Blue Creek Angie wins for the 17th time

05:56 PM 15 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Blue Creek Angie
Blue Creek Angie
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It's true that the margins of victory are less now than in the early seasonal wins, still Blue Creek Angie keeps getting the job done. At Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, November 14 the 8-year-old On The Attack mare notched her 17th victory of the season when harness racing driver- owner- trainer Bruce Aldrich , Jr. reined her to a neck triumph in a time of 1:57.3.

Dixie Allstar (Mike Forte) was charging down the passing lane but “Angie” dug in and held on for yet another victory.

“Today “Angie” went another gutsy trip and though Mike (Forte with Dixie Allstar) was pressuring us she refused to get beat,” Aldrich said after the victory. “I guess we’ve got a thing for each other. I love this mare and she seems to sense it.”

Now with 17 wins eight seconds and four thirds in 36 seasonal starts despite mostly racing in mid-price claimers Blue Creek Angie still has bankrolled over $42,000 this season. And with her 16 wins last year she now has earned over $70,000 in the past two seasons which is commendable for a c laimer racing for modesty purses.

“She gives her all every time she’s on the track but she needs a lot of work between races to take care of her ailments,” Aldrich admitted.

Blue Creek Angie’s victory places her tied for second place-- with two others-- in races won in North America this year, just one win behind the two leaders who each have 18 victories.

When told that the Monticello Raceway track record for most wins in a season by a horse is 22 set by Golden Storm GB back in 1985 Aldrich smiled and said, “It’s a longshot but we still got(sic) a chance.”

Mathematically Aldrich is correct but to equal Golden Storm’s record Blue Creek Angie will need to win nearly every week for the rest of the year.

“Sure it’s a longshot but it’s nice to be in a position to challenge that record,” Aldrich added. “That is an accomplishment in itself.” . It was one of three wins on the card for Aldrich who still has a commanding 14-win lead on Zeke Parker who also won three times himself on Monday. Currently the tally is 350 for Aldrich and 336 for Parker.

John MANZI

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