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Amateur final at Big M

June 05, 2007

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Their day jobs include university dean, IT operations, photographer and human resources manager, but on Wednesday night 10 members of the American Harness Drivers Club will don their driving colors to compete in their $5,000 Spring Pacing Series final at the Meadowlands. The one-mile pace will take place before the racing card at 7 p.m. and is a non-wagering event.

Series leader Carmen Ciccone, a sales manager for Primedia Business of Stamford, Conn., will steer Chips Tresaure in the spring finale. Defending 2006 Fall Series champion, Bob Hechkoff of New York City, will drive Whitsunday Beach. Heckhoff is the owner and president of Hechkoff Executive Search Inc.

Dr. Karyn Malinowski is director of the Equine Science Center at the Cook College division of Rutgers University and will be driving BJ’s Zephyr in the competition. John Regina of Bedminster, N.J., who will drive his own horse, Brookletshappyhour, is senior vice president of human resources for Robert Wood University Hospital.

Equine photographer Monica Thors of Robbinsville, N.J., will steer According To Hoyle in the finale. Phil Winkler of Lyndhurst, N.J., a financial representative for Met Life’s New England Financial Group, will drive Cambar. 

Brad Rathbone, an IT operations manager for Chase Bank in Wilmington, Del., will drive Princess Nikki. Neil Goldstein, a resident of East Brunswick, N.J., and principal in a business consulting firm, will pilot Sand D\'laney.

American Harness Drivers Club president Bernie Boland will compete in the final with Ashcott El N. Boland regularly commutes between his home in Middletown, N.J., and his position at Scioto Downs racetrack in Ohio. Rounding out the field of finalists is Anthony Verruso of Whitestone, N.Y., who will drive State Affair. (Meadowlands)
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