~~Sire Stakes Action at Monticello Raceway on Monday May 23
By Shawn Wiles
The New York Sire Stakes seasons gets underway at Monticello Raceway on Monday May 23, as 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies take center stage.
When Race Sectary Eric Warner opened the box there were a total of 44 fillies, this was broken down to 2 divisions of each the Excelsior A & Excelsior B series and 2 Sire Stake events. The A class’s vie for a purse of $15,000 the B class’s, races for $6,700, the Sire Stakes go for a purse $61,300 on the afternoons 11 race card.
Longtime Monticello Raceway patron and matriarch Ruthie Sterns was honored on Tuesday May 3, at Monticello Raceway with a race held in her honor. Ruthie has been an avid fan of Harness Racing for over 40 years and has had horse with Billy “Zeke” Parker. She was also referred to as the carrot lady, as every time she came to the barn she had a bag of carrots.
Although the 84 years young Ms. Stern was not in attendance, she was able to watch on satellite
The final leg of the NAADA Winter Trotting Series was contested at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon (March 30) and once again both Bob Kenney and Bobby Krivelin emerged victorious. Both gentlemen also copped the previous legs at Yonkers Raceway on March 17. But this time each reined a different horse home first; Kenney scored with Just Like Lloyd in 2:00 while Krivelin won with Permanent Joy in 2:00.2.
In her first drive after recently receiving the National Amateur Driver of the Year Award in south Florida “Hurricane Hannah” Miller was back in the winner’s circle again after copping a division of the NAADA Trotting Series with Warrawee Preferred at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (March 10).
On Thursday afternoon Kyle Dibenedetto scored his 6000 win at Monticello Raceway, Kyle notched the win with Simply Rockin. The son of Rockin Image made his Monticello Raceway debut a winning one after recently competing at Northfield Park. The gelding won in wire to wire fashion for Owner - Trainer Michael Weiner of Woodridge NY. Sent off at 1/5, he did not disappoint the betting public as he was any easy 10 length winner in 2:01:2.
Although the sun was shining brightly but the gusting winds kept the temperature in the mid-20’s at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (2-18), still the racing surface was in good shape for the two divisions of the trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) . And when the judges posted the winners, Bobby Krivelin and David Yarock each emerged victorious in their respective splits.
Richard Parsells, 74, of Monticello, N.Y., died Jan. 28, 2016, at the Catskill Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Parsells was the son of the late Fred Parsells Jr. and Irene Brusle, born on May 23, 1941, in Englewood, N.J.
He was an active member of the Standardbred racing community, spending most of his time as a trainer in Monticello, N.Y.
Fresh off a season where her driving talents earned her 2015 National Amateur Driver of the Year honors Hannah Miller is back in the winner’s circle after she copped a division of the North American Amateur Drivers Association trots at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, January 28. She shared the limelight that afternoon with Paul Minore who reined the winner in the other split.