By Shawn F. Wiles
The final leg of the 8 New York Sire Stake divisions will make it farewell stop at Monticello Raceway Tuesday August 25, 2015.
Once the entry box was opened, it was determined that there would be 2 divisions of NYSS, each split going for $53,500, the recent kingpin of the division, Dayson was not entered, which didn’t the break the hearts of the connections of the 13 that entered that group. There will also be2 - Divisions of Excelsior “A” $15,000, and 2 Divisions of Excelsior “B” series going for a purse of $6,600.
Race 1, 1st leg of NYSS action highlights Allerage Echo (Conway Hall – Echonomical) The Ken Jacobs owned 2 year has a 3 race win streak in this company, Chris Lems will be in the bike for trainer George Ducharme and will start from PP 2. Ray Schnittker brings his ever improving Chargin Cadet (PP3) to the contest. He has twice been a bridesmaid to Allerage Echo, Ray co owns the son of Conway Hall with Ted Gewertz and Joe Faraldo.
In the 5th race, Reve Royale, has been the model of consistency lately with a tally of 3 - 1 - 1 in 5 starts, he is the fastest and richest colt of the day, with earnings of $65,444 and a lifetime mark of 1:56:3 taken at the Meadowlands. The RC Royalty – Dream Street colt is trained by George Ducharme for owners, Campbell, Fontaine & Ross. Reve Royale will be driven by regular driver Chris Lems. Trainer George Ducharme who has enjoyed a successful Sire Stakes season at Monticello Raceway having been in the winners circle numerous times.
Dan Daley brings his daily double of Crown Point (PP2) Royal Bachelor (PP6) to the fray. Daley with drive Crown Point, Jason Bartlett will steer Royal Bachelor.
The Excelsior A’s are carded as races 4 & 10. In the first division Uncle Dan and Gremlin Wilson has both shown that they can trot the half mile oval. Each have been previously victorious in this class. On paper Race 10, looks like a good one, with plenty of talent
Races 2 & 3 are the Excelsior B series, 13 colts entered this class, racing for a purse of $6,000. Nohealthnowealth starts from the rail with Jim Marohn Jr. for trainer Rob Harmon in the 3rd race.
On September 2, Monticello Raceway will be hosting the NY County Fair Finals and the final RUS (Racing Under Saddle) Series. During the card, a BBQ will be held in the paddock, hosted by Monticello Raceway, NY State Harness Breeders and the Monticello Harness Horseman Association.