Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr. copped pair of races yesterday (April 10) at Monticello Raceway and in the process he raised his career total to 10298, which ranks him seventh all-time in races won in North America.
He won the featured trot with Jon Win by three lengths in a very creditable 1:58.3 over Sweet Joe and driver Greg Merton. He also scored behind KZ Too in 2:00.2 for the Dream Away filly’s maiden victory.
Still Zeke finds himself in unfamiliar territory being in fourth place on the driver’s leaderboard trailing Bruce Aldrich, Jr. by some 53 winners.
On the warm and sunny Tuesday afternoon of April 9th at Monticello Raceway Haroun Hanover scored his 11th seasonal victory when he turned back a solid field of pacers to score in a time of 1:56 for driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. That victory ties Haroun Hanover with another Mighty M-based pacer, Tracys Song, for most wins this season in North America.
Despite a wire to wire 1:57.3 triumph with Haroun Hanover in the eighth race at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, April 2nd driver Jimmy Marohn Jr. had his hands full.
However, it wasn’t until the race was completed that most Marohn’s problems really began when he couldn’t pull the horse up after the mile.
Since the pacer first came here last fall Haroun Hanover has been known to pass on the return to the winners circle. And today that quirk, which has been part of the pacer’s habits this year, was never more prevalent that it was today (April 3).
Mover over Alan Schwartz there’s a new Ben Hur in town. His name is Bobby Krivelin.
Krivelin and his free legged pacer, Isn’t She Lovely, wore down Schwartz’s front-running Shezaflamintower to score a 2:04.1triumph in Monticello Raceway’s 15th annual Passover Pace on the windy and rainy afternoon of April 1.
The event was the third leg of the raceway’s Heritage Drivers Series -2013.
Arguably the biggest fan favorite of Monticello Raceway’s Heritage Drivers Series ethnic races is “the Race for the Matzos” better known as the Passover Pace, which features the talents of drivers of Jewish heritage.
Besides the usual array of media coverage the race garners, over years it has also received exposure in various Jewish tabloids like the Jewish Week and the Jewish Times, to name a few.
More and more, the Mighty M the trainer-driver combination of Bob Lounsbury and Bruce Aldrich Jr. continues to be extremely hard to beat.
The two stats leaders added yet another win to their seasonal resumes when Aldrich guided the Lounsbury-trained DVC Gifted Indeed to a stunning upset of Haroun Hanover (Jimmy Marohn, Jr.) who was a 2-5 favorite to score his 10th victory of the year on Tuesday, March 26.
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 .
What would the odds be that two horses from the same racetrack lead North America in wins? Probably be real long, you’d think. But yesterday (Wednesday, March 19) Haroun Hanover scored his ninth seasonal victory and now joins another Monticello Raceway pacer, Tracys Song, who won her ninth race on Tuesday, at the top of the North American leaderboard for races won this season.
And coincidently both Haroun Hanover and Tracys Song whisked their way through the Mighty M’s Name Your Price Claiming Series, he in the horses and geldings division and she in the mare’s division.
Talk about a bargain, just check out Tracys Song. A $4000 purchase early this year, who, with a victory again yesterday (March 18), now has run her string to nine wins in a row and currently she is the winningest horse in North America.
Win number nine –and all her wins for that matter—came at Monticello Raceway and all under the guidance of driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. However, it was trainer Bob Lounsbury who decided that Tracys Song would be a worthwhile purchase.