Field Of Seven Qualify For RUS Championship

Fair racing may be over, but the racing action is not. The biggest race is yet to come.

Now it all comes down to naming a winner. The top point-getters of the 2018 RUS New York Fair Series will converge at Monticello Raceway to compete for a championship title. The non-wagering exhibition will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 along with the New York Sire Stake’s County Fair Finals and regular racing card. Post time is set for 12:50 p.m. with no set race number or time set for RUS yet.

All participants will receive $500 for earning their way into the final race. Host track Monticello Raceway is putting up $2,500 toward the purse and covering insurance expenses. The winner will also receive a championship cooler.

A High Point Rider Award will be presented at the final to Vanessa Karlewicz for earning the most points throughout the series. This year’s prize has been donated by Carhart’s Harness Shop and the Feed and Pet Supply in Vernon. To be eligible for the award, riders must participate in at least three races.

The series was made possible thanks to the $5,000 grant provided by the NYSS as initial purse money. This marks the fifth year of the series, which included eight races at seven fairs across the state. A rainout prevented racing action at Oneida County fair this year but all horses that showed to race earned a point toward the final. Horses are required to compete in at least three races throughout the series to be allowed entry into the championship race.