Monte America (www.monteamerica.com) has been created by leaders in harness racing to expose the racing public to Monte trotting, also known as "Racing under Saddle", or "RUS". The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has sanctioned "RUS" monte trotting and provides qualifying standards and qualifying races (through various tracks) for horses and jockeys choosing to participate.
The USTA provides charted racelines of the "RUS" monte races and updates the past performances of equine and human participants such that information can be provided through Trackmaster® for program publication.
Monte America founder Helene Gregory was named recipient of the 2012 USHWA Presidents Award on January 4, 2013 for her efforts organizing and successfully competing in monte/RUS racing. Gregory won three monte races in 2012 including an exciting Hambletonian Day victory aboard Master Pine.
2016-17 North America Monte Events
The RUS activity in North America was completed November 17 at Rosecroft Raceway as Hyway Markus scored in a US$5,000 non-wagering event, defeating Funny Photo. On November 5 Modest Prince lowered the North American race record to 1:56.3 for Helene Gregory and the NY series ended with an October 16 victory by The Franchise at Saratoga Harness, Lexis DJ took the final RUS Ontario series event on October 25th.
2017 monte action has begun with a number of qualifying races held, along with scheduled racing events set for Dresden, Goshen Historic Track and NY Fairs.
Requirements for USTA Monte/RUS License and Guidelines
· Current USTA membership
· Written exam
· Practical exam
North American Monte Race Records (Trotting)
TT1:54.1 Moni Maker (7f Speedy Crown-Nan’s Catch), Julie Krone, Red Mile 10/6/00
1:56.3 Modest Prince (6g RC Royalty-In To Me), Helene Gregory, M1 11/5/16
Five-Eighths Mile Track (race record, time trial and qualifier marks)
1:59.1f Fort Valley As (5g Tom Ridge-Caspian), Karen Isbell, PCD 6/29/13; TT1:59f DW's NY Yank (4g Dilbert Hanover-Nicky Mantle-Muscles Yankee), Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, Mea 9/23/13; Q1:58.4 Broadway Prince (5g Broadway Hall-Queen Of Grace), A. Humphries, Kawartha 6/13/14
1:59.3h Santo Domingo (8g Amigo Hall-Victory Lady), Marita Volstad, Flamboro 10/31/15
Seven-Eigths Mile Track
1:56.4s Santo Domingo (8g Amigo Hall-Victory Lady), Philippe Masschaele, Mohawk 9/2/15 (Canada)
1:59s Funny Photo (6h Classic Photo-American Jean), Sophie Engerran, Vernon 7/26/15
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