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Tony “the Capo” Verruso took charge in the Billings Trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (May 18) and went right on down the road with Flirting Duezy and made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:58.1 triumph.

“We had the pole and I wanted her to be on the muscle so I scored her down hard,” the Billings president said in the paddock after his driving victory. “But I didn’t expect her to be on the  bit as strong as she was and when we got behind the (mobile starting) gate I had all I could do to hold her.”

By: John Manzi

It was Joe Lee day at Monticello Raceway on Thursday May 11. The New York Yankees assistant locker room manager won both divisions of the NAADA Trotting Series at the Sullivan County oval. He won the first split, race six on the betting card, with Hidden Identity in a 2:00.4 clocking and then came back to score an easy  1:59.3 victory behind Tim Lizzie in race eight.

The closing deadline for Monticello Raceway 3 new series has been extended to Tuesday May 9, initially the deadline was Thursday May 4.  , Nomination fees for each event is $100, each series has 3 legs which increase each week $4,100, $4,600 and $5,100. The finals for each event goes for a purse of $8,000 (estimated), with a $5,500 consolation.
The top 8 point earners will be eligible to the final, with not more than 2 from any stable or owner.

On Wednesday afternoon May 3, at Monticello Raceway, Can I Say set a new track record for Aged Trotting Mares, setting the new stanza of 1:56.3, eclipsing the prior record held by Scottish Cross of 1:56.4.  The out of town invader shows recent starts at Saratoga Raceway, Pocono Downs, Yonkers and Flamboro Downs.

Monticello Raceway & Monticello Harness Horseman announces 3 new series


By John Manzi for NAADA

Two exciting races in the North American Amateur Drivers Association trotting series went to post on the betting card at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Apr. 27) and upon their completion Alan Schwartz and Tony Ciuffetelli each were victorious in their respective splits. Schwartz scored a come-from behind triumph with I’m Fabulous in 1:59 while Ciuffetell used the front end route for a 2:00.3 victory with Avivas Winner.

For the 2nd consecutive week, Monticello Raceway has raised purses, when this week’s condition sheet come out, horseman will note and additional 10% to their purses, on top of last week’s purse increase.  Monticello Raceway Race Secretary Eric Warner, noted that “Historically, this has always been the time of year that we raise the purses, the purse were raised 10% in February, so in a span of 7 weeks, purses have actually been increased 30%”

 

 

The Monticello Harness Horseman’s Association (MHHA) has increased the bonus program for all members of the MHHA. Starting on May 8, for 1 week only, all horses that finish 1st through 5th will received a 20% purse bonus in addition to purse money earned.  The bonus programs is only offered to members of the MHHA.

    
   By John Manzi for NAADA
   

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