Day At The Track

Sportsmuffler silences rivals in feature

05:02 PM 29 Nov 2018 NZDT
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It was the 10th victory of the year for Sportsmuffler
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Batavia, NY --- Trounced would be kind; annihilated would be accurate. Sportsmuffler took the best local harness racing mares to task at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 28) and taught school after winning by open-lengths going away in the $10,400 Open Handicap fillies and mares pace.

Billy Davis Jr. wasted no time getting the lead off the gate and started a gapped journey immediately. After getting to the half in :58.1 over the sloppy track in a snow-globe, Sportsmuffler strode-away to a three-length lead when she hit three-quarters in 1:27. And then after rounding the far turn, she was gone.

As she spiraled out the final bend and hit the straight Sportsmuffler was in a race against time alone as no one was even near her. With Davis a mere passenger, Sportsmuffler continued to widen her advantage, eventually stretching it to eight at the wire where she was the easiest of winners in 1:56.1.

It was the 10th victory of the year for Sportsmuffler ($2.80) who has now earned $69,306 for owner Rose Campbell. Steve Kiblin does the training.

In the $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) led from gate to wire, taking advantage of pedestrian fractions to the three-quarters to close out the contest with a one-length victory in 1:59.4. Ryan Swift trains the winner for the Swift Racing Stable.

Billy Davis Jr. also won two other races on the card Wednesday giving him the Hat Trick to lead all drivers.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 30) with post time set for 6 p.m.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs
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