Batavia, NY --- JS Trotting Bob established a new Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old colt trotters on Monday afternoon (Sept. 2) by going wire-to-wire in 1:58.2 in a $50,506 division of the New York Sire Stakes.
That eclipsed the old mark of 1:58.4 set by Dejarmbro in 2010.
Jim Morrill, Jr. then made it a clean sweep in the Sire Stakes as he guided Flyhawk El Durado to an easy 4-1/2 length victory over General Bill Brown in 2:01.3 in the second $50,506 leg.
Morrill finished with six winners on the Labor Day afternoon.
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|New Batavia Downs track record holder JS Trotting Bob held on to win in his $50,506 NYSS division.|
While JS Trotting Bob ($3.20) set the new track record, he did have some anxious moments down the stretch. After posting fractions of :29.4, :59.1 and 1:29, he had to hold off an impressive late charge by Cash Me Out (Michael McGivern) who managed to close to within a half-length at the wire but had to settle for second. Daley Lovin (Dan Daley) was third.
Morrill said of the close finish, "My colt wasn't all in; he's still green. He stops then starts again."
Fortunately for JS Trotting Bob, he had enough to withstand the late challenge and score his sixth win in seven career starts.
JS Trotting Bob (CR Excalibur-CR Mimosa) is owned by Ken Jacobs' KJ Stables and is trained by Arnold Marks. The win put his earnings to $110,312 on the season.
Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) went gate-to-wire in notching his fourth win in seven appearances. He posted some leisurely fractions of :30.1 and 1:01.4.
But midway down the backstretch, General Bill Brown made a big brush and caught the attention of Flyhawk El Durado ($3.40). But that threat was quickly rebuffed by the winner and General Bill Brown had to settle for second while Mister Anson (Jim Doherty) took the show spot.
Lukas Hall (Cat Manzi), sent off at even money, was sitting in the garden spot around the final turn behind Flyhawk El Durado but broke stride and lost any hope.
With the victory Flyhawk El Durado increased his winnings to $145,822 for owner Martin Scharf. Mark Ford trains the winner.
In the $12,700 Excelsior Series for 2-year-old colt trotters, Winbak Glory ($9.10) and Cat Manzi went the fastest mile in the four divisions with a 2:00.4. Royal Max ($6.90) and John Stark, Jr. posted a victory in 2:01.3 in the second division while in the third leg HS Merlin (Dan Daley) pulled the shocker with an $18.80 win in 2:03. Finally in the fourth and final division, Morrill cruised with Crazolo ($2.30) in 2:01.4.
Haste (Jim McNeight) used a seasonal best of 1:57.4 to register a surprising $26.00 victory in the $8,500 Open Trot.
The $3,000 guaranteed Pick-4, which begins in the third race, returns on Wednesday night when racing resumes with a 12-race card slated for 6:30 p.m. The entire program will be telecast live on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester and surrounding areas.
The feature will be the seventh race as the Filly and Mare Open Pace will be contested for $8,500. Real Joy and driver Shawn McDonough are the 5-2 morning line favorites, scoring from the six post.