6 WINS FOR ZEKE ON WEDNESDAY; 10855 IN HIS CAREER
He doesn’t get much national attention but Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr. is one of the best harness drivers of all time. And his record speaks for itself!
On the muddy afternoon of November 28, Zeke reined six winners on the Monticello Raceway card and with those victories his career win total is now at 10,855; seventh best all-time in North America.
Parker began the day reeling off winners in the first three races on the card. He won the first with B J Pacificia ($4.30) in 2:01.1 and then copped the second behind Twincreeks Jazz($3.70) in 2:03.3 and the third with Heavenspearlygates ($7.50)in 2:02.4.
After getting beat at the wire in race four with Famous Dude Zeke then won the eighth race with trotter Chrome Finish ($4.40) in 2:02. But Zeke wasn’t done yet.
He copped the 11th with Pictonians Souwest in 2:01.4 and win number six that day came behind Four Starz Pop Pop ($5.00) in 2:00.2.
Zeke didn’t begin the 2012 racing season at the Mighty M until early March after he recuperated from prostate cancer surgery and at that point he spotted leader Jimmy Marohn, Jr. almost 70 wins but with his constant victories and a flurry of wins in the past three weeks amazingly Parker is now just four wins behind (237-233)the talented son of veteran driver Jimmy Marohn.
“I(’ve) even surprised myself that I have drawn this close.Starting so late and so far behind I never thought I’d be in a position with a chance to win another (driving) title especially against Jimmy Junior, who certainly knows his way around the racetrack,” Parker said. “Winning titles is great but it’s not as important to me now as it was when I was younger. Still thrilling to be the leader.”
Parker has won 18 driving crowns at Monticello Raceway and has been leading driver at many other racetracks in the northeast where he’s competed
on a regular basis, including Yonkers Raceway, Foxboro Raceway, Scarborough Downs among others.
“He (Parker) gets no respect, especially for a driver who has won over 10,000 races in his career,” chirps longtime Monticello Raceway program director, John Flynn. “ Zeke can drive with the best of them and even now at the ripe old age of 59 he’s not slowing down. He’s an amazing driver, and always has been.”