Perhaps it was that Blue Creek Angie had to start from post position eight or maybe because took command before the quarter mile marker flashed :28 seconds but the mare that had won 15 times previously this year was seriously looking for the finish line en route to her 16th harness racing victory of the season at Monticello Raceway on November 7.
With owner Bruce Aldrich, Jr. again at the lines the 8-year-old-Hiromi Hanover mare saw her lead dissipate in the final strides but she did, however, hold on for a 1:58.3 victory which matched the amount of wins she recorded last season.
“We got ruffed-up leaving and I knew that the 28-second (first) quarter would take a little something out of my mare but we did get a breather going to the half. From there she was strong and although we had a few lengths ( lead) at the top of the stretch we both were looking for the wire and it came up just in time,” a pleased Bruce Aldrich, Jr. said after Blue Creek Angie won yet again.
“Last week we got beat (finished third) in a $10,000 claimer so I dropped her down to $8000 this week which proved to be the difference.” In the final strides a hard charging The Filly Princess, with Mike Merton aboard , came up short just a neck behind the winner. Mindexy finished third for Dennis A. Laterza.
With her triumph Blue Creek Angie now has 32 wins over the last two seasons and she raised this year’s bankroll to over $40,000. Sent off as the odds-on favorite she paid $3.80 for win.
That victory was one of four on the card for Aldrich who has been locked in a battle for driving supremacy with Zeke Parker who had two winners himself on the Monday card.
Last Thursday Parker reined five winners and began this week 10 wins behind Aldrich but after Aldrich’s 4-bagger Zeke finds himself 12 back heading into the Tuesday, Nov. 7th card.