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BATAVIA TRACK RECORD IN JEOPARDY

11:09 PM 04 Sep 2007 NZST
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Paula's Best
Paula's Best - 2007 Empire Breeders Classic 3YO Filly Pacers
Photo by Fred Brown - Paula's Best and driver George Brennan scored a 1:51.3 track record winning the Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old pacing fillies Sunday at Tioga Downs.

She was a World Champion at two and Breeders Crown winner at four but Delinquent Account’s track record at Batavia Downs Gaming appears to be in serious jeopardy Wednesday night as the New York Sires Stakes rolls back into town.

On August 11, 1990 Delinquent Account established a new track record for 3 year-old pacing fillies at the historic track by winning in 1:56.1.

The next year in addition to winning the Breeders Crown she should would go on to be voted older pacing mare of the year. She earned over one million dollars in her career and is the dam of Artiscape, who earned over $1.4 million in his career and is now a very successful stallion.

Unfortunately for Delinquent Account, Paula’s Best returns to Batavia Downs, Paula’s Best set a track record last season for 2 year-old fillies winning a Sire Stake event in 1:55 flat.

The first of three $54,585 New York Sire Stakes divisions is race four.

Pancleefandarpels, a Noble Ability filly starts out at 5-2 on the morning line. She has earned $95,895 this year and will be driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Erv Miller. Jet Let It Ride, a Bettor’s Delight offspring starts out at 3-1 for trainer Linda Toscano and reinsman Stephane Bouchard.

Division two takes place in race seven. Daily Laugh, a Bettor’s Delight filly is the 5-2 favourite. She has earned $60,475 and will have the services of John Wagner for trainer Charles Connor Jr. Southwind Prairie, another daughter of Bettor’s Delight begins as the 3-1 second choice for driver Greg Grismore and trainer Andy Rickert.

On paper division three, carded as race nine, appears to be the most contentious. Already three fillies in the seven horse field have 2007 earnings of over $100,000 while another earned over a half million dollars last year.

Currently leading the 3 year-old filly division in points is 5-2 favorite Lislea Phia, a daughter of Lislea, she has earned $163,689 this season. Brian Cross will sit behind the talented filly for trainer Harry Harvey.

Paula’s Best (Pro Bono Best) figures to get quite a bit of attention at the windows especially if anyone was in a attendance to witness her track record performance last year. She has earned $122,158 this season. Jody Jamieson will be in from Canada to drive for trainer Ross Croghan.

J K Pure Pearl (Bettor’s Delight) is another filly having a fine season, she has earned $103,326. Stephane Bouchard sits behind her for trainer Linda Toscano.

The question mark in the field is Isabella Blue Chip, another offspring of Bettor’s Delight. Despite her incredible freshman season when she earned $658,583, Isabella Blue Chip has only managed one second in four tries this year.

The George Teague Jr. trainee should be a factor because she’ll face strictly New York Sired horses after racing in the $682,670 Fan Hanover stakes in her last start up at Mohawk Raceway. Howard “pacing” Parker will be in town to drive.

Three of the top twenty drivers in the sport in money earnings this season will be at the “Downs” on Wednesday night.

Jody Jameson, “Double J” as he is called on Ontario Jockey Club circuit, is currently in 6th place in the standings; his drives have earned $6.3 million so far this year. He is also 20th in wins in all of North America with 293. He won the $1,000,000 North America Cup earlier this year with Tell All.

Greg Grismore is currently 17th with over $3.7 million in purse earnings while Jim Morrill Jr. is 18th with $3.5 million. Morrill has won 277 races this season while Grismore has won 258.

Top trainers in town tomorrow include Erv Miller, currently second in North America for wins, 340, and earnings, $4.7 million. Miller won two Breeders Crown events in 2006.

George Teague Jr. is currently 4th in money earnings with $3.3 million. Teague won the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace earlier this summer with Southwind Lynx. Ross Croghan, “the crocodile man” is 5th with $3.1 million in purse earnings.

The first of 11 races gets underway at 7:35 p.m.

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In addition to live harness racing, Batavia Downs Gaming offers the best of simulcast action, fine food in the clubhouse, and video gaming.

The gaming floor, which features 591 video gaming terminals, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily.

For more information check out www.bataviadownsgaming.com.

By Todd Haight for Batavia Downs Gaming

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