Yonkers, NY — Paul Minore saved the best for last when he rallied Glenferrie Dreamer in the final strides to win the $15,000 final of the NAADA Trotting Series in 2:00.1 on Thursday night (Dec. 5) at Yonkers Raceway.
It was the third and final 10-race trotting series offered this year by NAADA.
On a cold and windy evening, Bob Hechkoff sent Five Towns to the lead from the six-hole when the wings of the mobile gate folded, but found he had company in the presence of Dave Offenberg and Fiji, who challenged for the lead. Hechkoff refused to yield and Minore was content to be in the two-hole through the first stanza in:29.1.
As they trotted by the halfway point, Fiji and Five Towns were heads apart as they raced one-two past the half in :59.3, while Minore sat chilly covered along the pylons.
As the field passed the three-quarters, Fiji began to show the perils of being parked out and began to fade. As he did, Minore hustled Glenferrie Dreamer up to challenge Five Towns, and they duked it out all the way down the lane. As they approached the wire, Minore’s trotter was the stronger horse and eked out a head victory over Hechkoff’s charge. Fiji was third, three lengths off the winner.
It was the third victory of the season for Glenferrie Dreamer, a 10-year-old Dream Vacation gelding whom Minore, a retired athletic coach, owns. He paid $5.60 to win.