Monticello, NY --- Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford added another driving victory in this year’s C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series when he won with his own Garbarino in a time of 2:04.4 at the Fairfield County Fair in Lancaster, Ohio, on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 10).
It was Oldford’s ninth Billings victory in 2013 and 16th overall this season. It was also the third consecutive win by Garbarino in Billings competition.
“He certainly has been good in his last few starts,” Oldford said, referring to Garbarino. “We didn’t qualify him this year until mid-May and his first start wasn’t until early June and although he appeared that he would have a good 4-year-old season he came along slowly and really didn’t get good until the late summer.”
At Lancaster on Thursday afternoon, Garbarino certainly had his trotting shoes on again. He started from the four hole and at the first quarter he had three lengths on the field. From there no one could even get close to the trotter as Oldford kept daylight between himself and the others. At the third stanza Garbarino still had a three length lead which was opened to five lengths as the field came off the final turn.
In the lane Garbarino kept pouring it on and at the wire Oldford’s trotter was an eight length winner over Lifelong Hanover and driver “Chicago George” Bonomo. Littlebitofhoney finished third for Dave “Linemaster” Ehrenberg II.
Although Grabarino, a 4-year-old altered son of Angus Hall, came into the contest off three consecutive victories he still was sent off at odds of 5-1 and returned a $12.60 win payoff.
The next Billings action will be a pair of trots at Saratoga Raceway on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14).