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Austin Siegelman has always danced to a different beat, today was no different. Taking advantage of the absence of leading drivers James DeVaux, Bruce Aldrich Jr, the young 25-year-old Siegelman reeled off 4 winners on the afternoons 9 race harness racing card. The first winner of the day came mid-way in the card in race 4 aboard Musical Romance ($6.30) from post 3 for trainer Robert Lounsbury in 2:02. Siegelman then won the 2 next races in succession with Cundalini from the rail in 2:01.3 and Sheer Action (PP6) in 2:01.1 The 4th win of the card came in the last race with the favorite Oneisalonleynumber in 2:00.4 for trainer James Siegelman, who enjoyed a training double. With the 4 wins, it gives Siegelman a seasonal tally of 31 wins, within striking distance of overtaking Bruce Aldrich who is currently in second place with 32 wins. Shawn Wiles

Michael Merton notched his 3,000th harness racing career winning drive at Monticello Raceway on Thursday January 18. The milestone win came aboard Armor Hanover in the 7th race, the 9-year-old SJ'S Caviar gelding won by 7 lengths in 1:57.2, he is owned and trained by Doug Berkeley of Montgomery NY. Michael hails from a family that has been deeply embedded at Monticello Raceway since its inception in 1958. Michael started his career driving as an amateur, he then received his P license in 1991. Michael and his brother Greg has been mainstays in the Monticello Raceway backstretch and driving colony for decades. 2017 was a banner year for Michael, he drove 257 winners and amassed a personal best of $1,150,003 in yearly purses earned, his career earnings are a respectable $10,628,662. Michael was greeted in the winner's circle by many of his fellow horseman, family member and well-wishers. Wasting no time, Merton won the final race of the card with Ideal Candidate, setting his sites on 4000. By: Shawn Wiles

One harness racing dynasty ends and another continues, Dolores Basilone secured her second consecutive training title at Monticello Raceway, along the way she set a new mark with the most wins for a Monticello trainer with 222 trips to the winner's circle, the new mark surpassed the former record of 218 wins held by Joe Minieri. Basilone's tally of 222 wins including 4 wins off the grounds vaults her into 6th nationally, her barn earned $754,072 in 948 starts at Monticello Raceway. Gary Messenger was second with 116 wins, followed by Robert Lounsbury was third with 113, Dan Gill, 85 and rounding out the top 5 was newcomer Jennifer Lappe. Jim Devaux also had a career best year as he took home his first ever leading dash winner title with 301 wins in 1204 starts and ended the year with Monticello earnings of $986,516. Devaux also notched a milestone when he drove his 5,000 winner earlier this fall. The double driving Devaux also finished 3rd for the most wins at Saratoga Raceway. Devauxs numbers also warranted national attention, as he finished 6th place in the nation with 544 wins and earnings of $3,005.547. James Taggart Jr. was second in the drivers standing with 256 wins and former Monticello Raceway leading dash winner Bruce Aldrich Jr. was 3rd with 244, followed by Michael Merton with 200 and Kyle Dibenedetto with 144 and the morning line favorite to be a future dash winner, Austin Siegelman also had 144 wins to his credit. by: Shawn Wiles  

It is rare to have a 14-year-old veteran harness racing  campaigner stay sound long enough to race until their 15th birthday, but on Wednesday December 27, Monticello Raceway had 2 - 14-year-old warriors race in their final career start in the same race, Grecale AS and Schalom G. Grecale AS retires as the winningest aged trotter in North America in 2017 with 17 wins. The son of Sugarcane Hanover has a stellar season with yearly earnings over $50,000. Grecale AS is trained by Don Hoover of Ballston Spa, NY, his final career tally race is 299 - 59 - 42 - 24, $393,089 and a lifetime mark of 1:56 as a 10-year-old. The other elder statesman is Schalom G, a son of Toss Out - Pleasure Way, ironically, took his lifetime mark (1:52.4) as the age of 10 also. Schalom G is owned and trained by harness racing blue blood Jim Doherty Jr. of Monticello NY. His final career tally is 245 43-34-27 and $373,520. Schalom G recently did his Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer impression over the weekend for his young fans in Liberty NY. Grecale AS and Schalom G. are both foreign bred, Grecale AS was foaled in Italy and Schalom G was foaled in Germany, in 2003. The barefooted Grecale AS, went out in style as he scored an easy wire to wire victory in 2:03.4 with Monticello Raceway leading dash winner James Devaux at the helm, Schalom G finished a game 4th. By: Shawn Wiles

Monticello Raceway featured its normal Thursday mainstay, the harness racing 'Catskill Amateur Driving Event'. Changing her tactics and deviating from the norm this week rather than cut the mile, Jennifer Lappe was content to sit the pocket journey while Monica Banca aboard Fox Valley Leo cut the fractions. Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo left the gate first from post 5 and had the lead in the first turn, Lightning Strike the 1-5 favorite and Jennifer Lappe protected their position from the 2 hole and settled in the garden spot while Fox Valley Leo left splits of 28.2, 58.4. 1:29.2 on the teletimer. Bob Davis and Sand Benelli tried to get the outer flow going at the half in the small 6 horse field but found no takers, but continued to grind it out on the backside. At this point the heavy track took its toll on Fox Valley Leo as Banca popped the ear plugs at the ¾, but to no avail as the early pacesetter faded in the lane. Sand Benelli ranged into contention of the top of the stretch, but the real estate saving Lightning Strike was able to clear and go on to win by a length over Sand Benelli in 2:00:2. It was the third win in a row for Lappe and Lightning Strike, the 9 YO gelding by Cam Terrific is trained and owned by William Mintz, and in the process picked up his 7th seasonal win. Paul Walker and Doc's Zippy were 3rd. All 3 of Lightning Strikes string of wins have come in the Catskill Amateur events and has 4 wins in 6 starts in the event. Live racing resumes on Monday November 20 with a 12:25 post time. By: Shawn Wiles

As is the norm, Monticello Raceway Thursday's harness racing card features amateur racing. On November 2, the Catskill Amateurs were featured in an 8-horse field that went to post for a purse $3,900. As the gate left, Jennifer Lappe and Lightning Strike spurted away from post position 6, she was followed by Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo, (PP3) Banca was the recent winner of the Catskill Amateur final held earlier in the year, Lightning Strike and Lappe cut fractions of 28.2, 58.0, 1:27 and tripped the beam in 1:56.2 on her way to a 2-length victory over the pocket sitting Fox Valley Leo, Sand Benelli (Bob Davis) finished 3rd. It was the 5th win of the year for Lighting Strike a 9-year-old gelding by Cam Terrific, he is owned trained and by William Mintz of Harris, New York. By: Shawn Wiles

Efforts by the North American Amateur Drivers Association and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club are under way to organize a race for military veterans who are also amateur harness drivers are coming to fruition according to NAADA vice president, Alan Schwartz. The event will be held on Thursday November 9, noted Alan Schwartz a former U.S Marine who besides being the vice president of NAADA is also the president of the Monticello Raceway's Harness Horsemen's Association. At the end of the November 9th racing card at the Mighty M both NAADA and CADC will each donate $1000 to the Veteran's Food Pantry of Sullivan County, NY. Both amateur organizations are urging those who plan on attending the afternoon's race card to please bring along a non-perishable food item which will then be delivered to the veteran's food pantry. Beginning Wednesday November 1, Monticello Raceway will revert to its winter post time of 12:25pm. By Shawn Wiles

On Monday October 16, Monticello Raceway hosted the $400,000 New York Sire Stakes Consolations, with eight harness racing divisions each racing for a purse of $50,000 each. When one thinks of Sire Stake events, one thinks of hot balmy days of July and August. Today the conditions were far from the Sire Stake norm, with temps in the mid 50's, with intermittent sun and a persistent raw wind. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The short 5 horse field only offered win and place wagering, Dan Dube and Python Blue Chip (Roll With Joe - Michell's Dream) eased their way to the front past the ¼ in 27.4 and stayed there every step of the mile. Michelle's Jazz (Andrew McCarthy) popped out from the garden spot to take a shot at Python Blue Chip at the top of the lane, but Dube hit the wheel disc for extra measure and the filly responded to win by 4 lengths in 1:55.3 for her 2nd win of the year for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Michelle's Jazz was second, followed by Sand Artist (T. Tetrick) 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Aces in Heaven (PP1) protected his position from the rail and left briskly, the post time favorite Courtly Choice (Mark MacDonald) patiently took the lead past the ¼ pole in 27.2 and tripped the following beams in 56.4 1:25.4. and played catch me if you can. Cheese Melt (Dan Dube) didn't see the wood often during his mile, he made a hugh 3 wide move to pass Aces In Heaven in the lane. Courtly Choice scored in 1:56.1, Cheese Melt was 2nd followed by Aces In Heaven 3rd. The son Art Major - Lady Ashlee is trained by Blake Macintosh did not disappoint his faithful, returning $4.40. 3-Year-Old Trotting Colts Zack's Zoomer took the overland route to score in the most impressive effort of the day, as Cresurrey was cutting the fractions (28.4, 58.4 1:27.4) followed by Aces and Eights. Zack's Zoomer was doing his Avis impression and was trying harder. Marcus Miller unleased Zack's Zoomer down the backside in an impressive 3 wide move a the 5/8's pole. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe continued to grind it out to prevail in 1:57.1, LQ 28.3, Cresurrey was 2nd and Aces and Eights (Dan Daley) sat the pocket the entire mile and finished 3rd. 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt The barefooted Cruising In Style (Jason Bartlett), scored a win, but not without some anxious moments. The son of Muscle Mass carved out splits of 30.2, 1:01.4 1:31.4, past the ¾ marker Cruising In Style got rough gaited and was 1 bad step away from jumping off stride, but kept his composure to record the win in 2:01.1 over a hard closing Seven Irons (Tim Tetrick) with Seven Knights (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) Cruising In Style is trained by Andrew Harris for Thestable Cruising Group. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The eight-horse field was reduced to 7 with the scratch of Oooteeny, Eunice (Eric Goodell) from the rail showed the way barely to the ¼ before Sevenbuyeleven took the lead and reeled off fractions of 29, 59.3, 1:30 to scamper away to an easy 4 length victory in 1:59.3 over the pocket sitter Eunice, finishing 3rd was Perfect Summer K (J. Stratton) Sevenbuyeleven by Chapter Seven is trained by Linda Toscano and is owned by Ken Jacobs and paid a paltry $2.70. 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts Following the successful trend of the day, Octane Bluechip (Dan Dube) from the rail, went down the road for as far and fast as he could go. Dan Dube put the Art Major sleeper hold on the field with a 30 second 2nd quarter and had just enough in the tank to hold off Outrajus Blue Chip (Andy McCarthy) in the fastest mile of the cold afternoon in 1:54.4 and Twin B Cowboy ranged up for 3rd. The 3/5 fav Talent Soup was never a threat and finished last. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Ostrich Blue Chip made short work of the 7-horse filed and was never headed in an easy 6 length win over Busy Doing Nothin (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Flyhawk Charm (J. Bartlett) in 1:58.1. The Chapter Seven lass is owned by the estate of the great patron of the sport Fred Monteleone, who recently passed away. In the winner's circle was his daughter and other family and friends and shared a special moment. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace The lass with the class was World Apart (Art Major), her wins this year include the Simpson Stake and the The Lady Maud. Candlelight Dinner and Jim Morrill cut the mile to the half, 27.2 - 56.0, she was trailed by World Apart to the 5/8 pole. World Apart pulled the pocket to challenge the now tiring Candlelight Dinner and came first over on the outside at the ¾ marker in 1:25.2, once on the lead World Apart hug on in a tight photo. Touchamatic (George Brennan) was bobbing and weaving thru traffic the entire mile was able to get up and finish 2nd, Magic Forces was 3rd for Marcus Miller. Drivers Jason Bartlett and Dan Dube each had a driving double, Art Major and Chapter Seven each recorded two sire wins each. By Shawn Wiles

Monticello Raceway hosted the Catskill harness racing amateurs on Thursday afternoon October 12th, the 7-horse field went to post for a purse of $3,900. Ken Heins aboard Crown Isle left hard from the rail as did Fox Valley Leo and Monica Banca, going into the first turn Strong Signal and the heavy favorite KJ Brent (Robert Krivelin) got tangled up in close quarters forcing KJ Brent off stride. Heins played hard ball and gave Banca a taste of the chilly Catskill Mountain air as the pair raced side by side past the ¼ in 27.3, they continued in tandem to the half in 57. The eventual race winner Sand Benelli, at this point was last and gapped 15 lengths from the leader. Down the backside Crown Isle and Fox Valley Leo continued to slug it out, at this point the outer flow devolved. Crown Isle still firmly held his ground as he took the field to the ¾ marker on 1:27, Fox Valley was getting leg weary on the outside caused congestion forcing Lighting Strike and Sand Benelli 3 deep at the paddock gate, as the early pace setters began to tire. The pair skipped away by 2 lengths at the top the stretch, Bob Davis and Sand Benelli were able to get up in time to win over Lighting Strike by ¾ lengths in 1:56, Blue Fin was 3rd. Sand Benelli paid $33.80. Strong Signal was placed third but due to the interference in the first turn was DQ'd and was set back to last. Bob Davis owns and trains the well-traveled Sand Benelli, an 11-year-old gelding by The Panderosa who garnered his 3rd win of the year. By: Shawn Wiles             -30-       All emails from Empire Resorts, Inc. and its subsidiaries, and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are considered privileged and confidential and may not be used by either party in any pending or future legal proceedings. Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001  

On the heels of the harness racing Night of Champions, Monticello Raceway will host the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations on Monday October 16, post time for the 12 race card is 12:50 . There will be 8 races, for each division of age, sex and gait, each division will race for a purse of $50,000. Owners that plan on being attendance for the afternoon will be given a free food voucher for the new state of the art Sports Bar, a free program, along with a special gift. Any owner that plans on being in attendance should contact the Race Office at (845) 794 - 4100 ext. 557 or 555 to make accommodations. The Monticello Harness Horseman's Association in conjunction with Monticello Raceway and the Harness Breeders of New York State will have a BBQ in the paddock for participating horseman and grooms throughout the card. 2 Year Old Filly Trotters Sevenbuyeleven (Tim Tetrick) earned her speed badge of 1:55.1 last week at the Red Mile winning a heat of the International Stallions Stakes, she is the richest and fastest filly in the race, she scores from post position 4. Setntheworldonfire (PP6) has only been off the board once this year for trainer Noel Daley, Andrew McCarthy will drive the Muscle Yankee lass. 2 Year Old Colt/Geldings Trotters Seven Iron (PP4 - Tim Tetrick) was impressive at the Red Mile in the Bluegrass stake, taking a LTM of 1:55.3, equally as impressive is his tally for the year 10 2-2-4, with freshman earning of $91,893. Cruising in Style (Jason Bartlett) has been in the thick of things all year on the NYSS circuit, he will start from the rail in the 5-horse contest. My Lindy Winner (Jim Morrill Jr.) looks to regain her early season form (PP2) that saw her win at Saratoga Raceway in a brisk 1:56.4. 2 Year Old Filly Pacers Michelle's Jazz is the 5-2 favorite from the rail with Andrew McCarthy at the helm. American Myth (Jason Bartlett) brings her 2-race win streak in overnight company at the Meadows, she will score from post 2 for trainer Ed Hart. Mink Pink (Eric Goodell) has been model of consistency with 3 seconds and 2 thirds in her last 5 starts, but she has yet to enter the winners circle this year. She will start from (PP4) 2 Year Old Colts/Geldings Pacers Persist Blue Chip (George Brennan) was a winner earlier in the year at Monticello Raceway in 1:58.1, in this company he will start from the 6 hole. Trump Nation has been very sharp lately, he has 2 Excelsior A wins and a place finish to his credit for trainer Andrew Harris. Aces In Heaven will score from the rail with John MacDonald in the bike and is the morning line favorite. 3 Year Old Filly Trotters Twice the bridesmaid in NYSS competition and heat winner of the Zweig, Ostrich Blue Chip (PP3) in her last 7 starts she has 5 wins and 2 place finishes, Scott Zeron will drive the favorite. Busy Doing Nothing knows her way around a ½ mile oval will benefit from the rail, Ray Fisher will drive. 3 Year Old Colts/Geldings Trotters The Trond Smedshammer stable brings an entry with Cresurrey (PP6 - Jason Bartlett)) and Texican (PP7) for owner Purple Haze Stable LLC. Arch Credit is the morning line second favorite at 3-1, the son of Credit Winner has recently rounded into consistent form. The often-erratic Optimist Blue Chip will start from the rail with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Aces And Eights was impressive in his Vernon Q 1:55.4 last week for Dan Daley. 3 Year Old Filly Pacers World Apart (PP4 - Jason Bartlett) has been a model of consistency, her potent resume includes 3 wins and earnings over $140,000, along the way she earned wins in the Simpson Stake and the Lady Maud, she was 2nd in her NYSS division at Monticello in September. Artrageous (Mark Macdonald) is looking to extend her win streak to 3. 3 Year Old Colts/Geldings Pacers Outrajus Blue Chip looks to be in top form from post 3 and has been installed the morning line fav at 5-2. Octane Blue Chip (Dan Dube - PP1) will also be in the hunt. Benji 's Best was a NYSS winner at Monti this summer in 1:53.4, he was a winner of the EBC consolation in 1:50 at Tioga Downs, post position 8 will hampers his efforts today. By: Shawn Wiles

It was only fitting that after winning this first pari mutel drive at Monticello Raceway, that harness racing driver James "Jimmy" DeVaux would win his 5000th race also at his home track. The always humble DeVaux scored a wire to wire win with Sandy Hook Hanover in the last race of the afternoon. DeVaux also won 2 races prior in the card. The 50-year-old DeVaux is atop the leader board at Monticello Raceway with 249 wins, he is also ranked 6th in the nation for leading dash winning drivers with 410 wins. His mounts have earned over $2,000,000 in purses thus far this year, he is also the 3rd leading driver at Saratoga Raceway with 161 wins. By: Shawn Wiles

On Tuesday September 19, Monticello Raceway hosted it's 8th and final leg of the 2017 New York Sire Stakes Season featuring harness racing 2 year old pacing fillies. The first Sire Stakes event of the afternoon was a six horse field that competed for a purse of $53,500. Betting favorite KJ's Bekah (Jason Bartlett) made a nasty break in the middle of the first turn and went to his knees. Jim Morrill Jr. took advantage of the miscue with the improving Wisdom Tree (PP2) and reeled off fractions of 28.2, 58.2, 1:27.4 tripping the beam in 1:55.2 to score a no nonsense win by 2 lengths, over longshot Sand Artist (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Mink Pink (Matt Kakaley). Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar - Wisdom) filly is trained by Ed Hart, and is owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, in the process she scored her first pari mutual win and returned $6.50 to the faithful. In typical Jim Morrill Jr. fashion, he sent the 4/5 favorite Alexis Faith from the rail, down the road and played catch me if you can in the final Sire Stakes ($54,500) of the afternoon and led the field to the first stanza in a brisk 27 and continued to show the way to the half in 56.1, down the backside former regular top Monticello driver Jim Marohn Jr. had Azreal As It Gets in perfect striking position and came first over. Alexis Faith was still on top as the field sped to the ¾ in 1:25.2, at this point it looked like the track record of 1:55 was in serious jeopardy as Marohn Jr and Azreal As It Gets continued to grind down pace setter Alexis Faith who tired late in the lane to prevail in 1:55.2 by a slim margin, the win was 2/5's off the track record of 1:55 set by Planet Rock last year. Hurrikane Shorty (Jason Bartlett) redeemed herself after being off her grain in a dull performace last week, finished a game 2nd, pacesetter Alexis Faith was third. The win was Azreal As It Gets second consecutive win after her win last week at Batavia Downs for trainer Jake Huff. The So Surreal - Vanite Semalu filly is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable and Stable 45. Jim Morrill had 3 wins on the afternoon, Bruce Aldrich Jr. took both divisions of Excelsior B's, leaving him just 5 wins shy of career win 7,000. Leading Monticello Raceway driver Jim DeVaux had 1 win on the card, he needs 27 more wins to become a member of the 5,000 club. Breeding shed banter saw both Rock N Roll Heaven and Art Major each has a pair of winners. Excelsior A - $15,000 Majorette Angie - 1:57.2 - $8.60 - Jim Morrill Jr./ Checkered Past - 1:58 - $6.60 - Jim Morrill Jr. Jericho Diva - 1:57.3 - Jim DeVaux - $9.30 Excelsior B - $6,500 Heavens Diva -2:00.4 - $2.10 - Bruce Aldrich / With Wings - 1:59.1 - $3.50 - Bruce Aldrich By: Shawn Wiles

On Tuesday September 19, Monticello Raceway will host the final leg of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies. The next stop for the upper echelon fillies will be the NYSS Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday October 14. As luck, would have it, or not, the top 4 point leaders are competing in the same heat of Sire Stakes in race 10. Ubettergo Go is the point leader by with 207 points, followed closely by Hurricane Shorty with 205, Alexis Faith with 200 & Betterthangraduate with 195. The first heat of Sire Stakes is race 8, the 6-horse field will race for $53,500, Surreal Feeling has reeled off 6 consecutive wins in the Excelsior B class, the $6,000 Goshen Yearling graduate was impressive last week at Batavia, where he made a break at the start and gathered himself to still win in 1:57.2, taking a new lifetime record in the process. The connections of Surreal Feeling have opted to jump over the Excelsior A's and tackle the elite group, she will start from post 5 for trainer Dale Lawton and will be driven by leading Monticello Raceway dash leader Jim DeVaux. KJ's Bekah (PP4) has traveled a similar path, already a 3-time winner in the Excelsior A class, the $140,000 Lexington Select yearling purchase is owned by Kenneth Jacobs. The daughter of American Ideal - Upfrontandpersonal is trained by Linda Toscano, and will be driven by Jason Bartlett. The 2nd dash for the cash ($54,500) has a trio of evenly matched freshman fillies, all with similar paths, as they have individually have won 3 Sire Stakes each, thus far this season. The top point leader of the category Ubettergo Go, drew post position 4, the daughter of Art Major- Ubetterthink is trained by Blake Macintosh, Mark MacDonald will drive. Her credentials are impressive with over $87,000 in earnings, she scored a NYSS win in her last start at Batavia Downs in 1:55.3 and sports a speed badge of 1:53 taken at Vernon Downs. Right next to her behind the starting gate is another Goshen Yearling Sale alumni Hurrikane Shorty ($8,000) from post 5, her black type includes 2 NYSS wins at Yonkers, and 1 at Saratoga. The Art Major - Speed Date offspring is owned by Little E, Jason Settlemoir & A. Geiger, she is trained by Kevin McDermott, Jason Bartlett is in the bike, she is the fastest filly of the bunch with a mark of 1:52, taken at the Meadowlands. The morning line favorite, by virtue of drawing the rail is Alexis Faith, she also has 3 win blankets in her tack trunk this year, she is 3rd in points in the division with 200. Cassie Coleman trains the American Ideal - Cannae Cammie bay filly for owners West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J Robert Darrow and Kevin McKinlay. The 2 time NYSS winner Betterthangraduate, will start from PP6 and will be driven by Matt Kakaley. Post Time is 12:50 By Shawn Wiles

The reigning prom Queen, Clear Idea was looking to regain her recent form, at one point this harness racing season she had reeled off seven wins in a row. In her last two starts she was not her old self and today not even the rail would help her. Planet Rock (PP3) and Jason Bartlett charged hard off the gate and showed the field thru fractions of 27.4, 57.1, at the 5/8 's pole Brett Miller and Tequila Monday (PP6) pulled from the 3 hole and was first over at the ¾ in 1:25.2. At the top of the lane is was a two horse race as Tequila Monday and Planet Rock both dug in deep, but Tequila Monday dug deeper and went on to win by a head, to score in 1:53.2 for the fastest mile of the day, pacing her last quarter in 27.4 for her 7th win of the season, upping her earning to over $270,000. The daughter of American Ideal - Margarita Monday is trained by Chris Oaks for owners Northfork Racing and Chuck Pompey, it was the first of 2 driving wins on the card for Brett Miller. In the second division of the $59,100 New York Sire Stakes, Jason Bartlett once again left the gate strong from post 6 with the betting favorite World Apart for trainer Linda Toscano, she was followed throughout the mile by Queen Josephine as the tandem lead the way through splits of 28.1, 57.3, Ann Hill who was sitting 4th until the half was in the outer flow at the 5/8 pole, at the field past the 3/4 marker in 1:26.1 she was 3rd on the outside. World Apart still had 1 length on the short field of 6 at the head of the lane, Austin Siegelman who won 5 races on one card at Monticello Raceway last week was not to be denied and rallied Ann Hill, opting to go the outside instead of the passing lane in a spirited stretch drive to score in 1:54.2, LQ 28.1 for a new lifetime mark by a scant head over World Apart, finishing 3rd was Touchamatic. The Rock N Roll Heaven - Taxi Fare Hanover lass is trained by 2nd generation Richard Silverman, the victory was the biggest win of his career for the 25-year-old Siegelman. Marcus Miller scored with Magic Forces, the sharp looking daughter of Art Major - Magic of Michelle took a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1 in the first heat of the $15,000 Excelsior A class. Trainer Jim Graham saw his filly Roll With Sparky (Brett Miller) content to sit the garden spot behind pace setter Robin J, to wrestle a win by a scant head in 1:54.0. In the last race on the afternoon, Bullvillstephanie (Roll With Joe - Bullville Ana) won for owner Crevani Farms with Mike Merton in the bike in 1:55.3 for her 4th win of the season. The local connection of Gary Messenger and Jim Taggart took the first leg of the Excelsior B class ($6,600) with Delilah De Vie in 1:57.3, the son of Art Major - Beach Girl De Vie, sat a pocket trip to overtake pacesetter Rollingndiamonds for her 2nd consecutive victory. Kristie Leigh Farms saw their home bred daughter Roll With Ann (Roll With Joe - Lisjune Ann) win in 1:57.1, for trainer by Eddie Hart. Local reinsman enjoyed a good afternoon as Jim Taggart Jr, Austin Siegelman and Michael Merton each enjoyed a visit to the winner circle. New York Sire Stake Action resumes on September 19 with 2 YOPF. Shawn Wiles

Harness Racing driver James DeVaux capped both halves of the early double with Sandy Hook Hanover (1:57 - $8.30) & Wiggler (1:56.2 $2.90) and then continued to march his way to the winner's circle with Muscle Defined (2:00 - $4.30) and then with Grecale AS (1:59.2 - $2.30). Grecale AS, the winningest trotter in North America earned his 15th victory of the year, the foreign bred son of Sugarcane Hanover is owned and trained by Don Hoover. Fly To The Angels (1:57.4 - $4.30) notched her 70th lifetime win for owner Gregory C Gardner of Sheridan MI. Gardner has owned the 13-year-old Sign of Success mare for her entire career of 347 starts. Jim DeVaux is the leading dash winning driver at the Mighty M, this year with 234 wins, he is ranked 6th in the nation with 365 wins with earning over $1,800,000 with a UDRS of .330. Leading Monticello trainer Dolores Basilone earned 4 wins on the card, Basilone is also ranked 6th in the nation with 168 wins with a UDRS of .363. By Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY --- On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 7) at Monticello Raceway Austin Siegelman owned the middle part of the harness racing card and won five consecutive races. The winning streak started in race seven and continued through race 11.  Winbak Prince ($6.10) got the party started for Siegelman, winning by seven lengths in 1:56. The aptly named Winning ($3.30) made it two-in-a-row, while Goodness Grace, the Mary Martin trained Conway Hall filly. was next in 2:04.1. In race 10, True Muscle scored for Siegelman and trainer Thomas Merton in 2:00, the quintuplet came with Sammy B Happy in 1:57.2 ($8.50). Siegelman, the former Rising Star award recipient from the Monticello – Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) is ranked sixth in the driver’s colony at Monticello for leading dash winners with 77.  The aggressive and mature Siegelman has recently found his niche at Monticello Raceway, his UDRS prior to today was a respectable .310.  Total handle on the live card was $547,000. Live racing action resumes Monday afternoon at 12:50 p.m. T he New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) return to Monticello Raceway on Tuesday (Sept. 12), when 3-year-old pacing fillies take center stage. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway 

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