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Batavia, NY --- Horseman please be advised that the harness racing draw for Wednesday (Sept. 11) at Batavia Downs has been pushed back one day from Friday (Sept. 6) to Saturday (Sept. 7) with the entry box closing at its normal 9 a.m. time. Driver changes will be due on Saturday (Sept. 7) by 1 pm . Anyone seeking further information should contact racing secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6161. The 2019 racing season continues through Saturday (Dec. 14) with racing conducted every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night through the end of November. In December racing will be held on Friday and Saturday nights only. The only other exception is Columbus day week when racing will be held on Monday, Friday and Saturday. The compete racing schedule can be found at www.bataviadownsgaming.com. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Labor Day at Batavia Downs has meant two things for over 30 years. A matinee card of harness racing and eight local drivers mounting two-wheeled bicycles to compete for bragging rights for a year in the annual driver's bike race. This year, longtime local horseman and Oakfield, NY native Mike Caprio got the jump off the gate, took the lead and methodically made his way down the lane and to the wire to win by three-lengths over Rock C. Vinci. John Cummings Jr. was another length back in third. The clocking for the eighth of a mile was unofficial but believed to be a new lifetime mark for Caprio, who is a previous winner of this event. Caprio currently sits at 1,999 career driving wins and should reach that coveted milestone this week. However this win did not count towards that total. Caprio returned to the winner's circle and drew eight random names from those attendees who selected him to win the race and gave away the eight bikes used in the event. That giveaway was courtesy of Crazy Cheap Cars of Oakfield. There is no racing at Batavia Downs this Wednesday due to today's Holiday card. Live racing resumes at the Downs on Friday (Sept. 6) at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- If last week's seven-length romp wasn't proof enough he's on top of his game, Black Is Back beat the best harness racing pacers on the grounds again on Saturday (Aug. 31) in the $12,500 Open I Handicap at Batavia Downs. In a no-nonsense move, Dave McNeight III pushed Black Is Back off the gate and to the lead and set down the marching orders from there. With the field in post position order behind him, Black Is Back cut the quarters in :28.3, :57.2 and 1:25.3 with the only horse staying close to him being the pocket-sitting In Runaway Bay N (Drew Monti). Rolling off the far turn Monti pulled In Runaway Bay N off the pylons and took dead aim at Black Is Back and momentarily put a nose in front at the top of the stretch. McNeight asked for more from his horse and Black Is Back was up to the task; surging back to the lead and winning by a half-length in 1:54. Black Is Back now has eight wins and $56,360 earned in 2019. The 6-year-old gelded son of Western Terror-Magic Moments is owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and is trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. In the $11,000 Open II pace Race Me Rocky (Shawn McDonough) got away fifth off the gate before pulling with cover behind Iammrbrightside N (John Cummings Jr.) past the half, tipped three-wide in the last turn and out hustled the competition to the wire to win in 1:53.2. It was the third win in the last four starts for Race Me Rocky ($12.40) who is owned by Delmis Esquivel and trained by Pat Galbraith. The fastest circuit of the night came in a $9,000 mid-level condition race where Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) went gate to wire by a gapped advantage and won by two in 1:52.3 which tied his seasonal mark for 2019. Mr. Euroman N ($3.90) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. Mr. Euroman N was only one of three winners for driver Billy Davis Jr. Saturday, who extended his lead as the top dash driver of the meet. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (Sept. 2) with a special 1:15 p.m. post time for the annual Labor Day matinee. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- After destroying the harness racing field by nine-lengths in a lower conditioned start at the Downs last week, CR Blazin Beauty moved up to the $11,000 Open II and left the field chasing her once again as she won by open lengths in track record time at Batavia Downs. The players and the script were the same; driver John Cummings Jr. left hard and put CR Blazin Beauty on the point and did whatever they felt from there. After stopping the timer in :28, :58.2 and 1:27.3, CR Blazin Beauty opened up three-lengths at the head of the stretch and extended it to 5-¾ lengths at the wire where she won her second straight in 1:56.1. The time tied the track record for aged trotting mares set by Chelsea's Chance in 2018. CR Blazin Beauty ($4.00) pushed her earnings to $53,895 on the strength of her fifth win of the year. The 5-year-old daughter of Crazed-Melrose Abbey is owned by Marissa Russo and is trained by David Russo. Despite being a record-tying race, it wasn't even the feature. The $12,500 Open I trot was won by Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) who sat fifth while Osprey Vision (John Cummings Jr.) and Kahoku (Pat Galbraith) were battling on the front in a suicide mission to the half in :57.1. Davis pulled Fox Valley Veto at that point, tracked the leaders to the three-quarters and then pulled three-deep into the final turn. There he cleared and opened up two-lengths at the top of the stretch before holding off a fast closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) at the wire to win in 1:56.4. It was the eighth win of the year for Noble Legend ($9.40) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Billy Davis Jr. was red hot on Friday, winning four races on the card. He had his picture taken with Mr. Perseverance (1:56.2, $3.20), the aforementioned Fox Valley Veto, OK Galahad (1:55.3, $3.30) and Noble Legend (1:58.3, $4.50). Dave McNeight III had a good night as well scoring a driving hat trick during the proceedings. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 31) with post time for the first race at 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) and So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl), who are the top two 3-year-old pacing fillies in the Empire State, came to compete in the $111,900 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 28) and both added harness racing wins to their resumes. Zero Tolerance (David Miller) got away third while Hurrikane Norakane (Carl Garofalo) shot to the front and eased the group to a mild :58.1 half. The pace picked up from there as they motored by the five-eighths pole when Sulky Queen (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled with Zero Tolerance on her back. Morrill got Sulky Queen to the front by the three-quarters while Zero Tolerance remained on the outside in second around the last turn. Heading into the stretch Sulky Queen had a one-length lead but with the whip over his shoulder and the lines firmly in hand, Miller sat chilly while Zero Tolerance blew by to take the lead and win easily in 1:54.2. "She was comfortable going to the half and when Jimmy (Morrill) came out, she was ready to roll," said Miller. "She finished strong down the lane; she was real good tonight," It was the fifth NYSS win of the year and sixth win overall for the heavily favored Zero Tolerance ($2.10) who now has $382,423 in earnings this year for owners Val D' Or Farms and Ted Gewertz and Hall of Fame trainer Joe Holloway. In the first division, So Awesome (Tyler Buter) was a gate to wire winner and put in an impressive mile in the process. Buter guided So Awesome through early quarters of :28.1 and :58 with the field in single file behind her. As they approached the three-quarters Matt Kakaley pulled Fool Me Again from third and made an aggressive brush towards the front. In the last turn the fillies were pacing wither to wither until the top of the lane where So Awesome got a slight advantage. But Fool Me Again was not done and charged back in deep stretch under heavy urging from Kakaley. However So Awesome simply refused to lose and hung on by a neck in 1:55..1. "We were lucky we won the draw in that race because Matt's horse was strong and coming down the lane we were right together," said Buter. "She raced real well and finished strong." It was the third win in the last four starts for So Awesome ($3.10) who is owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott Di Domenico. Both fillies will be back at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14) for the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions. There was one division of the $15,000 Excel "A" series contested on Wednesday that produced the following results. Topville Angelina (American Ideal-A Fiesty Affair) Driver - David Miller Owner - Erv Miller Stable, Michael Anderson and George Golemes Trainer - Erv Miller  Breeder - Robert Hamather Time - 1:54  Mutuel - $2.40 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 30) with post time for the first race at 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Zero Tolerance is the second richest sophomore filly in all of North America this year and she will be competing in the final division of the $111,900 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 28). Plus her regular reinsman, Hall of Fame driver David Miller, will also be on hand for a rare western New York appearance. Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) has been perfect in NYSS action this year and comes into Wednesday's race off a victory in the $232,700 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs where she paced a lifetime best 1:50.2 mile. Prior to that back in June, she finished second in the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono where she just got beat less than a length and paced in 1:49.4. She is currently the top filly in points (200) and earnings ($149,250) in her NYSS bracket and is also the second richest distaff pacer and sixth richest overall among all 3-year-old pacers in North America with $354,173 on her card this year. Zero Tolerance drew post four in the five-horse field that will go for $56,500 and has been made the prohibitive morning line favorite at 2-5. Her all Hall of Fame connections of trainer Joe Holloway and driver Dave Miller will be on hand in full support. In the other $55,400 split, the number two gal in the state is nearly as favored going in to that event as well. So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) sits directly behind Zero Tolerance in NYSS action in points (199) and earnings ($143,499) and like the leader, will be making a return trip to Batavia Downs for the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions finals in just over two weeks on Saturday (Sept. 14). After reeling off two straight wins prior to her last start, So Awesome got parked out and interfered with in that subsequent overnight outing at Pocono forcing her to finish off the board. However road trouble shouldn't be an issue in this four-horse field and as a result, she has been made 4-5 by the track handicapper in there. Trainer Scott Di Domenico has leading NYSS driver Tyler Buter in the bike once again for this outing. Despite the short morning line, this is a tough field. Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe-Fool That I Am) just finished second to Zero Tolerance in the Empire Breeders Classic and Carbon Capture (Art Major-Jated Love) who changed barns on a claim three starts ago has since won two consecutive races at Scioto Downs, taking two consecutive lifetime marks. Trainer Blake Macintosh has Matt Kakaley up on Fool Me Again from post three and and trainer Logan Powell has assigned Jim Morrill Jr. to steer Carbon Capture from post one. Due to the short fields, there will be no place or show wagering in either NYSS race. There is also one Excelsior "A" event on the card that goes as race one. Post time for that race is 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) was everything the large live crowd that gathered on the Batavia Downs harness racing apron came out to see as he cruised to an easy win in his division of the $118,500 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at the Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 24). Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) got away third initially while Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) hustled to the front. But just past the eighth pole Sears pulled him and rushed to the front to claim the lead by the quarter in a pedestrian :29.2. Now firmly in control, the 1-9 shot led six 99-1 shots to the half in :58.1 and the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Gimpanzee seemed to switch gears on his own heading into the final turn as Sears sat still as a statue. Motoring around that bend he extended his lead with every lengthening stride and by the time he entered the stretch, he was gone. Chimpanzee opened up five and was in full flight down the lane and hit the wire all alone in 1:55.1.   "He is so easy to drive, from day one. Marcus (Melander) has done such a great job with him," said Sears. "The horse has got a lot of talent and he makes my job easy because he knows what we're trying to accomplish out there and he doesn't fight me. He is just a total professional in every way."   It was the 13th lifetime win in only 15 lifetime starts for Chimpanzee ($2.10) who moves closer to the million dollar mark, now with earnings of $895,996 on his card. The Dan Patch Award winning trotter is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. Marcus Melander is the trainer. In the other $59,800 NYSS split, Livinonthedash (Muscle Mass-Sunshine Glide) won handily after rationing out the speed in the middle panels. Livinonthedash (Marcus Miller) out-muscled Winnerup (Brian Sears) for the lead at the quarter in :28 and then led the group for the remainder of the race. Miller quickly put the breaks on from there and went the next two quarters in :30.3 and :30.2, getting to the three-quarters in 1:29. There, Lucky Weekend (Jim Morrill Jr.) had caught the leader and was trotting alongside around the final turn. But that would be as close as he would get as Miller gave Livinonthedash his head and he trotted away without urging to win by 1-¼ lengths in 1:58. "I haven't had him on the front end in quite a while and when I got him there we were able to go a nice slow middle half so it worked out well," said Miller. It was the third win in a row, fifth out of his last six and ninth of the year for Livinonthedash ($2.60) who has now amassed $201,272 for his owners the Ervin Miller Stable, David Prushnok and Tangle Massey. Erv Miller is the trainer. Both Gimpanzee and Livinonthedash will compete in the $500,000 Yonkers Trot next Saturday (Aug. 31) and then will return to Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14) for the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions. Two divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series were also contested on Saturday, producing the following results. Lights Come On (Chapter Seven-Starlit Eyes) Driver - Billy Davis Jr.  Owner - Acl Stuteri Ab, Ted Gewertz and Anette Lorentzen Trainer - Anette Lorentzen  Breeder - Winbak Farm Time - 1:57.1  Mutuel - $3.10 JNR Express (Conway Hall-Yankee T L C) Driver - Brian Sears  Owner - James De Armond and Russell Young Trainer - Jessica Okusko  Breeder - Donald La Page Time - 1:57.4  Mutuel - $7.60 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 25) and features Family Fun Day and the very popular Weiner dog races. Post time for the first horse race is 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) had a big night at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Aug. 23). She won the $118,800 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) sophomore filly trot, moved into the points and money earnings lead for her age and gender bracket and broke the standing track record for second year distaff trotters. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left the gate easily with Quincy Blue Chip and took almost all of the :28.1 first quarter to make the front. But once they got the lead, the rest was history. With an open two-length lead, Quincy Blue Chip tripped the next two timers in :58.1 and 1:27.2, the last with With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) and Sensibility (Scott Zeron) directly at her flank pushing the issue. But Morrill let Quincy Blue Chip have her head and she trotted stronger as they headed into the stretch. Down the lane she was on cruise and crossed the line wrapped-up in 1:55.4. "I got her off the gate and eased her to the front. Once she got there she was very strong," said her driver Morrill. "I popped the plugs at the three-quarters and she was gone. She trotted down the stretch a thousand; as fast as any 3-year-old filly I ever sat behind." The winning time of 1:55.4 was a new track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies, breaking the old mark of 1:56.4 set by Celebrity Ruth in 2017 and tied by Seventh Heaven that same year. It was the seventh win of the year for Quincy Blue Chip ($3.10) and it pushed her 2019 earnings to $343,425. She has now surpassed the half-million dollar mark lifetime with with $525,387 in the bank. Quincy Blue Chip is owned by Barbara and James Boese and Richard Banca, who also does the training. Before starting in the $225,000 NYSS final on the Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14), Quincy Blue Chip will compete in the Hudson Filly Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Aug. 31). Morrill had a big night in the bike besides this win as he ended up with a hat trick on the card to lead all drivers on Friday. Two divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series were also contested on Friday, producing the following results. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Make It Blue Chip) Driver - Billy Davis Jr. Owner - Rick Zeron Stable, James Walker, Noblock Racing Stable and Blue Chip Bloodstock Trainer - Rick Zeron Breeder - Ray Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and Blue Chip Bloodstock Time - 1:58.2 Mutuel - $9.70 Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) Driver - Jason Bartlett  Owner - Andy Miller Stable and DumaineHaven Trainer - Julie Miller  Breeder - Walnut Hall Time - 1:57.3  Mutuel - $2.40 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 24). Post time for the first race is 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- It's not too often Batavia Downs gets to host a Hambletonian finalist and Dan Patch Award winner all in the same night, but Saturday (Aug. 24) will be one such occasion as Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) will be in town to compete in the $118,500 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt and gelding harness racing trotters. After going a perfect nine for nine, sweeping all the NYSS legs and final and closing out the year with a win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown, Gimpanzee was named the Dan Patch 2-year-old colt trotter of 2018. He picked up at three right where he left off when he won his first start in the $215,200 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs and then two consecutive NYSS events. He also took a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4 at Tioga Downs and ran his lifetime unbeaten streak to 12. His next start was the Hambletonian elimination where he was parked the whole mile from post seven and finished fourth, only a length behind Green Manalishi in a time of 1:50.3. He advanced to the final and experienced almost the exact same trip; left from post seven, was parked the whole mile and finished a strong closing third, beaten only a length behind the winner Forbidden Trade in 1:51. Gimpanzee's first start in the three weeks since will be in the $58,700 division of the NYSS and for obvious reasons, he is heavily respected as the 1-5 morning line choice. Trainer Marcus Melander has his regular driver Hall of Famer Brian Sears in the bike and they drew post one in this seven-horse race. There will only be win betting offered on the race. The Batavia Downs track record for 3-year-old trotting colts is 1:54.3 set by Archangel in 2012 and later tied by his son Top Flight Angel in 2017. Given Gimpanzee's 1:55, 7-1/2 length romp over the half at Yonkers back in June, this record could be in serious jeopardy. In the second $59,800 split of the evening, Livinonthedash (Muscle Mass-Sunshine Glide) has been made the 2-1 morning choice and certainly looks the part. Livinonthedash comes in with four wins (all on half-mile tracks) out of his last five starts, the only loss in that stretch being to Gimpanzee. Unraced at two, he made his first state stake start in the Excel A series where he made a break and was placed sixth. From there his fortunes turned around. After two overnight starts at Harrah's Philadelphia, Livinonthedash has since been a formidable contender in the NYSS and has the highest money earned ($129,622) and is the third highest point-getter (179) in his bracket. The father and son team of trainer Erv Miller and driver Marcus Miller will start from post four. Winnerup (Credit Winner-Up Front Hotsey) looks to make his presence known despite having drawn post eight as he is the highest money winner ($126,945) and has the second most points (200). Winnerup also likes a half-mile track having won easily at Monticello and Yonkers and just getting beat at Saratoga last week by Livinonthedash. Trainer Trond Smedshammer who usually drives Winnerup has put Brian Sears in the seat for this race and that is the first time anyone other than Smedshammer has sat behind this horse since April. Lucky Weekend (Lucky Chucky-Weekend Vacation) has only missed the board once in his last six starts and that was due to a break while out of contention. He comes into this race off a win at Yonkers as well and that was gate to wire from post eight. Jim Morrill Jr. picks up the lines for trainer Chris Lakata in here. There are also two $15,000 Excel A races on the card. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. Wiener Dogs races on Sunday The “Dog Days of Summer” at Batavia Downs doesn’t only refer to the weather. It also means it's time for the annual Genesee Feeds Wiener Dog races. This popular event is happening once again on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 25) with post time for the first Dachshund dash scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. after the completion of the live harness racing card.  There will be 10 heats contested with each heat winner scoring a $25 Free Play voucher to Batavia Downs Gaming. The heat winners will then return for a championship race where the winning owner will receive $100 in free play, second place finisher $75 in Free Play and third place $50 in Free Play. The owners of the top three finishers will also get two complimentary buffets in the Batavia Downs clubhouse. All entrants will receive doggy bags for their athletes from the official sponsor of the Wiener Dog races, Genesee Feeds of Batavia. The doggy dashes draw one of the biggest crowds of the season to Batavia Downs and is the main event of “Family Fun Day” at the races.  "Family Fun Day is one of my favorite live racing days of the meet” said Director/General Manager of Live Racing, Todd Haight. “The kids always have a great time. You can bring the whole family out because there is something for everyone and you can eat, drink and enjoy everything going on the entire afternoon and it costs next to nothing.” Treat the kids to a fun, affordable day out with $1 Sahlen's hot dogs and soda. Then enjoy free pony rides from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. provided courtesy of Castilone Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep of Batavia. There will also be special guest appearances by Pringles The Clown, Mr. Scribbles, Jason the Juggler, Johnathan the Magician and other fun activities like face painting and sand art for kids of all ages. And everything is presented in a clean, safe environment where kids can just enjoy themselves. Admission and parking are free and live harness racing action begins at 1:15 p.m.  For more information including news, promotions, race replays and the upcoming live racing schedule including the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions go to www.bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- A short but select group of entrants will compete in one race for the winner's share of the $118,800 up for grabs when the 3-year-old trotting fillies march into Batavia Downs for their 2019 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) local appearance. Quincy Blue Chip and Winndevie have been the two best horses in the state series for the past two years and will once again line up and face off at Batavia in the fifth race with six other competitors trying to derail them both. Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) is having a career year with six wins, a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 and $284,025 in earnings to date. She won the $209,500 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs in May and three NYSS events since then. She was on a two-race win streak going into her last start at Vernon Downs where she made an untimely break going to the quarter, trying to get the lead. Quincy Blue Chip currently sits in second place in points (191) and earnings ($160,715) in this series behind Winndevie, who also beat her in the NYSS 2-year-old final last year. Quincy Blue Chip will try to get the best of her competition here and draws post five and trainer Richard Banca has regular driver Jim Morrill Jr. back up for this race. She has been made the track handicapper's morning line choice at 2-1. Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie) is the top point-getter (212) and money earner ($166,385) in her class this year, that includes three wins and without missing the board in any of her NYSS events. She comes into this race off a lifetime best performance at Vernon Downs where she won in 1:54 flat and appears to be as sharp as she's been at any point in her career. Winndevie drew post eight and trainer Trond Smedshammer once again assigned Jason Bartlett to drive and that bodes well for her chances despite the post. She is listed at 7-2 morning line. This is the last leg of the NYSS 3-year-old trotting fillies and as the points go, six of the eight horses racing here Friday have already made the final. The two horses who are outside looking in are Blue Ribbon Gal (Credit Winner-Carolla) who could move into the final group of eight by merely finishing fifth and gaining a minimum of five points and Avalonia (Muscles Yankee-Ava Marion) who is already mathematically eliminated. Post time for the first race on Friday is 6 p.m. $35,000 guaranteed Pick-5 on Friday When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 23) at 6:00 p.m., the track will feature a $35,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com/) or by clicking here for a direct download. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv0823x.pdf). The actual carry-over is $14,913 and the $35,000 guaranteed pool is the largest in the history of Batavia Downs.  And to make it even more interesting, the fifth race of the Pick-5 is a $118,800 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies that has Quincy Blue Chip and Winndevie facing off against each other once again.  By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- With the prohibitive harness racing favorite coming up short, Little Joke took it upon herself to win the $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) and blow up the tote board at 21-1. Lady London (Shawn McDonough) went right to the front while the rest of the field opted to stay in post position order behind her, except for HP Sissy (Ray Fisher Jr.) who broke behind the gate. Lady London went to the quarter in :28 and an even slower half of :57 and still no opposition from anyone in the race. As they moved into the third turn, 3-5 favorite Sidewalk Dancer (Hunter Oakes) pulled from fifth and tried to advance in the breeze. But progression was negligible as she hung a parked third to the three-quarters in 1:24.4, still 2-3/4 lengths behind the leader. At this point Billy Davis Jr., who had been enjoying a perfect trip in the two-hole with Little Joke, tugged the right line and asked the mare to drive on. And respond she did; pacing past Lady London at the top of the lane and then under an animated drive by Davis, held off a fast closing Miss Mary Mach (Dave McNeight III) in deep stretch to win in 1:53.1. The time was a new seasonal mark for Little Joke and was only 1/5th of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares. It was the sixth win of the year for Little Joke ($44.20) who has now earned $50,928 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Davis and Rice had so much fun in the feature, they teamed up again for an instant replay in the $11,000 Open II Handicap with Hey Sweetie ($7.00), who like her stablemate earlier, tripped out behind the front-running Mach's Echo (Drew Monti) until the top of the stretch where she pulled, took the lead and won in 1:55.1. Hey Sweetie is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Billy Davis Jr. went on to win two more races, giving him the Grand Slam on the evening. Long prices seemed to be the theme of the day and in the third race, Missevil (John Cummings Jr.) was happy to oblige. She scored from post eight at 25-1 paying $52.50, beating 19-1 Keystone Zeta (James McNeight Jr.) who finished second. These top two finishers sparked an 8-3 exacta that returned $1,504, an 8-3-2 trifecta that paid $3,524 and an 8-3-2-ALL superfecta that produced an instant jackpot payout of $11,316. There was a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool at The Downs on Wednesday that was not hit and as a result another guarantee has been made. When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 23), the Pick-5 will have a guaranteed pool of $35,000 as part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA website as a result. This is the highest guaranteed pool ever offered in the history of Batavia Downs. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) at 5:00 p.m., the first race of the night, and of the $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5, is the $12,500 fillies and mare Open I Handicap pace and this week it's loaded with talent. Paul Zabielski's Spreester (Drew Monti) is two for two at Batavia since shipping in from Saratoga Raceway, winning the Open II and Open I in successive outings. In her win last week, Spreester drew off by 11-3/4 lengths in the stretch and made a shambles of the competition in a season's best 1:53.2 effort. However this week Chris Oakes' Sidewalk Dancer (Hunter Oakes) ships in from The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono fresh off of her top performance of the year; a 1:51, 3-1/4 length win in an upper-level conditioned event over the storied 5/8th's oval in Wilkes-Barre. The 8-year-old Spreester has 51 lifetime wins whereas the 4-year-old Sidewalk Dancer is seasoned for her age, having faced the toughest 3-year-old fillies on the Grand Circuit all last year. These two will square-off in a heavyweight battle making the first leg of the $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 a wide open affair. The track will feature a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com/) or by clicking here for a direct download. (bit.ly/Bat82119) By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Black Is Back took full advantage of post one in Saturday night's (Aug.17) $12,500 Open Handicap harness racing pace at Batavia Downs, going gate to wire in impressive fashion. Driver Dave McNeight III flew off the wings to claim the point with Black Is Back in the first turn and then kept his foot on the gas to the quarter in :27 flat. The race was basically over at that point as the pair would just continue to extend their lead from there. After hitting the half in :56.2 on top by 1½, Black Is Back paced away to a two length lead at three-quarters and four lengths by the top of the stretch. As he turned for home, McNeight sat statuesque as the wrapped-up Black Is Back continued to pull away and hit the beam on top by seven in 1:53.2. It was the second win in four Batavia Downs starts and seventh win of the year for Black Is Back ($3.70) who now has banked $50,110 this year for owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr.. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner. The $11,000 Open II Handicap also went to a coast to coast winner; Tullow N. John Cummings Jr. rousted Tullow N off the gate and to the front and never let anyone get close to them the whole mile. After clicking off fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.4 with a loose lead to boot, the field was scattered behind Tullow N except for Manceiver (Drew Monti) who sat the pocket the entire way and was close enough to be considered a contender. But Tullow N didn't see it that way as he turned for home and pulled away to a 2-¾ length win in 1:53.1. With $55,135 in earnings on the strength of four wins in 2019, Tullow N ($8.10) is also two for four since coming to Batavia Downs. Blindswitch Racing owns the 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tessa Bromac and Dave Russo does the training. Shawn Gray was in from Saratoga to drive on Saturday and put on a clinic while he was here. Gray won half the card; five out of the 10 races including a natural Hat Trick in the final three races of the night. He had his picture taken with Best Ears (1:54, $9.20), Myell's Rockstar (1:54.2, $6.30), Thisjetsabookin (1:54.2, $4.20), M G Home Run (1:56, $13.60) and P C Shockwave (1:56.4, $2.60). The five-bagger vaulted him from ninth to fourth in the local driver standings in one night. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 18) at 1:15 p.m. Sunday will feature a $3,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website or by clicking here for a direct download. (http://bit.ly/2Nc7pwj) By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

Batavia, NY --- After heavy late afternoon rains degraded the track to sloppy, a very game Wheels A Turning overcame the weather, a slow start and a breaking horse to score a decisive harness racing victory in the $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Aug. 16). Off the gate, Dragin The Wagon (Shawn McDonough) went for the lead and in doing so, got parked three-deep around the first turn before clearing at the quarter in :27.3. Once on top, McDonough backed off the half to :57 trying to save some for later. Going past the stands before they hit the third turn, Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Wheels A Turning (Dave McNeight III) pulled and got an outer flow going to try and take advantage of the early speed. As they trotted past the five-eighths, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from second and immediately made a break in front of Rose Run Speedster. That cleared the way for Rose Run Speedster to draw alongside Dragin The Wagon and Wheels A Turning, who was on his back, to go three-deep at three-quarters in 1:26.3. Dragin The Wagon said goodnight at the top of the stretch leaving Rose Run Speedster and Wheels A Turning engaged in a match race to the wire. After trotting in unison for almost the last eighth of a mile, Wheels A Turning finally nudged ahead before the wire and won by a length in 1:56.4. The eighth win of the season for Wheels A Turning ($5.60) was also a seasonal best effort and the winner's share of the purse boosted his earnings to $61,810 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. trains the winner. In the $11,000 Open II trot, Lucky Guess (Ray Fisher Jr.) was on a mission when the gate released the field, taking control from post one like a shot. After being unchallenged to the half in a tepid :59.2, Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from third at the half with Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) behind him and they both started to push the issue. Motoring up the backstretch, Lucky Guess and Noble Legend went stride for stride to the three-quarters when Noble Legend started to fade and Southern Palms tipped three-deep and advanced. When the race moved off the turn, Lucky Guess had opened up a two-length lead and down the lane, Fisher raised the lines over his head to let his horse trot home on her own and win in 1:58.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for the 6-year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky-Athenea. It was the second win in three Batavia Downs starts for Lucky Guess ($14.20) and her owner Dennis Beaver. Kirk Desmond trains Lucky Guess. Ray Fisher Jr. was the hot driver for the night, scoring a Grand Slam on the card. Jim Morrill Jr. got the Hat Trick and Dave McNeight III and Billy Davis Jr. each had driving doubles. In a true oddity of racing, there were two dead heats for win recorded at Batavia Downs on Friday with Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer JD Perrin involved in both of them. Batavia Downs hosted a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) on Friday night. Donations by many owners, trainers and drivers along with donations from fans attending live racing combined with proceeds from the silent auction to earn a total of over $13,500, which exceeds last year's best-ever record. That money will go directly to the BCCR. Batavia Downs would like to thank everyone who participated in this great fundraiser for such a worthy cause. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 17) with post time at 6 p.m. Saturday's card features a chance for one lucky fan to win a $3,500 diamond bracelet courtesy of TAG Jewelers. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Batavia, NY --- Friday night (Aug. 16) at Batavia Downs is noteworthy for two reasons. One, it's the first live card of harness racing held on a Friday this meet at the Downs as the track previously hosted their now completed concert series on Friday. Second, it's the night of the Batavia Down's annual "Races to Benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester" (www.bccr.org) fundraiser that will be held at the track to raise both awareness and dollars to fight this deadly disease. This annual event is one of the larger fundraisers held by this organization and Batavia Downs has been proud to put on the event with them and be a part of this very worthy cause. It will be held in the clubhouse and runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. "We have partnered with BCCR for several years now and each year this event gets bigger and better," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing. "It's an opportunity for us to help raise money to defeat the scourge of breast cancer in our lifetime. The generosity of our horsemen and patrons always shines through and I'm sure we will see that again this Friday." There will be a silent auction held adjacent to the clubhouse with a list of prizes that will please anyone's taste. They include two suite tickets to the Buffalo Bills versus Philadelphia Eagles at New Era Field on Sunday (Oct. 27), four suite tickets to the Buffalo Sabres versus the St. Louis Blues at Key Bank Center on Tuesday (Dec. 10), two suite tickets for the Carrie Underwood concert at Key Bank Arena on Sunday (Oct. 13), one Batavia Downs Hotel night and racing package, two Batavia Downs clubhouse racing packages, a recliner form Max Pies Furniture in Batavia and a host of other items too numerous to mention. Dozens of local owners, trainers and drivers have already committed to donating some or all of their winnings realized on Friday night with more coming on board every day. The track will also be taking cash donations from anyone willing to help that will be forwarded directly to the BCCR. "Last year we were able to raise in excess of $13,000 and this year we aim to break that record. The clubhouse has been sold out for weeks so we'll have many caring people here that night. And we will also have runners in both the paddock and grandstand area taking bids for the silent auction and also collecting any donations people may wish to make," said Haight. Post time for the first race is at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- $107,000 was up for grabs when the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old pacing fillies visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) and the winners of both divisions put in stellar performances. The first $53,000 split was won by Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) who took no prisoners in a gate to wire victory. Merga Hanover was floated off the gate by driver Matt Kakaley for the first eighth of a mile while the rest of the field set up, then he gunned her to the front and controlled the rest of the mile. After getting to the half in :57.2 with the trailing horses in single file, Cash Roll (Scott Zeron) pulled first up with The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.) right behind her trying to push the issue. Merga Hanover continued to set the pace to the three-quarters, around the turn and into the stretch with the competition unable to make up any ground. Kakaley gave his filly her head down the lane and Merga Hanover was quickly on cruise control, pacing away to a handy two-length win in 1:55. "I eased her out of the gate because I never drove her before," said Kakaley. "But I let her pace the last turn and she coasted home. It was all her." The win vaulted Merga Hanover into the NYSS points lead for her division, now with 175. It was the fourth win in only five lifetime starts for Merga Hanover ($6.90) and it pushed her earnings to $86,866 for owners Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and William Donovan. Ron Burke trains the winner. Merga Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farm. The second division went for $54,000 and provided a sizable upset for the betting public when Movie Town (American Ideal-New Hollywood) came off the pace and lit up the board at 20-1. Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett) left and took the lead before giving it up to Major Battle (Jim Morrill Jr.) past the quarter. The race proceeded to the half without any changes when Turnthefrownaround (Matt Kakaley) and Movie Town (Tyler Buter) both rolled up in the outer flow to start chasing down the front runner. Major Battle hit the three-quarters in 1:26.4 with positions remaining the same behind him; that was until the top of the last turn when Movie Town tipped three-deep and started to make her move. Buter fed Movie Town the lines and she was fully engaged, passing the inside horses easily and stretching out to a two-length win in 1:57. Movie Town ($43.60) scored her second NYSS win of the year for owner Bay Pond Racing and trainer Jeff Stafford. Winbak Farm bred Movie Town. Three divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series were also contested on Wednesday with the following results. The first Excel "A" event in the third race was a dead-heat between Alleyesonme As and Sus) Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip-Twincreeks Jewel) Driver - Jason Bartlett  Owner - Anette Lorentzon and Acl Stuteri Ab Trainer - Anette Lorentzon  Breeder - Anette Lorentzon and Acl Stuteri Ab Time - 1:58.2  Mutuel - $2.10 Sus (Art Major-Outtathisworld) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr.  Owner - Yankeeland Partners Trainer - Brett Bittle  Breeder - White Birch Farm Time - 1:58.2  Mutuel - $8.70 Charm And Grace (American Ideal-Another Hanover) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr.  Owner - John Dwyer Trainer - John Mongeon  Breeder - Kentuckiana Farms and Marvin Katz Time - 1:57.2  Mutuel - $4.20 Hen Party (Roll With Joe-My Lady Day) Driver - Matt Kakaley  Owner - William Donovan Trainer - Ron Burke  Breeder - Frederick Hertrich III Time - 1:55.2  Mutuel - $4.30 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 16), which is the first Friday of racing this meet. Post time for the first race is 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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