November 2017

Monticello Raceway featured its normal Thursday mainstay, the Catskill Amateur Driving Event. Changing her tactics and deviating from the norm this week rather than cut the mile, Jennifer Lappe was content to sit the pocket journey while Monica Banca aboard Fox Valley Leo cut the fractions.  Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo left the gate first from post 5 and had the lead in the first turn, Lightning Strike the 1-5 favorite and Jennifer Lappe protected their position from the 2 hole and settled in the garden spot while Fox Valley Leo left splits of 28.2, 58.4.

The productive Wednesday, November 8th afternoon started quickly for Jimmy Taggart in the 1st race with Perfect Road, as he scored a well in hand 3-length win in 1:58.2, for his second consecutive win for trainer Gary Messenger. Majestic Dreams (PP7) in the 3rd race, quickly assumed a 3-length margin over her closest competitors at all splits to barely hang on to win by a nose in 2:02:2 ($15.20).  The 3-year-old If I Can Dream filly is trained by Richard Gayton for winning owner Majestic View Farms of Gardiner NY, for her 3rd win of the season.

As is the norm, Monticello Raceway Thursday’s racing card features amateur racing. On November 2, the Catskill Amateurs were featured in an 8-horse field that went to post for a purse $3,900.   As the gate left, Jennifer Lappe and Lightning Strike spurted away from post position 6, she was followed by Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo, (PP3) Banca was the recent winner of the Catskill Amateur final held earlier in the year,