The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held their 55th Annual Awards Banquet for the second consecutive year in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 17. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. During the evening awards were presented to the deserving recipients.
When Bruce Aldrich, Jr., Jimmy Marohn, Jr and Jimmy Devaux finished driving on the afternoon program at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday, November 12 they didn’t leave much for the other drivers.
Aldrich notched yet another five –bagger and both Marohn and Devaux each reined a pair of winners on that 12-race card. But perhaps more importantly, especially for those who keep the stats, the trio of Mighty M drivers is all in the top 25 in races win in North America.
It isn’t often that Monticello Raceway gets a chance to have the leading driver in North America compete here. However, that will change on Wednesday, November 20th when the Northfield Park sensation Ronnie Wrenn Jr. takes a trip to the Mighty M to compete in the track’s final leg of it Heritage Drivers Series, the Maple Leaf Mile, for drivers of Canadian heritage.
– According to the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Trotting Association, the governing body of the Standardbred sport, less than two percent of all horses racing are 14 year olds and when they become 15 years of age on New Year’s Day they can no longer compete regularly in pari-mutuel races.
The final preliminary event in Monticello Raceway’s year-long Heritage Drivers Series will be presented on Wednesday afternoon, November 20 with the Maple Leaf Mile, a race that features drivers of Canadian descent. The winner of that race will join the winners of the seven other prelims in the series finale in early December, dubbed the All-American Pace.
Currently the raceway’s director of racing, Eric Warner, is in the process of seeking drivers of Canadian descent to compete in the Maple Leaf Mile.