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After again running another successful awards banquet in late November the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers again donated $3000 to Historic Track at their monthly Board Meeting on December 10.

The presentation of the check was made to Steve Jones, President of Historic Track’s Board of Directors by John Manzi, the chapter’s banquet chairman who is also a longtime Historic Track Board member.

“The check looks like is has seen better days,” Jones said to which Manzi replied, “Still, it’s worth $3000 and you can take that to the bank!”

Due to the impending snow predicted for the Catskill region in southeastern New York State, Monticello Raceway is cancelling its Tuesday (Dec. 9) racing program. Also cancelled are Tuesday’s day and night simulcasts. Qualifying races slated for Wednesday, December 10 will be postponed and raced on Thursday, December 11. The entry box for those qualifiers will remain open until 11:45am on Wednesday. Weather permitting, live racing will resume on Wednesday. First post slated for 12:25pm

Although qualifying races at Monticello Raceway were scheduled for Wednesday (Dec. 3) , due to  a forecasted ice storm on Tuesday evening, the qualifiers will be postponed until Thursday (Dec. 4).
Post time on Thursday will be at 10am.
Because of the postponement the entry box will remain open until 11:45am on Wednesday.
 

Due to the impending heavy snowstorm Monticello Raceway is cancelling its live race card on Wed. Nov. 26.
Also cancelled are the morning qualifiers on Wednesday as well as the evening simulcasts. However, afternoon simulcasts may be available.
With no racing scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, (Nov27) the next live racing program from Monticello Raceway will be on Monday, December 1. First post is slated for 12:25pm
 
 

Senior director of racing Eric Warner has announced that the draw schedule at Monticello Raceway during the week of Thanksgiving will be altered as follows.
On Tuesday, Nov. 25 he’ll draw post positions  for Monday, December 1.
On Wednesday, Nov. 26 he’ll draw pp’s for Tuesday, December 2
No draw on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day
On Friday the draw will be for Wednesday, December 3
Then on Monday, December 8 the draw schedule returns to normal.
 

Due to the impending heavy snowstorm Monticello Raceway is cancelling its live race card on Wed. Nov. 26.
Also cancelled are the morning qualifiers on Wednesday as well as the evening simulcasts. However, afternoon simulcasts may be available.
With no racing scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, (Nov27) the next live racing program from Monticello Raceway will be on Monday, December 1. First post is slated for 12:25pm
 

The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held its 56th Annual Awards Banquet for the third consecutive year in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 16. 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 and when they were all given out, banquet emcee John Manzi was the recipient of a friendly roast.

The often raced and often claimed pacing mare, Diamond Tiara notched her 20th seasonal victory at Monticello Raceway when she defeated a field of claimers in a time of 2:00.4 over a sloppy racetrack on Monday November 17.

With her victory the 7-year-old daughter of McArdle now is just two wins shy of the track record of 22 victories set by another claiming pacer, Golden Storm GB, back in 1985.

~~The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA scribes know talent when they see it and they have been on the money with their recent choices for their annual Rising Star Award recipient. In recent years they’ve cited Jordan Stratton, Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and Austin Siegelman but through the years they’ve named George Brennan, Jimmy Taggart, Jr. and Greg Merton to name a few.

This year their Rising Star Award will go to 25-year-old Jason Ryan and it just so happened that he won four races on the Tuesday card(Nov. 11) here at the Mighty M.

~~On November 16 at the 56th Annual Monticello Goshen Chapter Awards Banquet racetrack photographer Geri Schwarz will finally step in front of the cameras and be photographed when she receives the chapter’s Award of Appreciation.

For many years now Geri Schwarz has been the track photographer at Monticello Raceway and an award winning one at that. She has also been the track photographer at Goshen Historic Track since 1998 and her abilities are legendary.

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