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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Back in 1989 when Kevin Cummings scored his first harness racing victory of his career behind Orlando Otto, he was just hoping someday he'd reach 1,000 driving wins. Well on Saturday night (April 17), he soared well beyond those dreams from way back when.   Cummings reached the 4,000 lifetime victory plateau in his brilliant career and did so in style by steering Atlantis to a $26.20 upset win in Buffalo Raceway's fifth race.   "I didn't think about four thousand wins until a few weeks ago. It kind of crept up on me," Cummings said. "But then I knew it was just a matter of time. Getting four thousand wins is great but now I am looking forward to getting four thousand and one."   The 50-year-old Cummings, with the 4,000 wins under his belt, added that to his list of accomplishments that includes six driving titles at Buffalo Raceway and four championships at Batavia Downs. He has netted over $18.7 million in career purse earnings.   It didn't take Cummings long to get to 4,001 as he guided Santana Beach ($12.60) to his fourth straight victory by capturing the $11,200 Class AA-Open Handicapped Pace by beating Mr Ham Sandwich by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.2, the fastest of the 2021 meet. Cummings completed the evening with three wins.   Watching Thor De Vie set splits of :28.0, :56.2 and 1:25.0, Santana Beach was in fourth and chomping at the bit to begin his first over journey heading toward the three-quarter marker.   From there, Santana Beach left the field in his wake and punched his ticket to the winner's circle. Mr Ham Sandwich (David McNeight III) was second while Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) took third.   Trained by Richard Roth and owned by Jason Newell, it was the fifth victory in eight attempts for the 9-year-old gelded Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip - Beachs Luck). The triumph upped his seasonal bankroll to $22,214 and $198,489 in his career.   In the co-main event, Mr Quaker trotted up a storm in deep stretch and cruised on by Southern Palms to take the $10,500 Class A-Open Handicapped Trot by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   Mr Quaker (Ray Fisher Jr.) followed the tempo-setting Southern Palms from third but drifted out to get into scoring position in the stretch drive. With a late burst approaching the wire, Mr Quaker ($6.30) rambled on past Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) while Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.), who made a brief costly break, collected herself in time to get third place.   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the fourth win in nine starts for the 6-year-old gelded Mr Quaker (Pilgrims Chuckie - Julia Jett. The victory jacked his 2021 earnings to $20,470 and $177,439 in his lifetime.   Fisher Jr. completed the night with five driving wins while Swift scored four training victories and Roth conditioned two.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 12-race program scheduled for 5 p.m.   For the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- With the temperature reaching over 80 degrees at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 10), it was perfect 'beach' weather, Santana Beach ($15.40) weather that is.   Rising up through the harness racing ranks the past few weeks, Santana Beach (Kevin Cummings) found his new level, the $10,000 Class AA-Open Handicapped classification, just fine by rolling to a two length victory over Southwind Onyx in 1:54.3, the fastest time of the 2021 meet.   Back on March 6, Santana Beach paced to a four length score in the Class C division in 1:56.4. From there, it's been a steady climb onward and upwards with success found at each tougher division. After a victory last week in the Class A bracket, it was time for another jump for Santana Beach and it turned out to be another win.   Sitting third past the half, Santana Beach started his first over journey and eventually went by the pace-setting Mr Ham Sandwich approaching the final panel.   In the lane, a 28.3 final split was more than enough for Santana Beach to collect his third straight victory and fourth in his last five appearances. Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) made a mild bid late to finish second while Stratosphere (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Owned by Jason Newell and trained by Richard Roth, it was the fourth win in seven tries for the 6-year-old gelded Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip - Beachs Luck). The victory jumped his seasonal earnings to $16,614 and $192,585 in his career.   Thor De Vie romped by 4-3/4 lengths in the $8,800 Class A pace by wiring the field for driver Kevin Cummings in a seasonal best of 1:54.4.   There was little drama in the event as Thor De Vie went the middle splits in :56.3 which proved to be too much for the rest of the field. Loaded Deck (Shawn McDonough) took the runner up position with Beachy Dream (Jim Morrill Jr.) placing third.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Lee Winters, Giuseppe Micchia and Paul Tandlmeyer, it was the second win in seven starts this season for Thor De Vie (So Surreal - Pebblebeach De Vie). The victory took his 2021 bankroll to $14,408 and $275,058 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings led the way for the drivers with four wins with Ray Fisher Jr. adding a pair. Lee Dahn and Ryan Swift had training doubles.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card set. There will be a guaranteed pool of $3,000 in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   For full race results, click here.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Harness racing driver Kevin Cummings was around the age of 8 when he began jogging horses with his dad, trainer John Cummings Sr. Not surprisingly, as Kevin Cummings approaches win No. 4,000 in his driving career, he counts his father as the most important influence on his life. John Cummings Sr., who passed away in 2019, won more than 700 races as a trainer. Among his top horses was Arm And A Leg, who in 2009 was named western New York's Horse of the Year by the Upstate New York chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. "He was an inspiration," Cummings said. "He was a hard worker. You try to remember all the tips he gave you, what you saw and how he would do things. He was a good horseman. There are horsemen and there are trainers, in my opinion. He was a horseman, for sure. "We went to the barn with him every day. We got to jogging and training at a young age, but he didn't just throw you in the cart. He made you earn that cart first. You had to work and learn the discipline at the other end." Cummings is one of four boys in the family, and the others - John Jr., Tony, and Todd - also have all won races as both drivers and trainers. In fact, Cummings' first win came in 1989 behind a horse named Orlando Otto, who was trained by Tony. "That was special," Cummings said. "It was my second drive. I remember I drove two for him that night. I won with Orlando Otto and the other one I had the seven hole and finished second. He paid $77 to place. That was a good night. That was a lot of fun." Of all the horses to pass through the family's stable, two of Cummings' favorites were Windjammer Munk and Arm And A Leg. Windjammer Munk, who raced from 1979 to 1987, was one of the earliest horses in his dad's stable. "He was probably the family pet," Cummings said. "He was a little horse, but he was tough. He would race. We kept him his whole life. "Arm And A Leg was a real special horse for us. I drove him in the open every week and he got assigned the outside because he was better than the rest. He never had it easy, but he liked it. He was a gutsy horse, and he didn't like to not do good. That would probably be the horse I remember the most. He was just a good horse." Other top moments for Cummings include two wins in the Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace at Batavia Downs. The first came with a local horse, Michael Scores, in 2006. He got the second victory in 2016 with Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history. A year later, Cummings won again with Foiled Again, this time in the George "Duke" Dranichak Memorial Invitational. It was Foiled Again's 96th lifetime triumph. He finished his Hall of Fame career with 109 wins, the eighth most for a pacer in history. "That was a big thing for me, to drive the richest horse ever," Cummings said. "He was a real easy horse to drive, just push-button. He was a special horse, you could tell. He just wanted it. I was two-for-two with him, but he did good for everybody." The 50-year-old Cummings trains a small stable of horses in addition to driving. He has been the winningest driver at Buffalo Raceway six times and at Batavia on four occasions. This year, he is third in the standings at Buffalo. "I'm having a pretty good year," Cummings said. "My horses are doing good, my stable, and I'm doing pretty good driving too right now. I can't complain." He is looking forward to getting win 4,000. Entering Thursday, he had 3,993 victories. "It means a lot," Cumming said. "Every thousand you get is a thousand more that you didn't have. It's a good milestone. I'd like to get to (5,000) but I don't know if it will happen. It's tough here because we only race a couple days a week. It doesn't accumulate as quickly." And just like that young kid who accompanied his dad to the barn all those years ago, Cummings still looks forward to getting to work with the horses. "You can't beat it," Cummings said. "You think about other things you could be doing, and you appreciate what you have. I've got it pretty good. I think that's what keeps me going." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Once Ellieonthemove got 'moving', there was no stopping her as she romped to a throttled down 1-3/4 length win over Laughing Emoji N in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,000 Class A-Open Pace for the fillies and mares on Wednesday night (April 7).   With the field being trimmed down to five due to the scratch of Blue Bell Bonnie, Ellieonthemove was parked for most of the opening quarter as Yankee Secret tried to take some of the starch out of her.   That ploy didn't work as once Ellieonthemove ($3.50) got in gear, there was no looking back.   Grabbing the front end after an opening split of :28.2, driver Kevin Cummings and Ellieonthemove were never in danger after that as he guided her to fractions of :58.0 and 1:27.1, crossing the line in 1:56.1 over the fast track. Laughing Emoji N (David McNeight III) rallied late for the place position with Yankee Secret (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Sidney Easton and trained by Anthony Cummings, Ellieonthemove (Well Said - Ireneonthemove) is a 6-year-old mare that has now earned $17,316 this season and $110,564 lifetime. It was her fourth victory in 10 tries in 2021.   In the $7,200 Class B Pace for the ladies, Robintheatm (Jim Morrill Jr.) collected her fourth straight win by holding off Supreme Dumpling (Billy Davis Jr.) by a half length in 1:56.4.   Robintheatm ($9.30) is owned by Mike Torcello and conditioned by Gerry Sarama. The 9-year-old mare has now bankrolled $13,825 on the season and $167,162 in her career.   Keystone Apache ($4.40) went first over just before the half and cruised home from there in collecting a four length score in 1:59.3 over Barn Beast (Kevin Cummings) in the $7.200 Class B Trot.   Owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock and trained by Maria Rice, it was the third decision in six attempts for Keystone Apache. The 6-year-old gelding has now produced $8,625 in winnings on the campaign and $232,367 lifetime.   Davis Jr. led the way with three victories in the sulky while Shawn McDonough and Morrill Jr. each collected a pair. Sarama, McDonough and Jim Graham each posted a pair of training wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 12-race card scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   For full race results, click here.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 'move' from Dover Downs to Buffalo Raceway hasn't fazed Ellieonthemove one bit as she powerfully romped to a 4-1/4 length harness racing victory over Wonderful World in 1:55.3 over the fast track in the featured $9,000 Class A-Open Handicapped Pace on Wednesday night (March 17).   Debuting in Western New York with a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:56.1 back on March 10, Ellieonthemove ($6.00) stepped up in class this week and handled the task with ease to make it two straight since her arrival.   Using a first over trip just past the half, Ellieonthemove (Kevin Cummings) went on even terms with the pace-setting Wonderful World (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the top of the lane. But in the stretch, Ellieonthemove was just way too strong and strutted away to the decisive win over Wonderful World while Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by Sidney Easton and trained by Anthony Cummings, it was the third victory in seven attempts this season for the 6-year-old mare Ellieonthemove (Well Said-Ireneonthemove). The win upped her 2021 bankroll to $11,760 and $105.058 lifetime.   Racing will resume on Saturday at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled. There will be a guaranteed pool of $6,000 in the Pick 5 beginning in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Weekend Atnannies made a step up in class at Buffalo Raceway but that didn't bother him one bit as he registered a solid 3/4 length win over Allstar Energy in the featured Class A-AA Handicapped Pace on Saturday night (March 6).   The move up the ladder was warranted as Weekend Atnannies won on February 13 by taking a Class B event by a neck in 1:56.3 in his last outing.   After relinquishing the lead for a brief moment early stage of the race to Allstar Energy, Weekend Atnannies (Kevin Cummings) retook the lead before the opening stanza and never looked back from there.   Setting splits of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28.3 over the fast track, Weekend Atnannies didn't face any pressure down the stretch and easily strolled to the victory in 1:57. Allstar Energy (Ron Beback Jr.) settled for second while Falcon's Luke (Shawn McDonough) took the show position.   Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra, Weekend Atnannies (Western Paradise-Lacoste Gal) is a 6-year-old gelding that has now won two of three starts this season. The win upped his seasonal earnings to $8,572 and $113,611 lifetime.   Drew Monti finished the evening with three driving wins while Cummings and Shawn McDonough had two apiece. Gerry Sarama had a training double.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. with 11 races on tap. There will be a $4,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick 5 starting in the second race.   For full race results, click here.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rock My World got to the front end early in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open harness racing pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (May 22) and was there at the finish line to notch the $26.80 surprise in a seasonal best 1:55.3.   Taking command right off the starting gate, Rock My World (Kevin Cummings) set reasonable splits of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:26.3 over the fast track.   With a few taps of encouragement down the home stretch, Rock My World easily held off the belated threat of Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) who was 1-1/4 lengths behind. The heavily-favored Lady London (Billy Davis Jr.) took the third place check.   Owned by Henry Conradt and conditioned by Mike Ohol, it was the fourth win in 15 appearances for Rock My World (Rock N Roll Hanover-Love The Game). The 7-year-old mare has now put $25,115 in the bank this season and $198,534 lifetime.   Davis Jr., Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, put three victories in the win column on the program while Jim Morrill Jr. doubled. David Russo collected a pair of training scores.   Racing will continue on Friday evening with an eight-race card slated for 5 p.m. There's a $598 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was certainly a 'dream' trip for Beachy Dream at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 11) and it resulted in a harness racing win in the featured $12,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting chilly behind the pace-setting Charmbo Orbit, Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) squeezed through an opening at the top of the stretch and managed to edge by China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) to capture the victory in a seasonal best 1:54.4 over the fast track.   Beachy Dream suffered a heartbreaking nose setback last week against the same company but this time as able to reverse his fortunes by the exact margin.   Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) set the fractions with splits of :28.4, :57.1 and 1:26.2. Drafting along in second, Beachy Dream wiggled free and won the charge to the finish line against China Dream who made a valiant attempt in the passing lane. Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) took third place.   "I was able to squeeze out just in time," a relieved Cummings said of getting Beachy Dream in position for the drive to the finish line. "Midway down the stretch, I knew it was going to be a battle with China Dream. I knew I had it at the line."   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the fourth victory in 13 tries for Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $32,045 in winnings this season and $212,185 in his career.   There were a pair of sub-featured $10,000 Class A paces on the program.   In the first division, Littlebitaclass made it two straight victories by sneaking past Manceiver (Cummings) in the shadow of the wire to take the neck decision in 1:54.1.   Driven by Drew Monti, Littlebitaclass (Santanna Blue Chip-Aspirine Semalu) is an 8-year-old gelding that is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was his fourth win in 16 starts, jacking his seasonal earnings to $25,685 and $207,055 lifetime.   The second bracket saw Low Card lead from start to finish and post a length triumph over Raylan Givens in 1:57.0.   Driven by Ron Beback Jr. and trained by James Clouser Jr., the 6-year-old gelded Low Card (Cam's Card Shark-Low Country Love) has now found the winner's circle four times in 16 outings for owner William Emmons. The victory upped his bankroll to $26,462 in 2019 and $153,884 lifetime.   Beback Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Monti all produced two driving wins on the night. Perrin finished with a training double.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a nine-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY --- After being involved in harness racing accident at Batavia Downs late last week, perennial western New York driving leader Kevin Cummings will not return to action until next year. While driving in the first race on Friday night (Dec. 7) Cummings horse made a break causing the horse directly behind to collide into him, hitting Cummings on the left-side back at full speed. The two horses became entangled but were brought to a stop in the clubhouse turn just past the half. Cummings and the driver of the other horse, Mike Caprio (who also became unseated), were evaluated on site immediately after the track was cleared. Caprio returned to drive the remainder of the night however Cummings was sent for further medical evaluation. After being examined in the hospital it was determined that Cummings had three broken ribs, torn cartilage and internal bleeding. He was sent home and is in the process of healing under the care of his personal physician. Given the severity of his injuries, Cummings estimated his time away from the sulky to be two to three months. "I always wear my safety vest under my colors. It's paid off in the past and it certainly paid of Friday. If I didn't have that thing on I would have crushed my entire rib cage and had extensive organ damage," said Cummings. "I always tell the young guys to make sure they use theirs because you never know when you are going down." Cummings, who is a four-time dash champion at Batavia Downs, is currently second in the standings this year with 102 wins and had a legitimate shot at taking a fifth title. This season saw him earn over $1.2 million in purses which is the tenth straight year he has gone over the million-dollar mark. For his career Cummings has won 3,820 races and over $17 million in earnings. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- As the rain came down, In Runaway Bay N splashed through it in a convincing gate to wire harness racing triumph in the $11,500 Open Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 1) at Batavia Downs. In Runaway Bay N (Kevin Cummings) took early command from post two and set down even early fractions; reaching the half in :58.3. As they rounded the second turn and headed up the backstretch Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) came first-over with Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) on his back and both tried to push the issue from there. Moving to the three-quarters Upfront Countryboy's bid stalled, forcing Iyq Yqr to go three-wide. When In Runaway Bay N tripped the timer there in 1:27.1 he seemed to be pacing stronger as the outside bid from both horses failed. The only challenge left would be from Dark Horse (Shawn McDonough) who had been sitting the pocket trip and was game to take his best shot. But as the race headed down the stretch In Runaway Bay N opened up two-lengths on everyone and paced home sharply to win in 1:55.2. In Runaway Bay N ($6.90) is owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo. The 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three has had a stellar year scoring eight wins and earning $66,125 in purses to date, Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) came from well off the pace in the $9,900 Open II undercard and out-muscled Western Rockstar A (Shawn McDonough) and Sunset Sid (Denny Bucceri) at the wire to win in 1:57.2. Owned by the Whiz Kids Stable, the Jeff Sorenson trained Golden Gun ($4.80) scored his eighth win of the year and raised his earnings total to $38,550 for 2018. Kevin Cummings scored a driving Hat Trick on Saturday leading all drivers on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- After getting the perfect trip, Southern Palms had just enough at the wire to win the $8,800 Open II Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 2). The race played out quite simply: Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) went to the top and Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) got the perfect pocket trip. After fisher cut fractions of :28.1 :58.2 and 1:28.2, Barn Winner rounded the last turn looking like the probable victor. But Cummings brought Southern Palms out for the stretch drive and after steady urging, nipped Barn Winner at the wire by a head in 1:58.3. Southern Palms registered his seventh win of 2018 for owner Mike Torcello who has now been enriched the sum of $57,991 by his gelding's performances this year. Western New York legend Gerry Sarama trains the winner. Sarama and Torcello also sent forth the winner of the $8,500 co-featured trot. Theresnoway (Jim McNeight Jr.) got away seven lengths behind the leading Striker Ace (Drew Monti) before pulling first-over past the half and rallying down the stretch to win by a length and upset the field at 14-1. Theresnoway ($31.80) also got his seventh win of the year, breaking a long drought since his last score on August 17. Kevin Cummings led all drivers on Friday night winning three races on the card. Cummings is now in sole possession of the dash win lead for the current Batavia Downs meet, sporting 88 wins so far. Drew Monti is second with 85 wins and did not visit the Purple Haze winner's circle at all on Friday. Racing resumes on Saturday night (Nov. 3) with post time set at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- After hitting the board in her last two starts, Roll With Faith got back to the top of her game winning the $10,400 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Oct. 24). The two-scratch race was down to five starters when Roll With Faith (Kevin Cummings) got away second off the gate behind A Crafty Lady (Drew Monti) who then took the girls to the half in :57.1. There, Badlands Delight (Shawn McDonough) was moving first over, but not fast enough for Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) who swung three-deep in front of the stands and drew alongside A Crafty Lady as they worked their way up the backside. As they passed the three-quarters in 1:25.3, A Crafty Lady packed it in and Kaitlyn Rae took the lead spot on the pylons. But with no time for even a breath, Roll With Faith was out and at her and the two paced in-sync around the last turn. The team pacing ended as the tandem was split up heading down the lane because Roll With Faith simply opened up and cruised away to a wrapped-up four-length win in 1:54.2. It was the 13th win of the season for Roll With Faith ($2.70) who has now earned $74,232 for owners Finish Line Investors, Larry Willer and John Mungillo, who also trains the mare. In the $8,800 Open II for distaff participants, Drinkin N Dancin (Ray Fisher Jr.) went gate to wire in 1:56.4 and registered her sixth win of the year for owners Rocco Stebbins and David Crumb. Joe Skowyra trains the winner. Kevin Cummings had three winners on the night to lead all other drivers on Tuesday. He now has 80 wins for the session and draws to within three wins of the current leader Drew Monti with 83. Monti had one win on Wednesday. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Oct. 26) with post time set for 6 p.m. When it does there will be a $493 carry over in the early Pick-5 wager and a guaranteed $1,500 pool for that bet. The early Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that begins in race one and runs through race five. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Kevin Cummings was red hot at Batavia Downs scoring wins in both features with In Runaway Bay and Nesh Cruiser along with three other victories to take five of the 10 races on the card. Cummings, who is currently the second leading dash driver of the meet, made a strong bid to retake the top spot after his performance on Saturday night (Oct. 20). . In the $11,000 Open Handicap pace, Dark Horse (Ray Fisher Jr.) left hard and seated In Runaway Bay N (Kevin Cummings) who also tried for the front early. After everyone took a seat the race went to the half in :56 flat. At that point Barry Hanover (Shawn McDonough) started the outer flow and Rock To Glory (Drew Monti) followed that move. As the race progressed to the three-quarters, Rock To Glory deserted his fading cover and tipped three-deep trying to get to Dark Horse. Almost out of that last bend, Barry Hanover finally packed it in and In Runaway Bay N nudged his way off the pylons between Dark Horse and Rock To Glory. As the top three argued towards the wire, In Runaway Bay N put away Dark Horse and held off a fast closing Rock To Glory to win by a half-length in 1:54.4. In Runaway Bay N ($8.70) scored his sixth win of 2018 and eclipsed the half-century mark in earnings, now boasting $53,550 this year for owner Mark Jakubik. In the $9,900 Open II pace, Nesh Cruiser (Kevin Cummings) tripped out behind Bugatti (Jim Morrill Jr.) to the head of the stretch before pulling out and going by to win by a nose in 1:54.4 for his eighth win of the year. Trainer RIchard Roth owns with Randy Roth and Robert Roth. Besides those two wins, Cummings also scored with Cotton Eyed Joe (1:57.2, $6.40), Terlingua (1:56.4, $8.00) and Keystone Keen (1:56.4, $6.10) to round out the five-bagger. Not to be outdone, the Downs leading driver Drew Monti also scored four wins on Saturday night as well. So after the last race ended, Monti is still on top with 82 wins for the meet with Cummings sitting right behind with 77. The early Pick-5 that was part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program with a $7,000 guaranteed pool produced an instant jackpot payoff $5,350.50 for a $1 ticket on the combination of 7-4-3-2-3. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon with post time set for 5 p.m. By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- She was perfect in September and has now started October the same way. Roll With Faith has owned the top pacing mares at Batavia Downs of late and proved it once again; winning her fourth consecutive $10,000 Open Handicap distaff feature on Wednesday evening (Oct. 3). Kevin Cummings sent Roll With Faith to the front of the scratch-shortened field and settled into a comfortable dictatorial position. Stepping off fractions of :29, :58.2 and 1:26.3, Cummings sat confident as Roll With Faith threw in a :28.2 final panel and won easily in 1:55. It was the 12th win of the year for Roll With Faith ($3.30) pushing her seasonal earnings to $65,309 for owners Finish Line Investors, Lawrence Willer and John Mungillo, who also conditions the winner. In the co-featured $8,800 fillies and mares Open II pace, Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) won in similar fashion, going gate to wire in domineering fashion. Fisher went :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before scooting home in :28.4 to pull away by three in 1:55.3. It was the 10th win of the year for Kaitlyn Rae ($3.20) who now has put $51,025 in the bank for her owner/trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum. Asher-Stalbaum also sent her win machine Quicksilvercandy A to the winner's circle for the 14th time this year and the 77th time in her career. Over the last two seasons this mare has won just under half of her lifetime races, bagging 35 wins over that period. It's also interesting to note that based on Wednesday's results, Quicksilvercandy A is tied in fourth for the most 2018 wins in North America and Roll With Faith is currently tied for sixth. Ray Fisher Jr. got the driving hat trick on Wednesday while Kevin Cummings and Shawn McDonough both scored driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 5) with post time set for 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- For the third week in a row and the fourth time in the last five outings, Roll With Faith dominated the Downs damsels by winning the $9,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 19). Roll With Faith (Kevin Cummings) watched from last while Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead and led the group to the quarter in :28.1. But Cumming's passive status ended before the three-eighths pole when he pulled Roll With Faith and started the long trek up the outside. Roll With Faith caught up with Little Joke up the backside in the midst of a speedy :27.4 third panel and the two began to battle from there. The pair went stride for stride around the last turn and into the stretch when both Davis and Cummings really started to work their mounts. They continued to shadow each other until halfway down the stretch when Roll With Faith got stout and pulled away to a length victory in 1:54.1. Roll With Faith ($7.30) has earned $60,309 this year on the strength of her now 11 wins for owners Finish Line Investors, Lawrence Willer and John Mungillo, who also trains the mare. In the $8,000 fillies and mares Open II pace, Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) also got away last and stayed there until the three-quarters when Monti drove up the middle of the pack and then found room in the last turn where he swung three deep and flew past everyone to win in 1:56. It was the fourth win of 2018 for Classy Lane Rose ($23.80) who is owned by Carl Monti. Darrin Monti trains the winner. Ray Fisher Jr. was the leading reinsman at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, winning five races on the card. He scored with Odysseus (1:54.3, $2.70), Fox Valley Lena (1:55.4, $7.10), No Talking (1:56.1, $14.00), Ali De Vie (1:58.4, $8.90) and Lake Shark (1:57, $9.40). After tonight's races, Fisher sits in fourth place for the meet in the dash driving title competition with 28 wins. He trails Kevin Cummings and Drew Monti who are tied for first with 55 wins each and Billy Davis Jr. who is a solid third with 42 victories of his own. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 21) when eight divisions of the $320,000 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) consolation races will be held. Also the richest standardbred of all time, Foiled Again will be racing in his seventh and final appearance at the Downs as he makes his way towards retirement at the end of the year. Post time for the first non-betting NYSS event is 5:20 p.m. Post time for the first betting race on the card is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- For the second time in three weeks, Validus Deo laid claim to being the best pacer in western New York after winning the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 15). The starter released the field and they all hit the pylons in draw order going into the first turn. Halfway up the backside, Bugatti (Ron Beback Jr.) pulled to advance but Valudis Deo (Kevin Cummings) swooped three-deep around him and took the lead by the quarter in a tepid :28 and at that point, the race was won. Validus Deo motored down to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24 flat as Whosurpapa (Billy Davis Jr.) tried to challenge first-over but didn't have any answers once out there. Rounding the last turn Cummings got more aggressive with his drive, knowing the pocket-sitting Barry Hanover (Shawn McDonough) was ready to pounce. As that situation unfolded, Validus Deo was up to the challenge and maintained his lead to the wire in 1:52.2, which was a new seasonal mark for the winner. Validus Deo ($5.70) registered his ninth win of the year and 35th of his career for trainer/driver Kevin Cummings who co-owns the winner with Matthew Rosiek and Robert Johnson. The $9,000 Open II was won by Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) who got away last before sliding up to fourth along the pylons past the half and shaking loose three-deep at the top of the stretch to pull away and win by a length in 1:52.4. It was the 11th win of the year for Upfront Countryboy ($17.40) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr. The fastest mile of the night was orchestrated by Lucan Hanover (John Cummings Jr.) who went wire to wire in 1:52 in an upper level condition race. The very classy $1.1 million earner Lucan Hanover ($5.10) took up residency at Batavia Downs in early August after a private purchase by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing. Maria Rice trains the winner. Drew Monti led all drivers on Saturday with three wins followed by John Cummings Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. who both had two. There was no winner in the early Pick-5 wager on Saturday, meaning there is a carryover pool of $620 for the early Pick-5 when racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at 5 p.m. DIrector/General Manager of Live Racing Todd Haight has also announced that the early Pick-5 pool will be guaranteed at $1,500 on Wednesday. By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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