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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Passion R Virginie unleashed a big rally in the passing lane and then had to sweat out a steward's inquiry before being declared the winner in the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (April 13).   It was the third straight victory for Passion R Virginie who beat Mach This Way by a neck in a seasonal best 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Sitting fifth turning for home, driver Shawn McDonough and Passion R Virginie ($26.60) were just yearning for some room in passing lane. They found a slight opening and took advantage of it with a rush to overtake the stubborn pace-setting Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.). Memumsnotnice (Billy Davis Jr.) finished in third.   While the photo showed Passion R Virginie ahead at the wire, there was a steward's inquiry about a possible pylon violation at the top of the stretch. But by the time McDonough and Passion R Virginie even returned to the winner's circle for the photo shoot, the stewards had found no reason for a disqualification and the result stood.   Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by McDonough, it was the fifth win in 12 starts for the 9-year-old Passion R Virginie (Shanghi Phil-Decibelle Ray No). The win pushed her bankroll to $21,458 this season and $300,856 lifetime.   Davis Jr. finished the evening with a four-bagger while Drew Monti doubled.Trainer JD Perrin conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with another 11-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Little Santamonica ($6.90) unleashed a furious rally in the stretch and stunned Mach This Way by a head Wednesday night (Feb. 10) to take Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace for harness racing fillies and mares in 1:59.2 over the sloppy track.   It appeared that Mach This Way had things under control at the top of the stretch with a brush to take the lead. But Little Santamonica, who was sitting dead last at the three-quarter marker, quickly began picking off horses one by one on the far outside to move into contention.   In the race to the wire, Little Santamonica had driver Shawn McDonough holding on tight as the pair zoomed past Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) who were left in total disbelief. A sizzling 28.3 final panel proved to be the difference. Charmschooldropout (Jim McNeight) took the show position.   Owned and trained by Jordan Hope, it was the first win in five tries in 2016 for Little Santamonica (Little Steven-Tonianne N) whose last six attempts came at Yonkers Raceway. The 8-year-old mare has now won $5,700 this year and $323,563 lifetime.   Driver David McNeight III continued his torrid pace as he posted a four-win night while Todd Cummings tripled and Ray Fisher Jr. added a double. Trainers Kirk Desmond and David McNeight Jr. each had a pair of victories.   Racing resumes Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled for 5 p.m. Ronnie Wrenn Jr., one of the top drivers in North America, is slated to participate in 11 of the 12 races.   For more information including the latest news, replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cold Certified ($4.30) proved to be too hot to handle in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot Friday night (Jan. 29) with a convincing 1-1/4 length harness racing victory over Strong Hope in 1:59.1 over the fast track.   After competing at Yonkers and Woodbine Raceway since November, Cold Certified (Shawn McDonough) seemed to adapt well to his new home at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   Lutetium, as usual, darted straight to the lead from the eight post while Cold Certified was able to draft along in second place through fractions of 29.0, 59.1 and 1:29.4.   At the top of the stretch, Lutetium began to call it a night while Cold Certified was just getting into gear. Dropping into the lightning lane as soon as possible, Cold Certified roared to the top and posted a 29.1 last quarter to draw away smartly for the victory. Strong Hope (Jack Flanigen) rallied for second with Im The Cash Man (Drew Monti) taking the show spot.   Cold Certified (Kadabra-I Like Stephanie) is co-owned by Paul and Ronald Louis Viele and is trained by Alex Giuliani. It was the first victory in three starts this season for the 7-year-old gelding. Cold Certified has now earned $7,330 in 2016 and $438,337 in his career.   Driver Kevin Cummings continued on a torrid pace, getting four victories on the night. He now has seven wins in the past two race cards.   Trainers JD Perrin and Giuliani each had doubles.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled for 6 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, the latest news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Batavia, NY---Lucky Nadotremblay was pushed every step of the way Saturday night (Dec. 5), but the harness racing  performance of a lifetime got him across first in the $10,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs. Leaving from post one, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) was immediately greeted by Adversary Seelster (Ron Beback Jr.) and Jokerman (Jim McNeight) as the race rounded the first turn. The treble cavalry charge ferociously continued up the backside and to the quarter in :27.1 before Jokerman pulled off from three-high and dropped in second-over behind Adversary Seelster. Adversary Seelster continued to pace side by side with Lucky Nadotremblay past the half in :56 but started to do the backstroke by the three-quarters in 1:24.4. At that station Cobble Beach (Dave McNeight III) who had been tracking from fifth, tipped three-wide around the fading competition to move alongside Lucky Nadotremblay which started a two-horse competition that pulled away from the field. Cobble Beach inched closer and closer but Lucky Nadotremblay refused to lose and hung on to win by a neck in 1:53.4, which was a new lifetime mark for the victor. It was the eighth win of the year for Lucky Nadotremblay ($7.20) and it boosted his 2015 earnings to $65,320 for owners Paul Viele and Ronald Louis Viele. Alex Giuliani trains the 5-year-old son of Blissful Hall. Veteran reinsman Jack Flanigen put on a show, winning five races on the card that included the first four straight events. He scored with Big Dutch ($2.60), Bondy N ($2.10), Boots N Bourbon ($4.90), China Dream ($7.00) and Keystone Dalton ($2.50). Dave McNeight III won three and Ron Beback Jr. scored a double. James Clouser Jr. had a training hat-trick while Jim Graham and Maria Rice conditioned two winners each. The final week of racing kicks off on Wednesday night (Dec. 9) with post time set for 6:15 p.m. The meet is down to the final three nights of live racing for 2015. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Batavia, NY---Before returning last week, Little Santamonica hadn't competed at Batavia Downs since early in the 2014 meet when she won back to back Open distaff races. It took her a week, but she regained her old form at the Genesee County oval on Wednesday night (Nov. 11) in winning the $10,000 Open mares pace. Little Santamonica (Shawn McDonough) took a seat early and watched as three-straight winner, Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings), battle her way to the lead in a swift :27 quarter over a track rated "good". Then as she has done for the past three weeks, Memumsnotnice proceeded to lead the field by a loose two-lengths en route to tripping the three-quarters in 1:25.3. At the top of the last turn, Ding (Jack Flanigen) took her best shot, getting almost alongside the leader. But that advance gave Little Santamonica (who had been locked in fourth) just enough room to swing off the pylons and tip three-deep. From there, McDonough needed little urging as the mare flew down the lane past the leader to win in 1:55.3. It was the tenth win of the season for Little Santamonica ($7.40) and the winner's share of the purse boosted her annual earnings to $79,735 for owner Jordan Hope, who also trains the mare. Shawn McDonough scored the natural driving hat-trick in races five through seven with Enzo Seelster ($13.80), Red Clay ($2.70) and Little Santamonica ($7.40). Kevin Cummings, Ron Beback Jr. and Jim McNeight also scored driving doubles. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 13) with post time at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---Write That Down proved that last week's Open II win was no fluke as he took on harness racing's best resident trotters Friday night (Oct. 30) and came out on top in the $9,500 Open trot at Batavia Downs. When prohibitive post-time favorite Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) left from post six to take the lead, the rest of the field stood down and followed in post one-through-five order behind him. After a :28.1 quarter, the leader started to back-off the pace and that is when Write That Down (Shawn McDonough) pulled and started his move. Slowly and methodically, Write That Down advanced on the outside and drew within a length of the leading Lutetium at three-quarters in a brisk 1:27.3. When the race rounded the last turn, these two separated themselves from the rest of the field; Lutetium at the pylons and Write That Down to his right flank. With both Cummings and McDonough rocking and knocking down the lane, Write That Down nosed out Lutetium at the wire in 1:57.2. It was the seventh win of the year for Write That Down ($15.80) including three wins at Batavia Downs in only four starts here and his owners Scott Beecher and Daniel Seidberg have now banked $43,642 on account of the 4-year-old's efforts. Jeff Sorenson trains Write That Down. Ron Beback Jr. piloted three winners on the night and Jack Flanigen had two. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 31) with a special Breeders Cup matinee that gets underway at 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Batavia, NY---In what could only be described as an unbelievable display of relentless heart by a racehorse that was managed by a masterful drive, Write That Down, under the guidance of harness racing driver Shawn McDonough, won the $7,700 Open II trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 23). Tequila Haze (Jim McNeight) and Justgottogetthere (Ron Beback Jr.) both left for the lead with the latter getting it by the quarter. Then the field stayed seated past three-eighths before an outer flow began. Write That Down, who was lightly regarded by the betting public, was sitting last at the half in :58.3. After the group rounded turn-three, Serious George (Jack Flanigen) tipped three-high around three horses parked out, and started to gain momentum up the backside. This left Write That Down in an impossible spot; last behind a wall of horses that at this point, were going nowhere. As they headed into the last bend, Serious George cleared and took command of the race while mid-pack hangers, Iain'tnomamaluke (Denny Bucceri) and Leave Your Mark (Kevin Cummings), both packed it in. Their demise gave Write That Down just enough room to finally pull off the pylons and swing four-wide at the top of the stretch. From there, McDonough had Write That Down trotting out of his shoes as they flew down the stretch. McDonough seemed to have the Serious George measured as Write That Down got by him just before the wire to win in 1:58.2. This was the sixth victory of the season for Write That Down ($19.20) and the second win in three Batavia Downs starts this year. The 4-year-old Crazed gelding has now earned $38,892 in 2015 for owners Scott Beecher and Daniel Seidberg. Jeff Sorenson trains Write That Down. Arduous efforts were put in by several horsemen on Friday night. John Cummings Jr. had a driving grand slam while Kevin Cummings, Jim McNeight and Ray Fisher Jr. all registered doubles. Trainers JD Perrin and Carl Smith also sent two winners each to post. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 24) with post time set for 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Batavia, NY---Since coming to Batavia Downs three starts ago, Button Fly had yet to taste harness racing victory after three narrow decisions. But class relief and post one worked wonders for him this week as he captured the $8,400 Open II pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 17). After yielding the lead to Gold Star Spike (Drew Monti) at the eighth pole, Button Fly (Shawn McDonough) pulled and retook the lead by the quarter and never looked back. After putting the field to sleep in a stodgy :58 half, Button Fly paired :28.1 and :28.2 final panels en route to an easy two-length win in 1:54.3. Sent off as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite, Button Fly ($2.40) captured his fifth win of the year and boosted his 2015 earnings to $40,285 for owners David Ball and Jerry Reinhart. Winning driver, Shawn McDonough, also conditions the 5-year-old Lis Mara gelding. Shawn McDonough had a very productive night, winning four races as a driver as well as two as a trainer. His driving wins included Red Clay ($2.70), Kruella ($3.80), Button Fly ($2.40) and Enzo Seelster ($17.00); the last two he also trains. Kevin Cummings scored a driving double as did Dave McNeight III. Trainer Dave McNeight Jr. conditioned two that visited the winner's enclosure. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 21) at a new, earlier post time of 6:15 p.m. This will be the post time for all evening cards for the remainder of the 2015 meet. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The top three in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings showed the way on Friday night (April 24) as the harness racing trio combined for seven victories on the 12-race card.   Drew Monti, who sits in third place in the rankings, had a triple and moved his seasonal total to 71. Last season, he posted 86 victories the entire season at Buffalo Raceway.   Leading driver Kevin Cummings had a double and now has 121 wins in 2015. Shawn Gray, who sits in second place with 72 trips to the winner's circle, also had a double.   It was bombs away in the ninth race as Shawn McDonough drove Girls Luv Diamonds to a $72.00 victory.   Looking ahead to Saturday's card, sometimes it's all about timing and luck. For Eim Racing and trainer Bradley Jackson, it was perfect timing and the luck of the draw.   They won 'the shake' from multiple claims put in on Dedalos in last week's semi-finals of the Niatross Claiming Knockout 'B' Series for $7,000 and are now in line for a couple of big paydays if things work out right starting Saturrday.   Dedalos, who drew the three post, is the 3-1 choice on the morning line in the Niatross $24,500 championship which highlights the program at Buffalo Raceway.   After winning the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'A' Series back on March 7th, Dedalos automatically earned a spot in the $25,000 Invitational set for Saturday, May 9th along with Goddess's Justin, It Was An Honor and Delightful Caitlin.   But with a spot already secured in the Invitational, Dedalos and his new owners would love nothing better than winning both ends. Riding a three-race win streak in the series, Dedalos posted the fastest time in the semi-finals last week with a 1:57.1. But don't expect things to be easy.   Jettison starts from the seven post. He's been claimed in three consecutive weeks in the series and ends up in the finale for co-owners Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable and trainer Darren Taneyhill. Jettison, pegged at 4-1 in the morning line, has had two wins and a pair of second place finishes in his last four starts. Unfortunately, his losses have come to Dedalos.   Secluded Island is a dangerous 5-1 and scores out of the six spot. He cruised to a two-length win in the other semi-race last week in 1:58.0 and has four victories in his last five starts.   The field from the inside out include Full Circle Spirit (Ron Beback Jr.), Nighthawk Hall (Kevin Cummings), Dedalos (Shawn Gray), K C Colt (Jim McNeight), Tymal Torch (David McNeight III), Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen), Jettison (John Cummings Jr.) and Feets Of Magic (Drew Monti).   The top four finishers, as in the 'A' series, will advance to the $25,000 Invitational on May 9th.   The $10,000 consolation race of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will go as the sixth race while the $9,500 conditioned pace is set for the second.   Post time for the solid 12-race card is 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing veteran Peenie found out if at first you don't first succeed, try, try again. After starting three times off the rail in his last four starts, Peenie attempted to go wire-to-wire in each start but couldn't complete the task.   But Saturday night (March 21) in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway, driver Kevin Cummings gave Peenie another chance on the front end and he passed the test with a length victory over Giant Sculpture in 1:57 over the sloppy track.   Peter Pumpkineater briefly took the lead in the race to the opening quarter pole, but Peenie wasted no time in re-taking and reaching the half in a brisk 57.4. The closers were in perfect position to challenge in the stretch but Peenie showed no quit and posted the win over Giant Sculpture (Shawn Gray). Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third.   It was the first victory in eight tries this season for Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) and the 50th of his career. Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelding has now earned $12,470 in 2015 and $644,849 lifetime.   In the $8,800 conditioned sub featured pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) used a slick move between the opening quarter and the half to take the lead and never looked back to score a 1-1/4 length decision over Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:58.2.   Sitting in third approaching the top of the stretch the first time, Lucky Nadotremblay was able to slip thorugh along the inside as King Otra (Drew Monti) and American Bull (Cummings) battled three-wide.   Taking over the lead to the half, Lucky Nadotremblay ($19.60) enjoyed a two-length edge at the top of the lane and was in cruise control to the finish. Bakken used a late kick to take second while Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) finished in third.   The victory was the third in nine starts this season for Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissful Hall-Periella Hanover). Owned by the Nickel City Ranch Stable, the 5-year-old horse is trained by Ron Van Wagoner. The win upped his 2015 bankroll to $15,488 and $77,977 in his career.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m at Buffalo Raceway.   For more information including race replays, the latest news, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Friday nights continued to be 'fright nights' for the chalk players at Buffalo Raceway as the long shots dominated the 12-race harness racing card once again.   Post time favorites have been victorious just 11 times in the past three Friday night programs. There were eight double digit win mutuels this week (March 20) with Lady Jill (Shawn Gray) topping the list with a $33.40 price. The average win price on the night was $12.50.   Shawn McDonough returned this week from Pompano Park and led the hit parade with three driving victories. He guided Columia County ($12.60), Real Joy ($12.80) and America Ferrera ($16.40) to upset wins.   Drivers Ron Beback Jr., Shawn Gray, Jack Flanigen and Kevin Cummings all doubled.   Brandi Somerville had a training double.   Racing will return on Saturday night with a 12-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY---With the horses that finished 1-2 in last week's top pace going off co-favorites, newcomer No Real Surprise (who won the Open II last week in a faster mile) was overlooked. But when he came away with the victory in the $11,000 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 6), it was no real surprise to his connections. The gate released a cavalry charge as Just Frank (Rock C. Vinci) parked out Union Man Hanover (Kevin Cummings) and Youwillwishyouhad (John Cummings Jr.) who was bound and determined to take the front. As the three-pack hit the quarter in :27.1, Cummings Jr. got his way and drifted down to the pylons to lead the field. However no sooner did that occur that the eventual winner, No Real Surprise (Shawn McDonough), came first over and refused to give Youwillwishyouhad a breather. When the pair drew even at the three-quarters in 1:26.2, they paced in tandem from there in what simply became a match race. With whips and lines raised, Cummings Jr. and McDonough's charges went stride for stride around the far turn and halfway down the stretch. At that point No Real Surprise got a slight advantage that he held to the wire, winning by a half length in 1:58. Youwillwishyouhad gallantly hung on for second and What The Sheik (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) was much the best of the rest. It was the eleventh win in 31 starts for No Real Surprise ($12.80) who was a recent acquisition from Yonkers Raceway for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable. The winner's share of the purse raised his 2014 earnings to $69,509. No Real Surprise is trainer by Ron Van Wagoner. Driver John Cummings Jr. had the hot hand winning three races on the night with Drew Monti and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. both registered driving doubles. With the conclusion of Saturday night's card, the Batavia Downs summer-fall meet came to a close. Live racing will resume at the track on July 14, 2015, pending date approval from the New York Gaming Commission. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---After taking the top mares trot just seven days ago, Fiorentina came right back and forced her hand again while winning the $9,000 Batavia Downs harness racing feature on Friday night (Dec. 5). At the start of the race as Fiorentina (Kevin Cummings) was going to the front, Iza Bella (Shawn McDonough) made a break and scattered the field. So when Fiorentina hit the quarter in :28.4, the five horses behind her were spread out 12 lengths apart. As the race progressed with Fiorentina calling the shots, the group tightened up behind her and by the three-quarter pole, the five were double-decked and within three lengths of each other. But they were arguing for minor spoils as Fiorentina was trotting with desire and was not about to be denied. The 5-year-old Angus Hall mare won in 1:59.3 by two and one-half lengths. Dayplanner (Dave McNeight III) was second and Iza Bella recovered from her break to finish third. It was the seventh win in 22 starts this year for Fiorentina ($5.30) and it raised her earnings total to $49,380 for owners Frank Lamacchia and Guy Polillo. John Mungillo trains the winner. Drivers Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Dave McNeight III all scored driving doubles on the night. The 2014 Batavia Downs meet has come down to its final 24 races and the action begins on Saturday (Dec. 6) at 12:15 when the first half of a closing day double-header kicks off. The nightcap begins at 6:35 and both cards feature 12 races. The Pick-6 carryover in $9,034 and it will be paid out tomorrow.   Tim Bojarski

Batavia, NY-- An abbreviated field of five turned into a two horse race in Batavia Downs $11,000 Open trot on Friday night (Nov. 28) and for the fifth time of the harness racing meet, Lutetium prevailed. Driver Kevin Cummings utilized a very unconventional strategy with the front-running Lutetium, letting Second Hand News (Shawn McDonough) cut the mile and then taking a two-hole trip. Second Hand News proceeded to dictate the pace with fractions of :28.2, 1:00 and 1:29.4 through the cold night air while Lutetium followed snug in second and the rest of the field watched from behind. At the top of the stretch Cummings pulled the pocket and Lutetium brought game while methodically running down the race-long leader to the wire, eventually winning by a head in 1:59. Second Hand News was second and Absolutely Certain (Ron Beback Jr.) finished third. The victory was number 16 overall for the year for Lutetium ($5.30) and pushed his earnings to $90,190 for owner Colleen Girdlestone. The 7-year-old Credit Winner gelding is trained by Mark Laidlaw. Drivers Kevin Cummings and Dave McNeight III had outstanding nights in the bike as they both won four races on the card. Ron Beback Jr. also registered a driving double. Lofty superfecta payoffs continued in race 12 at Batavia as the 4-5-6-7 combination returned $7,647. Live racing resumes on Saturday (Nov. 29) at Batavia Downs with the first of two double header cards being presented on the last two Saturdays of the meet. Post times are set for 12:15 and 6:35. Tim Bojarski

Batavia, NY---Employing her patented late brush after tracking an early speed duel, Bazooka Terror ($4.00) dismantled a field of top distaff pacers in the $8,500 mares Open at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 8) night. Fiftyonefifty (John Cummings Jr.) and Soaring Honey (Dave McNeight III) battled each other hard for half a mile, each taking a lead through fractions of :27.1 and 56. By the time those two decided to play nice, last week's winner Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) came first over with Dontch Remember (Shawn McDonough) and Bazooka Terror (Kevin Cummings) in tow. Just as Infrontigo Hanover took the lead halfway up the backside, Cummings tipped Bazooka Terror three-deep and paced around the field like they were tied to a post. Once the mare cleared, Cummings put the whip on his shoulder and let his charge close out the race. Bazooka Terror paced away to a devastating six-length wrapped-up victory in 1:53.4. Dontch Remember was second and Mondatta (Mike Caprio) was third. It was the ninth win in 35 starts for Bazooka Terror and pushed her 2014 earnings to $71,307 for owner Leonard Segall. Although the clocking was not a lifetime mark for the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror, it was the fastest she had ever paced over a half-mile track. Bazooka Terror is trained by James Clouser Jr. Kevin Cummings, John Cummings Jr., Ron Beback Jr. and Shawn McDonough all scored driving doubles on the night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 10) at 6:35. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---After getting hung out to dry last week, Armed Dangerously ($6.10) bounced back with the best effort of his career in winning the $9,000 trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 26). At the onset of the race, Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) made a laborious trip to the front after being parked out by Starlitestarbrite (Shawn McDonough) in :28.4. Then after taking his two-length lead past the half, Dartmouth Hall (John Cummings Jr.) initiated the outer flow and took Armed Dangerously (Jim Morrill Jr.) along with him. When the pair drew near Justgottogetthere before the three-quarter pole, Cummings elected to tuck Dartmouth Hall in behind the leader while Morrill urged Armed Dangerously to trot on. Morrill's decision ended the race because Armed Dangerously pulled away around the last turn and down the stretch to post a wrapped-up, three-length victory in 1:57.4. The winning time was a new lifetime mark. Justgottogetthere gallantly hung on for second and Force Nine (Ron Beback Jr.) closed to show. It was the seventh win in 21 starts this year for the 5-year-old Cash Hall horse and it drove his annual earnings up to $38,511 for owner Mike Torcello. Armed Dangerously is trained by Gerry Sarama. There were also two divisions of the CKG Billings amateur driver series on the docket. The first $4,500 division went to Windsong Destroyer ($16.40) driven by Richard Roach and the second $4,500 division went to Allpointsbulletin ($6.60) driven by Steve Oldford. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. piloted three winners on the night while Drew Monti registered a driving double. Morrill is currently the second ranked percentage driver in North America among all reinsmen starting at least 500 times this year. He is boasting a gaudy .403 UDR which is only .005 from the top spot. Racing resumes on Saturday night (Sept. 27) at Batavia Downs with a 6:35 scheduled post. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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