Press Room

Harness racing fans know that Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. are top drivers; after all, their records speak for them. Wrenn’s 658 driving victories is tops in North America while Aldrich’s 588 winners ranks him third in races won on the continent. But are they good handicappers?

Beginning Sunday, December 15 and continuing for through Friday, December 20 Monticello Raceway will offer six consecutive live racing programs during that week.

The Sunday date was added to coincide with the fifth annual Children’s Fantasy Holiday Party, an endeavor spearheaded by the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association four years ago which has been tremendously well received by the local communities.

Friday, December 20 is also an added live racing program to go along with the usual Monday through Thursday format that week.

Both Ronnie Wrenn, Jr, and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. are prepping and looking forward to their Drive-Off at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, December 12.

Wrenn, the leading dash-winning driver in North America, is headed for a showdown against Bruce Aldrich, Jr., whose third in races won on the continent, and next Thursday both reinsmen will drive in every race on the Dec. 12 card. And to be able to see two great talents go head-to-head arguably the biggest winners will be the racing fans, both on and off-track.

For the fifth consecutive season the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association and Monticello Casino & Raceway will host a Fabulous, Fantasy Holiday Party from 1am until 5pm for local children ages toddler to 12 years on Sunday afternoon, December 15.


The party will be run in conjunction with the racing program that afternoon. Post time for the race card will be at 12:25pm.


Quietly, and without much fanfare, Jimmy Devaux just keeps driving winners. The former Mighty M driving champ reined five home first on Monday afternoon, December 2 at Monticello Raceway with the 1:59.3 wire- to- wire trotting victory by Marissa Russo’s, Muscles Yankee gelding V I P arguably the most impressive although the gutsy 13th seasonal triumph of Red Eye Blue Chip in a 1:57.3 clocking was also notable, especially to owner Norman Bradbury.


After a season of presenting races for drivers of different ethnicities, the winners of each event will convene at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, December 19 to compete in the Heritage Drivers Series Final, dubbed the All-America Cup.


The Heritage Drivers Series began in January and at various intervals throughout the year a different ethnic race was presented and the winners of each event earned the  right to compete in the series finale


It’ll be number one against number three when North America’s leading dash winner, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. locks horns with Bruce Aldrich, Jr., third in wins on the continent, on Thursday December 12 at Monticello Raceway.

During the month of December there will be several changes in the live racing schedule at Monticello Raceway.

The schedule during the first three weeks in December remains the same as always with live harness action on the afternoons of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Then there are added days on Friday, December 20, Sunday, December 22 and Friday, December 27 which will offer 19 days with live racing during the month.

Please be advised that  Monticello Raceway’s qualifying races set for Wednesday, November 27 have been cancelled due to inclement weather in the lower Catskill Mountains of New York State.

The next qualifying races scheduled will be on Wednesday,  December 4th .

Bruce Aldrich, Jr. is enjoying the finest season of his driving career. With the five winners he reined at Monticello Raceway yesterday (Nov. 25) he now has 563 wins and has moved into third place in front of Tim Tetrick’s 559 in races won in North America this year. It was the third five-bagger that Aldrich has had in the past two weeks.

After 15 years of operating a public stable Aldrich decided this season to go another route and give up training and concentrate on driving.