After eight races in the four preliminary legs of the NAADA Trotting Series the top point earners will battle in the $12,000 series finale at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday night.
Even the eight trotters that will go to post in the $12,000 final that night also had to meet a criterion. For them to be eligible, the trotters had to have made at least two starts in the series. And a worthy beneficiary of the NAADA Trotting Series is the National Juvenile Diabetes Foundation which will receive a check from NAADA that evening in the winner\'s circle after the final event is official.
Five of the horses in the finale each had won a preliminary event with the fastest clocking belonging to Paula D when she won a leg at Monticello Raceway in 2:02 on March 25. Other horses that were victorious in the series include Onomatopoeia, Angel Alan, Wishwell Sugarplum and Iroquouindianmagic.
Alan Schwartz won the points crown with 38 on the strength of two wins in four starts. Dave Ehrenberg II and Tony Verruso were tied for second place with 25 points while Joe Pennacchio’s 24 points was fourth best. Harvey Stein (23); Tom Williams (22); and George Casale with 19 points rounded out the top seven. However, Mike Lopez who finished eighth with 16 points, will not be able to compete. The first also-eligible, Todd Whitney, will drive in Lopez’s place in the $12,000 Series final.
“We had a good series and we thank both Yonkers and Monticello Raceways and all who participated,” said NAADA president Joe Faraldo. “After the final event it will be with great pleasure for the members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association to be able to present a check for $5,000 to the National Diabetes Foundation. The money was raised from the starting fees and the drivers\' percentages and our organization kicked in to make the donation an even $5,000.” (NAADA)