Mike Forte will handle the favorite in Monticello Raceway’s Godfather Pace on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, but in order to have a repeat victory in the event he’ll have to win with Kevin’s Apple from the eight hole.
The Godfather Pace, for drivers of Italian ancestry, will be the seventh leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series.
Last year Forte guided Velvety Smooth to an event record time of 1:58.2. This year he pins his hopes on the Dave Barrett-trained pacer who owns a seasonal mark of 1:58.2.
Something occurred yesterday (Oct,23) at Monticello Raceway that brought back memories to longtime harness fans. If one happened to be around the sport in late 1970’s and early 1980’s they may have recalled a pacer by the name of Super Kris.
Super Kris was anything but super. Spotted locally and proclaimed to be the world’s perennial loser, Super Kris was cited for losing 85 races in a row and he became somewhat of an industry celebrity as the world’s biggest loser.
After Bruce Aldrich, Jr. notched his sixth win in the 10th race on the Monticello Raceway card of Tuesday, October 22 he was contacted in the paddock and asked if he ever won six races before to which he replied; “I won six a couple of times here at Monticello over the past few years. I still have two more drives and if I get lucky enough to win again it’ll be the best day I ever had.”
When the Monticello –Goshen Chapter holds its 55th Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday evening, November 17 at The Fountains in Middletown NY the Mighty M’s Senior Director of Racing, Eric Warner, will be the recipient of the scribes Good Guy Award.
The three-track, eight-leg trotting series sponsored by the North America Amateur Drivers Association kicked off at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, October 17. Relative newcomer to the amateur driving ranks, Dr. John Kokinos, scored his first pari-mutuel victory when he guided Impressive Earl to a 2:01 three length victory over Hardrockinjessica and driver Monica Banca.
There’s something eerie concerning a final winning time of 1:57.1 here at Monticello Raceway especially when it comes to 3 year old trotting geldings.
Three 3-year old geldings co-hold that track record standard and one, Ex King, again equaled that time yesterday (Oct. 16) when Dan Daley hustled him to his second Mighty M victory in the exact time of 1:57.1.
Over the decades the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA has held annual awards banquets to celebrate the accomplishments, both human and equine, at Monticello Raceway and Historic Track. Along with those accolades the scribes have also honored special individuals whose contributions to the sport have been exceptional.
Tom Charters, president and chief executive officer of the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, will be the recipient of this year’s Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the chapter’s upcoming banquet in mid-November.
Beginning on Thursday, October 17 the North American Amateur Drivers Association’s Three-Track Fall Trotting Series will kick off with a $4000 event at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, October 17 followed by contests at both Yonkers and Freehold Raceways. The series will culminate with a $14,000 Final at Yonkers Raceway on December 19.
Besides the Oct. 17th date at Monticello there will also be two other $4000 preliminary legs--October 31, and December 6- while the Yonkers prelims