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On Wednesday afternoon May 13, at Monticello Raceway, a strong crowd of family, friends, and horseman were on hand for a winner's circle memorial to Robert Bo Beauregard, the popular harness racing horseman who passed away earlier in the winter. On hand was his wife Marybeth, and his sons John & Steven and other family members. Robert was remembered for his good nature and humor, for years he would dress up as Santa Claus for the annual Monticello Harness Horseman Association Christmas party, always to the delight of the children. Bo was a director for the Monticello Horseman's Association, he was remembered as being tough, yet fair. The Memorial was truly a fitting tribute that personified his body of work to the horseman and the community. By Shawn Wiles

On a beautiful summer like day with temperatures in the mid 80's a fast track and a slight head wind, Crazy Wow and Habitat did not disappoint, and raced up to expectations, with each scoring impressive harness racing victories at Monticello Raceway. In the first division of Sire Stakes, Crazy Wow raced in his usual catch me if you can fashion scored a wire to wire victory in 1:56:4. Fresh off 2 qualifiers at the Meadowlands, the son of Crazed never had an anxious moment. Confidant driver Yannick Gingras sternly said in the winner's circle afterwards "He was real good" In the 4th race the Excelsior A division, Monticello favorite Hollywoods Thatway, benefited from a DQ from Eskimo Joe, who put in a few steps at the top of the lane and was declared the winner in 1:59:2, a new lifetime mark. In the 8th race the winning combination of Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras took home their second win of the afternoon with Habitat in 1:56:3, Buen Casmino provided a scare at the top of the stretch when he shot out of the 2 hole and looked like he would go right on by Habitat, that was all the urging Habitat needed to step up his game to prevail, easily passing the look me in the eye test. Team Gingras and Burke took home their 3rd win of the afternoon, scoring with Stoneham in 1:59:4 in the Excelsior A Division. In the 10th race, Maestro Blue Chip took a new mark of 1:57 for Trainer - Driver Trond Smedshammer. The Credit winner colt is owned by Purple Haze Stable Other winners of the day included Desert Storm 2:01:3, Courts N Session, Royal Status 1:59:1, Azucar 1:59:4 & Military Blue 1:58:1. By Shawn Wiles

On Monday May 11th the New York Sire Stakes makes its 1st stop of the year at Monticello Raceway. On slate are 4 divisions of NYSS ($30,450), 2 Divisions of the Excelsior A ($15,000), and 2 divisions of Excelsior B ($6, 600) on the days 14 race harness racing card. The caliber of the entries is indicative of the quality of the New York Sire Stakes program in recent years. At first glance one would think that this was a Grand Circuit event with the likes of Crazy Wow and Habitat. According to Monticello Race Secretary Eric Warner "This is an exceptional crop of Colts this year and the Track Record may be in jeopardy" The track record for 3 Year Old Trotting Colts is also the All Age Track Record of 1:55:2, which is held by Gural Hanover. In the 2nd race, 1st division of Sire Stakes, Crazy Wow will start from Post 4. The Ron Burke trained son of Crazed comes into the race after 2 impressive qualifiers at the Meadowlands. He was the winner of last year's NYSS final. Crazy Wow is ranked 4th, right behind last year's 2 year Trotting Colt of the Year Pinkman in the Experimental Time Ratings. Last year he took a record of 1:54, with lifetime earnings of $232,928. In the 4th race, local favorite Hollywoods Thatway will look to defend his 3 race Monticello win streak. The son of Conway Hall is trained by Ed Hart, Billy Parker will be driving. Habitat, fresh off a victory in the Dexter Cup at Freehold last weekend, will start from post 3, in race 8 At 2 he earned $534,407, lifetime earnings in excess of $600,000 and a 2 year old mark of 1:53.4. His victories last year include the William Wellwood Final, Matron Stakes, and the Bluegrass Stake. The final division of the Sire Stakes is in race 14, has 2 Hambletonian winning owners vying for victory, Malvern Burroughs of Malabar Man fame, and Paul Fontaine owner of 2013 winner Royalty For Life. Burroughs will send forth Mambo Blue Chip, and Fontaine Lucky Ten K for trainer George Ducharme. Empire Resorts, Inc. and Monticello Casino & Raceway, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-794-4100

Harness racing drivers Alan Schwartz and Hannah Miller emerged victorious in their respective divisions in the next to the last leg of the trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur drivers Association held at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, May 30. For Miller it was her fifth driving victory in the series and Schwartz's fourth. Schwartz, a Mighty M regular and a former USHWA National Amateur Driver of the Year, won the first division with his own Bad I Am in a time of 2:02.1 while Miller, the scourge of the amateur ranks this year, scored behind Casanova Lindy in a 2:01 clocking. In his split Schwartz was forced to make and early move when the field jammed-up heading to the quarter pole. Bad I Am was just that as far as the race leader Bob Hechoff was concerned. Hechkoff's charge, Tagmaster had grabbed a quick early lead when the gate sprung but a :30.2 first stanza tightened the field as they trotted toward the quarter pole. "I was getting run over from behind so I had to move way before I wanted to," Schwartz said after he moved his trotter first-up as the field headed for the second turn. "I knew it was real early but if I didn't move I might have pulled him off his feet." Tagmaster and Bad I Am then raced side by side toward the halfway point and were still heads apart as they trotted by the third stanza. Tagmaster was still in command as the field headed for home but he began to tire as a quartet of trotters from the rears began serious challenges as the field headed for paydirt. Surprisingly, even to Schwartz, after being on the limb for nearly three quarters of a mile Bad I Am refused to give it up and refused to lose as the 4-year old altered son of Prayer I Am staved off all comers to win by a head over Starsaboveallerage, driven by Steve Oldford. Third place went to Samsawinner and driver Joe Lee. The winner, owned by Schwartz and trained Raheem Strong, paid $5.60 for win. After having road trouble with Rev It Now in that race--he finished sixth-- Hannah Miller made amends in the second split winning decisively from the eight-hole with Casanova Lindy in a time of 2:01. "Before we claimed him (Casanova Lindy) I saw him cut a mile at Freehold and win easily, so I decided I'd send him to the front and avoid any traffic like I had in the last race with Rev It Now," she explained. "He left (the mobile gate) so fast that we were on top before the (first) turn and I just let him cruise I was surprised when we passed the quarter in :28.3 because he was trotting so easily. So I just took a steady hold on him and he just did the rest." Dave Yarock kept Rompaway Alan on Miller's back as the two raced lengths in front of the field as they passed the halfway point. They were still one-two by the three quarters but at that point Casanova Lindy began to open daylight and the farther he trotted the move he opened daylight between him and Rompaway Alan. As Miller's charge headed for home he had three lengths on his competition and at the wire it was opened to six lengths. But in the deep stretch driver Tony Verusso rallied Pocket Passer by a tiring Rompaway Alvin to finish second as Yarock's trotter faded and finished third. Casanova Lindy, co-owned by his driver, her boyfriend Nick Surick, and her dad Erv Miller, returned a $5.30 win mutuel. The final leg of the NAADA Trotting Series will be contested at Yonkers Raceway on May 7th. John Manzi  

As the start of the New York Sire Stakes program is right around the corner, Monticello Raceway will be offering Prep Races for NYSS/Excelsior eligible horses. "We will be drawing Wednesday April 29, for Monday May 4th, for our first prep race, the purse for these events will be $4,500, our first Sire Stake/Excelsior event is on Monday May 11" noted Monticello Race Secretary Eric Warner. The first prep race will be for 3 Year Old Trotting Colts. "With some of the top 3 year Old Trotting Colts are starting to qualify lately, these races may fit perfectly in their schedule" said Warner. Monticello Raceways Post Time is 12:50 for its Monday thru Thursday schedule. The 50 cent pick 5 Wager runs in race 3 -7. Empire Resorts, Inc. and Monticello Casino & Raceway, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-794-4100

After the first leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association-sponsored, France vs. USA International Driving Competition, which was held at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday (April 21),the American team had vaulted to the lead on the strength of a wire to wire harness racing triumph by America's Monica Banca. After the day was over and all involved were breaking bread together, Joe Faraldo, chided to France's Romain Poree that the US team was ahead by seven points. "We're not worried, "Poree told Faraldo. Like good wine we French get better with age." And did they ever. On Wednesday afternoon, April 22 in the second leg of the contest held at Monticello Raceway, Poree, a racing journalist and son of a professional harness trainer, put on a driving clinic winning both races in the France-U.S.A Friendship Competition and with one horse, a pacer by the name of Bay Street, returned a $205.00 win payoff. It also happened to be the first time that Poree had ever driven a pacer, or as he called him "an ambler". For the record, only trotters are raced in Europe. Amateur World Champion in 2010 and French Champion in 2009, Poree was perhaps more at home behind trotter, Wheres the Clicker, whom he guided to victory in the other contest event. But his triumph from the eight- hole with Bay Street had the railbird's eyes wide open. After falling into sixth position on the first turn Poree and Bay Street were content to follow the leaders. They were sixth at the quarter; seventh at the half and eighth and last as they passed the third stanza. But on the final turn Poree moved his charge wide and in the lane they came on like gangbusters-seemingly out of nowhere- and at the wire they had collared the betting favorite Spencer B and USA teamster Alan Schwartz, in a mile timed in 2:00.2. France's Sophie Blanchetiere, with Caviart Jett, made it a three-horse photo but they were on the short end and had to settle for third place. Bay Street paid a whopping $205.00- $53.00 and $14.00 across the board. The pacer is owned by Ruth Ingham and trained by Vernon James. In the other division Poree showed great driving ability when he kept a fractious Where's The Clicker well off the gate as the field began motion and then eased his charge up to his pole position and they got away trotting. Despite the horse's purported shenanigans, Where's The Clicker went off as the betting favorite in the race. After a :29.2 first panel, set by Candid Man, driven by fellow Frenchmen Christophe Roszak, the pace slowed as the field approached the halfway point. So Poree moved his trotter first-up and was alongside the leader in a 1:02 half. Where's The Clipper cleared Candid Man after the three quarters, Poree then braced for a hard charging Chuckie B, and driver Alan Schwartz. However, Poree's charge kicked in a 29.1 final stanza and they cruised to a three-length triumph over Schwartz's trotter in a time of 2:03.1. Candid Man held on for the show dough. The winner, owned by Mike Simons and Cary Greenberg, paid $80 for win. Mike's son Shawn Simons is the trainer of record. Living up to words expressed by Romain Poree on the first day of the competition France went from seven behind to lead their American counterparts by seven points after two days were in the books. And as the point totals were being tallied, Poree turned to Faraldo and said; ""I told you we'd get better before it's over." With Thursday relegated to a sight-seeing bus tour of NewYork City, the final leg of the Friendship Competition will be held at the Meadowlands on Friday (April 24). By John Manzi for NAADA

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.

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