UNY-USHWA names best of Batavia Downs trotter of meet
Akron, NY — As the 2020 Batavia Downs meet draws to a close on Saturday (Dec. 12), the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced the top human and equine performers for this past season.
These awards would normally be presented in the winner’s circle on the final night of racing during the annual UNY-USHWA Night of Distinction. However due to state restrictions with regard to the ongoing global pandemic, that will not be the case this year. The award winners will be given gift certificates in the paddock in lieu of the usual trackside ceremony because no one is allowed on the apron.
This will be the first time the Night of Distinction has not been held since its inception in 2008.
The following were the best on the track from the 2020 Batavia Downs season.
Trotter of the Meet-Il Mago (Kadabra-Northern Style) 1:52.3, $899,763
Il Mago came to western New York through a private purchase back in July and won his first two races upon arrival. Since the Batavia meet began, he has been in the Open I Handicap trot every week and has dominated that class all meet. In 14 starts Il Mago has won seven, was second twice and third once more and earned $35,390 during that time. His best win time at the Downs was 1:56.4, a mark he hit twice during the meet.
The classy 11-year-old has 55 lifetime wins and is currently just $237 short of $900,000 lifetime and has a legitimate chance to cross the $1 million dollar threshold before he retires.
Il Mago is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama.
By Tim Bojarski, president, UNY-USHWA