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Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs is pleased to announce they are partnering with the Daily Racing Form (DRF) to enhance and expand their coverage of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions (NOC) that will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14). "We are very excited to be working with DRF on this biggest night of racing in the state," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "I think this is a great opportunity for our track to partner with a world class name in horse racing and given the extent of their outreach and fan base, will be beneficial for Batavia Downs beyond the NOC." DRF will broadcast the entire night of racing live on their website, provide video analysis of races prior to the night and also provide content in their newsletters and on their website. "I think it's really important to provide the live video of the races for owners and breeders that can't get out to Batavia that night to see their horses in person. Some might not have an ADW or subscribe to some kind of service and this will give them the chance to watch all the action live," said Derick Giwner of DRF. "We will be producing a video analysis of some of the featured betting races or guaranteed pools, depending on what the card offers that night. The video will be available on the DRF Harness website starting the Thursday afternoon before the big night." DRF will also provide a Spotlight Newsletter that will be sent out to all their core subscribers, be promoting the NOC on their website, social media and in their newsletters, provide a dedicated landing page at DRF.com on both the Thoroughbred and Harness sites, free downloadable Past Performances for the night and will also be tweeting out comments and results live the entire night of the races. "The idea is to get more eyes on these races. The people in the industry know when the NYSS NOC is and that it's at Batavia, but the general gambler out there who might never play Batavia may have no idea. We want to drive this traffic to Batavia that night," said Giwner. "The New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions is the pinnacle of racing in New York each year and DRF is excited to work together with Batavia Downs to make it a success." Haight had similar views on the importance of a quality, information-filled program that night. "We always have the desire to draw new customers to Batavia's racing product and everything DRF brings to the table in this partnership is going to help accomplish that. And the ability to get free past performances in the hands of the vast base of subscribers that DRF has could be potentially a big handle driver for us," Haight said. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- The first week of live racing at Batavia Downs produced some very impressive numbers for betting and attendance, showing a dramatic spike over last year. After the last race on Sunday was over the track had realized a 27% increase of on-track handle, a 6.8% increase on export betting, WROTB handle up a total of 12%, total betting up 11% and attendance up 16%.. "Where we are very pleased with all of our handle numbers, the most impressive stat might be the attendance," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "Our opening night crowd was unbelievable and that carried over into the weekend. We had the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and some really nice weather which helped, but there is a definite buzz about our championship meet in the area this year." The Batavia Downs summer/fall meet continues on Wednesday (July. 31) with post time at 5 p.m. The highlight of this year's racing session is the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions that will be held at the Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14). By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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

Batavia, NY--- A craftily rated second quarter provided success at the end of the harness racing mile for Black Is Back who went gate to wire in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (July 27). Dave McNeight III sent Black Is Back to the point off the gate and took the six-horse field to the quarter in :28. He then grabbed leather and backed the second panel off to :29.3 and essentially won the race as a result. Mac's Jackpot (Drew Monti), who became forwardly placed third from post six at the start, pulled first-over at the half and proceeded with urgency towards the leader on the backstretch. He continued to gain ground on Black Is Back and got to within a half-length of him in the last turn. But that was as close as he would get as McNeight shook the lines and Black Is Back accelerated into the stretch and pulled away by 1-1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:53.3. A former Saratoga regular, Black Is Back ($12.80) now feels at home in western New York after scoring his first win at Batavia and sixth win of the year for owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr.. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner. In the co-featured $11,000 Open II, Upfront Countryboy (Drew Monti) took the lead from Iammrbrightside N (Jim Morrill Jr.) before the quarter and then hit that station in :28 flat. From there he proceeded unchallenged to the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1 before turning for home and pacing to the wire under minimal urging to win in by two in 1:53.3. It was the 59th lifetime win for Upfront Countryboy ($2.40) and it pushed his career earnings over the half-million dollar mark to $505,145. WIlliam Emmons owns the esteemed 10-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again-Cambloid that is trained by Jim Clouser Jr. Drew Monti won a total of three races on the card to lead all drivers on Saturday. Kevin Cummings, Shawn McDonough and Jim McNeight Jr. all had two wins apiece. Jim Clouser Jr. also had a double to lead all trainers for the night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (July 28) with post time at 1:15 p.m, Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings will compete for a total purse of $104,598 during the afternoon. By Tim Bojarski, For Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- $104,598 in purses will be up for grabs at Batavia Downs on Sunday (July 29) when the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) rolls into town for the second of nine 2019 stops at the oldest lighted race track in America. This leg will feature the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers who will vie in three $34,866 divisions carded as race three, five and seven. In the third race the undefeated Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) puts his four-race win streak on the line against a truly loaded field. Groovy Joe had been having his way with the competition and posted a lifetime mark of 1:54.3 at Buffalo. However last week although he still won, it was in a dead heat at Saratoga with American Rebel with Freedom Warrior just a half-length behind in third. But he gets another start on a half, which he obviously handles well, and catches a short field too. Matt Kakaley is driving again for trainer Blake MacIntosh and will leave from post five at 9-5. It would seem his closest competitor will be the horse he dead-heated with last week, American Rebel (American Ideal-Restive Hanover). After winning an elimination of the L. B. Sheppard at Yonkers on July 6, American Rebel finished a close fifth in the $120,250 final and then posted a lifetime best at Saratoga of 1:55 the following week (in the dead heat with Groovy Joe). This one is certainly in top form and will look to make some noise here. American Rebel will be driven by Tyler Buter from post three for trainer Rob Harmon. The fifth race has Ray Schnittker's Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art) listed as the morning line choice at 2-1. After winning his first lifetime start in 1:56.3 in a NYSS event at Yonkers, Cigars And Port got parked half the mile the following week and finished fifth. In his last start he tripped-out behind Hurrikanekingjames but couldn't catch him in the lane. Schnittker will be in the bike this week and leaves from post five. Roll With JR (Roll With Joe-No One Is Alone) is winless in the NYSS this year but did just post a solid 1:54.3 career best effort in an overnight event at Harrah's Philadelphia in his last start. Now back in the series, he looks like he's ready to move forward. Kevin Cummings drives for trainer Jeff Cullipher and is 3-1 early line. Hurrikanekingjames (So Surreal-Luxury Goods) looked much the best going gate to wire at Saratoga in 1:55.1, beating Cigars And Port by 2-1/2 lengths. That was from post one; he drew post six here. Daniel Dube drives for trainer John Mc Dermott. The third division in race seven is a very close event. Oreo Dream Xtreme (American Ideal-Spotlight On) is the 2-1 choice and is one of only two horses in the race with a win. He got that in NYSS action at Buffalo and hasn't missed a check in the series yet. Level Up (Art Major-Apogee Hanover) got away poorly at Saratoga last week but rallied well to close sharply, just running out of stretch to finish second. He did not draw inside but it is a short field. Jason Bartlett drives Oreo Dream Xtreme from post three for trainer John Butenschoen and Jim Morrill Jr. drives Level Up for trainer Ed Hart from post five. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior "A" series that are carded as races one, six and eight. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies visited Batavia Downs on opening night to vie for a total of $106,000 in total purses. In the first division Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) stayed perfect lifetime after she scored her fourth consecutive win, all in NYSS action. Driver Andy Miller floated Love A Good Story off the gate and got to the front before the quarter in at quick :28.4. From there she trotted along on her own terms, setting stops at the next two stations at :58.2 and 1:30.1. Moving around the last turn Miss Jubilation (Ake Svanstedt) and Munster (Jordan Stratton) moved close to the leader and appeared to have a shot to catch her. But Love A Good Story found another gear and trotted away under a line drive from Miller and won easily by four lengths in 1:59.2. Love A Good Story ($2.50) has now earned $79,100 for the season for owners Pinske Staale and the Kentuckiana Racing Stable. Julie Miller does the training. Celebrity Farms was the breeder. The second split of the night saw Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion) draw off to a convincing first lifetime win. Really Blue Chip (Anthony McDonald) took the lead from the pylon starting Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) and opened up a two length gap on the field at the quarter in :29.3. Svanstedt followed that cover to the half but then pulled off the clubhouse turn and motored his way to the front up the backside, clearing past three-quarters. From there the filly left her competition behind, pulling away down the lane and winning by almost five lengths in 1:59,3, which was a new lifetime mark.   Seventimesalady ($3.20) is owned by Ake Svanstedt, Little E and Knuttson Trotting. Svanstedt trains the winner. Little E bred the winner. There were also three divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior "A" series on the card that were won by:   Nasty Gal (Conway Hall-Dreama Littledream) Owner-Deborah Brunet and Patricia Crawford Trainer-Gates Brunet Breeder-Joseph Brunet and Patricia Crawford Time-2:00.4 Mutuel-$14,80   Starrystarrynight (Conway Hall-Makes Me Crazy) Owner-W. J. Donovan Trainer-George Ducharme Breeder-David Hanson Time-2:02.2 Mutuel-$19.00   Smooth Affair (Conway Hall-Identity Theft) Owner-Northfork Racing Stable Trainer-Chris Oakes Breeder-Morrisville College Foundation Time-2:03.4 Mutuel-$2.70   Tyler Buter and Scott Zeron led all driver for wins on the night, each scoring a Hat Trick on the 11-race card. There will be a $2,500 guaranteed pool in the Pick-5 on Saturday night, which is when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs will celebrate their opening night of the 2019 live harness racing season on Wednesday (July 24) by welcoming the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) as they make their first of nine stops at the Genesee County oval this year. The initial visit will bring two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies along who will compete for identical $53,000 purses. The first split that's carded as race five features the undefeated Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) who is listed as the 6-5 morning choice from post six for Team Orange Crush: Andy and Julie Miller. This filly has already taken a lifetime mark of 1:55.1 at Tioga Downs in her second career start and has won all three of all her races by open lengths. She is the top pointgetter in her bracket and has $52,600 made this year. Love A Good Story will look to add the winners share of this race to her total as well. Per Engblom's Munster (Chapter Seven-Richesse Oblige) is coming off a sparkling effort of her own at Yonkers where she went gate to wire in a career best 1:57.4. That was her first time on a half mile track and the result bodes well for her prospects at the Downs. Jordan Stratton will be at the controls from post two at 2-1. The second division in race six has a pair or performers from from the Ake Svandstedt Stable that were made morning line choice at 2-1 by the track handicapper, as a stable entry. Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion) and Destiny Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Chasin Clouds Away) will leave from post one and post seven respectively. Seventimesalady is winless in two starts but not for lack of performance. She chased Love A Good Story in a fast 1:55.1 at Tioga to finish second in her first lifetime start and then got parked out for a majority of the mile from post seven at Yonkers last week before finishing third. She will be looking to get a good trip from the pylons with her trainer Svandstedt in the bike. Destiny Blue Chip is also winless in two starts but has put in two solid races trotting close to the leaders, garnering a couple of thirds for her work. Unfortunately she moves out in post from those starts but does pick up driver Jim Morrill Jr. this week who will be an asset to her as he knows the track at Batavia well. Another ready candidate is Really Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Muscles Secret) who has shown she likes a half -mile track. She sat a pocket trip behind Hypnotic AM at Yonkers last week and finished second in a 1:56.1 time, trotting her mile in 1:57.2. And she does have a win in the NYSS already this in her first lifetime start at Buffalo. She is in a perfect spot here to take that next step for trainer Scott Di Domenico. Really Blue Chip leaves from post five for driver Jordan Stratton. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior "A" series in races three, four and seven and two $6,700 Excelsior "B" series events in races eight and nine. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- The 73rd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs gets underway on Wednesday (July 24), runs through Saturday (Dec. 14) and features the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions which will be the richest card of racing ever presented in Western New York. Opening night post time is 6 p.m. During the 65-day season, live racing will take place on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 1:15 p.m. (Sundays through August only). There will also be racing on Monday on four occasions during the meet including July 29 (5 p.m.), August 5 (5 p.m.), Labor Day Sept.2 (1:15 p.m.) and Columbus Day Oct. 14 (1:15 p.m.). And please note a special 3:15 p.m. post on Saturday (Nov.2) for Breeders Cup Day. The racing product will be as good as it gets in both stake and overnight action led by eight divisions of the NYSS that will visit the Downs on Wednesday (July 24), Sunday (July 28), Sunday (Aug. 4), Wednesday (Aug. 7), Wednesday (Aug, 14), Tuesday (Aug. 23), Wednesday (Aug. 24) and Sunday (Aug. 28). And the NYSS Night of Champions will be contested on Saturday (Sept. 14). That night will also mark the return of Batavia Downs signature stake the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational pace. The overnight action is sure to draw the best horses available with the announced 10-percent purse increase across the board. With that in place the Open I events on both gaits (with a minimum of six starters) will compete for $12,500, Open II for $11,000 and Open III for $10,000. Claiming races will be positively affected as well and at all levels. For example, a $25,000 claimer will go for a $11,000 purse, a $10,000 claimer will go for $8,500 and a $4,500 claimer will go for $4,900. As a result, Batavia Downs will pay out over $8 million in purse money during the 65-day meeting. Last year's leading driver Drew Monti will be back to defend his titles against the likes of Kevin Cummings, Billy Davis Jr., Ray Fisher Jr. and Shawn McDonough. The Downs top trainer JD Perrin will also return to try and repeat against last year's leaders that include James Clouser Jr., Ryan Swift, Gerry Sarama and John Mungillo. All participating horsemen will find the track has been completely resurfaced with newly banked turns, proper stretch grading and all new surface material. This should ensure a lightning fast and safe track that and produce fast miles and strong competition. There have been some changes made to the betting menu this year with the addition of a late Pick-3 (on a minimum 10-race card) and a late Pick-4 (on a minimum nine-race card) giving fans two chances to play this popular wager each night. Also starting after Labor Day there will be a guaranteed Pick-5 pool offered on Wednesday in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program. This will include free downloadable program pages available for each of those nights. Betting minimums for each wager include $2 Win/Place/Show, $1 Daily Double and Exacta, 50-cent Trifecta, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 and 20-cent Superfectas. The Downs very popular Clubhouse group dining packages (minimum of 10 people) will return offering delicious buffet options, free programs, Free Play on the gaming floor and new this year, a free $2 bet for each attending member of a group. For availability and pricing check our website at www.bataviadownsgaming.com or call Mary Bucceri at 585.344.6144. Fans attending the track will again find a robust slate of promotions throughout the year. A total of 30 food, betting and prize promotions dot the 65-day schedule with something to interest everyone. Opening night features free programs (while supplies last) to everyone attending the track. Dollar Sundays run from July 28 to August 25 and feature hot dogs, draft beer and soda for only $1 from noon until the last race. Saturday (Aug. 10) is Batavia Downs Gaming Hotel Night where 10 one-night stays at the beautiful Hotel at the Downs will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Saturday (Aug. 17) is TAG Jewelry Night and a $3,500 (retail) diamond bracelet will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Saturday (Aug. 24) is Artemis Spa Night. 10 $100 spa gift certificates will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Sunday (Aug. 25) is Family Fun Day and the famous Wiener Dog Races. This is always the most attended day at the track and features the 15th annual Dachshund Dash wiener dog races sponsored by Genesee Feeds of Batavia. Ten elimination races with eight dogs in each will come down to one final to crown this year's champion. Other events that day include free pony rides, face painting, sand art, snow cones and appearances by Pringles the Clown, Jason the Juggler, Johnathan the Magician and Mr. Scribbles. Monday (Sept. 2) is the annual Labor Day Driver's Bike Race. Eight of our top drivers compete on bicycles for a quarter mile and then those bicycles are randomly given away by drawing to fans who selected the winning driver. Saturday (Sept. 14) is the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions and the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational Pace. There will also be a NYSS T-shirt give-away in conjunction with the Night of Champions. Players Club members will receive a ticket redeemable for a New York Sire Stake T-shirt after the seventh race. "Although our meet is just getting underway, our staff has been working feverishly all year with an aggressive schedule of projects to ready the Downs for the biggest meet we've ever held," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Batavia Downs. "With the New York Sire Stakes selecting us to host the Night of Champions, it was our goal to have our track and facilities in the best possible shape to provide the best conditions for visiting owners, trainers, drivers, their horses and our customers all year and I think we have done just that." By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Registration for one of the most popular promotions of the season at Batavia Downs Gaming --- the annual "Dachshund Dash" wiener dog races --- begins on Thursday (July 18) and will remain open until entry capacity is met. These races are scheduled to take place on Sunday (Aug. 25). If you have a dog that has competed in this event in the past or have one you would like to enter for the first time, please call Sara Tenney at 585-343-3750, ext. 439 to register or for more information. If you leave a message you will receive a call back for confirmation. Please be aware that entries are limited to the first 80 dogs and the fields have filled fast the last several years. This is the 15th year Batavia Downs has hosted the annual races that are sponsored by Genesee Feeds of Batavia. A total of 10 heats will be contested with eight dogs competing in each heat. The first race will begin after the last live harness race of the day, which will be approximately 4:30 p.m. All those who enter will receive doggie bags full of treats courtesy of Genesee Feeds of Batavia, the official sponsor of the race. The owners of all heat winners will receive $25 in gaming Free Play and the top three finishers in the championship race will receive two clubhouse buffet certificates and $100, $75 and $50 (first through third) in Free Play for the gaming floor. The top winner's total prize package including the gaming Free Play is valued at $200. The wiener dog races are the final part of Family Fun Day at Batavia Downs Gaming that runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. This fun-filled event includes many activities for kids including free pony rides courtesy of Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Also on that day there will be $1 hot dogs and sodas from noon until last race. Last year a crowd of nearly 3,000 people showed up to watch "Louie" nose out "Jasper" in a photo finish with "Dexter Tyberius" finishing a close third in the championship heat. The very friendly Louie, who is owned by Bruce Hummel of Pittsford, NY, quickly became a fan favorite in the Purple Haze winner's circle after the race. Track officials expect to host a similar sized crowd again this year. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs has announced that Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Center and the New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund will be sponsoring a cocktail party to be held before the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions on Saturday (Sept. 14) at the Downs. The party is by invitation only and is for all NYSS finals participants and their guests and some VIP's and will run from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Grandstands Banquet Room which is located on the second floor of the building, adjacent to the hotel entrance. The party will conclude in time for everyone to make their way to the clubhouse for the first championship final of the night that will be carded as race two. Kelly Young, Executive Director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing expressed their excitement looking forward to this very important night for all who race in New York State. "The Night of Champions is a time for the connections of all the horses who made it to the finals to look back on the year and celebrate their success. These equine athletes rose to the top of their class and thrived during a demanding season gathering points across the state from Buffalo to Yonkers, and every harness track in between," said Young. "We're so pleased to join with Wanda Polisseni and her Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Center to celebrate the best of the best at Batavia Downs. Wanda is a dedicated owner of New York-bred horses and her love of the sport makes her a great partner to honor our Night of Champions participants." "It's been many years since Batavia Downs hosted the Breeders Crown back in 1988 and we couldn't be more proud to have been selected this year to showcase the very best horses that have been bred and raced in New York State," said Haight. "Wanda is a longtime friend of Batavia Downs and our "Purple Haze" winner's circle is named after her stable. Now she is joining with us again on this great night to host the NYSS cocktail party and enjoy the best racing in the state. I can't wait for September 14!" Henry Wojtaszek is the CEO and President of Batavia Downs Gaming. His thoughts about the event go beyond its racing significance and expresses the financial impact it will have on the communities that WROTB benefits. "The Night of Champions being held at Batavia Downs is a testament to the hard work being put forth by our staff into making this one of the best racetracks in the country," said Wojtaszek. "Not only will this event attract folks from all over the state to our facility, but also to local hotels, restaurants and businesses. The economic benefit of having this marquee event right here in Genesee County will be felt by all." The $1.8 million Night of Champions races will highlight the richest card of racing ever held in western New York. Also featured on the card will be Batavia Downs signature stake, the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Invitational pace and a slate of races featuring the best resident overnight horses on the grounds. Post time for this grand night of racing will be 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- The first condition sheet of the season for Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel is now available at the track's web site www.bataviadownsgaming.com. Simply click the "Live Racing" tab and then the "Horsemen" tab. The condition sheet is also available at www.ustrotting.com . The 2019 season gets underway on Wednesday (July 24). Tack is allowed on grounds beginning Thursday (July 18) and horses may begin arriving on Saturday (July 20). The first draw of the season for opening night which includes a leg of the New York Sire Stakes, will take place on Friday (July 19). The next draw for Saturday (July 27) will occur on Wednesday (July 24). The entry box closes at 9 a.m. each draw day. For more information or additional help please call the race office at 585-344-6161. The 73rd season at America's oldest lighted harness track features 65 race dates, including six matinees.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs Gaming and Racetrack seeks a parade marshal/outrider for the 2019 live harness racing meet which begins on Wednesday (July 24) and ends on Saturday (Dec. 14). Applicants must have harness racing experience. Batavia Downs pays competitive wages and provides a professional work environment. Applications can be found by clicking this link. Interested parties can also contact Director/GM of Live Racing Todd Haight at 585.343.3750, ext. 322.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- With the start of the live harness racing racing season just three weeks away, horseman should be advised this is the last call to turn in a stall application for the upcoming 2019 Championship summer/fall meet. Stall applications must be received by the track no later than Monday (July 8). The backstretch opens for tack on Thursday (July 18) at 8 a.m. and horses may begin arriving on Saturday (July 20) at 8 a.m. Stall applications, agreements and reservation forms are available for download on the track's website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com). Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen to find all three forms. Applications are also available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association office located on-site at Buffalo Raceway. The first draw will be held on Friday (July 19) for Wednesday (July 24) which is the first New York Sire Stake engagement of the year at the Downs. Batavia Downs offers a text messaging service for notices about draws, entries and other racing information. Horsemen are encouraged to text the word "HORSEMAN" to 51660. You will then need to reply "YES" and you'll be opted in for race office text message updates. All stable inquiries should be directed to Todd Haight, Director/GM of Live Racing, at 585.343.3750, ext. 6322.   By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Horsemen wishing to race at Batavia Downs for the upcoming 2019 Championship summer/fall meet should take note that stall applications are now available on the track's website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com). Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen>Stall Application and Agreement and also Stall Reservations links to download. The complete 2019 racing schedule can also be found at Live Racing>Live Racing Schedule. Stall applications are also available at the Western New York Harness Horseman's Association (WNYHHA) office located on-site at Buffalo Raceway. Racing Secretary Joe Zambito has stated that stall applications must be received by the track no later than Friday (July 5). The backstretch opens for tack on Thursday (July 18) at 8 a.m. and horses may begin arriving on Saturday (July 20) at 8 a.m. There is much anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming Batavia Downs season with the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 14) and another purse increase in place for opening night. Open I events on both gaits (with a minimum of six starters) will compete for $12,500, Open II for $11,000 and Open III for $10,000. Claiming races at all levels will also be raised. For example, a $25,000 claimer will go for a $10,500 purse, a $10,000 claimer will go for $8,500 and a $5,000 claimer will go for $5,700. The first draw will be held on Friday (July 19) for Wednesday (July 24) which is the first New York Sire Stake engagement of the year at the Downs. Batavia Downs will also offer its new text messaging service for notices about draws, entries and changes to the racing schedule. Horsemen are encouraged to text the word "HORSEMAN" to 51660. You will then need to reply "YES" and you'll be opted in for race office text message updates. The 73rd season of live harness racing at America's oldest lighted harness track features 65 race dates including eight matinee cards. The meet opens on Wednesday (July 24) and runs through Saturday (Dec. 14). Live racing will be presented on Sunday afternoons at 1:15 p.m. (through August), Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. There will also be racing on four Mondays during the meet including July 29 (5 p.m.) and August 5 (5 p.m.), Labor Day Sept.2 (1:15 p.m.) and Columbus Day Oct. 14 (1:15 p.m.). There is also a special 3:15 p.m. post on Saturday (Nov.2) which is Breeders Cup Day. All stable inquiries should be directed to Todd Haight, Director/GM of Live Racing at 585-343-3750, ext. 6322.   By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs has announced that they have retained the services of Heather Wilder and Peter Kleinhans as their on-air personalities for the broadcast of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions which will be held at the track on Saturday (Sept. 14). Wilder will be doing pre and post-race interviews and Kleinhans will provide analysis and handicapping insight. Heather Wilder grew up with solid roots in harness racing being the daughter of Dan and Ruth Altmeyer and later marrying Meadows leading driver Mike Wilder. Her knowledge of every aspect of the sport is extensive as is her relationships with all its participants. Besides being actively involved in racing everyday, Wilder currently handles talent management for the Delaware County Fair during the live TV broadcast of the Little Brown Jug. She has also been a regular part of the United States Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards Banquet both as an onstage host and Facebook live interviewer and producer for many years. While she worked as public relations and marketing director for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) she became a pioneer of reporting on racing on Facebook Live and coordinated the promotion of countless on-track events. In recognition of her fine work she was the recipient of USHWA's Lew Barasch Memorial Breakthrough Award for industry career achievements in 2013. Wilder's lifelong involvement with the sport and its players will make for interesting trackside and winner's circle interviews throughout the night. Peter Kleinhans started going to Roosevelt Raceway as a teenager and his passion for the sport grew from there. Eventually he started training and driving his own stable and reached the top of the game. Peter Kleinhans            --photo Meadowlands Kleinhans was training a stable of 20 horses led by Enough Talk who was the first trotter in the world to break the 1:50 barrier when he won by over eight lengths in 1:49.3 at Colonial Downs in 2008. Enough Talk also won the Breeders Crown in 2010 and received the Dan Patch older trotter of the year trophy from USHWA in each of those two seasons. Although he still competes as an amateur driver, Kleinhans has expanded his role in the sport to announcer, analyst and host and has recently filled in at the Meadowlands in those capacities. His knowledge and expertise of the sport and articulate delivery of same will provide an informative and entertaining look at the night's races for all who are watching. "We are very excited to add such accomplished and professional talents to our production of the Night of Champions" said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "Heather and Peter have performed at the highest levels of the sport both on and off the track and will bring a unique perspective to the show for our fans." The Batavia Downs live racing meet kicks off on Wednesday (July 24) and runs through Saturday (Dec. 14). For more information on the upcoming racing season log on to www.bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing.   By Tim Bojarski  for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Representatives from Western Regional Off-Track Betting (WROTB) reported Monday (May 6) that a record $2,039,088.30 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby through their outlets including BataviaBets.com, OTB Branches and EZ Bet Locations. In particular the Empire branch in Rochester, NY saw significant growth, up 27% from the previous year. And wagering was also very strong at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, up 7% there. Batavia Downs hosted three separate parties with a full house of happy, gambling revelers enjoying the Run for the Roses. The Park Place Party served an all-time high 751 dinners; well eclipsing the 605 meals sold last year. Thurman Thomas' Sports Bar "34 Rush" had their highest single day total for sales. Down on the gaming floor, $4 million credits were played which was the second highest in their history. The week ending Saturday saw the highest credits played total of all time, with $18.3 Million in Credits Played, beating the previous best seven-day period of $17.4 Million. The results of the 145th Kentucky Derby may have been controversial with the subsequent disqualification of Maximum Security, who was first under the wire, but according to Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of WROTB, Derby Day 2019 was unbelievable all the way around. "The wagering, party and gaming numbers are a continuation and reflection of the solid year Batavia Downs has been experiencing," said Wojtaszek, "We could not have pulled this off if it wasn't for our dedicated OTB branch and Batavia Downs staff, who worked tirelessly on Derby Day. We appreciate the solid support from our loyal customer base." WROTB is already gearing up for the second jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown to be held on May 18 at Pimlico racetrack. Among the events scheduled for Preakness is the $15 Trifecta special that will take place in the Park Place Event Center at Batavia Downs from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Live harness racing return to Batavia Downs on Wednesday (July 24) for the meet that will run through Saturday (Dec 14).   By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs Gaming

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