Press Room

The winners circle at Monticello Raceway was overflowing with family, friends and fellow horseman on Wednesday November 2, as after the card 8th race a Memorial service was held in the winners for Brett Smith, on hand were Brett’s parents Gary and Tracey Smith.   Brett recently passed away from injuries sustained in a horse training accident “The strong showing is a testament of how much Brett was loved and miss by all” said Eric Warner, Monticello Raceway Race Secretary. 

By: John Manzi

When Monticello Raceway’s director of racing, Eric Warner, found that the track lost a driver in the North American Amateur Drivers Association’s  $5000 seven- horse consolation he went to work immediately to secure another driver to keep the race with decent betting interests.

By John Manzi for the Billings & NAADA Series

The cold and rainy afternoon of October 27 in the Catskill Mountains certainly wasn’t a day that amateur drivers could embrace still three races dedicated to the amateurs went to post on the betting card at Monticello Raceway; one in the CKG Billings Series and two in the North American Amateur Drivers series, with many participants competing in both.

Starting on Tuesday November 1st, Monticello Raceway will adjust its Post Time to 12:25 for its Monday - Thursday live racing schedule.   ”It has been our normal schedule to starting racing 30 minutes earlier on November 1st as the days get shorter, and it has worked very well for us in the past” said longtime Race Secretary Eric Warner. 

On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Jim Taggart Jr. won his 4000th career win, the win came in the 7th race on the card, aboard Classic Can Dream.  The If I Can Dream mare won in1:58:3 for Trainer Gary Messenger and Owner Kenneth Weckstein. The Monticello born and raised Taggart started his career in the backstretch of Monticello and started driving here in 1988, his career earning are in excess of $19,000,000.

On Monday, Oct. 24, Monticello Casino and Raceway will open its new simulcasting room, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.  The event is open to the public.
The new simulcasting room has over 35 television screens on which patrons can watch live harness and thoroughbred racing, and simulcasting from across the country, seven days a week. Patrons will be able to place their bets with live tellers or from SAMs (automated teller machines).

FIELD TAKING SHAPE FOR VETERANS RACE AT MONTICELLO RACEWAY
 By : John manzi for NAADA and CADC
 
Efforts by the North American Amateur Drivers Association and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club  to present a race(s) for veterans who are also amateur harness drivers are coming to fruition according to NAADA vice president, Alan Schwartz.


 By John Manzi for NAADA
“He loves the Monticello Raceway track,” gushed Tony Ciuffetelli while he was hanging up the lines upon his return to the Mighty M paddock after his stunning 1:58 victory with Aventure in the third leg of NAADA’s Fall Trotting Series. “He had won here in 2:00 in early August but after a month or so of not hitting the board he’s been getting sharp lately and he certainly raced real well today.”

By: Shawn Wiles
Photos by Geri Schwarz


On Tuesday September 6, the New York Sire Stakes will make its last stop at Monticello Raceway for the year, as 3 year old trotting fillies will close out the Sire Stakes Season.  $180,000 will be split into seven heats of Sire Stakes, 2 Regular Sire Stake’s, going to post for $61,300 in each dash, 3 heats of the Excelsior A Class, each dash racing for $15,000 and 2 spilts of the Excelsior  B’s going for $6,000.

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