By Shawn Wiles
Prior to going to post for the days first race, Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. had 330 wins, at days end he had 336. Bruce ranks 4 nationally in wins, behind Cory Callahan with 355, Bruce now trails Callahan by 19 wins for 3rd spot.
On a muddy afternoon with a track listed as sloppy, it did not deter Bruce as he started the day in normal fashion for him on days he wins multiple races by sweeping both ends of the Daily Double, (Perfect Raider – My Man Ben) He came back to score in the 5th race with Lenny Mac, for trainer Jose Godinez. His mount in the 6th race Tymal Luckynpink was scratched. In the 7th race, Shark Treasure got him into the winners circle, as he won by 2 lengths in 1:57:1. He came right back in the 8th to win with Excel Nine in the fastest race of the day on an off track in 1:55:3. He finished up the afternoon with Thiswayorthehighwy for leading Monticello Trainer Robert Lounsbury, winning by a neck over One Shark Road.
When reached in the paddock after the last race the muddy Aldrich said “Last night when I was looking at the program, I knew I had a shot for a good day, but I didn’t think it was going to be this good!”
Thus far in 2015 Bruce has driven his mounts in excess of $1,500,000 in earnings. The hard working driver also doubles at Saratoga Raceway after the afternoon program at Monticello.