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When Haroun Hanover won for the 16th time this year at Monticello Raceway one just had to check the finish line photo where the tote board odds are displayed-- as can be seen in the accompanying picture --to put  Haroun Hanover  race, and season for that matter,  in perspective.

 

Tracys Song was back home again at Monticello Raceway on Monday, June 24th and the venerable pacing mare won for the 19th time this year to continue leading all other standardbreds in races won this season in North America.

 

Although it was drizzling at the start of the race when the field passed by the first quarter the rains began to fall more earnestly and the attending fans ducked for cover although the falling rain  seemed oblivious to the competing horses and drivers.

 

For the past 44 years Monticello Raceway has offered local fans the best Fireworks Show in Sullivan County (NY) and this year will be no exception.

On Thursday, July 4th the Raceway will stage its 45th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza after the races.  But that night the first post will be at 5:30p.m.

Bruce Aldrich, Jr. is having the best season of his career. And he’s had some good ones in the past and currently he’s the proud owner of 4373 lifetime driving victories.

But 2013 is the year that Aldrich broke out. He is now among the leaders in races won this year and his  258 wins is seventh best on  the North American leaderboard.

Aldrich added to his totals yesterday ( June 20)when he reined four winners on the afternoon card at Monticello Raceway where he leads all reinsmen with 182 driving victories.

In C.K.G. Billings Series action on Wednesday, June 19th  two  amateur trots went to post at Monticello Raceway and when the results were official Howie “the Horse” Gelfand and  Harvey “Doc” Stein each reined a winner in driving finishes.

 

Gelfand , a sales agent by trade from Mississauga, ON , won with Four Starz F in 2:02.3 while Stein, a veterinarian from Moreau, NY,  got Make it Hot home first in a 2:04.1 clocking. Both races needed the photo finish camera to determine the winners.

 

After driving along at a pedestrian pace-- at least for him --- Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr. broke out and reined five winners on the Tuesday, June 18th card at Monticello Raceway, where, over the years, the bearded wonder has copped 18 driving titles.

 

Now  Parker has 102 wins at the current meet which is good for third place on the local leaderboard, but more importantly Zeke  is moving ever closer to the 11,000 career win plateau and now needs just 20 more winning drives to reach that incredible milestone.

 

KZ Bezz won Monticello Raceway’s second annual Junior Free For All on Monday afternoon June 17th when driver Jimmy Taggart, Jr. hustled her to the front and defeated seven rivals in a 1:58.3 clocking.

 

In what was almost an exact replica of last year’s race, Taggart, who drew the mount behind KZ Bezz this season, raced her the same way that she was raced in the contest last year when Greg Decker, Jr. won the event with her in the nearly identical time of 1:57.4.

 

It was bound to happen.  Tracys Song’s 18 race win streak finally came to end.

On Saturday June 15 trainer Bob Lounsbury trucked his stellar pacing mare, Tracys Song, from Monticello Raceway to Tioga Downs  to race without a claiming tag and for the first time since late January the 8 year old daughter of Astreos  tasted  defeat.

Last year when Monticello Raceway presented its inaugural Junior Free For All it was believed to have been a harness racing first.
“Never , at least, to my knowledge, did a racetrack ever card a race in which all the drivers carried a ‘Jr.’ after their names like our Junior Free For All did last year,” noted Eric Warner the tracks director of racing. “It was a fan favorite and we’re bringing it back again this season.”

was probably inevitable. Sooner or later Tracys Song was either going to be claimed or be moved out of town. Not wanting to lose her, trainer Bob Lounsbury conferred with owner Nancy Fugere and together they decided that the latter was a better option.
“I know we’ve been taking our chances by continuing with her (Tracys song) in the $7500 claiming ranks here at Monticello but recently a storm seems to be brewing about claiming her,” Lounsbury said.

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