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Batavia, NY --- Mr. Euroman had a two-month vacation this summer before the start of the Batavia Downs harness racing meet and since returning to action in late August, has won four out of his eight starts in Genesee County.   The most recent win came on Saturday night (Oct. 12) in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at the Downs. Leaving from post one, Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) fired off the gate and took command of the race heading around the first turn. With the field in single file, Sir Pugsley went down to the half in :57 before stepping up the pace to the three-quarters with a :27.3 split. Mr. Euroman was the beneficiary of cover to this point of the race and continued to trip-out to the top of the stretch. Davis pulled the pocket at the head of the lane with Mr. Euroman and out-dueled Sir Pugsley to the wire to win by one-half length in 1:53.2. It was the seventh win of the year for Mr. Euroman ($16.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice. There were a pair of $11,000 Open II races on the card that both provided some stellar performances. The first split saw Down On My Luck (Drew Monti) get away third before pulling first-over at the three-eighths, clear the leading Barry Hanover (Dave McNeight III) by the three-quarters and then pull away to an easy 2-¼ length win in 1:53.3. Down On My Luck ($3.10) is having a career year for owner Robert Woodburn, now with eight wins and $47,867 in earnings. Patrick Shepherd trains the winner. In the second division, What's Goin On (John Cummings Jr.) sat second behind the pace-setting Rise Up Now (Shawn McDonough) from the start until the top of the stretch where he found room on the pylons and shot through like a rocket to out-pace four other fast finishers and win by one-half length in 1:54.4. What's Going On ($8.70) now also has eight wins this year and $65,821 earned for owners Marissa and Joe Russo. David Russo does the conditioning. Drew Monti scored a driving triple to lead all drivers on Saturday while John Cumming Jr. and Renaldo Morales III scored two wins apiece. Trainer Patrick Shepherd also sent three horses to the Purple Haze Winner's Circle while James Clouser Jr. and Joe Skowyra each watched two of their stable win during the night Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with the final matinee card of the year on Monday (Oct. 14) with the annual Columbus Day special. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Logazi was true to form on Friday night (Oct. 11) by getting away slow before and then closing fast to win the $12,500 Open Handicap harness racing trot at Batavia Downs. Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) cut the mile from post one, getting to the half unpressured in a slow :59.1. BJ Larado (Shawn McDonough) pulled first over in front of the stands with Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) following loosely behind by a gapped two-lengths. Positions remained unchanged up the backstretch to the three-quarters and around the far turn, but as they hit the top of the stretch Rose Run Speedster made a break and Lougazi was rolling three-deep around BJ Lorado. The race was now between only two horses and BJ Lorado and Lougazi rocked and rolled side by side all the way down the lane until Lougazi gained the slightest advantage and won by a nose in 1:57.3. Scoring his eighth win of the season, Lougazi ($5.40) pushed his earnings to $81,625 for owner Mary Warriner. Ryan Swift trains the winner. The Fisher/Swift team was red hot on Friday, getting a natural Hat Trick in races five, six and seven. Prior to winning with Lougazi, they also scored with Barn Winner (1:58.1, $4.50) and Rock The Dream (1:56, $2.40). In the $11,000 Open II trot, Call My Broker (Mike Caprio) was overlooked by the bettors but took full advantage of post one by going right to the front and to lead at every station en route to registering a 1-¾ length win in a new seasonal best 1:57.3. Grabbing his fifth win of the year, Call My Broker ($20.20) is owned by Franklin Meier and is trained by Angelo Nappo. Jim Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. joined Ray Fisher Jr. as top winning drivers as they also scored three wins on the night. There was no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Friday and as a result, there will be a $2,527.75 carryover and a $6,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 on Saturday. The pool will be part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages for races one through five will be available on the USTA website starting Saturday morning. Post time at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 12) is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- The final matinee of the 2019 meet at Batavia Downs will be held on Columbus Day Monday (Oct. 14) with post time at 1:15 p.m. Besides a full card of great harness racing action featuring the fillies and mares Open Pace, there are also some great food specials throughout the facility during this Batavia Downs traditional event. The clubhouse will feature their famous Center Street Smoke House chicken barbecue special from noon until 3 p.m. For only $12.95 you will receive a complete chicken dinner with sides plus $10 in gaming Free Play and a $2 horse wager at the track. If chicken is not what you're craving there will also be $1 Sahlen hot dogs, $1 draft beer and $1 soda available at the Homestretch Grill from noon until the last race. This will be the final dollar day of the meet. On track programs will also cost only $1 and will be available at all the regular on-track outlets. After Monday's card of racing there are only 24 nights of racing left in the season, which runs through Saturday (Dec. 14).   By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Despite two consecutive impressive starts yielding a win and a second, the betting public opted to overlook Media Queen N as she made a step up in class on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 9). But the harness racing lass from down-under made the doubters eat their tickets as she rallied from off the pace at 33-1 to capture the $11,000 fillies and mares Open II pace at Batavia Downs. Rock N Roll Rosie (Howard Parker) was the commander of fractions from the start and led the ladies to the half in a quick :55.3 while parking Mach's Echo (Denny Bucceri) in the process. Media Queen N (Dave McNeight III) pulled third-over behind Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) past the half and then tipped three-deep around her and the now back-peddling Mach's Echo at the three-quarters. As the race headed into the stretch, Rock N Roll Rosie had the lead on the pins, Kaitlyn Rae was second out and Media Queen N was still three-high. They straightened out down the lane and the three paced in unison until McNeight got Media Queen N in front and she prevailed in 1:55.1. It was the eighth win of the year for Media Queen N ($69.50) who is owned by Daniel Goehle and trained by Angel Nappo. The $10,000 fillies and mares Open III saw Gia's Surreal (Jim Morrill Jr.) lead every step of the way in a gate to wire victory timed in 1:55.1. The 3-year-old filly that raced on the New York Sire Stake circuit this summer scored her eighth win of the year and pushed her earnings to $77,869 for owners Jim Graham, Edward Peron, Lee Winters and Thomas Mariano. Jim Graham trains the winner. Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. were the top drivers and Pat Galbraith best trainer for the night, each getting two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 11) with post time at 6 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- With the final matinee card of racing at Batavia Downs coming up on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14) and no racing the following Wednesday, horsemen are advised of the following changes in the draw schedule for the upcoming week. The draw for Friday (Oct. 11) will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 8). The draw for Saturday (Oct. 12) will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 9). The draw for Columbus Day Monday (Oct. 14) will be held on Thursday (Oct. 10) The draw for Friday (Oct. 18) will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 15). The draw for Saturday (Oct. 19) will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 16). The box closes at 9 a.m. for all draws. Questions can be directed to Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6161. Please see the new condition sheet for further information. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Batavia, NY --- Saturday night (Oct. 5) will be one that Oakfield, New York native Mike Caprio will never forget because he captured his harness racing career milestone 2,000th driving win with his own prized trotter BZ Glide in the featured $12,500 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot at Batavia Downs. After a two month summer vacation and one qualifier back, BZ Glide left from the pylons and cut fractions of :28, :58.3 and 1:28.1 before turning for home and holding off all challengers under a line drive by Caprio to win in a season's best 1:57.4. The win was a true family affair as BZ Glide ($5.40) is owned by the Caprio Stable and is trained by Mike Caprio's wife, Alana. Caprio got his driver's license in 1981 and has been competing full time ever since. His first driving successes came behind two main horses; his father Joe Caprio's prized pacer Prosecutor and a horse he owned with his dad, Connecticut Glove. Prosecutor (Flying Bret-Chuck's Maid 1:59.3, $104,902) was a 58-time winner lifetime and a top class pacer in western New York for many years, winning 39 of those races on that circuit with the younger Caprio at the lines. Connecticut Glove (Bullet Hanover-Congress Glove 2:00.3, $211,261) was a hard-knocking over-nighter who won 43 races lifetime, 20 of which had Caprio in tow. Since the early years Caprio has owned 57 horses and had much success with many of them, but the one that stands out as the shining star of his career was his 2,000th winning drive, BZ Glide. BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer 1:56.1, $339,847) was purchased as a 2-year-old by Caprio and his wife Alana and they developed him into one of the best Open class trotters to ever compete in western New York. Now 10-years-old, BZ Glide has won 45 races with Caprio at the helm and has been the cornerstone of their operation during that time. Caprio has also been responsible for much of the driving success of another western New York 56-time winning star, Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover 1:47.3, $406,886) who is trained by Terence Mc CLory. Besides driving his own horses, Caprio has always been a very popular catch driver throughout his career. As a result he has scored 2,000 wins out of 14,904 starts with 1,829 seconds and 1,839 thirds and has earnings of $4,942,824. His highest earnings year was 1989 ($251,170) and he scored his most wins in 1988 (129). By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- A pair of $9,000 claiming/conditioned trots topped the harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 4) and the winner of each took a different route to victory. Call My Broker (Jim Morrill Jr.) took full advantage of his pylon post position and seated the field off the gate. Then, after cutting moderate fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:29.1, Morrill kept Call My Broker rolling down the lane and held off the pocket-sitting Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) to win by three quarters of a length in 1:58.3. Call My Broker ($3.60) scored his fourth win of the year for owner Frank Meier and trainer Angelo Nappo. Later in the other division, Alert Hanover (Shawn McDonough) started from post two and opted to stay there, taking the garden spot trip behind Golden Tate (Jim Morrill Jr.) from the start to the top of the lane where Golden Tate made a break he did not recover from. McDonough directed his horse around the off-stride trotter and cruised home on top by a length, also in 1:58.3. Winning his fourth race of the year as well, Alert Hanover ($6.80) was owned by Carl Kuepfer and trained by Patrick Shepherd until the race ended when he was claimed. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 5) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Although the weather turned decidedly cooler after the rain on Wednesday (Oct. 2) in western New York, driver Drew Monti was red hot at Batavia Downs as he won six of the harness racing events on the card, including a natural Grand Slam in races three to six. Monti visited the Purple Haze Winner's Circle with A J Cash (2:01, $2.70), Rock N Roll Rosie (1:57.3, $8.40), Our Art And Heaven (1:59.2, $4.60), Cracked Glass (1:58.4, $9.10), Terlingua (1:56.3, $19.60) and Tymal Luckynpink (1:57.2, $3.90). Monti hit the board with a second and a third as well giving him a .530 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the night. Over the last six race nights at Batavia Downs, Monti has been the winningest driver on the grounds with 10 victories in 33 starts giving him a win percentage of 30%, and including his five seconds and four thirds, he has a UDR of .428 during that same time. The feature race for the night was the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap that saw Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) leave from post seven to take the lead and keep it throughout the mile and win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1. It was the seventh win of the year for Little Joke ($15.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Davis had two more winners on the card beside the feature giving him a driving hat trick as well. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 4) with post time at 6 p.m. For full results and entries click here. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Saturday (Sept. 28) marked the halfway point of the 2019 Batavia Downs harness racing season and all indicators are showing so far, it has been one of the best in the track's history. The on-track handle is up 15.1%, the export handle is up 26.1%, OTB handle is up 8.7% and total betting from all sources associated with Western Regional OTB is up 20.5% or $820,609. "The numbers are very impressive, but the product has been as well," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "Our overnight racing has been very competitive and we've had many guaranteed pools in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program which draw bettors from all over to follow our track. And our New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions was the jewel of the season and it has exposed many new local people to our sport as a result." Many horses have set seasonal or lifetime marks at Batavia since the meet started plus seven new track records have already been set since July. Trotters Hypnotic Am, Quincy Blue Chip, Third Shift and CR Blazin Beauty along with pacers Hickfromfrenchlick, American Mercury and Cigars And Port account for those new track standards. There were also two stake records broken by Hypnotic Am and Third Shift during the NYSS Night of Champions. At this point of the season Billy Davis Jr. is the leading driver with 63 wins, Jim Morrill Jr. Is second with 58 and Dave McNeight III is third with 46. On the training side, James Clouser Jr. is on top with 37 wins, Maria Rice is second with 20 and David Russo sits third with 17. There is a tie for the winningest horse between Blue Bell Bonny and Tullow N who each have visited Purple Haze Winner's Circle five times. The Batavia Downs meet will continue on Wednesday (Oct. 2) with post time at 5 p.m. and runs through Saturday (Dec. 15) with a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday schedule. Post time for Wednesday's is at 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday is at 6 p.m. There is one remaining Monday which is Columbus Day (Oct. 14) with an early post of 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- A torrential rainstorm rolled into Genesee County just prior to post time and downgraded harness racing conditions to sloppy before the first race ever hit the track. But the inclement weather and less than desirable track conditions did not prevent Tullow N from imposing his will on his foes in winning the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 28). Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) was the only leaver in the feature and Cummings took full advantage of his position. After settling onto the lead, he backed the quarter down to a pedestrian :29 flat and then further throttled-down to a :59.2 half as everyone refused to pull. As soon as they entered the third turn, Cummings hit the gas and Tullow N looked more like himself. With a two-length gapped advantage he got to the three-quarters in 1:27.3, swung around the last turn and then just paced away in the lane to win by three in 1:56. It was the seventh win of the year and fifth of the Batavia meet for Tullow N ($5.90) and owner Blindswitch Racing. Dave Russo trains the winner. Russo had another training win earlier in the night with Reiki ($4.20) who he also drove in the Billings Amateur Pace. In the $11,000 Open II pace, Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) went right to the front and never looked back. After cutting fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.3, Davis rounded the last turn on cruise control and let Mr. Euroman N fly home in 1:55 on top by a 1-½ length margin. It was the second win in a row for Mr. Euroman N ($3.40) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. Drew Monti, Shawn Gray, John Cummings Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. all had driving doubles on the card. Trainer Patrick Shepherd had two wins on the training side. Since last Saturday, Shepherd is the hottest trainer at the Downs, winning nine races in only 17 starts. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 2) with post time at 5 p.m. For full results or entries click here. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY-- Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, kicked off a three-day weekend with a trotting event Sarurday at Batavia Downs in New York State which will be followed by competitions across the border in Canada; first at Flamboro Downs on Sunday and then at Woodbine-Mohawk on Monday. Tonight at his hometown track in western New York "Easy Dave" Russo made a laugher out of the contest when he hustled Reiki to the lead from the seven-hole and they rolled on to an easy nine-length triumph in 1:59.4 over a sloppy racetrack. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Russo found himself in the fresh air on the limb and he had no choice but to have Reiki take command which he did after a :28.4 first quarter.Once on top the field settled in behind Russo and his trotter had no challenges until Tony " Shifty" Ciuffetelli moved Bazilion off the pylons as the field headed for the third stanza. Still with a length-and-a quarter lead when the field trotted by the three quarters it was plain to see that Reiki was determined and the 7-year-old Cheyenne Rei gelding hit another gear as he rounded the final turn and then drew off to an oh-so-easy triumph. Bazilion hung on for second money while Ideal Longshot garnered the show dough for Billings president, Tony "the Capo Verruso. Reiko won for the third time this season and paid $4.20. He is owned by Russo's wife Marissa. Russo, who devotes most of his time training, has already harnessed 42 winners thus far this season and is just one victory short of 500 career winners. Tonight's triumph was Russo's 3rd driving victory--in just 7 starts- this year and 35th of his career. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series      

Batavia, NY --- A summer-long harness racing resident of the now closed for the season Tioga Downs, BJ Lorado shipped north to Genesee County on Friday night (Sept. 27) and made himself right at home, winning the $12,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs. Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) took command and led the field of seven to the half in a moderate :58 flat. Looking to take his shot, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) came first-up and was followed by BJ Lorado (Shawn McDonough) and the two forced the leader into a :28.4 third panel. Heading into the far turn, Southern Palms was starting to tire and Keystone Apache's assault had stalled. As a result, McDonough tipped BJ Lorado three-wide at the apex and cleared by the time they straightened away. Down the lane BJ Lorado was in full flight and trotted to the wire on top by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:56.1. It was the seventh win of the year for BJ Lorado ($18.20) who is owned by Michael and Diane Norcross and trained by Donna Riedel. In the $11,000 Open II trot, Put On The Day (Jim Morrill Jr.) tripped out third to the half where he pulled first-over, cleared at three-quarters and trotted away down the lane to win by two lengths in 1:58. It was the second straight win for Put On The Day ($3.90) who is owned by his driver Morrill and is trained by Steve Andzel. Jim Morrill Jr. led all drivers on Friday winning four races on the card. Shawn McDonough and John Cummings Jr. were right behind, each got the hat trick and trainer Patrick Shepherd also scored three conditioning wins. When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 6 p.m. there will be a carryover of $3,202 in the Pick-5 wager with a guaranteed pool of $7,500. The guarantee is made in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages for races one through five will be available on the USTA's website starting on Saturday. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Frequent flyer miles between the Red Mile, Plainridge Park and Batavia Downs have certainly kept harness racing driver Drew Monti sharp as a tack. Currently sitting sixth, fourth and eighth in the driver standings at those respective tracks, Monti has been on a tear since returning to Batavia and over the last five days has posted a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .440. On Wednesday (Sept. 25) Monti added to those numbers by winning five races on the card including the weekly distaff feature with the red hot HP Sissy. HP Sissy's initials may very well stand for "high powered" because she certainly has a huge engine and showed it off for the second week in a row by dominating the best mares on the grounds while winning the $12,500 Open I Handicap for distaff pacers at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening. HP Sissy (Drew Monti) was deliberate off the gate, going three-deep to the quarter to out-leave Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) and Sarah Cola (Mike Caprio). After seating at the first split in :27.2, Monti reined-in the leader and backed off the half to :56.3. The race proceeded on the second circuit and HP Sissy continued to pace under a strong hold with Little Joke tracking from second. After hitting three-quarters in 1:25 Monti let his mare out a notch and HP Sissy switched into glide and opened up a two length advantage while scooting home in :28.4 to win in 1:53.4. Notching her 11th win of the year, HP Sissy ($3.70) has now earned $91,343 for owner Finocchario's Dream Stable and trainer Mike Ohol. Monti completed his piloting pentafecta by winning with Rock N Roll Rosie (1:56.3, $6.00), Media Queen N (1:54.2, $5.00), Cracked Glass (1:58.1, $7.70) and Snapshot Springs (1:58.2, $2.40). Adding in a second and two thirds, Monti's UDR for the night was .479. The $11,000 Open II pace for fillies and mares went to Badlands Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) who took the lead by the quarter, cut quick fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.1 before holding off a late closing Carly Girl (Drew Monti) to win by two-lengths in 1:54.4. Badlands Delight ($9.60) is owned by Sam Smith and is trained by Gerry Sarama. Driver Dave McNeight III had a good night as well, winning three races on Wednesday. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 27) with post time set at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs has a long history of lady harness racing drivers competing at the track going back to the 1950's. Names like Edith Mouw, Mary Ann Sarama, Cindy Stark, Laurie Stark, Anne Wheeler, Jeanette Byer and Myrtle Patistas were regulars at the Downs for decades. But it has been a fairly male-dominated track when the gate has swung open in recent years. That all changes on Wednesday (Sept. 25) when one of the top distaff sulky stars in North America ships into Batavia to take on the local driving colony. Jennifer Lappe got into harness racing in 1993 when she bought a trotter off an Amish truck. That horse eventually won three races for her but defined what she has described herself as being in a 2018 interview; "a salvager". Lappe sees value and potential in horses many others may not and isn't afraid to take on the challenge of an older horse or a horse with issues and has capitalized on that over time. Lappe's career training numbers are excellent. 4,990 starts with 858 wins, 771 seconds and 690 thirds which means she's hit the board 46% of the time and has earnings of $5,678,220 to show for it. She started her driving career in the mid-west on county fair circuits in Illinois and Iowa before moving on to pari-mutuel racing at Balmoral Park after that. In 2007 Lappe made the move to New York and is now based out of Campbell Hall which is not far from Goshen. From 2008 until 2018 Lappe used primarily catch drivers to capitalize on the healthy purses in New York. But she returned to the bike full time last year and has really put up some impressive driving numbers in a very short amount of time. Over the past two years Lappe's driving has yielded 73 wins out of 653 starts with 111 seconds and 108 thirds. That's 45% in the money with $429,693 in earnings. Currently in 2019, Lappe has the best Universal Driver Rating (.267), second highest earnings ($194,562) and third highest amount of wins (34) among all female drivers in North America with 300 or more starts this year. For the better part of this season Lappe has raced at Vernon Downs, but has also shipped horses to Monticello Raceway, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and now Batavia. Lappe also had a successful stint at The Meadowlands during the winter of 2018. Lappe's regular starts in Central New York have given her an outstanding meet at Vernon where she currently sits fourth in the overall trainer standings with 27 wins; only nine behind the leading Marissa Chadbourne (36). She is also eighth among all drivers for wins. Earlier this year Lappe made history at Vernon when she drove her top class Open pacer Bettor's Edge to a 1:50 win in June which was the fastest win time ever recorded by a female driver at that track. And that win time was only 2/5ths of a second off the world record of 1:49.3 set by Stacy Chiodo and Mighty Young Joe at the Meadowlands in 2014. With her operation still spread over multiple tracks, Lappe will test the waters in Genesee County where she will ship four of her stablemates this week. Dreamlands Art (Artsplace-Dreamlands Delilah) 1:49.3 ($751,244), Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven-I'm Betting On you) 1:51 ($278,850), Lucky Man (Camluck-Under Her Spell) 1;49.1 ($1,268,345) and Electrofire (Electric Stena-Temples May Day) 1:50 ($608,812) will all be competing at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- One of the most recognizable voices in the sport of harness racing in North America is that of Frank Salive. With decades of race calls to his credit and a wide and varied career resume besides, Salive will bring his "dulcet tones" to the oldest lighted harness track in North America on Friday (Sept. 27) when he makes Batavia Downs the 75th track that he has plied his trade at. "Over the years in my travels, Wally Hennessy and Bud Gilmour told me a lot of great things about racing in Western New York and I'm ecstatic to be invited to get involved with this great time of harness racing here," said Salive. "After my time at Pompano ended I tried early retirement from 2012-2014 but I could not shake the racing bug. Now I'm in my fourth season at nearby Fort Erie Race Track and still fill in at great harness tracks like Batavia when the need arises. I'm very excited to be coming down." A native of Leamington, Ontario, Salive's first exposure to harness racing was at Windsor Raceway in 1972 at the age of 17 when he saw Albatross compete there. But his career path did not take him directly to the announcers booth. Salive first played junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes as their starting goaltender under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Roger Neilson. He played there for three years, culminating with an appearance in the first World Junior Hockey Tournament in 1974 when the Petes beat Team Russia in Leningrad. As a result of his outstanding play Salive was named the top goaltender in the series and most valuable player of the tournament. He was later drafted in the 10th round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1975 amateur draft. Salive never played for the Penguins, instead opting for a career in broadcasting. He worked in radio and television in Windsor and covered the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal for CTV in Canada. Although his broadcast resume grew, his heart was calling him back to the track and in 1977 he took his first professional job calling races at Sudbury Downs. He later assumed that same role at Windsor and in 1991 moved to the number one job in Canada, covering all the harness action at Woodbine and Mohawk Raceway. There he called thousands of races from 1991 until 2005 including such prestigious events as the North American Cup. Most recently he has worked at Western Fair, Pompano Park and Fort Erie Race Track, where he currently is the full time Thoroughbred announcer since 2016. Salive called his 150,000th horse race at Kawartha Downs in 2017 and after that race, thanked everyone in harness racing who over the years worked so hard to make the races happen so that he had the privilege of calling them. Aside from his extensive body of work in hockey and racing, Salive is also a movie star of sorts, having had a role in three notable films. In 2005 Salive had a part in the movie "A History Of Violence" starring Viggo Mortenson, Maria Bello, Ed Harris and WIllam Hurt. Then is 2006 he was in "Lucky Number Slevin" with Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Danny Aiello and in 2009 he had another part in "Life Of Charlie". Salive will also be on hand at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 4) to take on the calling duties one more time. Post time for both nights is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Oh Canada! The Ontario based harness racing owner-trainer combination of Robert Woodburn and trainer Patrick Shepherd shipped south on Saturday (Sept. 21), enlisted the services of resident reinsman Drew Monti and then watched as their stable stars Sir Pugsley and Down On My Luck took the top two paces of the week at Batavia Downs. In the $12,000 Open I Handicap, Sir Pugsley took an early seat at the back of the pack in the abbreviated field of five while Some Attitude (Shawn Gray) went to the half at his own pace of :56.3. As the field was rounding turn three, Monti got Sir Pugsley underway at the five-eighths and the afterburners were on. Sir Pugsley took off like a jet and went from fifth to first during the third quarter timed in :28.1 and continued his assault in the turn where he cleared and opened up two-lengths by the time they hit the stretch.There, Sir Pugsley just strode away down the lane to win by 2-¾ lengths in 1:53.2. It was the fifth win of the year for Sir Pugsley ($3.30) who now boasts $63,395 in purses this year. Then in the $11,000 Open II Handicap, Down On My Luck left sharply along with Notabadgame (John Cummings Jr.) who took the lead and cut unchallenged fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 in the first three panels of the race. Monti pulled Down On My Luck from the pocket at that point, sat in the breeze around the far turn and ran down the leader in the stretch to win by 2-½ lengths in 1:53.3. It was the third win in a row at Batavia Downs for Down On My Luck ($5.10) and seventh victory of the year overall. The 5-year-old son of Camluck-False Alert had now earned $41,487 this year. Monti and Shepherd completed a driver-trainer hat trick in the final race of the night when Fool Me Once ($5.10) pulled second-over from fourth at the half and put the swoop to the group three-wide around the last turn to win by 2-½ lengths going away in 1:54.1. Carl Kuepfer owns the winner. Billy Davis Jr. also had a driving hat trick on the evening. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 25) with post time set at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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