On the beautiful summer afternoon of July 16 the ninth leg of the NAADA spring trotting series went to post at Monticello Raceway and when the judges hung the official sign Bob Hechkoff emerged victorious with Alternat Thursdays. They scored a two length triumph over Swift Blizzard and Paul Minore in a time of 2:00.3. Joe Lee finished third with Laser Lucy.
Sometimes when drivers are marching towards driving milestones, they tend to stall out and languish. Not in the case of James Devaux, if anything, as he was getting closer, he got hotter. On Wednesday afternoon July 8, Jimmy won his 3999 in race 5 with Prince of Pleasure, for trainer Gary Decker. In the 7th race, the answer to the future trivia question of who was Jimmy driving for his 4000th win was answered, is was Bangbangkisskiss, barely.
The mountains were alive this weekend, as Monticello Raceway held its annual Fireworks display, much to the delight of the large crowd. The 10 race card featured 5 New York Sire Stake events for 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies, each split raced for $21,800, 2 - Division A Excelsior’s ($15,000) and 1 - Excelsior’s B ($6,800).
Prior to going to post for the days first race, Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. had 330 wins, at days end he had 336. Bruce ranks 4 nationally in wins, behind Cory Callahan with 355, Bruce now trails Callahan by 19 wins for 3rd spot.
It comes as no surprise that Jim Morrill Jr. continues to dominate the NYSS, much like Wally Hennessy and Jeff Gregory have done on the past, this afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Jim Morrill Jr won 5 of the 8 New York Sire Stakes Races. Blue Chip Farms Stallion, Roll With Joe had 4 sons enter the winners circle for the afternoon.
~~HANNAH MILLER WINS NAADA TROT WITH REV IT NOW; ALLEN SISCO WINS CATSKILL AMATEUR PACE
by john manzi for NAADA
After winning a trotting race under saddle at Goshen Historic Track last Sunday Rev It Now, hooked to a sulky once again, won the NAADA Trot at Monticello Raceway on the misty and cool Thursday afternoon of June 18.
JOSEPH LEE SETS AMATEUR TRACK RECORD OF 1:55.4; DAVE YAROCK WINS NAADA TROT
Monticello Raceway has been in on the ground floor ever since amateur driving returned to the spotlight in the early 1980’s. And every year since then amateur racing kept growing and now is an integral part of the harness industry.
One of amateur racings greatest proponents is, and has been, Monticello Raceway and over the years the track has offered events for sportsmen and sportswomen and has spawned some very talented professional drivers.
On Sunday, July 19th, The Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association will gather at Hanofee Park in Liberty, New York, to commemorate the recent and untimely passing of one of their own, Robert "Bo" Beauregard.
"BoBo" as he was fondly known to all of the horsemen at Monticello Raceway and beyond, was a longtime member of the Board of Directors serving as his Association’s Treasurer and right hand to President Alan Schwartz.