Mike Merton Wins Five at Monticello

July 13, 2021

Mike Merton Wins Five at Monticello

Photo Credit: Geri Schwarz

Monticello, N.Y. – Leading driver Mike Merton padded his lead over his contemporaries by winning five races on Monday, July 12.

Merton started the five-bagger in Race 3 aboard Flight of The Kiwi, who benefited from a pocket trip behind pace setter Bob N Tony in 2:02.1 – $3.60 to earn his fourth win of the year for trainer Owen Eiler Jr. Merton used the same strategy with Too Much Sun, who overtook Sweet Ginger to win by two lengths in 1:56 – $3.40, earning a season time badge. Merton’s third consecutive win was with the Ralph Silvestri III trained Smarty’s Filly, who started from Post 3 and took the overland route to win by two lengths in 1:56.2 – $9.50.

Six Bax, starting from the rail, scored in a wire-to-wire win over Windsun Hugo in 1:59.3 – $6.10. The 12-year-old son of Kadabra is trained by Bob Lounsbury. The final win of the afternoon was with Machin Marley, who romped in a five length victory in 1:56.4 to earn his first win of the year for trainer John Mungillo.

Don’t Chip, driven by Bruce Aldrich Jr., won the $8,400 Fillies and Mares open in 1:56.1. The four-year-old mare by Hypnotic Blue Chip is trained by John Hallett. The duo of Gary Messenger and Jim Taggart Jr. teamed up for two winners on the afternoon: ER Betty and Speed Ball Swagger.

Mike Merton has a commanding lead over his rivals for leading dash winner drivers, atop of the leaderboard with 139 wins. Jim Taggart Jr. has 114 and Bruce Aldrich Jr. is third with 107. On the training side, Maine native Bo Sowers is leading with 69 wins, Gary Messenger has 53 and rounding out the top five is Laura Perino with 35 winners hailing from her barn.