After again running another successful awards banquet in late November the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers donated $3000 to Historic Track at their monthly Board Meeting on December 19. The presentation of the check was made to Bernie White, President of Historic Track‘s Board of Directors by John Manzi, the chapter’s banquet chairman..
That donation will to be matched and the National Historic Landmark will actually end-up with $6,000.
Bruce Aldrich Jr. has picked up where he left off. After spending most of the year at his new home track, Saratoga Raceway, Aldrich has returned full time—at least while the Spa City oval is closed—to the Monticello Raceway where he won more races than any other driver during the first decade of the 21st Century.
At the Mighty M on Tuesday, December 18 Bruce Aldrich, Jr. scored his second consecutive five-bagger. The previous day he also won five races.
Nowadays, final race times don’t really underscore the class of those horses competing. It seems that every race goes fast these days; be it a high priced claimer or a conditioned horse. Even the lesser class claimers put up times that FFA (Free-For-All) horses turned in decades ago.
So with the aforementioned in mind handicappers will have to make a decision in Monticello Raceway’s 1-3/4 mile Marathon Trot which will go to post in race number four on Wednesday afternoon, December 19. Will class hold up in this long distance race?
Since Monticello Raceway instituted its Au Revoir back in 1991 only five times has the race been presented. Although the raceway had tried to fill it every year since the inaugural the fact remains that there is usually is a shortage of 14 year olds still racing in December of the final year of eligibility. And although the amount varies slightly from year to year during this season there were only 54 14 year olds that made at least one start.
Amateur driver Alan Schwartz is having a banner year. Not only did he rein his 57th winner of the season at Monticello Raceway on December 3rd but that triumph was Schwartz’s 500th of his amateur driving career. Schwartz’s milestone victory came behind Space Chalet in a time of 1:58.1.
Would you like to have your horse’s name in the record books? If so, Monticello Raceway is offering a chance for that to happen in its 1-3/4 mile trot slated for Wednesday afternoon, December 19, dubbed ‘the Monticello Marathon’.
During the 2009 season, the last time the Mighty M presented the Monticello Marathon, Pembroke Prayer and driver Mike Micallef established a new world record at that distance when they toured the double oval in a time of 3:40. Pembroke Player erased the former standard of 3:42.4 set the previous year by Lively Moment, also at Monticello Raceway.
Monticello Raceways Heritage Drivers Series Final-- dubbed the All-America Cup--pitted the winners of each of the eight preliminary races for different ethnicities on Thursday afternoon, November 29 and when the shouting ended Jimmy Devaux ,winner of the Maple Leaf Mile for drivers of Canadian heritage , emerged victorious. He reined Gin And Vermouth to a length victory over Mike Forte (Godfather Pace winner) and Amazida in a 1:59 clocking .Jimmy Taggart, Jr. (St Paddy Pace winner) finished third with EHI Guaglione.