The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held its 56th Annual Awards Banquet for the third consecutive year in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 16. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. During the evening awards were presented to the deserving recipients and when they were all given out, banquet emcee John Manzi was the recipient of a friendly roast.
The often raced and often claimed pacing mare, Diamond Tiara notched her 20th seasonal victory at Monticello Raceway when she defeated a field of claimers in a time of 2:00.4 over a sloppy racetrack on Monday November 17.
With her victory the 7-year-old daughter of McArdle now is just two wins shy of the track record of 22 victories set by another claiming pacer, Golden Storm GB, back in 1985.
~~The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA scribes know talent when they see it and they have been on the money with their recent choices for their annual Rising Star Award recipient. In recent years they’ve cited Jordan Stratton, Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and Austin Siegelman but through the years they’ve named George Brennan, Jimmy Taggart, Jr. and Greg Merton to name a few.
This year their Rising Star Award will go to 25-year-old Jason Ryan and it just so happened that he won four races on the Tuesday card(Nov. 11) here at the Mighty M.
~~On November 16 at the 56th Annual Monticello Goshen Chapter Awards Banquet racetrack photographer Geri Schwarz will finally step in front of the cameras and be photographed when she receives the chapter’s Award of Appreciation.
For many years now Geri Schwarz has been the track photographer at Monticello Raceway and an award winning one at that. She has also been the track photographer at Goshen Historic Track since 1998 and her abilities are legendary.
~~Since 2011 Jimmy Taggart has won plenty of races here at Monticello Raceway but it’s been nearly three years since he has driven five winners on one card. However, on the 11-race Tuesday (Nov. 4) card the talented reinsman added another milestone to his resume when he drove five winners.
Taggart, who passed the 3000 career win plateau last season, began his afternoon with a 1:56.3 victory with Luanne Case’s pacer, Shark Income ($16.40) and followed that with a 1:59 triumph with Jimmy Doherty Jr. and Jodie Doherty’s trotter, Tobell ($4.10).
~~ As a daughter of privilege, Amy Bull Crist could have rested on the laurels of her lineage. Rather, this remarkable first lady of Orange County spent her entire life serving the interests of others.
~~There’s hardly anyone involved in harness racing who hasn’t heard of Ken Weingartner. And if by some chance they hadn’t, there’s a good probability they’ve read some of his news releases because Ken sends out plenty as the media relations manager for the US Trotting Association.
Weingartner is precisely someone whom the late great Phil Pines would have been proud to be associated with. And an association of sorts will be formed on November16 when the Monticello -Goshen Chapter USHWA presents the chapter’s prestigious Phil Pines Award to him at their 56th Annual Awards Banquet.
When announcer Howard Oil gave his last call in Monticello Raceway’s ninth race on Thursday (Oct.30) he shouted “bombs away” to describe Edgar’s trotting victory whose odds on the board were 99-1, which are the biggest numbers that are abled be posted on the Mighty M tote board.
However, after the mutuel room computations were completed the horse’s actual odds were 146-1 which produced a $294.50 payoff for every two dollar wager.