Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 1946
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

The final leg of the 2018 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) took place on a rainy, cold afternoon at Monticello Raceway on Monday September 10. Only 7 freshman fillies were entered in the New York Sire Stakes event, the short but talented harness racing field raced for a purse of $108,300. In the middle of the first turn St Somewhere (Matt Kakaley) made a break, with Zero Tolerance inheriting the pocket. Ladybeluckytonite (James Devaux) peeled off fractions of 29.1, 58.4, 1:28.1, at the head of the lane Zero Tolerance bypassed the passing lane and went to the outside to clear pacesetter Ladybeluckytonite to win in 1:58.1, So Awesome (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second and Ladybeluckytonite garnered the show spot after cutting the mile. Zero Tolerance is a bay filly by Heston Blue Chip, she is trained by recent Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Hollaway and is owned by Val D'Or Farm and another 2019 Hall of Fame Class inductee, all around good guy Ted Gewertz. Zero Tolerance picked up her 2nd Sire Stakes event of the year, she has also won a heat of the Reynolds Stake and a division of the Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs. With the victory her earnings are now $144,000, her next stop will be the Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway on September 22. In the first Excelsior A dash ($15,000) James Devaux was first away from the gate and cut the fractions with Major Frost, the 1-5 favorite Boogie Roll (Tyler Buter) pulled first over at the ¾ marker but could not pass the stubborn Major Frost in the stretch. Major Force scored a wire to wire win in 2:00.2. The homebred son of Art Major is co-owned by co-breeder Jeffery Runch and is trained by Mark Harder. Heavens Challenge was second, followed by Chase You. In the second division of the A's saw Sun Visor work hard to get lead after being parked 3 wide down the backstretch going to the ¼, once on top the 20-1 longshot coasted home for David Miller, giving him a driving double in Sire Stakes Action. The Heston Blue Chip filly is trained by Scott Didomenico for owners Triple D Stables of Jamesburg NY, she picked up her 3rd Excelsior A win of the season. Time for the mile was 2:00.4. The lone Excelsior B ($6,800) saw Jason Bartlett lead from start to finish with Justabitofcharm to score a tight win over Irish Art (Kyle Dibeneddo) in 2:02.1, Chase You was 3rd. Kelly Hasting's did everything but drive her filly this afternoon as she is the Breeder - Owner and Trainer of Justabitofcharm, the Heston Blue Chip filly picked up her 6th Excelsior B event of the season and upped her seasonal tally to over $20,000 in purses. On the card James Devaux won 3 races, Bruce Aldrich Jr. along with David Miller each scored a driving double, Sire Heston Blue Chip had a banner day, as 3 of his offspring where winners on the card. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - With just seven two-year-old pacing fillies entered for the New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway Monday, they will race for the entire pot with a purse of $108,300. It will be quite a battle in the seventh race feature between Zero Tolerance (PP2) and So Awesome (PP5). Zero Tolerance, a daughter of Heston Blue Chip, is on a four-race winning streak for trainer Joe Holloway. She has won five of her six starts this year and her lone loss was by a neck. She has a record this year of 1:51.3 taken at Vernon Downs. David Miller is again in the sulky with Zero Tolerance. She is owned by Val D'Or Farms of Freehold, NJ and Ted Gewertz of NY. So Awesome will have Jim Morrill, Jr. in the bike as she has won three of her last four starts. Her loss coming at the hands of Zero Tolerance. Trained by Scott Di Domenico for owner William Hart of Carmel, Maine, So Awesome has yet to lose when racing on the lead and the So Surreal filly has a record of 1:53.3 at Saratoga Raceway. Another major contender in the race is ST Somewhere, who starts from the rail for driver Yannick Gingras. This American Ideal daughter has won three of her last five starts for trainer Ron Burke with a record of 1:52.2 at Tioga Downs. Her last two losses have come from both Zero Tolerance and So Awesome. Completing the field are Hurrikane Norakane (post three), Ladybeluckytonite (post four), Topville Angelina (post six) and Brooklyn Lilacs (post seven). There are two $15,000 Excelsior Series A divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies in the second and ninth races. Boogie Roll (post three) is the morning line favorite for driver Tyler Buter in the second race and is on a two-race winning streak for trainer Buzzy Sholty. She takes on Major Frost (post one) and Joe's Girl (post two). In the ninth race, Siesta Beach (post two) is the favorite for driver Jim Morrill, Jr. and two starts back scored a lifetime mark of 1:55.1. The daughter of American Ideal goes against Under The Hood (post one) and return winner Dorothy's Legacy (post eight). The race card also features one Excelsior Series B division in the fifth race where Justabitofcharm looms over the field. The Heston Blue Chip filly has won five of her last six starts, the fastest in 1:54.4 at Vernon Downs. She will be driven by Jason Bartlett for owner, trainer and breeder, Kelly Hastings of Columbus, NJ. First race post time Monday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.monticelloraceway.com. By Steve Wolf, for Monticello Raceway

On Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway in conjunction with the New York County Fair Finals, the final of RUS Series was conducted. This marks the 5th year that the RUS has held their unique events, over the course of the summer 8 RUS events were held through the state. The RUS fair series is sponsored by the NYSS and Agricultural and New York Breeding Development Fund via a $5,000 grant, Monticello Raceway & The Monticello Harness Horseman's Association donated $2,500 towards the $3,500 purse. A field of 7 trotters went behind the gate monte style, Funny Photo and Sophie Engerran lead from start to finish and establish a new track record 2:02.4 in the process to win by 18 lengths, trotting home in 30:3. Funny Photo is owned, trained and ridden by Sophie Engerran. Flowing James (Vanessa Karlewicz) finished 2nd followed by Armbro Hall (Cathy Gearwar) Event organizer Michelle Miller could not have been happier after the race, "I am so proud of the girls today, it has been challenging the last few years to organize the event, but on days like today, it is all worth it! The quality of the riders continues to improve" said Miller. "We have been very fortunate to have partnered with Monticello Raceway who have been extremely gracious to our event since its inception. We would also like to thank all the many sponsors that have been so generous to us, "The Meadowlands, Vernon Down Tioga Downs, Batavia Downs, The Mark Ford Stable, Advantage Edge Equine, Morrisville State College, Triple Crown, Pure Country Campgrounds in New Berlin NY, T&K Harrington LLC, The Equine Tax Group, Preserving Gods Creation Taxidermy and Early Owego Antique Center." The High Point Rider Award was presented to Vanessa Karlewicz for earning the most points throughout the series. This year's prize was donated by Carharts Harness Shop and the Feed and Pet Supply in Vernon NY. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

As Labor Day represents the end of summer, so do the Finals of The NYSS County Fair's that were held at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon September 6. The New York County Fair circuit kicked off on a brutally hot Sunday in Goshen on July 2, the program raced 21 legs at various fair tracks throughout the state. The 12-race card had 8 County Fair Finals, 1 RUS (Racing Under Saddle) and 3 overnight events. 2-year-old pacing colts were first out of the box, TOK, (PP2 - $19.20) scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.1, earning a new lifetime mark. The son of Roll With Joe - Crystal De Vie is trained by Judith Blaun for owner John O Sixt. For driver Kevin Cummings it was his first of 3 winning drives on the afternoon. Good Luck Ginny (Lucky Chucky - Classical Ginny) cut an even rated mile from post position 2 to score in 2:00.1 for driver Jim Devaux in the 3-year-old trotting filly dash, the 1/9 favorite earned her 8 win of the season. She is trained by co-owner David Dewhurst and longtime owner and patron of the New York Sire Stakes program, Philip Hale. Jim Devaux scored his 2nd County Fair Final win with Royal Bahama in the 3-year Colt Trot, Devaux made his move at the ¾ pole and opened daylight on the rest of the field to draw off and win by 12 lengths in 2:01.1, for her 5th win of the year. The daughter of RC Royalty - Becca J is owned and trained by winning connection David Dewhurst and Philip Hale. The Sixth race featured 2-year-old trotting fillies, Behati left strong from the 2 hole and was on top of the field by 8 lengths at the ¼ in 29.4, her lead diminished slightly as she reached the half in 1:01.2 and had 5 on the field, down the backstretch Behati began to tire badly and Golden Gypsy became the new leader. As the field reached the paddock turn a tired Behati caused a traffic jam and pileup, 6 horses were affected, 3 horses were DNF and Behati fell on the track unseating driver Kyle Dibenedetto, who walked away unscathed. Golden Gypsy walked home to win by 18 lengths in the marred race in 2:07.2 for owner - trainer driver Gary Clark. The daughter of Ulay Boko - Uffra Girl earned her 7th win of the season. The 9/5 favorite Lily Hammer (Kevin Cummings) used the front end to her advantage as she coasted to an easy 9 length win in 1:59.2 in the 2 YOPF Final. The daughter of So Surreal - Jens Underdog picked up a new lifetime record for her 5th win of the season for owners North Creek Racing LLC, of East Amherst NY, Gerry Sarama was the trainer. In the 3 YOTF division, Precious Blue Chip was on top of the filed at every stanza, meanwhile Super Roll (PP6) took the overland route, at the ¾ pole he was 3 wide, he continued to grind it out to overtake pacesetter Precious Blue Chip in 1:59.1. The good-looking son of Roll with Joe - Calista is owned by Jerry Hoffman and trainer driver David Byer. The 3-year-old pacing filly class was won by Heavens Diva (PP4) her win gave Kevin Cummings a driving triple on the afternoon, a training double for Judith Blaun, and for owner John O Sixt it was his second winner of the day as their Rock N Roll Heaven lass scored in 1:58 - $2.80. The last event of the card was in the 10th race for 2-Year-Old Trotting Colts and Gelding saw Hereyago lead from start to finish for Owner - Trainer - Driver Robert Wittcop to score in 2:03.2. The impressive looking son of Muscle Mass - End of Innocence earned a new lifetime record in the process. The final leg of New York Sire Stakes will be held on Monday September 10 when 2-year-old pacing fillies close out the season. Going to post will be 1 division of Sire Stakes, racing for a purse of $108,300 and 2 divisions of the Excelsior A's $15,000 and a lone Excelsior B $6,800, post time is 12:50. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - In 2013 harness racing driver Austin Siegelman was awarded the Monticello - Goshen USHWA Rising Star Award, since then the young 26-year-old Siegelman notched his 1000 win at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon September 5. He started the day 998 wins, he won the 4th race with NY Whitesox, (1:56.1 - $6.90) and then came right back in the 5th to earn his first of many career milestones with KJ Brent, a 6 YO gelding by Art Major, who is trained by Bruce Aldrich (1:54.3 - $12.80) The usually reserved and stoic Siegelman man was all smiles in the winner's circle, surrounded by his fellow horseman and other well-wishers after the milestone. Siegelman currently is in 3rd place with for leading dash winning drives at Monticello Raceway with 141 wins. Austin was on his way to a banner year this year until a race track mishap put him out of action for a few weeks, costing his valuable mounts and wins. Thus far at Monticello Raceway his mounts have earned purses of $540,672 - UDRS .332, his total career earnings are $6,377,355. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

MONTICELLO, NY--If there's any doubt about what a good post position can do just ask Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin. After off-the-board finishes from outside ;positions in his last three starts Krivelin took advantage of the pole and sent his charge to the lead and they made every pole a winning on en route to a 2:00 victory in the Billings trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (August 30. It was the horse's second victory this season and 37th of his successful career. "When the starter said "go" I immediately sent him (Permanent Joy) to the lead which is where the old guy races best," Krivelin said in the paddock after the race. "He doesn't like dirt hitting him in his face so being on the front-end is where he gives his best effort." The ever- traveling CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series made its fourth seasonal stop at the Mighty M where seven venerable trotters lined-up behind the mobile starting gate. When Permanent Joy vaulted to the lead Jennifer "Golden Girl" Lappe ducked in behind the leader with Celebrity Blue Chip and they were content to follow as Krivelin's trotter passed the first quarter in :29. The order remained the same as the two leaders trotted by the halfway point in 1:00.1. "Yankee Joe" Lee was the first to move when he pulled the right line on Tim Lizzie but they never made up much ground and by the three quarters Permanent Joy was comfortable on the engine with Celebrity Blue Chip 2-1/2 chasing the leader. As Permanent Joy rounded the final turn Krivelin fed him his head and the old veteran opened the lead to 3 lengths and in the deep stretch Krivelin was looking around for challengers as and his charge cruised to five-length victory. Celebrity Blue Chip held on for second money while "Buffalo Bob" Davis and Stitch in Time came between horses to capture the show dough. "This was Permanent Joy's first (seasonal) start in the Billings this year and actually he faced a much lesser caliber field than he did in the five NAADA races he'd been in earlier," Krivelin added. Owned by the Hero Stable and trained by Krivelin, the 12-year-old Trot For Joy gelding was sent off at odds of almost 6-1 and paid $13.80. by John Manz,i for the Billings Series

Monticello, NY - On Tuesday afternoon August 21, Jim DeVaux could do no wrong, winning 6 of the harness racing cards 10 races at Monticello Raceway. Devaux wasted no time in the first race as he steered Thergoesmyvacation for the first win of the day (2:00.2 - $3.20) for co-owner and trainer Robert Petitto. He was off the board in the second race but came right back in the next race and won the next 3 races in succession, starting off with Panedictine (1:54.4 - $16.40) followed by Fly To The Angels (1:58.2 - $20.20) and then Sammy B Happy (1:56.1 - $4.30), the 4-year-old gelding is owned by David Yarock and is trained by Dawn Devaux. Devaux's fifth win came aboard Rude Boy who paced his mile in 1:55.2 and returned $6.80 to win. The 6 pack was secured with O Jonnie in race 9, the 3-year-old Muscle Yankee colt started from the rail to win in (2:00.3 -$16.40) for his 2nd win of the season for trainer Joe Moeykens. The Dolores Basilone - Jim DeVaux combo accounted for 3 wins. An interesting breeding anomaly took place on the day, as the prolific mare HF's Gal (Cumin) had 2 of her offspring race on the card and both were winners. Her 11-year-old daughter Thergoesmyvacation and her 3-year-old son O Jonnie were both driven by DeVaux. HF'S Gal has been very good to owner/breeders Robert Petitto and Sharon Stanton over the years, the Cumin mare continues to throw productive, hard hitting consistent trotters. After picking up the half a dozen wins for the day, DeVaux overtook Austin Siegelman for 3rd place for leading dash wins. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

MONTICELLO, NY--The final leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Summer Trotting Series was contested at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, August 9th and when the judges declared the event official, Jennifer Lappe walked away with all the marbles when she guided Multitaskr Hanover home first over Crystal Sphere and driver Alan Schwartz in a 2:00 clocking. Woody finished third for Tony Ciuffetelli, For the talented lady tail-setter who has had 170 previous starts this year against her counterparts as well as against professional drivers, it marked her 16th seasonal driving victory to go along with her 26 seconds and 33 third place finishes. However, Lappe won another race later on the Monticello Raceway card, also. When the wings of the mobile gate sprung Lappe grabbed the racetrack from the 3-hole and then allowed Keenan and driver John Calabrese to take command. Once Keenan settled on the lead Lappe then moved Multitaskr Hanover back to the front as the quarter mile timer flashed :28.1. Comfortable on the front-end Lappe got her charge by the halfway point in :58.2 but when they straightened up the backside Crystal Sphere and Alan Schwartz rallied alongside the leader and even gained command for a short way but Ms Lappe urged her trotter and they rebuffed the challenge and went on to a 2-1/4 length triumph. "It was an aggressive race and I gave my horse an aggressive drive," Lappe said with a smile . "I had instructions before the race but I nixed them at the gate and decided to go for the lead ...and it all worked out well." The winner, a 5-year-old Explosive Matter gelding, owned and trained by Ms Lappe, notched his seventh seasonal victory. He returned a $5.40 win payoff. For Lappe, it was her 40th driving victory and her 58th training win thus far this year. The NAADA Series $6000 consolation-- if it fills-- will be contested on Wed, August 15. The $15,000 Final--expected to fill-- will be raced at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, August 16. by John Manzi, for NAADA

MONTICELLO, NY-- The final two events in the Italy v NAADA Friendship Competition went to post today (Tues. Aug. 7) at Monticello Raceway and when the results were finalized both competitors each walked away with a victory; Alan Schwartz won the first leg for the hometown North American Amateur Driver Association foursome after he reined Starstruck Lola home first in a time of 2:03.2 while team Italy came back in the second split when Roberto Michelotto scored a 2:00 triumph with Mrs Krabappel. The temperature was in the lower 90's and the humidity in the upper 70's but it didn't seem to hinder North America's premier amateur driver, Alan Schwartz, from 'delivering the mail' and scoring to his 604th career driving victory. Sent off as second choice from the pole position in the 8-horse field Schwartz gunned his pacer to the lead and was safely in front in a soft 30-second first quarter. With no challengers Schwartz got his charge by the halfway point in 1:02.1 and still with no one coming at him Schwartz and his pacer, Startruck Lola, got by the third stanza in 1:33.2 before unleashing a final 30-second final panel to score to an easy three-length victory. "I couldn't believe that I was all alone in the 30 second first quarter," Schwartz said after the race was completed. "When no one challenged I had complete control (of the race) and after the soft early fractions my mare was strong all the way to the finish". Second place went to Whata Hustler driven by Italy's Raffaello Ruffato and Italy's Roberto Michelotto garnered the show dough. The winner, owned by William Mc Cracken and trained by Chris Mc Cracken, paid $7.00 for win. The second division had the visiting Italians jockeying for positions to make it tough for the odds-on favorite Argyle Aleberwhosur and driver Matt Zuccarello to see any daylight until way late in the mile. Bestwind Heather and Italy's Piergiovanni Michelloto gained early command and led the competitors until the three quarters at which point Mrs Krabappel and Roberto Michelotto squirted through along the inside to gain command and hold the lead all the way to the wire while Matt Zuccarello and the favored Argyle Alberwhosur had to go four-deep going into the final turn to get a shot at the leaders. Needless to say, although Zuccarello's pacer rallied, she came up short and had to settle for second place. NAADA's Gerry Fielding finished third with Check My Pulse. The winner, Mrs Krabappel, is owned by William Mc Cracken and trained by Chris Mc Craken which gave the owner-trainer duo both victories in the NAADA v Italy Friendship Competition. by John Manzi, for NAADA      

Monticello, NY - The last leg of the 2018 Sire Stakes took place at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon August 6 as 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies closed out the season with a bang. The first heat of Sire Stakes was worth $61,300, Apothic and Mark Macdonald started from post 3 and took the field to the fastest opening ¼ of the year, hitting that station in 26.2. The duo still set the pace to the ½ in 55.2, as the outer follow developed with 4 in and 4 out. Apothic started to tire down the back side as Solitary was the new leader as the field past the ¾ in 1:24.1. As they turned for home Newsday ranged into contention after enduring a brutal trip on the outside, Better Than Happy who benefitted from a perfect 2 hole trip the entire mile took advantage of the passing lane. The pair paced stride for stride down the lane and hit the wire in a dead heat in 1:53.3. Better Than Happy is owned by Joe P Racing LLC of Delray Beach Florida and is trained by Jennifer Bongiorno and was driven by Joe Bongiorno. Newsday a bay filly by Art Major is trained by co-owner Richard Silverman, Scot Zeron was the driver. In the second division of Sire Stakes, also racing for a purse of $61,300, divisional point leader Wisdom Tree started from post position 8, Scott Zeron rushed the Betterthancheddar filly away from the gate, she made the front just past the ¼ in 27.4. Once on the front end, she controlled the fractions 56.1, 1:24.4 to win in 1:52.4 by 2 lengths, just a tick off the track record of 1:52.3. Wisdom Tree is owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher, she picked up her 9 win of the year for trainer Ed Hart. Bullvillekarla (Jim Marohn Jr.) scored a wire to wire win in her Excelsior A heat in in 1:55.3 -$7.20, the Bullville Powerful filly is owned and trained by Steve Crevani. Mink Pink was second followed by So Long Darling. Psychic Bluechip (Scott Zeron) overtook the early pace setters to win her division in 1:55.1, over the heavy favorite KJ's Justine. The Art Major filly is trained by Joseph Skowyra and earned her 5 win of the year. Escape Again went wire to wire in her race to win by a length in 1:54.3 for owner - trainer Troyce Thomas, the daughter of Artiscape was driven by Jim Marohn Jr. The first heat of the Excelsior B class in race 1 was a 4 horse field, Lady Orb extended her win streak to 3 and picked up her 4th seasonal win for trainer Erv Miller, the daughter of Art Major scored in 1:57.3 and returned $3.10 to win for driver Marcus Miller. Reflexionofroyalty notched her first win of the season in 157.3. the American Ideal lass is trained by Allen Sisco and was driven by Kyle Dibenedetto. On the afternoon Scott Zeron drove 3 winners and Jim Marohn Jr had 2, Art Major led all sires with 3 winning daughters on the afternoon. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY-- John Calabrese, and his veteran trotter,Keenan, had no trouble turning back six others on July 26 in the eighth leg of the current North American Amateur Drivers Association trotting series at Monticello Raceway when they cruised to an easy 2-1/2-length triumph over Connie Keeper and driver Joe Faraldo in a 1:58.1 clocking. It marked their second victory in the event, after having been victorious in 2:00.3 back on June 21. Third place went to On The Podium, in rein to Joe Lee. "He was real good today and a pleasure to drive, that is, once he got behind the (starting) gate," Calabrese related while hanging up the lines upon their return to the paddock. "But during the post parade and scoring down he's a handful." When the wings of the mobile gate folded Keenan, from the pole position, shot right to the lead with On The Podium stalking him as the quarter mile timer flashed :28.3. They then raced one-two by the half in :58.0 but once they straightened up the backside Keenan began to pull away. "I just clucked to him and he dug in and opened up some daylight and at that point I knew we'd be the winner," Calabrese said. They had two lengths on On The Podium at the third stanza in 1:27.3 which was opened to three at the top of the lane. From there Calabrese never took the whip off his shoulder as the $570,000 career-winner just jogged home unchallenged. Connie Keeper rallied to overtake On the Podium and garner the place money. Calabrese then added that the only time his trotter wears a harness is when he goes to the races. "I vanned him here (to Monticello)from my farm in Chesterfield NJ--a three-hour trip, one way--so a victory is well appreciated," Calabrese explained. "At home all we do is tow him for exercise and he's a lot more manageable that way. Otherwise he's out in a paddock all day and sometimes overnight. But once he gets behind the gate he's all business and a pleasure to drive." The 10-year-old altered son of Credit Winner is owned by Calabrese Farms, LLC and trained by Calabrese. Keenan scored his third seasonal triumph and 40th of his illustrious career. Sent off as second choice in the seven horse field he paid $6.90 for win. by John Manzi, for NAADA

MONTICELLO, NY- When the gate sprung in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) trot at Monticello Raceway on the pleasant afternoon of July 19, little was left for the imagination after "Yankee Joe" Lee gunned Soul Train to the lead and played catch me if you can, and nobody could, as Lee's trotter circled the Mighty M double-oval in a time of 1:58.2 to finish five lengths in front of six others in the sixth leg of the 10-race harness racing trotting series. "I had been racing him (Soul Train) from behind but he didn't seem to like passing horses when moved him so I figured I'd try to race him in front and it seems that's just what the old guy likes," Lee said while hanging up the line in the race paddock after the contest. "This is the third time we won on the engine." When the starter said "go" Lee hustled Soul Train to the lead and opened daylight on the field as a few got tangled on the first turn. But once in front it seemed like the farther the veteran trotter went the more his lead seemed impossible to overcome. Soul Train, sent off as the odds-on favorite in the race, trotted by the first quarter in :28.1 and Lee kept the pedal to the metal as they passed the halfway point in :57.4 with Paul Minore and Wygant Prince tight on his back. But that didn't last long when they headed up the backside as Soul Train widened to a three-length lead by the third stanza and then increased to five lengths as the field headed for home. With Lee swinging on him, Soul Train cruised home an easy winner. Keenan rallied to be second for John Calabrese as Wygant Prince faded and finished third. For Lee, who was last season's National Amateur Driver of the Year, it marked his sixth driving victory this year and his win today places him atop the NAADA Summer Series leaderboard With his triumph Soul Train, a 7-year-old Trainforthefuture gelding, raised his career earnings to over $383,000. He is co-owned by Lee , the Blindwitch Stable, Good Friends Racing, and Santo Farina, and trained by Jose Godinez. He paid $3.30. NAADA members are getting ready to entertain their counterparts from Italy in early August for another Friendship competition, the third time this season that the longstanding international amateur organization will be hosting amateur drivers from Europe. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Monticello, NY - Go down the road as fast and far as you can go seemed to be the tactic of the day as many of the afternoon participants of Monticello Raceway's Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts tried to follow that pattern, some were successful, others not. The first division of NYSS raced for a purse of $38,500, the short 5 horse field saw Don (Andy Miller) first away from the gate from the rail, Dan Daley and Purpose Blue Chip also left hard but were content to let Don cut the fractions and tucked in the 3 hole. Don lead the pack thru every fraction of 28.4, 58.2. Purpose Blue Chip pulled at the half and never saw the rail after that and continued grinding his way towards the leaders on the outside. Don was still on top at the ¾ in 1:27.3, by now Purpose Blue Chip was at his throat latch. At the top of the lane, Don and Purpose Blue Chip were trotting in unison but Purpose Blue Chip held on over Don by a length, a fast closing On The Ropes (Svanstedt) finished 3rd. The son of Chapter Seven notched his 3rd win of the season for owners Daley, Crawford and Lombardo. A happy Dan Daley said in the winner's circle "I put the trotting hobbles on him a month ago to help steady him out and it really worked, he can really trot the turns fast now" Babylons Bridge (Credit Winner) completed the Dan Daley daily double, scoring in the second half of the early Daily Double in 2:01.3 in Excelsior B ranks. In the second division worth $39,200, 14-1 Lindsey's Pride and Marcus Miller cut the early fractions without any pressure in 29, 59.1, the 1-9 favorite The Veteran was the first to start the outer flow at the half followed by Winning Shadow. Lindsey's Pride still had the lead at the ¾ pole in 1:28.1 but The Veteran was gaining even but the effort soon stalled near the paddock turn., Winning Shadow who followed live cover fanned out in the lane and passed The Veteran to win in 1:57.4 by a diminishing length. Winning Shadow picked up his 3rd win of the year for owners Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva. The son of Credit Winner is trained by Jake Huff and was driven to victory by Mike Simons. Not respected by the betting public, Winning Shadow paid $27.80 to win, the 2-5 exacta was worth $58.50 The Veteran was second and Cruising In Style was third. The early trt setter Lindsey's Pride faded to 5th. In the 3rd and final division of Sire Stakes ($39,200) starting from post 5 Clive Bigsby and Scott Zeron lead at every stanza 28.3,58.0,1:27.2 with the heavy favorite Chasin Dreams sitting the pocket. Perlucky and Trond Smedshammer were content stalking the leaders in 4th. At the ¾ pole Perlucky was the first to move, the son of Lucky Chucky tried to pull up passing the paddock draw gate, Smedshammer barked at his mount to pay attention and he quickly responded and trotted home strong to win in a tight 3 horse photo in 1:57.2 over Clive Bigsby and Chasin Dreams. It was the first seasonal win for Perlucky and his owner Purple Haze Stable LLC of Fairport NY. Excelsior A The 2-5 favorite, Lunar Credit and Scott Zeron beat up the Excelsior A bunch again and picked up his 5th consecutive win for trainer George Ducharme in 1:59.1, the son of Credit Winner is owned by Little E, Geiger, Stolz and Living The Dream Racing. Im the Muscle was second, followed by Massamillion. Seven Iron ($8.50) lead from start to finish to win by 3 lengths in 1:57.4 for driver Jason Bartlett, recent Hall of Fame nominee Linda Toscano trains the son of Chapter Seven for owner Ken Jacobs. Troller (Marcus Miller) also scored a wire to wire win in 1:58, trotting the fastest last quarter of the afternoon in 28.3 for trainer Paul Kelly for his third win in a row. Excelsior B Pappagiorgio (Muscle Mass) and Dan Cappello scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.1 for his 4th seasonal win. Babylons Bridge (Credit Winner) completed the Dan Daley daily double, scoring in the second half of the early Daily Double in 2:01.3 Blue Chip Farms, Credit Winner led all Sires with 3 winning sons. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY- If the industry doesn't consider amateur racing an integral part of the current scene they just need to check the number of races being programmed at many racetracks, especially on the East Coast. On a pleasant Thursday afternoon (July 12) at Monticello Raceway amateur racing was front-and-center on the 10-race betting card with members of three different amateur racing organizations taking a seat behind a spirited steed. And when the judges declared the races official, "Joltin Joe" Pennacchio won the Billings trot with Connie Keeper in 2:01.1 and then came back two races later to score a 2:01 trotting triumph in the North American Amateur Drivers Association's trot behind Cheeky Little Minx. A final amateur contest saw Bob Krivelin use the front-end route for a 1:59.2 victory in the Catskill Amateur Club's pace. Even though the program marked the return of two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, the day really belonged to Joe Pennacchio. And although its still early in the season talented driver and multiple horse owner is leading his competitors for seasons-end awards. Currently, his 12 victories are tops among the amateur driving colony. In his first contest of the day "Joltin' Joe" started from the from pole position with Connie Keeper and was content to hug the pylons in the early going. After the half he moved his charge to the outside and rallied alongside the leader and old warhorse, Wygant Prince, only to ware him down in the deep stretch. Wygant Prince and driver "Coach Paul" Minore held on for second while Better To Be Lucky finished third for "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli. "I followed the leaders and when I moved my mare she hung as we rounded the (final) turn but when we headed for home she began to pull away and we went on the a two-length triumph," Pennacchio said. Connie Keeper is owned by Dr Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, She paid $5.10 for win. Pennacchio's second win was a laugher when his Cheeky Little Minx notched her fourth victory since her purchase in early May. The 6-year-old Lucky Chucky mare ran away and hid on her competition and cruised to an oh-so-easy 5-1/4 length triumph over Gianni (John Campagnuolo). Woody and Bob Krivelin garnered the show dough. "I have 11 horses currently racing with three in the amateur ranks," said Pennacchio, a retired CEO. "We bought "Cheeky" at an Ohio sale in early May and she's been stellar for us. This was her fourth victory since we purchased her." Cheeky Little Miss is owned by Pennacchio's, Joe P Racing, and trained by Allen Sisco. Sent off as the odds-on favorite she returned a $3.20 mutuel. The final amateur contest was in the Catskill Amateur Drivers Pacing Series and when the dust settled Bob Krivelin had guided TKR's Metro Spec to a gutsy gate to wire victory in a 1:59.2 clocking. When the gate sprung in that contest Krivelin sent his pacer to the lead from the pole position and they had three lengths on the field when they passed by the first stanza. From there Krivelin had to contend with a parked-out Idontthankyoucan (Bob Davis) who kept unrelinquished pressure on TKO's Metro Spec. They then raced one-two past the half and three quarters and were still heads apart when they headed for paydirt. At the wire Krivelin's horse scooted away for one length victory over Davis' charge. Hannah Miller finished third with Eagle Artesian. The winner is trained by Bruce Aldrich, Sr. " I really like driving Aldrich's horses because Bruce always has them ready when they hit the racetrack," Krivelin said after garnering his 217th career victory. Owned by Woody Hoblitzell TKO's Metro Spec paid $11.40 by John Manzi, for Amateur Racing

Monticello, NY - The majority of the 72 2-year-old colts and geldings were on their best behavior Monday afternoon July 9 at Monticello Raceway, 4 divisions of Sire Stakes were contested, each offering a purse of $27,750. Also on tap were 4 Excelsior A's worth $15,000 per dash and 2 Heats of the Excelsior B, each worth $6,500. In the first division, Brian Sears aboard Gimpanzee took control of the fractions after taking the lead past the ¼ in 31.0 and continued to take the pack thru fraction of 1:02, 1:32.2 on his way to a 1 length victory in 2:02.4. Gimpanzee is trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc. and SRF Stable of Delray Beach. The $170,000 son of Chapter 7 notched his first lifetime win. Leap Year Lucky (Dan Daley) was second, followed by Light Come On (Scott Zeron) The second heat saw Pushthebuttonmax take the field of 8 to the ¼ in 30.2, and the half in 1:01.0, the eventually race winner Keystone Cash was the first to pull at the half first over. As the pack headed down the back side the second time, Takter aboard Keystone Cash were in control at the ¾ in 1:30 and put a quick 3 lengths on the rest of the field and held on for the win by 2 lengths in 1:59.3. The son of Chapter Seven is owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor and Order By Stable. Race 6 was the 3rd heat of NYSS, Scott Zeron and Jake G's Champion looked to score a wire to wire win as he was the first to trip the first 2 beams in 30.2 and 1:01.4. Certify (Claude Hukabone Jr.) was the first to the ¾ in 1:32.1. Jimmy Marohn Jr. who had been wrangling with JNR Express (PP7) the entire mile, was full of trot in the paddock turn and continued his attack and overtook Certify by a slim head in 2:01.4. Getting no respect from the betting public JNR Express, returned $61.50. The son of Conway Hall is trained by Jessica Okusko. Certify held on for 2nd and the early pacesetter Jake G's Champion finished 3rd. Down the road was the rule of the day, and Ake Svanstedt did just that with his pupil Cavill Hanover, the son of Muscle Mass scored a well in hand win in 2:02.4 for owner's Little E LLC, Vanersol Inc and Wolfgang Stable. Our White Knight (Scott Zeron) was 2nd followed by Fashion For Credit from the 8 hole. In one of the afternoons more impressive races, Mr. Vicktor trotted his middle half in 58.2 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and won by 15 lengths in his Excelsior A race in 2:00 for trainer and part owner Buzzy Sholty. The son of RC Royalty will be looking to shed his Excelsior company and take on all comers next start for owners Joe Lee and Diamond Pride Stable. Crazy Every Time lit up the tote in his Excelsior B heat, the son of Crazed scored from the 3 hole in 2:03 and paid $88.00 for win. Other winners on the card were Speeding Moose (Dan Daley) in 2:08.1, Praying Angel (Jim Morrill Jr.) in 2:02.4, Frank Hanover (Claude Hukabone Jr.) 2:07.4, Trond Smedshammer scored with 2 Purple Haze horses Bazillionare in 2:03.1 and Charismo in 2:07.1. Next up on the Sire Stakes calendar is 3 Year Old Trotting Colts on Monday July 16. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - On Monday July 9, at Monticello Raceway the entire program is comprised of New York Sire Stakes for 2 Year Old Trotting Filly's. The 11 race card features 4 divisions of Sire Stakes in races 4 - $27,750 - 5 - $27,750 6 - $27,250 and 7 - $27,750. The Excelsior Series are well represented with 4 Excelsior A's worth $15,000 per dash and 2 Heats of the Excelsior B, each worth $6,500. The Credit Winner Filly is trained by Ed Hart, Jason Bartlett is driving. The Marcus Melander trained Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) a $170,000 yearling purchase is making her first pari mutual debut for the Courant Inc and SRF Stable of Delray Beach, Florida. Regular Melander driver Brian Sears will drive. The bay filly trotted her first lifetime start in 1:55 at a Meadowlands baby race. Winnerup, (PP4) trotted her last quarter in 27 in her lone 2 YO Baby race, owned by the Purple Haze Stable, Trond Smedshammer will drive. Chapter Fashion will be looking to make a statement in the 2nd dash, the Jim Campbell trained filly (Chapter 7) is owned by recent Hall of Fame Inductee Jules Siegal. The filly has back to back baby race wins under her belt, she romped last week by 6 to win in 1:59.2. Keystone Cash has been a pair of place showings and a 3rd, under her belt so far, this year. Jimmy Takter will drive the Chapter Seven lass for owners Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor and Order By Stable. The 3rd heat, has 2 winners from Buffalo Sire Stake action last week, Certify (PP4) won her division in 2:05.1, the Credit Winner filly will be driven by regular driver Claude Huckabone Jr for owner - trainer Earl Sauve. Right next to her behind the starting gate is Xcuseme, the other winner at Buffalo last time out in 2:06.3, John Stark will drive the RC Royalty offspring. Trainer George Ducharme has enjoyed much Sire Stake success at Monticello over the last few years, looks to extent his luck with Jakes G's Champion (RC Royalty) she finished second last week to Horns For Three, beaten ¾ of a length. Scott Zeron will drive for longtime Ducharme patron Raymond Campbell. The final heat of Sire Stakes, Chip Chip Conway has been installed the morning line favorite and will start from the rail with Jim Taggart Jr. in the bike. The Gary Messenger trained son of Conway Hall skipped it off last week in Buffalo in the 1st turn. He should find familiar territory on his home town track. Fashion For Credit (PP8) is the 3-1 co favorite, another potent Jim Campbell - Jules Siegal trainee. The $50,000 Credit Winner filly was second last start, just missing by neck in 1:58.3. Dan Daley is due for a visit the winners circle at Monticello Raceway, just missing on several occasions early this year in Sire Stakes competition. The dry spell could end with Whimzical Chapter (PP6). by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

1 to 16 of 1946
1 2 3 4 5 Next »