On May 21 Aldrich drove two winners at Monticello Raceway. His first was behind veteran pacer DVC Gifted Indeed when he reined the 6 year old Place to Be gelding to his 10th seasonal victory in a time of 1:55.1.
After securing the pocket on the first turn Aldrich kept DVC Gifted Indeed tight on the back of driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. who had Olive Loaf on the lead.
“We got looped ( by Olive Loaf) on the first turn but we went a very quick quarter ( 27.3) so I was content to follow the leader,” Aldrich explained.
And that’s just what he did.
Olive Loaf and DVC Gifted Indeed were one-two by the half in :57 and the order remained the same as the field passed the third panel in 1:26.3.
“I had a lot of horse as we headed for home so I pulled on Jimmy (Marohn, Jr,) and we went by him for a length (1 ¼ ) victory.
DVC Gifted Indeed rallied by Olive Loaf and held tough even as May Day Mojo and Jimmy Devaux were ‘flying’ between horses at the end of the mile.
“As we neared the wire Devaux aimed his horse (May Day Mojo) between me and Marohn and I tried to keep the hole as small as possible to make sure he ( Devaux) couldn’t get his bike through ,” Aldrich said.
And Devaux couldn’t. So May Day Mojo had to settle for third money, a nose behind second place finisher Olive Loaf.
“This is some gritty pacer,” Aldrich said of DVC Gifted Indeed. “Like most of ( trainer Bob) Lounsbury’s horses he knows how to win and he likes doing it. This was his 10th win in 15 starts this year and last season he won 14 times.”
Owned by Irwin Kaplan and trained by Bob Lounsbury DVC Gifted Indeed paid $3.40 for win.
Aldrich’s other victory was with Strong Signal in a time of 1:56.3. Owned by Joseph Di Fraancesco and trained by Bruno Nicolo, Strong Signal paid $3.60 for win.
Now with 155 driving victories at Monticello Raceway Aldrich continues to lead the driving colony here in races won. Runner-up Jimmy Marohn Jr. , who won three races on May 21 card, now has 122 wins.
In his career thus far Aldrich has 4321 driving victories