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Quietly, and without much fanfare, Jimmy Devaux just keeps driving winners. The former Mighty M driving champ reined five home first on Monday afternoon, December 2 at Monticello Raceway with the 1:59.3 wire- to- wire trotting victory by Marissa Russo’s, Muscles Yankee gelding V I P arguably the most impressive although the gutsy 13th seasonal triumph of Red Eye Blue Chip in a 1:57.3 clocking was also notable, especially to owner Norman Bradbury.

 

After a season of presenting races for drivers of different ethnicities, the winners of each event will convene at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, December 19 to compete in the Heritage Drivers Series Final, dubbed the All-America Cup.

 

The Heritage Drivers Series began in January and at various intervals throughout the year a different ethnic race was presented and the winners of each event earned the  right to compete in the series finale

 

It’ll be number one against number three when North America’s leading dash winner, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. locks horns with Bruce Aldrich, Jr., third in wins on the continent, on Thursday December 12 at Monticello Raceway.

During the month of December there will be several changes in the live racing schedule at Monticello Raceway.

The schedule during the first three weeks in December remains the same as always with live harness action on the afternoons of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Then there are added days on Friday, December 20, Sunday, December 22 and Friday, December 27 which will offer 19 days with live racing during the month.

Please be advised that  Monticello Raceway’s qualifying races set for Wednesday, November 27 have been cancelled due to inclement weather in the lower Catskill Mountains of New York State.

The next qualifying races scheduled will be on Wednesday,  December 4th .

Bruce Aldrich, Jr. is enjoying the finest season of his driving career. With the five winners he reined at Monticello Raceway yesterday (Nov. 25) he now has 563 wins and has moved into third place in front of Tim Tetrick’s 559 in races won in North America this year. It was the third five-bagger that Aldrich has had in the past two weeks.

After 15 years of operating a public stable Aldrich decided this season to go another route and give up training and concentrate on driving.

At the end of each year, when the Monticello Goshen Chapter USHWA holds its annual awards banquet, one of the most prestigious accolades bestowed is the chapter’s Rising Star Award. And from the choices of the up and coming youngsters that the local scribes have singled out over the years it seems as though they have a good handle on this situation especially with recent choices being Jordan Stratton and Jimmy Marohn, Jr.

 

Horsemen racing at the Mighty M are advised that there is a change in the draw schedule during the week of Thanksgiving.

Race day------------------Enter by

Monday (Dec. 2)-------Tuesday (Nov. 26)
Tuesday (Dec. 3)------Wednesday(Nov. 27)
Wednesday (Dec.4 )---Friday (Nov. 29)

As always, the entry box closes at 9 a.m. each day. After that,it is back to the usual draw schedule for the four day race weeks.

After again running another successful awards banquet in late November the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers donated $3000 to Historic Track at their monthly Board Meeting on November 19. The presentation of the check was made to Bernie White, President of Historic Track’s Board of Directors by John Manzi, the chapter’s banquet chairman and longtime Historic Track Board member.

 

Moreover, Historic Track gained another $600 as a result of  the Monticello-Goshen USHWA Chapter Banquet.

 

It has been often been alleged that good things come for those who wait and that was precisely the strategy that Aaron Byron used to win the sixth edition of the Maple Leaf Mile at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, December 20.

 

Byron guided Integrity to a 1:58.3 come-from-behind victory in the event strictly for drivers of Canadian heritage, which was the eighth and final preliminary leg of the tracks Heritage Drivers Series.

 

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