Richard Parsells, 74, of Monticello, N.Y., died Jan. 28, 2016, at the Catskill Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Parsells was the son of the late Fred Parsells Jr. and Irene Brusle, born on May 23, 1941, in Englewood, N.J.
He was an active member of the Standardbred racing community, spending most of his time as a trainer in Monticello, N.Y.
Fresh off a season where her driving talents earned her 2015 National Amateur Driver of the Year honors Hannah Miller is back in the winner’s circle after she copped a division of the North American Amateur Drivers Association trots at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, January 28. She shared the limelight that afternoon with Paul Minore who reined the winner in the other split.
~~The new dynasty of Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Bob Lounsbury has begun at Monticello Raceway. For the 2nd consecutive year both Aldrich and Lounsbury have captured their respective categories for leading Trainer & Driver at Monticello Raceway in 2015.
MONTICELLO-GOSHEN CHAPTER USHWA DONATES $3000 TO HISTORIC TRACK
By John Manzi for Monticello-Goshen USHWA
After again running another successful awards banquet in late November, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers Association donated $3000 to Historic Track at their Christmas Party which followed a Board Meeting on December 9. The presentation of the check was made to Kerry English, Chairman of the Historic Track Board of Directors by Mon-Go USHWA Chapter officer, John Manzi.
She’s known as “Hurricane Hannah” because she has taken amateur racing by storm. This year, in her first full season of driving, and overwhelmingly against male counterparts, Hannah Miller has won 32 races and will finish with a .425 UDR in 118 drives, and for her prowess the United States Harness Writers Association has unanimously named her the National Amateur Driver of the Year. And Hannah is the first woman to win this award.
On Thursday afternoon December 3rd at Monticello Raceway, James Taggart Jr. won 5 races on the card, this capped off a productive week for Taggart. During the course of the week Taggart won 13 races, including a 4 bagger on Tuesday.
James won the 2nd, 4th , 7th, 8th and the 10th and final race of the card with Amazing Quest for trainer Robert Lounsbury in 1:57:1. Taggart currently ranks in 2nd place for the most wins with 244, trailing Bruce Aldrich’s total of 371, Jason Ryan holds a 1 win lead over Larry Stalbaum (190 -189)
~~The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held its 57th annual awards banquet for the third consecutive year in Middletown, N.Y., at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday (Nov. 22).
Honored were the outstanding efforts -- both human and equine -- at Monticello Raceway and Historic Track this year as well as prominent individuals for their contributions to the industry.