Harness racing driver Chris Page steered Nifty Prescott ($6.90) to victory in the featured $9,000 Open pace Saturday night at Batavia Downs Casino. The field paced single file in post-position order from the moment they left the gate approaching the first quarter in 28.1.
Continuing the trend, everyone stayed in position all the way to the three quarter pole in 1:24.3. Page pulled the plugs at that point and popped out of the two hole.
He slowly but surely made his way next to Lake Shark (John Cummings Jr.) while banking around the turn. As the horses fanned for the stretch, Nifty Prescott took command while Michael Scores (Kevin Cummings) closed like a jet for second and Cry For Cash (Ray Fisher Jr.) got up late for third.
By one and three quarter lengths, Nifty Prescott scored the win in 1:53.4 for the second week in a row. The seven year old son ofis owned by Grand Sun Stable of Williamsville, NY and is trained by Gerry Sarama.
Ray Fisher Jr. and Kevin Cummings both registered driving doubles Saturday night. Fisher won with Upfront Red River ($9.80) in the first and Noble Maximus ($31.80) in the 12th and Cummings took the 5th with Mc Idle ($11.40) and the 9th with Most Happy Rider ($7.50).
Sunday is Family fun day at the races at Batavia Downs Casino along with a full card of harness racing for a special matinee event. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Racing fans can enjoy $1 Soda and Hot Dogs in the paddock room from 12 – 4. The popular Wiener Dog races will occur right after the last harness race, approximately 4:15 p.m.
Due to Hurricane Irene most racing action on the east coast has been cancelled for Sunday. However, Batavia Downs will be racing and the live streaming action can be viewed online at www.bataviadownscasino.com.
Upfront Red River
Most Happy Rider