At the conclusion of the North American Amateur Drivers Association’s three track winter-spring trotting series, on May 29th that organizations vice president Alan Schwartz made a $1000 donation to the Veterans Food Bank of Monticello.
After a horrendous accident early on the card knocked Bruce Aldrich Jr., and many of Monticello Raceway’s leading drivers out of action, opinions varied greatly about whether or not Tracys Song would keep her consecutive win streak alive when she went to post in the 12th race on Monday afternoon, June 3rd,
Seven drivers were involved in a racing accident at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon. Only one of the eight trotters in the race finished and the race which was declared a non contest by the judges and all wagers were refunded.
The accident occurred during the second race. Get the Money, driven by Jimmy Marohn (Sr.), stumbled and fell in front of the trailing six horses. All drivers, except Jimmy Marohn, Jr. who was on the lead with Halfpipe, were involved in the accident.
Tracys Song did it again. Incredibly, the 8 year old pacing mare won for the 17th consecutive time at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, May 28. In doing so she not only extended her Mighty M record for most wins in a row but she continues to outdistance herself from all others in races won in North America this year.
The Catskill Amateur Drivers Club will be offering a Spring Pacing Series which will begin at Monticello Raceway on May 29 and continue on the Wednesdays of June 5, 12 and 19 with the final and consolation slated for June 26. Then on Saturday, July 6 a Catskill Amateur Pace will be presented at Historic Track during their Grand Circuit meet.
According to CADC president Gerry Fielding, each of the preliminary legs will go for a $3300 purse with a $5000 purse on the line in the Final. Should a consolation fill the purse for that event will be $3300.
The C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series kicks off its 32nd season at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, June 5 followed closely by a contest at Scioto Downs on Friday, June 7th . Then, almost weekly, there will be races for amateur drivers at various racetracks through late October.
Last year Monticello Raceway introduced its Junior Free For All around the Fathers Day Holiday. It was a race for drivers whose fathers are, or were, harness horsemen and who bear their dad’s name with junior added at the end to differentiate them from their pop.
Again this year the Mighty M will card another Junior Free For All which will be presented on Monday, June 17th, again one day after the National Holiday which honors fathers because Monticello Raceway is dark on Sundays.
Bruce Aldrich, Jr. may be having the best season of his career. Now with 216 driving victories the 45 year old reinsman currently is in sixth place on the North American leaderboard in races won with 216.
On May 21 Aldrich drove two winners at Monticello Raceway. His first was behind veteran pacer DVC Gifted Indeed when he reined the 6 year old Place to Be gelding to his 10th seasonal victory in a time of 1:55.1.
In what turned out to be a new track record performance, Tracys Song scored her 16th consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, May 20 when the 8 year old pacing mare toured the double oval in a time of 1:57.3, once again with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls.