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NEAHDC finished off a remarkable season
The New England Amateur Harness Drivers Club with membership totaling 26, that competes weekly at the Plainridge Racecourse, Plainville, MA
just completed their 2016 harness racing season on Monday, November 28, 2016 on an extremely high-note.
The club held 36 races with purses totaling $166,000.00 and averaged $4,628. The last two races of the season highlighted the year
by having the lower class race for $15,000 and the higher class racing for $20,000. Those total figures show an increase of 56% in total
purses and an increase of 35% in the number of races.
Club President Bill Abdelnour, a dedicated harness horse owner, trainer, and driver summed up the year this way,
" The club had such a rewarding season that they continued to donate to the charities of the previous years and were able to add a few more
new charities to help benefit them. It`s such a real good feeling to watch the drivers put on such a professional effort in their races."
A big thanks goes out to The Penn/National Management Team for all their help, a special thank you goes out to
Plainridge Racecourse General Manager Stephen O`Toole, the great condition races that Race Secretary Paul Verrette
made available, Track Announcer Len Calderone, the Presiding Judge and his associate judges, and the rest of the Penn/National Staff.
The leading point getters for the club were:
First Place Winner: Dan Tuccillo of Prospect, CT 172 points
Second Place: Eric Davis of Hartly, DE 166 points
Third Place: Jim Tomaso of Rehoboth, MA 140 points
We wish all harness racing fans, who come to the track to watch and bet the races, a wonderful holiday season
and most importantly a happy and very healthy new year.
We looked forward to seeing you next year on April 10, 2017 ......... " When the starter calls the pacers "
By Bob Lieberman
JohnSears & Kings Treasure capture the “ treasure ”
The full field of eight line up in front of the clubhouse, as the starting gate heads around the first turn on it`s way to the start of the race.
They are all set for the start of the race and the gate opens and out fires # 1Hopeful Artist with Jim Tomaso followed by # 2 Kings Treasure
and John Sears,with # 3 Personnel Space and Jolene Andrews as they make their way by the clubhouse and to the ¼ pole in :28.
They continue that way to the half, with no position changes as they pass the ½ mile pole in :57.2. Coming out first over,
out of third place is Personnel Space and Jolene Andrews, as they head towardsthe ¾ pole, with Personnel Space now moving
into 2nd place as thetimer reads 1:27. From out of fifth place at the half mile pole # 5 TinysMillion and Irving
Bluestein make their move and and now moves up to 4th place, as Hopeful Artist continues to take them
by the ¾ pole and around the far turn
and down the stretch.
As they continue down the stretch Kings Treasure, is maneuvered back to 3rd at the ¾ pole by Personnel Space, but managesto
make a strong move down the lane to overtake to both Hopeful Artist and Tinys Million to win the race by two open lengths ,
followed by Tinys Million for second and Hopeful Artist, who faded back to third, in a time of 1:57.
The winner went off at odds of 6-1.
Kings Treasure is owned Alfred Lang of Norton, MA and trained by driverJohn Sears.
This is the horse`s 5th win in 36 starts with earnings this year of $23,213.00.
The payoffs are as follows: # 2 Kings Treasure JohnSears $15.80 $6.80 $4.80
# 5 Tinys Million $6.00 $3.20
# 1 Hopeful Artist $2.10
All $2.00 payoffs: Exacta 2/5 $92.00 Trifecta: 2/5/1 $406.60 Superfecta: 2/5/1/7 $8.70
Eric Davis & Chasen Cancun win the $10,000.00 first prize
The seventh race is the final amateur race for the season, with a purseof $20,000.00. There is an eight horse field
vying for the first place prize of$10,000.00, with the win payoffs ranging from $3.00 and going to $66.30.
The field now approaches the starting gate and before you know it, the gate opens and out flies
# 3 Goin Manstyle with
Alex Richardson as they make it to the top, followed by # 2 Max Q and Jim Tomaso and in third is # 1 Chasen Cancun
with Eric Davis as they hit the quarter pole in :28.2. They continue that way towards the half with Goin Manstyle passing by the half
mile pole in :58.1 and then goes on an unfortunate break, as Chasen Cancun is interfered with, but is able to maintain his stride and
continues in third place as Max Q heads on to the ¾ pole and takes over firstplace as they pass the ¾ in 1:27.2.
Jjf`s Miss Carolyn makes a three wide move heading towards the ¾ pole and moves up to third place. They pass the ¾ pole and
head around the far turn and start to head down the lane with Chasen Cancun moving up from third to second at the ¾ pole and continues
to make progress coming down the lane. # 6 Silvio Dante and Dan Tuccillo comes from sixth at the half and moves up down the lane,
like the driving champion he is, and closes pretty quickly to nab 2nd place with Max Q taking the show spot.
Meanwhile Chasen Cancun starts to pull away from the field and draws away by three and a half lengths to win in a time of 1:56.2.
The first half and second half were both timed in :58.1.
The top two drivers in the club, finished the race first and second.The horse went off at 6-1.
Chasen Cancun is owned, trained and was driven by Eric Davis of Hartly, DE and has 5 wins in 36 starts with
earnings for 2016 of $23,492.00. Pretty impressive when you realize that numberis triple what he earned last year.
The payoffs are as follows: # 1 Chasen Cancun Eric Davis $15.80 $8.60 $4.80
# 6Silvio Dante Dan Tuccillo $10.00 $4.60
# 4 Max Q JimTomaso $2.80
All $2.00 payoffs: Exacta: 1/6 $302.60 Trifecta: 1/6/4 $1880.60
Recap of the final amateur race card
By Bob Lieberman
2015 NEAHDC DONATIONS/CONTRIBUTIONS
Plainville Food Pantry $2000.00
St. Jude Hospital 300.00
American Cancer Society 200.00
Autism Speaks 200.00
Plainville Lions Club 200.00
Boston Children’s Hospital 200.00
Windrush Farm (theraputic riding) 200.00
Cerebral Palsey 200.00
Holiday Adoption Program 200.00
Vermont State Fair 150.00
Orleans County Fair 150.00
Harness Horse Youth Foundation 150.00
Standardbred Retirement Foundation 150.00
T & G Santa (Gazette Santa) 150.00
BoBo Fund (R. Beauregard) 100.00
Pictures by Lori Dupuis and Cath Bouthillier