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Monday, October 21, 2013


“Lawbook Larry” Farley and his  veteran trotter Rewrite The Rules got up in the final strides to collar GJ Photo Victory and “Trader Bud” Hatfield to win the Billings contest  in 2:04.3 at Lebanon Raceway on October  19. Cash On The Rail finished  third for Victor “Cruise Control” Gray, Sr.
Sent off as  second choice from the three-hole,  Farley  found  room along the pylons in second position and he wisely stayed there following the cover of Littlebitofhoney and driver  Dave “Linemaster” Ehrenberg. When Ehrenberg’s trotter was challenged by  GJ Photo Victory, Littlebitofhoney went off-stride and Trader Bud’s horse  took command.

But a patient Farley  stayed along the pylons and when he made his move in the lane  Rewrite The rules  was the strong horse at the wire and they scored a well-earned triumph.

An attorney from Berkey, Ohio, Farley has been a longtime member of the Billings Series and has driven harness horses as a hobby and a pleasure since 1981. In the late 1990’s, Farley drove in Legal Eagle Pace at Monticello Raceway, a race specifically  for drivers who were also lawyers.
For Rewrite The Rules  paid $10.00 for win. It was the trotter’s fourth victory of the season and for Farley his 49th winning drive of his amateur career.

The Lebanon Raceway contest  was the deciding factor for determining the nine drivers who are eligible for the Midwest Division Final which will be raced at  The Meadows on Friday, October 25.
With his second place finish Trader Bud Hatfield  won the points title over  Larry Farley.

Other drivers whose regional point totals have earned them a berth in the Mid West Final include : Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford, “Marvelous Marvin” Raber, “Chicago George” Bonomo, Dave Ehrenberg, Michelle “The Belle” Ruvola,” Tar Heel Tom Williams, and Katy High Flying” Hawk.