Zeke Parker doesn't go quietly - wins six

02:19 PM 29 Dec 2011 NZDT
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That's the hatrick for Zeke Parker Zero Boundaries and Zeke Parker
That's the hatrick for Zeke Parker - His third win came via Cosmic Illusion who paid $11.80.
Geri Schwarz photo ‘hat trick’ victory came in the fifth behind Cosmic Illusion N ($11.80).
Zero Boundaries and Zeke Parker - paid $14 to win in this photo.
Geri Schwarz photo

The battle for driving supremacy at Monticello Raceway was a back and forth situation between Bruce Aldrich Jr and Zeke Parker nearly all harness racing season. However with a hot hand in early December when Aldrich drew off and by the end of the month he had everything well in hand.

Aldrich had a 25 win lead-on Parker and just recently it was announced that Aldrich would win his second consecutive driving title.

Although Parker had been relegated to the runner-up position he’s not going quietly.

On the Tuesday December 27th card the bearded wonder reined four winners on the card. And yesterday, December 28th, Zeke put on a driving clinic over muddy racetrack where he won six races. With those victories Parker now has 387 wins here and a career total of 10,621.

He won the third race with Speedcentric ($4.90) and then the fourth with Prince Rudyard ($10.40) and his ‘hat trick’ victory came in the fifth behind Cosmic Illusion N ($11.80). Win number four on the card was with Major Speed ($4.00) in the ninth race and then Zeke proceeded to win the 10th with Valcyon Days ($7.20) and then capped his muddy afternoon by winning the 12th race with Zero Boundaries (14.00).

Though he closed the gap on Aldrich the 17-time Monticello Raceway driving champion still will be second best in races won this season and to use race track vernacular ‘ he was charging at the end but he ran out of racetrack’ . Still finishing some 19 races behind Aldrich, Parker can at least have some salvation—not that Zeke ever needs it- knowing he will cop the driving percentage trophy at seasons’ end.

John MANZI

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