Monticello Raceway

The Amenities of a Vegas Atmosphere in Conjunction with Exciting Harness Racing

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Jimmy Devaux is no stranger to winning races, especially at Monticello where he won the driving title in 2002 and where he amassed the majority of his 3077 career wins over the Mighty M double oval since the turn of the 21st Century.

On Thursday, January 31 Devaux capped a very productive ( 4-day) week scoring five wins on the 13 race card. Those victories followed three on Wednesday and two on Tuesday and he is now positioned securely in second place behind Jimmy Marohn, Jr on the local leaderboard, trailing Marohn by only three wins( 29-26).

What’s the hardest call for a race announcer? Some might say calling races in the fog.

Howard Oil, Monticello Raceway’s longtime race caller confronted that situation yesterday (Jan. 30) when the Mighty M was shrouded in fog.

Still the veteran announce followed as best he could the moving horses up the backside which were not clearly visible and ‘jive-talked’ until the field rounded the paddock turn when he could actually see the action as they raced for pay-dirt.

Harness racing is a bit like professional football whereas inclement weather doesn’t stop the action. Case in point: Monticello Raceway on the wet and gloomy Tuesday afternoon of January 29.

Despite the race track having to be initially cleared of snow and mud and then cleared again to keep the piled snow and its melting waters from running out on various parts of the racing surface, the show, although interrupted, still went on.

Monticello Raceway’s racing office wants to remind horsemen that the $100 nomination fee for each of its three February late closing series must made by Wednesday , January 30. “
Two events are for claiming pacers; one for fillies and mares and one for horses and geldings; and the third is for trotters.
The claiming events—‘Name Your Price’-- for the pacers each start with the entrants eligible to be claimed for $4,000. Then on the following week eligible horses can enter for $5000 and on the final preliminary leg they can be entered for $6000 claiming tag.

Jimmy Marohn, Jr. is picking up where he left off last year; that being the driving leader at Monticello Raceway where his 271 winners were the best output by any Mighty M driver during the 2012 season.

On Thursday, January 24th card although Marohn only had five drives he made the most of them when he reined four more winners and now has 25 at the current meet, which once again places him atop the local leaderboard with some nine more than runner-up Greg Merton’s ,16.

Among the array of unusual races that Monticello Raceway has presented over the years includes events for bartenders, hunters, dude ranches, horse owners, and lately for different ethnic groups. Now continuing along those recent guidelines and fresh off the heels of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace, the Mighty M will present the 11th edition of the Lady Godiva, a race strictly for lady drivers.

 

DENNIS WATSON WINS THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PACE

 

With the temperature hovering around 12-degrees (F) and the winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour Dennis Watson was undeterred by the weather conditions and confidently reined Ally’s Delight to a 2:04.2 victory in the 13th edition  of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, January22.

 

Owners and trainers of lesser caliber horses know how hard it is to race regularly during the winter season at Monticello Raceway. During this time of the year when other racetracks are dark the Mighty M gets a glut of horses that can’t do at the bigger tracks.

But director of racing Eric Warner has the solution.

Owners and trainers of lesser caliber horses know how hard it is to race regularly during the winter season at Monticello Raceway. During this time of the year when other racetracks are dark the Mighty M gets a glut of horses that can’t do at the bigger tracks.

But director of racing Eric Warner has the solution.

Monticello Raceway will pay tribute and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 22 with its 13th annual race named for the great civil rights leader. Although Dr. King’s actual birthday is January 15, America will celebrate his accomplishments on Monday, January 21 in order to have a three day weekend and on that date the Mighty M will be dark.
The Dr. King Pace features the talents of drivers of African-American heritage and it will be the first leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series-2013.

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