Monticello, NY — Freshman pacing fillies will highlight the 12-race card at Monticello Raceway on Monday (July 25). It features two heats of Sire Stakes, with each dash worth $52,500, five divisions of the Excelsior A Series ($15,000), and two splits of the Excelsior B ($6,500) class.
The unbeaten Vivians Dream has been installed the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of the NYSS, which is carded as race nine. She sports an impressive undefeated resume, with three wins in Sire Stakes company. She has wins at Buffalo and Saratoga, and in her last start at Tioga Downs, she scored in 1:52.1. The $50,000 American Ideal yearling purchase will start from post three for trainer Cory Mumford. Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey will drive.
Ray Schnittker trains the co-favorite Hunting Season (post six), who earned a Sire Stakes win at Saratoga in 1:55.1 with Mark MacDonald in the bike.
The second heat, race 11, is a six-horse event. Earthwindfire will start from post six. Jack Pelling will drive the American Ideal lass for trainer Brett Pelling. She finished second last time out at Tioga Downs in Sire Stakes competition.
The co-favorite, Kissin Joe, will start from post three for trainer Andrew Stafford. She has a pair of show finishes in this class.
The next Sire Stakes event is Monday (Aug. 1), when 2-year-old trotting colts visit the Catskill Mountains oval.
Post time Monday is 12:10 p.m.