Batavia, NY --- It was bombs away in the $8,500 featured Open Trot on Friday night at Batavia Down when 19-1 outsider Headingforaruckus closed from far back to pull the upset.
With Dave McNeight III in the sulky, Headingforaruckus ($40.80) was unleashed from fifth at the half and rallied strongly down the middle of the racetrack to post the three-quarter length score in 1:58.4.
Second place finisher Mythical Hall was head strong coming to the half and set quick early fractions of :28-:57.4 but came back to the field at the top stretch, yet dug in gamely to hold the place spot.
Third place finisher Glorious Winner gapped badly racing to the half but out-finished even-money favorite BZ Glide in deep stretch to complete the trifecta that paid $1,004.
Headingforaruckus, a 6-year-old altered son of Dream Vacation, raised his seasonal earnings to $31,237. This was his 12th career score. He’s owned by Dennis Robert Beaver and trained by Jim Graham.
Racing resumes on Saturday night with a 12-race card scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Downs hosts its annual Breeders Cup party beginning at noon in Grandstands Bar and Grille. All $6.00 lunch food specials include $5.00 back in gaming free play. No reservations are required.
Submitted by Batavia Downs Media Relations