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Monticello, NY -  - Monticello Raceway concluded its 2019 New York Sire Stakes harness racing program with the New York County Fair Finals on Thursday September 5 with 8 divisions each worth $10,000 on the 10 race card. 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies The heavy 3/5 favorite Comaway With Me got the lead past the ¼ marker in 31.0 after a brief tussle with Notoutofthewoods made the lead. Comaway With Me cut the rest of the mile and had a 3 length lead in the middle of the stretch before rolling off her feet and made a break. Notoutofthewoods inherited the lead and won by 5 lengths over Im A Chole and Don't Call Me Crazy in 2:04.1. It was the 4th win of the season for the daughter of Prayer I Am - Edge of the Woods, in the process she earned a new lifetime mark. She was driven by Mark Whitcroft for trainer and owner Cheryl Whitcroft. 2 Year Old Trotting Colts Discus Hanover (Credit Winner - Dancing Flames) came into the race with a 6 race win streak competing in both the Excelsior B class and the County Fairs during the summer. The 1/5 favorite went to the front and never looked back after cutting fractions of 30, 1:00.3, 1:31.2 to draw off by 15 lengths to win in 2:01.4. Step Forward finished second followed by Simonthediamond. Former Monticello Raceway Dash winner Jim Devaux was in the sulky for owners Philip Hale and David Dewhurst. It was the 10th win of the year for Discus Hanover in 13 starts. 2 Year Old Pacing Fillies Xenias Chip started from the rail in the 8 horse field, Greg Merton hustled the robust offspring of Heston Blue Chip - Xenia Hanover to the front and cruised to an easy 6 lengths win over KJ Natalia and Roll On The Odds. Xenias Chip scored her 4th win of the years for owner Keith Pinkowski and trainer Jim Graham. Time for the mile was 1:59.2 and was a new lifetime mark for the winner. 2 Year Old Pacing Colts The favorite Art Nukem was first away from the starting gate from the 7 hole for driver Mike Simons, the duo cut the mile to the half in 58.3. The first to move past the half was Flow With Joe and driver Claude Huckabone Jr. they made the lead at the ¾ mile marker and began to skip away from the pack to win in 1:59. Flow With Joe (Roll With Joe - Hidden Play) is trained by Jody Weidman, he increase his impressive resume to 7 wins in 8 lifetime starts. 3 Year Old Trotting Fillies Tyler Buter rushed Lindy In The Sky away from the gate from post position 8 and reached that panel in 29.3, Reckless Image took the lead past the quarter pole and scored a wire to wire win in 2:02.1 over Lindy In The Sky and Smokin On By. Reckless Image is a daughter of Muscle Mass- Image Hall and won her 11th race of the season for David Dewhurst and Philip Hale, it was the 2nd win of the afternoon for the duo of Dewhurst and Hale and driver Jim Devaux. 3 Year Old Trotting Colts Going into the first turn 4 colts made breaks, Certify was able to steer clear of the commotion and eased his way to the front. Once on top he dictated the fractions of 29.3, 1:00,1:29.4 to win by 6 in 1:59.3. The gelded son of Credit Winner - Good Intentions earned his 9th win of the season, the win gave Tyler Buter a driving double on the card. Finishing second was Sanchez Rocks, followed by Okay. Certify is owned and trained by Earl Sauve. 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies Roll With Mimi made short work in her class as she notched an impressive 6 length victory in 1:56.4 over Pearlameri and Qing Oong Bluechip. The daughter of Roll With Joe - Dream of Mimi earned her 15th win of the season in 28 starts with earning of over $60,000 in her 3 year old campaign. Tyler Buter handled the driving chores for trainer Claude Huckabone Jr. and owners Robndot LTD and CL Huckabone. 3 Year Old Pacing Colts While the caulk prevailed for most of the day, Jericho Willie was the exception, sent off at odds of 18/1 starting from post 5, Joe Chindano Jr. choose the winning tactic of the day, catch me if you can, he scored a wire to wire to wire win in 1:57 and in the processed earned a new lifetime record. Jericho Willie a son of Rock N Roll Heaven - Taylorlane Diva is owned by Larry Stalbaum and was bred by Gary Smith, he paid $39.60 to win. Hestons Lucky Chip finished 2nd followed by Johnny Chimpo. Also on the race card was an RUS event which featured a 4 horse contest, the highly competitive race was won by Vanessa Karlewicz aboard Akhenton to win in 2:09.1, finishing second was Michelle Miller and Choke Hold followed by RC's Ready and Hilary Hartnett. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - The New York County Fair series offered harness racing at 20 different grassroots locations throughout the state this summer, with the first event at Afton on June 20. After a long and arduous summer and many miles driving to Fairs such as Sandy Creek, Malone, Palmyra, Dunkirk and others, all roads will converge on Monticello Raceway on Thursday September 5 as The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Finals will host 8 divisions, with each dash worth $10,000. Also on tap is the RUS Championship event will host of 4 riders, the RUS circuit consisted of 10 starts within the state coinciding with The New York Sire Stakes County Fairs. The event will go between the 2nd and 3rd race, they will race for $2,400 which will be split evenly between the 4 riders. Monticello Raceway and the Monticello Harness Horseman Association will be hosting a BBQ outside of the paddock during the afternoons races and is open to all participants. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello – The New York Sire Stakes concluded it 2019 Stakes harness racing schedule for the year at Monticello Raceway as 2 year old trotting colts pulled down the curtain.  A track record was equaled and Jason Bartlett won 4 of the 8 races on the afternoon. In the first heat of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $51,000 saw 5 trotters go to post, Bourbon Express left first from post position 3 and had 5 lengths on the field after an opening quarter of 29.2, Bartlett then applied the brakes with a second quarter of 31.2 and reached the half in 1:00.4 with Chaptiama (Smedshammer) and Sky Castle (Charlie Norris) in tow.  Bourbon Express still had 2 lengths on the pack as they passed the ¾ pole in 1:30.4, he extended the lead to 3 lengths at the top of the stretch.  Pocket sitter Chapiama unleashes a 28.4 last quester to close the gap on Bourbon Express who won by a neck in 2:00.0.  It was the 3rd Sire Stake win of the season for Bourbon Express who upped his seasonal earnings to over $103,000.  The son of RC Royalty was driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Jessica Okusko and owners Salvatore Vulio, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko.  The win for Bartlett was to be his first of 4 on the afternoon. Bourbon Express                                        --Geri Schwarz photo In the second division worth $52,000, the 1/5 heavy betting favorite Barn Holden started from post 5 in the 6 field was content to let co favorite Berkery J cut the mile. Berkery J tripped the timers in 28.3, 59, 1:28.4 and scored a wire to wire win and equaled the track of 1:58 with a last quarter of 28.3   The well bred son of Chapter Seven – Southwind Catlin, was a $205,000 yearling purchase for owner Ken Jacobs and is trained by George Ducharme.   The win was a new lifetime mark for Berkery J who won a NYSS earlier in the year at Yonkers.  Hobbs (Greg Merton) finished 2nd followed by Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who was 3rd. 2 divisions of the Excelsior A class saw Clear Sailing (Credit Winner – Let-Er-Rumble) earn his maiden win for Dan Daley after sitting the pocket behind the favorite Book Seven, he scored in 2:00. Conquest AS (Conway Hall – Cordele AS) was not deterred by post 7, as the Anette Lorentzon pupil lead every set of the way, winning in 2:00 for his first lifetime win with Jason Barlett  the helm. In Excelsior B action, Crazy For CJ (Crazed - Godiva Linda) extended his win streak to 5 in a row for owners Chasing Dreams Stable of Victor NY, the son of Crazed is trained and driven by Claude Huckabone, he won in 2:01.3 and paid $2.90 to win.  Discus Hanover extended his win streak to 6 in a row, the son of Credit Winner – Dancing Flames has been dominant in the County Fair Circuit won his division in 2:03.1 with the Jason Bartlett in the bike   Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - The last leg of New York Sire Stakes will take place on Monday August 19 as 2 Year Old Trotting Colts close out the harness racing stakes season. 2 divisions of Sire Stakes ($51,000 each) are featured on the 8 race card. While this may be the last Sire Stakes of the season it may be one of the better fields, as it features former and current Batavia Downs track record holders Bourbon Express and Barn Holder. Race 1 on the card is the first heat of Sire Stakes action, Bourbon Express has been installed the 4/5 favorite. He won his recent Sire Stakes at Batavia Down and set the track record in 1:57.3, before the ink was dry Barn Holden lowered it by 2/5 of a second, he also scored in the same company in Buffalo Raceway. Bourbon Express will start from post 3 in the short field of 5 with regular driver Jason Bartlett for trainer Jessica Okusko. The son of RC Royalty - Kasha has earned over $78,000 and been on the board in every start for owners Salavtore Vulio, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko. Beerthirty K will start from the rail, the Bruce Borden trained son of Credit Winner, took his lifetime mark of 1:58 at Yonkers in a NYSS win, defeating Bourbon Express in the process. Leading point earner Barn Holden will start from post position 5 for trainer Steve "Barn" Pratt. The son of Conway Hall - Barn Babe has won 3 Sire Stakes event thus far in his freshman campaign, the wins coming at Yonkers, Vernon Down and he set the track record at Batavia Downs in his last start in an 8¾ length romp in 1:57.1. Andy Miller will drive the $45,000 Morrisville yearling for owners Steve & Nancy Pratt, Purple Haze and Out In The Country Stable, Barn Holden has earned $90,000 in 5 starts. DR Ackerman and Tompkins Stakes winner Saylor will start form outside post 6. Berkery J (PP4) won a division of Sire Stakes early in the season of Yonkers, the son of Chapter Seven is trained by George Ducharme for owner Ken Jacobs $205,000 yearling purchase. The current Monticello Raceway track record is 1:58 set by former 2 YOTC of the year Fourth Dimension, if the weather man cooperates that record may be in jeopardy on Monday. The Excelsior series each has 2 divisions, the A class will be racing for purse of $15,000 per heat and the B heats will vie for $6,600 in each heat. Post time is 12:50 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY  - On Monday August 12 Monticello Raceway and the New York Sire Stakes program featured 2-year-old harness racing trotting filly's. The 7 race card featured 2 divisions of Sire Stakes each racing for a purse of $51,000, 3 splits of the Excelsior A group ($15,000) and 2 Excelsior B ($6,500) The first heat of Sire Stakes was a short 5 horse field, the 1/5 betting favorite Seventimesalady, a $132,000 yearling purchase started from the outside from post 5, 2 of the starters made miscues in the middle of the first turn, after the early commotion Seventimesalady made the front and was uncontested through the mile, cutting fractions of 29.3,59.2, 1:29.2 and uncorking a last quarter of 28.4 to score an easy 5 length victory in 1:58.1. Ake Svanstedt trains,drives and co owns Seventimesalady, a daughter of Chapter Seven - Ava Marion, she picked up her 3rd consecutive NYSS win for owners Ake Svanstedt, Little E, Knutsson Trotting and L. Berg. The pocket sitting Flotus finished second followed by Illdoitmyself. Race 7 for the final heat of Sire Stakes and again it was Team Svanstedt who scored with Miss Jubilation who started from Post 4 and was part of the Svanstedt entry with Destiny Blue Chip, the Chapter Seven - Seven Blue Muscles lass scored a wire to wire win in 1:58.4 over Sorprese (Dan Daley)and Destiny Blue Chip - Charlie Norris. Miss Jubilation earned her 2nd Sire Stake victory of the year for owners Ake Svanstedt, Little E, Triple Play Trotters & Stolz Geiger. Excelsior A winners were C And T's Credit (Credit Winner - Love to Flaunt) who picked up her second consecutive win in this company in 2:01 for trainer John Stark. Dan Daley scored with the longest shot on the board at 25-1 with Lady Jeter (Muscles Yankee - Salt Hill Brigid) who picked up her maiden win in 2:00.3. Nasty Gal (Conway Hall - Dreama Littledream) scored in 2:00.2 for Vernon Down based horseman Gate Brunet. The combination of driver Michael Merton and trainer Dale Lawton garnered both heats of the Excelsior B with Dogs of War (Conway Hall - Extreme Balance) scored in 2:03.1 and returned $5.40, Some Crazy Fool (Crazed - Someway) won in in 2:02.2 The next leg of NY Sire Stakes is next Monday August 19 when 2 Year Old Trotting Colts come to town, post time is 12:50. By, Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Wednesday July 31, was a day that Patrick Beeler won't soon forget, as he drove 4 winners on the 10 race card. His new nickname tomorrow may be "Boxcar" as 2 of his winners paid over $65.00. In the 3rd race he won with Local Art, he was the second longest shot on the board and paid $67.50 to win for trainer Joseph Beagell. He outdid himself in the 5th race when he scored with Justa Rebel in 2:01.4 and returned $75.50 win, it was only the second win of the season for Justa Rebel. Mr. Ridgetaker, an 11 year old gelding by Tom Ridge, trained by Dawn Devaux would account for his 3rd winning drive following his win in 2:00. In the 8th race it was Hidden Identity who started from post position 4 to score in 2:01 and paid $16.20 and gave trainer Dawn Devaux a training double on the afternoon. Patrick Beeler is in 10th place in the driver's colony for leading dash winners, Michael Merton leads the way with 163 wins, Jim Taggart Jr. is second with 146 and Austin Siegelman rounds out the top 3 win 143 trips to the winner's circle. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY  - Racing for the largest single purse since 2017, Monticello Raceway had 1 division of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $118,800 and 7 heats of Excelsior races on Monday afternoon.. Jim Morrill Jr. had just driven Market Bre to victory in the second race, then after the winner circle presentation Morrill said "I'll be back in an hour for the that Sire Stake blanket." As the starter picked up the field of 8 Sire Stakes a sudden burst of rain began, Quincy Blue Chip the 1/5 favorite, started from post position 2,  and she led from start to finish, cutting fractions of 28.4,59.0, 1:27.4 to win in 1:56.2, a 1/5 of a second off the track record, (LQ 28.3). Finishing second was the pocket sitter Sensibility, Winndevie was third. Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven - Sirenuse) earned her 6th win of the season and her third Sire Stake win and has seasonal earning of $274,000 in 10 starts. She is owned by Barbara & James Boese of Milton Delaware and trainer Richard Banca of Otisville NY. During the winner circle presentation, the rain had stopped and Morrill quipped "I told you I was coming back for that Blanket!" In Excelsior Action, the winners were Hana Dreamgirl 1:59.3- Jason Bartlett / Market Bre 2:01.1 - Jim Morrill Jr. / Crystalline 1:58.2 Scott Zeron / Muscle N Beauty 2:01 - Bruce Aldrich Jr. / Summertime Fever 2:00.1 Jim Taggart Jr. and Marcella Bella 2:02.1 - Bruce Aldrich. Jim Morrill Jr. has a driving double on the card, George Ducharme had a training double. Local reinsman Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Jim Taggart Jr also each had Excelsior driving wins. Chapter Seven lead the way with 3 daughters entering the winners circle. The next stop for the Sire Stake at Monticello Raceway Is on Monday August 12, as 2 year old trotting fillies come to town. By Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello - The number 1 & 2 point earners for harness racing 3 Year Old Trotting Fillies will square off in a NYSS event at Monticello Raceway on Monday July 29. Winndevie and Quincy Blue Chip will compete in the solo split of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $118,800. Quincy Blue Chip (PP2) will have her regular driver Jim Morrill Jr. she recently changed barns and is now trained by part owner Richard Banca and co-owners Barbara and Jim Boese of Milton DE. The Chapter Seven lass was the winner of the elimination and final of the Empire Breeders Classic earlier this year at Vernon Downs, she has also earned NYSS victories at Saratoga and Vernon Downs. She has earned over $215,000 thus far this season and has a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 Leading point earner Winndevie leads the way with 150 points, the Credit Winner - Vida De Vie filly was last year's Champion 2 year old filly by virtue of her win in the Night Of Champions, she only been out of the money once this year season. Winndevie has won Sire Stakes events this year at Buffalo Raceway and Yonkers and a pair of place performance at Tioga Downs and Saratoga Raceway. She will start from post position 6, trainer Trond Smedshammer has elected to have Jason Bartlett drive the filly for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC of Fairport, NY. Amal Hall (Credit Winner - Arabella Hall) will score from post position 4, the Julie Miller trainee will be driven by Andy Miller, her slate includes 2 wins in Excelsior A Class and a win in the Empire Breeder Classic elimination. Stella Jane (Crazed - Naughty Nana) will start from post 5 for owners Crawford farms Racing of Syracuse NY, she earned her lifetime mark of 1:55.3 in a Sire Stakes event this summer at Tioga Downs, Cory Callahan will be driving the John Butenschoen trainee. Also on the card are 3 divisions of Excelsior A class ($15,000) and 3 heats of Excelsior B ($6,600) Post time is 12:50 for the 8 race card. By: Shawn Wiles

This year’s Hall of Fame Weekend was another great event, as the large incoming class pushed this year’s attendance to well over 325 on a typical hot Goshen July weekend.  This year the Hall of Fame welcomed the incoming class of Blair Burgess, Ted Gewertz, Joe Holloway, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano and Ted Wing.  Congratulations to our very own Dave Little and Mark Hall for their induction to the Communicators Hall of Fame. It was the culmination of months of planning and hard work for Janet Terhune and her staff, who pulled it off to perfection.  Hall Of Fame 2020 The USHWA HOF Screening Committee decided that the ballot candidates for the Class of 2020 would be Tom Charters, Jeff Gural, Billy Popfinger and Tim Tetrick. The CHOF nominees are Phil Pikelny and Ken Weingartner, as decided at the USHWA national meetings in Florida.  HOF Screening Committee 2019 While I usually adhere to the theory of not stirring the mud with a controversial topic, I feel that I must be proactive and put to rest any rumors or innuendos concerning the USHWA HOF Screening Committee who have come under social media fire for the recent HOF nominees.  I am specifically addressing the issues of the appearance or perceptions of insider influence in respect to Jeff Gural and Tom Charter being nominated to the HOF.  The Chairman and the Committee were cognizant of the potential ramifications and showed poise and foresight: they went to great lengths to avoid any actual or perceived conflicts of interest. The Committee followed protocol and worked from the list of nominees that was sent in by the Chapters. Screening Committee Chairman Jason Settlemoir immediately announced to the Committee that he was going to recuse himself during the discussions and voting for Jeff Gural, and at this point Bob Heyden followed suit and did the same. They both left the room during the discussions and were not present during the voting.  Moira Fanning also recused herself from the discussions and vote when Tom Charters’ name came up.  As a silent observer to this meeting, I can say the Chairman and Committee members displayed character and integrity. USHWA cannot control the external voices from any naysayers. The nominated candidates were selected on their own merit and laurels and did not need any “help.”  HOF  - CHOF Ballot Material   In the next few weeks, you will be receiving the Hall Of Fame balloting materials (for all eligible to vote in this election) and the Communicators Hall Of Fame balloting materials (all USHWAns are eligible to vote for the CHOF). Carefully read the instructions. You must make one selection per candidate – YES, NO, or ABSTAIN. If you have any questions, please reach out to me, secretary Jerry Connors or your Chapter president.  USHWA Donation  USHWA National made its annual donation of $5,000 to the Harness Racing Museum during the HOF dinner.  Museum Director Janet Terhune expressed her sincere appreciation on behalf of herself and the Museum.   Monticello – Goshen Chapter of USHWA  The Monticello – Goshen Chapter also donated to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame during a winners circle presentation during Hall of Fame Weekend in the amount of $4,000.  Raffle Items  Last year’s raffle and silent auction items were deep in quantity and quality -- many thanks to all who had a hand in this! We need to duplicate these efforts again this year.  It is not too early to start thinking about securing items!  I will start it off by donating a 27 x 25 NY Jets signed framed photo of Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson.  HOY – POY – TOY and Divisional honors  This year the USTA will not be tabulating the year-end horse honors – USHWA gives many thanks to Paul Ramlow, who has handled this important task for many years in the past. USHWA treasurer Barry Lefkowitz has worked very hard in searching for and securing a reputable firm that will handle that voting this year.  This year’s voting format will look and feel different from what we have all been accustomed to over the past few years. This type of voting process may be expanded to the human award winners as well down the line.    Breeders Crown   The Breeders Crown Finals are at Woodbine/Mohawk Raceway and will be raced on October 25-26. The tempo will quicken for the organization as year-end equine and human award voting will come shortly after that. It might be good for Chapters to look ahead at the stakes calendar and the “regular” calendar and start trying to schedule a meeting to discuss the year-end equine and human awards nominations.    Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - Meghan Lynn and Sulky Queen both took home their respective harness racing divisions of Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on Monday July 15. Meghan Lynn was content to sit in fourth for the entire mile, as DD Delicious cut the mile, 27.1,57,1:26.1 just before the ¾ pole Meghan Lynn moved off the rail to swoop the field in a flash, in the paddock turn she made a quick bobble but was able to stay on gait to win by a length in 1:54.3 over DD Delicious and Chase You. Meghan Lynn is by American Ideal - Ladyotra, she is trained by Jenn Bongiorno and was driven to victory by Joe Bongiorno for owner Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. It was her first Sire Stakes win of the season and earned a new lifetime mark in the process. Meghan Lynn                              -- Geri Schwarz photo In the second heat of Sire Stakes, racing for a purse of $56,500, Brooklyn Lilacs left strong from post 5 in the 5-horse race and tripped the timers in 27.4,55.0, 1:24.3. The eventual race winner got away last and was the first to move down the back side and grinded out a 4 length win over JK American Beauty and So Awesome. Sulky Queen, a bay filly Rock N Roll Heaven - Native Bride extended her win streak to 4, she had won 3 in a row in Excelsior B company. The win gave Matt Kakaley a driving double on the afternoon card. In Excelsior A action, Fool Me Again with Matt Kakaley scored in 1:54.2, Topville Angelina (Jason Bartlett) won in 1:55, the lone Excelsior B race went to Roll With Mimi in 1:57.4.   By: Shawn Wiles

New York Sire Stakes program returns to Monticello Raceway on Monday July 15 as 3 -Year Old Pacing Fillies takes the stage, this is the 5th of the 8 leg harness racing series of the New York Sire Stakes program, 4 of the 5 top point earners for this age, sex and gait are in to go, missing is the #1-point leader and earner, Zero Tolerance who is racing Saturday at the Meadowlands in the Mistletoe Shalee. On tap are 2 divisions of Sire Stakes, each vying for a purse of $56,500, each dash is a 5 horse field, the first dash is race 2 on the program, DD Delicious (PP2) a bay filly by Art Major is trained by Travis Alexander, Matt Kakaley to drive. She won a division of Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs where she scored in 1:54.2, she has picked up a check in every start this year. DD Delicious is 3rd in the point standings. Chase You (PP5) makes the jump from the Excelsior A class, the American Ideal filly has dominated that division and won 3 in that class, she has earned $81,550 thus far this season. Chase You is trained by Michelle Crawford for owner Ted Cupp of Ovid NY, Scott Zeron will drive. Meghan Lynn (Joe Bongiorno) will score from post 4, Jenn Bongiorno trains the American Ideal filly for owner Crawford Farms. So Awesome (PP3) is second in the point standings with 137 points and will look to close the gap on leader Zero Tolerance with 150 points. So Awesome finished 2nd last year in the NYSS Final at Yonkers last fall, she has not finished off the board this year, her slate includes 1 win, 3 place finishes and 1 show performance in this class. Tyler Buter will drive the So Surreal filly; she is trained by Scott Dimonenico. JK American Beauty (American Ideal) will start from the rail for trainer Nancy Johansson, she took her lifetime mark of 1:51 at the Big M. She won a Sire Stake heat at Buffalo Raceway in 1:54 she is owned by 3 Brothers Stable of New York NY. Also, on the card are 2 divisions of Excelsior A - ($15,000) and a lone heat of the Excelsior B ($6,800) Post time for the 8 race card is 12:50pm   By: Shawn Wiles

On Monday July 8, longtime Monticello Raceway horseman John Desimone Jr. notched his 2000th career win in the 2nd race, the harness racing win came aboard Get The Look who scored in 1:59.3. Get The Look is an 11 year old mare by Cams Card Shark, who is also trained by Desimone, in the process she picked up her 1st win of the season for owner Dr. Joshua D Tanis of Tallahassee, Florida. Desimone has been a fixture in the Monticello barn area and driving colony for over 40 years and hails from a family with a long and rich tradition at Monticello Raceway. The blue collar journey man primarily drove close to home over the years, driving at Pocono Down and Yonkers in addition to Monticello. The 60-year-old Desimone is currently in 6th place in the Monticello Drivers colony with 54 wins.   By: Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY - The New York Sire Stakes concluded their 4th harness racing leg at Monticello Raceway on Monday July 1. Sandy's Bolt (PP6) scored a wire to wire win in his division of Sire Stakes, the son of Bolt the Duer - White Sand cut fractions of 28.1,59, 1:27.3 to score in a 6-length victory in 1:56.2 and in the process earned a new life time mark. It was the second Sire Stake win in a row for Sandy's Bolt and trainer Jose Godinez and driver Jason Bartlett, the 1/5 favorite paid a paltry $2.70-win pari mutuel. Linus was second, followed by Ideal Artillery. Starting from the rail, Always On The Hunt went down the road to lead at every stanza to score a scant nose win over Level Up in 1:56:1 - LQ 27.2 for the co fastest mile of the afternoon. Always on the Hunt and Level Up duked it out in the lane with 10 length separation on the rest of the pack, the Ray Schnittker trainee was driven to the win by Mark MacDonald earned his first career win. The son of American Ideal - Beachesofcheyenne now has $22,912 in earnings. Jason Bartlett picked up his second win of the afternoon via Save Me A Dance in the 3rd division of $26,5000 Sire Stakes. The son of Heston Blue Chip - Dance Hall Girl followed the winning formula all afternoon, and lead from start to finish a length ahead of Slash Brother in 1:56.1. Save Me A Dance also earned his first lifetime win for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. In the final dash, deviating from the norm of the day to cut the mile, Matt Kakeley was content to sit the pocket with Groovy Joe while I Rolled the Dice tripped the tele timer at every station except the finish line. Groovy Joe was the first to pull past the half to start the outer flow and tracked the pacesetter to skip away by 2 lengths to win in 1:56.4. Groovy Joe went off the heavy 3/5 favorite and paid $3.00 for the win. It was the second consecutive Sire Stake win for the son of Roll With Joe - Chotak Milk. In Excelsior A competition the winners were, Surreal Sergeant (Jim Taggart Jr.) 2:00 -$7.70, Fear The Past (Scott Zeron) 2:01.2 $3.40 and Chief Of Staff (Jordan Stratton) 2:01.1 - $31.20. The lone Excelsior B dash was won by Latin King (Tyler Buter) 1:59.1 - $9.90   By: Shawn Wiles

Fifty-two freshman Pacing Colts will go behind the gate Monday July 1, up for grabs is over $155,000 in purses. The eight race harness racing card features four splits of Sire Stakes, each division racing for a purse of $26,500, three Excelsior A's ($15,000) and one Excelsior B ($6,700). In the first heat, Sandy's Bolt (Jason Bartlett) will score from post 6 in his division, the son of Bolt the Duer - White Sand won a NYSS event last start out at Yonkers in 1:56.4 (LQ 27.4) the field also includes Ray Schnittkers, The Mystic (PP3) the son of So Surreal has a Q record of 1:54.2 at the Meadowlands, he made a break in his first Sire Stake event, Mark Macdonald will handle the driving chores. The next event race 5, features another Schnittker trainee, Always On The Hunt, the son of (American Ideal -Beachesofcheyenne) will start from the rail with Mark Macdonald in the sulky, he finished second in his Sire Stakes debt at Yonkers. Level Up, will start from post position 4 for trainer Monique Cohen, Jordan Statton will handle the driving assignment. The 3rd division race 6 on the card, features 2 colts moving up from Excelsior A company, Major Asset who is trained and driven by Mike Simmons, the Art Major colt won last start in 1:56.3. and will start from post 4. Sunsetboozecruise (PP6) also won at Yonkers in 1:57.2, Gareth Dowse trains the son of Roll With Joe and has Jim Morrill down to drive. Splash Brother,(PP2) a $30,000 Goshen yearling purchase finished second his pari mutuel debt also at Yonkers, with Mark Macdonald in the bike. In the final Sire Stake of the afternoon is slated as race 7, Groovey Joe (Roll With Joe - Chotat Milk) looks for his second consecutive Sire Stakes win, the Blake Macintosh trainee took a lifetime record of 1:56 in his division of Sire Stakes at Yonkers and will score from post 4, with Matt Kakaley at the helm. Also in the field are I Rolled The Dice (PP3) with Jim Morrill Jr. and Teton Sunset (Mark MacDonald) who finished second from the 7 hole last start out at Yonkers. Levine will start from the rail in a heat of Excelsior A class, the son of American Ideal - Sangaal is trained by Megan Scran with Rick Zeron in the bike. Levine is owned by Wrestling great Ric Flair Stable of Wesley Chapel, FL. Post time is 12:50 Shawn Wiles

Cash Roll's young resume has been impressive, this afternoon at Monticello Raceway she extended her harness racing streak of perfection in her $26,500 Sire Stakes division. The 7-5 favorite started from post 6 with Scott Zeron aboard and cut the mile through splits of 29.2. 59.2 1:28.4, she paced her LQ in 27.4 to trip the timer in 1:56.3 ($4.30) in the fast mile of the afternoon for her second consecutive pari mutuel win. The Roll With Joe - Rockonomics lass is trained by Richard Ringler for owner Louis Palumbo of Eastchester NY, Racine Bell was second followed by Dragon Blue Tina. Content to sit the pocket while pacesetter Galleria Gal (Tyler Buter) Hidden Cove was stalking until she made her move and come first over, at the ¾ pole to take the lead, she had 3 lengths on the pack and had to outbattle a fast closing Precious Alexis to win in 1:57.2. Hidden Cove (American Ideal - Sun N Sand) is trained by Erv Miller and was driving to victory by Marcus Miller, finishing third was Galleria Girl. Hidden Cove paid $2.70 In the 3rd division of Sire Stakes, the heavy 1/5 favorite Turnthefownaround left hard when the gate sprung but a make a break in the middle of the first turn and was gapped last. American Chance inherited the lead but not for long, quickly regaining his composure and gait Turnthefownaround got even with pack to get the lead parked out at the half in 1:00:2. The eventual winner So Rude sat in the 4 hole along the rail until the paddock turn and eventually tracked down Turnthefownaround to score in 1:57.3. So Rude, a daughter of So Surreal - I Am a Snob is trained by Scott Dimenico and was driven by Matt Kakeley. Marcus Miller picked up his second win of the afternoon after driving Bolt Of Beauty ($2.70) to victory in her $26,500 contest, the Bolt The Duer - Natural Luck filly is owned by Erv Miller & Tanah Merah Farms, the filly threw a left front shoe during the mile but still paced home LQ in 28.2. Roll With Angel was second followed by Movie Town in the show spot. In Excelsior A action the winners were Spreckles Corey Callahan) Art Major - Catharsis) in 1:59, American Dreamgirl, Jordan Stratton (American ideal - Good Stuff) The lone division of Excelsior B saw the Jake Huff trained American Arrow (American Ideal - Ladyjack) with Mike Simmons in the sulky win in 2:01.1.   Shawn Wiles

On Monday June 24, harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies will visit Monticello Raceway, for the majority of the entries this will mark their first pari mutual start. Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes will be contested, each with a purse of $26,500, two heats of the Excelsior A ($15,000) and a lone heat of the Excelsior B ($6,800) Hidden Cove, will start from PP 3 for the Erv Miller stable, the son of American Ideal won his second Q in 1:56 - LQ 27.4, Marcus Miller will drive. Bolt Of Speed (Matt Kakaley) has also been impressive thus far in his young career for trainer Scott Domenico, a winner his first qualifier in 1:56.3 and followed it up with a second place finish the following week. The median sale price for the starters in this event is $23,875. Race 7, second division of Sire Stakes, Fashion Hill has been installed as the morning line favorite after his last start where the American Ideal colt cut the mile to win in 1:55.2 - LQ 27.4 for trainer Robert Clearly and owner Tom Hill. Dexter Dunn will visit Monticello Raceway for the first time in his career as he will drive Turnthefrownaround, the son of Roll With Joe will start from post position 5 for trainer Chris Ryder, he finished second to Fashion Hill last week in a Qualifier event. Sugaronthebeach will start from post 2, the son of Roll With Joe is owned by Crawford Farms of Syracuse, NY and trained by John Butenschoen and will be driven by Jason Bartlett. Sugaronthebeach finished second last start out in a Q event at Harrahs's, pacing his mile in 1:58.2. Bolt of Beauty (PP3) will look to keep his winning streak alive in the 3rd heat for trainer Erv Miller, the son of Bolt The Duer won both of the qualifiers, the most recent effort coming at Harrahs were he scored in 1:56.1 with regular driver Marcus Miller at the helm. Roll With Amy (C. Callahan) is the second choice, the son of Roll With Joe will start from post 2 for trainer John Buthenschoem, he to coming off a Q win at Harrahs in 1:57.2. The average price for the starters in this race is $18,100. This final dash has 4 colts that have already crossed the wire first, Cash Roll has been perfect this season winning all 3 of his Q's at Harrington Raceway, the fastest mile was 1:56.4. Richard Ringle trains the son of Roll With Joe and will start from post 6 with Jim Morril Jr. In the bike. Racine Bell (So Surreal) is trained by David Dewhurst for owners Chris & Dale Lawton of Verona, NY, he earned his speed badge of 1:56.1 at Vernon Downs on June 7. Jason Bartlett will drive and will start from the rail Post time for the 9 race card is 12:50 By: Shawn Wiles  

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