For the first time in 54 years of presenting awards banquets the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held their annual affair in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 18. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. During the evening awards were presented to the deserving recipients.
Recently Jimmy Devaux passed a career milestone and he was feted at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, November 15 and presented with a blanket which stated Monticello Raceway congratulates him for reaching, and passing, the 3000 career win plateau.
Talk about consistency. How about the seasonal resumes of a pair of pacers owned by the Baron Racing Stable who were both victorious yesterday (Nov. 13) here at Monticello Raceway.
Art Glass, a 7 year old Art Major gelding, scored his 16th victory of the season stopping the clock in 1:58.1 while stablemate Arts Day, a 10 year old Artsplace gelding, notched his 14th victory of the year winning in 1:58.2. Both pacers are trained by Pete Pellegrino and were two of driver Greg Merton’s four winners on the card.
After a season of presenting races for drivers of different ethnicities, the winners of each will convene at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, November 29 to compete in the Heritage Drivers Series Final, dubbed the All-America Cup.
The Heritage Drivers Series began in January and throughout the year a different ethnic race was presented.
According to the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Trotting Association, the governing body of the Standardbred sport, less than two percent of all horses racing are 14 year olds and when they become 15 years of age on New Year’s Day they can no longer compete regularly in pari-mutuel races.
Bruce Aldrich Jr. was feted at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, October 23 and presented with a blanket which stated the Mighty M congratulates him for reaching, and passing, the 4000 career win plateau.
Aldrich who made Monticello Raceway home during the first decade of the 21st Century reined more winners here than any other driver—Zeke Parker included- during the years from 2000 through 2009.
Drivers of Canadian extraction were the featured in a trotting contest at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, October 22nd as part of the tracks year-long Heritage Drivers Series and when the dust had settled Jimmy Devaux and Gate Keeper cruised an easy 2:02.4 win in the race dubbed “the Maple Leaf Mile ”. Second place went to Dynamic Preacher driven by Stephane Bouchard and Elton Blue Chip and driver Keith Haase took home the show dough.
It took longer than anticipated to present the eight legs of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series-2012 but on Monday afternoon October 22, when the Maple Leaf Mile goes to post, the field of drivers for the series finale will be complete.
Originally to be called the Maple Leaf Pace that moniker had to be dropped when trotters became the featured participants.
MAUREEN FLYNN TO RECEIVE AWARD OF APPRECIATION AT USHWA BANQUET
There’s no doubt that Maureen Flynn knows her business. Over the years the longtime director of simulcasting and pari-mutuels at Monticello Raceway has worked relentlessly to make the Mighty M a very attractive venue to wager on.
Once one of the premier racetracks in New York State set in the bucolic environment of the Catskill Mountains vacationland, Monticello Raceway afforded seasonal visitors a venue for entertainment during the summertime.
DVC Gifted Indeed may just be a claiming pacer but he’s a good at that. On Tuesday afternoon, October 16 the 5-year-old Place To Be gelding reeled off his seventh consecutive victory when Bruce Aldrich, Jr. guided him to and easy two-length triumph in a time of 1:56.2. That win was the pacer’s 10th of the season.
DVC Gifted Indeed was claimed for $7500 from Dino Lo Castro on August 21 by Cory Greenberg and turned over to trainer Bob Lounsbury. Since that date the pacer has not lost a race and his 1:55.2 triumph on 9/11 is DVC Gifted Indeed’s seasonal best.