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Ohio horseman Ken Holliday has been victorious in the Cane Pace with over 5000 wins as a trainer - driver...!!! Ken visits our Harness Racing Alumni Show this week to formally announce his comeback after almost a 48 month hiatus from the racetrack because of severe racing injuries. Freddie gets Ken's candid thoughts on his preferred driving tactics, future business outlook, along with the use of Lasix and EPO problems. It's an interesting 10 minutes so you don't want to miss it..... To hear the show, click here. From Fred Hudson, for the Harness Racing Alumni Show  

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley Raceway paid tribute to one of southwest Ohio's racing 'legends' on Friday night (March 17) when the $22,500 Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series championship was decided. Coven, one of nine deceased former great Lebanon Raceway horsemen remembered annually with the Legends Series, is best known as the trainer-driver of the outstanding pacing mare Norma Ruth Hanover, but also was a good friend or mentor to many of the drivers and trainers who continue to race at Miami Valley today. Crazy Bad K (Ken Holliday) captured the championship with a last-to-first journey in the evenly matched field of nine. Holliday opted to allow the others, all at odds between 5-2 and 18-1, to battle for early position while retreating to ninth from a six-hole start. Just before the first quarter was reached, however, he decided it was time to launch a long overland journey that allowed the 4-year-old mare to move up one notch by the half and forced her into moving three-wide at the three-quarters station. Second by the head of the stretch, the daughter of Big Bad John kept responding to Holliday's urging and forged to a three-quarter length triumph in 1:54.3 over a moist surface. Sun Belle Sadie (Aaron Merriman) also closed from far back early to be runnerup; while Glorious Delight (Trace Tetrick) grabbed the show payoff. Crazy Bad K returned $14.40 for a $2 win wager. She is owned by Black Magic Racing LLC of Ohio and trained by Sherri Holliday. A race earlier, Jackie's Rocket (Brady Galliers) zoomed to her second open victory of the season, topping favored Jerseylicious (Trace Tetrick) by a head in 1:53.2. Endeavors Fantasy (Mike Oosting) was next to trip the finish beam in the $20,000 race. Galliers, who also trains and co-owns the winner with his parents, departed from the 5-year-old American Ideal mare's customary tactics. After racing on the front end six consecutive weeks, Jackie's Rocket was wrestled back to last in the compact field of six at the start, but gradually moved up in the outer flow through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:24.2 before bursting home with the fastest final panel to earn the lion's share of the weekly feature's purse. She paid $8.00 to win. From the Press Box at Miami Valley

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway possesses a deep and talented harness racing driver colony, but rarely do you see a night at a commercial track nowadays where a different driver wins every race. That was the case on Wednesday, however, as ten drivers each won one of the ten races on the program. Even more shocking, leading driver Josh Sutton-currently in fifth place in the national dash standings with 155 wins at Miami Valley-was not one of the winners. Those that did reach the winner's circle were Alex Hawk, Ken Holliday, Randy Tharps, Hugh Beatty Jr., Dan Noble, Chris Page, Adam Beatty, Jeff Nisonger, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith. Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Ice Scraper paced the fastest mile in the two-year history of harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (April 4) capturing the $18,150 Open Pace in 1:50.1.   Driver Ken Holliday, who returned to the sulky in January after a prolonged absence, set sail early and lead the talented field through a brisk opening quarter in :26. Despite no impending pressure Holliday continued a brisk pace the second quarter, reached in :54.1. With a second tier headed by Ardyne Ace (Randy Tharps) forming down the backstretch Ice Scraper found another gear to maintain the lead at the 1:21.3 third quarter station. When the contenders fanned out four wide for the stretch duel Ice Scraper dug down deep and just held off fast-closing A Sweet Ride (Kayne Kauffman) in a very tight photo. J's Six Pak Attack (Jeremy Smith) garnered the show dough with Ardyne Ace and Atta Boy Dan (Chris Page) picking up the final two checks. James Behrendt owns Ice Scraper, a six-year-old gelded son of Yankee Skyscraper who surpassed the $300,000 career earnings plateau with the victory. It was the 25th win in his career and gave the winner three wins and three place finishes in eight 2015 starts. Sent off at 5-2 odds Ice Scraper paid $7.40 to win, with the exacta kicking back a handsome $85.80. A pair of final preliminary heats were contested in the Tom Tharps Memorial Series for non-winners of six races or $50,000 lifetime male pacers. First Of Itskind (Jeff Nisonger) captured the first $10,000 division in 1:52, topping Lord Of Misrule (Chris Page) and PQ Three (Jeremy Smith). It was the second consecutive win for the Western Terror four-year-old, owned by A Piece Of The Action Stable, and stamped him as the probable favorite for the $20,000 final next Saturday night. Hotunderthecollar (Chris Page) was the upset winner in the second split, beating Crusoe Hanover (Jeff Nisonger) and OK Ferrari (Greg Grismore) in 1:52.3. Trainer Herman Hagerman co-owns the five-year-old son of Jereme's Jet with Pine Stone Farm. It was the first seasonal win in 11 tries for Hotunderthecollar and the eighth triumph of his life. Miami Valley will present an 11-race card on Easter Sunday with a 3 p.m. post time. The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will circle the lightning fast five-eighths mile oval several times between 1 and 3 p.m. prior to the races. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of native harness racing Buckeyes returned to their roots this week and were successful in back-to-back races on Wednesday night at Miami Valley Raceway.   Ken Holliday and Brent Holland, prolific drivers with thousands of career victories and winners of dash titles at numerous tracks, are currently plying their trade within miles of the old Lebanon Raceway, where they learned many of their early lessons in their teens and twenties.   Holliday, other than a single 'Legends' race on closing night at Lebanon Raceway in 2013, has been sidelined by injury in recent years and attained his judge's license while on the mend. He has served stints in the judge's stand at both Pompano Park and Scioto Downs. On an interim basis, he has returned to driving and guided Wisher to a valuable victory in his very first start back.   Holland, who has fared well in both Chicago and at Yonkers Raceway since leaving Ohio years ago, trotted home a winner with Baby Blaze in a $5000 conditioned event.   The win for Wisher, in the final preliminary leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $5000 claimers, vaulted him into the $15,000 championship race next Wednesday (January 28). The race should be extremely competitive as the series produced ten different winners in ten preliminary leg races. Three other horses had a pair of second place finishes to create a logjam at the top of the standings in the series.   Wisher and two other horses who had a win and got another check in the two-week preliminary stage are guaranteed spots in the final. Ten other horses are tied for the final six spaces behind the starting gate, to be determined by a random judge's draw. The four horses that do not draw into the $15,000 championship will get berths in an $8000 consolation final along with the next five highest earners. A total of 50 horses competed in the preliminary legs of this particular series.   The finalists were also determined Wednesday night in the $12,500 claiming mares division. Impressive winners Melodie Hotspur and She's A Ball stamped themselves as the favorites for next week's $19,600 championship race with convincing scores.   Gregg Keidel  

BATAVIA, NY --- America's oldest lighted harness track, Batavia Downs Gaming, concluded its 67th season of live harness racing on Saturday night (Dec.7) with a 13-race program, billed as the Night of Distinction. Awards were presented in several categories by the President of Upstate NY Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, Tim Bojarski. Also trackside was delegate Sam Pendolino. Closing night featured a must pay out Pick-6 contest that over 300 racing fans participated in. Steven Bennett of Rochester and Daniel Coughlin of nearby Oakfield, picked the most winners and took home $500 each. For the second consecutive week, Dont Say Goodby ($16.60) used a strong drive in the lane to rally from far back and capture the featured $8,500 Open Pace in 1:54.4 over the fast track. OK Braveheart (Ken Holliday) sent the fractions of 27.1, 56.2 and 1:25.3 but called it a night just past the three-quarter marker. But it was a wake-up call for Dont Say Goodby there as driver Drew Monti sent him four-wide around the final turn and was by far the strongest in the race to the wire. He finished a length in front of Unicorn Hanover (Jim McNeight) while JS Tango (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished in third. "He's a really good horse," Rising Star Award recipient Drew Monti said. You just have to point him, he was loaded (with pace) at the wire. Trained by Charles Stewart and owned by Derek Menchhofer, Dont Say Goodby has now won seven times and has earned $67,827 this season and $165,487 lifetime. The meets dash leading reinsman, Shawn McDonough, ended the Western New York racing season with a driving four-bagger. John Mungillo was the Downs top conditioner. Live racing is tentatively scheduled to resume at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, pending New York Gaming Commission approval. Effective Sunday, December 8, simulcasting wagering is offered on a daily basis. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Lutetium made it three victories in four starts in the $8,500 Open Trot at harness racing's Batavia Downs as he scored a convincing two-length victory over Fiorentina in 1:57.4 over the fast track on Friday night (Dec. 6).   It was a typical win for Lutetium as driver Jack Flanigen sent the 6-year-old gelding right to the lead and told the remainder of the field "catch me if you can." He set the sizzling fractions of 28.1, 57.3, 1:26.4 on the cool evening and it proved to be more than enough. No one mounted a serious threat in stopping the front-running Lutetium ($4.10) from winning for the 11th time in 38 starts this year. Fiorentina (Ken Holliday) was second best while RA's Shakenbake (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot.   Lutetium (Credit Winner-Luby) is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw. The victory pushed his 2013 earnings to $58,134 and $185,806 lifetime.   The Batavia Downs' season comes to a close on Saturday night with a 13-race card scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. The feature is the $8,500 Open Pace where Goodnite Goodluck opens as the 5-2 morning line favorite. Ron Beback Jr. will drive Goodnite Goodluck and will score him from the five post.   The Pick-6 contest was not won meaning that the $1,000 pool will be paid out to whomever picks the most winners on Saturday night. Sign up to play begins at 5:00 p.m. at Players Club. The entire pick-5 pool must also be paid out.   The night will also feature the 'Night Of Distinction' where horses, trainers and drivers will be honored by the Upstate New York Harness Writers Association for their achievements at Batavia Downs and in Western New York during the 2013 campaign.   For more information on North America's oldest lighted harness track, click here. . By Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs    

Batavia, NY --- Thanksgiving is set for Thursday but Wednesday night (Nov. 27) at Batavia Downs, the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season will be front and center as many in the driver's colony, along with trainers and owners, will be donating their earnings from the 12-race program in support of Harrah's Philadelphia driver Anthony Coletta who was seriously injured in an on-track accident last Sunday (Nov. 17). The Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association will be making a donation on behalf of all the local horsemen to the Anthony Coletta Fund. But drivers John Cummings, Jr., Ken Holliday, Shawn McDonough, Ray Fisher, Jr., David McNeight III, Drew Monti, Jim McNeight, Kevin Cummings, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Denny Bucceri, along with trainers Ryan Swift and David McNeight, Jr., are taking it a step further. They are giving their entire night's earnings to the "Stay Strong Anthony Coletta" fund. Shawn McDonough, Batavia Downs' current leading driver, was the first to commit for the Coletta cause. He said, "I've never met him but I just want to support another driver and his family. It's Thanksgiving time and it just seemed like the right thing to do." The owners of Puff Mommy, My Red Hot Momma, Artsy Princess and Self Professed will contribute 10 percent of their earnings on Wednesday night to the cause. Batavia Downs' effort is being spearheaded by assistant parade marshall Jami Chatt, whose grandfather is former Western New York driving great Fred Haslip and mother is Cherie Chatt, who also was a driver. Chatt, who has never met Anthony Coletta, said, "Sometimes people tend to forget the dangers these drivers put themselves in so we can make a living or find enjoyment in the sport. I just want to help make the financial stress easier on Anthony's family." Besides the Batavia Downs drivers, trainers and owners giving their purse winnings on Wednesday, donations will be accepted at the track for those fans wanting to contribute to the "Stay Strong Anthony Coletta" fund. Fans will also be able to bid on a Batavia Downs Gaming package valued at $250, courtesy of the WNYHHA. The package includes one night hotel accommodations at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia, $50 in food and $100 in gaming free play for Batavia Downs Gaming. The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. in the Paddock Room. Todd Haight, Batavia Downs' General Manager of Live Racing, said, "I've always said the Western New York horsemen are extremely generous people. Wednesday should be a very special night around here. Now, hopefully the weather will cooperate." Batavia Downs is one of many tracks and organizations throughout North America that have stepped up and started fundraising campaigns for Coletta. It is hopeful that wristbands will arrive in time for Wednesday's card that fan can purchase in support of Coletta. For those not attending the races but who want to help out, a fund has been set up. You can make a contribution to the "Stay Strong Anthony Coletta" Fund, c/o TD Bank, 2653 South 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs  

Goodnite Goodluck Takes Batavia Downs Open Pace Again BATAVIA, N.Y. --- For the second consecutive week, Goodnite Goodluck ($6.60) was put in 'long-term parking' but once again he managed to survive the brutally long trip and snag the $8,500 Open Pace at Batavia Downs on a cold Saturday night (Nov. 23) in 1:58.1 over a good track. It was the second straight victory in the Open Pace and fourth in a row for the razor-sharp Goodluck Goodluck. He now has 10 wins on the season and $69,010 in the bank. Most Happy Rider (Kevin Cummings) handed out the parking tickets as Goodnite Goodluck (Ron Beback Jr.) never able to get to the rail. The tandem set fractions of 27.3, 57.3 and 1:27.2. Everyone in the field of seven had a shot as they turned for home but Goodnite Goodluck showed plenty of pace and heart, prevailing over Unicorn Hanover (Greg Merton) by a quarter length while Most Happy Rider ran a game third. Goodnite Goodluck (Bettor's Delight-Priority Overnight) is a 7-year-old horse owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by JD Perrin. He now has earned $291,397 in his career. Drivers Jim McNeight, Ken Holliday, Greg Merton and Ron Beback Jr. all recorded doubles on Saturday night. The racing action resumes on Wednesday night with 12 races on tap. The feature will be the opener on the card where a field of seven will go to the post in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. Red Star Fiona seeks her 14th win of the season and will start from the six hole with Ray Fisher Jr. in the sulky. There are just six live racing programs left on the 2013 schedule with the season finale on Saturday, December 7. For upcoming promotions, news, race replays and statistics, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs  

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Mystical Escapade was sent off as the heavy 1-4 favorite in the $8,500 Open Trot Friday night (Oct. 8) at Batavia Downs and the 4-year-old mare didn't disappoint as she scored neck victory over another mare, Fiorentina, in 1:57.4 over the fast track.  It was Mystical Escapade's third win in her last four starts in the Open Trot and it stamped her as a top contender for 'Trotter of the Year' at Batavia Downs. It looked like it was going to be a romp for Mystical Escapade (Greg Merton) as she took over the lead from Lutetium just before the three-quarter marker and looked like a sure-fire winner down the stretch. But Fiorentina (Ken Holliday) gobbled up ground late in the lane but came up a neck short as Mystical Escapade ($2.70) had just enough left in the tank. The pace-setting Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) held on for third. The victory was the eighth in 2013 for Mystical Escapade (Valley Victor-Armbro Orbital). She is owned by Empowered Racing and trained by Carl Smith. The win pushed her impressive seasonal total to $86,011 and $147,577 lifetime. The fifth race produced one of the biggest $2 win mutuel prices in Downs history when Extreme Balance with driver Jack Flanigen in the sulky was able to spring the major upset at odds of 168-1. The Jim Graham trainee returned $338 to win.  The racing resumes on Saturday night with a 12-race program on tap. The $8,500 Open Pace is set for the seventh race as What The Sheik is the 5-2 morning line choice with Ray Fisher Jr. scheduled to drive. For more information including upcoming promotions, race schedule, news and replays, click here      . by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

BATAVIA, N. Y. --- A drop in class proved to be the right move for Headingforaruckus Friday night (Oct. 18) as he captured the featured $7,000 Open II Trot at Batavia Downs. After competing recently in the Open Trot, Headingforaruckus ($6.80) may have faced a softer group but that didn't stop him from setting a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 in scoring the 1-1/2 length victory over Fiorentina. It was a battle to the quarter pole as Headingforaruckus (Dream Vacation-Headaches) played give-and-go with Fiorentina (Ken Holliday). Headingforaruckus managed to settle into the top spot and set the fractions of 28.2, 58.3 and 1:28.2. He was never in serious jeopardy of giving up the lead as David McNeight III kept the 6-year-old gelding on task the entire mile. Escrow Blue Chip (Ray Fisher Jr.) raillied and took the show position. It was the third victory of the season for Headingforaruckus who is owned by Dennis Beaver and trained by Jim Graham. The win pushed his 2013 earnings to $25,967 and $87,347 lifetime. There will be a 13-race program on Saturday night with post time scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The feature will be the sixth race where a full field of eight go for $8,500 in the Open Pace. Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) will start from post position four as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The entire 14-race Breeder's Crown card from Pocono Downs starting at 5 p.m. will be simulcast at Batavia Downs. The Pick-4 pool will be guaranteed at $3,000. Program pages for the Pick-4 sequence which begins on race three are available at www.ustrotting.com. There will also be a free $1,000 handicapping contest with the winner receiving $500. Sign up to play in the contest begins at 5:00 p.m. at Players Club. For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, statistics and race replays, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

BATAVIA, NY --- Longshot Honeybee Hershey ($34.20) found the passing lane to be a 'sweet' place to be on Wednesday night (Oct. 16) and won the $8,500 Filly and Mares Open Pace at Batavia Downs in a lifetime best of 1:55.2. Honeybee Hershey, starting from the rail with David McNeight III in the sulky, sat the garden spot through much of the race as Real Joy (Ron Beback Jr.) cut the fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:25.1. In the stretch, Honeybee Hershey dipped into the passing lane and responded under the urging of McNeight III to register the 1-1/4 length victory. Xenia Hanover (Ken Holliday) rallied to take the show position, who was hurt at the start along with others by the breaking You're Too Funny who scattered the field. Owned by Vince Orlando and trained by Courtney Ohol, the 6-year-old mare Honeybee Hershey (Blissful Hall-Original Artist) has now won three times this season and increased her seasonal bankroll to $20,601 and $96,198 lifetime. The racing resumes on Friday evening with a 12-race program set to begin at 6:30 p.m. The feature will be the $7,000 Open II Trot where Haste drops down from Open company and is tabbed the 5-2 morning line favorite. Haste will be driven by Jim McNeight and will start from the five post. For more information including race replays, upcoming promotions, news, statistics and schedule, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs  

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- It was the first start of the season for 56-year-old Rich Mays but it was a memorable one as he captured the 'Christopher Columbus Pace' aboard Mattgician Monday afternoon (Oct. 14) at Batavia Downs. Mays won the 'cannolis' as he drove the favored Mattgician ($4.40) past Listen Hanover (John Mungillo) in the stretch to score the 2-1/4 length victory in 2:00.1. Lima Jag (Drew Monti) took the show spot in the race where all drivers were of Italian descent. Mattigician is owned by Ashley Holliday and trained Mickey Holliday. Shawn McDonough, Jim McNeight, John Cummings Jr. and Kevin Cummings all registered driving doubles on the day. The racing resumes Wednesday evening at Batavia Downs with a 12-race card scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The feature is the $8,500 Open Pace for the fillies and mares. Xenia Hanover, who broke the Batavia Downs' track mark for filly and mares pacers with a 1:53 on Sept. 25, returns after a two-race stint at Vernon Downs and is the 5-2 favorite. Ken Holliday will score Xenia Hanover from the eight hole and will battle the 3-1 second choice in the razor-sharp Puff Mommy (Shawn McDonough) who will start from the seven spot. For more information including the latest news, statistics, promotions and upcming schedule.      . by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs  

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Beechwood Wayne turned the tables on Fireyourguns and won the featured $8,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (Oct. 12) at Batavia Downs. Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio), usually a closer, changed tactics and went to the front end from the seven hole. He set the fractions of 27.3, 57.0 and 1:25.3 as OK Braveheart and Beechwood Wayne drafted behind in second and third place respectively. Midway down the stretch, Beechwood Wayne gave the front-running Fireyourguns a taste of his own medicine and rallied in the passing lane for the length victory in 1:54.3 over a track labeled fast. OK Braveheart (Ken Holliday) held on for third. Despite being at the top of his game, Beechwood Wayne (Western Terror-Sanskrit Hanover) was overlooked by the betting public and returned $16.40 for the victory. It was his third victory in a row and ninth of the season, pushing his season earnings to $58,656 and $156,401 lifetime. Beechwood Wayne is owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by J.D. Perrin. The final matinee card of the season takes place this Monday (Columbus Day) when a 12-race program gets underway at 1:15 p.m. The 'Christopher Columbus Pace' returns and will go off as the sixth race. All drivers in the event are of Italian descent. There will also be $1 Sahlen's hot dogs, sodas and draft beer in the Paddock Room while in the clubhouse, purchase a buffet for $9.95 you'll receive $10 in free play after earning one point on the VLT machines in the new gaming floor. Brian Mazurek for Batavia Downs  

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- A better post and a driver switch to Ken Holliday turned out to be the winning tonic for OK Braveheart ($19.20) as he won the featured $8,500 Open Pace in 1:53.3 on a perfect Saturday night (Sept. 28) at Batavia Downs.   Stonebridge Rocket (Shawn McDonough) fired out and posted wicked fractions of 26.2 and 55.2 to the half. That prove to be a perfect set-up for the closers. Stonebridge Rocket stalled badly and OK Braveheart, who was third, came first over, and took a commanding two-length lead to the three-quarter marker in 1:24. The ever-dangerous closer Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) made a charge in the stretch but OK Braveheart was still 'OK' in the lane and won by 1-1/4 lengths at the wire. What The Sheik (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished third.   Owned by Ron and Paul Viele and trained by Alex Giuliani, OK Braveheart (Bettor's Delight-Color Me Beachy) now has seven wins in 2013 and $73,296 in the bank. It also pushed the 7-year-old's lifetime earnings to $554,919.   Besides guiding OK Braveheart to a $19.20, Holliday completed the driving double as he scored with Mattigician  who returned $30.00 for the win.   Ron Beback Kr. had a triple while Shawn McDonough, Kevin Cummings and David McNeight III each posted two wins apiece.   There will be racing on Tuesday and Wednesday night starting at 6:30 p.m. but no on-track wagering will be accepted as Batavia Downs prepares for its opening of the new Video Lottery Terminal area that will located on the ground floor, on Friday. Wagers came be made via the Batavia ITW simulcast center, Off-Track Betting, Batavia Bets or other simulcast outlets. The races can be seen as well on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester and surrounding areas.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, news and statistics, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Harness racing fans who skimmed through their programs Tuesday night at Batavia Downs probably looked twice to see a couple of names of popular drivers in the program that they haven't seen in a while.  Ken Holliday and Jack Flanigen both returned to the sulky Tuesday night and will continue to drive as the meet wears on. Holliday has suffered various injuries in his driving career and thus retired after his last drive at Buffalo Raceway on January 12, 2012.  Eventually he would become an associate judge at Pompano Park. But the fire to compete was obviously still there and he was back in the bike behind Charlie Beans in tenth race Tuesday, but finished a distant eighth. The 50-year-old Holliday has 5,092 lifetime victories and nearly $21 million in earnings. Flanigen was involved in a horrific spill at Buffalo Raceway on July 12th and has just recovered from his injuries that allowed him back in the sulky. The 47-year-old Flanigen also has impressive statistics, winning 4,088 races and nearly $12 million in purses. He drove three races on Tuesday night. He's scheduled to drive three tonight and twice on Friday as he slowly returns to the track. The 'watch' continues as well for John Cummings Jr. as he is three victories away from reaching the 2,000-win plateau in his career. Besides welcoming some familiar faces to the track, fans with be greeted with some nice pools to wager on tonight. The Guaranteed $3,000 Pick-4 kicks off in the third race while a carryover of $2,947 awaits patrons in the Pick-5 sequence which starts in the seventh race. The Guaranteed Pick-4 is part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and is also sponsored by Batavia Downs and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association. Free program pages for the sequence are available at the USTA website. The 12-race program Wednesday kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the entire card broadcast on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester and surrounding areas. For more information, promotions, race schedule, results and news, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek for Batavia Downs  

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