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After racing in the afternoon of Monday, December 31 Monticello Raceway will commence its 56th season of live harness racing on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013 and programs will follow on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday that week.
After the Friday card of January 4 it will be back to the normal four- day-a-week schedule of Mondays through Thursdays, with one exception; the raceway will be dark on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21.
All post times during the month of January will be at 12:25pm.

The nation will celebrate the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21 despite the fact that his actual birthday in January 15.

Because Monticello Raceway will not have a live card on Monday January 21 the raceway will present its 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 .

The nation will celebrate the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21 despite the fact that his actual birthday in January 15.

Because Monticello Raceway will not have a live card on Monday January 21 the raceway will present its 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 .

After the calmest of early winter seasons in the southern Catskill Mountains a heavy snowstorm on Wednesday, December 26 ,which carried over to the following day, played havoc on the racing program at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.

After again running another successful awards banquet in late November the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers donated $3000 to Historic Track at their monthly Board Meeting on December 19. The presentation of the check was made to Bernie White, President of Historic Track‘s Board of Directors by John Manzi, the chapter’s banquet chairman..

 

That donation will to be matched and the National Historic Landmark will actually end-up with $6,000.

 

By definition halfpipe is a structure used in gravity extreme sports such as snowboarding, skateboarding and skiing, but at Monticello Raceway Halfpipe has another meaning.

The Monticello Raceway version of Halfpipe is a 6-year-old trotting gelding who has won five times this year and has been victorious in each of his last three starts.

Bruce Aldrich Jr. has picked up where he left off. After spending most of the year at his new home track, Saratoga Raceway, Aldrich has returned full time—at least while the Spa City oval is closed—to the Monticello Raceway where he won more races than any other driver during the first decade of the 21st Century.
At the Mighty M on Tuesday, December 18 Bruce Aldrich, Jr. scored his second consecutive five-bagger. The previous day he also won five races.

Nowadays, final race times don’t really underscore the class of those horses competing. It seems that every race goes fast these days; be it a high priced claimer or a conditioned horse. Even the lesser class claimers put up times that FFA (Free-For-All) horses turned in decades ago.
So with the aforementioned in mind handicappers will have to make a decision in Monticello Raceway’s 1-3/4 mile Marathon Trot which will go to post in race number four on Wednesday afternoon, December 19. Will class hold up in this long distance race?

Santa Claus is coming to town on Sunday, December 16…Well at least to Monticello Raceway and Casino.

 

On that afternoon the jolly ole gent will be horse drawn to the winners circle  and if it is anything like it has been in the past few years, the children will be cheering.

 

Santa’s visit is part of the special 10-race card on Sunday which has been added to coincide with the children’s fourth annual Free, Fabulous, Fantasy  Holiday Party.

 

Since Monticello Raceway instituted its Au Revoir back in 1991 only five times has the race been presented. Although the raceway had tried to fill it every year since the inaugural the fact remains that there is usually is a shortage of 14 year olds still racing in December of the final year of eligibility. And although the amount varies slightly from year to year during this season there were only 54 14 year olds   that made at least one start.

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