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Undefeated Groovy Joe scores in Batavia NYSS

06:28 PM 29 Jul 2019 NZST
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Groovy Joe, harness racing Cigars and Port, harness racing Teton Sunset, harness racing
Undefeated Groovy Joe scoring his fifth straight win
Paul White photo
Cigars and Port with driver/trainer Ray Schnittker
Paul White photo
Teton Sunset with trainer-driver Ray Schnittker
Paul White photo

Batavia, NY --- As three $34,866 divisions of 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings went postward in the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs on Sunday (July 28) with Groovy Joe putting in the fastest performance of the day allowing him to remain undefeated.

Sandy's Bolt (Jim Morrill Jr.) started from post one and led the majority of the race with Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) sitting in the garden spot. Morrill set quarters of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:26.3 and took his lead into the stretch. But Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) popped the pocket and went right by Sandy's Bolt and then held off a late charging American Rebel (Tyler Buter) at the wire to win by a neck in 1:55, which was a new lifetime mark.

It was the fifth straight win for Groovy Joe ($3.10), all in NYSS action, and it took him to $96,795 for the year. Hutt Racing and Blake McIntosh own the colt with MacIntosh also doing the training.

Winbak Farm bred Groovy Joe.

The other two divisions ended up being the Ray Schnittker Show as they were both won by his trainees in career best outings.

First, Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art) grabbed the lead before the half and put in a strong effort from there. After getting to three-quarters in front by 1-½, Cigars And Port turned for home and opened up even more, eventually winning by three in 1:55.3, which was a new lifetime mark.

Schnittker drove Cigars And Port ($7.50) and owns in conjunction with Nolamaura Racing, Ted Gewertz and Steve Arnold.

Steve Jones bred the Cigars And Port.

In the last division Teton Sunset (American Ideal-Gray Ghost) sat a perfect trip behind Oreo Dream Xtreme (Jason Bartlett) who cut the mile and Level Up (Jim Morrill Jr.) who pushed the pace from outside from the half before finding racing room in the stretch to pull away from both of them and win by a 3-½ length margin in 1:57.1, The time was also a new lifetime mark.

Teton Sunset ($7.40) was driven by Tyler Buter for trainer/owner Schnittker and his partners David Pepin and Flintlock Farms.

The ownership trio bred the winner.

There were also three divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior "A" series on the card that were won by:

Sunsetboozecruise (Roll With Joe-Rideintothesunset)

Driver-Jim Morrill Jr. Owner-Matthew Dugan Trainer-Erv Miller  Breeder-Kentuckiana Farms

Time-1:57.4 Mutuel-$2,10

I Rolled The Dice (Roll With Joe-Keystone Ivy)

Driver-Jim Morrill Jr. Owner-Howard Taylor Trainer-Erv Miller Breeder-Howard Taylor

Time-1:57.1 Mutuel-$8.90

Breakout Session (Heston Blue Chip-Troubled Escape)

Driver-Scott Zeron Owner-Bay Pond Racing Stable Trainer-Linda Toscano Breeder-Winbak Farms

Time-1:58.1 Mutuel-$14.20

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (July 29) with post time at 5 p.m.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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