Monticello Raceway became Trot-Town USA, at least for a day on Thursday afternoon, July 11, with 11 of the 14 races on the card for trotters and eight of them for 2-year-olds. Three of the freshmen trots were in the $132,000 NYSS events and the other five went for a total of $63,500 in the Excelsior Series.


Although  good number of the freshmen trotters were remarkable on the racetrack there certainly was huge discrepancy between the NYSS and the Excelsior Series entrants.  And the trainers of each knew the difference and entered their colts accordingly. And far and away the NYSS eligibles stuck out.


In only his second lifetime start Flyhawk El Durado was successful in a 2:00.3 clocking and The Lindy Treaty, who also raced for the second time in his career, and remained unbeaten in a  2:00.4 clocking.  But arguably the most impressive was first-time starter Crazzy Crazzy when he circled the double oval  in 1:59.4.


Trained by Casie Coleman and driven by Jimmy Morrill, Jr. CRazzy Crazzyu , a son of Crazed-Striking Vintage, went immediately for the lead and not only never relinquished it but was well in hand when he won by two lengths over Mister Anson and driver Jimmy Doherty.


For the colt to trot the first quarter in :28.3 in his first start was eye-popping in itself. And at the third stanza when betting favorite My Friend Charlie - a 2:01.1 winner in his first start at Buffalo Raceway on June 30  made a charge at the leader  as the field neared the three quarters Crazzy Crazzy put him away easily  and then cruised to victory in 1:59.4.


In the winner’s circle Morrill was asked about the colt’s ability. And usually one who doesn’t to say much he couldn’t help but blurt out “He’s a killer.”


Owned by  the West Winds Stable, Adriana Sorello, and Andrew  Harris  Crazzy Crazzy paid $8.40 for win.


Perhaps nearly equally impressive was the 2:00.4 victory turned in by The  Lindy Treaty, a  son of Conway Hall-Piece A Pie driven to victory in his $44,000 division  by Ray Schnittker.


Sent off the even money favorite after his 2:01.4 NYSS victory at Buffalo Raceway 12 days ago, Schnittker and his colt started from the seven hole    as  Jimmy Morrill, Jr. and  General Bill Brown took command. Schnittker  found  a seat in the two-hole as Morrill led the  fields  through fractions of :29.2, 1:01 and 1:31.2.


Up the backside the second time around Morrill’s colt rebuffed strong pressure from Izzy Jokin and driver Chris Lems and at that point it appeared that The Lindy Treaty  was stalled. Schnittker sat chilly around the turn and when daylight became available at the top of the lane he moved his trotter out to challenge and The Lindy Treaty hit another gear and made up at least two lengths in the deep stretch to collar General Bill Brown in a 2:00.4 clocking .


Asked in the winner’s circle if the race went  the way he thought it would and Schnittker sharply: “Yes, we won it.” But after he was reached in the paddock he added; “I was pleased to be able to race him from behind. He’s a well-bred  big strong colt and  has a good future ahead of him.”


Co-owned by Schnittker and  the Lindy Treaty Stable the Conway Hall colt paid $4.00 for win.


A third $44,000 NYSS division  turned out to be a joyful occasion for co-owners Andrea Pratt and Jimmy Whittemore.


With Whittemore at the controls he sent the  home-bred Flyhawk El Durado to the lead from the seven-hole but they didn’t  gain command until after the quarter was trotted in :29.4.  From there they raced unchallenged on the lead  and when they turned for home Flyhawk El Durado had two lengths  on Crazolo and Trond Smedshammer and at the wire the margin was shaved by a half-length  in the 2:00:3 clocking.


“ I thought I was going to get parked ,” a smiling Jimmy Whittemore told his co-owner  Andrea Pratt as she gleefully held the trotter in the winner’s circle. He then added .“He (Flyhawk El Durado) really went a great mile and  was still on the bit finishing.”


Whittemore also trains the  son of Conway Hall-El Paso Gal who returned  a $12.60 win mutuel.


The undercard had five $12,700 Excelsior Series freshmen trots all clocked between  2:04- 2:05.4 and it was bombs away in three of the events with longshots EJ ‘s Disco Hall ($96.00), Dappa Rappa ($47.20) and Cash Me Out ($28.00)  lighting  up the tote board. Other winners, Bosak  and Commissioner Daley, were betting favorites.


Despite the   11 trots on the card and eight of them for 2 year-olds,  still  the bettors, both on and off track, wagered $801,667.