Though Monticello Raceway is yet to hear from Cat Manzi or Ed Lohmeyer about their possible participation in the tracks sixth Heritage Drivers Series preliminary leg, the Godfather Pace for drivers of Italian extraction which will be presented on Monday, August 27th , acceptance calls have recently come from Mike Forte,  Kyle DiBenedetto and Jimmy Marohn.


Forte , who is having one of his best seasons already has reined 157 winners and is challenging  for leading driver honors here at the Mighty M. In his career Forte has driven 3151 horses to victory.


Joining Forte in the line-up is former two-time  Monticello Raceway driving champion Kyle DiBenedetto. During the seasons of 1987and 1998 DiBenedetto topped the drivers leaderboard  and has been a force to be reckoned with ever since.


Thus far this season DiBenedetto has driven 127 and in his illustrious career the 45 year old Honsedale, Pa resident has recorded 5557 driving victories.


But the  Godfather Pace defending champion is Jimmy Marohn—his mom is the former Bridget Circo—and not only is the ‘Mighty Mite’ the defending champ he is a two-time Godfather Pace winner. He’ll bring his 5319 career wins with him.


Other possible local talent of Italian extraction that may join the fray is Greg Annaloro. He  has returned to action at the Mighty M and has reined 32 winners here this season from a limited amount of  starts. If Annaloro joins in he’ll bring his 2172  lifetime winners with him.


The tracks director of racing Eric Warner said he also has confirmation from Matt Zuccarello but he will still will  need eight drivers to have a complete field in the Godfather Pace.


The winner of the race for drivers of Italian heritage will join winners of the previous ethnic races in the series finale dubbed the All-America Cup later this fall.


Already with berths in the All America Cup after winning their Heritage Series preliminary legs are: Bobby Williams, Jr. ( Martin Luther King Pace for African-Americans); Lisa Krom (Lady Godiva Pace for women); Jimmy Taggart, Jr. (St. Paddy Pace for Irish Americans)  and Alan Charles  (Passover Pace for drivers of Jewish heritage) and Mike Merton (Munich Mile for  drivers of German heritage).


Drivers of Italian heritage who may be interested in competing in the race are urged to call Warner at the racing office at 845-794-4100x557. Or they can contact the tracks publicity department at extension 455.