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Though Monticello Raceway is yet to hear from Cat Manzi or Ed Lohmeyer about their possible participation in the tracks sixth Heritage Drivers Series preliminary leg, the Godfather Pace for drivers of Italian extraction which will be presented on Monday, August 27th , acceptance calls have recently come from Mike Forte,  Kyle DiBenedetto and Jimmy Marohn.


Last year Samawinner had a terrific year winning seven races, the fastest in 1:58.3, and amassing purses in excess of $65,000 for the owner-trainer combination of Woody Hoblitzell and Brue Aldrich.

Jimmy Marohn, Jr. put on a driving clinic at the Mighty M on Tuesday afternoon, August 7th winning six races on the program.

Marohn got the ball rolling copping the first race with Vincent Valante’s ,Hammer ($6.80) by 13-lengths in a time of 1:57.1.

He then won the second with Ed and James Hall’s Mr. Express ($11.00) in 1:56.3 and came back to take the third  with Craig, Gary and Ira Axelrod’s, Sandri Hanover ($18.40) in 1:58. 

Gaelic And Garlic equaled the Monticello Raceway track record for 3 year old trotting geldings with a 1:57.1 triumph for driver Jimmy Morrill, Jr. in the first $83,922 division of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore trotting colts and geldings on Monday afternoon, August 6th.


The victory equaled the mark established by Green Day and Cat Manzi back on June 25, 2007.


A second $83,922 split saw longshot Mado Dream keep favored Coraggioso (Phil Fluet) at bay the entire mile and go on to a 1:57.2 triumph for driver Jeff Gregory. 

He was a god 2-year-old but at age three Coraggioso is even better, and arguably the best of the 3-year-old colt trotters in the rich New York Sire Stakes .

On the Monday afternoon, August 6th program at Monticello Raceway, the  son of Conway Hall- Electra Hanover has been installed as the 9-5 early line favorite in his $83,922 division—race 10-- of the 167,844 NYSS for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. In the other $83,922 split—race six—Gaelic and Garlic gets the odds-maker’s early nod.



When Mike Merton scored five consecutive driving victories in the first five races on the Monticello Raceway card of June 28 he claimed, with tongue in cheek, that when he got dumped out and fell on his head in an early morning qualifying race that it must have done something to him when  he had his best day in years.


On Wednesday, August 1 Merton could  claim no such prognostication this time after  he again reined five winners on the card.


To look at Pete Pellegrino one would get an impression that he looks more like a pirate of olden days  than a horse trainer with his head shaved bald and sporting two ear-rings. But make no mistake about it, Pellegrino is not only a horse trainer but an outstanding one at that.


There’s an old adage that states ‘good things come to those who wait’ and that maxim certainly was germane  to the outcome of Monticello  Raceway’s Munich Mile on Monday afternoon, July 30 when  winning driver Mike Merton waited at the back of the pack in the early going and then rallied to victory in the race for drivers of German descent , which was the fifth leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series.

With the temperature hovering around 91 degrees and the race track lightning fast New York-bred freshmen trotting fillies were front and center at Monticello Raceway with five divisions of the $148,000 NYSS and three $12,800 splits in the Excelsior Series.


Right out of the box in the very first $28,362 NYSS split a new track record was established by Lady Riviera when Ron Piercee  guided her to a 1:59.2 triumph. The homebred daughter of Sand Vic- La Riviera Lindy knocked one full second of the former mark of 2:00.2 set by Jezzy in 2010.


On Wednesday afternoon, July 18 eight divisions of New York-bred  freshman trotting fillies will go to post with five $28,362 splits in the NYSS and another three in the Excelsior Series with  each  of those legs going for $12,800 purses.

The races that day will mark the second stop along the journey where the top eight point earners during the season will have the right to compete in the  $175,000 final in late September