Hillary Hartnett makes a move with Akhenaton, left, in Cobleksill at The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair to pass Michelle Miller and Railroad Lane. Fifteen-year-old Choke Hold, ridden by Cathy Gearwar, gains ground from behind.

Kara Duh gets her first victory aboard Railroad Lane.

Four horses qualify for event at Monticello Raceway

Four horses have earned their way into the RUS New York Fair Series Final that will be featured at Monticello Raceway Thursday, Sept. 5. 
The non-wagering exhibition will be held in conjunction with the New York Sire Stake’s County Fair Finals. Post time is set for 12:50 p.m. with no scheduled race number or time for RUS yet. 
Horses are required to compete in at least three races throughout the series to be allowed entry into the championship race. The series included nine opportunities to race at fairs across the state and one event held at Goshen Historic Track. 
All participants will receive $600 for earning their way into the final race. Host track Monticello Raceway and the track’s horsemen’s association are generously putting up the funds. The winner will also receive a championship cooler.
RUS NY was formed in 2014 to increase interest in Standardbred racing and showcase the versatility of the Standardbred breed. The series, in its sixth season, received a $7,500 grant for initial purse money provided by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund.
“The New York Sire Stakes program congratulates the riders and horses who competed under saddle on the county fair circuit this year and wish them all well in the final. We are pleased to share these accomplishments on the New York County Fair Finals program at Monticello,” said M. Kelly Young, Executive Director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. 
Educating the public and cultivating racing fans is one of the primary goals of the county fair racing series in New York, according to Young. 
“We are proud to partner with Racing Under Saddle-NY to enhance county fair racing across the state and this year the riders provided even more demonstrations and information to racing fans about the versatility of the breed,” she said.