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Michael Merton notched his 3000th career winning drive at Monticello Raceway on Thursday January 18.  The milestone win came aboard Armor Hanover in the 7th race, the 9-year-old SJ’S Caviar gelding won by 7 lengths in 1:57.2, he is owned and trained by Doug Berkeley of Montgomery NY.  Michael hails from a family that has been deeply embedded at Monticello Raceway since its inception in 1958.

Due to the inclement weather slated for tomorrow morning, Monticello Raceway will move qualifiers to Thursday Jan 18.

 

One dynasty ends and another continues, Dolores Basilone secured her 2nd consecutive training title at Monticello Raceway, along the way she set a new mark with the most wins for a Monticello trainer with 222 trips to the winner’s circle, the new mark surpassed the former record of 218 wins held by Joe Minieri.  Basilone’s tally of 222 wins including 4 wins off the grounds vaults her into 6th nationally, her barn earned $754,072 in 948 starts at Monticello Raceway.  Gary Messenger was 2nd with 116 wins, followed by Robert Lounsbury was third with 113, Dan Gill, 85 and rounding out

Due to the excessive cold and expected wind chill temperatures, Monticello Raceway has cancelled its live racing card on Friday January 5.  Live racing will resume on Monday January 8 with a 12:20 post time.

 

Due to inclement weather Monticllo Raceway, cancelled live racing on Thursday January 4th    

It is rare to have a 14-year-old veteran campaigner stay sound long enough to race until their 15th birthday, but on Wednesday December 27, Monticello Raceway had 2 – 14-year-old warriors race in their final career start in the same race, Grecale AS and Schalom G.

In the winner’s circle after the 7th race on Tuesday, December 5 at Monticello Raceway, longtime Monticello Raceway horseman Norman Bradbury was honored for his extensive and prominent career and was honored in a retirement ceremony.

 Middletown, NY – Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Ray Schnittker said, “If I had ten dollars for every person in this room that I had a drink with…I would be a billionaire!”
 
Over 200 horse people enjoyed the Monticello-Goshen USHWA chapter’s 59th annual awards banquet at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 3.  Those in attendance listened carefully as the Goshen Historic Track-based trainer/driver was thankful for all the friends and memories he has made throughout his many decades of success in the Harness Racing industry.
 

Monticello Raceway featured its normal Thursday mainstay, the Catskill Amateur Driving Event. Changing her tactics and deviating from the norm this week rather than cut the mile, Jennifer Lappe was content to sit the pocket journey while Monica Banca aboard Fox Valley Leo cut the fractions.  Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo left the gate first from post 5 and had the lead in the first turn, Lightning Strike the 1-5 favorite and Jennifer Lappe protected their position from the 2 hole and settled in the garden spot while Fox Valley Leo left splits of 28.2, 58.4.

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