The North American Amateur Drivers Association’s 10-week trotting series kicked-off Thursday (June18) at the Mighty M with two divisions on the 11 race card. Hannah Miller copped the first with Lou Lous Princess while Bob Hechkoff won the second with No Recess. Also on the program was a Catskill Amateur Club pace which went to Dirty Devil, driven by Steve Oldford.
Monticello Raceway was honored to be the site of driver Chris Lems 1000th career win, ironically Monticello was the site of Chris’s his first stake win.
Chris drove Manny to victory in the 3rd division of NYSS in 1:54:2. Manny (America Ideal – Foolish Kiss) is trained by Jessica Okusko, for owners M and L of Delaware & Victoria Dickson. Chris also drives for powerful stables of Jessica Okusko and George Ducharme.
On Wednesday June 8 Monticello Raceway’s Pick 5 carry over is now $4,532.00. The first leg of the Pick 5 begins in Race 3. Director of Simulcasting, Maureen Flynn said “this is the biggest carry over that we have had, we are glad to offer our patrons this opportunity”
On Tuesday afternoon Royal Heart, paced the 2nd fastest mile in the history of Monticello Raceway. The 5 year old gelding by Royal Art cut fractions of 27:1, 56:2. 1:24:3 enroute to new track record of 1:51.4 for aged pacing geldings, erasing the previous mark of 1:52 held by Buckeye One. Bruce Aldrich Jr. drove the Jose Godinez trainee for owners Blindswitch Racing Stable and Dolne Farm Services LLC.
By Shawn Wiles
To use a phrase from the great race caller Carl Becker “They are coming from everywhere”, that was the case for the draw when a total of 61 colts were entered for the glamour division of the NYSS, 3 Year Old Pacing Colts, to be raced on Monday June 6. The 13 race cards show cases 9 races of NY Bred sophomores. The afternoon’s card has 3 division of Sire Stakes, each split racing for $39,900, 4 divisions of the Excelsior A class ($15,000) and 2 races of the Excelsior B class ($6,600)
It is only fitting that on a weekend when we pause and honor those that have served and perished in our country’s Military, that the aptly named Omaha Survivor would prevail against all odds. He gallantly battled back from a break behind the gate and spotted the field 15 lengths at the start, at the ¼ pole the charter had him 11 lengths behind the leader. Now in full charge he was parked 4th on the outside at the 1/2, still taking the overland route on the outside, at the ¾ mile marker he ranging into contention, parked first over from the fraction setting Shark Treasure.
~~Sire Stakes Action at Monticello Raceway on Monday May 23
By Shawn Wiles
The New York Sire Stakes seasons gets underway at Monticello Raceway on Monday May 23, as 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies take center stage.
When Race Sectary Eric Warner opened the box there were a total of 44 fillies, this was broken down to 2 divisions of each the Excelsior A & Excelsior B series and 2 Sire Stake events. The A class’s vie for a purse of $15,000 the B class’s, races for $6,700, the Sire Stakes go for a purse $61,300 on the afternoons 11 race card.