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MONICA BANCA WINS CATSKILL AMATEUR SERIES FINAL; 2-YEAR-OLD HD’SDREAM BOY WINS IN 2:00.2

Just four weeks ago Monica Banca received her provisional license and the Norwegian native  has shown she has a talent in the sulky.  Not only did she win the final of the Catskill Amateur Driver’s Club’s Pacing Series yesterday (June 26)at Monticello Raceway but in  five trips to post in betting races  Monica has won four times. And her  last three drives here were all winning ones.

 

In Wednesday’s fourth race here  Banca had the favorite ,Indescribable from the pole position, and she drove the veteran gelding like he was the best.

She sent her pacer to the lead and they reached the first stanza in :28.4. Despite a first-up  move nearing the half by Tom Riddle and driver Steve Oldford, Monica sat calm in the sulky, occasionally glancing at her challenger.

 

Up the backside  a battle ensued and the two pacers were neck and neck to the third stanza. As they headed for home, Indescribable drew off a length and coasted  to  1-1/4 length victory in  a 1:58 clocking over Tom Ridge. Third place, two lengths behind the winner, was B B Smash with Matt Zucccarello at the controls.

 

When Banca returned  to the winners  circle with her pacer the first thing she said was “He’s awesome” referring to Indescribable.  “I didn’t think we’d win it at the top of the stretch but he’s a classy old horse and I learn a lot when I drive him.”

 

Banca also won the last CADC preliminary on June 19 with Indescribable in 1:58.3 using the passing lane to victory that time.

 

“ I was a little nervous today because Rick (Dane, Jr, her partner and mentor) had to go to Pocono (Downs) and I was all alone with the horse before the race. But I’m not nervous now…I’m happy,” she said as she was being presented  the trophy for winning the series finale.

 

Indescribable won  for the  fourth time in  16 starts. The 6-year-old Cole Muffler gelding  is owned by Dane and Banca  and trained by Dane. He returned a 4.30 win mutuel.

 

Also of note on the on the  June 26th card was the impressive 2:00.2 victory in his first lifetime start by  HD’s Dream Boy, a 2 year old pacing colt by If I Can Dream out of My Gal Hall by Cambest..

 

Trainer Sean Campbell  had Pat Beeler again handle the driving chores (Beeler qualified him in 2:05.3 on June 19) behind  HD Dream Boy  and Beeler zipped the colt to the front and he paced every quarter  around 30 seconds (:29.3, 30.3, 30.2, 29.4) and finished with an easy 2-1/2 length  triumph over  Princess Cantilena and Bruce Aldrich, Jr.

 

“This is some nice colt,” Beeler exclaimed after the victory. “He’s just now learning his lessons and he’s got a great way of going.  He’s gonna beat a lot of them before it’s all over.”

 

HD Dream Boy is owned by Daniel Meier of Fort Covington, NY. He paid $5.50 for win.