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Monticello, NY - On Monday September 21, Monticello Raceway hosted its first live racing card since March 12, due to a 6-month hiatus from COVID-19, Race Secretary Eric Warner was able to card 7 races for the first harness racing program. Greg Merton sat the pocket in the first race with Love Trumps Hate following Pine Tab the entire mile, Pine Tab made a miscue in the stretch, giving Merton the lead and the win in 2:02 for trainer Wesley Miller. Merton would also go on to win with Sea's Ideal in race 5. Mcgwire Sower also had a driving double on the afternoon and trainer Steve Ray had a training double win with the hardy campaigner Racingtowardsadream and With Our Luck. On hand for the opening was Charlene Cushing, Cushing was the former longtime Marshall at Monticello Raceway, often referred to as the "best outriderin the industry" Cushing made the 8 hour trek from Farmington Maine to be on hand for the first race at Monticello. Cushing has made the transition from harness racing to nursing after moving to Maine, Charlene graduated Nursing school a year ago and now works as a nurse in Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington Maine. Charlene is married to Mike Cushing of Farmington Maine, Mike is the President of the Maine Harness Horseman's Association. Ironically today marks her 30th anniversary of when she first started as Marshall at Monticello Raceway, Charlene brought her favorite steed to Monticello Raceway for the occasion, Leo Shady Jack a registered quarter horse. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Gail D. Conte passed away on September 17, 2020.  Born April 14, 1955, Mrs. Conte was the first daughter of Vic and Nola Bloomfield.  Her father, a career army man, received an assignment to West Point Military Academy and Mrs. Conte attended Highland Falls High School.  During her junior and senior year, she enrolled at Boces Standardbred School at Historic Track in Goshen, NY. After graduation, Mrs. Conte went to work for Hall of Fame inductee, John Patterson Sr at Monticello Raceway.  She worked for him not only at Monticello, but also Roosevelt Raceway and Dalton, GA. In 1978, she married Michael Conte and continued working at Roosevelt Raceway for Angelo Anobile until the track closed in 1988.  She then attended Long Island School of Dog Grooming. Mr. and Mrs. Conte moved to Yorktown, IA in 1989, to be closer to her parents.  As an Iowa native, Clarinda, IA was always her home.  She opened a successful dog grooming business in Clarinda.  Mrs. Conte also helped start the Southwest Iowa Humane Society in 1991 and was always ready to support fund raising for the shelter dogs and cats.  In 2001, she went to work for NSK-AKS, retiring in 2017. During their time in Yorktown, Mr. and Mrs. Conte built up their breeding and racing stock.  They raced the Iowa Fair Circuit for 30 years and still do.  Some of the horses that have been bred or owned by Mrs. Conte include:  Hap Bob Bobby, Krissy Brit S, Military Brat, Military Stratcom, Foxy Jazz, No Money Fun, J R Jazz, Not Thinking, Cyclone Maximus and her favorite Pugwash.  Mr. and Mrs. Conte claimed Pugwash in 1979 on her recommendation, thus starting their journey into Standardbred ownership. Mrs. Conte is survived by her husband, Mike, of 42 years and sister, Kim.  Services are set for Monday (9/21) at Cummings Family Funeral Home, Bedford, Ia.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.   By Tara Spach

Resorts World Catskills reopened 30 of its 150 table games on Wednesday evening, and it expects to resume regular poker in a few weeks. The harness racing horsemen at Monticello Raceway reached an agreement in principle on Wednesday to amend the contract, which will likely be signed by the end of next week. Tioga Downs Casino Resort reopened with 350 active slots machines. Affter reopening with a 25-percent capacity limit and other restrictions on Wednesday, Resorts World Catskills reopened 30 of its 150 table games, after initially being closed while the casino’s operators sought the New York Gaming Commission’s approval for a table games safety plan. A casino spokesman told Times Herald-Record that the state Gaming Commission has closed roulette and craps games, and there is not yet a reopening date. Regular poker also remains closed, though the spokesman said it will likely begin in a few weeks, and the casino will keep patrons updated so they know an exact date. Casino visitors can now play blackjack, baccarat, three-card poker, Let it Ride, Caribbean Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold ’em, Casino War, Pai Gow with tiles, Pai Gow poker, Crazy 4 poker and Mississippi Stud. To staff the table games and the 700 (of 1,600) slot machines now back online, the casino is bringing back 700 of its 1,400 employees. Workers who test positive for the coronavirus will be required to immediately notify state and local health departments, cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notifying potential contacts. They'll also have to provide proof to the casino that they sought and received a quarantine order from their local health department. Moreover, the casino’s sister property Monticello Raceway will reopen for harness racing as soon as Monday, said Joe Faraldo, an attorney for the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association, as reported by Times Herald-Record. He contends Empire Resorts, the casino’s parent, has kept Monticello’s track closed, despite all of New York’s other harness and horse racing tracks being allowed to open since June, as leverage while casino leaders tried to renegotiate the horsemen’s contract. The contract has four years left on it, Faraldo said. Plus, Resorts World Catskills agreed to fund the horse track, split earnings with the horsemen and preserve racing, as a major condition for receiving a state operating license before opening in 2018. But Faraldo said that the horsemen reached an agreement in principle on Wednesday to amend the contract because of how hard the casino has been hit by the pandemic. He said the contract will likely be signed by the end of next week, and then he can disclose its new terms. All of the lost racing days will be made up gradually in the coming years, he indicated. With files from the Times-Herald Record

The following column was written by Bill Liblick for the Sullivan County Post and is reprinted with permission.  Resorts World the operator of our gaming casino in Sullivan County is upset that New York State has not given them permission to reopen despite the fact guidelines and protocols are place to reduce the risk of COVID19. New York State Indian run casinos are open because they are Sovereign Nations. Casinos in Pennsylvania, Atlantic City, and Connecticut have all reopened. Elected officials including Assemblywoman Aileen Gunter are leading the charge for Resorts World Catskills to open so the region which includes Sullivan County can begin to receive important sales tax and gaming revenue associated with the facility. Sullivan County which obviously is part of New York State is losing millions due to COVID19. Surprisingly two big potential revenue streams for New York State going untouched in Albany is online Sports Betting and the legalization of marijuana. Without a doubt our local gaming facility should reopen. People will once again be employed, and casino goers can decide if it is safe for them to return. With that said – Resorts World might not be the right company to operate our local gaming facility. Their refusal to open Monticello Raceway and treatment of our horsemen is deplorable and should make our leaders in Albany and the New York State Gaming Commission take notice. The one industry that has been successful and fully operational for months is horseracing.  Although people are not physically allowed on racetracks, thoroughbred and standardbred racing is operational throughout the United States. People can watch and bet the sport on the Internet. In fact, many racing facilities have seen their revenue increase since opening several months ago. Saratoga is having an outstanding meet. They are cash cows for their owners and operators. In an attempt to get New York State to open casinos, the operator of Tioga and Vernon Downs has said they might end their horse racing meet if casinos do not open soon. Resorts World owns Monticello Raceway. They closed their racino operations to keep casino goers at Resorts World Catskills. They also plan on opening a new racino in Orange County near Woodbury Commons. Monticello Raceway which was once one of the most well attended and revenue generating harness tracks in the nation has seen little support from its current owner Resorts World and previous owner Empire Resorts. They have milked the track to the bone. In days past there were matinee and night racing attracting thousands of people. Monticello Raceway even hosted a long list of famed entertainment featuring the likes of Barry Manilow, The Village People, and Ike and Tina Turner.  But, sadly like everything else, things have changed in Sullivan County. The current owners of Monticello Raceway have no respect for the horsemen or an industry that has been the backbone of Sullivan County for decades. Resorts World refuses to open the racetrack even though they can open the facility by using the purse money they are already holding to resume racing. What Resorts World is doing is attempting to hold the horsemen hostage by seeking givebacks from their original contractual agreements to resume racing. The horsemen have sued Resorts World, but a recent decision by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Schick was not favorable towards the horsemen. Schick said Resorts World have a right not to reopen. The horsemen are appealing. I am told Resorts World is not willing to give an inch. Their idea is that they cannot operate until they open the casino. The horsemen have found money that Resorts World received from OTB that would give them the ability to operate. The horsemen are also appealing to the New York State Gaming Commission. Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Robert Doherty recently said on Sullivan County Post’s facebook page, “The Harness Industry is an integral part of Sullivan County. Most of the hay that is produced for consumption and bedding comes from Sullivan County. Most of the hay is produced by dairy farmers. Without the harness industry most dairy farmers would lose a large part of their income. They must not end the harness industry in Sullivan County. No Farms No Food!!!” I went directly to the horsemen asking them to speak directly to Sullivan County residents. They all asked me not to release their names because they were afraid of actions Resorts World might take against them and their livelihood. Here are their comments: “They don’t want to open the track until the casino opens crying poverty, meanwhile this racetrack stood on its own for over 50 years making money and still does. They’re just trying to break our contract and give the horsemen less of the take.” “We’re the only racetrack in the state not racing, Why?” “We’re not asking the casino for money to race for, we have our own money in our purse account that we’ve generated that we can race for now, this is a pressure move by the casino to starve us out, they got the casino because of racing now they want to get rid of us.” “I have a family to feed, rent to pay, horses to feed and they care less about us the horsemen.” “There is absolutely no reason why they won’t let us race for our own purse money except that they want us to starve.” “Every other racetrack in the state, I think in the country is currently racing why them and not us?” “We are mostly all Sullivan County residents and supported this county, this racetrack, helped get them the casino and now they just want to push us aside.” “On June 1st, the governor gave the green light for the racetrack to re-open, every other racetrack in the state resumed racing except Monticello.  They made us a proposal that provides they get all the proceeds and the horsemen get nothing. Does that sound fair?  Just screw the horsemen!” “I can’t pay for horse feed, I can’t pay the farmer for hay and straw, I can’t pay the guy that shoes my horses, I can’t pay the veterinarian, I can’t pay my mortgage, I can’t even buy gas for my truck. I guess I’ll go to the food bank for food for myself.” “I heard the Casino may not plan to open until December. I’m sure their ultimate goal is to get rid of us altogether. Cry chapter 11, reorganize and boot us out.” “There was NO legal reason why the judge did not grant our case. We presented a perfectly sound argument, but he did not want to hear it.” Shame on Resorts World – Open Monticello Raceway and do the right thing for the horsemen!  by Bill Liblick 

To Whom It May Concern  We are the horsemen and women of Monticello Raceway and neighboring farms. We are mothers and fathers. We are parents with small children. We are parents with college students. We are people. We are not going to be allowed to race at other tracks! We are just trying to survive in these trying times as we know you are all trying to do the same. We don’t know when we will be racing again. We don’t know when the next purse check will be coming. The purse check that will feed us, our children, and our livelihood - our horses. Our track has provided us with as much help as they can - food for us and for our horses. But, that can only go so far. Our track opening date is as uncertain as the pandemic end date, or at least as uncertain as the end of the shutdown.  We aren’t asking for much. We only ask that you consider allowing Monticello horsemen to continue racing at your track. We are not asking for new classes to be opened up or for an extended race card each night. We just ask you to allow us to help us help you. Our horses will help you fill the box for your own horses on the track.  Thank you for your time and consideration. Let us all work together to make the “new normal” one that benefits all of us.  Sincerely, A concerned friend, granddaughter, and niece speaking for the horsemen and women in plight, Jessica Hallett  

Since March 12th, when live harness racing was halted at Monticello Raceway due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the horsemen have been without purse checks.   The MHHA (Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association, Inc.) has been supplying the many horsemen in the backstretch of Monticello Raceway with straw, hay and feed since the cancellation of racing.   The horsemen are really appreciative of the efforts of the MHHA. As echoed by horseman John DeSimone . . . "I don't know how we would have been able to get through this without their help. They have gone above and beyond!"   Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association President Alan Schwartz noted that " The Association is committed to serving our horsemen - not only in times like this - but if it means taking care of their horses or when our members are ill or hurt, in times of family problems or simply lending a hand when it's needed. It is our obligation to take care of our own. The feed, hay and straw program will continue until racing resumes. Hopefully . . . soon!"   Horsemen of Monticello Raceway  

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 --- A short 5-horse field gathered at Monticello Raceway on Thursday,(March 12) for a $5000 trot and when the judges reviewed the harness racing finish-line photo they declared Ladys Big Stormont the winner over a hard-charging Multitaskr Hanover (Dave Yarock) in the second leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) 2020 spring trotting series. Accomplished amateur Alan Schwartz was at the controls and he guided the veteran 9-year-old Earl Of Stormont gelding to a wire to wire 2:02.2 neck victory, the horses first of the season and 44th of his career. Starting from the pole position after two late scratches, Schwartz sent his charge to the lead and when no one challenged he got his veteran trotter to the first stanza in :31.3 and left alone on the front-end Ladys Big Stormont had a length and a half lead over Multitaskr Hanover when the half mile timer lashed 1:02.2. "He hadn't been racing well this year but today he felt strong and he went on to prove it," Schwartz said of is trotter. When the field headed up the backside the second time around Bob Davis moved Making Sparks from third position and charged at the leader but Ladys Big Stormont rebuffed that challenge. At the top of the lane Yarock tipped Multitaskr Hanover off the pylons and they took dead aim at Ladys Big Stormont but for them the finish line came up too soon and they had to settle for second money, a head behind the winner. "I was pleasantly surprised that my horse was strong all the way to the wire," Schwartz added. "This is the best race he's gone thus far this year." Schwartz, a longtime owner of harness horses, began his amateur driving career in 1988 and today he scored his 621st driving victory which is tops in the amateur driving community. He owns and trains the winner who paid $9.40 for win. by John Manzi, for NAADA  

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

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