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AFTER 18 WINS IN A ROW AT THE MIGHTY M TRACYS SONG TASTES DEFEAT AT TIOGO DOWNS

It was bound to happen.  Tracys Song’s 18 race win streak finally came to end.

On Saturday June 15 trainer Bob Lounsbury trucked his stellar pacing mare, Tracys Song, from Monticello Raceway to Tioga Downs  to race without a claiming tag and for the first time since late January the 8 year old daughter of Astreos  tasted  defeat.

Asked if he was disappointed that the mare finished last in the 1:53.2 clocked mile, Lounsbury replied quite philosophically.”Absolutely not, we have nothing to be ashamed of, It was bound to happen sooner or later. That’s horse racing.”

Lounsbury continued adding;“Although  they’ve  got a good  racing surface  at Tioga  ‘Tracy’ couldn’t grab the racetrack there and  she  was even hitting her knees. ”

And Lounsbury didn’t hesitate to cite the long truck ride to Tioga Downs saying  it might have taken something out of her since she wasn’t used to being a vanned along distance and then asked for her best performance.

Since regular driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. who has been racing regularly at Saratoga Raceway on Saturdays , Lounsbury contracted Greg Merton to handle the driving chores behind Tracys Song.

Merton, currently the leading driver at Tioga and also a longtime Mighty M regular and former driving champ, concurred with Lounsbury’s assessments.

“There’s little doubt that she was overmatched in the class she was in but she surely was struggling to get over the racetrack,” Merton said. “They just went too  much for her. But she’s a true champion.”

Asked what’s next  for Tracys Song Lounbury said it’ll be back home to Monticello.

“We went out of town instead of moving her up to a higher claiming price where she’d  have to race against the boys.

“Trying to keep her win streak alive has been a long  tough ordeal.  Now, at least, the pressure is off.”