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On Monday afternoon (Sept.30) Monticello Raceway hosted four $45,000 finals of the Excelsior Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters and arguably the most impressive was the victory turned in by Spreester when she easily defeated seven other New York bred pacing fillies by four lengths in 1:57.4.


Jimmy Morrill, Jr. was in the sulky when Spreester started from the seven hole but that position was quickly compromised when they left strong and made the front before the quarter mile timer flashed :29.1.


Four $45,000 finals in the Excelsior Series will be featured on the 14-race card at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, September 30.Those races are for the top point earners in the 2 year-old divisions that were contested at various raceways throughout the state during the summertime.

They will go as races one, four , eight and 11 on the Monday program.
Strangely, lawyer Ted Gewertz, alone or with partners , will start six youngsters in the Excelsior Series finals and will have at least one in each division.

Mymomsablizzard trotted to a track record equaling 1:57 mile winning Monticello Raceway’s Open Trot on Wednesday, (Sept. 25) for young Austin Siegelman. The 7-year-old mare tied the aged trotting mare’s standard  which was set earlier this year on August 21 by Aren’t I Hanover and driver Billy ”Zeke” Parker, Jr.


Mike Forte hadn’t won a race at Monticello Raceway, or anywhere for that matter, since May 30th. But yesterday(Sept. 24)  he not only won one, he  had two driving victories.


One might think that he had lengthy dry spell or he had been in a very long slump. However, neither is correct.


Back on June 3 Mike Forte was in a horrific accident in a trotting race so bad that no horses finished the race. Although no horses were badly hurt  Forte was.


Laurette Pitts

Last week members of Monticello Casino and Raceway staff joined Thunder- 102FM in their annual County Cares fundraising radio thon if an effort to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to help end childhood cancer.

Not only did management personnel help raise funds on air but at day’s end Monticello Casino and Raceway COO/CFO, Laurette Pitts, was on hand to make a $1000 donation from the casino and raceway to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Originally slated to be raced in late September Monticello Raceway has rescheduled its annual Munich Mile for Wednesday, October 2.

That race, for drivers of German descent, will be the sixth event in the tracks year long Heritage Driver Series

Winning races is nothing new to Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr. He’s won plenty—11044 at last count—and what helped him add to his totals was the five winners  he drove yesterday (Sept 19) at Monticello Raceway.


Parker didn’t start his assault  until the third race when he scored with Danby Racing Stables, Charismatic ($7.70) in 1:58.2. He came right back in the next race and won with Tom Stamper’s 3 year year old trotter,  R J’s Striker ($12.20) in 2:01.1.


Seven races for quality New York-bred sophomore colt and gelding trotters will adorn Monticello Raceway’s Tuesday afternoon card of September 17.  Over $158,000 is offered in two NYSS divisions and they’ll  be accompanied  by five $12,700 splits for Excelsior Series colt and gelding  trotters.

The Zeke Parker countdown is over. On Thursday afternoon ( September 12) Parker won a pair of races at Monticello Raceway and in doing so he passed Walter Case, Jr. in career driving  victories and became the sixth winningest driver in the sport.


Parker now has driven 11039 winners in his career one better than Case’s total.


A 2:01.1 victory with trotter Hardrock Kid in the fifth race brought Parker even with Case  at 11038 and Zeke’s  milestone  triumph MD Bee Bee gave

Monticello Raceway’s year-long Heritage Drivers Series will continue with a race for drivers of German decent on Wednesday Oct. 2 dubbed the Munich Mile. The race will be will be the sixth event in the tracks year-long series of races for drivers of different ethnicities...


The winner of the Munich Mile will earn the right to compete in the series finale, ‘the All-America Cup’ later this fall, which will feature the winning drivers of each of the ethnic legs presented during the season.