Harnessing horsepower at ‘The Mighty M’

Monticello Raceway part II

By TED WADDELL
Posted 1/20/21

MONTICELLO, NY — On Tuesday, January 12, Monticello Raceway presented a card of 11 one-mile races under an overcast sky.

The local race track, nicknamed “The Mighty M,” opened on …

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Harnessing horsepower at ‘The Mighty M’

Monticello Raceway part II

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MONTICELLO, NY — On Tuesday, January 12, Monticello Raceway presented a card of 11 one-mile races under an overcast sky.

The local race track, nicknamed “The Mighty M,” opened on June 27, 1958 with the goal of attracting more people to the area during the heyday of the hotel industry in the Catskills.

In 2006, the track was the site of what became known as the “Monticello Miracle.” A racehorse struck World War II vet Don Karkos in the same location where he was hit by shrapnel during a naval engagement, an event that caused him to lose sight in one eye.

In what turned out to be a lucky collision, Karkos regained his sight, reportedly as a result of the unexpected impact dislodging the metal fragment in his head.

Today, the half-mile oval track features standard-bred horse racing year-round. It still attracts drivers who have been racing there for decades, as well as younger drivers on the way up the ladder of the sport of harness racing.

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