Monday’s (Oct. 14) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Batavia Downs, Northfield Park and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Rich Mays wins Columbus Day Pace at Batavia Downs
Batavia, NY --- It was the first start of the season for 56-year-old Rich Mays but it was a memorable one as he captured the Christopher Columbus Pace behind Mattgician on Monday afternoon at Batavia Downs.
|Paul White photo|
|Jessalyn Gates from the Batavia Downs Marketing Department presents Richie Mays a box of cannolis. Also pictured are Cherie Chatt, Jami Chatt, Ken Holliday and Parade Marshal and winning owner Ashley Holliday with the Italian-American flag.|
Mays won the cannolis as he drove the favored Mattgician ($4.40) past Listen Hanover (John Mungillo) in the stretch to score the 2-1/4 length victory in 2:00.1. Lima Jag (Drew Monti) took the show spot in the race where all drivers were of Italian descent.
Mattigician is owned by Ashley Holliday and trained by Mickey Holliday.
Shawn McDonough, Jim McNeight, John Cummings, Jr. and Kevin Cummings all registered driving doubles on the day.
The racing resumes Wednesday evening at Batavia Downs with a 12-race card scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The feature is the $8,500 Open Pace for the fillies and mares.
-- Brian J. Mazurek
All Shuttle paced home for his third straight win Monday in Northfield Park’s 11th race. The 10- year-old veteran is owned by Gallicchio Racing Stable and is trained by Dean Eckley. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. has been aboard for the three consecutive victories. All Shuttle started on the outside and was sent hard right from the gate. He virtually led the mile from start to finish, pacing fractions of :27, :55.1, 1:23.3 and 1:52. He maintained a 7-1/4 length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Lite Me Up (Josh Sutton). Monday’s triumph was the 18th win this year for All Shuttle (Space Shuttle-Sara Shuttle) and increased his lifetime win tally to 71 and his earnings to $687,986. All Shuttle was the race favorite and returned $3.80 to win.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
CSI What’s My Name recorded the fastest win of the two C.K.G. Billings amateur trot races on the Monday card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Owner-trainer Tony Ciuffetelli sat patiently in the pocket with CSI What’s My Name (Tagliabue) before pouncing in the stretch to record the win in 2:01. It was the tenth victory of the season for the 8-year-old trotter and the first for Ciuffetelli in the sulky. Chris Shambo piloted home George’s Vacation (Dream Vacation) in the afternoon’s other Billings race. George’s Vacation cruised to a front running victory in 2:01.4 as the public’s odds-on favorite in the betting.