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Monticello Raceway Fireworks Sunday July 2

 By John Manzi
It was only one start but for Francesco Laosa a chance to drive a pacer proved fruitful when the Sicilian professional finished second in the one race that he drove at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, June 22.

  By John Manzi for both NAADA and the Catskill Club
 
On Thursday June 23, with the sun bright in the blue summer sky and the temperature hovering around 80-degrees, two amateur races dotted the 11-race card at Monticello Raceway and when the judges hung the official signs, Alan Schwartz emerged victorious in the NAADA trot with Ladys Big Stormont in a 1:58.4 clocking  while Joe Lee was the first home in the Catskill Club pace with TKR’s Metro Specs in 1:59.1


By John Manzi for the Billings Series and the Catskill Amateur Club’s race

Score one for the president... the Billings president, that is. At Monticello Raceway on the ides of June Billings Series president, Tony “the Capo” Verruso. took no prisoners  en route to a  gate to wire 2:00.2 victory with Flirting Duezy in an east region Billings trot.

KRIVELIN WINS NAADA TROT ; MONICA BANCA COPS CATSKILL AMATEUR PACE
By John Manzi

On the pleasant and sunshiny afternoon of June 8th amateur racing took center stage at Monticello Raceway with two amateur club events dotting the 12 race card. The first, a NAADA trot ,saw Bob Krivelin bide his time and rally Permanent Joy to a 1;59.2 victory while in the second, a Catskill Amateur Club pace , went to Monica Banca and Jay Bees Grin N and in a 1:58.3 clocking. Many of the participating drivers are members of both amateur clubs.


 By John Manzi for the Billings Series

Two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year, “Hurricane Hannah” Miller, blew away her competition in the Billings Trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (June 1)when she guided Hidden Identity  to an oh-so-easy gate to wire victory over six others in a 2:00.2 clocking.

Unfazed by starting on the far outside from post seven, Miller hustled her charge to the front as the wings of the  mobile starting gate folded and they had command even before the first turn.

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.

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