The battle for driving supremacy at Monticello Raceway between Bruce Aldrich, Jr. and Zeke Parker continues, and probably will, right down to the finish of the harness racing season on December 29th. On Monday afternoon, August 22 Aldrich reined five winners on the card and two of those winners each notched their 10th seasonal triumph.
Giant T, a trotter that The King Of The Hill Stable claimed for $4000 earlier this season earned a new lifetime record when Aldrich guided the 5-year-oldgelding to a wire to wire three length victory in a time of 1:59:1.
Another of Aldrichâ€™s triumphs was behind his own Blue Creek Angie whose tenth seasonal triumph came in a 1:57:3 clocking. He also was victorious with Johnpeter Gobbettiâ€™s Fly Italia in 1:59:1 and with Margaret Olmsteadâ€™s Edieâ€™s Desire in 1:57:2. Aldrichâ€™s fifth win on the card was with Woody Hoblitzell and Linda Bushuâ€™s, Moonlit Tori, in 2:00:1.
However, Zeke Parker had three wins of his own that day. His first was with Pete Pellgrinoâ€™s JM Dancing Star in 1:56:3 which was that veteran pacing mareâ€™s third consecutive since moving in from Pompano Park. He then reined John Balzerâ€™s BJâ€™s Aurora home first in 2:00:3 and win number three from Parker came behind Dave Schneiderâ€™s May Knight in 1:58:2.
â€śI had a great day again today but I canâ€™t shake Zeke,â€ť Aldrich said. â€śI win five .. he wins three. I gained a few but to get the best of him on the racetrack is not an easy thing to do. Age makes no difference to Zekeâ€¦â€¦.. he just keeps driving winners.â€ť
y in the season Aldrich had opened a big lead on Parker only to see Zeke battle back and draw even with â€śBrucesterâ€ť. Then with a hot hand--something that has never eluded Parker in all his years in the sulky-- he vaulted to the front and opened a 30-win lead on Aldrich. But when it looked like Parker was again going to run away with another Mighty M driving championship here comes Aldrich to close the gap and again make a race of it.
At the end of the racing program on August 22 Parker still has command of the leaderboard but his once 30-race lead has evaporated down to just six with the current stats showing Parker with 242 wins to Aldrichâ€™s 236.