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By John Manzi for NAADA
A rematch with the invading New Zealanders is set to begin on Friday Oct. 13th when a contingent of Kiwi’s arrive on American soil Friday, Oct. 13th to begin an amateur driving  competition at three different race tracks in New York State. Races are slated at Yonkers Raceway, Saratoga Raceway and Monticello Raceway.

It was Ladies Day in the amateur contests at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (Oct. 5) when two of three races were won by members of the gentle sex. Jennifer Lappe won the Catskill Club’s Pace and Monica Banca copped the second leg of the NAADA trots. Only a victory by Dave Yarock in the first NAADA Trot saved face for the boys.

Lappe, who had harnessed 63 winners as a trainer thus far this season enjoyed her third driving victory of the year when she guided Lightning Strike to a 1:57.2 triumph finishing a head better than Fox Valley Leo, driven by Monica Banca

It was only fitting that after winning this first pari mutel drive at Monticello Raceway, that James “Jimmy” DeVaux would win his 5000th race also at his home track.  The always humble DeVaux scored a wire to wire win with Sandy Hook Hanover in the last race of the afternoon.  DeVaux also won 2 races prior in the card.

On Friday, November 10 America will commemorate the valiant services of members of our armed forces with pageantry, speeches, parades and other various celebrations. But on the previous day, November 9th, two local amateur clubs are planning an amateur driving challenge at Monticello Raceway as an impetus to raise money for the local veteran’s food banks.However, since the Mighty M is dark on Fridays this year’s Veterans Driving Challenge is slated for Thursday, November 9.

Monica Banca doesn’t drive often but when she does she’s a force to be reckoned with. Today, (Thurs. Sept 21) in a division of the NAADA Trotting Series at Monticello Raceway Ms. Banca went to post for the 13th time this season and logged her seventh seasonal driving victory when she scored a 1:59.4 triumph with Brandos Muscle Man.

Often when drivers are on the brink of a dash milestone, they experience a drought.  This was the case with Bruce Aldrich Jr, after going nearly a week without a win at Monticello Raceway.  The drought was extinguished on Tuesday as Bruce caught fire early on the card and won 2 New York Sire Stake Excelsior B events at Monticello.  The wildfire continued Wednesday September 20 at Monticello as he won 5 races on the card with Hay There Harrison $2.60, Song of The Valley $3.90, Heza Swan $18.60 and Roundtown Rocker 1:57.4 $7.70.  The best win of the day came with ULSHOOTUR

On Tuesday September 19, Monticello Raceway hosted it’s 8th and final leg of the 2017 Sire Stakes Season featuring 2 year old pacing fillies. The first Sire Stakes event of the afternoon was a 6 horse field that competed for a purse of $53,500.  Betting favorite KJ’s Bekah (Jason Bartlett) made a nasty break in the middle of the first turn and went to his knees. Jim Morrill Jr.

On Tuesday September 19, Monticello Raceway will host the final leg of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing fillies.  The next stop for the upper echelon fillies will be the NYSS Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday October 14.  As luck, would have it, or not, the top 4 point leaders are competing in the same heat of Sire Stakes in race 10. Ubettergo Go is the point leader by with 207 points, followed closely by Hurricane Shorty with 205, Alexis Faith with 200 & Betterthangraduate with 195.

Once again three races for amateur drivers dotted the card at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (Sept). 14) with two events contested in the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) Fall Trotting Series and one in the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club (CADC) Pacing Series.

Bob Krivelin, Alan Schwartz and Monica Banca were victorious in their respective splits. Krivelin and Schwartz  each won a NAADA trot while Banca’s victory came in a CADC pacing even.