After a perfect steer from Kyle Cummings, Flying Finn N finished strong to register his season’s best effort in the $15,000 Open I Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 3).
Flying Finn N traded leads with Art Scene (Jim Morrill Jr.) off the gate, but landed in front for good just past the :28.2 first quarter. With no imminent aggression near the leader, Flying Finn N hit the half in :57.4 and circled the third turn before he needed to look to his right. It was at the five-eighths pole when Stop Action (Kevin Cummings) entered the picture and drew alongside Flying Finn N to match strides to three-quarters and around the final bend. At the top of the stretch Stop Action stalled, but the tripping Art Scene found the passing lane while Just Plain Loco (Dave McNeight III) swung wide for the drive. But try as they might, neither would get closer than a length to Flying Finn N who was confidently ridden-out by Cummings to claim a one-length victory in a seasonal mark of 1:53.3.
It was the sixth win of the year for Flying Finn N ($7.90) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by Jim Clouser Jr.
Cummings and Clouser doubled up after they also won with Jeremes General (1:57, $2.60) three races later.
In the $13,000 upper-condition co-feature, American Trademark (Keith Kash) got a perfect pocket trip behind Thor De Vie (Jim Morrill Jr.) before shaking loose in the lane to claim a 1-¼ length win in 1:54.2. It was the seventh win of the year for American Trademark ($4.50) who is owned by L’Emmur Stable. Kash also trains the winner.
Kash joined the double club by adding Breakout Session (1:54.1, $6.50) to his win tally Saturday.
The Batavia meet's leading driver, Kevin Cummings, was also the leading driver of the night as he scored a hat trick during the proceedings. And with his two wins, Jim Rothfuss joined Clouser as co-leading conditioner for Saturday.
There is a substantial carryover in the Jackpot Super Hi-5 wager at Batavia Downs and when live racing resumes at the track on Labor Day Monday (Sept. 5), that pool will start with $2,265 in race 11. Labor Day features the annual driver’s bike race and giveaway and $1 hot dogs, draft beer and soda from noon to 5 p.m. at the Homestretch Grill. Post time for the first race is at 1:15 p.m.
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.
Photo by Wendy J. Lowery