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Harness racing is cashing a winning trifecta as the United States Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet will return to Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., for the third year in a row in 2020. The banquet, which honors the best equines and humans in the sport, will take place on Sunday night, Feb. 23. Rosen Shingle Creek played host to the Dan Patch Award weekend for the first time in 2018 and proved such a popular venue the past two years that it was unanimously voted to again return to the stunning 230-acre property. After four-star reviews of the last two dinners, including a surprise appearance by Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award winner Foiled Again this year that many proclaimed one of the most memorable moments ever in racing, it's never too early for sponsorship opportunities that are available. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the weekend, including Dan Patch Presenting Sponsor, live video streaming sponsor, Red Carpet reception and live feed sponsor hosted by Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder, please contact USHWA President Shawn Wiles at: swiles@empireresorts.com. "USHWA is ecstatic to return to Rosen Shingle Creek for the third consecutive year," said Wiles. "This is a first-class venue that our dinner quests and attendees thoroughly enjoy coming to." USHWA would again like to thank this year's sponsors, which included: McWicked; Crazy Wow & Crawford Farms; Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association; Southwind Frank Partners; Shartin N connections; AM Bloodstock; Six Pack connections; Harrah's Hoosier Park; Delaware Valley USHWA; Bow River Jewelry; Fennell's Tack Shop; Embroidery Unlimited; Nick Surick, the Hambletonian Society; George Brennan; Hanover Shoe Farms; and the United States Trotting Association. All the award winners will be announced in advance of the dinner except for Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year. The names of those three prestigious award winners will remain sealed in envelopes and revealed at the conclusion of the dinner. As for Rosen Shingle Creek, the site is located just off Universal Boulevard, within 10 minutes of the Orlando International Airport and minutes from all area attractions. Rosen Shingle Creek is a five-star property that is ranked a top-20 U.S. meeting hotel by Cvent. The property includes an 18-hole, Arnold Palmer-redesigned golf course, four swimming pools, a spa that includes nine treatment rooms, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball, basketball and a state-of-the-art fitness center. There are 15 restaurant/lounges located on the property, including the upscale steakhouse A Land Remembered, the fine-dining bistro Cala Bella, Banrai Sushi, Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria, and a 24-hour deli. As part of the weekend, USHWA's annual general membership meeting will take place earlier on Sunday morning, with its board of directors meeting the previous afternoon on Saturday, Feb. 22. More details will be made available at the USHWA website and through trade media as they become available throughout the year. From the United States Harness Writers Association  

On any given day, there are a handful of drivers at Monticello Raceway that can win 5 races in a day, today was Jim Devaux's day. 4 of Devaux's win's came in the wire to wire fashion, he won the first race with Let Me Explain (2:00.1 - $9.40) The Murray Bassen trained Bestgirlfriendever took race 3 (2:00.4 - $2.70) for her second win of the season. Mylittlesurfergirl from the rail found the 2-hole journey to her liking and won the 5th (1:56.3 - $4.10) giving trainer Murray Bassen a training double. Meadowbranch Max accounted for the 4th win of the card (2:02.1 - $3.20) Kamwood Laughter N (1:58 - $2.80) rounded out the afternoon, the 12 year old Live or Die mare notched her 5 win of the season for trainer Joseph Skowyra. With the 5 wins on the card, Devaux is currently in 3rd place for leading Dash winning drivers with 61, Mike Merton is 2nd with 70 and Austin Siegelman is atop the leader board with 99 wins. Austin Siegelman has experienced the quintuple 4 times already this year. A total of $525,000 was wagered on the afternoon for a race average of $65,000.   By Shawn Wiles

Three year old harness racing pacing filly, Cheep Sunglasses, under the expert guidance of Austin Siegelman, reaches the wire in 2:02 at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday March 20. Austin Siegelman won 5 races on an 8 race card. No, its not groundhogs day but it is beginning to sound like a broken record, for the fourth time this season Austin Siegelman won five races in an afternoon at Monticello Raceway, he did it again on Wednesday March 20. He proceeded to win the first 3 races Boostwiththefur (1:59.1- $3.10), Cheep Sunglasses (2:02 - $6.30) Gonna Fly (1:58 - $10.80) he finished 3rd in the 4th race. Four Starzz Lefty (1:59.3 - $10.20) won the 5th race, Austin finished 2nd in the 7th race with Cerisier. It was Adorabella, a 3-year-old Pet Rock filly that earned Siegelman his 5th trip to the winners circle. Adorabella is trained by Jody Riedel, it was the fillys first pari mutual win. The five wins from today has vaulted Siegelman to the top of the leading dash winners at Monticello Raceway with 85 wins, Mike Merton is second with 64. James DeVaux 52 and Bruce Aldrich in 4th with 49 wins. Overall Siegelman has won 118 races thus far in 2019, which is good enough to earn him the 6th place nationally , his mounts have earned $676,073 at this point in the season.   By: Shawn Wiles

Harness racing driver Austin Siegelman's favorite number recently has been 5, on 2 occasions already in the young 2019 season, 27-year-old Austin Siegelman has won 5 races at Monticello Raceway, today he did it again for the third time. It didn’t matter if he was starting from the rail or the 8 hole, Siegelman found a way to find the winners circle. The winners started in the first race where he piloted River Run for Ryan to a 1:57.3 win for trainer Arthur Jones, the son of Western Terror notched his first win of the year.  Badlands Palace took the 3rd race from post position 2 for his first pari-mutuel win of the year in 1:59.3 for Trainer Robert Lounsbury and owner Margaret Olmstead, the daughter of Badlands Hanover returned $3.10 to win.  Siegelman scored from the 8 hole with Woodmere Rondevous in 1:59.4 by a scant neck and paid $12.60 to win.  Reflexionofroyalty would account for the 4th win of the afternoon, the 4-year-old mare by American Ideal is trained by Allen Sisco (2:01 - $3.70) The last winner of the day was Yankee Devil (PP2) who scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.2 ($5.70) for trainer E. Bucky Angle Jr.  Yankee Devil a 14-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser was winless in 2018 in 14 starts. With a bit more luck Siegelman could have won 7 races, he was just nailes at the wire in the 7th race with the 3/5 favorite Histoire Eternelle in a tight photo. In the 8th race, post time favorite Ironbarbassy was scratched lame in the post parade. In the paddock after the conclusion of racing when asked about his day, the reserved  Siegelman said “I have been getting live mounts and I have been putting them in good spots” Siegelman is atop the leader board for leading Dash Winners with 65 wins, followed by Michael Merton (61) James DeVaux (47) Bruce Aldrich (46) and Jim Taggart Jr rounding out the top five with 30 wins $599,529 was wagered on the 9-race card, an average of $66,000 per race, live racing resume Monday March 11 at 12:50. By:Shawn Wiles

Last week it was Austin Siegelman who put on a driving clinic at Monticello Raceway, this week its Mike Merton. On Wednesday February 20, Merton dominated the snowy afternoon and drove 7 winners on the 12-race card. He started off hot winning the first race with Mamie Marc in a wire to wire win for trainer Patti Harmon in 2:00.4. In the 3rd he scored with Permanent Joy in a 7-length romp in 1:59 and paid $3.80 to win. Drive em Cowboy accounted for his 3rd win of the day in 1:56.3. Merton then went on to win races 7 - 10 Hi Ho Steverino won race 7 in 1:57 - $3.40. Zach Lee won in 1:56.1, giving trainer Andrew Adamczyk a training triple for the afternoon. And Patronne Seelster, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight was another winner for Merton (2:00.3 - $9.70). Rounding out the afternoon in race 10 was Caviar Court, the Jim Doherty trainee scored in 2:03.2 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - No, it's not a typo, yesterday at Monticello Raceway harness racing driver Austin Siegelman won 5 races and today he duplicated the exact same feat. Siegelman won the second race of the afternoon with Reflexionofroyalty from the rail in 2:00.1 and returned a $8.50 win pari-mutuel, it was the first win of the season for Reflexionofroylaty. Histoire Eternelle (PP4) gave Austin his second win of the day, as he scored a wire to wire win in 1:57 for trainer Chris Petrelli. He came right back in the following race to score with Victory Singer (1:59.4 - $2.60) it was the 3rd win a row for Victory Singer. In the 7th race it was Sky Guy from post position 8, to win by 3 lengths after cutting the entire mile in 1:57.1, the son of Sportswriter is trained by Thomas Merton. The last win of the afternoon came aboard Celtic Art, the Joe Moeykens trained son of Artiscape won in 1:59 and paid $10.40 to win. The top 4 drivers are in a bottleneck for leading dash winner with 3 drivers Bruce Aldrich Jr. Michael Merton, and James Devaux all tied with 34 wins, Austin is in close pursuit with 33 wins. Over $780,000 was wagered on the 10-race card. Live racing returns on Monday with a 12:25 post time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday February 13, Austin Siegelman won half of the 10-race card as he steered 5 winners to the harness racing winner's circle. The Rick Dane Jr. trained Brandos Muscle Man ($13.00 - 2:00.4) got things going for Siegelman in a wire to wire effort from the 7 hole. Virtuous Dragon PP2 won the 4th race ($15.40- 1:58.2) A and C Artist ($1:59.2 - $6.70) - Ironbarbassy ($3.80 - 1:59.2) -and Law of Attraction ($9.00 - 2:00.2) The 26-year-old Siegelman is in 4th place for leading dash winning drivers, and sports a respectable .298 UDRS by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Due to Winter Storm Maya, Qualifiers will be held on Thursday February 14, the box closes at 11:45 on Wednesday. Please contact the Race Office at (845) 794 - 4100 EXT 557 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Due to the timing of the snow that is expected to canvass the areas tomorrow morning, which will make for hazardous conditions for horses located at nearby training centers and farms, live racing has been cancelled for Tuesday February 12. Live racing will resume on Wednesday February 13. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

In anticipation of the extreme cold that is expected for tomorrow, live harness racing is canceled for Thursday January 31 Live racing will resume Monday February 4th, post time is 12:20 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - Due to deteriorating weather conditions and hazardous driving conditions, live racing has been cancelled for Tuesday at Monticello Raceway. Live racing will resume on Wednesday January 30 with a 12:20 Post time by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

2019 was a very good year for Michael Merton, the 47-year-old Monticello native earned his first ever Leading Dash winner title at his hometown track Monticello Raceway with 267 wins, former Monticello Raceway dash winner Bruce Aldrich Jr. finished 2nd with 235 wins, followed by the young Austin Siegelman with 228 trips to the winner circle. The Monticello native was reared in the backstretch of Monticello Raceway as a youngster and is no stranger to the Catskill Mountain oval. Merton hit the road hard this summer as he also won the leading dash driver at Tioga Downs with 82 wins. Between Monticello Raceway and Tioga Downs, Merton amassed over $1,440,971 in purses and 349 wins. Merton's combined season tally of 382 ranks him 16th in the nation for wins Bob Lounsbury earning his 4th overall leading trainer title at Monticello Raceway with 93 wins, Gary Messenger was second with 80 wins. Bob Lounsbury also won the leading training award in 2013, 2014 & 2015. He also ranked nationally, in 2013 and 2015 he was the % leading trainer in North America for trainers having over 500 starts. The Bob Lounsbury Stable earned over $305,797 in 330 starts, an average of $926 per start for the 2018 season at Monticello Raceway.   Shawn Wiles  

The month of December seems to be to harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux's liking, it was only 10 days ago that he won five races on the afternoon. On Thursday afternoon December 27, Devaux did it again. The wins started in Race two where he scored with RCS Ready (2:04.1-$9.70) for trainer Wesley Miller. It is rare to see Devaux go off at odds of 30/1, as he pulled off a shocker with NY Whitesox in 1:58 and paid $63.50. Jim came right back in the next race and visited the winners circle with Quality Closer in the Winner Over event, scoring an easy 6 length win in 1:54.4 for Monica Banca, Zack Lee won the 10th race for owner Gary Haas in 1:57 - $5.50. Drive Em Cowboy capped off the 5 bagger in race 11 to win in 1:57.2 and paid $13.20 for win. Devaux just missed his 6th winner of the day but fell short finishing second in the last race. The five wins added to DeVaux's yearly tally, giving him 211 wins at Monticello Raceway, placing him 4th in for leading dash winners and $796,076 in earnings, over $776,000 was wagered on the 12-race card. By Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - At Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon October 29, an anomaly of sorts took place, two (P) Provisional Drivers both notched their maiden driving wins in back to back races. In race 3, 22-year-old Christopher Doherty got his first win in only his 3rd P drive, aboard Sheer Action who won by 4 lengths in 2:00.4 and paid $6.20 to win for trainer Jim Doherty Jr. In the next race, 25-year-old Philip Lacorte III driving for just the 9th time in his young career, scored his maiden win with a 5 length, wire to wire score with J Danae in 2:02.1 and paid $4.90, the 7-year-old Nuclear Legacy mare is also trained by Lacorte III. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

On Thursday November 1, Monticello Raceway will alter its post time to 12:25 and will continue to maintain its 4-day race schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

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

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