Over the course of the winter Ken Jacobs may have to rearrange his trophy case and make room for some incoming hardware. Ken has been an ardent racing fan since the 1960s, buying his first horse in the 1990’s. Fast forward to the present and Ken has the honor of owning the fastest 2-year-old Trotting Colt in Harness Racing history when his colt Walner shattered the existing world record by almost a second, to set the new stanza of 1:51.3.
Planned for and presented on November 10, the 241st anniversary of the founding the United States Marine Corps, local amateur clubs had two races- a trot and a pace- at Monticello Raceway for military veterans who are also amateur drivers and at days end both the North American Amateur Drivers Association and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club each presented a check for $1000 to the Sullivan County Veterans Food Bank director Kathy Kreiter.
On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, James Devaux had a full house, he won 5 of the 9 races on the program. James is currently in 5th place in the leading dash win category with 144 wins, Bruce Aldrich Jr. leads the pack with 314.
Monticello, NY – Bob Boni has always had a good eye for a horse. It was this keen sense of conformation that prompted him to select World Champion Nihilator as a weanling.
Fast forward 30-plus years and Boni finds himself associated with another World Champion, Always B Miki, who is the fastest Standardbred of all time. It is this sharp eye for horseflesh that has helped Bob Boni develop his own Northwood Bloodstock into one of North America’s leading harness horse sales agencies over the last several decades.
The winners circle at Monticello Raceway was overflowing with family, friends and fellow horseman on Wednesday November 2, as after the card 8th race a Memorial service was held in the winners for Brett Smith, on hand were Brett’s parents Gary and Tracey Smith. Brett recently passed away from injuries sustained in a horse training accident “The strong showing is a testament of how much Brett was loved and miss by all” said Eric Warner, Monticello Raceway Race Secretary.
When Monticello Raceway’s director of racing, Eric Warner, found that the track lost a driver in the North American Amateur Drivers Association’s $5000 seven- horse consolation he went to work immediately to secure another driver to keep the race with decent betting interests.
The cold and rainy afternoon of October 27 in the Catskill Mountains certainly wasn’t a day that amateur drivers could embrace still three races dedicated to the amateurs went to post on the betting card at Monticello Raceway; one in the CKG Billings Series and two in the North American Amateur Drivers series, with many participants competing in both.
Starting on Tuesday November 1st, Monticello Raceway will adjust its Post Time to 12:25 for its Monday - Thursday live racing schedule. ”It has been our normal schedule to starting racing 30 minutes earlier on November 1st as the days get shorter, and it has worked very well for us in the past” said longtime Race Secretary Eric Warner.
On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Jim Taggart Jr. won his 4000th career win, the win came in the 7th race on the card, aboard Classic Can Dream. The If I Can Dream mare won in1:58:3 for Trainer Gary Messenger and Owner Kenneth Weckstein. The Monticello born and raised Taggart started his career in the backstretch of Monticello and started driving here in 1988, his career earning are in excess of $19,000,000.
On Monday, Oct. 24, Monticello Casino and Raceway will open its new simulcasting room, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public.
The new simulcasting room has over 35 television screens on which patrons can watch live harness and thoroughbred racing, and simulcasting from across the country, seven days a week. Patrons will be able to place their bets with live tellers or from SAMs (automated teller machines).