March 2013

Arguably the biggest fan favorite of Monticello Raceway’s Heritage Drivers Series ethnic races is “the Race for the Matzos” better known as the Passover Pace, which features the talents of drivers of Jewish heritage.
Besides the usual array of media coverage the race garners, over years it has also received exposure in various Jewish tabloids like the Jewish Week and the Jewish Times, to name a few.

It was just another lazy early spring afternoon at Monticello Raceway with 10 races carded and nothing unusual happening until lightning struck .

Not literally, the lightning referred to was that a once in a lifetime thing occurred when a father and son finished in a dead-heat for win in the ninth race here today.

Jimmy Marohn, Sr. was driving Quiet Hero (#1) from the pole position while Jimmy then Younger had Best Of Times (#5) from post five.

More and more, the Mighty M the trainer-driver combination of Bob Lounsbury and Bruce Aldrich Jr. continues to be extremely hard to beat.

The two stats leaders added yet another win to their seasonal resumes when Aldrich guided the Lounsbury-trained DVC Gifted Indeed to a stunning upset of Haroun Hanover (Jimmy Marohn, Jr.) who was a 2-5 favorite to score his 10th victory of the year on Tuesday, March 26.

An old country song by Jerry Reed proclaimed “when you’re hot… you’re hot” and that is just what Tracys Song is, and has been, at Monticello Raceway.

The 8 year old Astreos mare scored her 10th consecutive victory on Monday afternoon, March 25th which equals the Mighty M track record for most wins in-a-row by a mare. With that 1:58.2 triumph Tracys Song has regained sole command of the North American leaderboard for most wins thus far this season.

However, according to her trainer Bob Lounsbury this win came harder than the other nine .

What would the odds be that two horses from the same racetrack lead North America in wins? Probably be real long, you’d think. But yesterday (Wednesday, March 19) Haroun Hanover scored his ninth seasonal victory and now joins another Monticello Raceway pacer, Tracys Song, who won her ninth race on Tuesday, at the top of the North American leaderboard for races won this season.

And coincidently both Haroun Hanover and Tracys Song whisked their way through the Mighty M’s Name Your Price Claiming Series, he in the horses and geldings division and she in the mare’s division.

Talk about a bargain, just check out Tracys Song. A $4000 purchase early this year, who, with a victory again yesterday (March 18), now has run her string to nine wins in a row and currently she is the winningest horse in North America.

Win number nine –and all her wins for that matter—came at Monticello Raceway and all under the guidance of driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. However, it was trainer Bob Lounsbury who decided that Tracys Song would be a worthwhile purchase.

Usually securing drivers for Monticello Raceway’s Passover Pace has never posed any problems. But this year things are different. Although the’ Race for the Matzos’ was originally advertised to  be raced on March 28 it will now be presented on  Monday afternoon, April 1, the next to last day of the Passover holiday.

Bobby Krivelin took advantage of racing luck and a slow first half to win the second leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Trotting Series with Mandinga in a time of 2:04.3 at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon March 14th.

When the starting judge released the fifth race field for the NAADA Trot a collective groan was heard on the tracks apron when the 1-2 betting favorite, Sensational Prayer, went off stride before the start. But driver Alan Schwartz did a masterful job getting his trotter back on gait but the stalled start cost the horse the race.

Who’ll win Monticello Raceway’s ‘Race for the Matzos’ on Thursday afternoon, March 28? Also known as the Passover Pace, the event for drivers of Jewish heritage, will be the third leg of the tracks Heritage Drivers Series-2013 and comes on the heels of the St. Paddy Pace which was presented on March 13,

The Passover Pace race date varies annually depending on when the Passover Holiday begins. This year the Holiday starts at sundown on March 25 and continues for eight days, many of which are holy days.

Arguably it wasn’t the best of times for Jimmy Marohn, Jr. but winning Monticello Raceway’s 13th annual St. Paddy Pace on March 13th for the third time in the last five years was undoubtedly pleasurable.

“Hey, it’s always fun to win a race and winning is something I never get tired of,” Marohn said unequivocally after his victory. “I’ve certainly had bigger wins but this one was especially fun because we had some good guys in the race.”