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It was clear that the track record for 3YOTC’s was in jeopardy, on paper any 3 of the Sire Stakes heats had the power and ability of breaking the record.  By the end of the day, all 3 divisions, either broke, tied or reset the record.

As Monticello Raceway announcer Howard Oil would say “they’re coming from everywhere” that’s what race Secretary Eric Warner thought when he opened the box for 3 Year old Trotting Colts for Monday July 17.  He had 52 entries in the box, forming 3 regular division of Sire Stakes ($39,200) 3 heats of the Excelsior A class ($15,000) and 2 Excelsior B’s ($6,000) in total racing for purses in excess of $175,000. 

By: John Manzi

Joe Lee, the New York Yankees assistant locker room manager and avid amateur driver, shocked the bettors at Monticello Raceway on Thursday July3) when he guided TKRs Metro Specs  to a 1:58 victory in a Catskill Amateur Club Pace which in turn and sparked a $82.50 payoff.

Monticello Raceway kicked off its 2017 Sire Stakes season on Tuesday afternoon July 11 with 3 year old trotting fillies on the marque.  On the card, drivers Jason Bartlett and Trond Smedshammer each had a driving double

The 2017 New York Sire Stakes seasons kicks off on Tuesday July 11 at Monticello Raceway when 3 year old trotting fillies take center stage.  Going to the gate are 2 division of Sire Stakes, each split racing for $59,100, 3 heats of the Excelsior A class ($15,000) and 2 heats of the Excelsior B class, going for a purse of $6,800 each. 

Monticello Raceway held its famous fireworks over the weekend, but driver Jimmy DeVaux put on his own fireworks show Wednesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway by winning 5 races. Leading trainer Dolores Basilone harnessed 4 of DeVaux’s winners on the afternoon card. DeVaux is the leading dash driver this year at Monticello Raceway with 192 wins, followed by Jim Taggart Jr. (135) and Bruce Aldrich (122). DeVaux currently is in 5th place at Saratoga Raceway with 72 wins.  His combined season tally is 264 wins, with earnings of $1,131,825 and a healthy UDRS of .333

Monticello Raceway Fireworks Sunday July 2

 By John Manzi
It was only one start but for Francesco Laosa a chance to drive a pacer proved fruitful when the Sicilian professional finished second in the one race that he drove at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, June 22.

  By John Manzi for both NAADA and the Catskill Club
 
On Thursday June 23, with the sun bright in the blue summer sky and the temperature hovering around 80-degrees, two amateur races dotted the 11-race card at Monticello Raceway and when the judges hung the official signs, Alan Schwartz emerged victorious in the NAADA trot with Ladys Big Stormont in a 1:58.4 clocking  while Joe Lee was the first home in the Catskill Club pace with TKR’s Metro Specs in 1:59.1


By John Manzi for the Billings Series and the Catskill Amateur Club’s race

Score one for the president... the Billings president, that is. At Monticello Raceway on the ides of June Billings Series president, Tony “the Capo” Verruso. took no prisoners  en route to a  gate to wire 2:00.2 victory with Flirting Duezy in an east region Billings trot.

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