What would the odds be that two horses from the same racetrack lead North America in wins? Probably be real long, you’d think. But yesterday (Wednesday, March 19) Haroun Hanover scored his ninth seasonal victory and now joins another Monticello Raceway pacer, Tracys Song, who won her ninth race on Tuesday, at the top of the North American leaderboard for races won this season.
And coincidently both Haroun Hanover and Tracys Song whisked their way through the Mighty M’s Name Your Price Claiming Series, he in the horses and geldings division and she in the mare’s division.
Talk about a bargain, just check out Tracys Song. A $4000 purchase early this year, who, with a victory again yesterday (March 18), now has run her string to nine wins in a row and currently she is the winningest horse in North America.
Win number nine –and all her wins for that matter—came at Monticello Raceway and all under the guidance of driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. However, it was trainer Bob Lounsbury who decided that Tracys Song would be a worthwhile purchase.
Usually securing drivers for Monticello Raceway’s Passover Pace has never posed any problems. But this year things are different. Although the’ Race for the Matzos’ was originally advertised to be raced on March 28 it will now be presented on Monday afternoon, April 1, the next to last day of the Passover holiday.
Bobby Krivelin took advantage of racing luck and a slow first half to win the second leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Trotting Series with Mandinga in a time of 2:04.3 at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon March 14th.
When the starting judge released the fifth race field for the NAADA Trot a collective groan was heard on the tracks apron when the 1-2 betting favorite, Sensational Prayer, went off stride before the start. But driver Alan Schwartz did a masterful job getting his trotter back on gait but the stalled start cost the horse the race.
Who’ll win Monticello Raceway’s ‘Race for the Matzos’ on Thursday afternoon, March 28? Also known as the Passover Pace, the event for drivers of Jewish heritage, will be the third leg of the tracks Heritage Drivers Series-2013 and comes on the heels of the St. Paddy Pace which was presented on March 13,
The Passover Pace race date varies annually depending on when the Passover Holiday begins. This year the Holiday starts at sundown on March 25 and continues for eight days, many of which are holy days.
Arguably it wasn’t the best of times for Jimmy Marohn, Jr. but winning Monticello Raceway’s 13th annual St. Paddy Pace on March 13th for the third time in the last five years was undoubtedly pleasurable.
“Hey, it’s always fun to win a race and winning is something I never get tired of,” Marohn said unequivocally after his victory. “I’ve certainly had bigger wins but this one was especially fun because we had some good guys in the race.”
First it was “Irish” Joe Hanney who consented to drive in Monticello Raceway’s 13th annual St. Paddy Pace. Now Anthony Haughan, another full-blooded native Irishman, will join his friend and fellow countryman on Wednesday, March 13th and participate in the race exclusively for drivers of Irish descent.
“We’ve always had plenty of Irish-Americans, or at least many drivers with some degree of Irish in their heritage in our St. Paddy Pace, but this year we will have, not just one, but two real ‘Irishman’ participating,” noted Eric Warner, the tracks director of racing.
Quietly and without much fanfare, on March 1 Jimmy Marohn, Jr. reined the 2000th winner of his career. It came behind Edward Hall’s trotter, JN Sydney, when the 5-year-old Mr. Lavec mare, trained by Danny Gill, toured the Monticello Raceway oval in a time of 2:02.2 to finish one length ahead of Sin To Win (Austin Siegelman).
Last season Marohn’s 271 wins at the Mighty M topped all other reinsmen and Gill’s 118 training victories won him leading trainer honors.
It’s easy to see how comfortable Bruce Aldrich, Jr. is at Monticello Raceway. After winning five previous driving titles here since the 2001 season on the wet and snowy card of Thursday, March 7th he won five races and now has sprinted away from last year’s champion, Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and leads him by nine driving victories,63-54.