For the most part Mike and Greg Merton grew up on the backstretch of Monticello Raceway. After all, their dad, Bob Merton, Sr. was a longtime trainer-driver and during their Monticello High School seasons their school bus driver would drop them off at the stable gate so they could go to their dad’s barn.
There they received good formative training and both boys grew into hard working and accomplished horsemen and talented harness drivers. Their records speak for themselves.
Last year Lisa Krom lost her helmet as the mobile gate sped away at the start but that loss was the only one Lisa endued that afternoon as her pacer Allikait Fighter went on to win the Monticello Raceway’s Lady Godiva Pace on a cold February morning.