Press Room

Could a Hambletonian entrant emerge next year from the crop of $146,000 New York Sire Stakes  for freshman trotting colts and geldings which will be on display on Wednesday afternoon, September 5th at Monticello Raceway? It’s been a long time since a New York- bred has won that prestigious race -Duenna in 1983--but one never knows as the fields in the three splits harbor some possible candidates. But of course that query will take time to really be answered.

The North American Amateur Drivers Association will host four Amateur drivers from New Zealand in a series of races against NAADA members in a driving competition to be held at three racetracks in the Northeast.

Races in the competition --dubbed the Kiwis vs. the Yanks-- will kick-off at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, September 5th   and then move on to Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, September 6. The final races will be at Freehold Raceway on Friday, September 7.

County fair racing has always been an integral part of harness racing and although not as prominent as it was prior to pari-mutuel betting  still  the county fairs continue to be the backbone of the industry.

In recent years the sire stakes programs in various states have  been a boon to county fair racing. Purses are in the thousands now as compared to the hundreds prior to the sire stakes programs.

Lightning struck again at Monticello Raceway. For the second time in less than two weeks  a track record  not only  fell  but was lowered twice on the same race card.

Now the Italian Americans have someone to cheer for in Monticello Raceway’s Heritage  Drivers Series finale after Mike Forte drove Velvety Smooth to an easy 1:58.2 triumph in the Godfather Pace on Monday afternoon, August 27th .


The race, which featured drivers of Italian extraction, was the sixth length of the year-long series and now Forte will join the winners of the previous preliminary legs in the series final, dubbed the All-America Cup, later this fall.


Mike Forte’s 158 winners here ranks him third on the Monticello Raceway leader board and according to the track odd’s maker he has a good chance of adding to his win total when he jumps up behind the favorite Velvety Smooth in the track’s Godfather Pace on Monday afternoon, August 27. The pole position and a 1:57.4 victory earlier this season probably had a great deal to do with the 4-year-old I’m A Fool mare being tabbed the early line  choice.

The event will be the sixth leg in the year-long Heritage Drivers Series.

The sun was shining brightly and the wind whispered softly on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway when2-year-old pacing fillies raced for nearly $210,000 in New York-bred action and when the day was over the track record for the freshman fillies fell, not once, but twice. Actually the former mark  of 1:56.4 set in 1995 by Chi Chi’s Girl and driver Matt Romano was bettered four times during the daytime racing program.

Zeke Parker broke out again reining five winners on the 12 race card at Monticello raceway on August 14. It marks the third time in the past two weeks that Parker has won five or more races on a card.

Zeke got his day rolling with a 1:55.4 victory with Stanley Indig’s recent claimed Fuguzzi  ($3.00)in the second race. It was the second start and second consecutive win for the pacer’s new owner.

Parker then won the third with Mike Carubba’s Model Magnate ($5.60) in 1:57.4.

The cream of the crop of the New York Sire Stakes 2 year old pacing fillies  will be looking to add precious points to  seasonal resumes  with hopes of having enough to be among the top eight who will automatically earn  a berth in their  $225,000 Final on the Night of Champions on September 22.

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.