Luke Hanners and Cheyenne Ryan Lee Win Their Monticello Debut

July 14, 2021


Photo Credit: Geri Schwarz

Monticello, N.Y. – After visiting four tracks in the last month, perhaps Cheyenne Ryan Lee has found Monticello Raceway to his liking. On Tuesday, July 13, he took on the best pacers on the grounds in the $8,400 Open Pace with Luke Hanners in the bike.

Both Hanners and Cheyenne Ryan Lee made their Monticello debuts a winning one. 20-year-old Hanners won his Meadowlands debut last week and continued his streak to break his Monti debut in fashion.

Starting from post position 3, Cheyenne Ryan Lee was content to follow Foo Fighter N, the winner of last week’s Open Pace, who left the gate strong from post 7 to cut the fractions of 27.2,56, 1:24.2. Once the passing lane was clear, Hanners went to the inside to overtake Foo Fighter N by two lengths in 1:53.3. Cheyenne Ryan Lee is trained by Alexandra Goldin and owned by Antoinette F. Bencivenne of Ivyland, PA. It was the fourth seasonal win for the five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe, upping his yearly earnings to over $28,000.

Also, on the card, Jim Taggart Jr. won three races. One was a snappy mile from KJ Erich, a five-length winner in 1:53.2, the fastest mile of the afternoon.