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The Monticello Harness Horseman's Association (MHHA) and the North American Amateurs Drivers Association (NAADA) continued their longstanding annual harness racing tradition by making a donation to the Sullivan County Federation of the Homeless on Veterans Day at Monticello Raceway on Monday November 11. In the winner's Circle after the 3rd race, Kathy Kreiter, director and program administrator of the Sullivan County Federation of the Homeless was presented with 2 checks, each worth $1,000 on behalf of the MHHA and NAADA. Alan Schwartz, President of the MHHA, and his wife Alicia were on hand to make the presentation to Kreiter. Alan Schwartz himself a former Veteran said "We are happy to help support those citizens of the community that need assistance at this time of year" Jim Taggart Jr. scored with N Make it Snappy in the Food Bank Presentation Race, the Steve Moore trained mare by Dream Away tripped the timer in 2:00.3 and notched her 6 win of the season. Taggart would wind up winning 3 races on the Veterans Day Card increasing his lead over Michael Merton. Taggart is in first place with 220 wins over Merton's 211. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Over the years the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) has donated to worthy charities and this year will be no exception. On Veterans Day Monday November 11, the Monticello Raceway Harness Horseman's Association (MHHA) and the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) will make a donation to the Sullivan County Veterans Food Pantry in the amount of $1,000 in the winner's circle. Each year NAADA makes its own substantial donations to charities like Juvenile Diabetes and the Susan B Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, just to mention a few. Monies raised for the donations come from membership and starting fees paid by the clubs participating drivers. MHHA President Alan Schwartz, a former US Marine are urging those who plan on attending the afternoon's race card to please bring along a non-perishable food item which will then be delivered to the veteran's food pantry. "We have planned our own special tribute for those who served our country with honor by staging this Amateur Driving Challenge for veterans of our armed forces who are currently amateur drivers," said Schwartz Post Time is 12:25. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY  - For generations, Monticello Raceway has been the proving ground for many prominent harness racing drivers paying their dues and learning the ropes and breaking into the business, Cat Manzi, Ron Pierce, George Brennan, to name just a few. Add Cory Stratton to the list of the new generation following the exact footsteps of his older brother Jordan Stratton. Cory has been quietly plying his trade on the famed Catskill Mountain oval, at first the drives came slowly for the 27-year-old Stratton, but as time went on his talent became apparent which is evident by the amount of horses that trainers put him on to drive. On Tuesday November 5, Cory Stratton drove 3 winners on the card, the first trip to the winner's circle was aboard Future Life in 1:58.2 - $3.20 for trainer and co-owner Jim Doherty Jr. Future Life a 10 YO mare by Life Sign earned her 10th win in 2019 for owners Jim Doherty Jr and Chris Tully with seasonal earnings of $25,000. Never Tell would account for win #2, the Dan Gill trained son of Southwind Lustre notched his 3rd seasonal wins scoring in 2:01 - $10.00 for owner and longtime Monticello Raceway patron Adam Friedland. Grand Priority gave Stratton the driving triple who scored from post 3, in the 7th race, the Nicholas Devita trainee won his 7 win of the season in 1:56.2 - $4.60, the Western Ideal gelding broke the $100,000 mark in lifetime earnings. Cory is currently in 8th place for leading dash winner drivers at Monticello Raceway with 66 wins and is within striking distance of overtaking Brandon Parker and John Desimone Jr. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - To find any 14-year horses racing these days is rare in harness racing, but on Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raeway in the 4th race there were three 14 year olds in the same race. At the finish line was Elias Joy first, the came, My Cool Breeze to be second and third was Crypto Man. All of them 14 years old. The winner Elias Joy notched his 12 win of the season for trainer Robert Lounsbury as he trotted to a 4 length victory in 2:00.4 and returned $2.60 to win with Hunter Oaks in the bike. The son of Floritas Hero is not showing any signs of slowing down this year, with 34 starts under his belt and over $27,000 in seasonal earnings. Elias Joy is in 4th place with the most wins at Monticello Raceway this year. The three aged trotting warriors have combined lifetime stats of 1008 starts, 125 wins and over $846,000 in earnings. Crypto Man was driven by Bruce Aldrich Jr. and is trained and owned by David Dziengiel, a son of Malabar Man is out of the top producer Nervey's Taurus. My Cool Breeze is trained by Dawn DeVaux and is owned by her daughter Nicole and was driven by Mike Merton. In the next race Mike Merton went down on the track when Volare TZ made a nasty break going into the first turn and was out of control, Merton sustained a broken collar bone. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - On Wednesday afternoon October 16, harness racing driver Jim Taggart Jr won 4 races on a soggy afternoon at the famed Catskill Mountains oval. Taggart wasted no time in getting on the board as he scored a 2 length victory in the first race with Needles And Pins in 1:57.3 ($2.90) for trainer Anthony Regina, giving the aged mare by Village Jove her 7th win of the year. Next up in race 6 was Coco Hall in 2:01.1 ($3.50) owned by Brenda Messenger and Scott Woogen for trainer Gary Messenger, the 5-year-old Amigo Hall mare has won 4 of her last 6 outings. Keystone Honor gave Taggart his 3rd win, the Dennis Laterza trained son of Bettors Delight won by 5 lengths in 1:57.2 and returned $10.60. In the last race is was Angelic Speed in 2:04.1 ($2.20) the win gave Gary Messenger a training double on the card. The four wins on the card helped Taggart boost his seasonal win tally to 198 wins for the year, gaining ground on leading dash winner Michael Merton with 207. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - The weather may have been damp and rainy on Monday October 7, but Greg Merton was hot as he won four races out of the eight race program over a sloppy track. Ginger Spice ($3.30) would start the afternoons quartet in Race 4, starting from post position 5, the Tinted Cloud mare scored a wire to wire win in 1:58, with a 5 length winning margin. Julio's Girl ($4.60) won the following race in 1:57.2 for her 5th win of the season. Ginger Spice and Julio's Girl are trained by Nick Surick. Miss Bling ($4.70) would account for win 3 on the afternoon, the 6-year-old I'm Gorgeous mare won in 1:59.3 for leading Monticello Raceway trainer Jim Doherty Jr. Hurrikane Shorty ($3.00) would complete the 4 bagger in the last race from post position 6, the win gave Nick Surick a training triple on the afternoon. With the 4 wins on the card Greg Merton in now in 10th position for leading dash wining drivers, his brother Mike leads the pack with 204 wins by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY -  Monticello Raceway held the 3rd Annual Elizabeth Miller Memorial on Wednesday afternoon  Elizabeth was the matriarch of the prominent Miller clan of New Berlin NY who have raced in central NY for decades. Elizabeth was active for many years at the Otsego County Fair and served as secretary of the New York Sire Stakes as well as tending the family's dairy farm and harness racing operation. The memorial race was a RUS (Racing Under Saddle) event with 4 horses going in behind the gate. As the gate sprung RCS Ready PP3 (Hillary Hartnett) and Funny Photo PP4 (Sophie Engerran) trotted in tandem and went stride for stride with each other with RCS Ready cutting the mile with Funny Photo parked on the outside. The duo passed the quarter in 30.2 and the half in 1:01. RCS Ready began to tire going into the clubhouse turn the second time, but the fit Funny Photo had plenty left in reserve despite being parked to the half. Sophie Engerran keep the 10-year-old son of Classic Photo on the bit and had 4 lengths on the pack when she reached the ¾ marker in 1:34. Their lead continued to increase coming down the stretch and won in 2:06.4 by 10 lengths, trotting the last quarter in 32.4. Railroad Lane (Cathy Gearwar) rallied in the lane to finish second, with RCS Ready 3rd. Funny Photo is also trained by Sophie Engerran and is owned by Enge Training Stable LLC of Stillwater NY. Jim Taggart Jr. dominated the harness racing card Wednesday winning five races on the afternoon, four of the victories came in consecutive races. The win streak started in the second half of the early daily double in race 2 aboard Road Untraveled from the rail, the Dave Dziengiel trained son of the recently deceased Stallion Grimfromeartoear notched his 9 win of the year, scoring in 1:57 ($3.80) Natalie Hanover was up next from post position 6, she worked hard to make the front end but once she did, she cruised to a win in 1:59 ($4.90) Needles And Pins also started from the rail had a similar trip as Natalie Hanover and scored in 1:58 ($5.00), the 11 year old gelding by Village Jove scored his 5th seasonal win for trainer Anthony Regina. Race 5 saw Lightupbullville bull his way to the front end and never looked back, scoring an easy 7 length win and the fastest mile of the day in 1:56.3 ($2.80) for longtime Monticello Raceway trainer Murray Bassen for owners Gray Thunder II Stables of New Rochelle NY. After a brief 2 race hiatus, he scored with former Monticello Raceway Horse of the Year Warrawee Preferred, the 8-year-old gelded son of Federal Flex is trained by Gary Messenger and won it 1:57.3 ($4.00) and is on the cusp to eclipse over $225,000 in lifetime earnings. The 49-year-old Taggart currently is in second place in the Monticello driver's colony with 184 wins, trailing leader Michael Merton with 203 wins, rounding out the top 3 leading dash winners is Austin Siegelman with 143. For full race results and entries click here.  by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY -  - Monticello Raceway concluded its 2019 New York Sire Stakes harness racing program with the New York County Fair Finals on Thursday September 5 with 8 divisions each worth $10,000 on the 10 race card. 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies The heavy 3/5 favorite Comaway With Me got the lead past the ¼ marker in 31.0 after a brief tussle with Notoutofthewoods made the lead. Comaway With Me cut the rest of the mile and had a 3 length lead in the middle of the stretch before rolling off her feet and made a break. Notoutofthewoods inherited the lead and won by 5 lengths over Im A Chole and Don't Call Me Crazy in 2:04.1. It was the 4th win of the season for the daughter of Prayer I Am - Edge of the Woods, in the process she earned a new lifetime mark. She was driven by Mark Whitcroft for trainer and owner Cheryl Whitcroft. 2 Year Old Trotting Colts Discus Hanover (Credit Winner - Dancing Flames) came into the race with a 6 race win streak competing in both the Excelsior B class and the County Fairs during the summer. The 1/5 favorite went to the front and never looked back after cutting fractions of 30, 1:00.3, 1:31.2 to draw off by 15 lengths to win in 2:01.4. Step Forward finished second followed by Simonthediamond. Former Monticello Raceway Dash winner Jim Devaux was in the sulky for owners Philip Hale and David Dewhurst. It was the 10th win of the year for Discus Hanover in 13 starts. 2 Year Old Pacing Fillies Xenias Chip started from the rail in the 8 horse field, Greg Merton hustled the robust offspring of Heston Blue Chip - Xenia Hanover to the front and cruised to an easy 6 lengths win over KJ Natalia and Roll On The Odds. Xenias Chip scored her 4th win of the years for owner Keith Pinkowski and trainer Jim Graham. Time for the mile was 1:59.2 and was a new lifetime mark for the winner. 2 Year Old Pacing Colts The favorite Art Nukem was first away from the starting gate from the 7 hole for driver Mike Simons, the duo cut the mile to the half in 58.3. The first to move past the half was Flow With Joe and driver Claude Huckabone Jr. they made the lead at the ¾ mile marker and began to skip away from the pack to win in 1:59. Flow With Joe (Roll With Joe - Hidden Play) is trained by Jody Weidman, he increase his impressive resume to 7 wins in 8 lifetime starts. 3 Year Old Trotting Fillies Tyler Buter rushed Lindy In The Sky away from the gate from post position 8 and reached that panel in 29.3, Reckless Image took the lead past the quarter pole and scored a wire to wire win in 2:02.1 over Lindy In The Sky and Smokin On By. Reckless Image is a daughter of Muscle Mass- Image Hall and won her 11th race of the season for David Dewhurst and Philip Hale, it was the 2nd win of the afternoon for the duo of Dewhurst and Hale and driver Jim Devaux. 3 Year Old Trotting Colts Going into the first turn 4 colts made breaks, Certify was able to steer clear of the commotion and eased his way to the front. Once on top he dictated the fractions of 29.3, 1:00,1:29.4 to win by 6 in 1:59.3. The gelded son of Credit Winner - Good Intentions earned his 9th win of the season, the win gave Tyler Buter a driving double on the card. Finishing second was Sanchez Rocks, followed by Okay. Certify is owned and trained by Earl Sauve. 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies Roll With Mimi made short work in her class as she notched an impressive 6 length victory in 1:56.4 over Pearlameri and Qing Oong Bluechip. The daughter of Roll With Joe - Dream of Mimi earned her 15th win of the season in 28 starts with earning of over $60,000 in her 3 year old campaign. Tyler Buter handled the driving chores for trainer Claude Huckabone Jr. and owners Robndot LTD and CL Huckabone. 3 Year Old Pacing Colts While the caulk prevailed for most of the day, Jericho Willie was the exception, sent off at odds of 18/1 starting from post 5, Joe Chindano Jr. choose the winning tactic of the day, catch me if you can, he scored a wire to wire to wire win in 1:57 and in the processed earned a new lifetime record. Jericho Willie a son of Rock N Roll Heaven - Taylorlane Diva is owned by Larry Stalbaum and was bred by Gary Smith, he paid $39.60 to win. Hestons Lucky Chip finished 2nd followed by Johnny Chimpo. Also on the race card was an RUS event which featured a 4 horse contest, the highly competitive race was won by Vanessa Karlewicz aboard Akhenton to win in 2:09.1, finishing second was Michelle Miller and Choke Hold followed by RC's Ready and Hilary Hartnett. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - The New York County Fair series offered harness racing at 20 different grassroots locations throughout the state this summer, with the first event at Afton on June 20. After a long and arduous summer and many miles driving to Fairs such as Sandy Creek, Malone, Palmyra, Dunkirk and others, all roads will converge on Monticello Raceway on Thursday September 5 as The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Finals will host 8 divisions, with each dash worth $10,000. Also on tap is the RUS Championship event will host of 4 riders, the RUS circuit consisted of 10 starts within the state coinciding with The New York Sire Stakes County Fairs. The event will go between the 2nd and 3rd race, they will race for $2,400 which will be split evenly between the 4 riders. Monticello Raceway and the Monticello Harness Horseman Association will be hosting a BBQ outside of the paddock during the afternoons races and is open to all participants. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

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

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

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

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

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

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

This year’s Hall of Fame Weekend was another great event, as the large incoming class pushed this year’s attendance to well over 325 on a typical hot Goshen July weekend.  This year the Hall of Fame welcomed the incoming class of Blair Burgess, Ted Gewertz, Joe Holloway, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano and Ted Wing.  Congratulations to our very own Dave Little and Mark Hall for their induction to the Communicators Hall of Fame. It was the culmination of months of planning and hard work for Janet Terhune and her staff, who pulled it off to perfection.  Hall Of Fame 2020 The USHWA HOF Screening Committee decided that the ballot candidates for the Class of 2020 would be Tom Charters, Jeff Gural, Billy Popfinger and Tim Tetrick. The CHOF nominees are Phil Pikelny and Ken Weingartner, as decided at the USHWA national meetings in Florida.  HOF Screening Committee 2019 While I usually adhere to the theory of not stirring the mud with a controversial topic, I feel that I must be proactive and put to rest any rumors or innuendos concerning the USHWA HOF Screening Committee who have come under social media fire for the recent HOF nominees.  I am specifically addressing the issues of the appearance or perceptions of insider influence in respect to Jeff Gural and Tom Charter being nominated to the HOF.  The Chairman and the Committee were cognizant of the potential ramifications and showed poise and foresight: they went to great lengths to avoid any actual or perceived conflicts of interest. The Committee followed protocol and worked from the list of nominees that was sent in by the Chapters. Screening Committee Chairman Jason Settlemoir immediately announced to the Committee that he was going to recuse himself during the discussions and voting for Jeff Gural, and at this point Bob Heyden followed suit and did the same. They both left the room during the discussions and were not present during the voting.  Moira Fanning also recused herself from the discussions and vote when Tom Charters’ name came up.  As a silent observer to this meeting, I can say the Chairman and Committee members displayed character and integrity. USHWA cannot control the external voices from any naysayers. The nominated candidates were selected on their own merit and laurels and did not need any “help.”  HOF  - CHOF Ballot Material   In the next few weeks, you will be receiving the Hall Of Fame balloting materials (for all eligible to vote in this election) and the Communicators Hall Of Fame balloting materials (all USHWAns are eligible to vote for the CHOF). Carefully read the instructions. You must make one selection per candidate – YES, NO, or ABSTAIN. If you have any questions, please reach out to me, secretary Jerry Connors or your Chapter president.  USHWA Donation  USHWA National made its annual donation of $5,000 to the Harness Racing Museum during the HOF dinner.  Museum Director Janet Terhune expressed her sincere appreciation on behalf of herself and the Museum.   Monticello – Goshen Chapter of USHWA  The Monticello – Goshen Chapter also donated to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame during a winners circle presentation during Hall of Fame Weekend in the amount of $4,000.  Raffle Items  Last year’s raffle and silent auction items were deep in quantity and quality -- many thanks to all who had a hand in this! We need to duplicate these efforts again this year.  It is not too early to start thinking about securing items!  I will start it off by donating a 27 x 25 NY Jets signed framed photo of Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson.  HOY – POY – TOY and Divisional honors  This year the USTA will not be tabulating the year-end horse honors – USHWA gives many thanks to Paul Ramlow, who has handled this important task for many years in the past. USHWA treasurer Barry Lefkowitz has worked very hard in searching for and securing a reputable firm that will handle that voting this year.  This year’s voting format will look and feel different from what we have all been accustomed to over the past few years. This type of voting process may be expanded to the human award winners as well down the line.    Breeders Crown   The Breeders Crown Finals are at Woodbine/Mohawk Raceway and will be raced on October 25-26. The tempo will quicken for the organization as year-end equine and human award voting will come shortly after that. It might be good for Chapters to look ahead at the stakes calendar and the “regular” calendar and start trying to schedule a meeting to discuss the year-end equine and human awards nominations.    Shawn Wiles

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