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The final leg of the 2018 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) took place on a rainy, cold afternoon at Monticello Raceway on Monday September 10.

On Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway in conjunction with the New York County Fair Finals, the final of RUS Series was conducted. This marks the 5th year that the RUS has held their unique events, over the course of the summer 8 RUS events were held through the state.  The RUS fair series is sponsored by the NYSS and Agricultural and New York Breeding Development Fund via a $5,000 grant, Monticello Raceway & The Monticello Harness Horseman’s Association donated $2,500 towards the $3,500 purse.

As Labor Day represents the end of summer, so do the Finals of The NYSS County Fair’s.  The New York County Fair circuit kicked off on a brutally hot Sunday in Goshen on July 2, between then and now the program raced 21 legs at various fair tracks throughout the state.

In 2013 Austin Siegelman was awarded the Monticello – Goshen USHWA Rising Star Award, in short order the young 26-year-old Siegelman nothced his 1000 win at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon September 5.

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.

On Tuesday afternoon August 21, Jim DeVaux could do no wrong, winning 6 of the cards 10 races.

The last leg of the 2018 Sire Stakes took place at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon August 6 as 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies closed out the season with a bang. 

~~by John Manzi, for NAADA
MONTICELLO, NY- When the gate sprung in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) trot at Monticello Raceway on the pleasant afternoon of July 19 little was left for the imagination after “Yankee Joe” Lee gunned Soul Train to the lead and played catch me if you can, and nobody could, as Lee's trotter circled the Mighty M double-oval in a time of 1:58.2 to finish five lengths in front of six others in the sixth leg of the 10-race trotting series.

Go down the road as fast and far as you can go seemed to be the tactic of the day, as many of the afternoon participants of Monticello Raceway Sire Stakes for 3 year old trotting colts tried to followed that pattern.

If the industry doesn't consider amateur racing an integral part of the current scene they just need to check the number of races being programmed at many racetracks, especially on the East Coast.