Monticello Raceway

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April 2014

He may not be the biggest standardbred that ever looked through a bridle but, for sure, Talldarkandhandsome is one of the biggest.

 

The 6-year-old altered son of Life Sign, who’s every bit of 17 hands, scored his second seasonal triumph at Monticello Raceway when the pacer turned back seven others en route to a 1:57.3 victory.

 

Matt Zuccarello—yes, Zuccarello-- reined the winner of Monticello Raceway’s 16th annual Passover Pace on Tuesday afternoon, April 22.  He hustled his charge Winsmith Molly up to collar the pacesetter-- Sam’s Fortune and driver Alan Charles— in the final strides and walked away with the box of matzohs.

 

Last fall when Austin Siegelman was presented with the Rising Star Award by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA at their annual banquet he told the attending crowd that among the things he was looking to accomplish during 2014 was to win Monticello Raceway’s Passover Pace. Now on Tuesday, April 22 he will get that chance, and a good one at that, when he jumps up behind the 5-2 favorite Christoffer Bliss.

Quietly Jimmy Devaux does his job, and he’s good at what he does.

 

On Wednesday afternoon (April 16) Devaux reined four winners on Monticello Raceway’s eight race card. The previous day he had three wins.

Devaux began the Wednesday afternoon scoring a 2:00.4 victory with Melissa Russo’s veteran trotter Tobell and although Tobell paid $38.00 for win it wasn’t the biggest payoff of Devaux’s four winners.

 

The Kentucky Derby has its “Run for the Roses”; the Preakness runs for the Black-Eyed Susans; and on Tuesday afternoon, April 21 Monticello Raceway will have its annual “Race for the Matzohs” when the Catskill Mountains oval presents its 16th edition of the Passover Pace, a race strictly for drivers of Jewish heritage.

 

The event will be part of the tracks year-long Heritage Drivers Series which will be followed later this season by other races for different ethnicities.

 

It’s déjà vu all over again at Monticello Raceway with a local pacer, Diamond Tiara, vaulting to the top of the North American leaderboard  after she notched her ninth seasonal triumph yesterday (April 7) at the Sullivan County (NY) oval.

 

With Jimmy Taggart, Jr. again at the controls Diamond Tiara wired the field to score in a time of 1:58.1.

 

Last year another Monticello-based pacer, Tracys Song, led the North America in wins at this time, and nearly all season-long, and finished the season with 21 victories-- 18 of them consecutive.

There are horse’s names that are apropos but perhaps none more fittingly than that of Talldarknhandsome, a pacer currently competing at Monticello Raceway.

 

Yesterday (April 3) Talldarknhandsome, a 1:58 winner for driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr., is among the biggest horses on the racetracks today.

 

From the locally powerful Danny Gill barn the 6 year old altered son of Lifetime unbelievably is well over 17 hands; over six feet

Tall at his withers (front shoulders).

 

At the beginning of last season Monticello Raceway had two pacers that were on a tear winning indiscriminately. Both Tracy’s Song and Haroun Hanover were consistent winners and were at, or near, the top of the North American leaderboard in races won then and all season long. And both finished the season with over 20 wins.