Michael Merton has 2 Grand Slam in 2 days
January 4, 2021
By: Shawn Wiles
Photo Credit: Geri Schwarz
Monticello, NY – If the driver’s colony at Monticello Raceway were a baseball team, they would be 20 games ahead of their nearest rival, on Thursday December 31, Mike Merton had his second Grand Slam in 2 days, and for the 3rd time this season. Merton’s batting average (UDRS) is .389. Other drivers that had a Grand Slam this year at the Mighty M are Bruce Aldrich, Jim Taggart Jr, James Devaux and Cory Stratton.
Merton started off in the 4th inning, race 4 with a win aboard Dotted Line (2:00.3 – $7.00) next up was Baywood Shadow (2:00.2 – $6.30) who earned his 7th win of the COVID shortened season. After a short hiatus he came back in the 8th race to score with Blacktree (1:59.3- $7.30) for trainer Andrew Adamczyk, and finished the afternoon going for the cycle with Wrangler Rockstar (2:02.4 – $4.80) Merton had a strong shot to win 5, but the heavy favorite Tinos Pulse made a break in the paddock turn in race 10.
Greg Merton had 3 winners and Bruce Aldrich had 2 winning drives, Art Green enjoyed 2 training victories on the afternoon
The 12 race card produced a season high handle of $850,256, a race average of $71,000, live racing will resume on Monday January 4 with 12:25 with racing Monday through Friday.