In what turned out to be a new track record performance, Tracys Song scored her 16th consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, May 20 when the 8 year old pacing mare toured the double oval in a time of 1:57.3, once again with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls.
For the past month the search has been ongoing to find another racetrack executive willing to compete in Monticello Raceway’s third edition of the Battle of The Brain Trusts.
Just a few days ago the Mighty M received a call from Jerry Murkerson who said he’d love to compete in the race.
After three seconds and a third place finish in his last four starts Haroun Hanover once again hit paydirt when Jimmy Marohn, Jr guided the pacer to a 1:56.3 victory at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, May 14. For the 7 year old Bettors Delight gelding it marked his 12th seasonal triumph and Haroun Hanover now holds down second place on the North America leaderboard in races won this season.
Win streaks come and go but at Monticello Raceway Tracys Song is a bit of an anomaly. Not only did the 8 year old Astreos mare win again today, Monday, May 13, but in doing so she equaled the track record of 15 wins in a row which was initially set in 2010 by Northern Chief and driver Mike Merton.
Quietly, and without much fanfare, Worthys Magic has joined the leading race winners in North America when Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr. reined the 7-year-old Cam’s Magic Trick gelding to a 1:56.1 triumph at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, May 8. It was the pacer’s 11th seasonal triumph in just 14 trips to post this year.
Ladies will take center stage at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, May 13 when the track presents its 11th edition of the Lady Godiva, a race exclusively for the female drivers. The race will be the fourth leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series-2013.
In what has become a race that is increasingly hard to fill, director of racing Eric Warner did however get a field together to continue a race exclusively for the women.
After 44 years of dedicated service to Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. 94 year old Clarence Wade of Middletown, NY has called it a day.
“I was so excited and thrilled by a many number of things including the wonderful watch I received and the many other items that will help me remember my enjoyable years here at Monticello Raceway,” Wade said at his retirement ceremonies.
DVC Gifted Indeed won his fourth consecutive race at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, May 7. It was also the ninth victory of the year for the 6-year-old Place To Be gelding from the local powerful stable of Bob Lounsbury.
With driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. at the controls the Lounsbury-trained DVC Gifted Indeed scored in wire to wire fashion and held off a fast closing Delco Tross and driver Jimmy Taggart, Jr. to win in 1:58.1.
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.