TRACYS SONG SCORES HER 10TH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY; EQUALS TRACK RECORD FOR MARES
An old country song by Jerry Reed proclaimed “when you’re hot… you’re hot” and that is just what Tracys Song is, and has been, at Monticello Raceway.
The 8 year old Astreos mare scored her 10th consecutive victory on Monday afternoon, March 25th which equals the Mighty M track record for most wins in-a-row by a mare. With that 1:58.2 triumph Tracys Song has regained sole command of the North American leaderboard for most wins thus far this season.
However, according to her trainer Bob Lounsbury this win came harder than the other nine .
“When I handed the lines to Bruce (Aldrich, Jr. her driver) I said to him you’re not going to like her today, Lounsbury related/ “She’s a little sore and warmed up bad.”
Lounsbury reasoned that the extra soreness in his pacing mare was due to the fact that his veterinarian didn’t get a chance to work on her this past week.
“I thought for sure her win streak would end today,” Lounsbury said from the paddock judge’s phone after the race as driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. joined him there. “ I can’t tell you how surprised I was when she won again.”
“Unfortunately Bob was right when he told me she was sore,” Aldrich concurred. “She was on one line bad and with the track a little deep it was hard on her suspensories (suspensory ligaments). But she’s always been real game and she showed it in spades today when she held on to win even though she didn’t bring her ‘A Game’.
“When you drive enough horses you realize that winners find a way to win while losers find a way to lose,” Aldrich added.
Once again, as had been her seasonal MO , Aldrich sent Tracys Song to the lead and coasted along relatively unchallenged in the early going. It wasn’t until the field straightened for home that Temptation Queen and driver Zeke Parker made a real serious charge and although they got to Tracys Song’s neck they couldn’t get by her and they had to settle for second place. Eagle Hilarious was third for Kyle DiBenedetto.
Sent off as the 1-4 favorite in the $7500 claiming pace, Tracys Song paid $2.50 for win.
Owner, Nancy Fugere, with a grin from ear to ear, joined in for the winners circle presentation.
“I just can’t believe how good she has been and today she showed real grit and how much she likes to win,” Fugere said. “She’s one tough cookie.”