Press Room

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.

Austin Siegleman has always danced to a different beat, today was no different.  Taking advantage of the absence of leading drivers James DeVaux Bruce Aldrich Jr, the young 25-year-old Siegelman reeled off 4 winners on the afternoons 9 race card.

There will be no live harness racing on Monday, February 19th due to Presidents Day.   Racing will resume on Tuesday, Post Time 12:25 PM.    

Michael Merton notched his 3000th career winning drive at Monticello Raceway on Thursday January 18.  The milestone win came aboard Armor Hanover in the 7th race, the 9-year-old SJ’S Caviar gelding won by 7 lengths in 1:57.2, he is owned and trained by Doug Berkeley of Montgomery NY.  Michael hails from a family that has been deeply embedded at Monticello Raceway since its inception in 1958.

Due to the inclement weather slated for tomorrow morning, Monticello Raceway will move qualifiers to Thursday Jan 18.


One dynasty ends and another continues, Dolores Basilone secured her 2nd consecutive training title at Monticello Raceway, along the way she set a new mark with the most wins for a Monticello trainer with 222 trips to the winner’s circle, the new mark surpassed the former record of 218 wins held by Joe Minieri.  Basilone’s tally of 222 wins including 4 wins off the grounds vaults her into 6th nationally, her barn earned $754,072 in 948 starts at Monticello Raceway.  Gary Messenger was 2nd with 116 wins, followed by Robert Lounsbury was third with 113, Dan Gill, 85 and rounding out

Due to the excessive cold and expected wind chill temperatures, Monticello Raceway has cancelled its live racing card on Friday January 5.  Live racing will resume on Monday January 8 with a 12:20 post time.