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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.

The majority of the 72 2-year-old colts and geldings were on their best behavior Monday afternoon July 9 at Monticello Raceway, 4 divisions of Sire Stakes were contested, each offering a purse of $27,750.  Also on tap were 4 Excelsior A’s worth $15,000 per dash and 2 Heats of the Excelsior B, each worth $6,500.

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By Shawn Wiles
On Monday July 9, at Monticello Raceway the entire program is comprised of New York Sire Stakes for 2 Year Old Trotting Colts. The 11 race card features 4 divisions of Sire Stakes in races 4 - $27,750 -  5 - $27,750 6 - $27,250 and 7 - $27,750. The Excelsior Series are well represented with 4 Excelsior A’s worth $15,000 per dash and 2 Heats of the Excelsior B, each worth $6,500.

The results of the NAADA Trot at Monticello Raceway on the steamy afternoon of July 5th was a case of good things come to those who wait. And Bob Krivelin bided his time shadowing the leader and then rallied his veteran trotter, Permanent Joy, to a 1-1/2 victory over seven others in a 2:00 clocking.
Overlooked and sent off at odds of over 14-1, Krivelin's charge notched his first seasonal triumph and paid $31.40; $11.40 and $6.10 across the board.

 

On a hot, sticky afternoon, Monticello Raceway hosted a special July 4th Sire Stake card, although the   famous Monticello Raceway fireworks are scheduled for Friday July 6th at 10pm, Melodies Major put on his own fireworks show in the last race of the day in the 2nd division of Sire Stakes worth $54,500.

~~Freshman Pacing Colts at Monticello Raceway
By Shawn Wiles

1-5 favorite Hot Chapter left the gate hard in the first $26,750 division and had 3 lengths on the pack at the ¼ in 31.2 and continued to stay on the front through fractions of 1:02,1:32.3 keeping the field at bay by at least 2 lengths. In the paddock turn Charlie Norris had Just Priceless in high gear and made a bold move, the daughter Muscles Yankee almost collared pace setter Hot Chapter at the top of the lane.  Just Priceless threw down a 29.2 last quarter to win by 2 lengths in 2:02.4.  Liquorstoreblues finished second, followed by Hot Chapter.

For the majority of 56 2-year-old trotting fillies that dropped in the box for Monday June 25 at Monticello Raceway, they will be making their first pari mutual debut, and for many, the first time on a half mile track.   The entire card is comprised of Sire Stakes competition, the green group were split into 4 regular Sire Stakes - $26,750, 3 heats of the Excelsior A’s - $15,000 and 2 dashes of the Excelsior B’s $6,500.

It was the hottest day of the year thus far at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon as temperatures broached 90 degrees as 3 Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings came to town.

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