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It wasn’t a battle of the titans at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon (Sept 8), it was, however,  a confrontation between Diamond Tiara and  Shortest Distance, the two harness horses with the most victories, (18) in North America this season.

Actually the two had confronted one another back on August 25th and both finished off the board. But on Monday, Shortest Distance prevailed and her 19th seasonal triumph makes her the clear leader in races won by a Standardbred tin 2014.

With Jimmy Marohn, Jr. sidelined by a racing accident at Tioga Downs last weekend, Monticello Raceway based trainer trainer Danny Gill, who uses Marohn almost exclusively, had to scramble to fill the gap behind his pupils this week.
However, on Thursday (Sept. 4), when Gill had six horses in to go, he split the driving chores between three talented chauffeurs; Bruce Aldrich, Jr. Larry Stalbaum, and Johnny Desimone. And Gill finished with a good day with two wins and two seconds from the six starters.

Jim Takter & Shawn Wiles

~~Monticello Raceway hosted the final leg of the New York Sire Stakes and the Excelsior Series for 2 year old filly trotters on Wednesday (Sept. 3). There were three $37,000 splits in the sire stakes and five short fields in the Excelsior Series. And despite eight of the 12 races on the card featuring the up- and -coming freshmen trotters still wagering was good. 

~~The cream of the freshmen and sophomore pacers and trotters on the NYSS County Fair circuit convened at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, September 2. Eight $10,000 divisions awaited the influx and by days end the champions were crowned in each division.

“It was an enjoyable day of racing watching the youngsters go head to head in each of their divisions,” noted Eric Warner the tracks director of racing. “And with limited amount of charted lines on many of the entrants still wagering on the card was good.”

~~Everyone knows that harness racing was weaned on the half mile tracks and many a young driver learned the ropes while competing in the races at the nation’s county fairs. Now, with those states who have sire stakes programs the events not only have helped preserve county fair racing but the added purse monies made available has spawned groups of horsemen who race primarily on the county fair circuits. New York State has a good program for those who prefer to race at that level, and many do.

Due to an early Labor Day holiday this year Monticello Raceway’s live racing schedule will change slightly in September.

Since Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1 the raceway will be dark that afternoon and to keep continuity with the four-day a week schedule a race card has been added on Friday, September 5.

After that, racing will be back to the usual Monday through Thursday format for the remainder of September.

All post times will continue to be at 12:50pm.

 

~~Bettor’s Delight is certainly a proud poppa. And why shouldn’t he be, after all, two of his sons each won a division of the $117,000 New York Sires Stakes in 1:52.2 or faster at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, August 26.

For A Bettor Time established a new track record for sophomore pacers with a 1:52 victory for Jimmy Morrill, Jr. and All Bets Off literally made a laugher out of his division when Matt Kakaley drove him to a eased-up nine-length triumph in 1:52.2.

~~Bettor’s Delight is certainly a proud poppa. And why shouldn’t he be, after all, two of his sons each won a division of the $117,000 New York Sires Stakes in 1:52.2 or faster at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, August 26.

For A Bettor Time established a new track record for sophomore pacers with a 1:52 victory for Jimmy Morrill, Jr. and All Bets Off literally made a laugher out of his division when Matt Kakaley drove him to a eased-up nine-length triumph in 1:52.2.

BURKE STABLES’, ALL BETS OFF, FEATURED IN THE $117,000 MIGHTY M’S NYSS FOR SOPHOMORE PACERS
One of the best sophomore pacers in the country, All Bets Off, from the powerful Ron Burke Stable, will be the featured attraction when Monticello Raceway presents the last preliminary leg of the rich New York Sire Stakes program on Tuesday afternoon, August 26.

~~MORRILL SCORES NYSS VICTORIES WITH MARKET RALLY AND AVALICIOUS

The intermittent rain showers on Thursday afternoon, August 21 didn’t deter Market Rally and Avalicious from their main objectives as each won their respective $60,200 divisions of 3-year-old trotting fillies in New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway.  Both fillies, from the powerful Ron Burke stable, were driven to victory by Jimmy Morrill, Jr.

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