by John Manzi for NAADA
After finishing fourth and fifth in the first leg of the German -American Friendship Competition at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday (Oct. 2), Andreas Schwarz scored a victory for the visiting Germans last night (Oct. 3) when he guided Incognito to a 1:57.3 triumph at Yonkers Raceway .
Only one event--a pace-- was slated in the Friendship Competition at the Hilltop oval but it was on the card as race number one.
In that contest there was plenty of movement and Schwarz took advantage of a quick early pace and used cover like a pro to get his pacer into contention on the final turn. As the field headed for paydirt Incognito was fifth on the far outside, but only two lengths off One Tough Hombre and driver Tony Verruso, who was in front at that point after being first- over on the limb from the halfway point.
When the tight field headed for home Schwarz’s pacer rallied down the center of the track to collar Irish Elitist, driven by George Bonomo who had followed the cover provided One Tough Hombre. Despite fading in the lane Verruso’s horse held on for the show dough.
Schwarz is an owner of a horse farm with over 100 trotters near Munich, Germany and has over 475 career wins. In 1999 he set a world record of 229 wins that year, an accomplishment that is noted in the Guinness Record Book
Incognito, owned and trained by Joe Agostino, went off the favorite in the race at odds of 2-1 and returned $6.30 for win.
Other members of the German team, Martina Bredlau, Peter Platzer and Christoph Pallander finished fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively in the Yonkers race which added 25 points to their totals.
Members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association who comprised the American team; Bonomo, Verruso, Dave Offenberg and Joe Faraldo earned 17 points and although the Germans closed the gap a bit they still trail team USA, 70-56.
The final two events in the Friendship Competition will be on Friday night (Oct 4) at Vernon Downs and will go as races two and four on their 12-race card.