~~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.
~~Jason Settlemoir will be honored at the upcoming Awards Banquet of the Monticello Goshen Chapter USHWA on November 16. A man who wears and has worn many hats in the harness racing industry will be the recipient of the chapter’s Good Guy Award.
At age 37 Settlemoir is already accomplished but his star continues to rise and it seems that there is nothing in the Standardbred sport that he can’t do. His list of accomplishments is amazing.
Beginning Monday, November 3 and continuing throughout the remainder of the year all post times at Monticello Raceway will be at 12:25p.m.
“With the change to Daylight Savings Time we will begin our racing programs one-half hour earlier the before,” noted assistant general manager of racing and facilities, Shawn Wiles.
“We annually set post times earlier during this time of the year in an effort to get our races completed during the daylight hours.”
In 2004 when Ted Gewertz had Windsong Legacy and Housethatruthbuilt he felt as if he was on top of the world. And he was; the harness racing world that is. Together both horses earned purses in excess $2.55 million. Windsong’s Legacy had nine wins in 12 starts while Housethatruthbuilt won 11 of her 15 races that year.
“I can’t tell you how exciting that season was and what a great time my partners and I had traveling to watch them race,” Gewertz recalled.” We won the Hambletonian with Windsongs Legacy and the Breeders Crown with Housethatruthbuilt. Wow, what a year we had.”
~~Bruce Aldrich, Jr. and Jimmy Marohn, Jr. have been tough to beat on the racetrack and not leaving much for their competitors thus far this week at Monticello Raceway.
Yesterday (Oct. 22) Aldrich won five races on the 10 race card which was just what Marohn did on the Tuesday program. And checking the Monday results one will find Aldrich’s name atop four winners that day, too.