Monticello, NY --- Maybe it was fitting, or maybe just by chance, but when Ciuffetelli and Shambo win races on Columbus Day it makes one sit up and take notice.
“Tough Tony” Ciuffetelli won the first Billings Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Monday (Oct. 14) with CSI What’s My Name while “Christopher Columbus” Shambo copped the second division with George’s Vacation.
It was the first Billings victory for each driver.
Ciuffetelli took advantage of a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Celtic Merchant, driven by Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford, which carried him to the deep stretch and halfway home. Ciuffetelli moved CSI What’s My Name to the outside and they caught the leader in the final strides to win by a head in 2:01. Jimmer finished third for “Bullet Bob” Davis.
The 9-year-old Tagliabue gelding is owned and trained by Ciuffetelli. He paid $5.10 for win.
Shambo, on the other hand, wanted the front end with his trotter and they took command before the quarter pole and from there George’s Vacation made every pole a winning one. They even opened up daylight as they neared the wire to finish three lengths ahead of runner-up Make It Hot and Harvey “Doc” Stein. Dave “Steady As” Yarock took home the show dough with J’omama.
Owned and trained by Kevin Hough, George’s Vacation paid $2.90 for win.
On Saturday (Oct. 19) at Lebanon Raceway, an important Billings race will be contested to determine the eight drivers who’ll be eligible to compete in the Midwest Regional Final on Oct. 24 at The Meadows.