Monticello Raceway’s Au Revoir, for 14-year-olds only, has always been an interesting event especially since it is the last race of the entrants careers.
However, not always does the Au Revoir get enough entries especially at the end of the racing season. It is rare that during the final year of eligibility that 14 year olds are still on the racetrack since on January 1 of each ensuing year a harness horse turns one year older and when a standardbred becomes 15 years of age, for all intents and purposes, its racing days are over.
Although it took longer than anticipated to present the eight legs of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series-2013, the sixth edition of the Maple Leaf Mile will go to post Wednesday afternoon, November 20.
The eighth and final preliminary leg of Monticello Raceway’s event for drivers of different ethnicities will feature those of Canadian extraction and the winner of the Maple Leaf Mile will be eligible to participate in the series finale-the All-America Cup- on Wednesday, December 18.
The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held their 55th Annual Awards Banquet for the second consecutive year in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 17. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. During the evening awards were presented to the deserving recipients.
When Bruce Aldrich, Jr., Jimmy Marohn, Jr and Jimmy Devaux finished driving on the afternoon program at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday, November 12 they didn’t leave much for the other drivers.
Aldrich notched yet another five –bagger and both Marohn and Devaux each reined a pair of winners on that 12-race card. But perhaps more importantly, especially for those who keep the stats, the trio of Mighty M drivers is all in the top 25 in races win in North America.
It isn’t often that Monticello Raceway gets a chance to have the leading driver in North America compete here. However, that will change on Wednesday, November 20th when the Northfield Park sensation Ronnie Wrenn Jr. takes a trip to the Mighty M to compete in the track’s final leg of it Heritage Drivers Series, the Maple Leaf Mile, for drivers of Canadian heritage.
– According to the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Trotting Association, the governing body of the Standardbred sport, less than two percent of all horses racing are 14 year olds and when they become 15 years of age on New Year’s Day they can no longer compete regularly in pari-mutuel races.
The final preliminary event in Monticello Raceway’s year-long Heritage Drivers Series will be presented on Wednesday afternoon, November 20 with the Maple Leaf Mile, a race that features drivers of Canadian descent. The winner of that race will join the winners of the seven other prelims in the series finale in early December, dubbed the All-American Pace.
Currently the raceway’s director of racing, Eric Warner, is in the process of seeking drivers of Canadian descent to compete in the Maple Leaf Mile.
Four years ago the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA named an award in honor of the late Hall of Famer and former chapter president, Phil Pines. Since then there have been some worthy recipients and this year’s beneficiary, Derick Giwner, is no exception.
Now the Italian Americans have someone to cheer for in Monticello Raceway’s Heritage Drivers Series finale after Rock Vinci drove Southwind to an easy 2:00 triumph in this year’s Godfather Pace on Monday afternoon, August 27th .
The race, which featured drivers of Italian extraction, was the seventh leg of the year-long series and now Vinci e will join the winners of the previous preliminary legs in the series final, dubbed the All-America Cup, later in early December.
Mike Forte will handle the favorite in Monticello Raceway’s Godfather Pace on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, but in order to have a repeat victory in the event he’ll have to win with Kevin’s Apple from the eight hole.
The Godfather Pace, for drivers of Italian ancestry, will be the seventh leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series.
Last year Forte guided Velvety Smooth to an event record time of 1:58.2. This year he pins his hopes on the Dave Barrett-trained pacer who owns a seasonal mark of 1:58.2.