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Tuesday, May 7, 2013


North America’s  leading standardbred  race winner this year, Tracys Song with 14 victories already to her credit,  will not race this week according to her trainer, Bob Lounsbury.

The 8 year old daughter of Astreos, won for the 14th consecutive time at Monticello Raceway last Monday (April 29) but she was hard pressed to do it, barely staving off a hard challenge to win by a head over a racetrack softened by rain.

“She (Tracys Song) got the job done but she came out of the race a little sore,” trainer Bob Lounsbury acknowledged. “We decided to skip a week and we turned her out in the fresh green grass.

“The first time we did that (turned her out) she came storming back. Even though she’s already got 15 hard  races under her belt hopefully  the rest  will do her good  and she’ll be her old self in her next start.”

If Tracys Song wins her next start here she’ll equal the Monticello Raceway track record of 15 wins in a row set  in 2010 by Northern Chief and driver Mike Merton.

Although Tracys Song wasn’t on the Mighty M program of Monday, May 6th ,  trainer Bob  Lounsbury managed  to have two winners from the five horses  he started that afternoon.

Bruce Aldrich, Jr. does all the driving for Lounsbury and he was in the sulky behind Jinni’s Fantasy  ($4.70) when she won in 1:58.4 and Aldrich reined trotter Miley Jo ($3.60) to a 2:00.3 triumph. Irwin Kaplan owns the former  and  Stan Indig  owns the latter.

“We could have had an even better day with a little luck,”Lounsbury added. “One of my trotters Civil  Cause, a  1-2 favorite,  jumped it off and another, JMdancingshannon , who also was an odds-on favorite, choked down. The other pacer we sent out , NF Beach Candy  was beaten a  nose( in a 1:58.4  mile).”

However Aldrich got his third winner on the program when he guided Al Annunziata’s trotter Distinct victory to a 2:01.4 victory.

Now with 186 seasonal driving victories Bruce Aldrich, Jr. ranks eighth in races won on the North American leaderboard.  He’s currently doing double-duty, racing at both Monticello and Saratoga Raceways.