Maryann Sarama-Luce to be honored by USHWA December 9, 2019

Batavia, NY — Maryann Sarama-Luce was a pioneer in harness racing in western New York as one of only a handful of female drivers who raced full time at Batavia Downs. And despite beating the odds more than just in a race, she not only met the challenges she faced in her role, she exceeded them and excelled in the sport for decades. As a … Continue reading Maryann Sarama-Luce to be honored by USHWA »

Down On My Luck cruises in Batavia Open December 8, 2019

Batavia, NY — After racing at Northfield Park the last two weeks, Down On My Luck returned to Batavia Downs and his winning ways as he captured the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 7). Cultural Paradise (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead from the pegs with the field following him in post position order. After going to the half is a … Continue reading Down On My Luck cruises in Batavia Open »

A Pair of Opens highlight Batavia Downs Friday card December 7, 2019

Batavia, NY — With no more Wednesday racing this year at Batavia Downs, the top distaff pace joined the weekly featured trot on Friday night (Dec. 6) with one race providing an upset and the other satisfying the chalk bettors. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) settled in fourth off the gate and watched as Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) … Continue reading A Pair of Opens highlight Batavia Downs Friday card »

Sir Pugsley upsets in Batavia Downs Open pace December 1, 2019

Batavia, NY —  Sir Pugsley took full advantage of a rare inside post, a favorable trip and a failed favorite to light up the tote board in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 30). Driver Drew Monti tucked Sir Pugsley in second behind last weeks winner Howmac Dancer (Renaldo Morales III) going to the quarter as the heavy … Continue reading Sir Pugsley upsets in Batavia Downs Open pace »

Ray Fisher Jr. eclipses $20 million lifetime at Batavia November 30, 2019

Batavia, NY — It was a big night for driver Ray Fisher Jr. on Friday (Nov. 29) as he hit a major career milestone by surpassing the $20 million mark in career earnings at Batavia Downs after winning with trotter Lady Justice who is owned and trained by his wife, Ryan Swift. Fisher first started driving in 1987 and 30,212 starts later he has now … Continue reading Ray Fisher Jr. eclipses $20 million lifetime at Batavia »

Blue Bell Bonnie braves bluster for Batavia win November 28, 2019

Batavia, NY — Rain driven by 50 mile-per-hour winds that blew right down the stretch made racing conditions less than desirable on Wednesday evening (Nov. 27) but it didn’t bother Blue Bell Bonnie who displayed intestinal fortitude while cutting the mile to victory in the $12,500 Open I Handicap for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. Driver Dave McNeight III took command from post two … Continue reading Blue Bell Bonnie braves bluster for Batavia win »

Renaldo Morales III has a big night at Batavia November 24, 2019

Batavia, NY — A late-comer to the party, Renaldo Morales III headed to Genesee County upon the completion of the Tioga Downs meet and since arriving has become one of the hotter drivers in the area. On Saturday (Nov. 23) he continued to streak as he won four races, including both pacing features at Batavia Downs. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap Morales put Howmac … Continue reading Renaldo Morales III has a big night at Batavia »

Lougazi back on top in Batavia Open trot November 23, 2019

Batavia, NY — After making back-to-back breaks earlier this month forcing him to qualify, Lougazi rebounded from an off-track last week to score an easy 1-¼ length victory in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 22). Rockefeller Lindy (Dave McNeight III) inherited the lead off the pylons as no one else left in the abbreviated field of five. … Continue reading Lougazi back on top in Batavia Open trot »

Batavia Downs Thanksgiving Draw Schedule November 22, 2019

Batavia, NY — Horsemen and horsewomen are reminded of the draw schedule for Thanksgiving week at Batavia Downs. A double draw will be held on Tuesday (Nov. 26) for races to be held on Friday (Nov. 29) and Saturday (Nov. 30). The entry box will close at 9 am for both days. After the draw, the judges must receive driver changes for Friday’s card (Nov. … Continue reading Batavia Downs Thanksgiving Draw Schedule »

Lady London repeats to take Batavia distaff Open November 21, 2019

Batavia, NY — Just to prove last week’s 5-¾ length win was no fluke, Lady London moved up to the top class and wired the field again in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov.20). Driver Ray Fisher Jr. was decisive in strategy and repeated last weeks script; he left strong with Lady London and … Continue reading Lady London repeats to take Batavia distaff Open »