Day At The Track

Lougazi splashes to victory at Batavia

03:18 PM 26 Nov 2020 NZDT
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Lougazi, harness racing Lady Dudette, harness racing
Lougazi and driver Ray Fisher, Jr.
Paul White photo
Lady Dudette and driver Kyle Cumming
Paul White photo

Batavia, NY --- They say it's not where you start, it's where you finish and Lougazi is the poster boy for that motto. And he proved it true once again on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) as he went from worst to first in the $8,500 Open I Handicap harness racing trot at Batavia Downs in a driving rain over a sloppy track.

Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away last by 15-1/2 lengths as Cordoba Hall (Billy Davis Jr.) and CR Blazin Beauty (Dave McNeight III) were in a speed duel on the point, smoking to the quarter in :27.3 and the half in :56.2. But as they headed up the backstretch for the second time, those two hit a wall and Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) came out of the three hole with Daylon Phantom (Dan Yetman) on his back and Lougazi travelling fast third-over behind him.

Southern Palms took the lead but Lougazi was three-deep and flying and he drew alongside Southern Palms in the last turn. The two hit the stretch together but Lougazi said "goodbye" and trotted home in hand by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:58.1.

It was the second win in the last four starts for Lougazi ($7.50) who is owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift.

The co-featured $8,500 Open I pace for fillies and mares was scratched down to a field of five and Lady Dudette (Kyle Cumming) took no prisoners as she grabbed the lead at the quarter, parked out Tellawoman (Dave McNeight III) to the half and then refused to let anyone else to get close to her as she paced home under a line drive to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:56.2.

Lady Dudette ($11.40) scored her eighth win of the year for owner Kyle Cummings and trainer Tammy Cummings.

Billy Davis Jr. had the hot hand in the sulky Wednesday, scoring a Grand Slam on the card. He won with SR Radar (2:01, $5.20), Sunset Sid (1:57.3, $19.00), The Land Shark (2:01.2, $10.40) and Expensive toy (1:58.3, $6.40). 12 different trainers accounted for the 12 winning horses on Wednesday.

With no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday (Nov. 25) at Batavia Downs, there is a $2,392 carry-over that will move to Saturday (Nov. 28) and it has been announced that there will be a guaranteed pool of $7,500 for the Pick-5 wager that day. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are now available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA's website or by clicking here. (

The Pick-5 wager begins in race one and runs through race five. It is a 50-cent base wager and if all five winners aren't selected, any carryover pool will be moved to the Pick-5 wager on next Wednesday's (Dec. 2) program.

Post time for the first race Saturday is 5 p.m.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs
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