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Monticello, NY - Effective immediately Monticello Raceway will limit all incoming traffic to the barn area until March 30, if harness racing horseman do not have horses on the grounds they are not permitted in the barn area. Only horsemen, (trainers, drivers, grooms and owners) that have horses on the grounds and support staff such as veterinarian, blacksmiths, feed and supply vendors will be able to enter the barn area until March 30. Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - Ensuring the health and welfare of our patrons, horsemen and employees is our top priority and we therefore will cease live racing and simulcasting at Monticello Raceway beginning Monday, March 16 as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Our plan is to reopen Monday, March 30, but we will continue to closely monitor developments and rely on guidance from the CDC as well as state and local health officials. During the down time, the Simulcasting Room, Racing Paddock, Race Office, and common areas will undergo a deep cleaning and sanitization process." by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - Leading Monticello Raceway harness racing dash winner driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. padded his lead with 5 wins on the afternoon Thursday March 5 at Monticello Raceway, Mike Merton also drove 3 winners on the card. Aldrich won 3 consecutive races in the beginning of the card, the first win came aboard Western Bay Bay 1:58.4 - $3.60 in race 2 for trainer Robert Lounsbury, it was the 3rd seasonal win for the 4-year-old Art Official gelding in 9 starts, Aldrich scored with Lucky Leonard in 2:00, Bruce was content to sit the pocket while Giddyallyougot (Mike Merton) cut the mile his best winning time in 2 years for trainer Laura Perino and returned a healthy $40.80 win pari mutual. Someboysomewhere would account for win # 3, trained by the 3rd leading trainer on the grounds Jim Doherty Jr. the son of Somebeachsomewhere scored a 5 length romp in 2:00 for his first win of the 2020 season. The next win came aboard the favorite Regil Tiger, Aldrich worked hard for this win as the co-favorite Drive Em Cowboy (Jim Taggart Jr.) started to skip away from the field down the backside the second time, Aldrich did some serious urging to get the win with the 14-year-old gelding in 1:58. John Dally would account for Aldrich's 5th win of the afternoon for trainer David Dziengiel. It marked the 5th time this season that Aldrich won 4 or more races on the same day. Mike Merton who recently returned back in the bike after a prolonged absence due to a racing accident, brushed off the dust and won 3 races with Hot Seat - 1:59.2 - $2.80, Catcha Lefty A 1:57.3 - $2.70 and Upfront Countryboy 1:58 - $3.20 $724,787 was wagered on the 10 race card, for an average handle per race of $72,478 Live racing resumes Monday with a 12:50 Post Time by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY- Starting on Monday March 2, Monticello Raceway will change its Post Time to 12:50 pm. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - On Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Brandon Parker won 4 races on the 9 race card and his father Billy "Zeke" Parker had a training triple on the harness racing afternoon. The first trip to the winner circle came aboard Bettoriffic, who scored a 2 length win after sitting the pocket behind pace setter Urbana Bayama (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) in 2:01.2 - $3.00. The 11-year-old son of Bettors Delight notched his first season win, making his first start in a new barn with Brandon's father Billy "Zeke Parker as the trainer. Next up was Park It Park It in a wire to wire win in 1:59.1 - $3.70 who notched his 3 win of the year for trainer Zeke Parker. The 14-year-old Dirty Devil looked like a youngster after his 10 length romp in 1:59.2 - $3.30 for leading trainer Bo Sowers. Parker finished the afternoon aboard American Champ who won in a tight photo over Histoire Eternelle (Michael Merton) in 2:00.4 - $4.60, the win gave Brandon's father Billy Parker a training triple on the afternoon. The 4 wins on the card has Brandon now in second place for leading dash winning drivers, leading the pack is Bruce Aldrich Jr with 48 wins. The 2 training wins on the card increased Bo Sower's training tally to 26 wins, a commanding lead over James Doherty Jr in second with 18 wins. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway              

Monticello, NY - Monticello Raceway Race Secretary Eric Warner announced today the purse's at Monticello Raceway have been increased 15% on this week's condition sheet. According to Warner "We are hopeful that this will attract more horse's, in addition to the purse increase we also changed some conditions to reflect purse increase" The increase will go into effect for horses racing on Monday February 24th. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - With Saratoga Raceway now open and driver's Jim Devaux and Greg Merton opting to race there, harness racing Bruce Aldrich took advantage of their absence and scored 5 winners' on the afternoon. Aldrich won the first 3 races on the program, it was the Rick Dane Jr. trained Ladybeluckytonite (PP4) the Art Major mare scored in 1:58.3 - $3.00 for her second win of the young season. Jasmin Ivory overcame the outside post from the 7 hole to win in a tight photo over The Filly Princess in 2:00.1 - $19.00 for trainer Raheim Strong, the Palone Ranger mare is owned by John DeSantis of Albany, NY. The triple came aboard the ultra-consistent Demand An Answer in a wire to wire win in 2:01.1 for trainer Laura Perino. Lily Hanover kept the banner afternoon alive when she scored a wire to wire win in 1:59 - $4.40, the win gave Laura Perino a training double on the afternoon in race 5. Storyboard would cap off the afternoon and give Aldrich win 5, Bob Lounsbury trains the well-bred daughter of Art Official who earned her first win of the year for owner Robert D Main of Leechburg, PA. Starting from the rail Storyboard won in 1:57.2 - $19.80 for her first trip to the winner's circle in 2020. This marks the 3rd time this season that Aldrich has driven at least 4 winners on an afternoon. The 5 wins puts Aldrich (39) in first place for leading dash winners, overtaking Jim Devaux (35) by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Without much fanfare Brandon Parker has quietly broke into the top 5 at Monticello Raceway for leading harness racing dash winning drivers. On Thursday Feb 13, the 21-year-old Brandon drove 3 winners on the 10 race card. Rock America started the triple in race 7, the American Ideal gelding notched his first win of the 2020 season with a wire to wire 2:01.1 - $5.80. In the next race starting from post position 3, My Last Chance sat the 2 hole behind pace setter Brookstone to score in 1:59.1 - $15.00, giving trainer Bo Sowers a training double on the afternoon. Sowers now leads the way as leading trainer with 21 wins. Park It Park it scored a 3 length wire to wire win in 1:59.1 for Brandon's father Billy "Zeke" Parker, Billy Parker holds down the 6th spot for leading trainers with 10 wins Brandon is in the 5th spot for most wins thus far at Monticello Raceway with 27, 1 win behind 2019 Leading Dash winning driver Jim Taggart Jr. - Jim Devaux is atop the leader board with 35 wins with Bruce Aldrich on his heels with 34 trips to the winner circle. Monticello Raceway resumes live racing on Monday February 17 with a 12:25 Post Time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Both harness racing drivers Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Jim Devaux each enjoyed a banner day on Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway as each driver won 4 races on the muddy afternoon. Track Superintendent Anthony Desimone did an excellent job in maintaining the racing oval after 2 days of rain and mud Bruce Aldrich Jr. started off the day by winning the first race with the heavy favorite Always Ya Baby in 2:00.1 - $2.70, Devaux would win the next 2 races, Aldrich came back in race 4 with Safety Second 1:58 - $3.90. 2 races later he visited he winners circle aboard Bootswiththefur in 2:03-$2.50, the Bob Lounsbury trained earned her second win of the season. Devaux won the next 2 races, in the last race of the afternoon Bruce went wire to wire with Julios Girl 1:59.4 -$3.00. Where Bruce Aldrich wasn't, DeVaux was , the 4 bagger started in the second race for Jimmy Devaux with Surface Tension, who scored a 4 length wire to win in 2:04.1 - $2.70, he came right back the following race aboard Gorgeous Partygirl 2:00 - $5.40 for trainer Greg Decker. Gaius Crastinus won race 7 in 1:59.36 - $4.20, last up was Kilkenny in 2:02.2 - $7.90 in the last race of the day. Trainers Jim Doherty Jr. and Art Green each had a training double on the card, Jim Doherty Jr. is in second place with 15 wins behind the leader Bo Sowers with 19 for leading dash winning trainers, Art Green broke into the Top 5. Jim Devaux maintains a slim lead for leading dash winning drivers, the 4 wins on the card gives him 34 wins, with Bruce Aldrich trailing closing behind in second with 33 wins. Greg Merton is 3rd with 28 wins followed by Jim Taggart Jr. with 25 wins, in the 5th spot is the young gun and future dash winner, Brandon Parker with 24 wins who has been on fire as of late. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY -Brandon Parker has been on a roll for the last four harness racing programs at Monticello Raceway, as he has won at least 2 races per card, and on Wednesday February 5, the 21-year-old Parker broke out and scored a driving triple. In the first race Brandon steered home the 8/1 Choochoocharlie from the rail, the 6 YO Crazed gelding went down the road and tripped every timer to score in a 6 length romp in 2:01:2 and a $19.00 win pari mutual for co-owner and trainer Randall Ring of Elmira, NY . The heavy favorite Manticipation from the rail was his next winner in race 6 where he scored another wire to wire win in 2:04 -$2.80 for trainer Bo Sowers in the non-winners of 2 class, Tempra Hanover finished second followed by Dial A Date. Using the same tactic that worked well for him all day, cutting the mile and playing catch me if you can, Parker won with Drain Daddy in 1:57.1, the fastest mile of the afternoon, Drain Daddy is trained by Bo Sowers, the win gave Sowers a training double on the card and a seasonal tally thus far of 16, putting him in first place for leading winning trainers. While only 21 years of age, the young Parker shows poise in the sulky, gaining more confidence every day, certainly having a father who has won over 10,000 races in his career is an excellent sounding board and mentor. Brandon is currently in 5th place for leading dash winning drivers with 18 wins in the young 2020 season by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Harness racing driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. had the hot hands on Thursday January 30 at Monticello Raceway as he won 4 races on the 11 race card. The streak started with Dealin Dan in race 2, the 27-1 longshot won in 1:57.2 from post position 6, pacing his LQ in 28.4 and paid $57.00 to win for trainer John Stubits. Dealin Dan is owned by longtime Monticello Raceway patron Joe & Kathy Rea and trainer John Stubits. Aldrich came right back in the following race with odds on favorite Ladybeluckytonite who started from post position 2. The former $26,000 Goshen yearling sale graduate is trained by Rick Dane, the 4-year-old trained mare by Art Major scored in 6 length romp in 1:58.2 - $2.20 to earn her first seasonal win. Virtuous Dragon would account for win #3, the well-bred 6-year-old Dragon Again gelding went wire to wire in 1:59.2 - $5.00, Aldrich is also the trainer and owner of Virtuous Dragon. In the afternoons last race, a short field of 5 after 2 scratches, it was Zinck's Night from post 7 who scored a 2 length wire to wire finish in 1:59.3 - $6.40. Zinck's Night is owned and trained by Sarah Osmeloski . Thus far in the young season it is a tight photo for leading dash winning drivers, with the afternoons 4 wins Aldrich is tied in third place with 20 wins with the newest member of the 5,000-win club Jim Taggart Jr., leading the way is James Devaux with 22 wins, Gregory Merton is second with 21. Brandon Parker won 2 races on the afternoon and is in the sixth spot with 12 wins. Over $574,000 was wagered on the 11 race card, live racing resumes Monday February 3 with a 12:25 Post Time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway              

Monticello, NY - On Tuesday afternoon January 28, harness racing driver Jim Taggart Jr notched a career milestone as he won his 5,000 win aboard GD Striker in the 8th race at Monticello Raceway.   GD Striker wired the field in a 5 length victory 2:01.2 - $3.20 over New York Attitude (Renaldo Morales III) who finished second followed by London Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) The 49-year-old Taggart has been a fixture of the Mighty M for decades, the PA native has enjoyed much success with trainer Gary Messenger, ironically is was a Messenger trained horse that earned Taggart the covenanted 5000 win. GD Striker picked up his first win of the 2020 season, he is a 4-year-old gelding by Guccio and is owned by Jason Darling of Burlington NJ. During his career his mounts have earned $24,710,856 in purses, Taggart was the leading dash winning driver at Monticello Raceway for 2019, presently he is in 3rd place with 17 wins behind Greg Merton (18) and Bruce Aldrich Jr. (19).   by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

The weather may have been cold and windy, but Greg Merton was not deterred and had the hot hand and drove 4 harness racing winners on Thursday January 16 at Monticello Raceway. Fly'N With Royalty was Merton's first winner of the card in the 3rd race, the Thomas Milici trained son of Panspacificflight scored a wire to wire 3 length win 1:59.2 - $3.70 for his second win of the young season. Merton would catch fire and won the cards final 3 races, Brookstone from post 3 won by a neck over Victory At Last in 2:01.2 - $9.90 for trainer David Dziengiel, next up came the out of town invader Mansome who won in a wire to wire 5 length romp in 2:00.4 - $3.00 for Elisha Lafreniere. In the last race Tinos Pulse starting from the rail, lead every step of the way to win by 2 for trainer Dawn DeVaux in from the rail in 2:02.3 The early season leading dash driver is James Devaux with 13 wins, Greg's 4 wins on the afternoon has him in second place with 12 wins. Monticello Raceway will be dark in Monday January 20th for Martin Luther King Day and will resume live racing on Tuesday January 21 with a 12:25 post time by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - Harness racing driver Jim Devaux owned the second half of the harness racing card at Monticello Raceway Thursday by sweeping the programs final five races. The win skein started in the fifth race aboard Rockme Socks Off who scored a pocket trip to win by a neck in 1:58- $7.90 from post 4 for his first win of the season for trainer Elisha Lafreniere and owner Wilda Mcdanel. Runhappy Ten was next up, who scored in a 6 length romp pacing the fastest mile of the afternoon in 1:55.4 and paid a paltry $2.90 win pari mutual. The 4 year old gelding by Pet Rock is trained and co owned by Joseph Skowyra and Mo Coo Inc. Devaux and Skowyra teamed up again in the next race with Big Is Better, who scored a 2 length win in 1:57.4 and paid $5.70. Win #4 came aboard Adorabella from the rail in another romp, winning by 9 lengths for trainer Jody Riedel for his first win of the 2020 season in 1:59.1 - $2.50. Devaux capped of the afternoon with Master Faster from post position 4 to score a wire to wire win by 3 lengths in 1:58.2, pacing his last quarter in 28.4 for trainer Jimmy Nickerson. Live racing resumes Monday January 13 with a 12:25 Post Time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway          

Monticello NY - The curtain fell on the 2019 harness racing season at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon December 31 and between the races the awards for leading trainer and driver were handed out. Trainer Gary Messenger won honors for leading dash winning trainers and Jim Taggart Jr. took top honors for leading dash winning drivers. The relationship of Gary Messenger and Jim Taggart Jr has been very prolific since Taggart became the main driver for the Gary Messenger Stables 10 years ago. The duo was responsible for the 2018 Monticello Raceway Horse of the Year, Warrawee Preferred, and many other top performers over the years. Both horseman has been mainstays at Monticello for decades, Messenger a native of Monticello NY and the 49-year-old Taggart hails from nearby Honesdale, PA. Gary Messenger harnessed 488 starters over the course of the 2019 season at Monticello Raceway with 113 winners with a UDRS of .383 and a winning percentage of a respectable 23%. His starters earned $440,571 for the barn with earnings per start of $903. As a trainer with over 500 starts, Messenger ranked 12th in the nation for trainers with over 500 starts with 153 wins and stable earnings of $797,354. James Doherty Jr finished in second place with 95 wins trailed by former leading trainer Robert Lounsbury with 85 wins Jim Taggart Jr. took top honors for leading dash winning driver with 254 wins, Michael Merton was second with 211 and former multiple dash winner Monticello Raceway driver Bruce Aldrich was 3rd with a win tally of 208. Last season Jim Taggart finished 5th with 168 wins. Taggart's mounts earned $893,141 for the year Also on the card were 4 horses making their final lifetime start. The 14 year olds Crypto Man, My Cool Breeze, Briars Creeks Angel and Elias Joy. The 11 race card produced the 2nd highest handle of the year with $810,575 wagered with a per race average of $73,688. Live racing will resume on Thursday Jan 2 with post time at 12:20, Monticello will also offer live racing on Friday January 3. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - On Friday December 27, at Monticello Raceway on a track listed as good, a field of 5 pacers lined up behind the starting gate for the last time in their career in the Au Revior $5,000 Invitational Pace. For almost a decade and a half, these 5 equine iron geldings have been behind the starting gate almost 1600 times in their combined careers. When the gate left, the betting favorite FLEM N EM N starting from post position. 5 and driver Jim DeVaux were first away followed by Lucky Man right along side, DeVaux worked his mount hard to get the front keeping Lucky Man at bay, they zipped the opening quarter in 27.3, Driver Jennifer Lappe and Lucky Man were parked and had no choice and was forced to tuck in the 3 hole well past the paddock turn. The Saratoga invader FLEM N EM M took the field to the half in 57.3, at this point Lappe pulled the right line for the last time and started the outer flow and was first over and bid his time as the leader FLEM N EM N hit the the ¾ in 1:27.3, with Lucky Man parked on the outside. In the paddock turn Lucky Man, urged on by Lappe, exploded in a matter of strides and had an instant three length lead on the field at the head of the stretch. The usually reserve Lappe savored the moment and pumped her arm in the air before the wire, reminiscent of the Stanley Dancer moment with Duenna in the Hambletonian, the duo hit the wire in 1:57.2 drawing off by 5 lengths, pacing their last quarter in 29.4. FLEM N EM N finished second Lightning Raider N third, the winner paid a $6.40 for win. It was his 9th win of the season and has banked over $32,000 in 2019, Christopher Bliss was a late scratch. Lucky Man's career stats and overall body of work is impressive, the $90,000 Camluck yearling purchase amassed lifetime earning of $1.2 million with a lifetime mark of 1:49.1 as a 5 year old at Mohawk Raceway with 60 career wins, he is co owned by trainer-driver Jennifer Lappe and Patrick Laiso. After the winner circle presentation, and emotional Lappe paid homage to her steed and unhooked the sulky and walked the gutsy campaigner Lucky Man back to the paddock for the last time to enjoy the moment amid the spattering of claps for the classy duo from those admirers on the racing apron that braved the elements to bid him farewell. Cool him out good, this last time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway          

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