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The undisputed King of the Passover Pace is harness racing driver Alan Schwartz, yesterday Schwartz picked up his 4th win in the covenanted race for the matzos at Monticello Raceway. After a recall, the race started off with both Terrys Girl Pearl and May Night both making breaks before the gate left, leaving them both out of contention. As the gate left, Peter Kleinhans went right to the lead went aboard All Perfect, he took the field past the ¼ in a brisk 28:2. Past the paddock turn Austin Siegelman pulled the favorite Pen Drop to the outside, following him with live cover was Schwartz. Pen Drop was parked at the half in 58:1, down the backside Pen Drop's challenge was fading. Alan Schwartz was still trailing him, he put Rattle N Shake into motion as All Perfect took the filed past the ¾ maker in 1:28:4. At the top of the stretch Rattle N Shake overtook All Perfect. Alan Schwartz and Rattle N Shake prevailed by 2 lengths over Dave Yarock and Sittinginthemorninsun. A jubilant Schwartz in the winners said 'I was hoping that I could hold off Dave Yarock" when told that he is the undisputed king of wins in the Passover Pace, Alan replied "Mazel Tov". Rattle N Shake, the 4 year old mare by Dream Away is owned and trained by Ruth Calcagni. Prior to Post Time Aruba Sunset was scratched, denying Derick Giwner his opportunity to win the race. Shawn Wiles  

Hannah Miller is on a roll. The 23- year- old daughter of top harness racing trainer Erv Miller is showing the racing world that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and she is making a name for herself in a sport dominated by men. On the wet and dreary Thursday (April 9) afternoon in New York's southern Catskill Mountains, Miller reined Rev It Now to a 2:02 triumph over a soggy racetrack in the fifth leg of the North American Amateur Driver Trotting Series which was held at Monticello Raceway. It was the second consecutive NAADA victory for the Miller-Rev It Now connection after they scored a 2:01.1 triumph at Freehold Raceway on April 5. And it was the third consecutive triumph for Ms. Miller having been victorious with Jacks To Open in an amateur contest at the Meadowlands on April 3. Undeterred against a field of all male drivers on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Miller and Rev It Now started from the five-hole and left to find a spot along the pylons on the first turn .They settled in fifth position as Bob Hechkoff and Tagmaster scooted to the lead from the five hole as the wings of the mobile gate folded. Alan Schwartz, with betting favorite Bad I Am from post two, was content to be in the cat-birds seat from the get-go and watched as Hechkoff parked-out Swift Blizzard (Bob Davis) and refused to let him go. Joseph Lee, after reining a 183.00 winner earlier on the card, held fourth place with Miss Directed. The field was still in that line-up as they passed the half at which point Miller moved Rev It Now to the outside and up moved closer to Swift Blizzard who was getting lots of fresh air on the limb. Miller got Rev it Now revved-up as the field trotted toward the third stanza and she kept her trotter in high gear as they went three-deep around Swift Blizzard before she moved down alongside Hechkoff and Tagmaster on the final turn which posed a real problem for Alan Schwartz and Bad I Am. "Early on I thought I was going to have the best of it with a 2-hole trip but when Bob Davis' trotter didn't tire and Hannah went three deep around the horses in front of her, I never saw daylight until the passing lane appeared," Schwartz said after the race. In the lane Rev It Now was still wide-open and he. carried Miller to a one and one quarter length victory. Schwartz and Bad I Am used the passing lane but the heavy going on the inside of the racetrack caused by the rainy afternoon hindered Bad I Am in the deep stretch and they had to settle for second money. Tony Verruso came from far back with Flirting Duezy to finish third. Tagmaster faded to fourth. "When I Moved Rev It Now three wide up the backside I didn't want cover at that point and I just let him ramble," Miller said. "We never cleared Tagmaster until we straightened for home but when we did my horse got brave, kept at his business and we were easy winners. "He's a nice horse and even at 9 years old he's still go it." Miller co-owns the winner with her dad Erv Miller and her boyfriend, Nick Surick. Rev It Now paid $7.00 for win. It seems that Hannah Miller is peaking at the right time because she will be needed when the North American Amateur Drivers Association hosts a contingent of talented French Amateur drivers during the week of April 21. The French contingent will be led by the talented lady driver Sophie Blanchetiere, who is the reigning amateur champion in France and winner of more than 250 races.. Being among the drivers that NAADA will be counting on in the US-France competition Miller was asked if she will be intimidated by Sophie Blanchetiere's prowess when they go head to head. Miller just smiled and said "Bring on Sophie!" Races in the U.S.- French Amateur Competition will be at Yonkers (April 21), Monticello (April 22), Freehold(April 23) and at the Meadowlands on April 24. John Manzi

Trenton, NJ --- It was almost too perfect. A harness racing driver named Shawn who has four-leaf clovers on his colors winning his first career race as a driver on St. Patrick’s Day. It sounds like a hokey movie plot, but it was as real as a pint of Guinness in Dublin. “That made it even more special,” said 21-year-old Shawn Simons, who drove Caviart Spencer to victory at Monticello Raceway on March 17. And it was predicted by an old friend, Eddie Sager, who called Shawn two weeks prior to the race. “Eddie has known me since I’ve been born and he said ‘I got you your first winner at Monticello,’” said Simons, the son of veteran driver Mike Simons. “I said ‘Whoa, slow down.’ We talked about the horse; he wanted me to take him so we bought the horse.” The price was $3,000 for the 9-year-old, although Simons had no idea he was that old. “I actually didn’t even ask for his age,” Shawn said. “I kept asking him is there anything wrong with him that I’d have to work on. He said ‘I wouldn’t sell you a bad horse,’ and I said ‘You got me there,’ so I was pretty confident in this horse. “I walked into the barn the next day and saw this horse and I said ‘Wow, he’s small!’ But he’s a great racehorse. He’s got a weird attitude, he’s kind of bashful, but he can race.” Shortly thereafter, as millions of Americans dined on corned beef and cabbage, Caviart Spencer raced in fourth place throughout much of his race, following the outside cover of favorite One Shark Road and driver Jimmy Taggart after the half-mile point before going three wide on the final turn. “It was the best of luck for (One Shark Road) to go first up so I could follow him,” Simons said. “I was following him and about halfway at the end of the turn I’m thinking ‘Wow I can actually be in this race up until the end.’ “Right before the head of the stretch, I got after him and I’m yelling at him and I’m feeling it. And then I realize I didn’t pop the (ear)plugs yet. So I popped the plugs and I go by Taggart, and I hear the announcer say ‘Can Shawn Simons finally get his first Monticello win?’ and when I heard that my adrenaline just went right through the roof and I’m like ‘Yeah I can,’ and I just kept driving him. I was just so energetic and gave a little fist pump at the end.” As he came across the finish line, Shawn experienced something he never felt before. “It was such a weird feeling; a good feeling,” he said. “It kind of felt like you shed your skin and you break through your skin and you’re reborn. My skin was like...it was crazy.” It turned out that Scotty Bicum, a groom for the Simons at their Big Z Farms in Montague, N.J., had a good feeling before the race considering what day it was. “Scotty kept saying ‘It’s St. Paddy’s Day, you might get ’em kid,’” Simons said, who won at odds of 38-1. “And then afterwards we said ‘Of course it’s St. Paddy’s Day and we’re gonna win.’ It was just perfect timing, just a great day.” Mike Simons was right there to take it all in. “I thought he was kind of getting emotional,” Shawn said. “He got out of the cart and they all had smiles on their faces and he was like ‘I knew you could do it kid.’ My dad gave me a big hug, it was a great picture.” Shawn had 21 drives before getting his first driving victory, to go along with 15 wins as a trainer. “It’s a much more intense feeling when you win as a driver,” Simons said. Shawn has spent a lifetime around the sport. He grew up at Pocono Downs, where the Simons were stabled for years. “I just hung around the horses all the time in the summer time, whenever I wasn’t in school,” he said. “On summer nights I would just run all around the grandstand all night long.” At age 14 he asked his dad if he could work the paddocks at Tioga Downs because he could get a groom’s license in New York at that age. At age 17 he began working with his dad on a few horses at Pocono Downs. “That’s where I learned most of my stuff,” he said. Two years later Shawn moved up to the Big Z where he has worked ever since. He began actual hands-on training at age 18 and still has the first horse he trained with and drove behind. “Me and my dad trained him on the main track at Pocono Downs,” Shawn said. “I got on the bike and it was actually pretty fun. The horse did all the work. It’s not like racing, you only have to deal with one other horse. In racing you have to deal with six or seven others. “He said ‘How’d you like it,’ and I said, ‘It was easy.’ He said ‘Did you like it?’ I said ‘Yeah,’ and I just kept going from there.” Firmly entrenched in the sport, Shawn wants to continue to train and drive. He and Mike have 16 horses at the Big Z, with Mike owning half of them and Shawn owning quarters to halves of four or five. “I hope I can become more of a popular driver so I can also catch drive for other people as well,” he said. “I’m looking to get a couple more wins under my belt. We like Tioga, we always race at Tioga. I’m hoping to become a little bit of a catch driver there, if not this summer than next summer.” And if at all possible, he’ll look to get back in the sulky on St. Patrick’s Day from this point on. After all, there may just be something to this luck of the Irish thing. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

When the day started, Bruce Aldrich Jr. had 146 driving wins thus far in 2015, which ranks him 4th in the nation, by the end of the day he added 6 more, upping his tally to 152. He currently leads the Monticello Raceway harness racing driver colony with 119 wins and is in 2nd place at Saratoga Raceway with 24 wins. Mother Nature continued her cruel streak as the card was marked with intermitted snow squalls, the track condition started off as good and then later in the card was downgraded to sloppy. Always a good indicator on what kind of day Bruce is going to have are the first 2 legs of the Daily Double. It was to be a very good day, as Bruce swept both ends of the Daily Double, scoring with Magic Manny in the first and then right back with One Tough Hombre, for trainer Thomas Merton, both with winning times of 1:57:2, The Aldrich double returned $6.80. Bruce came right back to win in the 3rd race with Fools Run Around. With no drive in the 4th, Bruce won the 5th with Giddyallyougot by a scant nose over Paulimony and driver Jim Taggart Jr. The 6th race looked like a mortal lock with morning line favorite Priority, but after cutting the mile he finished 3rd. In the 9th race, he teamed up with leading trainer Bob Lounsbury, with the 8 year old Badlands Hanover's gelding Amazing Quest in 1:58:1. In the card's finale he scored a wire to wire win with Catman Dude. When reached in the paddock after his last win, he was posed the question "What does it feel like to win 60% of the days races" Bruce cheerfully replied "I'm getting good drives, today I was getting to the front easy with soft fractions, so everything worked out for the best" . Shawn Wiles

Monticello Raceway’s famous “Race for the Matzos” will be held on Monday April 13th.  This event is open to drivers of Jewish heritage. Hopefully Racing for the Matzos’ this year will be 3 time Passover Pace winners Alan Schwartz and Mike Kimelman. The winner of last year race was Bob Krivelin, who drove Isnt She Lovely to victory. Alan Schwartz commented that I am looking to win my 4th Passover Pace this year The Passover pace is open to any licensed driver of Jewish heritage who holds a full (A) or a Provisional (P) from the United States Trotting Association (USTA) or the Canadian Trotting Association (CTA) further information please contact the Race Secretary Eric Warner at the racing office at (845) 794 – 4100 ext. 557 or contact Shawn Wiles at (845) 794 – 4100 ext. 458. Shawn Wiles

Maybe it was home court advantage but regardless of any outside factors, when the second leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Trotting Series was declared official, Monticello Raceway- regular Alan Schwartz scored a decisive five-length harness racing victory with his own Bad I Am in a time of 2:03. Taking advantage of the early breakers in the mile Schwartz fired his trotter toward the lead and finally gained command after the first stanza was trotted in :29.4. Once on top Bad I Am was never in trouble and the farther he went the more daylight he opened between himself and the rest of the field and at the wire Schwartz's trotter was an easy five-length winner over Flirting Deuzy, driven by Tony Verruso. Perter Gerry finished third with 41-1 shot Candid Man. "We got away with an easy one after Tagmaster (Bob Hechkoff) and a few others went off-stride at the start of the race," Schwartz said. "Although we had to work hard to get the lead but when we cleared Tony (Verruso driving Flirting Deuzy) we never had a serious challenge to rest of the mile." Now with a win and a second place finish in the first two legs, Schwartz is the current point leader in the three track series which will continue at Yonkers Raceway on March 26. John Manzi

Due to thawing track conditions, Monticello Raceway has cancelled live racing for Thursday, March 12, 2015. Qualifiers have also been cancelled for the week. Live Racing resumes Monday, March 16, 2015 Empire Resorts, Inc. and Monticello Casino & Raceway, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-794-4100

Without a doubt, when harness aficionados think of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative publicity hound in the business, without a doubt they think of John Manzi.    Known for his affable demeanor, wacky promotions, and as Master of Ceremonies of some of the Catskill region’s most memorable awards banquets, JM in the PM has never disappointed.   This list of individuals that Manzi and his Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA have honored over the last several decades reads like a “who’s who” of harness racing.   Whether he was racing camels versus elephants, or crowning the King of the Matzos, Monticello Raceway’s man of the hour has always been John Manzi.   But alas, all good things must come to an end.  And after 40 years of bright lights and big laughs, Hall of Famer Manzi is going to take a well-deserved curtain call.   Friends of John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled retirement party for the beloved harness racing writer and publicist on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY.   Tickets are just $75 each and will include a catered buffet, refreshments  and a very special keepsake to commemorate the event.    Plan on joining your friends at 4pm that afternoon in the William Haughton Hall for a great time with lots of belly laughs, a slide show of memorable Manzi moments, and much, much more.   This is sure to be one of the most fun-filled, talked-about events of the summer...interested parties are urged to get your tickets early to avoid missing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.   Sponsorships are available in a variety of denominations, and will go a long way to ensuring that this is a very special affair.   To purchase tickets or provide a sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email: janet.terhune@gmail.com.   by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Without a doubt, when harness aficionados think of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative publicity hound in the business, without a doubt they think of John Manzi. Known for his affable demeanor, wacky promotions, and as Master of Ceremonies of some of the Catskill region's most memorable awards banquets, JM in the PM has never disappointed. This list of individuals that Manzi and his Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA have honored over the last several decades reads like a "who's who" of harness racing. Whether he was racing camels versus elephants, or crowning the King of the Matzos, Monticello Raceway's man of the hour has always been John Manzi. But alas, all good things must come to an end. And after 40 years of bright lights and big laughs, Hall of Famer Manzi is going to take a well-deserved curtain call. Friends of John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled retirement party for the beloved harness racing writer and publicist on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. Tickets are just $75 each and will include a catered buffet, refreshments and a very special keepsake to commemorate the event. Plan on joining your friends at 4pm that afternoon in the William Haughton Hall for a great time with lots of belly laughs, a slide show of memorable Manzi moments, and much, much more. This is sure to be one of the most fun-filled, talked-about events of the summer...interested parties are urged to get your tickets early to avoid missing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sponsorships are available in a variety of denominations, and will go a long way to ensuring that this is a very special affair. To purchase tickets or provide a sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email: janet.terhune@gmail.com. by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame            

Due to continuing thawing track conditions, Monticello has cancelled live racing for Wednesday, March 11. Management will assess the situation again tomorrow regarding Thursday's card.

On Tuesday February 17, Monticello Raceway will be seen in a totally new light, it will be the initial day in which Monticello Raceway’s outgoing simulcasting signal will be transmitted in High Definition.  This project has been a long time in the making according to Simulcasting Director Maureen Flynn, when asked about the video signal upgrade Flynn replied “The new High Definition cameras and equipment will greatly enhance our signal” we are excited to see how fans respond to our state of the art production.”    Due to Presidents Day on Monday February 16, Monticello Raceway is dark for live racing only, both day and evening simulcasting is still available.  Post Time for Tuesday’s card is 12:25 pm. Shawn F. Wiles

Due to thawing conditions on the racing oval, Monticello Raceway has canceled live racing and qualifiers for Thursday Feb 12. Both day and evening simulcasting are still available. Both Live Racing and Qualifiers will resume Tuesday at 12:25 pm. By Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Story Book has yet to write his last chapter, but his most recent one is a harness racing success story. Yesterday he notched his 8th consecutive win, the win skein started on November 17 at Monticello Raceway. The beginning of story starts with Cinderella, the dam of Story Book, Cinderella, who was a gritty mare in her own right taking a lifetime mark at 6 of 1:52:2, retiring with earning in excess of $250,000, her second dam was the top notch Most Happy Fella filly of yesteryear Toy Poodle. “She was a Blue Blood in Michigan” said Stalbaum in the paddock after the race. Larry owned and trained Cinderella, throughout her career he was so impressed with her that he figured he would give her a shot and breed her to a NY eligible American Ideal. “Story Book raced his first lifetime start at Monticello as a 2 year old, we were offered good money for him and we sold him at the end of his 2 year old year” said Larry Stalbaum after the muddy win.  “I saw where he was racing in Buffalo and was not racing to well, so I figured I would take a chance with him” said Larry. Stalbaum’s afternoon got a little better, when he also won the following race with Where’s Waldo in the non-winners class. Monticello Raceways post time for the Monday thru Thursday schedule remains at 12:25pm for the month of February.  Monticello Raceway’s new Pick 5 wager are races 3 – 7. By Shawn F. Wiles

On a sunny, yet frigid day, as the temperature got warmer, Bruce Aldrich Jr. got hotter as he reined 4 winners this afternoon at Monticello Raceway. On the 10 race harness racing card, Bruce’s winning afternoon started in the 5th race as he scored a wire to wire win from the rail with the roan Sinful Vito in 2:02:3, who found the drop in class much more to his liking. In the 6th race, he took the overland route from the 8 hole with American Tower to win in 2:02:3 for trainer Paul Weinrich, overlooked by the betting public, going off at 24-1, the 4 year old American Ideal gelding returned $50.00 for win.  Also in this race, Jim Marohn Jr, driving Silverhill Delights went down at the wire when he hooked wheels with Kyle Dibenedetto driving HD’s Dream Boy, Jim Marohn Jr. did not suffer any injuries, HD’S Dream Boy suffered a minor gash on his knee.  Kyle and his mount were unscathed. In the 8th race, he scored with the Hot Summer Knight, who raced like the caulk that he was, to score another easy wire to wire victory, winning by 8 lengths with for his second consecutive win of the young year in 2:04:2 for Owners Todd and Lynette Butler of Middletown NY, returning $2.30 for win. Bruce’s last win of the afternoon came in race 9 as he drove All Native for the first time for trainer Tim Miller Jr., who hails from Guilford, NY. All Native who is always competitive from an inside post, played catch me if you can as he led from start to finish. Monticello Raceway’s new Pick 5 wager is rapidly gaining momentum and popularity already in its first week of being offered. Monticello Raceway is also racing on Friday card this week, with a 12:25 Post Time. By Shawn F. Wiles

On Monday February 2, Monticello Casino and Raceway will be adding a new Pick 5 Wager to its harness racing wagering menu. The pick 5 will run through races 3 – 7, the new wager will offer a consolation and a carry over, with a minimum bet of .50. Monticello Raceway’s Simulcasting Director Maureen Flynn added “That considering the average size of our Pick 3 pools, we anticipate the new Pick 5 wager will take off and build jackpot pools for our fans enjoyment” Post Time for Monday’s card is 12:25 pm

While the year may have changed, the final results of Monticello Raceway's 2014 harness racing leading trainer - driver winners have not. Robert Lounsbury once again capped top honors for leading Dash winning trainer with 158 wins, holding off Gary Messenger and Dan Gill, who were both tied with 143 wins each. Lounsbury's UDRS of .461 ranked him 2nd in the nation for trainers with over 500 starts. Bruce Aldrich Jr. takes home top honors for leading dash winner with 371 wins. Bruce is ranked 5th nationally in the county with winners with 615 wins and $2.6 million in purses. Bruce has also reined 234 winner at Saratoga Raceway where he finished the year in 2nd place for most wins. It was only fitting that Bruce won the final race of 2014 and started 2015 where he left off by winning the first two races. Shawn Wiles

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