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Batavia, NY---It was business as usual at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 26) after a week long hiatus due to inclement weather. Although several feet of snow from the storm had already dissipated, a 32-degree temperature and flurries greeted the horses as they hit the track with mud-gear employed. The night's feature race hosted the top seven distaff pacers on the grounds in the $9,600 mares Open and when the slush had settled, Seascape Hanover had bagged her eighth win of the year. When the starter released the field, the group settled into post-position order for the first half of the mile. Rail rider Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) cut the fractions through that segment before Mondatta (Jim McNeight) came first-over into the third turn. With those two carrying the mail, Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) sat chilly in the garden spot just waiting to make her move. That time came at the head of the stretch when the passing lane opened up and Seascape Hanover made her move and paced right by Memumsnotnice to notch the 1:59 victory. Mondatta hung on for third. Seascape Hanover ($4.60) is owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik and is trained by J.D. Perrin. The win boosted her 2014 earnings to $43,877 and now the 8-year-old Camluck mare is just shy of a quarter-million dollars earned lifetime. Driver Ron Beback Jr. scored a driving hat trick on the night while Drew Monti, Ray Fisher Jr. and Jimmy Whittemore all doubled up. Superfecta players had a heyday Wednesday night as six races returned boxcar payouts. The 4-1-6-3 combination in the second race paid $5,542.00, 6-1-4-8 in the third returned $2,010.00, 1-4-2-6 in the ninth paid $3,997.00, 2-8-6-1 in the tenth paid $1,205.00, 3-1-8-2 in the eleventh returned $2,130.00 and the twelfth race featured a monster double payout due to a dead-heat for place. 5-3-6-1 paid $6,350.00 and 5-6-3-1 returned $4,234.00. And while we're on the topic of instant jackpots, the Pick-4 in races three through six rewarded players with a $5,339.00 bundle of cash. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 28). And the first of two Saturday double-headers will be held this Saturday (Nov. 29) with post times set at 12:15 and 6:35. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Stephen A. Flanigen Jr., 75, longtime owner, trainer and driver in western New York, died on November 19, 2014 of natural causes. Steve Flanigen got his start in harness racing after getting interested in the sport through his uncle (Charles Flanigen). He got his license in 1962 at the age of 23 and cut his teeth at the track while working full time on the railroad. After racing one or two of his own horses and picking up a catch drive every now and then, Mr. Flanigen's public stable took off in the early 1980's. Through sharp claims and private purchases, he put together a powerful string of race horses that filled the top classes at both Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway for many years. Dorado Drummond, Citronnelle, Rascal Lew J, Danny Fo, Hurry Murray and Avon Sandy are just a few of the horses that pushed Mr. Flanigen to the top of the trainer and driver standings in western New York from 1982 to 1986. He also campaigned successfully at Vernon Downs, the Meadows, Lake Shore Meadows and Rosecroft Raceway during that time. Steve Flanigen drove his last race in 1992 and turned the lines over to his son, Jack, while he continued to train full time. During his career he drove 256 winners that earned $624,552.00 in purse money. As a conditioner, Mr. Flanigen sent another 456 winners to post that brought home $844,515.00 in proceeds. Steve Flanigen was one of the most-liked horsemen on the local circuit and was always happy to help out his fellow horsemen. Whereas he was quite adept at racing pacers, he was particularly skilled at hanging up a trotter and his successes with students of that gait was a trademark throughout his career. When not in the paddock, Mr. Flanigen enjoyed playing cards and bowling and was quite accomplished at both. Mr. Flanigen was the beloved husband of Mary (Murphy); devoted father of Jack (Diane), David (Rachelle) and Shannon (Craig) Whylly; loving grandfather of five; dear brother of Florence, Lallah (John) Cummings and the late Edwin, Sally and Mary; son of the late Stephen and Emma (Lore) Flanigen; brother-In-Law of Jack Murphy. Friends may call Tuesday (Nov. 25) from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the James W. Cannan Funeral Home (Southtowns Chapel), 3155 Orchard Park Rd. The funeral will be held on Wednesday (Nov. 26) at 9:30 at Our Mother of Good Council Church,3688 South Park Ave, Blasdell, NY. By Tim Bojarski, president, UNY USHWA

Batavia, NY---The New York State Gaming Commission approved two Saturday afternoon cards of racing that were applied for by Batavia Downs to make up for the cancellation of last Friday (Nov. 21) and Saturday (Nov. 22) night's races due to the adverse weather conditions that plagued western New York last week. With much of the area buried in up to eight feet of snow, The Downs was forced to cancel three nights of live racing. So in an effort to allow the local horsemen to compete for those scheduled purses heading into the winter break, the track asked the state to allow them to run two double-headers on the last two Saturdays of the meet. With that permission granted, November 29 and December 6 will now have two complete cards of racing with post times set at 12:15 and 6:35. A special dining deal has been added for the fans attending the Saturday matinees cards. If you purchase the lunch buffet in the clubhouse for $10.95, you will get $10 back in free play for the gaming floor. So you get lunch for less than a buck! (Must earn one point to redeem this offer) This special is good only for the November 29 and December 6 Saturday afternoon cards of racing. For the horsemen, in addition to the extra race dates, a 20% across-the-board purse increase will also go into effect immediately for the last six racing dates. With the new racing opportunities in place, please note the new draw schedule. The Friday and Saturday afternoon cards will be drawn on Tuesday. The Saturday night cards will be drawn on Wednesday. And the final Wednesday of the meet will be drawn on Friday, as always. The box will close at 9 a.m. If you have any questions please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6161. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

As a direct result of the relentless snowstorms that has crippled most of western New York, Batavia Downs has announced that it will forgo live racing for the remainder of the week. The programs that were originally scheduled for Friday (Nov. 21) and Saturday (Nov. 22) have been cancelled. The decision was made jointly this morning by Batavia Downs management and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association (WNYHHA) and both parties agreed it was the only thing to do. Bruce Tubin, president of the WNYHHA said "In view of the devastating storm that has kept our horses from their daily exercise routine, our trainers from leaving their homes, and our blacksmiths and veterinarians from attending to our horses, I have mutually agreed with Batavia Downs management to cancel our Friday and Saturday race cards. There was physically no way for us to properly prepare our horses to race this weekend." Todd Haight, Director/GM of live racing at Batavia Downs added "It would have been impossible for the equine athletes to compete at the highest level when most haven't been able to leave the barn for days. The decision to cancel this early takes the pressure off all parties involved. Our main goal now is get the barn area cleared of snow and the racetrack in the best possible condition for next Wednesday. We regret having to cancel but it was the right thing to do to make sure we didn't experience any injuries on or off the track." Further concerns sighted were about horsemen who ship in from areas that have been devastated by the snow and the changing conditions forecast over the next two days taking the weather from cold and snowy to a rapid meltdown and flooding by the weekend. In light of these cancellations, pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission, there will be two double-headers carded on the last two Saturdays of the meet. November 29 and December 6 will now offer two complete cards of racing at 12:15 and 6:35. Live racing at the Downs is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, November 26. That leaves eight cards of live racing over six days. Please note the new draw schedule. The Friday and Saturday afternoon cards will be drawn on Tuesday. The Saturday night cards will be drawn on Wednesday. And the final two Wednesday's will be drawn on Friday, as always. The box will close at 9 a.m. If you have any questions please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6161. Haight also noted that starting Wednesday, November 26, the purses will increase by 20% in an effort to help the horsemen through the cancellations and as they come to the five week winter break at the end of this meet. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---As a result of the massive lake effect snowstorm that has dumped as much as six feet of snow over much of western New York, Batavia Downs has been forced to cancel its live racing card for Wednesday (Nov. 19) along with the qualifying races which had already been cancelled. Batavia has received almost two feet of snow through this morning and squalls are forecast to continue throughout today. As a result, the task of removing the tons of snow off the track and from around the barn area has become daunting. The logistics of that operation along with concern for the horsemen who ship in to race from the hardest hit areas has forced the cancellation. Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs said "We regret that we were forced to cancel the card, especially since there are only nine racing nights left. But the situation is such that we had no choice. You can't fight Mother Nature. I will be seeking approval from the New York State Gaming Commission for an additional date in December to make up for this loss so our horsemen have the opportunity to race for the scheduled purse monies before we shut down for the year." Any additional date that may be granted by the state will be released as soon as the track gets confirmation. The qualifying races that were also cancelled for Wednesday will be rescheduled for next Wednesday (Nov. 26). Live racing is scheduled to resume on Friday (Nov. 21). However the National Weather Service has already posted another lake effect snow warning for the area starting later today and running until Friday morning and is forecasting up to two more feet of snow could fall by then. In the event the predicted weather materializes, the track will release any further changes to the racing schedule as soon as possible. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Horsemen are advised that due to a winter storm that closed several roads in Genesee County including the New York State Thruway, Tuesday's draw for Friday has been pushed back until Wednesday (Nov. 19). A double-draw for Friday and Saturday (Nov. 21 and 22) shall be conducted Wednesday, with the entry box closing at 9 a.m. for both days. Driver changes are due for Friday immediately after entries come out. Driver changes for Saturday are due at their normal time. Qualifiers normally held on Wednesday have been cancelled until next Wednesday (Nov. 26). Weather permitting, live racing at America's oldest lighted harness track is scheduled to resume Wednesday night. Post time is 6:35 p.m. The racetrack received 10 inches of snow Monday night and heavy snow is forecast for most of the day on Tuesday. For more information, please contact the race office at 585-344-6161. From Batavia Downs Media Relations      

Batavia, NY---Western Alumni ($11.40) took full advantage of a perfect pocket trip to score in the featured $9,000 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 15). Driver Jim McNeight left hard from post seven with Western Alumni and took the lead from rail-rider American Bull (Kevin Cummings) by the eighth pole. But as soon as they crossed over to the pylons, American Bull completed the give-and-go by regaining the lead at the quarter in :28.4. After a more than pedestrian :59.3 half, the outer flow came fast led by Burton Blue Chip (Lee Dahn) first up, but not as fast as American Bull who upped the tempo with a :28.1 third panel. At that point the leader looked solid. But at the head of the stretch when the passing lane opened up, Western Alumni ducked inside and responded to McNeight's highly animated urging to gain a head victory over a game American Bull in 1:56.3. Just Frank (Rock C Vinci) bested the rest for third. It was the eighth win of the year for the 6-year-old Western Hanover gelding and the purse raised his 2014 earnings to $67,739 for owners North Creek Racing LLC. Western Alumni is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. The Downs leading driver, Kevin Cummings, followed up his five-win Friday night with a four-win effort on Saturday. He tallied with Tymal Torch ($29.00) and Union Man Hanover ($7.00) (to complete the $242.50 early double) as well as Flashy Trick ($4.80) and Fast Fool ($8.40). Drew Monti, Jim McNeight and Jack Flanigen all registered driving doubles. Live racing reconvenes on Wednesday night (Nov. 19) with a 6:35 post time. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---Second Hand News has turned out to be one of the winningest horses of the 2014 meet at Batavia Downs and on Friday night (Nov. 14) he added to that total with a victory in the $7,500 Open II trotting feature at the Genesee County oval. Second Hand News (Kevin Cummings) flew off the gate to take an early lead, but I'm The Cash Man (Drew Monti) also left and forced his way to the top by the quarter in :27.2. Rounding the turn, Cummings pulled to retake the front and this time it was for good. Second Hand News took the group to the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:27.2 before turning on the jets and coasting to a four-length victory in 1:57.2. Keystone Bernard (Dave McNeight III) stayed on task to be second and newcomer Jeanie Marie (Jimmy Whittemore) finished third. It was the 11th win of the year for the 12-year-old Pathway To Victory gelding and sixth for trainer Ron Van Wagoner at Batavia since he claimed the horse for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Kent Conshafter. The former Yonkers Raceway regular now has $59,955 on his card to show for his 2014 efforts. Dominating Downs driver Kevin Cummings executed another five-win night and pushed his dash win total for the Batavia meet to 142 (313 for the year) . He scored with Joltfromtheblue ($13.40), Precise Accusation ($3.40), Second Hand News ($3.00), McCardle Direct ($13.40) and Bet On Me Hanover ($10.60). Dave McNeight III also had a big night, visiting the winners circle four times and Ron Beback Jr. chimed in with a driving double. Live racing resumes on Saturday night (Nov.15) with post time at 6:35. There are only 10 nights of racing left in the 2014 season which concludes on Saturday, December 6. The schedule remains on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, all with a 6:35 post time. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---V'la Faire ($10.80) took the overland route to score a mild upset victory in the distaff Open pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 12). Sent off as the lukewarm second choice to the heavily favored Itstimeformetofly, V'la Faire and driver Ray Fisher Jr. tucked in fourth early as the leader Memumsnotnice (Mickey Holliday) took the field through fractions of :28.1 to the quarter and :58.2 to the half. It was just before that station that Fisher pulled his mare and started the march up the outside. After drawing almost even with the pace setter at the three-quarter pole, V'la Faire seemed to stall at the head of the lane leaving backers of Memumsnotnice feeling confident. But the 7-year-old daughter of Village Jove kicked it out in the stretch and pulled away to a two length victory in 1:56.1. That time matched her seasonal mark . Memumsnotnice held on for second and Mondatta (Dave McNeight III) rallied for third. It was the third win in 25 starts for V'la Faire and bumped her 2014 earnings to $32,350 for owners Oakhurst Farm. V'la Faire is trained by Richard Tomaszewski. Driver Dave McNeight III scored a driving triple on the night, winning with Beachfront ($14.40), Koekemoer ($3.90) and Kisses N Kicks ($48.40). Ron Beback Jr. and Drew Monti both registered doubles. One of Monti's horses (Smashy Cerise) returned $32.80 and sparked a $1,945 trifecta instant jackpot payout. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 14) with post time at 6:35. ByTim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Six of Western New York's best pacers assembled behind the Ken Barrett starting gate for the weekly $9,250 Open pace and it was Southwind Whiski who rode the trend of the racetrack to score a head victory on Saturday night (Nov.8) at Batavia Downs. Leaving from post-3, Southwind Whiski with the red-hot Drew Monti in the bike, fired off the wings and took the lead as the field straightened out heading to the opening quarter. Once in front Southwind Whiski and Monti made every pole a winning one to off hold the pocket sitting Winter Cruise (John Cummings Jr.), in 1:55.4. Clearly the top end was the place to be on Saturday night as 9 of the 12 races were won in wire-to-wire fashion. Favored Unicorn Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.), forced to tip three-wide behind stalled cover around the last turn, rallied for third. Southwind Whiski, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding is owned by Thatsideofthefence LLC. and trainer John Mungillo. Southwind Whiski notched his sixth win of the season and raised his 2014 earnings to over $34,000. Saturday night saw Drew Monti and Jim Morrill Jr. both score hat tricks while Dave McNeight III and John Cummings Jr. each had driving doubles. One of the biggest claims in the history of the Western New York circuit occurred in race five when Sidney Easton reached in and claimed Leonard Segall's 3-year-old American Ideal gelding, American Bull, for $22,500. Anthony Cummings is the new trainer. Racing resumes on Wednesday night, November 12, with carryovers in both the Pick-5 and Pick-6 wager. The Pick-5 which starts in race five has carryover pool of $1,186 while the Pick-6, that kicks off on race seven, has a carryover pool of $1,353. Post time is 6:35 p.m. From Batavia Downs Media Relations                    

After fading last week from an outside post and a three-deep rimming to the quarter, Lutetium rebounded from post four with a much easier trip to take the $9,500 Open trot at Batavia Downs Friday night (Nov. 7).   Over an off track on a chilly night, Downs leading driver Kevin Cummings rushed Lutetium off the gate to take their familiar front end posture before the field rounded the first turn.   After tripping the first split in :28.3, the pair leveled the pace the rest of the way and effectively put the competition to sleep. They hit the half in :58.3 and the three-quarters in 1:28 flat before turning back any late challenges and closing out the race in 1:58.3. Absolutely Certain (Ron Beback Jr.) rushed up to be second and while Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) hung on for third after a pocket trip.   It was Lutetium's ($5.60) fifteenth win of the year and the effort fattened his 2014 wallet to $84,690 for owner Colleen Girdlestone. The 7-year-old Credit Winner gelding is trained by Mike Laidlaw.   Lutetium was only one of four wins on the night for driver Kevin Cummings, who scored another grand slam Friday. Not to be outdone, Jim Morrill Jr. also notched a four-bagger and Drew Monti registered a double.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 8) with post time at 6:35.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY--- Bazooka Terror is known for her explosive come-from-behind finishes and there is nothing that makes her driver Kevin Cummings happier than to see a speed duel in front of him early. That's exactly what happened in the $9,500 Open mares pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 5) and it provided the classy 5-year-old the perfect recipe for success en route to scoring her tenth victory of the year.   As the race unfolded, Mondatta (Dave McNeight III) and Itstimeformetofly (Drew Monti) refused to play nice on the front end. Mondatta would not let Itstimeformetofly go and Itstimeformetofly would not take a seat behind Mondatta. As a result, the two battled through fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before Itstimeformetofly finally took the front and crossed over to the pylons. Heading up the backside it became apparent that the early pace was taking its toll and Cummings didn't waste any time pulling the trigger. He tipped the big mare three-deep from sixth and circled the entire field past the three-quarter pole. From there Bazooka Terror just paced away to score a decisive six-length victory in 1:55. Mondatta came back on to be second and Itstimeformetofly hung in for third.    Besides pushing Bazooka Terror's win total to double digits, the victory also boosted her annual earnings to $79,269 for owner Leonard Segall. Bazooka Terror is trained by James Clouser Jr.    The eighth race was marred by an unfortunate accident when the leader Call Her Quick (Jack Flanigen) made a break that caused Vital Speed (Jake Baumeister) and Justrollwithit (Truman Gale) to pile into her as she altered her speed. This sent both trailing drivers to the track. Fortunately when it happened, the two were at the back of the pack and there were no other horses behind them. Driver Truman Gale was alright and got right up. Jake Baumeister was assisted up and taken to the hospital for treatment of a possible head injury. The downed horse got up, the loose horse was caught and both suffered only minor abrasions.   Driver Drew Monti scored a driving triple with Donegal Jim ($2.80), Feets of Magic ($3.90) and Rashabec ($10.80) while the meet's leading driver Kevin Cummings steered home two winners.    Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 7) with a 6:35 post time.    By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---An electrical transformer that supplies power to the track lighting system blew prior to the start of the first race Saturday night (Nov. 1) at Batavia Downs causing the cancellation of the entire live card of racing. With none of the lights that illuminate the far turn operational, it was impossible to conduct racing with any semblance of safety. Todd Haight, Director/GM of live racing at the Downs said "We regret the inconvenience for our horsemen and patrons but there was no way we could have conducted the races. Our electrician told us it would have been hours before the proper conditions alone could have been achieved before the repair itself could have begun. Given those parameters our only option was to cancel." "We will make the necessary repairs to the problem and be ready to hold our next scheduled live card this Wednesday night (Nov. 5)" Haight concluded. The outage did not affect any of the lights in the grandstand, clubhouse or casino areas and the property remained open for simulcasting and gaming as scheduled. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---For the seventh time of the meet, BZ Glide came from the back of the pack Friday night (Oct. 31) to collar the best diagonal-gaiters on the grounds in the Open trot feature at Batavia Downs. As last week's winner Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) assumed his regular position on the front end off the gate, driver Mike Caprio did the same at the rear with BZ Glide. Lutetium took the field to a :58.1 half when Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) pulled to push the issue with Serious George (Jack Flanigen) following suit. BZ Glide pursued them all from third-over in the outer flow. After the pack passed the three-quarters in 1:28.1, the flow fanned out as Lutetium began to falter. Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) snuck into the passing lane, Serious George went four-deep around Justgottogetthere and BZ Glide went five-wide around everybody. As the cavalry charge blasted down the lane, BZ Glide displayed his dominance once again and scored a length victory in 1:58.1. Justgottogetthere was second and Serious George was third. It was the ninth win of 2014 for BZ Glide and raised his earnings total to $66,557 for his driver Mike Caprio, who also owns him. The 5-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is trained by Alana Caprio. The driving stars of the night included Jim Morrill Jr. who scored a hat trick and Kevin Cummings, John Cummings Jr. and Shawn McDonough who all posted doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Nov. 1) with post time set for 6:35. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---For the fourth time this meet, Batavia Downs leading driver Kevin Cummings won five races on one card Wednesday night (Oct. 29) to extend his insurmountable lead there in the dash category. His pentamerous outing included visits to the Purple Haze winners circle with Western Heart ($2.90), Serendipitous ($4.80), Outoftexas ($4.70), Aberarder Smitty ($11.40) and Tymal torch ($6.10). For the current Batavia Downs meet, Cummings has 122 wins, almost double his nearest competitor, along with a gaudy UDR of .386. . For the year he has 298 wins and is currently twelfth in North America for UDR with a .360. His current win total, UDR and just under $1.4 million in earnings are all career bests. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---With three horses scratched in an already short field, Fireyourguns had it pretty much his own way while winning the $9,500 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 25). Starting from post four in the four-horse field, Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) immediately went to the front and held the lead through fractions of :27.1, :56.4, 1:25.4 before holding off a late challenge from Unicorn Hanover (Dave McNeight III) to win in 1:54.2 by half a length. The winner paid $3.40. It was the 14th win of 2014 for the 5-year-old son of American Ideal and it boosted his annual earnings to $95,560 for owners Robert and Jennifer Lowe and Terrence McClory, who also trains the horse. Leading Downs driver Kevin Cummings had a driving double along with John Cummings Jr., Drew Monti and Jim McNeight. The next card of live racing at Batavia Downs will be held on Wednesday night (Oct. 29) with post time set at 6:35. Tim Bojarski

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