Eight divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be on display in the $132,000 New York Sires Stakes and in the $63,500 Excelsior Series at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, July 11.
Of the eight events for the New York-breds there will be three divisions of NY Sires Stakes each racing for a purse of $44,000 and five $12,700 splits of Excelsior Series trots. In all, 14 races are on tap that day.
To say that Haroun Hanover has been hot this season would be a gross understatement. The Monticello- based pacer not only ran his string of consecutive victories to six when he won the first race in a swift 1:54 on Tuesday, July 9 but that triumph was the 18th of the season for the altered son of Bettor’s Delight.
On the warm and muggy evening of July 4th 2-year- old filly pacers strutted their stuff in four divisions of the $130,000 New York Sire Stakes and were accompanied by four $12,700 splits in the Excelsior Series. All four NYSS events were paced in 1:58 or better and in the fourth NYSS division the track record for their age, gender and gait fell when Yannick Gingras guided Ali Blue to a 1:56.1 triumph which erased the former mark of 1:56.3 set by Double Major and Jason Bartlett in 2011.
Whoa, big ‘fella’ seems to be what driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. is saying as he and Haroun Hanover cross the Monticello Raceway finish line first for the 17th time on Tuesday afternoon, July 2.
Understandably sent off the odds-on favorite after four previous consecutive victories the 7 year old Bettor’s Delight gelding practically made a laugher out of the contest whebn he tourned the double oval in a time of 1:54.4, his best winning time in over three years.
There’s an old adage that states that ‘there are horses for courses’, and never has that maxim been more accurate then when it concerns Tracys Song and Monticello Raceway.
Yesterday (July 1), the 8 year old pacing mare notched her 20th seasonal victory here at the Mighty M when Bruce Aldrich, Jr. drove her to a 1:57.3 victory over Rustys Flying and driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr.
It’s official. On Monday afternoon, July 22 Monticello Raceway will host the third edition of the Battle of the Brain Trust, a race is for harness racing executives from various aspects of the Standardbred business.
As of this writing five people who make the decisions for their respective organizations will don racing silks and be in the unfamiliar position of driving a harness horse competitively over a one mile distance.
Just four weeks ago Monica Banca received her provisional license and the Norwegian native has shown she has a talent in the sulky. Not only did she win the final of the Catskill Amateur Driver’s Club’s Pacing Series yesterday (June 26)at Monticello Raceway but in five trips to post in betting races Monica has won four times. And her last three drives here were all winning ones.
In Wednesday’s fourth race here Banca had the favorite ,Indescribable from the pole position, and she drove the veteran gelding like he was the best.
When Haroun Hanover won for the 16th time this year at Monticello Raceway one just had to check the finish line photo where the tote board odds are displayed-- as can be seen in the accompanying picture --to put Haroun Hanover race, and season for that matter, in perspective.
Tracys Song was back home again at Monticello Raceway on Monday, June 24th and the venerable pacing mare won for the 19th time this year to continue leading all other standardbreds in races won this season in North America.
Although it was drizzling at the start of the race when the field passed by the first quarter the rains began to fall more earnestly and the attending fans ducked for cover although the falling rain seemed oblivious to the competing horses and drivers.