If Santa Claus is hampered by snow next week while trying to deliver his Christmas presents, maybe he should turn to Michigan-based driver Brad Kramer for help. Kramer proved last Saturday night at Sports Creek Raceway he can find his way through snow as he won a track-record eight races over a racetrack surface rated three seconds off by the stewards because of the conditions.
Because of the heavy snow, there were 43 scratches on the 16-race card, but Kramer still had 11 drives remaining. Of his eight winners, six came for trainer Joe Cirasuola, whose farm is just 15 minutes from Sports Creek so it was an easier ship for him as opposed to other horsemen who were unable to make a longer trip due to the poor weather.
"I came up to Joe's farm in the morning from my house and even then it took 90 minutes instead of about an hour,” Kramer told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning. "I was glad I made that decision because it wasn't too bad getting to the track.”
Kramer said winning six races for Cirasuola gave his night special meaning because the trainer recently resumed working in the barn after the recent death of his wife, Candace, who was also a trainer.
"The track itself wasn't too bad with the snow and to win six for Joe was great,” said Kramer, who currently stands second on the Sports Creek dash list behind only Jason Merriman.
The 56-year-old has 7,553 career victories with $31.3 million in purse earnings. He has topped the $1-million mark in purses in each of the last 17 years, but because of the reduced racing opportunities in Michigan that streak will be snapped this year.
While Kramer earned a new spot in the Sports Creek record book with his eight-win binge, he already shares a national record. On July 20, 2005, Kramer won eight consecutive races at the Gladwin, Mich., fair, tying him at the time with Stephane Bouchard, who achieved the same feat at Yonkers in 2003. The duo was joined by Jim Morrill Jr. in 2009 when he won eight straight at Tioga Downs.