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Monday, May 6, 2013


The eighth and last next to last preliminary leg in the North American Amateur Drivers Association’s  Charity Trotting Series saw New Jersey-native Brad Rathbone  rein his veteran trotter Killer Whale to a wire to wire triumph  at Freehold Raceway last Saturday  afternoon(May 4) .

The 10 year old Malabar Man gelding  won by two lengths  in a very creditable time of 1:59.2 over  a trio of trotters  who hit the wire nearly simultaneously . When the judges printed the photo,the betting favorite For Goodness Lindy and driver Paul Minore were second best while  Whatnblazes and Dave Offenberg  finished third. Jjust a whisker behind those two in fourth place  was  Nowerland  Nathan and Dave Yarock.

“He  is a very classy old horse,” Rathbone said of Killer Whale. “He has won over $300,000 and was an open trotter when he was younger. He had an injury a few years ago and has been raced sparingly since then.

“This was his fourth start of the year and for the previous three weeks he’s been raced out of a hole but he didn’t finish well.  He (Killer Whale)  warmed up real good today  so  I suggested  we try him on the front-end.

“ When I sent him out of there we grabbed the lead immediately and although he trotted fast early fractions (:28.1 and :58) that  didn’t seem to hurt him. When we turned for home  he was still strong and  we won it  easily.”

Killer Whale is owned and trained by Michael Reynolds. He paid $16.00; $6.40 and $4.20 across the board.

It was the first season victory for Killer Whale and the also the first win (from two starts) for driver  Brad Rathbone.

The final preliminary leg of the NAADA Charity Trotting Series will be on Saturday, May 11 again at Freehold Raceway.

The $14,000 NAADA Final will be raced at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, May 23.

According to NAADA president Joe Faraldo, after the completion of the trotting series the amateur drivers organization will again make a sizable donation to a worthwhile charity.