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Behind Billy "Zeke" Parker, no driver has won more races at Monticello Raceway, but on Tuesday afternoon (Mar. 16) at Monticello Raceway, the driver with the second most wins at the track, Bruce Aldrich Jr. won 4 races on the afternoon. Aldrich scored with Pine Tab (2:03.2- $13.00) as the 12-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall notched his 3 win of the year. Cee Pee Panic scored on the front end and uncorked a final ¼ of 28.4 to win in 1:58 - $3.80 for trainer Chris Petrelli. Epaulette A scored in a tight photo over Im A Director N in 1:57.3. To round out the program, Bruce enjoyed a garden trip aboard Special Graduate to overtake pace setter Better Up by a nose in 1:58.2 for trainer Dave Dziengiel. Also on the card, the combination of Bruce Aldrich and trainer Laura Perino accounted for 2 winners on the afternoon and Cory Stratton enjoyed a driving double. For full race results, click here. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - On Wednesday, March 10 at Monticello Raceway, Jim Taggart Jr. won 4 races on the 8 race harness racing card. The banner day started in the second race aboard Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Heart Throb Kid (2:01.4 - $26.60); it was the first seasonal win for the Francis McCahey trainee. Chance To See (1:58.4-$5.50) by We Will See notched his 3rd win of the season over SB Mikes Hot Beach. Next up was aptly timed Western Ideal gelding Stimulus Plan (2:00.1 - $3.00) trained by Dan Gill. Taggart's last win of the day was with Spider Dragon who scored a wire to wire win over Vel Miss Fire in 2:00.1, the gelded son of Dragon Again is trained by Gary Messenger for owner CL Huckabone of Utica NY. With the 4 wins on the card, Taggart is in 5th place for leading Dash drivers with 27 trips to the winners circle. For full race results, click here. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - Due to the effects of an extremely harsh winter, Monticello Raceway has cancelled harness racing for Wednesday March 3. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - Due to poor track conditions, Monticello Raceway has canceled harness racing for Tuesday March 2, a decision on Wednesday's card will be made Tuesday afternoon. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Monticello, NY - Due to the continuing thawing and its effect on track condition, Monticello Raceway has cancelled live harness racing for Monday. The track will be accessed Monday afternoon for viability of racing for Tuesday's card. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

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 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  

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  

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

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

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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