January 2018

Michael Merton notched his 3000th career winning drive at Monticello Raceway on Thursday January 18.  The milestone win came aboard Armor Hanover in the 7th race, the 9-year-old SJ’S Caviar gelding won by 7 lengths in 1:57.2, he is owned and trained by Doug Berkeley of Montgomery NY.  Michael hails from a family that has been deeply embedded at Monticello Raceway since its inception in 1958.

Due to the inclement weather slated for tomorrow morning, Monticello Raceway will move qualifiers to Thursday Jan 18.

 

One dynasty ends and another continues, Dolores Basilone secured her 2nd consecutive training title at Monticello Raceway, along the way she set a new mark with the most wins for a Monticello trainer with 222 trips to the winner’s circle, the new mark surpassed the former record of 218 wins held by Joe Minieri.  Basilone’s tally of 222 wins including 4 wins off the grounds vaults her into 6th nationally, her barn earned $754,072 in 948 starts at Monticello Raceway.  Gary Messenger was 2nd with 116 wins, followed by Robert Lounsbury was third with 113, Dan Gill, 85 and rounding out

Due to the excessive cold and expected wind chill temperatures, Monticello Raceway has cancelled its live racing card on Friday January 5.  Live racing will resume on Monday January 8 with a 12:20 post time.

 

Due to inclement weather Monticllo Raceway, cancelled live racing on Thursday January 4th