After a few months hiatus Monticello Raceway’s Heritage Drivers Series is set to resume on Thursday afternoon, August 29 with a race for drivers of British Heritage, dubbed the Mayflower Mile.
The event, will be the seventh leg of the Raceway’s year-long Heritage Drivers Series and the winning driver in the Mayflower Mile will represent the “Brits” in the series finale slated later this fall.
Just a few weeks ago when Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr. notched his 11,000th career victory there was nearly as much to-do about the blanket he was presented in the winner’s circle that stated his milestone as there was for his accomplishment.
On Friday, September 6 Monticello Raceway will present its third annual All Amateur Day. Although, not an uncommon event in other countries, each of the pari-mutuel races on that afternoon card will feature some of the best and most experienced amateur drivers in North America.
But this year the All Amateur Day has added meanings.
After winning the Monticello Raceway training title by one win on the final day of racing last year Danny Gill has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. This year the 57 year old trainer is on a tear and has already harnessed 125 winners, six more than it took to win the title last season.
“I’ve got 27 horses on the grounds, most of them owned by the Hall brothers, Ed and Jake. With a huge stable I’m able start a lot of horses and have been lucky enough to rack-up a lot of wins,” Gill said.
When the judges drew the Thursday, August 1st card which featured nine divisions of 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in the New York Sires Stakes and the Excelsior Series it was anticipated to be the best racing program thus far this season at Monticello Raceway.
Unfortunately the steady falling rains that afternoon damped the highly anticipated expectations and the racetrack too, still with the races were exciting and well contested and racing fans, both on and off track, poured over $878,000 through the betting machines.
Bruce Aldrich Jr. the beat goes on. Monticello Raceway’s driving leader reined four more winners on the Wednesday (July 31) program and now has 229 for the current meet. When that total is added to his seasonal resume Aldrich now has 340 wins thus far this season which ranks him tied for sixth in wins on the North American leaderboard.
“I’m having the best season of my career,” Aldrich said.” Now that I’ve given-up training I can concentrate more on my driving.”