Seven days after the Meadowlands carded three amateur trots on their Hambletonian weekend night time betting card of August 7th Monticello Raceway followed suite on its Thursday August 13th afternoon program also carding three amateur races for fans to wager on. Two were trots in the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series while a third was a pace for was members of the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club.
By John Manzi for the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club
Even before the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club August Series got underway time was allotted for a presentation to Hannah Miller, the overall point winner in the CADC spring series which ended a few weeks ago.
Miller proudly accepted the plaque from CADC president Gerry Fielding prior to the Thursday, August 7th race card getting underway at Monticello Raceway. In the spring series Miller displayed a driving prowess unequalled by any of her competitors en route to five victories in the organizations spring events.
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.