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THE MAN THEY LOVE TO HATE
Douglas S. Looney
August 10, 1981
His fellow harness drivers aren't exactly fond of abrasive Carmine Abbatiello, but he really couldn't care less. He's already won $29 million in that sulky
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August 10, 1981

The Man They Love To Hate

His fellow harness drivers aren't exactly fond of abrasive Carmine Abbatiello, but he really couldn't care less. He's already won $29 million in that sulky

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"Naw, just my family."

Could be. A USTA official, pleading anonymity, says, "I don't have a very high opinion of him. He won't lift a finger to help anybody else. Carmine is for Carmine." Bergstein says, "He can be kind of a rough-cut guy, but there are bits of polish. I guess I'd say he has a nice patina to him."

He really does. Knocking around the tracks with him is an adventure in candor, Abbatiello having reached that level of success which enables him to say anything to anybody. After a losing drive at Roosevelt, the owner of the horse questions Abbatiello.

Owner: What do you think of him?

Abbatiello: I don't think he's much stock.

Owner: If you had gotten him out instead of being locked in, he might have won.

Abbatiello: There's no way this horse could have won.

Owner: What shall we do?

Abbatiello: I don't know, but I'll tell you one thing.

Owner: What?

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