To no one’s surprise Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr. emerged victorious in Monticello Raceway’s Mayflower Mile on Monday afternoon, September 24th when he guided Doc’s Whiskey to a 1:57.2 triumph over seven other drivers, all of whom have varying amounts of English blood in their veins. The event, for drivers of English heritage, was the seventh in the track’s year-long Heritage Drivers Series.
The Mayflower Mile, the seventh leg of Monticello Raceway’s year-long Heritage Drivers Series, will go to post on Monday afternoon, September 24th. The event will feature the driving talents of drivers of English extraction, which includes any country part of the United Kingdom.
The inaugural season of the newly formed Excelsior Series came to a rousing finish on Wednesday afternoon, September 19 with four $45,000 finales in each of four different divisions for sophomore pacers and trotters at Monticello Raceway.
The splits featured 3-year-old pacing fillies; 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings; 3-year old trotting fillies and 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. And of the highest point- earners in the season long preliminaries only one, Blows Me Away, was a victorious finalist.
On Monday afternoon, September 24 Monticello Raceway will present the seventh leg of its Heritage Drivers Series. Dubbed ‘the Mayflower Mile’ all participating drivers can trace their heritage—either on the dad’s or mom’s side—back to jolly old England, or at least to a country in the United Kingdom.
However, after the Mayflower Mile there will still be one other leg in the Heritage Drivers Series to be presented. Slated for October is the Maple Leaf Pace for drivers of Canadian descent..
The British are coming to Monticello Raceway on Monday, September 24th. Well at least those with English descendants in their family tree will be coming when The Mighty M presents its Mayflower Mile, a race for drivers of British heritage.
On the strength of two victories at Monticello Raceway in the first round of the Yanks vs. the Kiwis International Amateur Driving Championship the members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association—the Yanks—have jumped out to a point lead of 48 to 32 in the two races contested on Wednesday, September 6.
Yet another track record fell by the wayside at Monticello Raceway this season when the New York Sire Stakes came into town. The latest came in a division of the $146,000 NYSS for 2 year-old trotting colts and geldings when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. guided Fashion Blizzard to a 1:58.2 triumph on Wednesday, September 5th. That clocking erased the one set by RC Royalty and driver Dan Daley on August 29, 2005.
Other New York Sire Stakes winners that afternoon included Tirade Hanover in 2:01 and Wannacmyguns in 2:01.1.
Could a Hambletonian entrant emerge next year from the crop of $146,000 New York Sire Stakes for freshman trotting colts and geldings which will be on display on Wednesday afternoon, September 5th at Monticello Raceway? It’s been a long time since a New York- bred has won that prestigious race -Duenna in 1983--but one never knows as the fields in the three splits harbor some possible candidates. But of course that query will take time to really be answered.
The North American Amateur Drivers Association will host four Amateur drivers from New Zealand in a series of races against NAADA members in a driving competition to be held at three racetracks in the Northeast.
Races in the competition --dubbed the Kiwis vs. the Yanks-- will kick-off at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, September 5th and then move on to Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, September 6. The final races will be at Freehold Raceway on Friday, September 7.
County fair racing has always been an integral part of harness racing and although not as prominent as it was prior to pari-mutuel betting still the county fairs continue to be the backbone of the industry.
In recent years the sire stakes programs in various states have been a boon to county fair racing. Purses are in the thousands now as compared to the hundreds prior to the sire stakes programs.