Bob Lounsbury’s horses are hard to beat at Monticello Raceway attested by the fact that the outstanding trainer has harnessed  75 winners  in 214 starts, led by the incredible Tracy’s Song who has run her consecutive win streak to 18. And before DVC Gifted Indeed got claimed  from his barn the venerable pacer scored nine victories.


Now the Lounsbury-trained trotter, Civil Cause, just scored his 10th season triumph today (June 12) in a 2:00 clocking for Bruce Aldrich Jr., Lounsbury’s driver of choice.


“Somebody told me that if ‘Civil’ wins today he’d be just three wins behind the nations seasonal trotting leader ,” said Lounsbury whose never short on confidence. “And  I believe we’ll keep closing that gap before too many months go by.” .


After starting from the two hole Aldrich allowed Jimmy Devaux and Mac Attack Mac take command on the first turn. From there Civil Cause comfortably followed along in the cat-birds seat until  the final turn when Aldrich unleashed his trotter and they  cruised on to an easy 1-1/2 length victory over a fast closing Four Starz F  and driver Jimmy Taggart, Jr. Mac Attack Mac faded and finished third.


This was the trotters second win  against $10,000 claiming company.


“He’s real good in the right class and he seemed to handle the 10’s ($10,000 claimers)  OK,” Bruce Aldrich said referring to Civil Cause. “He so handy and easy to drive, whether on the lead or coming from behind.”


Civil Cause, a 7 year old Like  A Prayer gelding equaled his seasonal best with his victory. He’s owned by Mo Coo Inc and Jonathan Klee Racing. He paid $3.50 for win.


Also of note on the Wednesday card was the third leg of the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club’s Pacing Series which was won by Gerry Fielding when he sat off the pace and then rallied Ticker Tape  to an easy seven-length triumph in a 2:00 clocking.


Ticket Tape reeled in B B Smash (Matt Zuccarello) and Amazida (Tony Verruso) who finished second and third respectively  in a tight place photo.


Fielding, a charter member of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series and president of the Catskill Club, felt the race went exactly as he had  expected.

“I got a quick first half and  kept my  horse back off the pace and when I pulled him near the three quarters  he shot to lead and then coasted home an easy winner,” Fielding related after his driving victory.


Ticket Tape, owned and trained by Gerald Decker of Monticello, NY, scored his fourth win in nine seasonal  starts and paid $5.80 for win.