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Wednesday, October 9, 2013


It seems that nearly every year young talent passes through Monticello Raceway. Of course  many racetracks can make that claim but since its inception the Mighty M has been a stepping stone into the metropolitan New York-area racetracks.

In recent years,  Jordan Stratton, dazzled’em in Monticello when he became the youngest  driver ever to win a dash  title and now is among the leaders at the Hilltop oval.  And Jimmy Marohn, Jr. the Mighty M’s leading driver last season, showed his mettle when  beat all the ‘big boys’ in a driving championship  at Vernon and Tioga Downs. And for young Jimmy the move to the ‘big time’ won’t be far away.

Furthermore, Bruce Aldrich, Jr., who won more races here in the first decade of the 21st Century than any other reinsman is driving this season at both  Monticello and Saratoga Raceways and  he’s having a banner year; currently with 453 wins which ranks him fifth in North America.

Now,  newcomer Jason Ryan  is starting off like gangbusters. On  the Tuesday card of October 8th the 25- year- old  Canadian driver won three races on the card and he has opened the railbird’s eyes with his talent.

Since coming here a few weeks ago, after 21 starts Ryan has had nine wins, one second and two thirds  for UDR over .500.

He won the second race Tuesday when he guided Anthony Artuso’s, Threestepstoheaven ($3.60), to a 1:56.4 triumph and then won the fourth with Allard Racing and Yves Sarrazin’s behind UFDragons Rocket($3.30) also in a  time of 1:56.4.

His third driving victory came in the weekly pacing feature  when he got  Anatolia Racing and Allard Racing’s Big Bay Point ($3.50) home first in a 1:54.4 clocking.

Last week Ryan claimed Haroun Hanover, the 20-time winner this year  and the pacer  made his first start from a new barn and after cutting the mile he faded and fished second  to M D Bee Bee in 1:56.2, the horse that Zeke Parker won his 11,039thrace with made him  the sixth winningest driver  all time in North America .

After his hat trick Ryan was asked what are his current plans?  “ I’m doing good here and I plan on staying  all winter,” he told the publicity department..