After 44 years of dedicated service to Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. 94 year old Clarence Wade of Middletown, NY has called it a day.
“I was so excited and thrilled by a many number of things including the wonderful watch I received and the many other items that will help me remember my enjoyable years here at Monticello Raceway,” Wade said at his retirement ceremonies.
DVC Gifted Indeed won his fourth consecutive race at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, May 7. It was also the ninth victory of the year for the 6-year-old Place To Be gelding from the local powerful stable of Bob Lounsbury.
With driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. at the controls the Lounsbury-trained DVC Gifted Indeed scored in wire to wire fashion and held off a fast closing Delco Tross and driver Jimmy Taggart, Jr. to win in 1:58.1.
North America’s leading standardbred race winner this year, Tracys Song with 14 victories already to her credit, will not race this week according to her trainer, Bob Lounsbury.
The 8 year old daughter of Astreos, won for the 14th consecutive time at Monticello Raceway last Monday (April 29) but she was hard pressed to do it, barely staving off a hard challenge to win by a head over a racetrack softened by rain.
Just this past week Monticello Raceway has received confirmation from Monica Thors, Sherry Cushing, and Jody Riedel who have responded to the Mighty M’s call for drivers and will join the others in Monticello Raceway’s 11th annual Lady Godiva Pace slated for Monday afternoon, May 13; one day after Mother’s Day.
Monica Thors will take time from working on her production of her harness racing documentary “I am a Harness Racing Horse’, to don her colors again after a short hiatus.
Jimmy Marohn, Jr. put on a driving clinic at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, April 25th when he reined five winners on the 10-race card.
Marohn, the defending driving champion here at the Mighty M,started his day winning both ends of the early double.
He scored with Allan Cisco Stable’s trotter La Hollywood ($3.40) in a time of 2:03.3 in the first race, and then came back to cop the second behind Ed Hall’s first time Mighty M starter, Tom Riddle ($5.20) in a 1:57.4 clocking.
Last week when Haroun Hanover was seeking his 12th seasonal victory Three Artist got in his way. This week , again in search of win number 12, Haroun Hanover was beat again by Three Artist. But both pacers had to take a backseat to a newcomer, Runaway Energy.
Jimmy Devaux , who received the mount via a late driver change, surprisingly hustled Runaway Energy three-deep on the final turn and rallied his pacer alongside both Haroun Hanover and Three Artist who were battling neck and neck .
Monday, April 22nd at Monticello Raceway was a big day for both Tracys Song and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr.
In the last race on the card Tracy Song cruised to her 13th consecutive victory in a time of 1:57.2 and with that triumph she continues to lead North America in races won (13) this season. And for Aldrich, Tracys Song was one of six winners that he reined on the 11-race program.
Tracys Song, the 8-year-old pacing mare who leads North America in races won this season with 12, will seek her 13th consecutive victory when she starts from the pole position in the 11th and final race on the card at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, April 22.
Postponed from its original date on Valentine’s Day the 11th edition of the Lady Godiva is now slated for Monday, May 13, just one day after Mother’s Day.
The event is one of the eight legs in Monticello Raceway’s Heritage Drivers Series-2013
“We had to postpone the Lady Godiva earlier this year due to a lack of entries,” noted Eric Warner, the tracks Director of Racing. “There just weren’t enough ladies who were interested in driving in early February. Hopefully it was because of the frigid weather.”
On two previous occasions Monticello Raceway has hosted events for race track executives called the Battle of the Brain Trusts, and with good success. Now the third edition of the race is in the works for later this season and already there’s interest.
Like the previous contests, the Battle of the Brain Trusts III is a unique non-wagering one mile race open only to CEO’s, track presidents, track VP’s , general managers, assistant general managers and any others whose decision makings help guide the fortunes of their racing oriented establishments.