Ciavardini Takes Amateur Trot At Monticello

Monticello Raceway

After travelling along in fourth position, Bob Ciavardini moved P C Foreign Affair three-deep at the three-quarters and they rallied to the lead at the head of the lane then went on to a 1-1/2-length victory in the $7,500 NAADA Trot on Wednesday at Monticello Raceway.

Sent off at odds greater than 6-1, the nine-year-old gelding paid $14.20 for the win.

Ciavardini was content to get away fourth as Dave Yarock and Mr Ridgetaker zipped to the lead from the six-hole  as the timer flashed :29. Once on top, Yarock's trotter passed the halfway point in :59.4 and they got first call at the three-quarters in 1:29.2, but trouble was lurking when the trailers moved up. Fun Time Charlie (Scott Keppler) was head-to-head with Mr Ridgetaker as they turned for home but P C Foreign Affair on the far outside was the strong horse and, in the deep stretch, Ciavardini's trotter rallied to the lead and went on to triumph in 1:59.2. Fun Time Charlie finished second and Racintowardadream garnered the show dough for Paul Minore. 
Bob and Richard Ciavardini own the winning Cornaro Dasolo gelding, who's trained by Tom Merton.

(With files from NAADA)