July 2017

The New York Sire Stakes calendar was kind to the freshman trotting colts, as their first NYSS competition was at Tioga Downs.  For today’ contest at Monticello Raceway (July 31) it was many of the young trotters first start on a twice around oval.  72 colts comprised 11 of the cards 13 races.

~~Freshman Trotting Colts on tap at Monticello Raceway Monday July 31st
By Shawn Wiles
Based on the sheer number of 2-Year-Old Trotting Colts that dropped in the box, the health of the New York Sire Stakes program appears to be excellent condition. 72 colts were entered for Mondays July 31st New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) event at Monticello Raceway. 11 of the 13 races on the Monday racing program are NYSS events.

On a track that was listed as good, from a morning deluge and unseasonably cold tempatures, the adverse conditions did not stop the newest member of the 7000 club Jason Bartlett, as he won 4 races on the 13 race program.

The 3rd stop of the New York Sire Stakes Circuit will visit Monticello Raceway on Monday July 24, on hand will be the cream of the crop for New York Bred 2 Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings. The Monday afternoon card of 13 races, features 4 divisions of regular NYSS - $27,750, 4 Excelsior A’s - $15,000 and 1 split of the Excelsior B class.

Monticello Raceway’s driver’s colony features 2 drivers that rank in the top 10 leading dash winners in the nation.  Jim DeVaux is ranked 6th with 303 wins and fellow driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. is just behind him with 291 wins to garner the seventh spot on the list. James DeVaux leads all drivers at Monticello Raceway with 209 wins, Aldrich is 3rd with 132 trips to the winner’s circle. Both drivers also compete Saratoga Raceway. 

It was clear that the track record for 3YOTC’s was in jeopardy, on paper any 3 of the Sire Stakes heats had the power and ability of breaking the record.  By the end of the day, all 3 divisions, either broke, tied or reset the record.

As Monticello Raceway announcer Howard Oil would say “they’re coming from everywhere” that’s what race Secretary Eric Warner thought when he opened the box for 3 Year old Trotting Colts for Monday July 17.  He had 52 entries in the box, forming 3 regular division of Sire Stakes ($39,200) 3 heats of the Excelsior A class ($15,000) and 2 Excelsior B’s ($6,000) in total racing for purses in excess of $175,000. 

By: John Manzi

Joe Lee, the New York Yankees assistant locker room manager and avid amateur driver, shocked the bettors at Monticello Raceway on Thursday July3) when he guided TKRs Metro Specs  to a 1:58 victory in a Catskill Amateur Club Pace which in turn and sparked a $82.50 payoff.

Monticello Raceway kicked off its 2017 Sire Stakes season on Tuesday afternoon July 11 with 3 year old trotting fillies on the marque.  On the card, drivers Jason Bartlett and Trond Smedshammer each had a driving double