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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

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 - 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  

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