Batavia, NY — Two open gaits totaling $27,500 in purses highlighted the card at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (August 13) and both races provided thrilling finishes.
In the $14,000 Open II Handicap, My Money Honey (Kyle Cummings) broke away third behind Art Scene (Jim Morrill Jr.) and both made the trip behind Next Big Thing (Keith Kash Jr.) so that he was setting fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:25.4 at three-quarters while amassing a comfortable two-length lead going into the final turn.
In this turn, Flying Finn N (Shawn McDonough) and Stranger Things (Kevin Cummings) were moving on the outside and it left My Money Honey stuck in fifth on the pegs at the top of the stretch. But as the passing lane opened up at the top of the stretch, Art Scene dove into it and left just enough room for My Money Honey to get between him and the pylons and My Money Honey had the best footing on the line. and won by a neck in 1:54.4.
My Money Honey’s second straight win and sixth of the year ($19.60) pushed his 2022
revenue to $60,734 for the benefit of its owner Kyle Cummings. Tammy Cummings coaches the winner.
Then in the $13,500 Open II Handicap, Surfer Beach (Jim Morrill Jr.) started from eighth and dropped to fourth while Daylight Rush (Dave McNeight III) swept past and took the field at the half in: 56.4. This is where Surfer Beach was the first out and rolled towards the leader in turn three and he continued to take the lead towards the three-quarter pole.
By the time they exited the far turn, Surfer Beach and Daylight Rush were side by side and as the two riders swung and reversed the stretch, Surfer Beach took the lead and held off a late Blue Spanx (Keith Kash Jr. ) to win by a neckline in 1:53.4.
It was the third win of the year for Surfer Beach ($4.80) which is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Team Rice Racing. Maria Rice was the winning coach.
Several riders made great performances on Saturday. Rider Kevin Cummings had a natural hat trick in races two through four while Kyle Cummings also had a hat trick that included the highest-paying horse of the night, Lanas Desire ($106.50). This horse was trained by Jim Clouser Jr. who had two wins in conditioning and he was joined by Dave Russo and Darrin Monti.
When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday August 14, there will be a rollover of $1,519 in the Super Hi-5 Jackpot bet in race 11. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. All days of live racing can be downloaded by visiting the track’s website at bataviadownsgaming.com and clicking on the “Live Racing” tab.