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The marque division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) featuring 3-year-old pacing colts will be showcased on Monday June 18 at Monticello Raceway.  3 divisions of Sire Stakes will race for $140,00, spilt into 3 heats of $39,200, 2 heats of the Excelsior A class - $15,000 and 1 division of the Excelsior B -$6,800.

Trackman Anthony Desimone worked hard the prior week and over the weekend to put the best possible racing surface together for the New York Sire Stakes first visit at Monticello Raceway on Monday June 1, but it was not to be. An overnight rain made the track slick for the first 3 races, but as the day went on the track got better.  The afternoon saw as Scott Zeron drive 3 winners, Ake Svanstedt and Trond Smedshammer each has 2 wins, Linda Toscano had 2 training wins and Ken Jacobs had 2 owner wins.

The New York Sire Stakes makes it first stop at Monticello Raceway this season on Monday June 4th as 3-year-Old Trotting Fillies take center stage.  The entire 11 race program consists of all NYSS eligible performers, 4 heats of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $30,450, 5 divisions of the Excelsior A’s ($15,000) and 2 splits of the Excelsior B’s vie for a purse of $7,200.

In the span of 3 weeks, Monticello Raceway has increased purses by 35%, Race Secretary Eric Warner noted that the last 3 conditions sheets have each shown a purse increase of 10% - 15% and 10%.  “Historically this is when we always raise our purses, it is our intention with the increased purses that we can attract more horses.  It is very difficult at this time of the year to fill the box with all the tracks being open”, said Warner. 

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On Thursday afternoon April 12 at Monticello Raceway, Michael Merton put on a driving clinic and won 5 of the afternoons 9 races.  Merton started off the day by winning both ends of the early daily double with Musical Romance (1:59.3 - $3.80) and  Sly Ruler (1:57.2 - $5.80).  He came right back in the next race and scored with Wink And Nod (1:59 - $9.30).

By John Manzi, for NAADA
On an extremely foggy afternoon with intermittent rain falling in New York's southern Catskill Mountains Paul Minore sat a two-hole trip then rallied his old warhorse,Wygant Prince, to a neck victory in the third leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday March 29.
After starting from the pole position Minore parked Jennifer Lappe's Here Come Numbers around the first turn then allowed the 10-year-old gelding to take command as the field trotted by the first panel in :29.

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