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Friday, October 4, 2013


  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.