Day At The Track

Monaco wins opening leg Billings Series

10:16 AM 02 Mar 2021 NZDT
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Marianna Monaco, harness racing
Marianna Monaco
Valerie D'augelli-Monaco photo

Yonkers, NY-- After a couple of false starts due to weather conditions, the granddaddy of all amateur driving harness racing series finally presented another leg of the 2021 CKG Billing Series season on March 1st at Yonkers Raceway. When the judges hung the official sign that evening "Mighty Marianna" Monaco emerged victorious after she sat back and then and rallied Hot Summer Knight to a head victory over the pace-setter, Pound Sterling, who was driven Bob "the Headhunter"Hechkoff.

When the starter said "go" Hechkoff gunned Pound Sterling to the lead from post position six and they had command on the first turn and led five others by the first quarter in :29.1. Comfortable on the lead Pound Sterling and Wygant Prince ("Coach Paul" Minore) were one-two as they passed the half in 1:00.2.

Perhaps the soft race track kept the trailers from moving early and the field remained in the same order as they approached the three quarters.

Monaco was the first to move off the pylons and she rallied Hot Summer Knight up alongside the Pound Sterling and when they rounded the final turn the former was the strong horse and he collared Pound Sterling for a head victory in 2:03. Wygant Prince held on for the show dough.

The winner, a 10-year-old Justice Hall gelding, is owned by Lynette Buter and trained by Todd Buter

For full results, click here.

by John Manzi, for the CKG Billings Series

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