By Shawn Wiles
James Devaux rounded out a productive week at Monticello Raceway, for the 2nd time in a week he drove 5 winners on the card, the tally for the week was 13 trips to the winners circle.
Can’t It Be Me started off the 5 bagger for DeVaux in the 3rd race, starting from the 9 hole he got away 4th, and was parked from the half to past the ¾ pole to win by a scant head in 1:59.1 for leading trainer Dolores Basilone. In the next race he scored a wire to wire victory with Lone Valley Sam for New Berlin NY. trainer Steven Ray. In race 7, the out of town invader Mccito, took no prisoners to win by 11 lengths in 1:57.3, the fastest mile of the day. The 5 year old son of McArdle was recently racing at Miami Valley for trainer Al Annunziat. Monticello Raceway newcomer Marta Piotrow has been turning heads recently with a respectable UDRS of .256, with 3 wins in 8 starts, she is part owner with Anthony Napolitano of Winback Prince (PP5) who gave Devuax his 4th win of the afternoon. In race 10, Devaux survived a little scare when Troon put in some extra steps and briefly went off stride in deep stretch, he regained his composure and gait to track down pace setter Intheperfectstorm to prevail in 1:59.1.
Mike Merton and John Desimone Jr. each drove 2 winner on the afternoon card.
Monticello Raceway is dark on Presidents Day Monday February 20, live racing resumes on Tuesday with a 12:25 post time.