On a rainy afternoon card, it was raining wins for drivers Jim DeVaux and Jim Taggart Jr. and as they each won 4 races at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon. Jim Taggart Jr. had been mired in a brief 2017 win slump, only having won 3 races thus far this year.
Jim DeVaux put on a driving clinic of his own on Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway by winning 5 of the afternoons 9 races. DeVaux, who won 181 races in 2016, is off to a fast start in 2017. The 5 bagger started in the 2nd race, when he steered Majestic Jo (PP5) to victory for trainer Michael Weiner in 2:02:1. The 13 year old Semalu Express (PP2) was the next winner in 1:57.4 in race 4 for owner Joseph Carelli of Deerborn Heights, MI.
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.