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The Irish, the Jewish, the African-Americans, the Germans, the Brits, and even the ladies, now have a representative in Monticello Raceway’s final of the Heritage Drivers Series as a result of winning their ethnic preliminary legs earlier this year. And after a winner is declared in the track’s Godfather Pace slated for Wednesday, October 23 so will the Italians.

Mike Forte won  last year’s Godfather Pace with  Velvety Smooth over True Gritty and driver Rock Vinci  in a series fastest 1:58.2.

It seems that nearly every year young talent passes through Monticello Raceway. Of course  many racetracks can make that claim but since its inception the Mighty M has been a stepping stone into the metropolitan New York-area racetracks.

 

When it comes to harness racing Mike Kimelman is a man for all seasons. He’s the president of Blue Chip Farms, a member of the Goshen Historic Track Board of Directors as well as a  member of the Standardbred Owners Association of NY and a U.S.T.A. District Director since 2002. He has also trained and driven harness horses and occasionally still does.

 

The first leg of the international German-American Friendship competition took place at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday (Oct. 2) with two races carded on the 13 race card and after they were completed Alan Schwartz took home the trophies in each contest.

 

The visiting Germans are guests of the North American Amateur Drivers Association will also drive against a different NAADA line-up at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night.

 

However, the Americans weren’t too hospitable to their visiting friends at Monticello, especially Schwartz.

 

Shawn Wiles Mike Merton

On the warm and balmy fall afternoon of October 2 Monticello Raceway presented its ninth edition  of the Munich Mile, the sixth leg of the tracks year long Heritage Drivers Series. The race was for drivers of German descent and was enhanced  this year by the presence of  four native German drivers.

 

Shwan Wiles Mike Merton

On the warm and balmy fall afternoon of October 2 Monticello Raceway presented its ninth edition  of the Munich Mile, the sixth leg of the tracks year long Heritage Drivers Series. The race was for drivers of German descent and was enhanced  this year by the presence of  four native German drivers.

 

On Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 1)  Ed and James Hall’s veteran pacer, Haroun Hanover, won for the 20th time this season when Jimmy Marohn, Jr. guided him to a 1:57.3 victory in a $5000 claiming pace and much to trainer Danny Gill’s surprise the horse was claimed by Jason Ryan.

 

“You always know when you put a horse in a claiming race someone could claim him but it really caught me by surprise when they claimed Haroun (Hanover) from us today,” Gill said.”

 

Wednesday, October 2nd will certainly be an action packed day at Monticello Raceway. Besides two Billings Series trots and two divisions of the German American Friendship Races, the Munich Mile, the sixth leg of the Heritage Drivers Series featuring drivers of German descent, will make for a very interesting afternoon.
We knew that a contingent of German drivers would be visiting here on October 2nd so we rescheduled our Munich Mile for that date and now we have four native Germans in the event,” noted Eric Warner the tracks director of racing.

On Monday afternoon (Sept.30) Monticello Raceway hosted four $45,000 finals of the Excelsior Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters and arguably the most impressive was the victory turned in by Spreester when she easily defeated seven other New York bred pacing fillies by four lengths in 1:57.4.

 

Jimmy Morrill, Jr. was in the sulky when Spreester started from the seven hole but that position was quickly compromised when they left strong and made the front before the quarter mile timer flashed :29.1.

 

Four $45,000 finals in the Excelsior Series will be featured on the 14-race card at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, September 30.Those races are for the top point earners in the 2 year-old divisions that were contested at various raceways throughout the state during the summertime.

They will go as races one, four , eight and 11 on the Monday program.
Strangely, lawyer Ted Gewertz, alone or with partners , will start six youngsters in the Excelsior Series finals and will have at least one in each division.

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