~~Some might have figured that since the visiting Spaniards never drove pacers that the USA team would have an advantage in the second leg of the Spain vs USA Friendship Competition on the Wednesday (June 3) card at Monticello Raceway. But that never materialized because in the first of the two races on the card Spain’s Bernado Cirer not only was victorious but his countrymen finished second, third and fourth.
However, Matt Zuccarello got the USA team off the schneid when he reined the winner in the second event.
Amateur racing seems to be proliferating and getting more respect this season and now there are more opportunities for the sportsmen—and women— to drive more often than in the past. Currently with North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA), the Billings (and the GSY Series) not only do opportunities abound but the amateurs bring their horses which helps the participating tracks fill their racing programs.
The John Manzi retirement dinner on Sunday, May 31 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY was a sell-out event in honor of the hardest working publicist the Standardbred sport has ever known.
Attended by over 125 well-wishers, friends, colleagues, family members and fans, some of the sports brightest stars came out to honor a guy who has been propping up the key players in the harness horse industry for over 40 years.
Alan Schwartz and Hannah Miller emerged victorious in their respective divisions in the next to the last leg of the trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur drivers Association held at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, May 30. For Miller it was her fifth driving victory in the series and Schwartz’s fourth.
The North American Amateur Drivers Association members will have to be at the top of their game when a contingent of French amateurs invade the U.S. later this week. NAADA will host their French counterparts for a week beginning on April 19 and continuing through April 27.
Hannah Miler is in a roll. The 23- year- old daughter of top trainer Erv Miller is showing the racing world that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and she is making a name for herself in a sport dominated by men.
On the wet and dreary Thursday (April 9) afternoon in New York’s southern Catskill Mountains, Miller reined Rev It Now to a 2:02 triumph over a soggy racetrack in the fifth leg of the North American Amateur Driver Trotting Series which was held at Monticello Raceway.
When the day started, Bruce had 146 driving wins thus far in 2015, which ranks him 4th in the nation, by the end of the day he added 6 more, upping his tally to 152. He currently leads the Monticello Raceway Driver colony with 119 wins and is in 2nd place at Saratoga Raceway with 24 wins. Mother Nature continued her cruel streak as the card was marked with intermitted snow squalls, the track condition started off as good and then later in the card was downgraded to sloppy.
Bruce Aldrich Jr. won seven races on the Tuesday (March 24) program at Monticello Raceway.
Aldrich opened the day by winning with his first three drives. After a second place finish, he then proceeded to win his next four starts. He closed out the afternoon with a sixth place finish.
Aldrich is currently the leading driver in 2015 at Monticello with 117 wins, purses of $299,497 and a .445 UDR.