Batavia, NY - After being parked three-deep through the first turn and never seeing the rail until hitting the quarter in :27.2, Fireyourguns led the rest of the field on a tour of the property as he was never headed en route to capturing the featured Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 16).
Leaving from post seven in a full field of eight, driver Mike Caprio shot Fireyourguns off the gate and circled Western Alumni () and Best Ears ( ) who also rushed for the front. Those two seated by the eighth pole and Fireyourguns continued to overtake the early leader Art Two D Two ( ) to take command.
After hitting the half in :55.3 and the three-quarters in 1:24, Best Ears popped out of third to try and challenge the leader, but after a valiant effort through the stretch the attempt came up short. Fireyourguns hung on for a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Best Ears was second and a very fast-closing Rock N Roll Legend () rallied from seventh to catch third.
The victory was the tenth of the year for Fireyourguns and it brought his annual income up to $76,020 for owners Jennifer and Robert Lowe and Terrance McClory, who also trains the horse.
Batavia Downs held their first free handicapping contest Saturday that offered those who entered a chance to win their share of $1,500 in prize money. 225 people competed and after all the points were tallied, Nick Stranges of Lockport, NY won first place and $700. The other four winners were: second place ($400) William Smith of Corfu, NY, third place ($250) Fred Gundell of Pavilion, NY, fourth place ($100) Linda Marfione Churchville, NY and fifth place ($50) Larry Hughson Jr.-Albion, NY.
Batavia Downs would like to congratulations to all the winners and thank all who participated. The next free handicapping challenge is on Saturday, September 20.