For the 10th time this season Shortest Distance has been victorious. On Monday afternoon (May 12) at Monticello Raceway the 9 year old Park Place pacing mare returned to the track where she started the season and turned back five others to score a two- length triumph in a time of 1:56.3 with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls.
With her latest victory Shortest Distance moved into second place on the North American leaderboard in races won this season and now trails another Mighty M pacer Diamond Tiara whose tops with 11 wins.
She was sent off at odds of nearly even-money but the way that Hawaiian Sweetie mauled her company in the eighth race at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon (May 5) she should have been a 1-9 shot.
Bruce Aldrich, Jr. handled the driving chores for owner-trainer Lindsey Blackler and sent the 6-year-old Broadway Hall trotting mare to the lead in a :28.3 first stanza and they proceeded through fractions of :59.2; 1:29.1 before finishing some eight lengths ahead of runner-up Rose Run Nash and driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. in a season’s best 1:58.4 clocking.
Matt Zuccarello—yes, Zuccarello-- reined the winner of Monticello Raceway’s 16th annual Passover Pace on Tuesday afternoon, April 22. He hustled his charge Winsmith Molly up to collar the pacesetter-- Sam’s Fortune and driver Alan Charles— in the final strides and walked away with the box of matzohs.
Last fall when Austin Siegelman was presented with the Rising Star Award by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA at their annual banquet he told the attending crowd that among the things he was looking to accomplish during 2014 was to win Monticello Raceway’s Passover Pace. Now on Tuesday, April 22 he will get that chance, and a good one at that, when he jumps up behind the 5-2 favorite Christoffer Bliss.
The Kentucky Derby has its “Run for the Roses”; the Preakness runs for the Black-Eyed Susans; and on Tuesday afternoon, April 21 Monticello Raceway will have its annual “Race for the Matzohs” when the Catskill Mountains oval presents its 16th edition of the Passover Pace, a race strictly for drivers of Jewish heritage.
The event will be part of the tracks year-long Heritage Drivers Series which will be followed later this season by other races for different ethnicities.
It’s déjà vu all over again at Monticello Raceway with a local pacer, Diamond Tiara, vaulting to the top of the North American leaderboard after she notched her ninth seasonal triumph yesterday (April 7) at the Sullivan County (NY) oval.
With Jimmy Taggart, Jr. again at the controls Diamond Tiara wired the field to score in a time of 1:58.1.
Last year another Monticello-based pacer, Tracys Song, led the North America in wins at this time, and nearly all season-long, and finished the season with 21 victories-- 18 of them consecutive.