When Cornishman N and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. streaked to an 11-length harness racing victory in a 1:57 clocking in the weekly trotting feature on Wednesday, October 26th at Monticello Raceway it established a new track record for older trotters.
The trotter’s victory, which was the New Zealand-bred’s 10th of the season, prompted announcer Howard Oil to exclaim “How many times do you see a 12-year old set a track record?”
The 1:57 clocking erased the former standard of 1:57.3 set last July by another old-timer Benn’s Sure Thing, a mere 9-year-old .
Cornishman N is owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Inc. and Mo Coo, Inc. He paid just $2.80 for win.
Now just two weeks in the Bob Lounsbury barn Cornishman N, angelding, is now two for two with the Aldrich-Lounsbury connection.
“They (the owners) sent him(Cornishman N) to me so he could race against easier competition with hopes that we could ‘brave-him up’ and get him to finish strong because in his last two a starts at Yonkers he faded badly in the stretch,” Lounsbury related after the trotters track record performance.
“We won last week by a length in 2:00.3 and today’s 11-length win should accomplish the owners mission here at Monticello.”
The triumph with Cornishman N was one of four wins on the Wednesday card for Aldrich. He also won with Antonio and Maria Grillo’s, Terrific Seven (2:01.3); with Michael D’Abbraccio’s Life’s Bandit (1:58.3) and with Dace Yarock’s Upheld (1:59.1).
Over the past week Bruce Aldrich Jr. has taken command of the local leaderboard and has jumped ahead of Zeke Parker in races won this season. Although Parker won a pair on the Wednesday card the 17-time Mighty M driving champion finds himself currently trailing Aldrich in wins 324-315.