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Girouard,Richardson and Macdonald score wins in amateur events.
Mike Girouard continued his winning ways by capturing the first of three amateur races this week. Mike scored with Rockin Delight a six year old trained by Scott Rollins.
When the wings folded Girouard put his peddle to the metal and was on top in 29.1. From that point it was Rockin Delight coast to coast crossing the finish line in 1:56.2.
Finishing second was Aaron Hall and his own Native Lightening who made a valient effort to catch Rockin Delight but just came up short.
In the fourth race it was Alex Richardson and Neutral Court in almost a carbon copy of the previous amateur race. Leaving from post seven,much like Rockin Delight, Alex went right to the front and never looked back making
every pole a winning one. Richardson, currently the point leader in the driver standings, finished a lenght in front of a fast closing Burl Hanover and Aaron Hall. Neutral Court stopped the teletimer in 1:56.3
The final of the three amateur races saw Alex MacDonald and Mountain Rock come from behind to score a two lenght victory overMr. Vaive. MacDonald who drives sparingly showed he still can team a horse as he came
from off the pace tipping three deep at the three quarter pole on his way to the winners circle. Mountain Rock is trained by Bobby Marston who is having an excellent year. Mountain Rock was the only winner
that returned double digits for its backers paying $10.80 to win while pacing the mile in 1:56.3
Amateur action is heating up as the hot weather rolls in so come out on fridays and enjoy the action. Post time is 4 o’clock.
News & notes:
THe amateur club would like to welcome Ken Spinney,Luke Varney and J Carl Smith. Great to have them on board.
2016 WHAT A YEAR !
The New England Amateur Harness Drivers Club had, without a doubt, the best year of racing since they began back in 2002.
The NEAHDC participated in 37 races with purses totaling $171,500 which averaged out to $4,635 per race.
The increase in the purse total was an amazing 48.5% over 2015.
The increase in purse money can be attributed to the increased percentage from slot revenue . In addition to the purse
increases, the club had twenty-seven members on their roster, some of which drove occasionally or not at all
and yet still supportive.
The 2016 season was very rewarding in two additional ways. First,the amateur club was able to donate over $10,000
to various charities (see below). This amount was more than double last years total. The satisfaction our club gets,
knowing we contributed to these worthy charities is amazing. Secondly, the purse money was won by all (or nearly all) local owners and trainers.
The last two races, both with a full field of eight, offered purses of $20,000 and $15,000 respectively.
Everyone in those races were local owners and trainers who have supported Plainridge and the amateur club.
Enough can’t be said about the Plainridge management team for all the support the have shown the amateur club.
We are truly grateful.
As 2017 approaches the NEAHDC looks forward to another successful season as well as its continued
effort to support so many worthwhile charities.
2016 NEAHDC DONATIONS / CONTRIBUTIONS
Classy Lane Farm fundraiser $4,012
Living Bread Food Pantry $2,000
Owner/Trainer Bonuses $1,200
St. Judes Childrens Hospital $300
Autism Speaks $300
T&G Santa Fund $300
Boston Childrens Hospital $200
Harness Horse Youth Foundation $200
Standardbred Retirement Foundation $200
Windbrush Farm (theraputic riding) $200
Sunshine Horses Inc. $200
American Cancer Society $200
Edible Arrangements $319.98
(Tom Mello,Mr. Salerno,Mrs Longobardi)
Horsemens Tack $ 492
(neahdc & Tom Mello coolers)East
East Coast Embroidery $107
(Tom Mello plaque)
Orleans County Fair $150
Pinnacle Deals (tv donation) $278.15
City Trophies (NEAHDC) $141.46
Fouts Memorial (Del.,Ohio) $500
365 z Foundations $200
(community program for inner
Petit Productions(fundraiser) $750
Donut Cafe & Goretti’s market $ 281.55
BJ’s paddock food $125.04
Judy Therrien (paddock food) $325
Piezoni’s pizza (paddock) $295
BJ’s (paddock cookout ) $373.87
USTA membership $100
Surabian Advertising $118.38
Office (Staples & stamps) $50.83
Pictures by Lori Dupuis and Cath Bouthillier