But horse racing is different. Records are equaled and occasionally surpassed especially in this day and age of finer breeding and better racing equipment.
Many thought that Herve Filion’s North American record of 15,183 wins would take a while to be broken, but in relatively short order Dave Palone passed Herve’s mark and is on his way to establishing a record of his own. And many will say Dave’s North Americanrecord, currently 15,954, will be hard to beat.
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|Bill Parker, Jr., as usual, is in the thick of things among the top drivers at the Mighty M|
On Monday afternoon, Aug. 26 at Monticello Raceway Parker reined his trotter Famous Dude to a convincing wire-to-wire, seven-length triumph in a creditable time of 1:58. For the 59-year-old Parker, it was his 150th winning drive of the season – third-best on the Mighty M leaderboard this year -- and more importantly it was his 11,028th win of his illustrious career.
With that victory Parker is now just 10 wins behind Case, and soon he’ll rein his 11,039th winner. And when he does, he’ll move up to sixth pace all-time in races won in the Standardbred sport in North America while moving Case back to seventh place.
Because Parker’s career has been spent mostly at the smaller racetracks there are those who view his incredible statistics unimportant when compared to those who race at the so-called big time.
But as someone once said about Zeke’s stats, “I don’t care who he was driving against, 11,000 is a lot of wins.”
Two years ago Parker, a native of the Pine Tree State, was installed, and rightly so, in the State of Maine’s Harness Racing Hall of Fame.
The U.S. Trotting Association, which keeps the industry stats among other things, states that in his career -- through August 26, 2013 -- Parker has driven 54,360 times and won 11,028 races, which means he has won nearly 20 percent of the time.
And although Parker is in the twilight of a wondrous career he still has plenty of wins in him before he hangs up his whip and gloves.