Racing fans won’t have to wait long to see the Summertime Lea, arguably the best sophomore pacing filly in the New York Sire Stakes program this season, when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. jumps up behind her in the first race on the strong Monticello Raceway program of Wednesday, September 11.
Strong Bow isn’t a world class trotter although the veteran 11 year old gelding has amassed over $295,000 in his career. Now in his 10th season of racing the altered son of Striking Sahbra has won a race in each of those years and was once an open trotter at the Mighty M.
Now he has been relegated to the claiming ranks and has been racing with a tag for the past four years with much success for his current owners Manny and Mary Fajardo and Helen Licitra of Garden City, NY
According to director of racing Eric Warner, Monticello Raceway will be holding one qualifying race on Wednesday Sept 11th for anyone that needs to qualify their 3 year old trotting colt for the NYSS or the Excelsior draw here on Thursday morning, Sept. 12.
The entry box for that qualifier closes at 11:45am Tuesday.
“ We will have qualifiers on Thursday, Sept 12 at 10:00 am for all other horses. That box closes at 11:45am Wednesday,” Warner said.
Monticello Raceway presented its third annual All-Amateur Day on September 6 with all the participating drivers on the 10 race card carring amateur status. But by no means were they novices. And to say it was a success would be an understatement.
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.