What Are Some of the Most Famous Races Held at the Monticello Raceway?


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The Monticello Raceway, also known as "The Mighty M," hosts harness racing throughout the year as well as several special races. In particular, Monticello hosts the Heritage Series, which are races highlighting harness drivers of different ethnic backgrounds. The racetrack also hosts the Monticello Marathon in December.

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Nestled in the Catskill Mountain range approximately 90 minutes north of New York City, the Monticello Raceway and Casino, or Racino, is a popular vacation spot for many in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. The raceway, which opened in 1958 as an attraction for the Monticello resort area, has since added video and slot gaming.

The 1/2-mile track is home to the Heritage Series of tournaments, with each tournament highlighting harness drivers from a different ethnic group. The Passover Pace, a tournament featuring drivers of Jewish heritage, began in 1999. Two years later, the Mighty M hosted the first annual Dr. Martin Luther King Pace for African-American drivers. The St. Paddy and Mayflower tournaments feature drivers of Irish and British descent, respectively. The racetrack is also home to the Monticello Marathon, a four-lap strategy and endurance test for both horse and driver.

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