"We've searched hard to find drivers with presidential surnames and had to reach way down but we did fairly well, "noted Eric Warner, the track's director of racing
"We could come up with six drivers with presidential surnames who consented to participate but in order to get an eight horse field together we used, whose first name Is certainly presidential, and then reached out for , who said he'd be glad to drive in the race, if he was needed."
Although Gerry is not a presidential name, it is however, a vice presidential name. Elbridge Thomas Gerry, Peter's grandfather five or six generations removed, was selected as Vice President under James Madison . He was also one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Joiningand in the Presidents Day race will be Scott Taylor, Don Hoover, Cedric Washington, George Polk, Jr., Howard Taylor, and Dennis Washington.
Also asked to be in the race wereand Allan Johnson but both had a conflict on February 17.
The "Not-Quite Presidential" Pace is slated as race number nine on the Monday (Feb. 17) 10-race card. First post will be at 12:25 PM
It should be noted that driving assignments as well as post positions were drawn by lot.
1. NF Wind Chimes (Truman Gale)
2. Fancy Creek Iris (Scott Taylor)
3. Space Chalet (Don Hoover)
4. She;'s A Screamer (Peter Gerry)
5. Bouncy Three (George Polk, Jr.)
6. Red Carpet Tonight (Howard Taylor)
7. Little Carmen (Cedric Washington)
8. Act Of Heaven (Dennis Washington)
by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway