Press Room

Monticello Raceway top trainers Danny Gill and Bob Lounsbury have light heartedly taunted one another for months as to who’ll be the leading trainer and for most of the time Gill, with more horses in his stable than Lounsbury, was the on top.

Although he constantly trailed, Lounsbury would tease Gill with “I’m gonna catch you” to which Gill would reply with; “if I can’t out-train you I’ll out- start you” referring that had more horses racing than his friendly adversary.

Monticello Raceway maybe one horse closer to having a field for the Au Revoir, the race exclusively for  14 year olds on Monday, December30.

“I recently heard from Joe Rayll who said he was going to enter Hez Da Man N in our Au Revior,” related  Eric Warner the tracks director of racing.

Monticello Raceway has cancelled its Monday, December 23rd race card.


“Due to an unsafe racetrack caused by the unusually warm winter temperatures in our area so for the safety of  everyone concerned, we cancelled our live race card today,” noted Eric Warner, senior director of racing.


No racing is scheduled on Tuesday December 24th, and with no racing on Christmas,  the next card at the Mighty M will be on Thursday, December 26.

In what turned out to be a bit of a shocker, Aaron Byron and Secluded Island stalked the pace-setter and 1-5 favorite, Hickory Louie, until the final turn and then they battled all the way to the wire with Byron’s pacer prevailing by a head in a 2:01.3 clocking over a muddy racetrack in the Heritage Drivers Series Final at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (December 19).


There is no denying that Bruce Aldrich Jr. has arrived. He’s had a great season and is third in races won in North America with 632, and on Friday afternoon over a muddy racetrack at Monticello Raceway, Aldrich put the icing on the cake when he reined eight winners on the card. His output left him one short of Billy “Zeke” Parker’s nine wins which the bearded wonder had on October 22, 1996.

“I had a shot at the record, I really did,” Aldrich confided. “I thought I’d win with Pena’s trotter (Michael’s Wild Boy) in the fourth but he jumped it off.”

Shawn Wiles - Amy Stackhouse - Tim Conklin

Amy Stackhouse, of White Lake, NY, has been named the 2013 Employee of the Year at Monticello Casino & Raceway. She has been an E.M.T. with the casino since 2008 and also works as a security guard .

“Amy has been a reliable, professional employee who voluntarily obtained her security license so she could assist with all aspects of the security department,” noted Eileen Cavanaugh, the director of human resources. “Her actions of professionalism when taking the lead as an E.M.T. are highly commendable.


Monticello Raceway will be dark on Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day but will offer live programs on Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27.

The last two racing cards of the 2013 season will on Monday, December 30 and Tuesday, December 31 and the track will begin its 2014 season with a live race program on New Year’s Day.


All post times will be at 12:25pm


The Holiday draw schedule is as follows:


Bruce Aldrich, Jr. has always been a good driver even when he had a big stable, but since he has given up training to concentrate on driving, he’s moving up and fast.

At Monticello Raceway on the snowy afternoon of Tuesday, December 17, Aldrich reined six more winners and  has moved to within seven wins of Dave Palone’s  626 driving victories. Palone is currently second in races won in North America some 48 behind leader Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Aldrich a close third.

When it comes to half-mile track racing the luck of the draw sometimes is a determining factor. Although that phrase is usually used in conjunction with the post position draw, in Monticello Raceway’s  All -America Cup, the Final of the Heritage Drivers Series, it takes on a greater meaning and one that Jimmy Marohn, Jr. benefits from.

Marohn, the winner of the St. Paddy Pace for drivers of Irish heritage, drew post position six but he also drew Hickory Louie, the hot favorite in the event which will be the sixth race on the Thursday (Dec.19) program .

Since its inception in 1991 Monticello Raceway’s Au Revoir has been a very interesting event and last year it took on greater proportions when the race was featured on the front page of the New York Times sports section in late December. And the newspaper even ran all follow-up story of the results.