|Geri Schwarz photo|
|Bill Parker Jr. received the Mayflower trophy from Monticello's John Manzi last year, but won't be driving in the race this year.|
Featured in the Mayflower Mile will be the meet’s leading driver, Bruce Aldrich Jr. He has drawn Badlands And Art and they’ll start from the four hole. A five-time winner this season, the fastest in a time of 1:56.4, the pacer was rated at 7-2 on the morning line.
The morning line favorite, however, is Where U At (9-5), who will have Chuck Poynton in the bike when he leaves from post two. In from Saratoga, where the pacer was competing in $10,000 claiming races, he was individually timed in 1:56.4 when he finished fourth in his first Mighty M outing last week. Poynton won the inaugural event with, in 2005, with I’m In, in 2:00.1.
Another former Mayflower Mile winner, Greg Merton (2010), who is also a past Monticello Raceway driving leader, has drawn David’s Road (8-1), a considerable outsider. The pacer will be looking for his second triumph this year when he starts from the seven hole.
Kyle DiBenedetto, whose mom was born in England, has drawn Mor Winning Ways. Consistently pacing around 1:59, the veteran gelding was a 2:00.3 winner earlier this year. The pair will leave from post three.
The field has also drawn an amateur driver in Peter Gerry. He will handle Beal Hanover and start from the coveted pole position. A non-winner thus far this season, Beal Hanover won four races last year, the fastest in 1:56 -- right here at Monticello.
Other drivers rounding-out the field for the Mayflower Mile include Rick Harp, Pat Beeler and Mike Merton.
The winning driver of this contest will join the winners of the other preliminary legs in the series final. Those who have already earned a berth in the All-America Cup include Dennis Watson (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace), Jimmy Marohn Jr. (St. Paddy Pace); Bobby Krivelin (Passover Pace) and Veronica Merton (The Lady Godiva).
Defending champ and two-time Mayflower Mile winner Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr. was unavailable for this year’s competition.
Post time for the 11 race card will be at 12:50 p.m., ET. The Mayflower Mile will be the fifth race on the program.