First it was “Irish” Joe Hanney who consented to drive in Monticello Raceway’s 13th annual St. Paddy Pace. Now Anthony Haughan, another full-blooded native Irishman, will join his friend and fellow countryman on Wednesday, March 13th and participate in the race exclusively for drivers of Irish descent.
“We’ve always had plenty of Irish-Americans, or at least many drivers with some degree of Irish in their heritage in our St. Paddy Pace, but this year we will have, not just one, but two real ‘Irishman’ participating,” noted Eric Warner, the tracks director of racing.
Quietly and without much fanfare, on March 1 Jimmy Marohn, Jr. reined the 2000th winner of his career. It came behind Edward Hall’s trotter, JN Sydney, when the 5-year-old Mr. Lavec mare, trained by Danny Gill, toured the Monticello Raceway oval in a time of 2:02.2 to finish one length ahead of Sin To Win (Austin Siegelman).
Last season Marohn’s 271 wins at the Mighty M topped all other reinsmen and Gill’s 118 training victories won him leading trainer honors.
It’s easy to see how comfortable Bruce Aldrich, Jr. is at Monticello Raceway. After winning five previous driving titles here since the 2001 season on the wet and snowy card of Thursday, March 7th he won five races and now has sprinted away from last year’s champion, Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and leads him by nine driving victories,63-54.
When Monticello Raceway presents its 13th annual St. Paddy Pace for drivers of Irish heritage for the first time since the its inception the race will have a sponsor.
Peter Grandich, a sportsman and horse owner whose Trinity Financial Sports and Entertainment Management Company ,www.trinityfsem.com provides insurance and estate planning services to professional athletes. He began his Grandich Letter in 1984 and now several million words later he has authored two books on topics related to finance, faith and the economy.