conway Hall trotting mare They were sixth and last at the first stanza some eight lengths off the leader, Shez All Muscles in rein to "Buffalo Bob" Davis , as the timer flashed :28. Davis's trotter was still in command at the halfway point in :57.2 as EJ's Last Dance moved up a position, but still seven lengths in the rears. When the field straightened up the backside the second time around "Tough Tony" asked his mare for more and she responded when he moved her three-deep to range alongside the leaders. But from there it was 'Katie bar the door' as EJ's Last Dance rallied to a 1-1/2 victory. With a strong finish in the stretch Windsun Fireball and "Yankee Joe" Lee got up for the place money. And although Billings president, Tony the Capo" Verruso, and Sam's Honeybee had the shortest trip the veteran mare didn't fire in the lane and they had to settle for third place. "I figured that there would be early speed so I wanted to sit back a bit. But there were gaps between the (racing) horses that I didn't figure on so I moved earlier than I had planned," Ciufettelli said via telephone after the race. "And once I got my mare in high gear she caught the leaders and she was the strong horse down the stretch to win it easily." Sent off as the odds-on favorite the winner paid $3.00 for win. EJ's Last Dance is owned and trained by Brett Derue. It was her third seasonal victory. And for Ciufettelli, it marked his sixth seasonal driving victory and the 47th of his amateur career. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Tropical Storm Bi (Yankee Glide) set a lifetime mark winning the Winners Over trot in 1:55 last week at Saratoga Raceway. On Wednesday night, the Tony Ciuffetelli-trained trotter was dismissed at odds of 5-1 as he looked to repeat with harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux in the sulky.  Devaux blasted Tropical Storm Bi off the car as the five year old flashed some uncharacteristic early speed. Fending off a few challengers along the way, Tropical Storm Bi stopped the timer in 1:57 to record his second of back-to-back jacks in the $12,500 feature. Mugshots Bro (Bruce Aldrich Jr) sat the pocket and finished second while longshot Silent Pine (Bruce Cooper) earned the show spot. Tropical Storm Bi returned $12.20 to win in his second consecutive victory. The win was one of four on the night for Devaux who is in the midst of a big month at the Spa. Aldrich piloted five winners on the Wednesday card. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

The $15000 Final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Spring Trotting Series was contested at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night, May 18 and when the harness racing judges hung the official sign Tony Ciuffetelli and Tropical Storm Bi emerged victorious in a 1:58 clocking. Earlier in the afternoon at Monticello Raceway Ciuffetelli finished second with Avivas Winner in the Billings Trot over the Mighty M double oval. Some might think that Ciuffetelli had an easy time of it on Thursday. He did, to an extent, but both horses that he raced on Thursday he trucked with him from his home base in Saratoga. What? When he left Saratoga early Thursday morning he had both horses on his trailer and when he got to Monticello he got one (Avivas Winner) ready for the Mighty M Billings trot and left the other in a receiving stall at the Mighty M. After finishing second in the Billings race Ciuffetelli then sent Avivas Winner back to Saratoga with a friendly competitor and then he reloaded Tropical Storm Bi on his trailer again and headed for Yonkers Raceway for the NAADA Final. After he and Tropical Storm Bi got away slowly from the four-hole in the non wagering race, Ciuffettelli was content to bide his time and follow the leaders. Sixth at the quarter and fifth at the half Ciuffettelli hugged the pylons up the backside and when they trotted by the three quarters they were still three lengths behind Alan Schwartz who was cutting the fractions with Hidden Identity. Still fourth and three lengths off the lead when they headed for home Ciuffetelli got Tropical Storm Bi in high gear and they rallied and collared Hidden Identity just before the wire . Third place went to Sam's Honeybee driven by Tony Verruso. (By the way, Verruso won the Billings trot at Monticello Raceway in the afternoon) "Since I own both Avivas Winner and Tropical Storm Bi I was pretty happy with today's results," said Ciuffetelli, a retired corrections officer who recently recovered from a severe bout of Lime Disease. "Some might think that doing all the work myself would be too much but for me its pleasurable as well as rewarding. For me harness racing is a labor of Love." By John Manzi for NAADA  

Two exciting races in the North American Amateur Drivers Association trotting series went to post on the betting card at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Apr. 27) and upon their completion Alan Schwartz and Tony Ciuffetelli each were victorious in their respective splits. Schwartz scored a come-from behind triumph with I'm Fabulous in 1:59 while Ciuffetell used the front end route for a 2:00.3 victory with Avivas Winner. Schwartz, who was the National Amateur Driver of the Year in 2000, has spent most of the recent seasons racing against professionals while carrying amateur status. Today (Thurs April 27) at the Mighty M he hustled I'm Fabulous away from the mobile gate and settled in behind the betting favorite Current Crisis (Bobby Krivelin) and was content to follow the leader as Krivelin cut fractions of :30-1:00.4 and 1:29.4 all the way to the top of the lane at which point Schwartz tipped his mare to the outside trotted to away to a two-length victory over Current Crisis. Third place went to AJ Destiny driven by Bob Davis. "I figured if I could get in behind 'Kriv'(elin) on the first turn and then let his horse cut the fractions I'd have a good chance to beat him in the stretch," Schwartz said after his driving victory. "And it worked out perfect as my mare was the strong horse in the lane." Although he has been participating in amateur races at Monticello and Yonkers Raceways in recent years Schwartz has been reluctant to travel the Billings circuit as he did in the early 2000's. "I have a small stable and get plenty of action at Monticello so I don't have to travel far away to drive," Schwartz explained. It was his ninth winning drive this season and over the years Schwartz has won 584 races ranking him second all-time behind "Boots" Dunn's 1152. I'm Fabulous is owned by Brenda Messenger and Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger. She paid $5.40 for win. The other NAADA event saw Tony Ciuffetelli and Avivas Winner trot to the lead as they came off the first turn and use the front end route to score an exciting victory with three horses just heads apart at the finish. "My horse likes the front end and as long as I keep the wraps on him so he doesn't got too fast to the half he finishes strong," Ciuffetelli explained. "He wasn't that strong today but strong enough to hold off (Tony) Verruso (with Pocket Passer) and (Bob) Krivelin (with Superiorcourt) for the victory." Comfortable all the way until the backside the second time around Ciuffetelli's trotter was joined by Tim Lizzi (Joe Lee) nearing the third quarter but that trotter went off-stride erasing Lee's chances at victory. However, Verruso moved Pocket Passer, who was following Tim Lizzi, up alongside Avivas Winner as Krivelin moved in closer along the pylons hopefully awaiting a chance to rally in the passing lane. Around the final turn the three leaders were all set for the stretch drive but Avivas Winner showed real grit keeping both Pocket Passer and Superiorcourt at bay and trotted on to a neck victory over the former with Pocket Passer a length back in third place. Avivas Winner is owned by Scheigert Racing Stable and trained by Amanda Kelley. He returned a $12.40 win mutuel. With the completion of five NAADA series legs Krivelin's 42 points are two better than Schwartz's. Third, with 32 points, is John Kokinos while Joe Lee (23) and Tony Verruso (21) round out the top five in series points. by John Manzi for NAADA

East Rutherford, N.J. - A sustained three-wide push of the far turn propelled Truth and Liberty ($15.60) to victory in Thursday (December 22) evening's featured $15,000 distaff pace at The Meadowlands, while Tony Ciuffetelli took top honors in the GSY Series final for harness racing amateur drivers on a night which proved to be a longshot player's paradise. Truth and Liberty settled in mid-division on the first turn, well behind That Woman Hanover (Jim Marohn, Jr.) and Ideal Nuggets (Joe Bongiorno), who would duel through a :54.4 first half mile. As That Woman Hanover labored on the far turn after repelling a first-over challenge from Ideal Nuggets, Andy Miller moved the 4-year-old Total Truth mare first-over with three-eighths to go, and was carried three-wide around Caviart Shelly (John Campbell) amid her push to an upper-stretch lead. Truth and Liberty edged clear in the final sixteenth, and held clear of the late-rallying UF Dragon's Queen (Tyler Smith) by just over a length in 1:53.2 as the pace folded. Better Said (Vinny Ginsburg) just reached third over odds-on favorite Sheeza Shark N (Brett Miller). Bob Lounsbury trains 14-time winner Truth and Liberty for owner Tracy Moss. For Miller, the featured win capped a natural hat trick. In the $12,500 final of the fall-winter GSY Series for amateur drivers, Tony Ciuffetelli and Avivas Winner ($24.20) made every yard a winning one, successfully bottoming out the field for a 1:59.2 score over fast going. The 5-year-old Credit Winner gelding outsprinted Count Speed (Bob Hechkoff) into the first turn and immediately gained separation on the field through sectionals of :28.1, :56.2, and 1:26, at one point drawing clear to a 10-length lead. Despite Count Speed being unable to close any ground in upper stretch, Avivas Winner was fully extended off the far turn to hold sway of a sustained late charge from Ellen's Streak (Dr. John Kokinos), who angled out to claim second off the far turn and closed ground steadily to ultimately reach within a length and a quarter. Dream Rocker (Hannah Miller) was a staying third, just holding off a mild stand-side rally from Feisty Love (David Glasser). The GSY final was the first leg of the night's 50¢ Pick 5, which attracted $212,276 in new money in great part to a $25,874 carryover. As four of five favorites in the sequence were vanquished--two of those defeated public choices being sent off at odds-on, the dividend ballooned to $17,908.35 for the successful 6/2/7/9/3 combination. Additionally, the fifth-race 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five was taken down for $4,676.44 after Carobbean Pacetry ($40.60) and Andy Miller successfully evaded odds-on choice Not Before Eight (John Campbell) to key the 3-2-9-8-6 combination. Miller came back immediately to team up with Sumatra ($4.00) in the sixth and round out an early Pick 4 sequence which returned $9,900.70 on a dollar ticket before continuing to capture the feature. Total handle for the 12-race card was $2,190,429. A Jackpot High Five carryover of $8,321.98 will await players in Friday's closing race. Racing continues at The Meadowlands with a 13-race card on Friday (December 23) evening; post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

When country songster Jerry Reed warbled 'When You're Hot, You're Hot' he could have been talking about Tony Ciufettelli because no one in amateur harness racing currently is hotter than Ciuffetelli. The former corrections officer reined his own Aventure to a come-from- behind triumph in a time of 1:58.3 to garner the winners share of the $15,000 final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Fall Trotting Series at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night, November 5. (NAADA). For the hot-handed Ciufettelli it was his sixth driving victory in his last eight starts and 11th overall this year. And for the first time this season a NAADA series trot was placed on the wagering card which brings the Westchester Country oval even with all the other racetracks that use amateur races as part of their betting programs. When tonight's NAADA Final was ready to start Aventure seemed to have other ideas. Sent off as the betting favorite his backers got a scare when Aventure went off stride behind the mobile starting gate but Ciuffetelli stayed calm and got his trotter back on gait just before the starter said "go". At the first stanza Aventure was fifth position some seven lengths off Lady's Big Stormont (Alan Schwartz) who was clear on the engine. But as he headed to the half Schwartz drew company. Ciuffetelli was the first to move off the pylons and the two others who followed that move became non-factors. As the field trotted to the three quarters Aventure ranged alongside The Franchise (Bob Hechkoff) who was traveling along in the two-hole behind Lady's Big Stormont. As they rounded the final turn Aventure and The Franchise traded positions and as they headed for paydirt Ciuffetelli took aim at Schwartz's trotter. In the lane Aventure gained on Lady's Big Stormont with every stride and as they neared the finish it was clear that Ciuffetelli and Aventure would be the winner despite the late rally by The Franchise. At the wire Aventure was a length winner over the hard charging The Franchise with Lady's Big Stormont a head farther back in third place. Besides owning Aventure, Ciufettelli also trains the 5-year-old Muscle Mass gelding who scored his sixth triumph this year and raised his seasonal bankroll to over $41,400. He paid $4.10 for win. by John Manzi for NAADA

America's greatest traveling roadshow, also known as the C.K.G Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved on to Yonkers Raceway for a pair of trots and when the harness racing events were declared official "Tough Tony" Ciuffetteli and David "Poppa" Glasser each emerged victorious in their respective divisions. Ciuffetelli won his split with Shelikescandy in 1:59 while Glasser scored with Mack's Gold Band in a 2:00.1 clocking. The races were sent off as non-wagering affairs prior to the first race on the betting card. Both gentlemen drivers have had hot hands of late; Ciuffetelli winning for the fourth time in his last five starts while Glasser has three wins and a second in his last seven outings. In his division "Tough Tony" now a retired corrections officer, got the evening started after settling in fourth position on the first turn and he stayed there as Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff cut the fractions with Justtherighttouch. Justherighttouch had the field by the first stanza in :28.1 and he was two lengths in charge by the halfway point in :58.1. With no moves from the rears the trotter again got first call as the field passed the three quarters in 1:28.4. "Hurricane Hannah" Miller and Jack's to Open tight on Hechkoff's back waiting to move. At the top of the stretch Ciuffetelli and Shelikescandy, who were in fourth position three lengths off the lead, began to rally and 5-year-old Chocolatier mare got up in the final strides to collar Jussttherighttough to win by a neck in 1:59. Jack's To Open was another neck back in third place in the three horse photo. The winner is owned by Terry Vanvulkenburgh and trained by Gary Lavine. Strangely, the Gary Levine-trained Mack's Gold Band won the second Billings split, this time with David Glasser aboard. In that contest Glasser took no prisoners and sent the 6-year-old Band's Gold Chip gelding to the front and gained command as the field passed the quarter pole as the timer flashed :29. From the Glasser kept the pedal to the metal and his trotter cruised on to an easy four length triumph over Wygant Prince and driver "Coach Paul" Minore. "Yankee Joe" Lee garnered the show dough with HS Certified. Glasser subbed for Buffalo Bob Davis who wasn't able to make it to Yonkers for the race tonight. "Bob told me that if I could get him (Mack's Gold Band) to the front he would be very tough to beat", Glasser, president of a litigation support company, related via email. "I looked at his replays from earlier in the year at Saratoga and saw when he did get the front and he was a monster. And he was just that tonight." Rarely does an owner win two Billings a trots on one card but tonight Terry Vanvulkenburgh accomplished that feat. John Manzi

On the brisk and windy Columbus Day afternoon of October 10 "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli and his trotter Star Studded Cast made a laugher out of the Billings trot at Saratoga Raceway when they romped to an oh-so-easy 11-length triumph in a 1:58 clocking. The harness racing victory was the second consecutive in an amateur driving event for Ciuffetlli, who copped a NAADA Trot four days ago with Aventure at Monticello Raceway. Despite recovering from a terrible bout with Lime Disease Ciuffetelli is enjoying his best season in the sulky and currently has eight wins and a healthy .326 UDR. In the Billings trot at Saratoga the retired corrections officer gunned his trotter to the lead when the gate sprung and despite a roughed-up first quarter Ciuffetelli had three length lead as the field buzzed by the first quarter in:28.2. "I had seriously urged him (Star Studded Cast) to gain command when we left out of there that when I wanted to settle him down it wasn't in the cards. He was so wound-up that I had a hard time slowing him down," Ciuffetelli said. "He was in high gear when we passed the half in :57.3 but at that time we had a six length lead on the field. From there he just kept opening daylight and at the finish we were an 11-length winner." "Buffalo Bob" Davis rallied Shelikescandy up for second money and Dave "Steady as" Yarock took home the show dough with Mr. Ridgetaker. (By the way, Davis had an unreported driving double in Billings action on September 29th at Batavia Downs, remarkably with both horses starting from the eight hole.) Star Studded Cast, a 5-year old altered son of Current Cast, is owned and trained by Ciuffetelli. He paid $4.70 for win. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

"He loves the Monticello Raceway track," gushed Tony Ciuffetelli while he was hanging up the lines upon his return to the Mighty M paddock after his stunning 1:58 harness racing victory with Aventure in the third leg of NAADA's Fall Trotting Series. "He had won here in 2:00 in early August but after a month or so of not hitting the board he's been getting sharp lately and he certainly raced real well today." Actually, it was Aventure's second consecutive victory after having won a Billings Trot at Vernon Downs on October 2nd, and it was the trotters fifth win this year for Ciuffetelli who had purchased him earlier this season. After starting from the five-hole Ciuffetelli made the winning move by getting in the two-hole ahead of The B Street Fan (Bob Davis) who was also on the limb as the field approached the first quarter in :28.4. "It was real important that I find a hole and was lucky enough to fall in behind Alan Schwartz, who was on the engine with Imacrazynewyorker. He carried me until we headed for the three quarters where I moved Aventure off the pylons and we trotted to the front," Ciuffetelli explained. With Aventure in high gear after taking command the 5-year-old Muscle Mass gelding poured it on and rambled home a seven-length winner while trotting the final two furlongs in :28.2. After Aventure separated himself from the rest of the field the battle for second place ensued. I'm Fabulous, second choice in the wagering, was in fifth position with a wall of horses in her path as the remainder of the field rounded the final turn but the John Turok-driven mare charged home to garner second money, a full length head of Dave Yarock's Mr. Ridgetaker. The fans must have enjoyed the amateur contest since it was the best bet race on the afternoon card. Aventure, sent off as the betting favorite, returned a $4.70 win mutuel. With his victory the veteran trotter raised his seasonal bankroll to over $30,500 for Ciuffetelli, who is also the horse's trainer. For Ciuffetelli, a retired correction officer, it marked his seventh seasonal driving victory and 34th of his amateur career. by John Manzi for NAADA

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