June 10th Matinee “Baby” Races a Hit With Seniors!
Written and photographed by Geri Schwarz (06.10.18)
Two year old trotter, The Chutzpah Kid, raced to a 209.1 victory in his first ever race experience at Goshen Historic Track’s matinee on June 10. Trained and driven by Chuck Connor, Jr., the son of Conway Hall, is owned by Alan Schwartz, President of the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association and a leading amateur driver, with over 600 driving wins to his credit. Alan’s wife, Alicia, remarked, “this is fun, so far.”
In other “baby” races (2 year olds), Joseph Chindano, Sr., sent his two Heston Blue Chip colts to the gate, Send a Note and Hot Seat, in a competition that saw Send A Note, reined by Joseph Chindano, Sr., victorious. In a wire to wire victory, Send A Note was challenged during the last quarter when Jordon Stratton pulled Rock America, but was unable to catch him. In another two year old competition, Jordan Stratton reined pacer Hurrikane Norakane to a 2:03.1 victory following a 2:07.4 second place finish last week. Joseph Chindano, Sr. marked a second victory with his Roll With Joe filly, Qing Qong Blue Chip driven by Michael Petrelli.
And in the open competition, cheers and congratulations to Marianna Monaco who enjoyed her first driving win behind veteran 9 year old trotter, Baltimore As.
Cathy Gearwar of Benson, Vermont rode her 5 year old Armbro Hall to a 2:06.1 under saddle victory. Armbro Hall is trained by Peter Gearwar and owned by Cathy and Peter Gearwar.
Dubbed “Senior Day”, there were gift bags, giveways, 50’s music, and cheers for the babies who might one day make harness racing history.
Matinees continue on June 17. Grand Circuit Racing on June 29 and 30, and July 1 and 2. Post time at 1:00 P.M.