ANTHONY NAPOLITANO WINS FOUR ON MON. FEB. 11
The vocal group the Eagles enjoyed a big hit with their “ New Kid in Town” and racing fans at Monticello raceway are enjoying a ‘new kid in town’ this winter in the presence of Anthony Napolitano. But unfortunately the pleasure will be short-lived because the Nescopeck, Pa. resident is just spending the winter season at the Mighty M and regrettably for the locals here he’ll be heading back to his home track of Pocono Downs when they get their season underway in March.
Moreover, calling the 31 year old Mr. Napolitano a ‘kid” is by no means meant as a slight to the talented reinsmen who had already piloted 1565 winners. With just 58 Monticello Raceway starts this winter he has produced 16 winners, 10 seconds and four thirds and has a hefty .395UDR (driving average). And with each passing race card as the local trainer realize Napolitano’s driving prowess he is getting more work.
On the Monday February 11th Napolitano reined four winners on the card, his best output of the fledgling season here.
His day started with a 1:59.4 triumph with Vinnie Grippa’s Litigator in race two and he followed that with another victory for owner Vinnie Grippa when he guided Sam’s Shuffle ($29.20) to a surprising come-from-behind for a 1:58 victory over the 1-2 favorite Forever Libby. Both of the Grippa-owned pacers are trained by Anthony Regina.
Napolitano then had back-to-back wins in races 10 and 11. He scored in the 10th with John Campagnuolo and Ronald Baia ‘s trotter Gus Is All ($22.20) in 2:00.4 and then won the 11th with Philip Schultz’s pacer, JMdancingshannon (2:00.3) . Dennis Laterza is the trainer of Gus Is All while Bob Lounsbury is the conditioner of JMdancingshannon.