Monticello Raceway

The Amenities of a Vegas Atmosphere in Conjunction with Exciting Harness Racing

Press Room

Rompaway Alvin trotted to a track record equaling victory in a time of 1:57 on Thursday afternoon, September 5 at Monticello Raceway. That clocking tied the mark for aged trotting geldings initially set by Cornishman N and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. back in 2011.

His gate to wire victory in Monticello Raceway’s featured trot on Thursday afternoon , Sept 5th caught most by surprise, even driver Mike Merton.

Rompaway Alvin, second choice in the betting, figured to be one of the main competitors but his stunning 13- length triumph didn’t.

In what could have been billed as the ‘Battle of the Local Claiming Stalwarts’  three successful local  standouts  were to lock horns in the Wednesday, September 4th  pacing feature at Monticello  Raceway.

 

Those that were slated to go to the gate in the event included Haroun Hanover, Stoman and Tom Riddle, who collectively have won 38 races this year; 19 for Haroun; 10 for  Stoman and nine for Tom Riddle.

 

Tuesday, September 3rd wasn’t a particularly great day to make speed at Monticello Raceway. The weather was dry with little humidity in the air and the temperature had cooled. However, the sun shone brightly and the winds were minimal and in spite of it not being a ‘perfect day’ Olde Time Hockey and Framed Art each  blazed to  victory in their respective divisions of the $155,000 NY Sire Stakes .

 

The New York Sires Stakes sophomore pacing colts and geldings, always  considered the cream of the crop of the sires stakes eligibilities, will lock horns Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, September 3.

 

Two divisions, one for $79,385 and the other for $77,975, are on tap and they will be accompanied by four $12,700 splits of Excelsior Series colts. The NYSS events will go as races eight and 11 while the Excelsior Series splits are carded as races one, four, five and six..

 

Kyle Di Benedetto bided his time in the early going and then rallied Mor Winning Ways to  a 1:57.1 victory in Monticello Raceway’s  Mayflower Mile for drivers whose heritage can be  traced back to the United Kingdom.

 

Now before anyone challenges DiBenedetto’s eligibility in this race, it must be understood that Kyle’s grandmother on his mom’s side was born in the United Kingdom.

 

Kyle Di Benedetto bided his time in the early going and then rallied Mor Winning Ways to  a 1:57.1 victory in Monticello Raceway’s  Mayflower Mile for drivers whose heritage can be  traced back to the United Kingdom.

 

Now before anyone challenges DiBenedetto’s eligibility in this race, it must be understood that Kyle’s grandmother on his mom’s side was born in the United Kingdom.

 

Dubbed All- Amateur Day the afternoon race card was well received .

This year the third All Amateur Day will be presented on the added Friday program of September 6. However, this year’s event will take on a special meaning .

“We’re renaming the program’ Veteran’s Day at the Races ‘and it’ll be used as a fundraiser for the Sullivan County Veterans Food Pantry,” noted Alan Schwartz the president of the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association. “Monetary donations are urged and will be certainly be appreciated by the unfortunate veterans.”

There is little doubt that the Sears Family is proud of their accomplishments. No, not the catalogue people…. the harness racing Sears. And they should be, from Grandpa Gene, to father Jay  to son Brian, all exceptional horsemen and talented drivers.

 

At Monticello Raceway on the rainy afternoon of August 28 local railbirds found that the name Jay Sears was listed to drive in the eighth race.

 

“I’m not sure who he is but maybe he’s related to Brian Sears,” one fan answered where queried about Jay Sears.

 

Records are made to be broken; it’s just that some are harder to break than others. Take for instance Cincinnati Red’s pitcher Johnny Vandermeer’s back- to- back no hitters in the late 1930’s. Or even Joe Di  Maggio’s 56 game hitting streak in 1941. They’re still standing and probably will for many years to come.

 

But horse racing is different.  Records are equaled and occasionally surpassed especially in this day and age of finer breeding and better racing equipment.

 

The Mayflower Mile will be the fifth leg of Monticello Raceway’s year-long Heritage Drivers Series and will go to post on Thursday afternoon, August 29th. The event will feature the driving talents of drivers of English extraction, which includes any country part of the United Kingdom.            

The annual series, which showcases drivers of eight different ethnicities, will culminate with the winning drivers of each preliminary leg competing in a finale—the All America Cup-- later this fall.

Pages