Day At The Track

Mythical Hall hangs tough in Batavia "Open Trot"

02:45 PM 27 Jul 2013 NZST
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Mythical Hall holds off longshot Keyodee Star
Mythical Hall holds off longshot Keyodee Star
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BATAVIA, N.Y. -- Mythical Hall showed plenty of heart down the stretch and held off upset-minded Keyodee Star by a nose Friday night to capture the $8,500 Open Trot at Batavia Downs in 1:58.

Driven by Ron Beback Jr., the heavily-favored Mythical Hall ($2.90) in typical fashion, set the fractions of 28.0, 57.4, 1:27.2 and used a 30.3 final panel to seal the victory. Keyodee Star (Jack Rice), sent off at 24-1, was first over at the half and slowly but methodically cut into front-runner's lead. But Mythical Hall wasn't going to be denied and managed to keep a nose in front at the wire. It was Mythical Hall's third win in his last four starts in the Open. Hour Lavec (David McNeight III) skimmed the pylons was a distant third.

Owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by J.D. Perrin, Mythical Hall now has eight wins in 24 starts in 2013 and $67,442 in earnings. The five-year-old gelding's career bankroll are now over $330,000.

The racing resumes on Saturday night when a strong 13-race card is presented with a 6:30 p.m. post. The feature is the sixth race, the $8,500 Open Pace, with OK Braveheart installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. Shawn McDonough will be aboard OK Braveheart, last week's Open winner at Buffalo Raceway in 1:55.4 and will score from the rail.

It's also a busy promotional night at the nation's oldest lighted harness track. It is 'Welcome Back Night' with $1 Sahlen's hot dogs, draft beers and sodas, free racing programs and a 'Welcome Back' booklet which includes free wagers and food coupons throughout the season. It's also another round of 'Horse For Horse' with Elizabeth.

Fans wishing to view replays of the races can do so at by simply clicking on the 'Live Racing' tab, then on the date and race number. You can also get the latest news, results and promotions there as well.

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs


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