Krivelin wins third Amateur Driver of the Year
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Two years ago Krivelin copped his second amateur driving title and although he rarely drives more than 75 times a year he thus has far reined 167 winners since he began his amateur career in 1996.
And while he was on the subject Krivelin expounds how harness racing wouldn't be the same if it weren't for the amateurs.
"Just look at how many invest in race horses and employ professional trainers and drivers.Take Doc (Scott) Woogen for instance; he must have 40 horses with various trainers and drivers many of which he drives himself when time allows. And me, I have 13 horses, three which I train and drive myself, and the rest with professional trainers and drivers. And like many other amateur guys I purchased a farm to house my stock.”
From a young age Krivelin, who hails from the Bronx, was bitten by the harness racing bug.
"When I was a youngster I used to sneak into Yonkers Raceway with some friends after the seventh race when they opened the gates,” Krivelin said unashamedly. "Those days, foolishly, youngsters weren't allowed in the grandstand.
"It was from the excitement and fun of the races at Yonkers that I got hooked on harness racing. The crowds were tremendous, the racing top notch, so what wasn't there to like?”
After becoming a successful businessman and then spending much of his leisure time around the Meadowlands he purchased a few horses and in 1996 "Kriv,” as many of his friends call him, drove his first race. He finished fifth with Straight Talk at the Meadowlands in 1996 and it was behind that same trotter that year that he won his first race (2:04.2) at Rosecroft Raceway.
Winning your first race is often like that first girlfriend who most men usually remember with reverence. But not Kriv.
Although in 2003 he drove his own Rapid Rail to a Hambletonian Oaks elimination victory—thus his nickname-- and then finished second in the final, still he claims his greatest thrill thus far was winning his first race against professional drivers at the Meadowlands in 2001.
Much of the money he has earned from his vocation Krivelin has put into the racing game, and says, maybe with tongue in cheek --and maybe not---"It's great when you get hooked on harness racing…. but when you do it's all that you think of and it takes up your whole life.” (by John Manzi)