October 2013

Four years ago the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA named an award in honor of the late Hall of Famer and former chapter president, Phil Pines.  Since then there have been some worthy recipients and this year’s beneficiary, Derick Giwner, is no exception.


Now the Italian Americans have someone to cheer for in Monticello Raceway’s Heritage  Drivers Series finale after Rock  Vinci  drove  Southwind to an easy 2:00 triumph in this year’s  Godfather Pace on Monday afternoon, August 27th .


The race, which featured drivers of Italian extraction, was the seventh  leg of the year-long series and now Vinci e will join the winners of the previous preliminary legs in the series final, dubbed the All-America Cup, later in early December.


Mike Forte will handle the favorite in Monticello Raceway’s Godfather Pace on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, but in order to have a repeat victory in the event he’ll have to win with Kevin’s Apple from the eight hole.

The Godfather  Pace, for drivers of Italian ancestry, will be the seventh leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series.

Last year Forte guided  Velvety Smooth to an event record time of 1:58.2. This year he pins his hopes on the Dave Barrett-trained pacer who owns a seasonal mark of 1:58.2.

Beginning Monday, November 4 and continuing throughout the remainder of the year all post times for the live racing cards at Monticello Raceway will be at 12:25p.m.


The raceway will continue with its 4-day-a-week schedule throughout the month of November  with racing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Something occurred yesterday (Oct,23) at Monticello Raceway that brought back memories to longtime harness fans. If one happened to be around the sport in late 1970’s and early 1980’s they may have recalled a pacer by the name of Super Kris.


Super Kris was anything but super. Spotted locally and proclaimed to be the world’s perennial loser, Super Kris was cited for losing 85 races in a row and he became somewhat of an industry celebrity as the world’s biggest loser.


After Bruce Aldrich, Jr. notched his sixth win in the 10th race on the Monticello Raceway card of Tuesday, October 22 he was contacted in the paddock and asked if he ever won six races before to which he replied; “I won six a couple of times here at Monticello over the past few years. I still have two more drives and if I get lucky enough to win again it’ll be the best day I ever had.”


When the Monticello –Goshen Chapter holds its 55th Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday evening, November 17 at The Fountains in Middletown NY the Mighty M’s Senior Director of Racing, Eric Warner, will be the recipient of the scribes Good Guy Award.

Last summer Aaron Byron was challenging Jimmy Marohn, Jr. for leading driver honors at Tioga Downs. With some 100 fewer starts Byron finished second to Marohn in driving victories, 76-55.


The three-track, eight-leg trotting series sponsored by the North America Amateur Drivers Association kicked off at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, October 17. Relative newcomer to the amateur driving ranks, Dr. John Kokinos, scored his first pari-mutuel victory when he guided Impressive Earl to a 2:01 three length victory over Hardrockinjessica  and driver Monica Banca.


Ex King - Dan Daley

There’s something eerie concerning a final winning time of 1:57.1 here at Monticello Raceway especially when it comes to 3 year old trotting geldings.

Three 3-year old geldings co-hold that track record standard and one, Ex King, again equaled that time yesterday (Oct. 16) when Dan Daley hustled him to his second Mighty M victory in the exact time of 1:57.1.