Harness Racing Haven
Monticello Raceway is a major harness racing course on the United States East
Coast. It is located at Routes 17 & 17-B, Raceway Road, in Monticello,
Exciting harness racing is held all year round. For the latest schedule of
races at Monticello Raceway.
Aside from the regular races, the raceway has been playing host
to several special races every year, including the famous Heritage
a string of tournaments
for harness drivers from different ethnic backgrounds. This Series includes,
- the Dr. Martin Luther King Pace, a tournament for some
of the best African-American harness drivers from the middle Atlantic states
- the Passover Pace for harness drivers of Jewish heritage
- the St. Paddy Pace for drivers of Irish descent
- the Mayflower Pace for those of British heritage
The raceway also hosts the Monticello Marathon, a 2-mile race for trotters,
which is held in December.
Monticello, New York
Monticello Raceway Track Facts
The size of the track is about half a mile. The length of the stretch is 500'
while the width is 90'. Its speed rating is placed at 2:02. It has a grandstand
capacity of 4,500 persons, a clubhouse capacity of 500, and a parking lot capacity
of 5,000 cars. A total of 8 starters can be placed behind the gate.
History and Records
The race track opened on June 27,1958. Its largest single day handle was $1,191,695
on December 11, 2001. Its largest attendance was 17,495 on June 20, 1980.
The course driver with the largest number of wins is Chris Long with 243.
He also holds the record for the biggest purse at $341,532. The trainer with
the largest number of wins is Joe Minieri with 213.