Day At The Track

Merton and Mungillo team up for a five pack!

09:33 PM 25 Jul 2013 NZST
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Bad as Billy - Merton and Mungillos fifth win of the night
Bad as Billy - Merton and Mungillos fifth win of the night
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BATAVIA, N.Y. – It was a big night for driver Greg Merton, trainer John Mungillo and the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.

If Western New York racing fans aren’t familiar with Greg Merton they certainly are now as he guided home six winners on the Wednesday program including going a perfect five-for-five for trainer John Mungillo.

“I’ll be here every Wednesday night,” Greg Merton said. “Then after Tioga closes I plan on racing here on weekends as well.”

In the featured $8,500 Filly and Mares Keep It Fair made it two straight victories in the top class for distaff pacers in Western New York circuit as she cruised to a convincing two-length win over Patsy's Luck in 1:57.2 over a fast track. She had won the Fillies and Mares Open at Buffalo Raceway last week and now has visited the winner's circle in three of her last four starts.

Keep It Fair, driven by Merton, took the lead just before the quarter-pole, playing give-and-go with Patsy's Luck. Keep It Fair then set sail the rest of the way, posting the fractions of 28.3, 58.4, 1:28.4 in registering the comfortable victory. Patsy's Luck (Fern Paquet Jr.) kept pace for second while Terror Rising (Kevin Cummings) and Puff Mommy (Shawn McDonough) were third in a dead-heat.

Sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the field of six, Keep It Fair returned $3.10 for the win, her ninth in 22 starts this season. The seven-year-old mare is owned by Angelo Schifano of Angola, N.Y. and trained by John Mungillo. The victory moved her seasonal earnings to $44,239 and to over $300,000 lifetime.

The other big winner on the second program of the 2013 season at the Downs was the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.

In addition to the $3,000 raised from the sponsorship of all twelve races, several horsemen lead by Black Magic Stable and Empowered Racing made healthy donations. All the drivers in race-ten donated their five-percent commission. The entire staff of the race office along with several Western OTB employees and racing fans all pitched in to bring the total raised to close to $6,000.

Racing action returns on Friday night featuring 12 races starting at 6:30 p.m. The feature is the $8,500 Open Trot with a full field of eight going behind the starting gate. Mythical Hall is the 2-1 morning line favorite with Ron Beback, Jr. scheduled to ride. Mythical Hall has captured three of the past five Open Trots at Buffalo Raceway, all in gate-to-wire fashion, and brings a seasonal bankroll of nearly $63,000 to the Batavia Downs half-mile track.

Fans wishing to view replays of the races can do so at by simply clicking on 'Live Racing' tab then on date and race number. You can also get the latest news, results and promotions here as well.

Brian Mazeruk
for Batavia Downs

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