Press Room

During the month of February four American presidents were born and their memories will be honored -- along with the 40 others-- on the National Holiday of Presidents Day, Monday, February 17. Those born on the second month of the year include:  Ronald Reagan (Feb. 6), William Henry Harrison (Feb.9) Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22).

On President’s Day Monticello Raceway will have its own tribute to our U.S. presidents with the ‘Not-Quite Presidential’ Pace, a special race to be driven by drivers whose surnames are the same as any of our presidents.

Lookout Bruce Aldrich, Jr; don’t look over your shoulder, Jimmy Marohn, Jr. There’s a new kid on the block and he’s hungry for winning races. He’s Jason Ryan and he’s got talent.


On the muddy card of Tuesday, January 14 Ryan broke out and reined five winners.


Asked if he moves up when he drives on a muddy track Ryan answered, “Not particularly, but I get along alright when it rains especially if my horses can go forward.”


Shawn Wiles - Bob Lounsbury - Bruce Aldrich Jr.

Recently, Monticello Raceway GM, Shawn Wiles, (left) presented the 2013 leading trainer award to Bob Lounsbury  and Eric Warner, director of racing,(right) gave the leading driver award to Bruce Aldrich, Jr.  Aldrich’s 450 wins here was tops among drivers and Lounsbury’s 202 training victories led all other local conditioners.


With the permission of the New York State Gaming Commission, Monticello Raceway will add Monday, January 20 and Monday, February 17 to its live racing schedule.

“Since we had to cancel a few racing days due to adverse weather conditions we applied for, and were granted, racing programs on Martin Luther King Day in January and on Presidents Day in February ,” noted  track general manager, Shawn Wiles.

When Monticello Raceway presents its 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace, a race which features the talents of African-American drivers, last year’s champ, Dennis Watson, will be back to defend his title.

This year’s MLK Pace will be presented on Tuesday afternoon, January 21 and it will not only be Monticello Raceway’s annual tribute to the great civil rights leader, but the race will be the first leg of the tracks 2014 Heritage Drivers Series.

Jim DeVaux

To say that racing in the north during the winter time is unforgiving would be an understatement.  Frigid weather, snow and ice, and mud and rain, easily portrays what horses and horsemen have to go through just to keep the show going. And often racing has to be cancelled due to the climate conditions.

Due to high winds and cold weather Monticello Raceway will not conduct live racing today

Racing will resume tommorow

Due to the aftermath of a major storm coupled with the extreme frigid temperatures racing has been canceled for this afternoon

Racing will resume Monday January 6, first Race going to Post at 12:25pm

Maureen Flynn

There was a time in racing when all legal pari-mutuel wagering was done on-track. But as the mid-60’s British pop duo of Peter and Gordon sang during their heyday “that was yesterday and yesterday’s gone”.

It’s no secret that off-track wagers are important and an integral part of any racetracks pari-mutuel handle. Off track wagers are always combined with on track bets and that becomes the combined betting handle.

Due to the pending snowstorm, which will include high winds and frigid temperatures, Monticello Raceway has cancelled its Thursday, January 2nd live racing program.

“Racing is scheduled to resume on Friday. (Jan. 3) First post will be at 12:25pm