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The Monticello Harness Horseman's Association (MHHA) and the North American Amateurs Drivers Association (NAADA) continued their longstanding annual harness racing tradition by making a donation to the Sullivan County Federation of the Homeless on Veterans Day at Monticello Raceway on Monday November 11. In the winner's Circle after the 3rd race, Kathy Kreiter, director and program administrator of the Sullivan County Federation of the Homeless was presented with 2 checks, each worth $1,000 on behalf of the MHHA and NAADA. Alan Schwartz, President of the MHHA, and his wife Alicia were on hand to make the presentation to Kreiter. Alan Schwartz himself a former Veteran said "We are happy to help support those citizens of the community that need assistance at this time of year" Jim Taggart Jr. scored with N Make it Snappy in the Food Bank Presentation Race, the Steve Moore trained mare by Dream Away tripped the timer in 2:00.3 and notched her 6 win of the season. Taggart would wind up winning 3 races on the Veterans Day Card increasing his lead over Michael Merton. Taggart is in first place with 220 wins over Merton's 211. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Over the years the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) has donated to worthy charities and this year will be no exception. On Veterans Day Monday November 11, the Monticello Raceway Harness Horseman's Association (MHHA) and the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) will make a donation to the Sullivan County Veterans Food Pantry in the amount of $1,000 in the winner's circle. Each year NAADA makes its own substantial donations to charities like Juvenile Diabetes and the Susan B Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, just to mention a few. Monies raised for the donations come from membership and starting fees paid by the clubs participating drivers. MHHA President Alan Schwartz, a former US Marine are urging those who plan on attending the afternoon's race card to please bring along a non-perishable food item which will then be delivered to the veteran's food pantry. "We have planned our own special tribute for those who served our country with honor by staging this Amateur Driving Challenge for veterans of our armed forces who are currently amateur drivers," said Schwartz Post Time is 12:25. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

MONTICELLO, NY--The chilly weather, with intermittent rain drizzling down , didn't deter Bob "Rapid Rail" Krivelin from his mission today. The three-time National Amateur Driver of the Year sent his trusty harness racing steed, Permanent Joy, to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded and then made every pole a winning one en route to a 1-1/2 length victory in the CKG Billings trot at Monticello Raceway.on a gloomy Thursday afternoon. Starting from the pole position Krivelin sent his charge to the front and they had command on the first turn. "My horse doesn't like dirt in his face so I wanted the front end, " Krivelin explained. "And all through his long career once Permanent Joy gets in front he doesn't like t give up the lead. And thankfully, today, I guess was no exception" With a six-horse field and two trotters breaking after the start, Krivelin got away with a soft 30 second first quarter even as Annie "Get You're Gun" Stoebe hustled Pembroke Bada Bing in behind Permanent Joy. They then raced one-two by the half in 1:01 and the order remained the same as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:31.1. When the field headed for home Permanent Joy opened a two length lead and then rebuffed any and all challenges to score his fifth seasonal triumph. Pembroke Bada Bing finished second and The Cuse is Loose garnered the show dough for Billings president, Tony "the Capo" Verruso. Sent off at odds of 4-1 Permanent Joy, a $258,000 career winner, notched his 43rd lifetime victory and repaid his backers with a $10.00.mutuel. And for Krivelin, it was his 222nd winning drive by John Manzi, for the CKG Billings Series

Joseph Anthony DeSimone Sr. of Kiamesha Lake, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Sullivan Co. Adult care Center in Liberty. He was 93. The son of the late Anthony DeSimone Sr. and Adeline Lagomarsino DeSimone, he was born August 8, 1926 in Manhattan. Joe was a boxer in the Golden Gloves and his wife said, "he could do a mean lindy!" When first Joe moved to Monticello, he drove for the Intercity Bus Line with his brothers and his father. He proudly served during the Korean conflict in the United States Army. His career than took a different path. He became a harness driver at Monticello Raceway where his passion was his horse, Glen Cove Colonel. He spent many years working at the track in different positions from stall manager to starting judge for the United States Trotting Association. He was a volunteer for 30 years at the Goshen Historic Track. In recognition of losing one of their own, the raceway will be flying their flag at half-mast. He is survived by his wife of 69 years: Rita Jennings DeSimone, at home; a son: Joseph DeSimone (Dana) of Monticello; a daughter: Sherrie DeSimone of Monticello; a granddaughter: Angela Brodie; a great grandson: AJ Rodriguez; two great great grandsons: Anthony and Cameron; two brothers: Alfred DeSimone, and John DeSimone & his wife Jackie of Monticello; a sister: Angela Mesceda of Harrisburg, PA; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his step-mother, Peggy DeSimone, his brothers, Pasquale (Pat) and Anthony Jr (Junior) and his sister Marie. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello. His funeral service will be held on Friday, November 8 at 12 pm at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello. Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello NY; for additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit Joe's family always knew how much they were loved by him and he will be greatly missed.   Shawn Wiles Director of Racing & Facilities Monticello, NY 12701

Monticello, NY  - For generations, Monticello Raceway has been the proving ground for many prominent harness racing drivers paying their dues and learning the ropes and breaking into the business, Cat Manzi, Ron Pierce, George Brennan, to name just a few. Add Cory Stratton to the list of the new generation following the exact footsteps of his older brother Jordan Stratton. Cory has been quietly plying his trade on the famed Catskill Mountain oval, at first the drives came slowly for the 27-year-old Stratton, but as time went on his talent became apparent which is evident by the amount of horses that trainers put him on to drive. On Tuesday November 5, Cory Stratton drove 3 winners on the card, the first trip to the winner's circle was aboard Future Life in 1:58.2 - $3.20 for trainer and co-owner Jim Doherty Jr. Future Life a 10 YO mare by Life Sign earned her 10th win in 2019 for owners Jim Doherty Jr and Chris Tully with seasonal earnings of $25,000. Never Tell would account for win #2, the Dan Gill trained son of Southwind Lustre notched his 3rd seasonal wins scoring in 2:01 - $10.00 for owner and longtime Monticello Raceway patron Adam Friedland. Grand Priority gave Stratton the driving triple who scored from post 3, in the 7th race, the Nicholas Devita trainee won his 7 win of the season in 1:56.2 - $4.60, the Western Ideal gelding broke the $100,000 mark in lifetime earnings. Cory is currently in 8th place for leading dash winner drivers at Monticello Raceway with 66 wins and is within striking distance of overtaking Brandon Parker and John Desimone Jr. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

MONTICELLO, NY - The seventh leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Fall harness racing trotting series is now in the books after Alan Schwartz sat back off quick early fractions and then came on to pick up all the marbles and scored a 1-1/2 length triumph with his Ladys Big Stormont on a drizzly Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. With only five horses lined-up behind the starting gate Tony Ciuffetelli probably figured he could bottom-out the field when he put the pedal to the metal and sent Someway Same Hall immediately to the lead and cut speedy fractions of :28.1 and :57.2, open-lengths ahead of runner-up Ladys Big Stormont. "Actually Tony's decision to go for the lead worked out perfect for me," Schwartz said after the race. "Usually I have trouble keeping my horse in a hole but today I didn't have any, and when we closed the gap his horse was getting leg weary and mine was still strong" Trailing by nearly three lengths from the get-go when Ciuffetelli's trotter passed the three quarters in 1:27.3 Schwartz said felt he had a good shot of reeling him in. Ladys Big Stormont began closing the gap and when they turned for home only a length separated the two. "After we straightened for home I felt very confident that we'd end-up being the winner, " Schwartz admitted. "I could see at that point Tony's horse was beginning to labor and mine was still fresh." In mid-stretch Ladys Big Stormont began to ease to the front and then went on to a relatively easy victory over the rain-dampened racetrack. Someway Same Hall held second while Bobby Krivelin rallied Permanent Joy from far back to finish third. It was the eighth seasonal victory and the 44th career triumph for the altered son of Earl Of Stormont who paid $4.40 for win. He's owned and trained by his driver. And for Schwartz, it was his 12th driving victory of the year and the 620th of his illustrious amateur career. by John Manzi, for NAADA Series    

Monticello, NY - To find any 14-year horses racing these days is rare in harness racing, but on Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raeway in the 4th race there were three 14 year olds in the same race. At the finish line was Elias Joy first, the came, My Cool Breeze to be second and third was Crypto Man. All of them 14 years old. The winner Elias Joy notched his 12 win of the season for trainer Robert Lounsbury as he trotted to a 4 length victory in 2:00.4 and returned $2.60 to win with Hunter Oaks in the bike. The son of Floritas Hero is not showing any signs of slowing down this year, with 34 starts under his belt and over $27,000 in seasonal earnings. Elias Joy is in 4th place with the most wins at Monticello Raceway this year. The three aged trotting warriors have combined lifetime stats of 1008 starts, 125 wins and over $846,000 in earnings. Crypto Man was driven by Bruce Aldrich Jr. and is trained and owned by David Dziengiel, a son of Malabar Man is out of the top producer Nervey's Taurus. My Cool Breeze is trained by Dawn DeVaux and is owned by her daughter Nicole and was driven by Mike Merton. In the next race Mike Merton went down on the track when Volare TZ made a nasty break going into the first turn and was out of control, Merton sustained a broken collar bone. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

MONTICELLO, NY---Although it appeared that the six-horse NAADA Trot today (Thursday) at Monticello Raceway had an even- matched field, in reality when the harness racing event was contested the winner, Ladys Big Stormont, trotted off and hid from his competition and won the race by some 6-1/2 lengths in a time of 2:02 on the wet and windy afternoon over a track rated good. When the starter said go driver Alan Schwartz hustled his charge for the lead and they showed by the first quarter in a soft :29.4. "When we left out of there I really wanted to follow Faraldo (with Tough Get Going) and settle in behind him but when his horse made a break before the start I decided to go to the front and was pleased that we got a soft (first) quarter" Schwartz said. Once comfortably on top Schwartz was able to control the fractions and he and his trotter cruised by the half in 1:01.2 as Joe Pennacchio had Cheeky Little Minx tight on his back. But as they headed for the three quarters Ladys Big Stormont began to draw off by some 3-1/2 lengths and from there the only thing in doubt would be the margin of victory. In mid-stretch Paul Minore and Six Bax rallied for second money while Cheeky Little Miss faded and finished third. It was the sixth seasonal triumph and the 42nd career victory for the 8-year old altered so of Earl Of Stormont which raised his lifetime earnings to over $334,000. Lady Big Stormont is owned and trained by his driver. Sent off as the favorite in the race he paid $3.80 for win. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

Monticello, NY - On Wednesday afternoon October 16, harness racing driver Jim Taggart Jr won 4 races on a soggy afternoon at the famed Catskill Mountains oval. Taggart wasted no time in getting on the board as he scored a 2 length victory in the first race with Needles And Pins in 1:57.3 ($2.90) for trainer Anthony Regina, giving the aged mare by Village Jove her 7th win of the year. Next up in race 6 was Coco Hall in 2:01.1 ($3.50) owned by Brenda Messenger and Scott Woogen for trainer Gary Messenger, the 5-year-old Amigo Hall mare has won 4 of her last 6 outings. Keystone Honor gave Taggart his 3rd win, the Dennis Laterza trained son of Bettors Delight won by 5 lengths in 1:57.2 and returned $10.60. In the last race is was Angelic Speed in 2:04.1 ($2.20) the win gave Gary Messenger a training double on the card. The four wins on the card helped Taggart boost his seasonal win tally to 198 wins for the year, gaining ground on leading dash winner Michael Merton with 207. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Yonkers, NY – Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, made a stop at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night (Oct 10) for two short-field trotting divisions and when the judges hung the official signs two youthful newcomers each emerged victorious in their respective splits. “Terrific Tyler” Miller scored an impressive 1:56.4 triumph with Inukchuk Chuck while Melissa “Missey” Arbia reined Finnick Odair home first in 2:01.3 for her maiden victory. With short fields usually the most advantageous position is to be on the front-end and Miller knew that so he fired Inukchuk Chuck to the lead from post five and although it took a :27.4 quarter for them to get there once on top Inukchuk Chuck knew just what to do for the veteran gelding recently had strung together four previous victories. Miller's charge led his company by the half in 58.4 and from there the only thing in doubt was the margin of victory which turned out to be 2-1/2 lengths over “Joltin' Joe” Pennacchio's, Super Manning. Dave “the Rave” Offenberg took home the show dough with Fiji. Ms Arbia obviously felt she had the best horse in the race so she sent Finnick Odair to the lead from post five and they got there in a relatively soft :29.4 While marching to the half Mike “the Tyke”Polansky went first-up with Noble Warrawee and they got alongside Finnick Odair at the threequarters but in the lane Polansky's trotter tired and faded which allowed room for Annie “Get Your Gun” Stoebe to rally March Madness home for second money making it yet another time where the ladies finished first and second in a Billings trot. Third place went to Muzzy's Muscles in rein to Billings president, Tony “the Capo” Verruso. NAADA action at Monticello Raceway Monticello, NY-- A very confident Robert Hechkoff sent Five Towns to the lead when the gate folded and the veteran trotter made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:59.4 victory in the fourth leg of the NAADA Trotting Series at the Mighty M on Thursday afternoon. Sent off as the favorite from the four-hole Five Towns was joined on the first turn by Ladys Big Stormont (Alan Schwartz) and to Schwartz's dismay Hechkoff played hardball and wouldn't allow his trotter to take command. "My horse leaves good so I wanted the front-end and I tried to make a hole for Schwartz behind me but that didn't work out so he was left out in the fresh air," Hechkoff explained. They raced as a team by the first stanza in :29.1 and Hechkoff kept the pedal to the metal and kept Schwartz on the limb as they trotted by the halfway point in :58.1. When the leaders headed for the three quarters Ladys Big Stormont was still second but the overland route was taking its toll and the veteran trotter tired. That allowed Joe Pennacchio and Cheeky Little Minx a shot at he leader when they rounded the final turn but Five Towns was too much for his competition and rambled home a 1-1/4 length winner over Pennacchio's charge. Six Bax finished third for Tony Verruso. "He can leave fast or he can follow. He's just a nice old horse and a real pleasure to drive." Hechkoff said about Five Towns A 10-year-old Andover Hall gelding, Five Towns notched his seventh seasonal victory and raised his yearly earnings to over $51,000. He is owned by Hechkoff's, RBH Ventures, and Spagnola Racing. Sent off as the favorite in the race, Five Towns paid $5.50 by John Manzi, for the Billings and NAADA Series  

Monticello, NY - The weather may have been damp and rainy on Monday October 7, but Greg Merton was hot as he won four races out of the eight race program over a sloppy track. Ginger Spice ($3.30) would start the afternoons quartet in Race 4, starting from post position 5, the Tinted Cloud mare scored a wire to wire win in 1:58, with a 5 length winning margin. Julio's Girl ($4.60) won the following race in 1:57.2 for her 5th win of the season. Ginger Spice and Julio's Girl are trained by Nick Surick. Miss Bling ($4.70) would account for win 3 on the afternoon, the 6-year-old I'm Gorgeous mare won in 1:59.3 for leading Monticello Raceway trainer Jim Doherty Jr. Hurrikane Shorty ($3.00) would complete the 4 bagger in the last race from post position 6, the win gave Nick Surick a training triple on the afternoon. With the 4 wins on the card Greg Merton in now in 10th position for leading dash wining drivers, his brother Mike leads the pack with 204 wins by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY -  Monticello Raceway held the 3rd Annual Elizabeth Miller Memorial on Wednesday afternoon  Elizabeth was the matriarch of the prominent Miller clan of New Berlin NY who have raced in central NY for decades. Elizabeth was active for many years at the Otsego County Fair and served as secretary of the New York Sire Stakes as well as tending the family's dairy farm and harness racing operation. The memorial race was a RUS (Racing Under Saddle) event with 4 horses going in behind the gate. As the gate sprung RCS Ready PP3 (Hillary Hartnett) and Funny Photo PP4 (Sophie Engerran) trotted in tandem and went stride for stride with each other with RCS Ready cutting the mile with Funny Photo parked on the outside. The duo passed the quarter in 30.2 and the half in 1:01. RCS Ready began to tire going into the clubhouse turn the second time, but the fit Funny Photo had plenty left in reserve despite being parked to the half. Sophie Engerran keep the 10-year-old son of Classic Photo on the bit and had 4 lengths on the pack when she reached the ¾ marker in 1:34. Their lead continued to increase coming down the stretch and won in 2:06.4 by 10 lengths, trotting the last quarter in 32.4. Railroad Lane (Cathy Gearwar) rallied in the lane to finish second, with RCS Ready 3rd. Funny Photo is also trained by Sophie Engerran and is owned by Enge Training Stable LLC of Stillwater NY. Jim Taggart Jr. dominated the harness racing card Wednesday winning five races on the afternoon, four of the victories came in consecutive races. The win streak started in the second half of the early daily double in race 2 aboard Road Untraveled from the rail, the Dave Dziengiel trained son of the recently deceased Stallion Grimfromeartoear notched his 9 win of the year, scoring in 1:57 ($3.80) Natalie Hanover was up next from post position 6, she worked hard to make the front end but once she did, she cruised to a win in 1:59 ($4.90) Needles And Pins also started from the rail had a similar trip as Natalie Hanover and scored in 1:58 ($5.00), the 11 year old gelding by Village Jove scored his 5th seasonal win for trainer Anthony Regina. Race 5 saw Lightupbullville bull his way to the front end and never looked back, scoring an easy 7 length win and the fastest mile of the day in 1:56.3 ($2.80) for longtime Monticello Raceway trainer Murray Bassen for owners Gray Thunder II Stables of New Rochelle NY. After a brief 2 race hiatus, he scored with former Monticello Raceway Horse of the Year Warrawee Preferred, the 8-year-old gelded son of Federal Flex is trained by Gary Messenger and won it 1:57.3 ($4.00) and is on the cusp to eclipse over $225,000 in lifetime earnings. The 49-year-old Taggart currently is in second place in the Monticello driver's colony with 184 wins, trailing leader Michael Merton with 203 wins, rounding out the top 3 leading dash winners is Austin Siegelman with 143. For full race results and entries click here.  by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY--It was a tough day for racing at Monticello Raceway with the pouring rain and the muddy track, still business went on as usual. Six members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association battled for supremacy and when the judges posted the official order of finish Alan Schwartz and his old warhorse Ladys Big Stormont emerged victorious by a head in 2:02.1 over Five Towns and driver Bob Hechkoff. After starting from post five Schwartz angled his charge to the pylons and settled in fourth position as Bob Hechkoff gunned Five Towns to the lead and they had three lengths on their competition as they passed the first stanza. "Ladys Big Stormont isn't really comfortable in a hole so I moved him first-up as we headed to the half but we were still some five lengths off Hechkoff's,lead," Schwartz related. "But my horse kept grinding and we finally got alongside Five Towns as we rounded the final turn. From there we were head-to-head all the way to the finish line but my horse got up in the final strides to win it by a head." Although they had a two-hole trip from the get-go, Chapter And Ruth, and driver Tony Ciuffetell Jr.had to settle for third money. Send off at odds of nearly 4-1, Ladys Big Stormont paid $9.80. And for Schwartz, a former Amateur Driver of the Year, it was his 10th seasonal triumph and the 618th of his amateur career. By John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

Monticello, NY -  - Monticello Raceway concluded its 2019 New York Sire Stakes harness racing program with the New York County Fair Finals on Thursday September 5 with 8 divisions each worth $10,000 on the 10 race card. 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies The heavy 3/5 favorite Comaway With Me got the lead past the ¼ marker in 31.0 after a brief tussle with Notoutofthewoods made the lead. Comaway With Me cut the rest of the mile and had a 3 length lead in the middle of the stretch before rolling off her feet and made a break. Notoutofthewoods inherited the lead and won by 5 lengths over Im A Chole and Don't Call Me Crazy in 2:04.1. It was the 4th win of the season for the daughter of Prayer I Am - Edge of the Woods, in the process she earned a new lifetime mark. She was driven by Mark Whitcroft for trainer and owner Cheryl Whitcroft. 2 Year Old Trotting Colts Discus Hanover (Credit Winner - Dancing Flames) came into the race with a 6 race win streak competing in both the Excelsior B class and the County Fairs during the summer. The 1/5 favorite went to the front and never looked back after cutting fractions of 30, 1:00.3, 1:31.2 to draw off by 15 lengths to win in 2:01.4. Step Forward finished second followed by Simonthediamond. Former Monticello Raceway Dash winner Jim Devaux was in the sulky for owners Philip Hale and David Dewhurst. It was the 10th win of the year for Discus Hanover in 13 starts. 2 Year Old Pacing Fillies Xenias Chip started from the rail in the 8 horse field, Greg Merton hustled the robust offspring of Heston Blue Chip - Xenia Hanover to the front and cruised to an easy 6 lengths win over KJ Natalia and Roll On The Odds. Xenias Chip scored her 4th win of the years for owner Keith Pinkowski and trainer Jim Graham. Time for the mile was 1:59.2 and was a new lifetime mark for the winner. 2 Year Old Pacing Colts The favorite Art Nukem was first away from the starting gate from the 7 hole for driver Mike Simons, the duo cut the mile to the half in 58.3. The first to move past the half was Flow With Joe and driver Claude Huckabone Jr. they made the lead at the ¾ mile marker and began to skip away from the pack to win in 1:59. Flow With Joe (Roll With Joe - Hidden Play) is trained by Jody Weidman, he increase his impressive resume to 7 wins in 8 lifetime starts. 3 Year Old Trotting Fillies Tyler Buter rushed Lindy In The Sky away from the gate from post position 8 and reached that panel in 29.3, Reckless Image took the lead past the quarter pole and scored a wire to wire win in 2:02.1 over Lindy In The Sky and Smokin On By. Reckless Image is a daughter of Muscle Mass- Image Hall and won her 11th race of the season for David Dewhurst and Philip Hale, it was the 2nd win of the afternoon for the duo of Dewhurst and Hale and driver Jim Devaux. 3 Year Old Trotting Colts Going into the first turn 4 colts made breaks, Certify was able to steer clear of the commotion and eased his way to the front. Once on top he dictated the fractions of 29.3, 1:00,1:29.4 to win by 6 in 1:59.3. The gelded son of Credit Winner - Good Intentions earned his 9th win of the season, the win gave Tyler Buter a driving double on the card. Finishing second was Sanchez Rocks, followed by Okay. Certify is owned and trained by Earl Sauve. 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies Roll With Mimi made short work in her class as she notched an impressive 6 length victory in 1:56.4 over Pearlameri and Qing Oong Bluechip. The daughter of Roll With Joe - Dream of Mimi earned her 15th win of the season in 28 starts with earning of over $60,000 in her 3 year old campaign. Tyler Buter handled the driving chores for trainer Claude Huckabone Jr. and owners Robndot LTD and CL Huckabone. 3 Year Old Pacing Colts While the caulk prevailed for most of the day, Jericho Willie was the exception, sent off at odds of 18/1 starting from post 5, Joe Chindano Jr. choose the winning tactic of the day, catch me if you can, he scored a wire to wire to wire win in 1:57 and in the processed earned a new lifetime record. Jericho Willie a son of Rock N Roll Heaven - Taylorlane Diva is owned by Larry Stalbaum and was bred by Gary Smith, he paid $39.60 to win. Hestons Lucky Chip finished 2nd followed by Johnny Chimpo. Also on the race card was an RUS event which featured a 4 horse contest, the highly competitive race was won by Vanessa Karlewicz aboard Akhenton to win in 2:09.1, finishing second was Michelle Miller and Choke Hold followed by RC's Ready and Hilary Hartnett. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - The New York County Fair series offered harness racing at 20 different grassroots locations throughout the state this summer, with the first event at Afton on June 20. After a long and arduous summer and many miles driving to Fairs such as Sandy Creek, Malone, Palmyra, Dunkirk and others, all roads will converge on Monticello Raceway on Thursday September 5 as The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Finals will host 8 divisions, with each dash worth $10,000. Also on tap is the RUS Championship event will host of 4 riders, the RUS circuit consisted of 10 starts within the state coinciding with The New York Sire Stakes County Fairs. The event will go between the 2nd and 3rd race, they will race for $2,400 which will be split evenly between the 4 riders. Monticello Raceway and the Monticello Harness Horseman Association will be hosting a BBQ outside of the paddock during the afternoons races and is open to all participants. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

MONTICELLO, N.Y. - Horsemen are notified that, following the draw for the New York County Fair Finals on Tuesday, Sept. 3, driver changes must be received by the Race Office between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. of the same day. The box for the draw closes at 9 a.m. This quick turnaround time is to ensure adequate time for the track to finalize and print the program for the Finals on Sept. 5. Any questions should be directed to the Monticello Race Office at 845-794-4100 ext. 557. From the New York Sire Stakes  

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