Success came in bunches for four horsemen and one horsewoman at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 9) as the five involved accounted for a total of 12 driving and 6 training wins during the card.
The driving colony was once again bested by Jim Morrill Jr. who claimed a quintuple in the sulky, including winning one of the featured $10,000 conditioned distaff paces with Jb’s Star Dancer.
Morrill left from post eight, dropped in behind Filly Speaks (Drew Monti) and then drafted there until the stretch where he took the lead and claimed a one length upset victory in 1:57. Jb’s Star Dancer ($28.00) is owned by Mike Torcello, trained by Sammy Smith and was one of three wins for Smith on Wednesday.
Morrill completed his big day winning behind Explosive Leggs (2:00.4, $3.00), Racksmach N (1:57.2, $2.40), Greystonefastmyles (1:57.4, $6.10) and Party Shaker (1:57.1, $2.60).
Next came Kevin Cummings who had a four-bagger at the lines behind Ellieonthemove (1:56.4, $13.00), China Dream (1:57.3, $4.60), My Standards (1:57.1, $2.80) and Ready Set Rock (1:56.3, $2.80).
Finally, Denny Bucceri registered a driving hat trick, including winning the second $10,000 conditioned distaff pace with Tuapeka Jessie N.
Sapphire Love Chip (Shawn McDonough) cut the half in :58.2 before Bucceri made a big three-wide move with Tuapeka Jessie N approaching three-quarters. Tuapeka Jessie N cleared, entered the turn and then ran off the screen coming home to win by five open lengths in 1:57.2. Tuapeka Jessie N ($6.20) is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags and Team Rice Racing and was one of three winners trained by Maria Rice during the night.
Bucceri solidified his triple behind Night Flyer K (1:59.2, $3.70) and Scrub Hanover (1:57.1, $10.00).
Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Nov. 12) at 6 p.m. and there is another carryover available. The Jackpot Hi-5 Pentafecta in the 13th race will start with $3,112 in the pool. Free full past performance race programs for all live race days can be downloaded by visiting the track’s website at bataviadownsgaming.com and clicking the “Live Racing” tab and then you watch all the races live on the Batavia Downs YouTube channel.
Photo by Wendy J. Lowery.