Recently, Monticello Raceway GM, Shawn Wiles, (left) presented the 2013 leading trainer award to Bob Lounsbury and Eric Warner, director of racing,(right) gave the leading driver award to Bruce Aldrich, Jr. Aldrich’s 450 wins here was tops among drivers and Lounsbury’s 202 training victories led all other local conditioners.
With the permission of the New York State Gaming Commission, Monticello Raceway will add Monday, January 20 and Monday, February 17 to its live racing schedule.
“Since we had to cancel a few racing days due to adverse weather conditions we applied for, and were granted, racing programs on Martin Luther King Day in January and on Presidents Day in February ,” noted track general manager, Shawn Wiles.
When Monticello Raceway presents its 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace, a race which features the talents of African-American drivers, last year’s champ, Dennis Watson, will be back to defend his title.
This year’s MLK Pace will be presented on Tuesday afternoon, January 21 and it will not only be Monticello Raceway’s annual tribute to the great civil rights leader, but the race will be the first leg of the tracks 2014 Heritage Drivers Series.
To say that racing in the north during the winter time is unforgiving would be an understatement. Frigid weather, snow and ice, and mud and rain, easily portrays what horses and horsemen have to go through just to keep the show going. And often racing has to be cancelled due to the climate conditions.
There was a time in racing when all legal pari-mutuel wagering was done on-track. But as the mid-60’s British pop duo of Peter and Gordon sang during their heyday “that was yesterday and yesterday’s gone”.
It’s no secret that off-track wagers are important and an integral part of any racetracks pari-mutuel handle. Off track wagers are always combined with on track bets and that becomes the combined betting handle.
The inimitable Yogi Berra is known to have said “it ain’t over til it’s over” but regardless of what the Yankee’s Hall of Famer stated, put a circle around the names of driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. and trainer Bob Lounsbury as they are well on the way of winning their individual titles even though the curtain hasn’t come down on Monticello Raceway’s 2013 season.
Aldrich and Lounsbury have been lethal together this year and both have been enjoying their finest seasons of their careers