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As harness racing driver Jimmy Devuax was entering the winners circle after his fifth win on the 10 race card at Monticello Raceway on Thursday January 14, track announcer Howard Oil said "When you're hot, your hot" James Devuax has been on fire as of late, the 53-year-old reinsman won four races the prior day. The last time Devuax won five races at Monticello Raceway was almost exactly a year ago, on January 10, 2020. With nine wins in two days, Devaux has a slim lead over Mike Merton atop the leading dash winner leader board of the young 2021 season. The banner day started in race two with Road Untraveled (PP3) 2:00.3 - $6.00, the 13 year old gelding earned his first win of the season for trainer Dave Dziengiel. Thisishowwedoit (PP4) 1:57.4 - $2.60, Giddyallyougot (PP3) 2:00.2 - $14.00, Preacher Ollie (PP4) 1:57.3 - $3.50, who won his third race in four starts. Devaux concluded the afternoon with His Excellence (PP6) 1:57 - $12.20 in race nine for trainer Art Green. Also on the card, Cory Stratton drove two winners and former Monticello Raceway Rising Star, Shane Darish won with Precious Blue Chip, over $656,000 was wagered on the afternoon, live racing continues tomorrow afternoon with a 12:25 Post. Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY – On Wednesday afternoon January 13, former 3 time Monticello Raceway Leading dash winning harness racing driver James Devaux scored a Grand Slam on the 10 race card.  Devaux scored in the first race with Six Bax (1:59.2 - $5.70) the son of Kadabra has now won 2 in a row.  Luigi Bizacko (1:59.4 - $7.40) earned a new lifetime mark in the effort for trainer Joe Skowyra for Devaux’s second win.  In the $8,900 Open Trot, James scored with Sweet Royalty (2:01 - $11.80) Sweet Royalty is trained and owned by Steven Ray of New Berlin, NY.  The final win of the afternoon was aboard Elite Five (PP8) 1:59.4 - $5.00, the 4-year-old mare by Always a Virgin is trained by Chris McCracken. Also on the card, Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Mike Merton each drove home 2 winners and trainer Robert Lounsbury had 2 winners hail from his stable.   By: Shawn Wiles

Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Bo Sowers have copped the titles of Leading harness racing dash winning Driver and Trainer at Monticello Raceway for 2020. For Bruce Aldrich Jr. being the leading dash winning driver is not new to him, this year's title marks the seventh time that Bruce has won the title at Monticello Raceway. Aldrich led all drivers with 136 trips to the winner's circle in 2020 with a UDRS of .305 and earned purses of $587,807 the 52-year-old Aldrich is approaching a monumental personal milestone of 8,000 career wins, almost 50% - 3,979 of those wins came at Monticello Raceway. Last year's dash winner Jim Taggart Jr. finished second this year with 117 wins, narrowly edging Michael Merton with 116 wins. Greg Merton was 4th with 104 wins and McGwire Sowers had 80 winners. New comer Bo Sowers garnered the title of leading trainers with a slate of 80 wins, 82 place and 87 show finishes and a UDRS of .273 with total purses earned of 365,140. Gary Messenger last year's leading trainer finished 2nd this year with 65 wins and Dan Gill was 3rd with 35 wins followed by Jim Doherty Jr. 32 and Thomas Milici with 30. Due to thawing track conditions and safety concerns for all concerned, Monticello Raceway has cancelled live on Tuesday January 5, 2021. Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - If the harness racing driver's colony at Monticello Raceway were a baseball team, they would be 20 games ahead of their nearest rival, on Thursday December 31, Mike Merton had his second Grand Slam in two days, and for the 3rd time this season. Merton's batting average (UDRS) is .389. Other drivers that had a Grand Slam this year at the Mighty M are Bruce Aldrich, Jim Taggart Jr, James Devaux and Cory Stratton. Merton started off in the fourth inning, race four with a win aboard Dotted Line (2:00.3 - $7.00) next up was Baywood Shadow (2:00.2 - $6.30) who earned his seventh win of the COVID shortened season. After a short hiatus he came back in the 8th race to score with Blacktree (1:59.3- $7.30) for trainer Andrew Adamczyk, and finished the afternoon going for the cycle with Wrangler Rockstar (2:02.4 - $4.80) Merton had a strong shot to win five, but the heavy favorite Tinos Pulse made a break in the paddock turn in race 10. Blacktree Greg Merton had three winners and Bruce Aldrich had two winning drives, Art Green enjoyed two training victories on the afternoon The 12 race card produced a season high handle of $850,256, a race average of $71,000, live racing will resume on Monday January 4 with 12:25 with racing Monday through Friday. Shawn Wiles

Mike Merton led all harness racing drivers on the 12 race Monticello card on Tuesday December 29 with four winners, former leading dash winner Jim Devaux won three races and Greg Merton also had three trips to the winner's circle. Ricky Be Sharp earned his 4th consecutive win for the combination of Rob Harmon and Michael Merton. The classy aged campaigner Mariner Seelster won the Open Pace in 1:57.2, Bo Sowers steered the son of Camluck for trainer Mark Ford, the aged gelding is owned by Kelly Ford. It was his third win in four starts. The warhorse has life time earnings of over $600,000 in his career and a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 taken as a nine year old. Mariner Seelster  Shawn Wiles

On Wednesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway Jim Taggart Jr. had a driving Grand Slam on the 12 race harness racing card. Taggart wasted no time, winning the first race with Cerisier (2:00-$10.20) after a short hiatus until race 6 he visited the winners circle with Askmelater Hanover (1:58.4- $6.90). And then with Smart Talker (1:58.4-$16.00) who earned his first win of the year, the 4-year-old Well Said gelding is trained by Danny Gill. The Grand Slam occurred in the last race of the day aboard Man He Can Skoot (1:58.1-$3.30) for trainer Francis McCahey. Taggart is the second leading dash winning driver with 112 wins behind the leader Bruce Aldrich Jr. with 129. Trainers Raheim Strong and Greg Decker each enjoyed a training double on the afternoon, Jim Devaux, Greg Merton and Kyle Dibenedetto all scored a driving double on the card. Live Racing resumes Monday December 28 with a 12:25 Post. Shawn Wiles

Something that you don't see very often is two dead-heats on the same day, this unique harness racing oddity occurred Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. The first dead heat was in race 6, Blue Line (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and Rockin In The Hills (Greg Merton) tripped the time in tandem in 1:58.3, Chip For Real (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and See You Friday duplicated the feat five races later as they crossed the wire in unison in 1:58.4. Also on the card James Taggart Jr. drove four winners, Greg Merton had three winners, James Devaux Michael Merton and Bruce Aldrich Jr each had two winners on the afternoon, both of Aldrich's win came in each dead heat race. Trainer Dan Gill had two winners from his barn, Gill is currently in 4th place for leading trainers with 34 seasonal wins. Blue Line and Rockin In The Hills (Geri Schwarz Photo)  Chip For Real and See You Friday (Geri Schwarz Photo)    Shawn Wiles  

Monticello, NY - Bliss And Luck notched her 6th consecutive harness racing victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday December 21. Her first start at the Mighty M was November 16, at the time the 7 year old Rockin Image mare was trained by Andrew Adamczyk, while under Andrews care the aged mare won 4 races before being claimed by Jim Doherty Jr. on December 7th. While in the barn of Jim Doherty Jr. Bliss And Luck has won back to back races. True to her past performances the mare went wire to wire from the rail to score in 2:00.1. Bliss And Luck Drivers Bruce Aldrich Jr and Greg Merton each scored a driving triple and Cory Stratton had a double. Trainer Candance Brandstatter enjoyed a banner day with 3 winners from her barn. Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY, - Monticello Raceway has canceled live harness racing on Thursday December 17 due to Winter Storm Gail. Live racing will return on Monday December 21 with 12:20 post time Shawn Wiles  

Monticello, NY – On Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway McGwire Sowers enjoyed a driving triple, it is the second time in a month that Sowers drove 3 harness racing winners on the afternoon. Sowers literally lit up the tote board with his first winner Terem Up Louie (PP4) , the 45-1 longshot scored in 1:59.4 and returned a healthy $87.00-win ticket for owner Tammy Sowers.  Sowers next trip to the winner’s circle was aboard the 3-year-old Hypnoticdream, the son of Hynotic Blue Chip scored a 4 length wire to wire win in 1:56.4 - $3.50. For Hypnoticdream is was his 3rd win of the season, he is owned by Mo Coo Inc of Merrick, NY. The driving triple came in race 6 with Our Regal Ideal N, the classy 9-year-old gelding romped in a 12 length victory for owner Clifford Grundy, time for the mile was 1:56.1 - $2.70. The 20-year-old McGwire Sowers seasonal driving win total is 70, ranking him in sixth place, right behind fellow Mainer Brandon Parker Jr. Bruce Aldrich Jr. leads the pack with 110 wins. While only 20 years old the reserved McGwire shows a great amount of poise and patience in the sulky, no doubt benefitting from the advice of his sage and father Bo Sowers. Bo Sowers also enjoyed a training triple on the card, the 3 wins upped his tall to 76 wins thus far for the season at the Mighty M, giving him a strangle hold on leading dash winning trainers. Gary Messenger is in second place with 55 winners. Michael Merton had a driving double on the afternoon.   By Shawn Wiles

Monticello NY- Harness racing drivers Jim Taggart Jr. and Greg Merton both will be enjoying a festive Thanksgiving as Taggart won 4 races and Greg Merton won 3 on Wednesday November 25 at Monticello Raceway. For Taggart the last time that he recorded this feat was just a month ago on October 26. The day started off on the right foot as Taggart won race 1 aboard Grave Dancer who scored a 3 length victory in 1:58 for trainer Dan Gill. 2 races later Taggart was back in the winner circle with the Gary Messenger trained KJ Owen who earned his 2nd win of the year after pacing the mile in 1:55.4 in a 7 length romp. His 3rd win came virtue of a Dead Heat in race 8 with Chip Chip Conway and Hot Summer Knight (Cory Stratton) the pair trotted the mile in 1:58.4. Superiorcourt was win #4, the Rick Harp trained son of Conway Court went wire to wire from post position 7 to win in 1:59.1 to notch his 3 win of the year. Greg Merton won with Threehundred Wirth 1:57.2 - $4.40, Rise Up Now 1:57.1 - $4.70 and Tinos Pulse 1:58.3- $16.40. Also of note on the card Cory Stratton drove 2 winners, Trainer Gay Messenger and Dan Gill each trained 2 winners on the 13 race program. Jim Taggart Jr. trails Bruce Aldrich for leading dash winning driver at the Mighty M by 20 wins. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - It is beginning to sound like a broken record but the tune remains the same, yesterday it was Michael Merton who won 4 races, today (Nov. 17) it was Cory Stratton's turn as he did 1 better and won 5 races on the 11 race card at Monticello Raceway. Cory's owned the middle of the card sweeping races 3,4 and 5, his banner day started aboard Notagain (PP5) who was 5 length winner over Hoopla Hanover in 2:01.2 - $3.80, the daughter of Dragon Again notched her 3 win of the year for trainer Paul Roy. Next up was Iwillmakeyousaywow, the 8 year old Manhardt gelding is trained by Todd Buter who won in 1:58.4 for his 3rd seasonal win. Swan in The Valley would account for win #3 for Stratton, who romped home another easy 5 length winner in 2:01.3, Cory also trains Swan In The Valley who upped his seasonal earnings above $20,000 for owners The Signature Stable of Mechanicville, NY. In the Open Pace it was Ohoka Johnny N in 1:56, the fastest mile of the day, the New Zealand import notched his 8th win of the year for owner Team Tritton, the win also gave Stratton a training triple on the afternoon. In the last race of the day Cory was driving the even money favorite Im A Director N, leaving from post 7, Cory went wire to wire to win in 1:56.2, the win also gave Cory a training triple and owner's Team Tritton a triple. It was the 3rd win in a row for the son of Courage Under Fire. The 28 year old Stratton is in 8th place for leading dash winning drivers. Trainer Dan Gill scored a training double on the afternoon, Gill is currently in 5th place for leading dash winning trainers. Over $481,000 was wagered on the 11 race card by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway               Shawn Wiles     Director of Racing & Facilities     Monticello Raceway Office: 845.794.4100 x458 204 State Route 17B Monticello, NY 12701                     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    

Monticello, NY -  If Michael Merton looked at his horoscope today it would have told him that today was going to be a good day, as on the 10 race card Merton won 4 of them.  The harness racing quadruple began in race 2 from the 8 hole aboard Brutally Lucky who was just that, the 2 longest shots on the board finished 1-2 Brutally lucky paid $59.50 with the 65-1 Paradise Paintball finishing second, the 8-5 exacta returned $1,195 and the 8-5-3 Triple came back at $4,912. Fast forward to race 5, The New Americana (PP3) scored a wire to wire win in 1:57.4 - $6.00 to notch his 4th of the year. In the following race it was with Bliss And Luck (PP5) who used the catch me if you can tactic to win in 2:00 - $2.50. In the last race of the day Michael scored with Fox Valley Charliz in 1:56.1 - $4.60, the win gave trainer Andrew Adamczyk a training triple on the card. Young gun Brandon Parker also drove 2 winners on the day.   By: Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - Harness racing driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. padded his lead for leading dash drivers at Monticello Raceway as on Thursday afternoon November 12, he visited the winners circle 4 times during the afternoon. Awesum Ace (PP6) got the ball rolling in race 3, the 6 YO gelding picked up his 3rd win of the year for owner Adam Friedland 1:59.1 - $10.80. Hestons Lucky Chip romped in race 6 with a 5 length victory in 1:57, he best win record of the season for trainer Gary Messenger. Bullville Terror (PP3) earned a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3 on an off track for trainer Steven Crevani. Rounding out the afternoon in the last race it was Averys Hailstorm from the rail in 2:00.4- $6.00 for trainer Danny Gill. Aldrich has driven home 96 winners thus far in the abbreviated racing season, Jim Taggart Jr is second with 81 wins and future Monticello Raceway leading dash winner Brandon Parker is third with 67 wins. Also on the card Brandon (Lil Zeke) Parker and the red hot McGwire Sowers each also won 2 races on the card. Trainer Dan Gill also added 2 wins to his tally. Live racing resumes Monday November 16 with Post time 12:25 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello NY, - The harness racing driver's colony at Monticello Raceway is deep. On any given day a handful of drivers have the ability to win multiple races in one day. On Tuesday it was McGwire Sowers who reeled off three winners on the 10 race card. The triple for McGwire Sowers started with Retour Au Jeu (PP7) in race 3, the Dennis Laterza trained son of He's Watching scored in 1:57 - $6.80. The 3-year-old gelding notched his 6th win of the abbreviated season and pushed his seasonal earnings over $20,000. Poker Face (PP2) won race 6 in 2:01 - $4.20, the win gave trainer Bo Sowers a training double for the day. Sowers final win of the afternoon was aboard another Sowers Canadian import, Tymal Dazzle (PP7) the robust 3-year-old daughter of Kadabra won in 2:01 - $2.90. McGwire currently is in 6th place for leading dash winning drivers with 56 wins and a UDRS of .360. His father Bo, is leading trainers with 62 wins thus far in the season. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Harness racing driver Greg Merton won three races in succession at Monticello Raceway on Monday November 9, the triple started in the 5th race aboard Partagas Blue Chip (PP5), the 5 year old son of Shadow Play picked up his second win of the season as he went wire to wire to score in 1:59 - $6.80 for trainer Thomas Merton. Spilling The Beans was next up, the Camluck gelding took a ton of air on the outside but prevailed in 1:57.1 - $9.70 to notched his 4th seasonal win. In race 7 it was the Thomas Milici trainee Checkout Terror who went down the road to win by a scant neck over Kiss My Sass in a photo in 1:58.2 - $2.50. Greg currently is in 5th place for leading dash winning drivers with 60 wins, trailing his brother Michael who has 63 wins. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

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