Arguably there are few drivers who enjoy racing as much as the amateurs do. They not only don’t earn any money they, in fact, pay for the right to drive in their amateur series events.
On Thursday (Oct. 2) there were four races strictly for amateur drivers; one at the Red Mile and three at Yonkers Raceway.
The Red Mile event was billed as a Gentlemen’s Drivers Club Trot but was filled, for the most part, by Billings members, and to add affront to the name of the race it was won by a woman, “Soft- Hearted Hannah” Miller.
The trots at Yonkers were for members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association and when the winners there were Joe Lee, Kelly ”Sky” Walker and Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff, familiar names in the Billings Series.
In the event in Lexington, Ky. Ms. Miller sat back off the early fractions with Rev It Now and then made a move as the field headed for the third stanza. They gained command at the head of the stretch and Rev It Now trotted home a 1:55.4 winner, among the fastest miles ever driven by a lady driver.
Dave “Linemaster “Ehrenberg followed Miller’s late moves but his trotter, Keystone Sadie, couldn’t keep up in the lane which allowed Peter “Sycamore Ventures” Gerry, up behind Hartwell, to finish second a length or so, behind the winner. Keystone Sadie took home the show dough.
Meanwhile, later that day at Yonkers, NY, 18 amateur drivers, nearly all also members of the Billings Series, convened to test their skills behind some spirited steeds.
Joe Lee copped the first NAADA trot when he romped to a six- length triumph with Well Connected Kid, in a time of 2:00.2 who kicked-in a :29.1 final panel en route to victory. Homer Jay and “Mighty Matt” Zuccarello followed Lee’s lead but Homer Jay had to settle for second money. Three lengths behind them was Jimmer, driven by “Bullet Bob” Davis.
Kelly “Sky” Walker won the second non-betting trot with Rush N Supreme in a 1:59 clocking but both horse and driver were happy when the wire seemed to come up in time so Rush N Supreme could hold on to a neck triumph over Current Crisis and driver by Bobby “Rapid Rail” Krivelin. Dave “Steady As” Yarock finished third in that mile with Rompaway Alvin.
The third and final NAADA trot went to Get Packin and Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff with a gate to wire victory in a time of 1`:59.1. They were chased home by Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford and Celtic Merchant who took home second money while “Smokin’ Joe, I finally did it” Faraldo was third best with Nowerland Firebird.