July 2013

Recently at Monticello Raceway there has been a rash claiming being done with horses that have had long winning streak each finding new homes. Some even changing barns weekly.


Two horses, Tom Riddle, with four wins in a row in $5,000 and $7,5000 claimers before winning again yesterday( July 30) in$12,500 company and Stoman, whose five race win skein in $12,500 claimers  was stopped on Tuesday when he was beaten in the final strides in $20,000 claiming event.


Who says racing fans won’t bet on 2 year old trotters, certainly no one from Monticello Raceway.


Yesterday (July 25) racing fans, both on and off track, wagered over $785,000 on the card which featured   eight races of freshmen trotting fillies in the $130,000 NY Sires Stakes and the $50,000 Excelsior Series. And two weeks earlier, with a betting card which featured 2-year-old trotting colts in Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series action, fans poured over $995,000 through the betting machines.


After a day where Jimmy Taggart, Jr. was a bridesmaid three times and also had  a trio of  third place finishes at Monticello Raceway,  he wasted no time today (July 24) to score his 3000th win.

It came in the very first race on the Wednesday  card when he ground-out a first-up trip  after the half with Always Right to finally wear down the pace-setter Jazz Band  and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. to  notch a 1:57.4  triumph by the shortest of noses.

On Thursday (July25) afternoon New York-bred 2 –year- old trotting fillies will be in action in the $130,000 New York Sires Stakes and the $50,000 Excelsior Series.

The NYSS races will mark the second stop for the fillies en route to the $225,000 Final which will be contested at Yonkers Raceway in late September for those who earn the most points at the New York racetracks events during the summer season.

They came; they saw; they conquered. Well at least Vic Harrison did. Of the four participating harness industry executives it was Vic Harrison, director of sales for United Tote in Louisville, KY, who prevailed in the third edition of Battle of the Brain Trust


On Monday afternoon, July 22 Monticello Raceway presented the non-wagering race with the horses driven by executives in the racing industry.


Let the ‘Battle’ begin. And begin it will on Monday afternoon, July 22, when Monticello Raceway presents the third edition of the Battle of the Brain Trust, a non-wagering one mile race for executives whose decision makings help guide the fortunes of their racing oriented establishments.

The field and post positions have already been drawn and the ‘Battle’ will go to post after the fifth race on the betting card Monday with the participants in jog carts and without the use of whips.

Mark Twain once espoused that the difference from success and failure in life is 40 miles. Of course in his day 40 miles was a long way from home. Maybe that applies and maybe it’s more hyperbole than truth but in deference to Mr. Twain it seems one has a greater chance of success in a town other than his native one.


But one can take Twain’s words with a grain of salt  in the case of Monticello-native Jimmy Taggart, Jr.


There’s an old adage  that says, “save the best for last” and that’s exactly what Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr. did  today (July 16)  when he reined Topgun Raider to victory for his 11,000th career win in the 13th and final race at Monticello Raceway on July 16.


Of all of Tracys Song’s 21 victories this year at Monticello Raceway the one she scored on Monday, July 15 was the toughest and most impressive thus far.

After Jimmy Taggart, Jr. and KJ Anita parked Tracys Song past the quarter in a stifling :27 seconds Tracy’s driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. then got away with a 1:00.1 middle half even though Taggart had KJ Anita extremely tight on his back throughout.




Friday, September 6, 2013

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