The vocal group the Eagles enjoyed a big hit with their “ New Kid in Town” and racing fans at Monticello raceway are enjoying a ‘new kid in town’ this winter in the presence of Anthony Napolitano. But unfortunately the pleasure will be short-lived because the Nescopeck, Pa. resident is just spending the winter season at the Mighty M and regrettably for the locals here he’ll be heading back to his home track of Pocono Downs when they get their season underway in March.
It was bound to happen and it did today (February 11) when director of racing, Eric Warner, opened the entry box for Thursday, Valentine’s Day at Monticello Raceway and found he didn’t have enough drivers to make a full field for the track’s 11th annual Lady Godiva, the race strictly for lady drivers which was to be the second leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series-2013.
Due to the impending Winter Storm Nemo, Monticello Raceway has cancelled live racing and Simulcasting for Friday February 8. Live racing will resume on Monday February 11, with the live card beginning at 12:25.
Not to demean any and all accomplishments by harness drivers but it is usually—and maybe rightly so-that they get the headlines.
But ,what about the hard working trainers? They toil day-in and day-out readying their stock for the reinsmen, nowadays called catch-drivers although there must be a better moniker than that to describe those who only drive.
Monticello Raceway has added Friday, February 8th to its live racing schedule. That race card will join the tracks usual Monday through Thursday racing programs again this month.
All post time will be at 12:25pm.
“It will be the only Friday race card we’ll offer this month,” noted track general manager, Shawn Wiles. “The addition of Friday, February 8 will give us 17 racing programs during February.”
Monticello Raceway’s Name Your Price Claiming Series got underway o Monday afternoon with three divisions for fillies and mares and strangely the final times for all three winners, Pot Limit , Romi Mystic, and Tracey’s Song , was 2:00.3.
The event, which has three legs and a final allows in the second and third legs for owners to choose claiming prices from $4-$6000, obviously with the horse(s) with the higher price tags drawing for positions outside the lesser priced entrants.
Jimmy Devaux is no stranger to winning races, especially at Monticello where he won the driving title in 2002 and where he amassed the majority of his 3077 career wins over the Mighty M double oval since the turn of the 21st Century.
On Thursday, January 31 Devaux capped a very productive ( 4-day) week scoring five wins on the 13 race card. Those victories followed three on Wednesday and two on Tuesday and he is now positioned securely in second place behind Jimmy Marohn, Jr on the local leaderboard, trailing Marohn by only three wins( 29-26).