BATAVIA, N. Y. --- Fireyourguns reverted back to his old tactics and it paid off with a victory in the $8,500 Open Pace at a rainy Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 19).
Last week, Fireyourguns changed from his normal late closing style and tried to go wire-to-wire. It almost worked but he came up a length short.
But driver Mike Caprio and Fireyourguns ($2.80) went back to their old methods this week and they ground out a first over trip to collar the longshot pace-setting OK Braveheart (Shawn McDonough) in the shadow of the wire, winning by a head. OK Braveheart raced on an uncontested lead from the seven post and set the fractions of 28.3, 59.0, and 1:27.4 but lost in a heart-breaking photo in 1:57 over the sloppy track. Unicorn Hanover (Jim McNeight) took the show position.
It was the sixth win in 23 starts this season for Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover) and is trained by Terence McClory. The 4-year-old gelding is owned by McClory along with Jennifer and Robert Lowe and now has bankrolled $53,485 in 2013 and $124,735 lifetime.
The racing continues on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set to begin at 6:30 p.m. The always competitive $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace is scheduled for the seventh race with a field of seven to go to the post.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs