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MONTICELLO RACEWAY DIRECTOR of Racing Eric Warner, left, presents a box of matzohs to Alan Schwartz after Schwartz reined the winner of the Passover Pace. The race for drivers of Jewish heritage was held on Monday, April 17 at the Mighty M.

Alan Schwartz
Wins the Race

By John Manzi
MONTICELLO — April 25, 2006 – He may be an amateur driver, but Alan Schwartz of Hurleyville is definitely not a novice. 
The outstanding amateur reinsman added another victory to his career total on April 17 when he guided Old Town Bobiesox to a three-length victory in a time of 2 minutes, 3.4 seconds in “The Race for the Matzohs,” an event which was also known as Monticello Raceway’s eighth annual Passover Pace.
The win in the Mighty M’s second leg of its 2006 Heritage Drivers Series was the 271st of Schwartz’s career. It was also his third in the event, which is relegated to drivers of Jewish heritage.
With the late scratches of Gennessee Blue Chip, who was to have been driven by Mike Kimelman, and Hawaiian Perfect, who was to have been guided by Dr. Doug King,    the field was reduced to six starters. Mark Liebowitz, who drove Deb’s On Art from post position eight,  took advantage of his two-place move-in and sent his mare to the front and gained command in the first turn.
Schwartz also hustled his mare away from the mobile starting gate  and fell in behind Leibowitz’s pacer. They raced one-two around the track until Schwartz pulled the two-hole in the final turn and rallied to an easy victory in the aforementioned time of 2:03.4
Deb’s On Art held on for second place and Dakujeme finished third for Bob Heckhoff, another amateur reinsman.
“Actually, I had a picture perfect trip and felt right from the time I settled in behind Mark [Liebowitz] that I’d be able to beat him in the stretch if nobody challenged early,” Schwartz said as he posed for a photo while holding a box of matzohs.
And as if Schwartz willed it, nobody challenged until the backstretch. As a result, Old Town Bobiesox coasted to an easy victory for owner/trainer Jack Sheehan of Oakpark, Illinois.
Sent off as the prohibitive favorite, Old Town Bobiesox paid a paltry $2.80 for the win.

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