The battle for driving supremacy here at the Mighty M between harness racing drivers Billy "Zeke" Parker, Jr and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. continues and probably will right down to the wire.
On the Monday afternoon card of November 21 Zeke reeled off four more winners while Aldrich uncharacteristically got skunked but still the bearded wonder trails “the Brucester” by 12 wins, 356 to 344.
Parker scored with Whiskey Gal(1:58.4) in the fourth and then reeled of two in a row capturing the seventh with Warden Woody (1:56.2) and the eighth with Hey Nugget (2:00.3) He capped his day with a 1:58 triumph behind Pembroke Lil in the 10th race. With those victories Parker now has 10,578 in his illustrious career .
Although Parker has won 17 driving titles at Monticello Raceway over the years still wouldn’t mind adding another to his resume. Not surprisingly he holds the track record of 526 winners which was established during the 1995 campaign.
Aldrich, on the other hand, is seeking his fourth title -and second consecutive- and seems more engrossed in winning his second consecutive than his childhood idol. Aldrich was proud of his 449 winners last year which was the second best yearly output ever in the tracks 53 year history. He currently has driver 3862 winners in his career.
“I may be more focused on winning another title than Zeke but I have to be to win it. He’s still a great driver and one tough competitor and getting the best of him is always tough task,” Aldrich said.
Parker, on the other hand, is quite philosophical. “I only need a couple of six-baggers and I’m right back in it,” he said with tongue in cheek. Although six wins on a single card is a daunting task Zeke has already done that four times this year.
On the Tuesday November 22nd both reinsmen have 10 drives and the “battle” will continue.