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Batavia, NY---Harness racing horsemen racing at Batavia Downs are reminded of the draw schedule changes for Thanksgiving week. A double draw will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 21) for race cards to be held on Friday (Nov. 24) and Saturday (Nov. 25). The entry box will close at the normal time of 9 a.m. All program information, including driver changes for Friday's card, must be submitted to the judges by 1 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 21). Saturday's program changes must be received by the Judges no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 22). There are only 11 days of racing remaining in the 2017 at Batavia Downs season which concludes on Saturday (Dec. 16). For more information please visit the horsemen's link at www.bataviadownsgaming.com.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---Blustery winds driving a hard rain made the harness racing track conditions at Batavia Downs less than desirable on Saturday night (Nov. 18), but In Runaway Bay embraced the mailman's philosophy to win the $10,000 Open Handicap pacing feature at the venerable Genesee County oval. In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) took the lead from post five as soon as the gate released the field and when everyone else went to the pylons, single file was the pacing order through splits of :29, :58.3 and 1:28. Just before that last station, Focus Power (Drew Monti) who had gotten away last, swung three-deep around mid-pack stalling horses and powered up into the mix before the race entered the last turn. From there In Runaway Bay held off Focus Power and Show Stopping (John Cummings Jr.) who had been in the pocket the entire trip, around the fourth bend and into the stretch; neither could gain any ground on him. And the same held true all the way to the wire. In Runaway Bay was strong under urging and paced home sharply to win by a length in 1:57. It was the eighth win of the year for In Runaway Bay ($4.00) who has now made $44,360 for owner Super Mile LLC and trainer Angelo Nappo. In the $9,000 Open II pace, Littlebitaclass (Drew Monti) got away sixth before coming third-over in the outer flow and eventually found himself back at the rail third at the seven-eighths pole where he then shot up the passing lane and ran-down the leading Hardts Or Bettor (Ray Fisher Jr.) to win by a length in 1:57. Owned and trained by Tessa Roland, Littlebitaclass ($5.90) captured his seventh win of the year and eclipsed the $60,000 mark in earnings, now with $61,034. All the leading drivers registered victories on Saturday. Larry Stalbaum and Drew Monti both had three wins while Ray Fisher Jr. had two and Kevin Cummings one. The leader board at the end of the week now reads Stalbaum 109, Monti 107, Fisher 105 and Cummings 89. There was no Pick-5 winner again on Saturday so there is a $7,270 carryover to Wednesday's card and Batavia Downs will once again be a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program with a guaranteed $12,500 pool on the early Pick-5 wager. Free program pages courtesy of Trackmaster will be available at handicapping.ustrotting.com starting on Monday. Racing resumes on Wednesday (Nov. 22) with post time at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---Patience was a virtue for Kahoku on Friday night (Nov. 17) at Batavia Downs as his come from behind effort earned him a his sixth harness racing win of the year in the $10,000 Open Handicap trot.   BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) shot right to the front and opened up a three length lead while taking the field to the quarter in :28.2 and with everyone settled behind him, the half in :58.4.   As the group entered the second circuit, Kahoku (Kevin Cummings) came first-over and eventually worked his way next to the leader. The pair then matched strides to the three-quarters with neither one giving an inch. Around the last turn BZ Glide was inside with Kahoku to his right with Caprio and Cummings sparring in the bike like boxers in the ring.   As the race and it's way down the lane the pair continued to trot in stride until 20 yards from the wire when Kahoku finally wore BZ Glide down and gained a length advantage under the wire in 1:57.4.   It was the second win in the last three starts for Kahoku ($12.80) who is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trainer by Priscilla "Sis" Mooney.   The combination of Cummings, Mooney and Girdlestone also took the major share from the co-featured $8,500 Open II trot one race earlier when Lutetium went wire to wire in handy fashion to win by a length in 1:57.2, which tied his seasonal mark.   It was the 57th lifetime win for Lutetium ($13.40) who is creeping up on a half-million in earnings for his career, now sitting with $446,087 in the bank.   As a result of no winning ticket again in the Pick-5 on Friday, there will be a guaranteed $6,000 early Pick-5 on Saturday night as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Pool. The early Pick-5 runs from race one to race five.   Free past performance pages will be available at www.handicapping.ustrotting.com.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Nov.18) with post time do the first race at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---After getting a trip she hasn't seen in some time, Hey Kobe rallied late to nab the $9,500 Fillies and Mares harness racing pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 15). Starting from the pylons for the first time in months, Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away third behind Squeeze This (Billy Davis Jr.) and Rockin Kasbah (Larry Stalbaum). But her passive posture only lasted until the three-eighths before Fisher pulled the mare and started to roll towards the leader in front of the stands. After drafting in neutral around the third turn, the plugs were popped and Hey Kobe found new interest and got even with Squeeze This at the three-quarter pole. From there Fisher and Davis became highly animated in their respective bikes, using body language and flailing lines to urge there mounts to remain stout. The battle continued all the way down the stretch before Hey Kobe got the call at the buzzer, winning by a neck in 1:55.2. It was the fourth win of the year for Hey Kobe ($5.10) who now has earned $64,625 for owner Keith Pinkowski. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner. In the co-featured $8,000 Fillies and Mares Open II, North America's winningest Standardbred of 2017 Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) did all the heavy lifting but was denied win number 21 as Aritzia Hanover (Kevin Cummings) drafted behind her the whole mile until the top of the lane when Cummings pulled out and paced right on by in mid-stretch to win by a length in 1:55.3. It was the second consecutive win for Aritzia Hanover ($4.40) who also claimed a new seasonal mark with the victory. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Pine Hill Racing LTD and is trained by Maria Rice. Remaining the hottest driver at the Downs, Kevin Cummings won another three races on the card, leading all reinsman with wins on Wednesday. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 17) with post time at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---The $125,000 finals of the Claiming Championship Series (CCS) that highlighted the harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 11) produced some impressive efforts on the track from both man and beast and one of them now tops the sport once again. Quicksilvercandy A who came into the night tied with Safe From Terror for the most wins in North America this year with 19, reclaimed her previously lone spot at the top by winning the $20,000 final for $5,000-$7,500 claiming fillies and mares by a nose over her stablemate Kaitlyn Rae. Quicksilvercandy A (Drew Monti) took a two-hole trip behind Kaitlyn Rae (Larry Stalbaum) to the top of the stretch when she dropped into the passing lane and out-paced the leader to the wire, winning by a mere nose in 1:57. It was the 20th win of the year for Quicksilvercandy A ($2.10) and 61st of her stellar career. The winner's share of the purse pushed her 2017 earnings to $106,694 for owner Larry Stalbaum. North America's leading percentage trainer Kim Asher trains Quicksilvercandy A. Monti had a total of five winners on the program including two more legs of the CCS. In the $20,000 CCS final for $7,500-$10,000 claiming trotters, Chelseas Chance went wire to wire in impressive style to win easily in 1:59. It was the sixth win of the year for the 6-year-old Kadabra mare that is owned by James Caradori and trained by Carl Monti. Monti also won the $15,000 CCS final for $4,000 claiming horses and geldings with Donegal Jim who sat third the whole mile before tipping wide off the last turn and pacing by the pace-setting One Chaser (Ray Fisher Jr.) to win by a length in 1:56.4 for owner/trainer Tessa Roland. Lucky McTrucky (1:54, $20.40) and I'm So Handsome (1:54.1, $11.00) rounded out the quintuple-win night for Monti. In the $20,000 CCS final for $5,000 to $6,000 pacing horses and geldings, Kings Treasure (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled at the three-quarters and powered home to a one-length victory in 1:56.1. Kings Treasure ($4.30) is owned by the Resilient Racing Stable and is trained by Rose Russo. The $15,000 CCS final for $4,000 to $5,000 claiming trotters went to Ellen's Streak (Larry Stalbaum) as she went coast to coast from post one in 2:01.1. Ellen's Streak (3.70) is owned by her driver and trained by Kim Asher. The $20,000 CCS final for $8,000 to $10,000 claiming pacers was won by Rock The Dream (Ray Fisher Jr.) in wire to wire fashion in 1:55.1, with a sparkling :27.3 final quarter. Rock The Dream ($2.40) is owned by Benjamin Ortiz and trained by Frank Mastrodonato. The last $15,000 CCS final was for $4,000 claiming fillies and mares and it went to Fox Valley Lena (Ray Fisher Jr.) who led at every station before stopping the clock at 1:58.1. It was the 13th win of the year for Fox Valley Lena who is owned by David Bratt and trained by Russell Bratt. In the weekly featured $10,000 Open Handicap Pace, Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) looked in mid-season form for his last start of the year, leading at every station before holding off strong late charges by Focus Power (Drew Monti) and Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum) to hang on to a head advantage in 1:54. It was the seventh win of the year and 55th lifetime victory for Fireyourguns ($4.60) and owners Jennifer and Robert Lowe and Terrence Mc Clory, who also trains the winner. The Downs dash driving race remains a developing metric with the top spot getting tighter after Saturday's action. Larry Stalbaum is still in the lead with 103 wins, but on the strength of his five-win performance, Drew Monti is now only one win behind with 102. Ray Fisher Jr. who also had a good night by winning three races, now sits in third with 98 wins. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 15) with post time for the first race set at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---In a career-best outing, Empire Earl N made two moves to for a harness racing victory in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 10)   Empire Earl N left from post three and cleared momentarily before Osprey Vision (Ray Fisher Jr.) overtook and settled on the lead. Kahoku (Kevin Cummings) who also left, got parked out third and was in for a long night.   Osprey Vision took the field to the half in :57.3 with Kahoku outside acting as a prompter. Positions remained unchanged until Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) tipped three deep around a predictably tiring Kahoku, and was advancing towards the leader. When the race entered the stretch it appeared a three-horse finish, but Empire Earl N found the passing lane and shot through like a flash to win by a length in 1:57.1.   The winning time was a new lifetime mark for the 9-year-old Empire Earl N.   Now boasting $67,040 on the strength of seven wins this year, Empire Earl N ($4.20) is owned by his driver, Larry Stalbaum and trained by North America's leading percentage trainer, Kim Asher.   In the $8,000 Open II trot, Hollywoods Thatway (Ray Fisher Jr.) took a two-hole trip after battling Lutetium to the quarter in :27.4, and turned it into a victory over same in 1:57.1 to claim his third straight win at Batavia Downs.   Hollywoods Thatway ($7.60) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice and is trained by Maria Rice.   The red-Hot Kevin Cummings led all drivers with three wins on the card. Cummings has now won eight races in the last two nights.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Nov. 11) with seven divisions of the Claiming Championship Series finals going for a total of $125,000. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---The harness racing action will be fast and furious among the local horsemen and women this weekend as there will be total purses of $176,600 distributed among the 13 races at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 11), making it the largest pool of cash to be distributed among the local racing community this year on a non-New York Sire Stake card. The reason for the increased purse is the seven final legs of the Claiming Championship Series that have been going on the entire meet. Since the beginning of the season, mid-level claimers accumulated points throughout the year and those who were highest in their divisions became eligible for championship final purses. Divisions contested included $4,000, $5,000-$6,000 and $8,000-$10,000 claimers on the pace and $4,000-$5,000 and $7,500-$10,000 claimers on the trot. Points were awarded to the top-five finishers of each race and accrued all year. On Saturday, the $4,000 and $4,000-$5,000 categories will compete for $15,000 in their respective finals and all other categories will vie for $20,000. The first four finals are carded as races one through four which are four of the five, early Pick-5 wager races. The final three divisions go as races 10 through 13 which include the late Pick-3. There are also eight stable entries within the seven races and that will make the wagering both interesting and challenging. "This is always a very exciting night of racing in Western New York. It's for the bread and butter of our industry; the claimers" said Joe Zambito, Race Secretary and Race Caller at Batavia Downs. "I'm not sure where you can race $4,000 to $10,000 claimers year round and have the opportunity to race for purses like ours." Also on Saturday's card are the weekly featured paces comprised of the $10,000 Open, $9,000 Open II and $8,500 Open III. Post time for the first race on Saturday is 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---With much talk about the top three harness racing dash drivers at Batavia Downs this year, the man sitting in fourth has been quietly creeping into the picture. Kevin Cummings is a four-time Batavia Downs driving title holder (2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015) and he has been red-hot of late. On Wednesday (Nov. 8) Cummings won five of the ten races on the program while finishing second and third in two others, giving him a UDR of just under .600 for the night. Cummings won with Aritzia Hanover (1:57, $10.20), Bad Glamour Girl (1:56.2, $31.20), Elite (1.56.3, $4.00), Maradona (1:57.1, $5.20) and Voltina, who upset in the nights feature race. Despite winning the top distaff pace last week at Batavia Downs, Voltina was dismissed by the betting public in the same class this week. But that didn't dissuade her as she struck for the second straight time in the $9,500 Open Handicap for fillies and mares. Voltina left from post six and had the lead in the blink of an eye. With the field in single-file fashion behind her for almost a half, they got to that station in a modest :58.1. A weak outer flow started to advance but really gained no momentum. However Rockin Kasbah (Larry Stalbaum) who had been in the garden spot from the very beginning was loaded with pace as the leader came around the last turn. At the top of the stretch Cummings was driving Voltina hard as Rockin Kasbah ducked into the passing lane. Rockin Kasbah made up ground all the way to the wire but Voltina hung onto a nose victory in 1:55. It was the seventh win of the year for Voltina ($21.80) and topped off her bank account at $62,896 for owner CHS Racing LLC. Tony Cummings trains the winner. The previously mentioned driver's race continues to be interesting. Current leader Larry Stalbaum had two winners on Wednesday as did the second place Drew Monti. So at the end of the day it's Larry Stalbaum with 99 wins, Drew Monti with 95, Ray Fisher Jr. with 93 wins and Kevin Cummings now with 79, is still in the conversation. With 16 nights of racing left it remains a wide-open competition. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 10) with post time at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---The extremely close dash driving competition at Batavia Downs this year has brought a lot of attention to the track from harness racing fans and bettors alike. But it seems that the city of Batavia itself has gotten caught up in the three-way rivalry and as a result, has drawn the media's attention there. Radio station WBTA will be interviewing the Downs leading drivers Larry Stalbaum, Drew Monti and Ray Fisher Jr. on their morning feature show "Main and Center" hosted by radio personality Chris Kalen on Tuesday (Nov. 7) at 9 a.m. The show can be heard live on WBTA 1490 AM, WBTA 100.1 FM or streamed live at www.wbtai.com under the "Listen Live" link. The show will also be podcast for listening and sharing after the show airs. With only 17 days left in the meet, Stalbaum is the current leader with 97 wins, sitting ahead of last year's dash winning driver Drew Monti and Ray Fisher Jr. who both have 93 wins at the end of this past week. As evidence of the tight ongoing driving battle, all three reinsmen had three winners apiece on Saturday (Nov. 4) and are all scheduled to drive in nine out of the 10 races programmed for Wednesday afternoon. For more information on all the racing action at Batavia Downs log on to www.bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing .   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---After flexing his muscle and invoking his will, Focus Power overtook In Runaway Bay in the shadow of the wire after a quarter-mile harness racing battle to win the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 4). In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) and Focus Power (Drew Monti) left for position and ended up getting the best seats in the house; sitting one-two. In Runaway Bay was on top and Focus Power was right on his back while the rest of the field ended up watching quite a duel. By The time the race got to the five-eighths pole, these two had separated from the pack and the fans were treated to a literal match race. After motoring up the backside in :28.2, Monti pulled Focus Power, popped the plugs and drew alongside In Runaway Bay midway through the final turn. From there both horses were full throttle and matching strides for the rest of the contest. While Cummings and Monti rocked and knocked in chaotic synchronicity all the way down the stretch, In Runaway Bay and Focus Power gave it everything they had right to the wire with Focus Power gaining a head advantage under the light in 1:54.3. It was the ninth win of the year for Focus Power ($5.50) who now has $92,395 earned in 2017. James Caradori owns the 5-year-old son of Shadow Play that is trained by Darrin Monti. The $9,000 Open II pace saw Show Stopping (Kevin Cummings) drop out of last week's top class to go wire to wire in 1:55 and easily win the co-feature this week. Heavily backed by the betting public, Show Stopping ($2.80) continued his career year by posting his eleventh win and boosting his bankroll to $72,366. The Resilient Racing Stable owns Show Stopping who is trained by Rose Russo. Four drivers won 12 of the 13 races on the card Saturday. Larry Stalbaum, Ray Fisher Jr., Drew Monti and Kevin Cummings all steered three winners on the night and they just happen to be the top four dash winnings drivers of the Batavia meet in that order. After today's action the leaderboard is Larry Stalbaum-98 wins, Ray Fisher Jr.-94 wins, Drew Monti-93 wins and Kevin Cummings-75 wins. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon with a 5 p.m. post time.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Kahoku abandoned his usual harness racing front-running style to find the winner's circle in the $10,500 Open Handicap Trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 3).   Osprey Vision (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) both left hard and battled for the lead in a two-horse breakaway. When they reached the quarter in :28.1, Osprey Vision had seated Noble Legend while the rest of the field finally caught up. Positions then remained unchanged to the half producing a tepid :30 split.   As the group entered the second circuit, Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) started an outer flow with Kahoku (Kevin Cummings) on his back. By the three-quarter pole Empire Earl N had enough and stalled, prompting Cummings to tip Kahoku three-wide. Kahoku took well to the move and continued to motor after clearing at the head of the lane, eventually sprinting clear by a length of the fast-closing BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) to win in 1:58.2.   It was the 38th lifetime win for Kahoku ($19.80) and it pushed him over the quarter-million dollar mark in lifetime earnings with $253,015 now on his card.   Colleen Girdlestone owns Kahoku who is trained by Priscilla "Sis" Mooney.   In the co-featured $8,000 Open II trot, Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) turned a perfect two-hole trip behind Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) into an easy brush to the wire win in 1:58. Fox Valley Veto ($4.40) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice and is trained by Maria Rice.   Larry Stalbaum led all drivers for production on Friday with four wins on the night.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 4) with a special Breeders Cup post time of 3:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs 

Batavia, NY---Voltina went from the agony of defeat to the thrill of a harness racing victory in a short span in winning the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 1). On a rain-soaked night over a deteriorating track, Voltina (Kevin Cummings) got away second behind Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) who shot to the front by the eighth pole. The abbreviated field of five then followed the leader to a pedestrian half of :59.2 before anyone made a move. Who Says That (Ray Fisher Jr.) was the one to pull and challenge past the grandstand but her attempt failed before three-quarters as Voltina upped the tempo to :28.3 and she faded out of the picture. When the race spiraled off the turn, Classy Lane Rose pulled out and paced alongside Voltina before getting a slight advantage just before the wire. But just as soon as she gained the lead, Classy Lane Rose took a bad step and Monti had to gather her up, and that split-second adjustment allowed Voltina to retake the front right at the finish line and win by a head in 1:56.3. The sixth win of the year for Voltina ($7.10), along with being 21 out of 39 in the money this year, has put $58,146 in the bank for owner CHS Racing LLC. Anthony Cummings trains the 7-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native. Larry Stalbaum, Ray Fisher Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. all had driving triples on Wednesday's card while North America's leading percentage trainer Kim Asher sent three of her students to the winner's enclosure. With the night's three wins, Stalbaum has now taken the lead in the Batavia Downs dash driving competition with 90 wins for the meet. Previous leader Drew Monti has now slipped to a second place tie with Ray Fisher Jr., both sporting 89 victories. The battle for steering supremacy will continue for 19 more nights of racing before a champion can be crowned. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 3) with first post at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---The third time was the charm for Tioga Downs regular Dragin The Wagon who captured his first harness racing win at Batavia Downs in the $10,500 Open Handicap trot on Friday night (Oct. 27) after two previous attempts.   Leaving from post three, Dragin The Wagon (Billy Davis Jr.) circled habitual leader Kahoku (Kevin Cummings) off the gate and then parked him past the quarter in :27.2. After that one finally settled in second, the rest of the race was decided.   Dragin The Wagon led by open lengths the rest of the way setting fractions of: 56.3 and 1:26 before kicking away to a three-length win in 1:56.1 as the rest of the field argued for minor spoils.   The fifth win of the year for Dragin The Wagon ($3.30) pushed his 2017 earnings to $56,588 for owners Cary, David and Michael Cantelon. Jeff Byron trains the winner.   Jim Morrill Jr. scored a driving triple on Friday while Kevin Cummings, Larry Stalbaum, Billy Davis Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. each had a double.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---Following loosely third for the entire mile, Who Says That found late pace and rallied strong to capture the harness racing $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Oct. 25). Sportsmuffler (Jim Morrill Jr.) left swiftly around Voltina (Kevin Cummings) and proceeded to take the field to the quarter in :27.2. At that point Who Says That (Ray Fisher Jr.) was a gapped-third, about five lengths from the leader. The mares stayed in single file to the half when Hey Kobe (Denny Bucceri) came first up and tried to approach the front-runner. As the pack went by three-quarters in 1:26.1, the outer flow bid failed allowing Voltina to pop the pocket from second and circle Sportsmuffler around the last turn. At the head of the stretch Voltina cleared and looked like she was a winner. But Who Says That had stayed close behind Voltina and had plenty of pace left coming home to win by a length in 1:54.4. It was the fourth win in the last eight starts and the sixth win of the year for Who Says That ($6.20) who now has earned $43,981 for owners Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Chris Shambo and Jack Rice. The 6-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover is trained by Maria Rice. In the $8,000 Fillies and Mares Open II Sarah Cola (Billy Davis Jr.) went wire to wire in 1:55.3, outdueling the winningest standardbred in North America this year, Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) down the lane for a neck victory. Sarah Cola ($6.00) is owned by Giuseppe Micchia and Jim Graham, who also does the training. Kevin Cummings led all drivers with four wins on the night while Billy Davis Jr. was right behind him with three tallies. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night with post time set for 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---In what may have been the most entertaining race of the year, Rock Fame moved up in class after a harness racing lifetime best effort last week and turned a perfect trip into a late rally to win the $10,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Oct. 21). In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) out-dueled Rock Fame (Ron Beback Jr.) to the quarter in :26.4 before being immediately harassed by Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) who tried to overtake him just past that station. Despite his best effort, Fireyourguns could not clear and was then parked to the three-quarter pole. That was when Show Stopping (Billy Davis Jr.), Teo Enteo A (Larry Stalbaum) and Focus Power (Drew Monti) tipped to attack and fanned four-wide against the still-leading In Runaway Bay. But it was Rock Fame, who sat the perfect two-hole trip behind all the action, that found the passing lane and out-sprinted everyone to the wire to win by a length in 1:53.2. It was the fifth win in the last seven starts and the eighth win of the year for Rock Fame ($10.20) who now boasts $40,773 on his card for 2017. Rock Fame has been owned by William Emmons since he claimed him for $12,500 at Batavia Downs on August 27 and became the best resident pacer on the grounds for this week under the training of James Clouser Jr. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) took on a full-field of male opponents and went coast to coast to capture a narrow victory over Chickenwithabanjo (Jim Morrill Jr.) in 1:53.4, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Miss Irish Rose A ($2.40) now has three wins in four North American starts for owner/trainer/driver Larry Stalbaum. Drew Monti led all drivers with four wins on the card followed by Ron Beback Jr. and Larry Stalbaum with three each. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---Getting a favorable draw after having post seven last week, BZ Glide looked like his old self as he handily won the harness racing $10,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 20). Leaving from post four driver Mike Caprio hustled BZ Glide to the front and proceeded from there comfortably in :28.1 and :58.4. At the second station Northern Matador (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled first up and tried to pressure the leader for the next quarter mile. When that challenge failed, Noble Legend (Ray Fisher Jr.) tipped three-wide around him and tried to get to BZ Glide through the last turn. But with little more than a backward glance to keep an eye on the competition, Caprio sat chilly in rhythm with his horse and BZ Glide trotted away down the lane to an easy two-length victory in 1:58. It was the second win in the last three starts and fifth of the year for BZ Glide ($7.00) who is owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio. In the co-feature $8,000 Open II trot, Osprey Vision (Ray Fisher Jr.) got the parking ticket to the quarter before clearing and eventually opening up a three-length margin of victory in 1:57.1. With his ninth win of the year and $60,954 in earnings, Osprey Vision ($7.20) is having a career year for owner Marissa Russo and trainer David Russo. Billy Davis Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. led all drivers with three wins apiece on the night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 21) with post time at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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