By john manzi for NAADA
After the first leg of the long standing NAADA Trotting Series was snowed-out last Thursday at Monticello Raceway the 2017 edition got underway with two divisions at Yonkers on March 23 and when the dust had settled Hannah Miller and Bob Krivelin each emerged victorious in their respective $6000 splits.
Off her award winning 2016 season “Hurricane Hannah” showed that she knows where the winners circle is by reining the Chris Marino-trained Winwood Scout to a gate-to-wire 2:00.1 victory in her division.
That victory came on the heels of Hannah’s stunning 1:52.4 triumph last week at the Meadowlands which established a new world standard for the fastest mile ever driven by an amateur driver.
In tonight’s contest Ms. Miller took no prisoners and set sails for the lead from the pole position. She and Linwood Scout were alone on the front-end in a :29.1 clocked first quarter and from there it was catch me of you can. And not surprisingly, nobody could as Winwood Scout rambled on to a 2-1/2 length victory in a 2:00.1 clocking over Dr. John Kokinos’s Sim Brown. Bob Hechkoff took home the show dough with The Franchise.
“Tonight was the second time that I drove Winwood Scout for Chris (Marino). Last year at Saratoga I finished second with him and tonight we got away with reasonable fractions and he was strong throughout the mile and we won rather handily,“ Hannah said via telephone after her driving victory. “He’s a real nice horse to drive.”
The winner is owned by Howard Jacobs and for “Hurricane Hannah” it was her second driving victory of the fledgling season and her 75th in just 256 lifetime starts,
The other division was also a wire to wire victory for Permanent Joy and driver Bob Krivelin. After stealing a 1:01 first half Peter Kleinhans and Toss Cartwright kept the pressure on Permanent Joy but they fell a neck short at the wire and finished second in the 2:00.2 mile. Tropical Storm Bi was two lengths behind the leaders at the wire and finished third.
Permanent Joy is owned by Krivelin’s Hero Stables and trained by Krivelin. For the food purveyor it marked his 204th career driving victory.