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Kokinos, Fielding NAADA trot winners at Yonkers
Friday, November 8, 2013 - by John Manzi, for the NAADA

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Monticello, NY --- The North American Amateur Drivers Association Three-Track Trotting Series moved to Yonkers Raceway on Thursday evening, November 7 and over a racetrack rated good John Kokinos and Jerry Fielding emerged victorious in their respective splits. 

Kokinos not only held on to the point lead in the series but actually opened up daylight against his competitors when he guided Jennifer Lappe’s Impressive Earl to a  2:03.2 victory. And in his first NAADA Trot start Fielding won a decision with Bill Mulligan’s Lady Love Hanover in a time of 2:04.2.

In his division Kokinos hustled his trotter to the lead and Impressive Earl was just that as the veteran Valley Victory gelding raced in front the entire way.

Steve Oldford made a run at the leader nearing the halfway point with Habanero but they couldn’t reach and by the final turn Impressive Earl trotted away and scored a two length triumph over Oldford’s mount. Third place went to George’s Vacation, driven by last year’s National Amateur Driver of the Year, Bobby Krivelin.

Fielding employed the same strategy with his victory when he sent Lady Love Hanover to the lead on the first turn and then played catch me if you can. Although there were challenges from Tremendous Hit (Bob Hechkoff) and Rodeo Red (Tony Berruso), Fielding and his trotting mare remained undaunted and they had two lengths on the field at the top of the lane.

However, Lady Love Hanover tired a bit in the deep stretch and Monica Banca and Hardrockenjessica came from far back with a rush and darn near won it all, only falling short by a head at the finish. Verruso’s Rodeo Red was third best some two lengths off the winner.

Kokinos, with 30 points, is the series leader, followed by Banca (18) and Bob Davis (16). Fielding, Paul Minore, and Dave Yarock follow, each with 10 points. Alan Schwartz (9) and Bobby Krivelin (8) round out the top 8.

The series moves on to Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon, November 15.


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