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~~The cream of the freshmen and sophomore pacers and trotters on the NYSS County Fair circuit convened at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, September 2. Eight $10,000 divisions awaited the influx and by days end the champions were crowned in each division.

“It was an enjoyable day of racing watching the youngsters go head to head in each of their divisions,” noted Eric Warner the tracks director of racing. “And with limited amount of charted lines on many of the entrants still wagering on the card was good.”

~~Everyone knows that harness racing was weaned on the half mile tracks and many a young driver learned the ropes while competing in the races at the nation’s county fairs. Now, with those states who have sire stakes programs the events not only have helped preserve county fair racing but the added purse monies made available has spawned groups of horsemen who race primarily on the county fair circuits. New York State has a good program for those who prefer to race at that level, and many do.

Due to an early Labor Day holiday this year Monticello Raceway’s live racing schedule will change slightly in September.

Since Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1 the raceway will be dark that afternoon and to keep continuity with the four-day a week schedule a race card has been added on Friday, September 5.

After that, racing will be back to the usual Monday through Thursday format for the remainder of September.

All post times will continue to be at 12:50pm.

 

~~Bettor’s Delight is certainly a proud poppa. And why shouldn’t he be, after all, two of his sons each won a division of the $117,000 New York Sires Stakes in 1:52.2 or faster at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, August 26.

For A Bettor Time established a new track record for sophomore pacers with a 1:52 victory for Jimmy Morrill, Jr. and All Bets Off literally made a laugher out of his division when Matt Kakaley drove him to a eased-up nine-length triumph in 1:52.2.

~~Bettor’s Delight is certainly a proud poppa. And why shouldn’t he be, after all, two of his sons each won a division of the $117,000 New York Sires Stakes in 1:52.2 or faster at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, August 26.

For A Bettor Time established a new track record for sophomore pacers with a 1:52 victory for Jimmy Morrill, Jr. and All Bets Off literally made a laugher out of his division when Matt Kakaley drove him to a eased-up nine-length triumph in 1:52.2.

BURKE STABLES’, ALL BETS OFF, FEATURED IN THE $117,000 MIGHTY M’S NYSS FOR SOPHOMORE PACERS
One of the best sophomore pacers in the country, All Bets Off, from the powerful Ron Burke Stable, will be the featured attraction when Monticello Raceway presents the last preliminary leg of the rich New York Sire Stakes program on Tuesday afternoon, August 26.

~~MORRILL SCORES NYSS VICTORIES WITH MARKET RALLY AND AVALICIOUS

The intermittent rain showers on Thursday afternoon, August 21 didn’t deter Market Rally and Avalicious from their main objectives as each won their respective $60,200 divisions of 3-year-old trotting fillies in New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway.  Both fillies, from the powerful Ron Burke stable, were driven to victory by Jimmy Morrill, Jr.

Last year around this time trainer Danny Gill plunked down $4000 and saved a trotter by the name of Rose Run Nash from a life of pulling an Amish buggy. Yesterday,( August 20) at Monticello Raceway  Rose Run Nash defeated a field of $15,000 claimers in a time of 1:57.3 and scored his 16th victory of the season which makes him the  trotter with the most wins in North America in 2014.

As he usually does after one of his horses win a race, Gill- and his wife Brenna- come from the paddock to the winner’s circle via a golf cart to take picture with his victorious pupil.

As the New York Sire Stakes draw closer to the eight $225,000 finales, presented on September 13 at Yonkers Raceway, the fields in each preliminary division leading to those rich finals understandably gets smaller as only the most competitive move on. However as the fields get smaller the purses in the supporting divisions get larger.

~~In what was supposed to be the confrontation between two pacers with the most victories in North America this season unfortunately didn’t materialize. The often claimed duo of Diamond Tiara and Shortest Distance were in to go against one another in the fifth race on the Monticello Raceway card of Monday, August 18 and that confrontation was looked forward to by the local rail birds.

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