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RUS Fair Finals Held At Monticello

Published: September 7, 2018 1:38 pm ET

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The final of RUS Fair Series was conducted on Thursday (Sept. 6) at Monticello Raceway in conjunction with the New York County Fair Finals.

This marks the fifth year that the RUS has held their unique events; over the course of the summer, eight RUS events were held through the state. The RUS fair series is sponsored by the NYSS and Agricultural and New York Breeding Development Fund via a $5,000 grant; Monticello Raceway & The Monticello Harness Horseman’s Association donated $2,500 towards the $3,500 purse.

A field of seven trotters went behind the gate monte-style. Funny Photo and rider Sophie Engerran lead from start to finish, winning by 18 lengths and establishing a new track record of 2:02.4 in the process. Funny Photo is owned, trained and ridden by Sophie Engerran. Flowing James (Vanessa Karlewicz) finished second, followed by Armbro Hall (Cathy Gearwar).

Event organizer Michelle Miller could not have been happier after the race. “I am so proud of the girls today, it has been challenging the last few years to organize the event, but on days like today, it is all worth it!

“The quality of the riders continues to improve,” said Miller. “We have been very fortunate to have partnered with Monticello Raceway who have been extremely gracious to our event since its inception. We would also like to thank all the many sponsors that have been so generous to us, The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs Tioga Downs, Batavia Downs, The Mark Ford Stable, Advantage Edge Equine, Morrisville State College, Triple Crown, Pure Country Campgrounds in New Berlin NY, T&K Harrington LLC, The Equine Tax Group, Preserving Gods Creation Taxidermy and Early Owego Antique Center.”

The High Point Rider Award was presented to Vanessa Karlewicz for earning the most points throughout the series. This year’s prize was donated by Carharts Harness Shop and the Feed and Pet Supply in Vernon, NY.


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