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Mr Thinker scores eighth consecutive victory
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - by John Manzi, publicity director, Monticello Raceway

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Monticello, NY --- Mr Thinker just keeps rolling along. On Tuesday afternoon, June 8, the veteran sidewheeler rambled to yet another victory when Zeke Parker guided the pacer to an easy 1:57.3 victory at Monticello Raceway, which was Mr Thinker’s eighth consecutive triumph.

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Mr Thinker ran his winning streak to eight on Tuesday at Monticello.

With his victory, Mr Thinker now needs just two more to equal the track record of 10 wins in a row, set by Hogies Cam and driver Jordan Stratton during the 2008 campaign. Not only was it Mr Thinker's eighth win in a row, but his 10th of the season in just 13 starts.

After starting from the two hole, Parker put Mr Thinker on the front end and the old timer just seemed to toy with the field. Parker allowed the others to get close at the three-quarters and after they did he stalled for a moment then urged Mr Thinker on and he responded and paced away to a 2-1/2 length triumph. Behind Enemy Lines and Jordan Stratton chased Mr Thinker home for the second time in their last three meetings. Winsmith Kirby took home the show dough with Jimmy Devaux aboard.

“It amazes me how (owner-trainer) Brian (O’Neill) keeps him (Mr Thinker) in top form week after week. He’s not the soundest horse in the world but he has a lot of class and he loves what he’s doing -- and he loves being on the lead,” Parker said after his driving victory.

With just a glance at the official program one will detect nothing but the number one across the page after the start of each of the past six races which, as all handicappers know, means the horse likes to race on the front end from start to finish. And even though Parker tucked him in a pocket for a short time in a few of his victories, he didn’t linger there, for when the field settled Zeke moved Mr Thinker to the front where the old guy likes to be.

Mr Thinker began this season racing in $4,000 claimers and after his 2:00.1 victory on March 31 owner-trainer Brian O’Neill moved him up to the $5,000 claiming ranks. After winning once with a $5,000 tag O’Neill moved him up to $7,500 claiming company which didn’t matter to Mr Thinker because he won four times in that class. And now in his last three outings Mr Thinker has defeated $10,000 claimers.

His fastest victory was a 1:56 clocking on June 25 and had it not been for a very muddy track on May 12, where the pacer won in 2:00.1 by eight lengths, all of Mr Thinker's triumphs during his win steak were in 1:58.3 or faster.

Mr Thinker, a lifetime winner of over $275,000, owns a career record of 1:52.1 taken at age three at Rosecroft Raceway. That season the Maryland-bred gelding won 12 of 13 races and he has been victorious 44 times in 147 career outings.

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