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Thursday, February 23, 2012


When Monticello Raceway presents its 11th Annual St. Paddy Pace, the race strictly for  drivers of Irish heritage ,three-time winner Jimmy Marohn will not be among those participating when this year’s event goes to post on Thursday, March 15.

“I called John Manzi (the track’s publicity director) last week and told him I’d rather not drive in the St Paddy Pace this year,” Marohn said. “I won the race last year and it was the third time I (had) won it so I told him let the young guys go at this year.”

Marohn, a lifetime winner of 5299 races, was in the sulky behind the 11- year- old New Zealand-bred gelding, Konjo N, when they coasted home a one-length winner in a time of 1:59 which marked the fastest winning time in the race since its inception back in 2001. That clocking erased the former mark of 1:59:3 set when Ya Gotta Belief won the St. Paddy Pace for Jimmy Marohn, Jr.  in 2009.

The St Paddy Pace, usually the third leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series, will be the second this year due to the postponement of the Lady Godiva Pace, which has been rescheduled for Monday, May 14

The first leg of the series, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace was won by Bobby “Boonie” Williams  when  he reined Mt Vernon Hanover to a 2:01.2 victory and as a result he automatically became eligible for the series finale-- the All America Cup--to be presented in the early fall.

He’ll be joined by the winner of the St. Paddy Pace and the future winners of the six other Heritage Drivers Series events planned throughout the remainder of the season.

Other ethnic events slated to be presented this year will feature races for drivers of , Jewish, British, Canadian, Italian, and German descent.

According to Eric Warner the tracks director of racing he’d like to add another ethnic leg to the series.

“We’d love to go with a race for drivers of Hispanic descent if we could fill one,” Warner said. “We’ve tried in the past to no avail, but now there seems to be more horsemen of Hispanic  heritage involved  in racing.”

Although  there may or may not be a leg for drivers of Hispanic descent  the St Paddy Pace will definitely be presented on Thurs. March 15. That date was chosen because Monticello Racewayk is dark on Saturday, March 17, St Patrick’s Day.

Any driver of Irish extraction who is interested in competing in the St. Paddy Pace is urged to contact Warner in the race office at Monticello Raceway by calling 845-794-4100 extension 557; or they can contact the track’s publicity office at ext. 455.