No Where To Hide was in plain sight at Batavia Downs
Batavia, NY — Former Tioga Downs regular No Where To Hide has been a formidable foe to the local pacing gals in recent weeks and scored her second win since moving north on Wednesday night (Nov. 17) in the $12,800 distaff Open II Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs.
It was a simple game plan for driver Drew Monti and No Where To Hide, who took the front off the gate and dictated the race. With Queen Of Thrones (Kevin Cummings) sitting the pocket, No Where To Hide stepped off quarters of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4 without any serious opposition from the trailing field. When the race spun off the final bend, Cummings pulled Queen Of Thrones and they took their best shot. But after closing some ground in the stretch, Queen Of Thrones still came up 1/2 length short as No Where To Hide was not to be denied, winning a sharp 1:55 mile.
It was the eighth win of the year for No Where To Hide ($6.50) and it pushed her earnings to $51,552 for owner Rocco Stebbins. Joe Skowyra trains the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Albany Hanover.
In the co-featured $11,200 Open III pace for fillies and mares, Watchwhatmyfeetdo (Denny Bucceri) followed intently from second behind Faithful Desire (Drew Monti) until the top of the stretch where she tipped and blew right by the leader down the lane to win easily by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.1.
It was the first win in three tries at Batavia Downs and the fifth win overall of the year for Watchwhatmyfeetdo ($4.90) who is owned by Jamie Daley and Dale Gilmour, who also trains the winner.
Jim Morrill Jr. led all drivers with three wins on Wednesday while trainer Gerry Sarama finished the night with two.
When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Nov. 20) the Jackpot Super Hi-5 pentafecta carryover pool will be $19,916 after no single unique winning ticket was sold again on Wednesday.
Free full past performance program pages for all live Batavia Downs races can be downloaded at bataviadownsgaming.com under the live racing tab in the left hand column where they are always available.
And if you can’t attend the races in person, you can still watch a live stream of the entire night’s action on the Batavia Downs Youtube channel.
Post time for the first race is 5 p.m.
By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs