Former Kiwi trotter Cornishman N victorious

03:32 AM 10 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Bruce Aldrich Jr steers Cornishman N Bruce Aldrich Jr
Bruce Aldrich Jr steers Cornishman N - a 12yo former New Zealand trotter to a 1:58.3 victory.
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Bruce Aldrich Jr - doing what he does best

Cornishman N moved in to Monticello Raceway and in his first race here, despite making a break behind the gate, the veteran harness racing 12yo New Zealand bred rambled to a 2:00.3 victory then the following week The Cornishman N trotted to a new Monticello Raceway track record for older trotting geldings when Bruce Aldrich Jr. guided him wire to wire in a time of 1:57.

Last week the trotter returned to the familiar sites of Yonkers Raceway but against $30,000 claimers a fifth place finish was all he could muster.

So his connections brought him back to Monticello and back to the Bob Lounsbury- barn and on Wednesday, November 9th Bruce Aldrich, Jr. drove the veteran 12 year old Armbro Invasion gelding to a 1:58.3 triumph in the tracks winners over trot.

Aldrich showed that the trotter could race from behind as he sat back in fourth position while Samsawinner and Jimmy Taggart, Jr. led the field through fractions of :29.3 and :59.

As the field headed to the halfway point Aldrich moved Cornishman N first-up and then tangled with Samsawinner as the two trotters poured on a 29-second third stanza. They raced neck and neck around the final turn and thorough the stretch and after The Cornishman drew off by a half length Samsawinner rallied back but at the wire The Cornishman N won but not decisively.

Samsawinner, who is trained by Bruce Aldrich, Sr., went a gutsy mile but came up short. Third place went to My Cool Breeze and driver Mike Merton.

“My horse put in a good trip and we just did win it,” Aldrich said. “Dad’s horse (Samsawinner) raced game and came back and almost beat us.”

Owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, LLC and Mo Coo inc. The Cornishman N paid $4.40 for win.

It was one of four winners on the card for Aldrich as he a Zeke Parker keep battling for leading driver honors. Not to be out done Parker also reined four winners on the card and didn’t pick up any ground and he still trails Aldrich by 12 wins.

John MANZI

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