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Saturday, September 8, 2012


At Yonkers Raceway last night (Thurs. Sept. 7) team USA  extended their point - lead over the visiting New Zealanders in the  international amateur driving competition dubbed the Yanks vs. the Kiwis. After two victories by the Yanks they now lead the Kiwis 94-61.

In the two races that were part of the competition the USA’s  Dave Siegel and  Bob Hechkoff each were victorious. Siegel won the first event with Urbino Hanover in 1:58 while Hechkoff took the nightcap behind Little Miss Henry in a 1:57.3 clocking. Both races were on the betting card.
Siegel turned his trick after wresting the lead from Joe Faraldo and I’m A Gordy Too  at the quarter in a soft :30 and then raced confidently on the  front- end throughout the rest of the mile despite being challenged on the outside  from the start by New Zealand’s John McDermott  driving Daylon Beware.

At the third stanza Mc Dermott’s pacer tired and backed through the field but Faraldo’s charge, I’m A Gordy Too, had dead aim on the leader after riding a two-hole journey but the pacer came up  empty in the 28 second paced last quarter. Still Faraldo held second and Kiwi Tim Simmons rallied Lockettejasper for third money.
Urbino Hanover, an 8-year –old son of Western Ideal, owned and trained by Art Brewer II, returned a $4.60  win mutuel

If Siegel had little trouble defeating the field he faced Hechkoff’s  victory  was hard-pressed from the start.
After leaving from the two-hole with Little Miss Henry, Hechkoff  was challenged for the lead  by a host of pacers; first by  Peter Gerry and So Confusing in a :28 first stanza.  After Gerry found a hole  U Foria BB  and Dave Siegel ranged alongside the leader and kept pressure on Little Miss Henry. But the 4- year- old daughter of Henry Clay kept right at her business rebuffing any and all challenges and when she rounded the final turn she had three lengths on her competition and coasted home a two- length winner. Blue Monster and Kiwi Tim Simmons, sixth at the three quarters, rallied to finish second while U Foria BB trekked home  third some four length behind the winner.

Little Miss Henry, owned by Santo Farina and Frank Roberts and trained by  Jose Godinez, paid $4.40 for win
As is customary with all international amateur driving competitions  all the participants, and their guests, are treated to dinner and wine  at a local restaurant by the host country  and Thursday’s  venue of choice was Yonkers Raceway’s  dining room.

The competition concludes on Friday with an event at Freehold Raceway.