Monticello Raceway became Trot-Town USA, at least for a day on Thursday afternoon, July 11, with 11 of the 14 races on the card for trotters and eight of them for 2-year-olds. Three of the freshmen trots were in the $132,000 NYSS events and the other five went for a total of $63,500 in the Excelsior Series.
Harvey “Doc” Stein made it two in a row in Billings trots at Monticello Raceway when he guided his veteran stallion Make It Hot to a 2:02.4 victory over seven others on Wednesday afternoon, July 10.
The last time Make It Hot was on the racetrack was on June 19 also at the Mighty M and he was victorious in Billings competition that afternoon. That mile was trotted in 2:04.1and it was the last race for the old campaigner before he was taken to “Doc” Stein’s farm in Moreau, NY to breed one of the veterinarian’s mares.
Eight divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be on display in the $132,000 New York Sires Stakes and in the $63,500 Excelsior Series at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, July 11.
Of the eight events for the New York-breds there will be three divisions of NY Sires Stakes each racing for a purse of $44,000 and five $12,700 splits of Excelsior Series trots. In all, 14 races are on tap that day.
To say that Haroun Hanover has been hot this season would be a gross understatement. The Monticello- based pacer not only ran his string of consecutive victories to six when he won the first race in a swift 1:54 on Tuesday, July 9 but that triumph was the 18th of the season for the altered son of Bettor’s Delight.
On the warm and muggy evening of July 4th 2-year- old filly pacers strutted their stuff in four divisions of the $130,000 New York Sire Stakes and were accompanied by four $12,700 splits in the Excelsior Series. All four NYSS events were paced in 1:58 or better and in the fourth NYSS division the track record for their age, gender and gait fell when Yannick Gingras guided Ali Blue to a 1:56.1 triumph which erased the former mark of 1:56.3 set by Double Major and Jason Bartlett in 2011.
Whoa, big ‘fella’ seems to be what driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. is saying as he and Haroun Hanover cross the Monticello Raceway finish line first for the 17th time on Tuesday afternoon, July 2.
Understandably sent off the odds-on favorite after four previous consecutive victories the 7 year old Bettor’s Delight gelding practically made a laugher out of the contest whebn he tourned the double oval in a time of 1:54.4, his best winning time in over three years.
There’s an old adage that states that ‘there are horses for courses’, and never has that maxim been more accurate then when it concerns Tracys Song and Monticello Raceway.
Yesterday (July 1), the 8 year old pacing mare notched her 20th seasonal victory here at the Mighty M when Bruce Aldrich, Jr. drove her to a 1:57.3 victory over Rustys Flying and driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr.
It’s official. On Monday afternoon, July 22 Monticello Raceway will host the third edition of the Battle of the Brain Trust, a race is for harness racing executives from various aspects of the Standardbred business.
As of this writing five people who make the decisions for their respective organizations will don racing silks and be in the unfamiliar position of driving a harness horse competitively over a one mile distance.