October 2012

Bruce Aldrich Jr. was feted at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, October 23 and presented with a blanket which stated the Mighty M congratulates him for reaching, and passing, the 4000 career win plateau.

Aldrich who made Monticello Raceway home during the first decade of the 21st Century reined more winners here than any other driver—Zeke Parker included- during the years from 2000 through 2009.

Drivers of Canadian extraction were the featured in a trotting contest at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, October 22nd as part of the tracks year-long Heritage Drivers Series and when the dust had settled Jimmy Devaux and Gate Keeper cruised an easy 2:02.4 win in the race dubbed “the Maple Leaf Mile ”. Second place went to Dynamic Preacher driven by Stephane Bouchard and Elton Blue Chip and driver Keith Haase took home the show dough.

It took longer than anticipated to present the eight legs of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series-2012 but on Monday afternoon October 22, when the Maple Leaf Mile goes to post, the field of drivers for the series finale will be complete.
Originally to be called the Maple Leaf Pace that moniker had to be dropped when trotters became the featured participants.


There’s no doubt that Maureen Flynn knows her business.  Over the years the longtime director of simulcasting and pari-mutuels at Monticello Raceway has worked relentlessly to make the Mighty M a very attractive venue to wager on.

Once one of the premier racetracks in New York State set in the bucolic environment of the Catskill Mountains vacationland, Monticello Raceway afforded seasonal visitors a venue for entertainment during the summertime.

DVC Gifted Indeed may just be a claiming pacer but he’s a good at that. On Tuesday afternoon, October 16 the 5-year-old Place To Be gelding reeled off his seventh consecutive victory when Bruce Aldrich, Jr. guided him to and easy two-length triumph in a time of 1:56.2. That win was the pacer’s 10th of the season.

DVC Gifted Indeed was claimed for $7500 from Dino Lo Castro on August 21 by Cory Greenberg and turned over to trainer Bob Lounsbury. Since that date the pacer has not lost a race and his 1:55.2 triumph on 9/11 is DVC Gifted Indeed’s seasonal best.

When Monticello Raceway presents the Maple Leaf Pace, the final leg of its Heritage Drivers Series on Monday afternoon, October 22, Stephane Bouchard will headline the event which will feature drivers of Canadian descent.


Bouchard,45, was the leading driver  in North America during the 2003 campaign and his 814 wins during the 2007 season ranked him third behind Tim Tetrick and Anthony Morgan..


Cory Stratton is a happy young man. And why shouldn’t he be? After all, the 20-year-old harness driver just reined two winners on the October 2nd racing program at Monticello Raceway and  now has 47wins this season which ranks him in the top 12 on the local leaderboard.


Stratton won the 11th race with  Zoom On By in a time of 1:59.4 and connected again in the following race with Semalu Express in 1:58.4 over the muddy racetrack at  the Mighty M .


   Monticello Raceway’s Heritage Drivers Series will continue on Monday, October 22 with the Maple Leaf Pace, a race that features drivers of Canadian descent.


  It will be the eighth and final preliminary leg of the year-long series for drivers of different ethnicities. In November the winning drivers in each of the ethnic prelims will  battle in the final of the series dubbed the All-American Cup.


There will be a change in the racing schedule at Monticello Raceway next week.  The track will be dark on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8th and have added race card on Friday, October 12. Post time for that Friday afternoon will be at the usual 12:50pm.

After October 12th , the racing schedule will return to the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoon format with all posts at 12:50pm.