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NAADA Scores For Faraldo, Arbia

Published: October 24, 2019 11:51 pm ET

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Two divisions of the sixth leg of the NAADA Fall Trotting Series is now in the books after the judges declared each official, Joe Faraldo and Melissa Arbia walked away with the lions share of their respective $8,000 divisions.

Faraldo won his heat with Tough Get Going in 2:02.1 by the shortest of noses while Arbia copped her split after rallying Finich Odair a head triumph in a 1:58.3 clocking.

After starting from the three hole Faraldo ducked to the pylons and was content to allow Joe Pennacchio and Cheeky Little Miss to cut the fractions. Once on top Pennacchio was unhurried and got his trotter by the quarter in soft :30.2 and the half in 1:02.1 despite keeping Glenferrie Dreamer (Paul Minore) on the limb.

Meanwhile Faraldo sat chilly with Tough Get Going until the top of the lane where he rallied his trotter and both he and Pennacchio's Cheeky Little Miss charged to the wire.

“We won it but it was by the shortest of noses. In fact it was so close that I wasn't sure my horse won until they posted the order of finish on the infield tote board “I'm telling you it (the victory) couldn't have been by more than an inch,” Faraldo explained.

Even with his overland trip Glenferrie Dreamer took home the show dough.

Tough Get Going is owned by Faraldo and Richie Banca and trained by Banca. For Faraldo who was National Amateur Driver of the Year in 2000 it marked his sixth victory this season.

The first event was nearly a carbon copy of Faraldo's victory. In that one Arbia and Finnick Odair benefited by a two-hole trip as Paul Minore and Wygant Prince kept Bob Hechkoff and Five Towns parked from the three-eighths as they raced one-two until the three quarters when Five Towns began to tire.

After traveling along in the two-hole while using the leaders for cover, when Arbia asked Finnick Odair for more the veteran trotter responded and got-up in the final strides for a head triumph over Wygant Prince. Five Towns hung on for third money.

The winner, a four-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, is co- owned by his driver along with Joe Bongiorno and Jennifer Bongiorno. The latter is the horse's trainer.

(NAADA)


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