Looks are deceiving. Case in point: the dead-heat victory in the 12th race yesterday (Jan.8) at Monticello Raceway.
At a glance it appears that the number 2 horse Hi Sir and driver Stephane Bouchard to be at least a ½ -length winner. But in reality the horse on the far outside Distinct Color (4), with Rick Dane aboard, got up in the final strides to dead-heat Hi Sir in a time of 1:58.
Two new names, Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and Danny Gill, adorned the leading driver and trainers categories at Monticello Raceway during the 2012 season.
Marohn finished with 271 wins for his first title here at the Mighty M. During the 2012 racing season young Jimmy drove 345 winners which was his best year to date. Of that total 68 wins were at Tioga Downs where he drove mostly on the days when Monticello was dark. Still, his 68 winners earned him the driving title at Tioga and it marked the second consecutive year that the diminutive reinsman won the most races there.
Jimmy Marohn, Jr. had a big year in the sulky in 2012. The diminutive reinsman scored his first ever driving title at Monticello Raceway when he finished the season with 271 wins, some 15 better than runner-up Billy “Zeke” Parker’s 256.
Earlier this year, during the summer meet at Tioga Downs, Marohn raked -in his second consecutive dash-win title there and now after garnering the Mighty M crown one wonders how long it’ll be before he moves on to the bigger offerings at the racetracks in metropolitan New York.
After racing in the afternoon of Monday, December 31 Monticello Raceway will commence its 56th season of live harness racing on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013 and programs will follow on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday that week.
After the Friday card of January 4 it will be back to the normal four- day-a-week schedule of Mondays through Thursdays, with one exception; the raceway will be dark on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21.
All post times during the month of January will be at 12:25pm.
After the calmest of early winter seasons in the southern Catskill Mountains a heavy snowstorm on Wednesday, December 26 ,which carried over to the following day, played havoc on the racing program at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.
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.