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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The inimitable Yogi Berra is known to have said “it ain’t over til it’s over” but regardless of what the Yankee’s Hall of Famer stated, put a circle around the names of driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. and trainer Bob Lounsbury  as they are well on the way of  winning  their individual titles even though the curtain hasn’t come down on Monticello Raceway’s 2013 season.

Aldrich and Lounsbury have been lethal together this year and both have been enjoying their finest seasons of their careers

With the last racing program of the year still underway today (Dec. 31) here at the Mighty M Aldrich already has  four wins in the bag and he will cop his fourth driving title here  although his final stats  could increase before the day is over. And with a late charge Lounsbury, who has harnessed two more winners thus far today , overtook Danny Gill and will cop his first training title at season’s end.

Aldrich started the day third in wins (639) on the North American leaderboard only six  behind Dave Palone’s  645 and after recording four driving victories in the first six races on the Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 31) card Aldrich has a chance, albeit outside, of catching Palone, or even topping him,  if he stays hot in the last six races. However no one will overtake Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. whose 714 wins are the best on the continent.

On the other hand, Lounsbury started the final day of racing with 204 winners from his barn which is some eight  more than Danny Gill’s output.   The over whelming majority of Lounsbury’s  winners were driven by Aldrich.

Final Mighty M driving and training stats will be available on Thursday, January 2.


Monticello Raceway will open the 2014 season with a race card on Wednesday, New Year’s Day followed by live programs on Thursday, (Jan 2) and Friday, (Jan 3) during the first week of the month.

After that, racing throughout the remainder of January will be on a Monday through Thursday basis   except that on Monday, January 20-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-- the raceway will be dark..
All post times during the month of January will be at 12:25pm.

On January 21 the Mighty M will again pay tribute to Dr. King’s memory with its 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace, a race that will feature the talents of African-American drivers.
Simulcast wagering on both harness and thoroughbreds will continue seven days a week throughout the month. And of course, there’s also gaming and entertainment daily at Monticello Casino and Raceway.


By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Cal Expo is adding a $10,000 guaranteed pool to its Pick 5 wager beginning this weekend. The guarantee is both Friday and Saturday and there is no change in the current Pick 4 guarantees, which are $20,000 on Friday and $25,000 on Saturday.

There are 15-race cards on both Friday and Saturday this week, with an earlier first post set for 5:20 Pacific Time.


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, December 31, 2013—Yonkers Raceway’s first draw for 2014 is actually a two-fer.

With the ‘14 live season beginning this coming Monday (Jan. 6), that card, along with the card of Tuesday, Jan. 7, are to be drawn this Thursday (Jan. 2), box closing at 9 AM. Driver changes and scratches for both cards are to be made Friday, Jan. 3, at 10 AM.

The card of Thursday, Jan. 9, is drawn Friday, Jan. 3 (9 AM close), with the regular draw schedule resuming Monday, Jan. 6.

Note that qualifiers for Friday, Jan. 10, are to be drawn Thursday, Jan. 9 (box closing at 2 PM).

Also, a 45-day rule is in effect from the draw for Monday, Jan. 6 through the draw for Saturday, Jan. 18.

For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.


For decades the track office at Goshen Historic Track has been underneath the longstanding grandstand and recently work has been completed to move the main office to the Arden Clubhouse which has been totally restored.

“The new move has been absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated,” noted Linda Myers, the longtime secretary to the Board. “It’s such an improvement  and  so nice to have this building restored and utilized after all these years.”

The new track office, which is located near the facility’s front gate, still has the same phone number (845.294.5333) and the  same fax number (845.294.3998).  

According to members of the Board it has been a costly move for the not-for-profit corporation but extremely necessary since the area beneath the grandstand, which previously  housed the offices, has seen its best days.

Since the needed move at the National Historic Landmark was expensive donations will be graciously accepted to help defray costs.

Should anyone want to make a donation please address all correspondence to: Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.

Memberships to Historic Track for family ($35), patrons ($100) and corporations ($200) are also encouraged and would be greatly appreciated. Membership forms can be found on the facility’s website( and can be mailed to the track’s address above.


SBOANJ - Funeral Services Announced for Sister of Meadowlands Director of Racing Peter Koch

Mary Beth Koch, 62, of Tinton Falls, NJ, sister of Meadowlands Director of Racing Peter Koch, died suddenly on Friday, December 27, 2013. 

She was a 1969 graduate from Red Bank Catholic High School and a 1973 graduate of Trinity College in Washington, DC, where she also worked as an usher at the JFK Center. 

Mary Beth was community minded, working as an Emergency Room volunteer at Monmouth Medical Center and, when not helping others, loved her time at the beach and was a long time member of Monmouth Beach Club.

She is predeceased by her father, William Koch Sr. in 1996. 

Mary Beth is survived by her loving mother, Elizabeth Koch of Little Silver; her devoted siblings, William Koch Jr. of Lyme CT, Peter Koch and his wife Cindy of Shark River Hills, NJ and Susan Koch of Arlington, VA. Also surviving are many dear nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. 

A Memorial Mass will be at 9 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Colts Neck, NJ. Disposition will be private. 

Memorial donations may be made in Mary Beth's memory to Trinity College Alumni Foundation, 125 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017. 

-Obituary from Asbury Park Press