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.