Wednesday’s (Oct. 23) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Batavia Downs, Colonial Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Four winners at Batavia Downs for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.
Batavia, NY --- It was a successful debut for Umygeorgia Hanover and North America's leading dash winning driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at Batavia Downs Wednesday night as the pair combined to romp to victory in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace.
|Paul White photo|
|Umygeorgia Hanover and North America's leading dash driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. were victorious at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night.|
It was the 13th victory of the season for Umygeorgia Hanover ($4.00) who was stepping up in class after coming off a 2-1/2 length victory in 1:53 on Oct. 11 at Northfield Park. The 5-year-old mare found her new surroundings to her liking as she rolled to a 3-3/4 length win over Artsy Princess (Kevin Cummings) and Xenia Hanover (Shawn McDonough) in 1:54.3.
There were three lead changes in the race as You're Too Funny, Real Joy and Devin Pulse all showed the way at some point. But before the three-quarter marker, Umygeorgia Hanover took command and never looked back, using a :29.2 final panel to secure the victory.
Umygeorgia Hanover (Camluck-Up Front Georgia) is owned by Gregory Gardner and trained by Ronald Best. The win upped her season's winnings to $39,767 and $92,164 lifetime.
Wrenn, who entered the night with 572 victories on the season, added to that total as he posted a driving four-bagger.
-- Brian J. Mazurek
Leading driver Chris Page directed Le-Sirenuse to his fifth straight victory at the Colonial Downs fall meet in wire-to-wire fashion Wednesday afternoon against five other pacers. Le-Sirenuse modestly controlled the $4,000-$5,000 claiming handicap pace from the start until mid-stretch when he pulled away from the field. He cut quarters in :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.1 and won easily by five lengths over Outlaw Wild Thing in 1:51.4. The Todd Luther trainee has been in front at every quarter mark in the five wins except once in an Oct. 12 race when he was surging three wide in second en route to the top spot seconds later. Le-Sirenuse is co-owned by Bruce and Patricia Soulsby and Scott Wagner. Hillbilly Desire captured a tight victory over Chesapeake Bay and Our Flight in the $8,000 final leg of the Juniors Pacing Series Wednesday. Owner/trainer Amanda Jackson’s 4-year-old Real Desire mare won her third race of the meet in five starts, all coming with Frank Milby in the sulky. Fresh off a second leg triumph, Hillbilly Desire triggered panels of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25 before engaging with fast closing Chesapeake Bay and Our Flight in deep stretch. Only a neck separated the trio at the finish in 1:52.2.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Eight Ten Eom (Western Ideal) paced by the favorite in the stretch to record his second consecutive win at Saratoga on Wednesday night. Wally Hennessey piloted the 4-year-old pacer for leading conditioner Melissa Beckwith and moved Eight Ten Eom first over approaching 1-5 favorite Krusty The Clown (Billy Dobson) before getting by to win in 1:57. The win in the $5,885 conditioned-claimer was the second straight for the pacer who had been winless on the year before rattling off the back-to-back jacks. Longshot Bullville Kyle (Stephane Bouchard) closed for second while Krusty The Clown had to settle for third.