Grecale AS and Schalom G are retired at Monticello Raceway

It is rare to have a 14-year-old veteran campaigner stay sound long enough to race until their 15th birthday, but on Wednesday December 27, Monticello Raceway had 2 – 14-year-old warriors race in their final career start in the same race, Grecale AS and Schalom G.
Grecale AS retires as the winningest aged trotter in North America in 2017 with 17 wins. The son of Sugarcane Hanover has a stellar season with yearly earnings over $50,000.  Grecale AS is trained by Don Hoover of Ballston Spa, NY, his final career tally race is 299 – 59 – 42 – 24, $393,089 and a lifetime mark of 1:56 as a 10-year-old.
The other elder statesman is Schalom G, a son of Toss Out – Pleasure Way, ironically, took his lifetime mark (1:52.4) as the age of 10 also. Schalom G is owned and trained by harness racing blue blood Jim Doherty Jr. of Monticello NY. His final career tally is 245 43-34-27 and $373,520. Schalom G recently did his Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer impression over the weekend for his young fans in Liberty NY.  Grecale AS and Schalom G. are both foreign bred, Grecale AS was foaled in Italy and Schalom G was foaled in Germany, in 2003.
The barefooted Grecale AS, went out in style as he scored an easy wire to wire victory in 2:03.4 with Monticello Raceway leading dash winner James DeVaux at the helm,  Schalom G finished a game 4th.