Monticello Raceway’s New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) season will kick-off on Friday, June 6 when the 3 year-old pacing fillies come to town. The races will be the second stop for the sophomores en route to the $225,000 Final at Yonkers Raceway in September.
On tap are four divisions of Sire Stakes fillies, each for approximately $30,000- and two $12,500 splits of Excelsior “A” events along with two $6000 splits of Excelsior “B” events.
In the immortal words of Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra it’s deja vu all over again here at the Mighty M. Just like last season when a pacing mare topped the North American leaderboard again this year another pacing mare leads all other Standardbreds in races won thus far this year.
In spite of a five- week layoff the beat goes on for Diamond Tiara. On the sunny afternoon of May 27 at Monticello Raceway the 7 year old pacing mare notched her 12th seasonal victory with a gate to wire performance in 1:58.1 which has once more placed her atop the North American leaderboard in races won this year.
Jimmy Taggart Jr. was again in the sulky for trainer Mike Watson as the daughter of McArdle notched her ninth consecutive victory.
He came from top stock and arguably he could have been greater than he is, still Reflection of Blue has become a very useful pacer.
Purchased a few years ago by Tony Mazzeo and currently under the tutelage of trainer Billy Devine, Reflection of Blue, although not living up to the prowess of his dam, Rainbow Blue nor his younger half-sister Somwherovrarainbow, still the 6-year-old altered son of Bettor’s Delight is having his best season since he was a 3-year-old.
Monticello Raceway will continue with its 4 day-a-week racing schedule throughout the month of June with just one exception.
On Friday, June 6th, the Mighty M has added a racing program to accommodate races for 3-year-old pacing fillies in both the New York Sires Stakes and the Excelsior Series. That addition will be the only deviation from the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule during June.
Veteran reinsman Kyle Di Benedetto has driven plenty of winners in his career; 5837 to be exact.
And he’s driven many that have returned a big mutuel payoffs. But when he won the third trace on Tuesday afternoon(May 13) with Mia Casino in a 2:00.3 clocking from the seven- hole at Monticello Raceway the 7 year old Bettor’s Delight pacing mare paid a whopping $282.00 for win.
In that contest Di Benedetto and Mia Casino started slowly and by the halfway point in 1:01 they still were at the end of the eight horse field.
For the 10th time this season Shortest Distance has been victorious. On Monday afternoon (May 12) at Monticello Raceway the 9 year old Park Place pacing mare returned to the track where she started the season and turned back five others to score a two- length triumph in a time of 1:56.3 with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls.
With her latest victory Shortest Distance moved into second place on the North American leaderboard in races won this season and now trails another Mighty M pacer Diamond Tiara whose tops with 11 wins.