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It is rare to have a 14-year-old veteran campaigner stay sound long enough to race until their 15th birthday, but on Wednesday December 27, Monticello Raceway had 2 – 14-year-old warriors race in their final career start in the same race, Grecale AS and Schalom G.

In the winner’s circle after the 7th race on Tuesday, December 5 at Monticello Raceway, longtime Monticello Raceway horseman Norman Bradbury was honored for his extensive and prominent career and was honored in a retirement ceremony.

 Middletown, NY – Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Ray Schnittker said, “If I had ten dollars for every person in this room that I had a drink with…I would be a billionaire!”
 
Over 200 horse people enjoyed the Monticello-Goshen USHWA chapter’s 59th annual awards banquet at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 3.  Those in attendance listened carefully as the Goshen Historic Track-based trainer/driver was thankful for all the friends and memories he has made throughout his many decades of success in the Harness Racing industry.
 

Monticello Raceway featured its normal Thursday mainstay, the Catskill Amateur Driving Event. Changing her tactics and deviating from the norm this week rather than cut the mile, Jennifer Lappe was content to sit the pocket journey while Monica Banca aboard Fox Valley Leo cut the fractions.  Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo left the gate first from post 5 and had the lead in the first turn, Lightning Strike the 1-5 favorite and Jennifer Lappe protected their position from the 2 hole and settled in the garden spot while Fox Valley Leo left splits of 28.2, 58.4.

The productive Wednesday, November 8th afternoon started quickly for Jimmy Taggart in the 1st race with Perfect Road, as he scored a well in hand 3-length win in 1:58.2, for his second consecutive win for trainer Gary Messenger. Majestic Dreams (PP7) in the 3rd race, quickly assumed a 3-length margin over her closest competitors at all splits to barely hang on to win by a nose in 2:02:2 ($15.20).  The 3-year-old If I Can Dream filly is trained by Richard Gayton for winning owner Majestic View Farms of Gardiner NY, for her 3rd win of the season.

As is the norm, Monticello Raceway Thursday’s racing card features amateur racing. On November 2, the Catskill Amateurs were featured in an 8-horse field that went to post for a purse $3,900.   As the gate left, Jennifer Lappe and Lightning Strike spurted away from post position 6, she was followed by Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo, (PP3) Banca was the recent winner of the Catskill Amateur final held earlier in the year,

Efforts by the North American Amateur Drivers Association and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club are under way to organize a race for military veterans who are also amateur harness drivers are coming to fruition according to NAADA vice president, Alan Schwartz. The event will be held on Thursday November 9, noted Alan Schwartz a former U.S Marine who besides being the vice president of NAADA is also the president of the Monticello Raceway’s Harness Horsemen’s Association. 

Ever since the resurgence of amateur racing in the early 1980’s Monticello Raceway has been in the forefront of that movement. On the Thursday afternoon card of October 26th  three events—two NAADA trots and one trot for  Billings drivers  were carded and when the races were declared official , Alan Schwartz, Jennifer Lappe and Bobby Krivelin each were victorious in their respective splits.

Beginning Wednesday, November 1 and continuing throughout the remainder of the year all post times for the live racing cards at Monticello Raceway will be at 12:25p.m.
 
The raceway will continue with its 4-day-a-week schedule throughout the month of November with racing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Monticello Raceway hosted the $400,000 New York Sire Stakes Consolations, with 8 divisions each racing for a purse of $50,000 each. When one thinks of Sire Stake events, one thinks of hot balmy days of July and August. Today the conditions were far from the Sire Stake norm, with temps in the mid 50’s, with intermittent sun and a persistent wind.
2-Year-Old Filly Pace

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