Rich Mays wins 'Columbus Day' pace

10:18 AM 15 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Richie Mays being presented with a box of Cannolis
Richie Mays being presented with a box of Cannolis. - (Also pictured) Cherie Chatt, Jami Chatt, Ken Holliday and Parade Marshal & horse owner Ashley Holliday
Paul White Photo

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- It was the first start of the season for 56-year-old Rich Mays but it was a memorable one as he captured the 'Christopher Columbus Pace' aboard Mattgician Monday afternoon (Oct. 14) at Batavia Downs.

Mays won the 'cannolis' as he drove the favored Mattgician ($4.40) past Listen Hanover (John Mungillo) in the stretch to score the 2-1/4 length victory in 2:00.1. Lima Jag (Drew Monti) took the show spot in the race where all drivers were of Italian descent. Mattigician is owned by Ashley Holliday and trained Mickey Holliday.

Shawn McDonough, Jim McNeight, John Cummings Jr. and Kevin Cummings all registered driving doubles on the day.

The racing resumes Wednesday evening at Batavia Downs with a 12-race card scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The feature is the $8,500 Open Pace for the fillies and mares. Xenia Hanover, who broke the Batavia Downs' track mark for filly and mares pacers with a 1:53 on Sept. 25, returns after a two-race stint at Vernon Downs and is the 5-2 favorite. Ken Holliday will score Xenia Hanover from the eight hole and will battle the 3-1 second choice in the razor-sharp Puff Mommy (Shawn McDonough) who will start from the seven spot.

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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

 

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