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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  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) today posted final points totals for the 2019 County Fair Racing Series, which held its final leg of the harness racing season earlier this week in Tompkins County. The County Fair Finals will be hosted at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 5. Post time is 12:50 p.m. The NYSS has also posted Finals declaration and eligibility reminders for horsemen. Please take careful note of all information included here. Declarations close at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Horsemen are encouraged to enter horses even if they are not in the top eight point earners as the race secretary will go down the points list until the field is full. There will be no declaration fee for the Finals. Each of the eight finals carries a purse of $10,000 and the top eight point earners with at least five starts on the season qualify. A special non-wagering Racing Under Saddle (RUS) championship is also scheduled for race day featuring the top point-getters of 2019. Horsemen competing in the County Fair Finals on Sept. 5 will be treated to a barbeque in the paddock sponsored by Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association and Monticello Raceway. From the New York Sire Stakes

Monticello – The New York Sire Stakes concluded it 2019 Stakes harness racing schedule for the year at Monticello Raceway as 2 year old trotting colts pulled down the curtain.  A track record was equaled and Jason Bartlett won 4 of the 8 races on the afternoon. In the first heat of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $51,000 saw 5 trotters go to post, Bourbon Express left first from post position 3 and had 5 lengths on the field after an opening quarter of 29.2, Bartlett then applied the brakes with a second quarter of 31.2 and reached the half in 1:00.4 with Chaptiama (Smedshammer) and Sky Castle (Charlie Norris) in tow.  Bourbon Express still had 2 lengths on the pack as they passed the ¾ pole in 1:30.4, he extended the lead to 3 lengths at the top of the stretch.  Pocket sitter Chapiama unleashes a 28.4 last quester to close the gap on Bourbon Express who won by a neck in 2:00.0.  It was the 3rd Sire Stake win of the season for Bourbon Express who upped his seasonal earnings to over $103,000.  The son of RC Royalty was driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Jessica Okusko and owners Salvatore Vulio, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko.  The win for Bartlett was to be his first of 4 on the afternoon. Bourbon Express                                        --Geri Schwarz photo In the second division worth $52,000, the 1/5 heavy betting favorite Barn Holden started from post 5 in the 6 field was content to let co favorite Berkery J cut the mile. Berkery J tripped the timers in 28.3, 59, 1:28.4 and scored a wire to wire win and equaled the track of 1:58 with a last quarter of 28.3   The well bred son of Chapter Seven – Southwind Catlin, was a $205,000 yearling purchase for owner Ken Jacobs and is trained by George Ducharme.   The win was a new lifetime mark for Berkery J who won a NYSS earlier in the year at Yonkers.  Hobbs (Greg Merton) finished 2nd followed by Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who was 3rd. 2 divisions of the Excelsior A class saw Clear Sailing (Credit Winner – Let-Er-Rumble) earn his maiden win for Dan Daley after sitting the pocket behind the favorite Book Seven, he scored in 2:00. Conquest AS (Conway Hall – Cordele AS) was not deterred by post 7, as the Anette Lorentzon pupil lead every set of the way, winning in 2:00 for his first lifetime win with Jason Barlett  the helm. In Excelsior B action, Crazy For CJ (Crazed - Godiva Linda) extended his win streak to 5 in a row for owners Chasing Dreams Stable of Victor NY, the son of Crazed is trained and driven by Claude Huckabone, he won in 2:01.3 and paid $2.90 to win.  Discus Hanover extended his win streak to 6 in a row, the son of Credit Winner – Dancing Flames has been dominant in the County Fair Circuit won his division in 2:03.1 with the Jason Bartlett in the bike   Shawn Wiles

MONTICELLO, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Finals will be hosted at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 5. Post time is 12:50 p.m. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the draw for the harness racing finals will be held at Monticello on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The box closes at 9:00 a.m. Each of the eight finals carries a purse of $10,000 and the top eight point earners with at least five starts on the season qualify. Horsemen are encouraged to enter horses even if they are not in the top eight point earners as the race secretary will go down the points list until the field is full. Horses that have been racing in the fairs and hope to enter the finals are strongly encouraged to get a charted line now, instead of waiting until the final points are tallied. In addition to having at least five starts in the County Fair Series, horsemen must also possess an official satisfactory charted performance line within 45 days of declaration. A special non-wagering Racing Under Saddle (RUS) championship is also scheduled for race day featuring the top point-getters of 2019. RUS NY was formed in 2014 to increase interest in Standardbred racing and showcase the versatility of the Standardbred breed. The series received a $7,500 grant for initial purse money provided by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Series continues to be a vital part of our state-bred program, providing young horses with an opportunity to race while introducing harness racing to new audiences," said M. Kelly Young, executive director of the Fund. "These finals are a showcase of the people and horses who excelled this summer on the county fair racing circuit and we congratulate all on a successful season." New York Harness Horse Breeders will be sponsoring the traditional horseman's barbeque in the paddock on the day of finals. From the New York Sire Stakes

Monticello, NY - The last leg of New York Sire Stakes will take place on Monday August 19 as 2 Year Old Trotting Colts close out the harness racing stakes season. 2 divisions of Sire Stakes ($51,000 each) are featured on the 8 race card. While this may be the last Sire Stakes of the season it may be one of the better fields, as it features former and current Batavia Downs track record holders Bourbon Express and Barn Holder. Race 1 on the card is the first heat of Sire Stakes action, Bourbon Express has been installed the 4/5 favorite. He won his recent Sire Stakes at Batavia Down and set the track record in 1:57.3, before the ink was dry Barn Holden lowered it by 2/5 of a second, he also scored in the same company in Buffalo Raceway. Bourbon Express will start from post 3 in the short field of 5 with regular driver Jason Bartlett for trainer Jessica Okusko. The son of RC Royalty - Kasha has earned over $78,000 and been on the board in every start for owners Salavtore Vulio, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko. Beerthirty K will start from the rail, the Bruce Borden trained son of Credit Winner, took his lifetime mark of 1:58 at Yonkers in a NYSS win, defeating Bourbon Express in the process. Leading point earner Barn Holden will start from post position 5 for trainer Steve "Barn" Pratt. The son of Conway Hall - Barn Babe has won 3 Sire Stakes event thus far in his freshman campaign, the wins coming at Yonkers, Vernon Down and he set the track record at Batavia Downs in his last start in an 8¾ length romp in 1:57.1. Andy Miller will drive the $45,000 Morrisville yearling for owners Steve & Nancy Pratt, Purple Haze and Out In The Country Stable, Barn Holden has earned $90,000 in 5 starts. DR Ackerman and Tompkins Stakes winner Saylor will start form outside post 6. Berkery J (PP4) won a division of Sire Stakes early in the season of Yonkers, the son of Chapter Seven is trained by George Ducharme for owner Ken Jacobs $205,000 yearling purchase. The current Monticello Raceway track record is 1:58 set by former 2 YOTC of the year Fourth Dimension, if the weather man cooperates that record may be in jeopardy on Monday. The Excelsior series each has 2 divisions, the A class will be racing for purse of $15,000 per heat and the B heats will vie for $6,600 in each heat. Post time is 12:50 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY  - On Monday August 12 Monticello Raceway and the New York Sire Stakes program featured 2-year-old harness racing trotting filly's. The 7 race card featured 2 divisions of Sire Stakes each racing for a purse of $51,000, 3 splits of the Excelsior A group ($15,000) and 2 Excelsior B ($6,500) The first heat of Sire Stakes was a short 5 horse field, the 1/5 betting favorite Seventimesalady, a $132,000 yearling purchase started from the outside from post 5, 2 of the starters made miscues in the middle of the first turn, after the early commotion Seventimesalady made the front and was uncontested through the mile, cutting fractions of 29.3,59.2, 1:29.2 and uncorking a last quarter of 28.4 to score an easy 5 length victory in 1:58.1. Ake Svanstedt trains,drives and co owns Seventimesalady, a daughter of Chapter Seven - Ava Marion, she picked up her 3rd consecutive NYSS win for owners Ake Svanstedt, Little E, Knutsson Trotting and L. Berg. The pocket sitting Flotus finished second followed by Illdoitmyself. Race 7 for the final heat of Sire Stakes and again it was Team Svanstedt who scored with Miss Jubilation who started from Post 4 and was part of the Svanstedt entry with Destiny Blue Chip, the Chapter Seven - Seven Blue Muscles lass scored a wire to wire win in 1:58.4 over Sorprese (Dan Daley)and Destiny Blue Chip - Charlie Norris. Miss Jubilation earned her 2nd Sire Stake victory of the year for owners Ake Svanstedt, Little E, Triple Play Trotters & Stolz Geiger. Excelsior A winners were C And T's Credit (Credit Winner - Love to Flaunt) who picked up her second consecutive win in this company in 2:01 for trainer John Stark. Dan Daley scored with the longest shot on the board at 25-1 with Lady Jeter (Muscles Yankee - Salt Hill Brigid) who picked up her maiden win in 2:00.3. Nasty Gal (Conway Hall - Dreama Littledream) scored in 2:00.2 for Vernon Down based horseman Gate Brunet. The combination of driver Michael Merton and trainer Dale Lawton garnered both heats of the Excelsior B with Dogs of War (Conway Hall - Extreme Balance) scored in 2:03.1 and returned $5.40, Some Crazy Fool (Crazed - Someway) won in in 2:02.2 The next leg of NY Sire Stakes is next Monday August 19 when 2 Year Old Trotting Colts come to town, post time is 12:50. By, Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY--Two different events for amateur drivers were featured on the eight-race card at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, Aug 8 and when the judges declared each official, Tony "the Capo" Verruso was victorious with Six Bax in a 1:58.4 mile in the Billings trot while Paul Minore copped the NAADA Trot with Warrawee Preferred in 1:59.4 The local driving colony at the Mighty M is always very cooperative in helping to fill these amateur races and today was no exception. And strangely, local horseman, Gary Messenger trained both winners and both happened to be owned by Dr Scott Woogen, an owner of many standardbreds as well as being an accomplished amateur driver. In the Billings trot Verruso sent Six Bax immediately to the lead from post two and they led their competitors by the first stanza in a swift :28.3 while parking out the favorite Someway Same Hall (Tony "Shifty" Ciuffetelli, Jr.). With Six Bax along the pylons and Someway Same Hall on the limb they trotted by the half in :57.4. Up the backside Someway Same Hall tired and "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio hustled Super Manning up alongside Six Bax and they raced as a team around the final turn. "My horse was rough in the turns and Pennacchio kept the pressure us but once we straightened for home Six Bax flattened out and we opened a short lead which held all the way to the wire,"Verruso explained. At the wire Six Bax was length winner over Pennacchio's trotter. Tough Get Goings garnered the show dough for Smokin' Joe" Faraldo Six Bax paid $5.80 for win. In the NAADA Trot Minore started from post two and Warrawee Preffered had an exceptionally easy two-hole journey while following Joe Pennacchio with Cheeky Little Miss. They raced one-two all the way to the top of the stretch where Minore angled his trotterout to challenge the leader and in the deep stretch Warrawee Preferrede went on to an easy one length victory. "I was little more than as passenger as my horse, an 8-year old, knew just what to do when we followed the leader to the top of the lane" Minore said. "And when I moved him out to challenge he trotted around the leader and away to an easy victory," Minore said.. Monica Banca finished third with Master of Excuses Sent off as the odds-on favorite Warrawee Preferred paid $3.80. by John Manzi, for both the Billings and NAADA

Monticello, NY-- The final two races in the Italy vs NAADA Friendship Competition were contested at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 6) and when the shouting was over NAADA's Alan Schwartz and Chris Doherty each emerged victorious in their respective splits; Schwartz won his with We're Gonna Rock in 2:01.2 while Doherty copped his division with Machmemackie in 2:00.1. It was the first time that NAADA has swept all four races in an international competition on American soil. Perhaps that both races were for pacers gave NAADA an advantage since only trotting events are contested in Italy. Sent off as the 3-5 betting favorite Schwartz decided to find a hole when the gate sprung and he did in fifth position along the pylons, a position he held until he moved first up at the half as Monica Banca showed the way with Ryan's Mistress. It wasn't until they reached the three quarters that We're Gonna Rock had the leader in sight. When they headed for home Schwartz only tapped the wheel discs and shouted at his steed and little-by-little We're Gonna Rock began gaining ground on Ryan's Mistress. And at the wire it took a photo to determine that Schwartz's charge was victorious by a head as Italy's Enrico Colombino garnered the show dough with Local Art. The winner, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare is owned by Twin Bridge Racing and trained by Frank Yanoti. She paid $3.30 for win. Young Christopher Doherty was joyous after his victory with Machmemacki. And he should have been, after all, it was is first driving victory this year and only the third of his fledgling career. "We got off to a good start, and with some confusion behind, me we had a four-length lead at the quarter," Doherty related. "But we were never in any trouble through out the entire mile." Even when Relentless Dreamer, driven by Italy's Michele Bechis, looked Machmemackie in the eye at the three quarters Doherty said he still had plenty of horse which proved correct when, on the final turn Doherty's charge began to draw away from his challengers and went on to a 2-1/2 length victory over Relentless Dreamer. Despite a covered two-hole trip the entire way in the deep stretch Yankee Devil in rein to Enrico Colombino, could do no better than a third place finish. A recent purchase by Jim Doherty Jr and John Santini and trained by Doherty, Machmemacki paid $8.10 to win. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Monticello, NY - Wednesday July 31, was a day that Patrick Beeler won't soon forget, as he drove 4 winners on the 10 race card. His new nickname tomorrow may be "Boxcar" as 2 of his winners paid over $65.00. In the 3rd race he won with Local Art, he was the second longest shot on the board and paid $67.50 to win for trainer Joseph Beagell. He outdid himself in the 5th race when he scored with Justa Rebel in 2:01.4 and returned $75.50 win, it was only the second win of the season for Justa Rebel. Mr. Ridgetaker, an 11 year old gelding by Tom Ridge, trained by Dawn Devaux would account for his 3rd winning drive following his win in 2:00. In the 8th race it was Hidden Identity who started from post position 4 to score in 2:01 and paid $16.20 and gave trainer Dawn Devaux a training double on the afternoon. Patrick Beeler is in 10th place in the driver's colony for leading dash winners, Michael Merton leads the way with 163 wins, Jim Taggart Jr. is second with 146 and Austin Siegelman rounds out the top 3 win 143 trips to the winner's circle. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY  - Racing for the largest single purse since 2017, Monticello Raceway had 1 division of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $118,800 and 7 heats of Excelsior races on Monday afternoon.. Jim Morrill Jr. had just driven Market Bre to victory in the second race, then after the winner circle presentation Morrill said "I'll be back in an hour for the that Sire Stake blanket." As the starter picked up the field of 8 Sire Stakes a sudden burst of rain began, Quincy Blue Chip the 1/5 favorite, started from post position 2,  and she led from start to finish, cutting fractions of 28.4,59.0, 1:27.4 to win in 1:56.2, a 1/5 of a second off the track record, (LQ 28.3). Finishing second was the pocket sitter Sensibility, Winndevie was third. Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven - Sirenuse) earned her 6th win of the season and her third Sire Stake win and has seasonal earning of $274,000 in 10 starts. She is owned by Barbara & James Boese of Milton Delaware and trainer Richard Banca of Otisville NY. During the winner circle presentation, the rain had stopped and Morrill quipped "I told you I was coming back for that Blanket!" In Excelsior Action, the winners were Hana Dreamgirl 1:59.3- Jason Bartlett / Market Bre 2:01.1 - Jim Morrill Jr. / Crystalline 1:58.2 Scott Zeron / Muscle N Beauty 2:01 - Bruce Aldrich Jr. / Summertime Fever 2:00.1 Jim Taggart Jr. and Marcella Bella 2:02.1 - Bruce Aldrich. Jim Morrill Jr. has a driving double on the card, George Ducharme had a training double. Local reinsman Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Jim Taggart Jr also each had Excelsior driving wins. Chapter Seven lead the way with 3 daughters entering the winners circle. The next stop for the Sire Stake at Monticello Raceway Is on Monday August 12, as 2 year old trotting fillies come to town. By Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello - The number 1 & 2 point earners for harness racing 3 Year Old Trotting Fillies will square off in a NYSS event at Monticello Raceway on Monday July 29. Winndevie and Quincy Blue Chip will compete in the solo split of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $118,800. Quincy Blue Chip (PP2) will have her regular driver Jim Morrill Jr. she recently changed barns and is now trained by part owner Richard Banca and co-owners Barbara and Jim Boese of Milton DE. The Chapter Seven lass was the winner of the elimination and final of the Empire Breeders Classic earlier this year at Vernon Downs, she has also earned NYSS victories at Saratoga and Vernon Downs. She has earned over $215,000 thus far this season and has a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 Leading point earner Winndevie leads the way with 150 points, the Credit Winner - Vida De Vie filly was last year's Champion 2 year old filly by virtue of her win in the Night Of Champions, she only been out of the money once this year season. Winndevie has won Sire Stakes events this year at Buffalo Raceway and Yonkers and a pair of place performance at Tioga Downs and Saratoga Raceway. She will start from post position 6, trainer Trond Smedshammer has elected to have Jason Bartlett drive the filly for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC of Fairport, NY. Amal Hall (Credit Winner - Arabella Hall) will score from post position 4, the Julie Miller trainee will be driven by Andy Miller, her slate includes 2 wins in Excelsior A Class and a win in the Empire Breeder Classic elimination. Stella Jane (Crazed - Naughty Nana) will start from post 5 for owners Crawford farms Racing of Syracuse NY, she earned her lifetime mark of 1:55.3 in a Sire Stakes event this summer at Tioga Downs, Cory Callahan will be driving the John Butenschoen trainee. Also on the card are 3 divisions of Excelsior A class ($15,000) and 3 heats of Excelsior B ($6,600) Post time is 12:50 for the 8 race card. By: Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - Meghan Lynn and Sulky Queen both took home their respective harness racing divisions of Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on Monday July 15. Meghan Lynn was content to sit in fourth for the entire mile, as DD Delicious cut the mile, 27.1,57,1:26.1 just before the ¾ pole Meghan Lynn moved off the rail to swoop the field in a flash, in the paddock turn she made a quick bobble but was able to stay on gait to win by a length in 1:54.3 over DD Delicious and Chase You. Meghan Lynn is by American Ideal - Ladyotra, she is trained by Jenn Bongiorno and was driven to victory by Joe Bongiorno for owner Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. It was her first Sire Stakes win of the season and earned a new lifetime mark in the process. Meghan Lynn                              -- Geri Schwarz photo In the second heat of Sire Stakes, racing for a purse of $56,500, Brooklyn Lilacs left strong from post 5 in the 5-horse race and tripped the timers in 27.4,55.0, 1:24.3. The eventual race winner got away last and was the first to move down the back side and grinded out a 4 length win over JK American Beauty and So Awesome. Sulky Queen, a bay filly Rock N Roll Heaven - Native Bride extended her win streak to 4, she had won 3 in a row in Excelsior B company. The win gave Matt Kakaley a driving double on the afternoon card. In Excelsior A action, Fool Me Again with Matt Kakaley scored in 1:54.2, Topville Angelina (Jason Bartlett) won in 1:55, the lone Excelsior B race went to Roll With Mimi in 1:57.4.   By: Shawn Wiles

New York Sire Stakes program returns to Monticello Raceway on Monday July 15 as 3 -Year Old Pacing Fillies takes the stage, this is the 5th of the 8 leg harness racing series of the New York Sire Stakes program, 4 of the 5 top point earners for this age, sex and gait are in to go, missing is the #1-point leader and earner, Zero Tolerance who is racing Saturday at the Meadowlands in the Mistletoe Shalee. On tap are 2 divisions of Sire Stakes, each vying for a purse of $56,500, each dash is a 5 horse field, the first dash is race 2 on the program, DD Delicious (PP2) a bay filly by Art Major is trained by Travis Alexander, Matt Kakaley to drive. She won a division of Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs where she scored in 1:54.2, she has picked up a check in every start this year. DD Delicious is 3rd in the point standings. Chase You (PP5) makes the jump from the Excelsior A class, the American Ideal filly has dominated that division and won 3 in that class, she has earned $81,550 thus far this season. Chase You is trained by Michelle Crawford for owner Ted Cupp of Ovid NY, Scott Zeron will drive. Meghan Lynn (Joe Bongiorno) will score from post 4, Jenn Bongiorno trains the American Ideal filly for owner Crawford Farms. So Awesome (PP3) is second in the point standings with 137 points and will look to close the gap on leader Zero Tolerance with 150 points. So Awesome finished 2nd last year in the NYSS Final at Yonkers last fall, she has not finished off the board this year, her slate includes 1 win, 3 place finishes and 1 show performance in this class. Tyler Buter will drive the So Surreal filly; she is trained by Scott Dimonenico. JK American Beauty (American Ideal) will start from the rail for trainer Nancy Johansson, she took her lifetime mark of 1:51 at the Big M. She won a Sire Stake heat at Buffalo Raceway in 1:54 she is owned by 3 Brothers Stable of New York NY. Also, on the card are 2 divisions of Excelsior A - ($15,000) and a lone heat of the Excelsior B ($6,800) Post time for the 8 race card is 12:50pm   By: Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY--Amateur harness racing was the order of the day at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (July 11) when a NAADA trot and a Billings trot was joined on the betting card by a pace in the GSY Series. When the 10-race card was completed Dave Offenberg copped the NAADA trot with Fiji in a time of 2:00.4 while "Hurricane Hannah" Miller's Jacks To Open hung on for a head triumph in 2:00.1. And making its first appearance at the Mighty M was a GSY Series pace which saw Monica Banca hustle Macherati to an easy 1:57 victory. In the NAADA trot Offenerg's Fiji went an outstanding mile, never seeing the pylons and then rallying in the lane to a head victory over Joe Faraldo's Tough Get Going who cut all the early fractions. Cheeky Little Minx finished third for Joe Pennacchio. "Being parked the entire mile is an auspicious way to win a race but I'll take it," Offenberg said as he handed the lines to the horses caretaker. "When I couldn't make the top I just sat still out there on the limb and I was so pleasantly surprised that when we rounded the final turn Fiji was still on the bit and we got up in the final strides to collar Joe's horse." Owned by Offenberg's Allister Stables, Fiji a 6-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, trained by Eric Abbatiello, paid $4.80 for win. "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, a former two time National Amateur Driver of the Year who recently only drives part-time, showed that she hasn't lost a step when she used the front-end route and late urging to score a tight victory over a hard-charging Broadway Bruiser and driver "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello. Third place went to Blazin Delores, driven by "Annie Get Your Gun" Stoebe.                                                                                               -- Geri Schwartz photo "I had to use him a bit to make the front from the five-hole but once we passed the quarter in :29.1 we breezed through even fractions fractions. But in the deep stretch his stride shortened and I had to get after him a bit and he responded and hung-on for a head victory," Miller said referring to the mile that Jacks To Open went today. Sent off as the favorite Jacks To Open, a 9-year-old Conway Hall gelding returned a $3.80 mutuel. He's owned by his driver and the Nick Surick Stable.   by John Manzi for NAADA and the Billings Series  

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