Aldrich and Lounsbury take Monticello titles

08:20 AM 01 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Bob Lounsbury, harness racing Bruce Aldrich, Jr., harness racing
Leading trainer 2013 Bob Lounsbury
Photo by Geri Schwarz
Leading driver 2013 Bruce Aldrich, Jr.
Photo by Geri Schwarz

The inimitable Yogi Berra is known to have said "it ain't over til it's over" but regardless of what the Yankee's Hall of Famer stated, put a circle around the names of driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. and trainer Bob Lounsbury as they are well on the way of winning their individual titles even though the curtain hasn't come down on Monticello Raceway's 2013 season.

Aldrich and Lounsbury have been lethal together this year and both have been enjoying their finest seasons of their careers

With the last racing program of the year still underway today (Dec. 31) here at the Mighty M Aldrich already has four wins in the bag and he will cop his fourth driving title here although his final stats could increase before the day is over. And with a late charge Lounsbury, who has harnessed two more winners thus far today , overtook Danny Gill and will cop his first training title at season's end.

Aldrich started the day third in wins (639) on the North American leaderboard only six behind Dave Palone's 645 and after recording four driving victories in the first six races on the Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 31) card Aldrich has a chance, albeit outside, of catching Palone, or even topping him, if he stays hot in the last six races. However no one will overtake Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. whose 714 wins are the best on the continent.

On the other hand, Lounsbury started the final day of racing with 204 winners from his barn which is some eight more than Danny Gill's output. The over whelming majority of Lounsbury's winners were driven by Aldrich.

Final Mighty M driving and training stats will be available on Thursday, January 2.

by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway


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