PAUL MINORE WINS THIRD LEG OF THE NAADA TROTTING SERIES WITH WYGANT PRINCE

By John Manzi, for NAADA
On an extremely foggy afternoon with intermittent rain falling in New York's southern Catskill Mountains Paul Minore sat a two-hole trip then rallied his old warhorse,Wygant Prince, to a neck victory in the third leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday March 29.
After starting from the pole position Minore parked Jennifer Lappe's Here Come Numbers around the first turn then allowed the 10-year-old gelding to take command as the field trotted by the first panel in :29.
“I didn't want Here Comes Numbers to take command with ease so I parked him a ways and then let Jennifer have the lead,” Minore related in the paddock after the race was over. “I figured I'd get a good two-hole trip behind her because her trotter was the betting favorite and had raced well in his recent starts.”
Once on top Lappe showed the way by the half in :59.2 with Wygant Prince tucked in tightly behind her trotter. As the seven-horse passed the third stanza in 1:30.1 Here Comes Numbers opened up daylight and he was 2-1/2 lengths in front as they headed for paydirt.
“She (Ms Lappe) got away a bit on the final turn but once we straightened for home my horse began to grind away at the leader and in the final strides we got up for a neck victory in 2:00.3.
Third place went to Connie Keeper , driven by Tony Verruso.
The race winner, an 11 year-old altered son of SJ's Photo, notched his third seasonal victory and the 34th of his illustrious career and leaves him just $93 short of $400,000 in lifetime earnings. He is owned by Minore and trained by Taylor Gower.
 As for Minore it was his 94th career driving victory in the USA and when one counts Minore's three triumphs in races contested in Europe he now needs just three more for 100 lifetime victories.
The NAADA trotting series continues next Thursday at Yonkers Raceway.