North America’s leading standardbred race winner this year, Tracys Song with 14 victories already to her credit, will not race this week according to her trainer, Bob Lounsbury.
The 8 year old daughter of Astreos, won for the 14th consecutive time at Monticello Raceway last Monday (April 29) but she was hard pressed to do it, barely staving off a hard challenge to win by a head over a racetrack softened by rain.
Just this past week Monticello Raceway has received confirmation from Monica Thors, Sherry Cushing, and Jody Riedel who have responded to the Mighty M’s call for drivers and will join the others in Monticello Raceway’s 11th annual Lady Godiva Pace slated for Monday afternoon, May 13; one day after Mother’s Day.
Monica Thors will take time from working on her production of her harness racing documentary “I am a Harness Racing Horse’, to don her colors again after a short hiatus.
Jimmy Marohn, Jr. put on a driving clinic at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, April 25th when he reined five winners on the 10-race card.
Marohn, the defending driving champion here at the Mighty M,started his day winning both ends of the early double.
He scored with Allan Cisco Stable’s trotter La Hollywood ($3.40) in a time of 2:03.3 in the first race, and then came back to cop the second behind Ed Hall’s first time Mighty M starter, Tom Riddle ($5.20) in a 1:57.4 clocking.
Last week when Haroun Hanover was seeking his 12th seasonal victory Three Artist got in his way. This week , again in search of win number 12, Haroun Hanover was beat again by Three Artist. But both pacers had to take a backseat to a newcomer, Runaway Energy.
Jimmy Devaux , who received the mount via a late driver change, surprisingly hustled Runaway Energy three-deep on the final turn and rallied his pacer alongside both Haroun Hanover and Three Artist who were battling neck and neck .
Monday, April 22nd at Monticello Raceway was a big day for both Tracys Song and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr.
In the last race on the card Tracy Song cruised to her 13th consecutive victory in a time of 1:57.2 and with that triumph she continues to lead North America in races won (13) this season. And for Aldrich, Tracys Song was one of six winners that he reined on the 11-race program.
Tracys Song, the 8-year-old pacing mare who leads North America in races won this season with 12, will seek her 13th consecutive victory when she starts from the pole position in the 11th and final race on the card at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, April 22.
Postponed from its original date on Valentine’s Day the 11th edition of the Lady Godiva is now slated for Monday, May 13, just one day after Mother’s Day.
The event is one of the eight legs in Monticello Raceway’s Heritage Drivers Series-2013
“We had to postpone the Lady Godiva earlier this year due to a lack of entries,” noted Eric Warner, the tracks Director of Racing. “There just weren’t enough ladies who were interested in driving in early February. Hopefully it was because of the frigid weather.”
On two previous occasions Monticello Raceway has hosted events for race track executives called the Battle of the Brain Trusts, and with good success. Now the third edition of the race is in the works for later this season and already there’s interest.
Like the previous contests, the Battle of the Brain Trusts III is a unique non-wagering one mile race open only to CEO’s, track presidents, track VP’s , general managers, assistant general managers and any others whose decision makings help guide the fortunes of their racing oriented establishments.
Three Artist denied Haroun Hanover his 12th seasonal victory but the 5 year old Real Artist gelding had to go in 1:55.3 to do it.
Haroun Hanover was seeking his 12th seasonal triumph except Three Artist got in his way and out-footed the Bettor’s Delight gelding in the deep stretch to emerge victorious in the $12,500 claiming event at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, April 16.
Missing a week and having to start from the eight-hole was in no way a determent to Tracys Song. The 8 year old Astreos mare cruised to her 12th consecutive victory, this one in a time of 1:57.4, at Monticello Raceway on Monday, April 15th. She now takes sole command as the winningest horse in North America.
Once again Bruce Aldrich Jr. was at the controls and he used his wisdom on the racetrack to deter defeat.