Press Room

The New York Sire Stakes makes it first stop at Monticello Raceway this season on Monday June 4th as 3-year-Old Trotting Fillies take center stage.  The entire 11 race program consists of all NYSS eligible performers, 4 heats of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $30,450, 5 divisions of the Excelsior A’s ($15,000) and 2 splits of the Excelsior B’s vie for a purse of $7,200.

In the span of 3 weeks, Monticello Raceway has increased purses by 35%, Race Secretary Eric Warner noted that the last 3 conditions sheets have each shown a purse increase of 10% - 15% and 10%.  “Historically this is when we always raise our purses, it is our intention with the increased purses that we can attract more horses.  It is very difficult at this time of the year to fill the box with all the tracks being open”, said Warner. 


On Thursday afternoon April 12 at Monticello Raceway, Michael Merton put on a driving clinic and won 5 of the afternoons 9 races.  Merton started off the day by winning both ends of the early daily double with Musical Romance (1:59.3 - $3.80) and  Sly Ruler (1:57.2 - $5.80).  He came right back in the next race and scored with Wink And Nod (1:59 - $9.30).

By John Manzi, for NAADA
On an extremely foggy afternoon with intermittent rain falling in New York's southern Catskill Mountains Paul Minore sat a two-hole trip then rallied his old warhorse,Wygant Prince, to a neck victory in the third leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday March 29.
After starting from the pole position Minore parked Jennifer Lappe's Here Come Numbers around the first turn then allowed the 10-year-old gelding to take command as the field trotted by the first panel in :29.

Due to another possible Nor’easter next week, Monticello Raceway Race Secretary Eric Warner is switching its regularly scheduled Qualifiers from Wednesday to Tuesday (March 20) this week, the box closes at 12:45 on Monday March 19.


Due to Winter Storm Quinn and the timing of the storm, Monticello Raceway has cancelled its live racing program and all simulcasting for Wednesday March 7. A decision on Thursday’s race card will be made Thursday morning at 8am.