David McNeight III, AKA Triple Sticks, owned the harness racing evening Saturday when he scored three wins to impress the large crowd on hand during 'Old Fashion Night' at Batavia Downs Saturday (8-13). In the $10,000 preferred pace, Spender Hanover ($9.80) left the gate to take a quick lead in 28.2 while the rest of the field followed in a single-file line.
Without a challenge from his competitors, he backed off the second quarter in 29.3 and put the field to sleep. The outer flow formed when Cry For Cash pulled at the half, but McNeight popped the plugs before the three-quarter pole and cruised home for the easy win in 1.54.4. Redford Hall was second and Nifty Prescott finished third.
McNeight drove a perfect race and the victory was Spender Hanover’s second in a row at Batavia Downs for owner Howard Ouriel of Rochester, NY. Tomslastchance ($14.40) in the third and In Good Hands ($5.30) in the fifth were McNeight’s first two wins.
Jack Flanigen also scored a driving triple with Shark Shooter ($11.60) in the ninth, Blow Em Away ($14.40) in the tenth and Forever Blue ($3.50) in the thirteenth.
A beautiful summer night and a popular promotion brought one of the largest crowds of the year to the Downs. Todd Haight, general manager of live racing, explained the event that seems to always create a positive outcome for the race-goers and the track, was a hit once again.
"Our old fashioned night is always one of our best as far as getting the fans to the track. Not only was our live handle way up, we saw a substantial increase in traffic in our casino too. It always feels good when the apron in front of the grandstand is full and the clubhouse is sold out!"
Don’t miss the $1,000 handicapping contest next Saturday, August 20th at Batavia Downs Casino. It’s free to enter and the top five finishers cash in. Contest forms will be available at the Player's Club starting at 5:00 pm.
Log onto www.bataviadownscasino.com to view live streaming video of all the races every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.