Day At The Track

Fast field assembled for Kane Memorial

03:59 AM 03 Oct 2008 NZDT
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Millionaires Maltese Artist and Kenneth J headline a stellar field of pacers in the 6th annual Robert J. Kane Memorial pace to be held Saturday night at Batavia Downs Gaming. The Kane Memorial is named for the former chairman of the board at Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation, owner of Batavia Downs Gaming.

Thanks to a $40,000 purse, this year's edition of the Kane shapes up as the fastest field of pacers ever assembled at America's oldest lighted harness track.

The eight horses that will go behind the Ken Barrett starting gate have combined lifetime earnings of over $5.5 million dollars. Three pacers have lifetime marks under 1:50.

Starting from post six is the 5-2 morning line favorite Kenneth J. With over $1.5 million in career earnings, the 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight makes his Batavia debut for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Jim Morrill Jr. will be at the controls. He won last years Kane with Slickest Hanover.

Kenneth J won the $478,000 Gold Rush in 1:52.1 at Monticello last season. This season he's finished third in $532,000 Breeders Crown Open pace at Mohawk and won a 4-year-old Open at Chester in 1:49.3.

The other millionaire in the field is Maltese Artist. A 7-year-old altered son of Artiscape, Maltese Artist, comes off a victory at Yonkers where he defeated Kenneth J. During his career he's won the $475,000 George Morton Levy in 1:51 and the Battle of Lake Erie in 1:49.4. His lifetime mark is 1:48.3 set at Dover Downs.

The fastest mile he ever paced was in 1:47.4 when he finished second to world champion Mister Big in the US Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands.

Maltese Artist who drew post five is conditioned by Mickey Burke for owners Sylvia Burke and James Koran. 20-year-old Matt Kakaley will be in town to drive.

Less than $35,000 away from the million mark is Rare Jewel. The 7-year-old son of Artiscape starts from post two for owner Norman Vartanian and trainer Richard Banca. Jim McNeight, who won the 2005 Kane with Little Mister, will be in the sulky. Rare Jewel has a lifetime best win mark of 1:49 set at Woodbine.

"I'm happy with the quality of the field" racing secretary Joe Zambito said. "If the weather cooperates Michael Scores track record (set in 2006 Kane) of 1:52.1 will be in jeopardy."

Beginning at 5:30pm., racing fans that go to Players Club will get a ticket that can be redeemed for at Robert J. Kane memorial tee-shirt in the paddock room after the running. Approximate post for the Kane Memorial is 8:55p.m.

The first of 12 races gets underway at

Listed below is the field with post-positions-driver and odds.

# Horse Driver Odds

1-Clooney Drummond Ron Beback J r. 8-1

2-Rare Jewel Jim McNeight 4-1

3-Art Ragin Jet Ray Fisher Jr. 9/2

4-Year of the Dragon Kevin Cummings 10-1

5-Maltese Artist Matt Kakaley 3-1

6-Kenneth J Jim Morrill Jr. 5/2

7-Revolutionary Foe Ken Holliday 12-1

8-Winbak Dimensions Jim Marohn Jr. 6-1

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Todd Haight

Marketing Coordinator

Batavia Downs Gaming

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