HARRINGTON, Del. - I Like My Boss is the current Rocky Marciano of harness racing.
Like, Marciano, the 3-year-old trotting colt who has been a heavyweight on the Delaware circuit since his career's inception, has never lost. The -sired gelding is unbeaten in 12 career starts and will put that impressive record on the line Wednesday at Harrington Raceway from post position three.
Owned by his trainer Bob Shahan, along with partners Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons, all of Harrington, I Like My Boss has wowed his local following with hard fought wins that have often come from off the pace and at times in dramatic fashion. His most recent close call came in a Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eligible event in which he needed every inch of the stretch to get by a game rival, Call Me Hal on June 10.
His regular driver, Jon Roberts, has been aboard "the Boss" in each of his wins.
"He's a great horse to drive," said Roberts following his win on July 24 in the $100,000 DSBF final. "You can do whatever you want with him. Bobby (Shahan) has done a great job." With that decisive triumph, I Like My Boss caught the attention of many dignitaries in Delaware as part of the annual Governor's Day program, which including Governor Jack Markell, is also attended by many of the state's legislators on Delaware horsemen's richest day of the year for racing.
The current 12-race win streak is believed to be the longest active currently in North America to start a career.
I Like My Boss will look to keep that unblemished record intact in Wednesday's second race, getting his first dose of action versus older rivals as one of just two 3-year-olds in a field full of 4 and 5 year olds.
by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway