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Monticello, NY - Monticello Raceway has revised its post time for March through October to a 12:10 PM Post Time on all live race days. Longtime Monticello Raceway Simulcast Director, Maureen Flynn noted that "Normally our Spring - Summer Schedule post time was 12:50, we have made adjustments to our post time to better situate ourselves during the afternoon where it is laden with racing product once all the tracks come on line in the near future" by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Due to continued thawing Monticello Racing has cancelled live harness racing for Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26.   by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway          

Monticello, NY - Due to warming temperatures, thawing track conditions and safety concerns for all racing participants, Monticello Raceway was forced to cancel racing for Wednesday February 24. HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After discussions with the horsemen's representatives, racing at Buffalo Raceway for Wednesday (Feb. 24) has been cancelled due to thawing track conditions.   Buffalo Raceway's Chief Operations Officer Jim Mango said of the cancellation, "Who would have thought we'd have 55 degrees and sunshine after the past two weeks of weather we've had?"    Racing is scheduled to return on Saturday at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com        

Monticello, NY - Due to thawing track conditions, an impending snow storm and the effects on the overall condition of the harness racing surface, Monticello Raceway has cancelled live racing on Wednesday February 17 and Thursday, February 18. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Due to thawing track conditions Monticello Raceway cancelled live racing after the conclusion of the 3rd race this afternoon. Qualifiers have been cancelled for Wednesday. Live Racing resumes on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 with a 12:25 p.m. post. For race results, click here. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Two minutes seems like such an insignificant amount of time, but, if you’re in the harness racing industry, you know that a lot can happen in those two minutes or less. In those two minutes, it is between the horse and the driver to leave the gate and make it to the wire first. Sometimes, the driver makes the wrong decision, affecting the outcome of the race. But, also, the driver can recover their mistake and still cross the wire in victory. This is the story of one driver, Bruce Aldrich, Jr., who made a mistake at the start of the race, but has come back winning not one, but 8,000 races. However, he is far from crossing the wire, already setting his sights on win number 9,000. Aldrich scored his 8,000th career win at Monticello Raceway on Monday, February 8. Aldrich was born and raised in the harness racing industry. At the age of 15, he took the test for his driver’s license. By 16, he got his Q license. His first win was at Foxboro Raceway with a horse named Ravenous. His career started out really well. Unfortunately, he smoked pot and got into trouble in 1991. Embarrassed and ashamed, he bought a one-way ticket to Las Vegas. In 1998, his parents, Bruce and Linda Aldrich, bailed him out of jail and brought him home. He underwent six months of rehab. Attorney and horseman Joe Faraldo helped him get his license back. In late 1998, Aldrich started driving for his parents. The year 1999 was his first full year of driving again. In 2000, he won comeback driver of the year. In 2016, Aldrich was second in North America in wins. Aldrich said he was very nervous coming back after missing so many years, but he said that he was not treated differently. Everyone was understanding. He is thankful for the trainers that have stood by him and still stand by him today. He is also grateful to owners for giving him a chance with their horses. “I have a lot to be proud of,” Aldrich said. “I am proud of bouncing back, I know a lot of people that didn’t. I am thankful every day. “I am very proud of my best year. I think I ended with around 655 wins. I was second in North America. It was a lot of work, but very enjoyable,” Aldrich recalled. “I am most proud of myself on the track in the way that I behave. My dad always taught me to be respectful of trainers and their horses. I have a good attitude that has helped me the most. It has given me the opportunity to drive for good trainers, as they respect that,” he said. On Monday, Aldrich had accomplished 8,000 wins as a driver.   “My biggest thing is that I had missed 7 years of driving being an idiot. The only person I have to blame is myself,” Aldrich said. “It was my own stupid fault thinking it was the way to go. “I grew up idolizing drivers at Foxboro. I thought it was what you were supposed to do to become a driver since they all did it. I tried it, but there was no excuse for me to keep doing it,” Aldrich continued. “I did it after the races, not before. I could never get in the bike under the influence. I went out partying after. “Looking back, it wasn’t much fun living like that. After I came back, I never got in trouble again.” When asked what he would tell the young drivers who may follow a similar path to him, Aldrich said, “don’t lose something that is a lifetime of enjoyment and a career for one night or one weekend of fun. “It’s a hard question because they have to want to do it themselves. There is absolutely no future in doing it. You have to remember the excitement and highs from racing itself. Put it in perspective and get your priorities straight.” Bruce Aldrich, Jr. has put a lot of hard work and effort into becoming the driver that he is today. He didn’t miss days. He was there every day and every night. “I live by the old cliché – if you do something you love, you’re not working. I love racing. I love the people at the track, getting a new horse in the barn, and driving a new horse for the first time,” Aldrich said. “I have the same passion for it now that I had when I was 22.” Besides the national driving title in 2016, Aldrich began dating owner and trainer, Laura Perino. “Laura saved me. She got me back in the barn and I thank her a lot for being there for me,” Aldrich said. For six to seven years, Aldrich was only driving – Monticello in the afternoon and Saratoga in the evening. But, now, they currently train 8 at a nearby training center and have 6 at home, including broodmares and babies. Perino and Aldrich own most of the 14 together. They bought a house with a farm together in Thompson Ridge. Perino has built everything in it from scratch.   “Some days you don’t want to do farm work after racing. But you look back and you are happy you did it,” Aldrich said. “Laura is the brains behind it. She builds everything. She built me a place to call home. “She is an extremely hard worker, just like my mother was. I am thankful to have her and to be training horses with her.” Despite driving in thousands of races, Aldrich is able to pinpoint a few memorable moments. One is breaking the world record in Saratoga with Royal Heart in 1:50. Another is having the opportunity to drive the world’s most winningest horse, Foiled Again. He has won awards as leading driver at Saratoga and Monticello in multiple years. “I love every track I have raced at, but Monticello has a special part of my heart. It was the track that let me come back, gave me a chance. It will always be at the top for me, my home,” he said. Aldrich says that what he enjoys most in racing is racing his own horses. He said that being able to drive a horse all the time gives him the opportunity to know their strengths and weaknesses. Off the track, he is sports fanatic, rooting for all New England teams. He watches sports and plays golf. “My greatest success is my daughter, Brianna. Having her and Jordan in my life have made everything worth it,” he said. “Seeing him reach this incredible milestone is amazing, but to me it comes as no surprise. Your dedication to your career is one to admire. You put countless hours into our barn then continue all day at the track. I’ve seen you drive up and down the highway day after day to go race,” Laura Perino said. “Your passion for the sport and kind, humble nature just adds to the talent. I am so proud of him and honored to be part of it. I will be looking forward to your 9,000th win! If anyone can get there, you can!” “I know your mom is looking down right now and is extremely proud of you, Bruce,” Bruce Aldrich, Sr. said. “Linda and I are also very proud of you.” “One thing I can say about my dad, is that he works hard. He always has and always will. Congratulations on 8,000 wins,” Brianna Aldrich said. “I am proud of how much he has accomplished, but he needs to always remember: I beat you in that pony race at Carl Allen’s farm when you didn’t cinch your saddle and you fell off,” sister Michelle Hallett said. As for now, it continues to be business as usual for Bruce Aldrich, Jr., driving horses and winning races. By Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink  

Monticello, NY - On Monday February 8th, harness racing driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. reached a career milestone by achieving his 8,000th win at Monticello Raceway. The win came with a wire to wire effort from the Christopher Petrelli trained After The Lovin ($2.80) in 1:57.2. It was the 3rd win is 4 seasonal starts for the 5-year-old mare by Carnivore, she is owned by David A Del Pozza. Roll With Mimi (Jim DeVaux) finished second, followed by Cruisin Camnation (Cory Stratton).   It would be only fitting for Bruce to achieve the milestone at Monticello Raceway where he has won more than half of his lifetime wins at the Catskill Mountain oval in his career. Bruce is a six-time leading dash winner over the years at the Mighty M. Aldrich has won purses in excess of $31,946,762 during his long career. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Harness racing driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. is now just one harness racing victory away from his 8,000th career triumph. Competing at Monticello Raceway Friday, Aldrich, a fourth-generation horseman, was able to win the eighth race pace with Dealin Dan for win number 7,999. In the eighth race, Aldrich took Dealin Dan second-over and then shot to the lead by the top of the stretch, winning the race in an upset at 9-1, paying $20.40 to win. Time of the race was 1:59.4 over the good track. Daliocity was second with All Net third. Jim Devaux led all drivers on the day with four winners. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Monticello. NY - Due to the continued cleanup from Winter Storm Orlena, Monticello Raceway has cancelled live harness racing for today, Thursday, February 4, 2021. Qualifying races have also been cancelled for this week. Live racing resumes tomorrow, Friday, February 5, 2021, 12:25 post. Yonkers, NY - Yonkers Raceway has canceled live racing for Thursday, February 4, 2021 as a result of icy track conditions that remain after clearing the track of snow. Like other tracks and businesses facing similar circumstances, the combination of a devastating amount of snow, as well as the COVID-19 state-mandated quarantine requirements that have impacted our union workforce, have delayed the recovery of the track surface. We will always choose safety first and will resume live racing when we can ensure that track conditions do not endanger our human and equine athletes. The goal remains to race as soon as safely possible.

Monticello, NY – Due to heavy snowfall and the aftermath of winter Storm Orlena, Monticello Raceway has canceled live racing for Wednesday February 3.   Shawn Wiles Director of Racing & Facilities Monticello Raceway

Monticello NY - Due to the impending storm forecast for the area, Monticello has cancelled live harness racing for Monday, February 1, 2021 Live racing resumes Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 12:25 post. Shawn Wiles

Due to the excessive high winds and extreme cold temperatures slated for the region amid concerns for safety of the horseman and horses, live harness racing has been cancelled for Friday January 29. Live racing will resume Monday February 1 with 12:25 Post Time. Shawn Wiles Monticello Raceway Office: 845.794.4100 x458 204 State Route 17B Monticello, NY 12701 swiles@empireresorts.com    

Monticello, NY – On Wednesday afternoon January 27, Greg Merton led all drivers with 4 wins and his older brother Mike enjoyed a double on the harness racing card. Merton won with Proudamerican 2:01.3 -$5.10, Cee Pee Panic 1:58 - $6.80, OK Icon 1:59.2 - $10.80. In the $6,100 Open Trot, Cinnamon Stick held of Exarch and Sweet Royalty in 1:59.4 to give Greg the Grand Slam. Cinnamon Stick is trained by Greg Decker for owner Michael Mulligan of Liberty, NY, the son of Jailhouse Jesse notched his first seasonal win. Also on the card Mike Merton won 2 and Trainer Candace Brandstatter won a pair.   By: Shawn Wiles

Due to the wintry mix expected in the area and hazardous driving conditions for horse trailers shipping in and departing, harness racing has been canceled at Yonkers Raceway for Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Yonkers Raceway’s Pick 6, along with the 50-cent Pick 5 and the Pick 4, feature a reduced takeout rate of 20 percent for the 2021 meet. Because of the cancellation, the $2,516.76 carryover in the Pick 6 (races 3-8) will happen on Wednesday night's card instead. Due to deteriorating track conditions, Monticello Raceway has cancelled live racing on Tuesday January 26.  

Monticello, NY - Greg Merton earned his 5,000 harness racing win on Monday January 25 at Monticello Raceway. The career milestone came aboard Reflexionofroyalty (PP1) in race 4 who went wire to wire to score in 1:58.2 over a fast closing LK's Nancy Lee. It was the first win of the young season for Reflexionofroyalty who is owned and trained by Jose Godinez of Bullville, NY. In his career, Greg's mounts have earned over $24,375,000, the 47-year-old local reinsman grew up in the back stretch of Monticello Raceway with his brother Michael and Thomas and a sister Veronica, all of them still competing at the Mighty M. Greg Merton celebrating win 5000                --Geri Schwarz photo Merton wasted no time in pursuit of his next milestone of 9,000, as he won 3 races on the afternoon, also on the card James Devaux won 3 races, who is atop of the leader board with 29 wins, followed by Michael Merton with 19 who had a driving double.   Shawn Wiles Director of Racing & Facilities Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY -   On Monday January 25, Monticello Raceway’s Simulcasting signal will be broadcasted in High Definition (HD).  Monticello Raceway’s Director of Pari Mutuals and Simulcasting, Maureen Flynn said “We are very happy to bring HD to our fans and hope that this will add enjoyment to the many loyal fans that follow and wager on us, Monticello Raceway joins an elite group of only 5 harness racing tracks that transmit their signal in HD” Monticello Raceway’s simulcasting afternoon signal has been a mainstay in the industry and simulcasting parlors for decades, it’s signal is sent to over 500 sites with many International sites as well, such as, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, South America and South Africa. Monticello Raceway is racing 5 days this week, Monday –  Friday with a   12:25 Post Time.   By Shawn Wiles  

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