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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Maybe it was fitting, or maybe just by chance, but when Ciuffetelli and Rambo win races  on Columbus Day it makes one sit up and take notice.

“Tough Tony” Ciuffetelli  was  won the first Billings Trot  at Saratoga Raceway on Monday,  Oct. 13 with  CSI What’s My Name  while “Christopher Columbus” Shambo copped the second  division with George’s Vacation.

It was the first Billings victory for each driver.

Ciuffetelli took advantage of a two-hole trip behind pace-setter  Celtic Merchant, driven by Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford,  which carried him to the deep stretch and halfway home  Ciuffetelli moved  CSI What’s My Name to the outside and they caught the leader in the final strides to win by a head in 2:01. Jimmer finished third for “Bullet Bob” Davis.

The 9-year-old Tagliabue gelding is owned and trained by Ciuffetelli. He paid  $5.10 for win
Rambo, on the other hand,  wanted the front end  with his trotter and they took command before the quarter pole and from there George’s Vacation made every pole a winning one and even opened up daylight as they  neared the wire to  finish  three lengths ahead of runner-up  Make It Hot and Harvey “Doc” Stein.  Dave “Steady As” Yarock took home the show dough with J’omama.

Owned and trained by Kevin Hough George’s Vacation paid  $2.90 for win.

On Saturday Oct. 19, at Lebanon Raceway,  an important Billing race will be contested to determine the eight drivers  who’ll be eligible to compete in the Midwest Regional Final on Oct. 24th at The Meadows.