Day At The Track

Blue Creek Angie wins for the 15th time

02:49 PM 25 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Blue Creek Angie
Blue Creek Angie
Geri Schwarz photo

If Blue Creek Angie isn't a model of consistency, than who is? With her 1:57 victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, October 24th the 8 year old On The Attack mare won her fourth consecutive race and 15th of the harness racing season... thus far.

And with 16 wins last year Blue Creek Angie is one of few horses who can claim 30 wins in the past two years.

Besides her 30 wins Blue Creek Angie has had eight seconds and three thirds this season and last year she backed up her 16 wins with five seconds and four thirds.

As long as consistency seems to be the basis for this, in 2009 Blue Creek Angie also had 12 wins, six seconds and four thirds.

Oh, the money part you ask? Well in 2011 the venerable pacing mare’s bankroll is currently at $37,928 and in 2010 she earned $28,626. In 2009 Blue Creek Angie earned $30,346.

Granted these are not Hall of Fame statistics but for an overnight pacer racing mostly in $5000 claimers only the stats that Blue Creek Angie has produced could earn the money that she has made for Aldrich.

After a victory a few weeks ago Bruce Aldrich, Jr. kissed his pacer on the nostrils in the winner’s circle and said, “I love this mare” and on Monday similar words came out of his mouth as reached up and patted Blue Creek Angie lovingly on her rump as they left the winners circle after the photo was snapped.

Her path to victory was a usual one. After Aldrich sent her to the front from the pylon position they then made pole a winning one while holding off a late charge along the passing lane by Notimefordreaming, who was driven by Zeke Parker. That victory vaulted Blue Creek Angie’s lifetime earnings to over $200,000.

It’s no secret that Aldrich and Parker have been locked in a battle for leading driver honors here and the rivalry continued on Monday afternoon. Aldrich had two wins on the card and Parker countered with two himself.

In a competition that has swayed back and forth for the two competitors, last week Aldrich broke out and jumped away to a nine-win lead. With both drivers winning two races each on the October 24th card the lead remains nine in Aldrich’s favor, 320- 311.

But as Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over till it’s over”. And it’ll be over on December 30th.


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