Press Room

Monticello Raceway will continue with its 4 day-a-week racing schedule throughout the month of June with just one exception.


On Friday, June 6th, the Mighty M has added a racing program to accommodate races for 3-year-old pacing fillies in both the New York Sires Stakes and the Excelsior Series. That addition will be the only deviation from the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule during June.


Post times for all race cards will be at 12:50pm.

Veteran reinsman Kyle Di Benedetto has driven plenty of winners in his career; 5837 to be exact.


And he’s driven many that have returned a big mutuel payoffs. But when he won the third trace on Tuesday afternoon(May 13) with Mia Casino in a 2:00.3 clocking from the seven- hole at Monticello Raceway the 7 year old Bettor’s Delight pacing mare paid a whopping $282.00 for win.


In that contest Di Benedetto and Mia Casino started slowly and by the halfway point in 1:01 they still were at the end of the eight horse field.


Monticello Raceway has joined the other racetracks that accept on-line entries.


With the USTA's new online entry program trainers now have the ability to enter horses electronically. It allows trainers to enter their horses via the Internet from computers or mobile devices.


Trainers can start to enter horses electronically as soon as the condition sheet is made available from the race office.


For the 10th time this season Shortest Distance has been victorious. On Monday afternoon (May 12) at Monticello Raceway  the 9 year old Park Place pacing mare returned to the track where she started the season and  turned back five others to score a two- length triumph in a time of 1:56.3 with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls.


With her latest victory Shortest Distance moved into second place on the North American leaderboard in races won this season and now trails another Mighty M pacer Diamond Tiara whose tops with 11 wins.


Talldarknhandsome, the undisputed tallest horse on the grounds, scored his third consecutive victory for the trainer-driver combination of Danny Gill

and Jimmy Marohn, Jr. at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (May 8).


Young Jimmy guided the altered pacing son of Life Sign to 1:57.3 nose victory over Wizard Of Art and Jimmy Devaux.


“Hey a win by a nose is still a win,” joked Marohn after the race and then confided honestly, “He wasn’t as strong at the finish this week as he was last week but he still got the job done.”

She was sent off at odds of nearly even-money but the way that Hawaiian Sweetie mauled her company in the eighth race at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon (May 5) she should have been a 1-9 shot.


Bruce Aldrich, Jr. handled the driving chores for owner-trainer Lindsey Blackler and sent the 6-year-old Broadway Hall trotting mare to the lead in a :28.3 first stanza and they proceeded through fractions of :59.2; 1:29.1 before finishing some eight lengths ahead of runner-up Rose Run Nash and driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. in a season’s best 1:58.4 clocking.

He may not be the biggest standardbred that ever looked through a bridle but, for sure, Talldarkandhandsome is one of the biggest.


The 6-year-old altered son of Life Sign, who’s every bit of 17 hands, scored his second seasonal triumph at Monticello Raceway when the pacer turned back seven others en route to a 1:57.3 victory.


Matt Zuccarello—yes, Zuccarello-- reined the winner of Monticello Raceway’s 16th annual Passover Pace on Tuesday afternoon, April 22.  He hustled his charge Winsmith Molly up to collar the pacesetter-- Sam’s Fortune and driver Alan Charles— in the final strides and walked away with the box of matzohs.


Last fall when Austin Siegelman was presented with the Rising Star Award by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA at their annual banquet he told the attending crowd that among the things he was looking to accomplish during 2014 was to win Monticello Raceway’s Passover Pace. Now on Tuesday, April 22 he will get that chance, and a good one at that, when he jumps up behind the 5-2 favorite Christoffer Bliss.

Quietly Jimmy Devaux does his job, and he’s good at what he does.


On Wednesday afternoon (April 16) Devaux reined four winners on Monticello Raceway’s eight race card. The previous day he had three wins.

Devaux began the Wednesday afternoon scoring a 2:00.4 victory with Melissa Russo’s veteran trotter Tobell and although Tobell paid $38.00 for win it wasn’t the biggest payoff of Devaux’s four winners.