Monte action is heating up throughout North America.
On Saturday (July 12) at the Meadowlands, Orange Bigi, a 6-year-old filly by SJ’s Caviar-Emerald City-Donerail, qualified in 2:01 for Sofia Fredlund and trainer Joe Hanney.
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|Rapid Strategy (foreground) with owner/trainer Lindsey Blackler aboard in this 2:08h score July 5 at Goshen Historic Track on Hall of Fame day. Admirable Hanover and Jennifer Conner finished second.|
The same day, at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, a monte/RUS exhibition was staged that drew an eight-horse field. The top two finishers were a nose apart in the 2:04.4h contest with Jessie Say More, a 4-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jessie-Need We Say More-Super Ben Joe, securing the victory for Michelle Crawford and trainer Frank Davis. Tymal Oh So Nice with Heather Reese aboard was second with Admirable Hanover and Jennifer Conner third, ten lengths back.
Action continues Sunday (July 13) at Ocean Downs with a three-horse field battling for a $6,000 purse. The field consists of CJ’s Crown (Caroline Green), Flowing James (Tara Hynes) and Truth In Action (Karen Isbell).
In Ontario, at Clinton Raceway, their monte event is the first on the regular card with pari-mutuel wagering. Five trotters will contest this event for a purse of $2,200 and it’s race 2 on the afternoon program. The field includes Charlie Tuna (B. Kennedy), Twin B Excalibur (E. Harms), Dayplanner (M. Valstad), Radical Dreamer (S. Town) and Shipps Xceptional (J. Fenwick).
On Monday (July 14) the NY RUS Series continues at Waterloo. Race #5 is a three-horse monte event for a purse of $530 with the field consisting of Kash Now (Michelle Miller), Striking Mystery (Jennifer Lowrey) and John-michael (tba).
Be there and support the participants in the 2014 monte season races. Visit www.monteamerica.com for more information.