BATAVIA – Former Tioga Downs regular No Where To Hide has now felt at home in Genesee County after taking her first major win – the Open I Handicap Tempo mares worth $ 13,500 Dollars at Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (October 20th). .
Drew Monti went with No Where To Hide and it took almost a quarter of a mile to clear in: 28 flat. After taking the lead, she got the group up to a modest pace at the halfway point with Follow Your Nose (Dave McNeight III) kicking off an outer flow that got the heavily favored Protect Blue Chip talking.
On lap three the girls moved in, but No Where To Hide marched to the point and displaced these challengers with a: 28.3 in the third quarter. As the race around the last corner continued, only the stumbling Queen Of Thrones (Kevin Cummings) remained, who briefly slipped outwards at the end of the route. But that was a futile effort as No Where To Hide swelled in the track and won with 2-3 / 4 lengths in 1:55.
It was the first win in two Batavia starts for No Where To Hide ($ 10.40), who now has a total of seven wins this year. The 4-year-old Bettor’s Delight-Albany Hanover mare is owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra.
Monti previously won with Lillian Rose (1: 56.1, $ 7.50) and ended the day with a driving doubles.
Other horse people who scored two victories on Wednesday were rider Denny Bucceri and trainers Jenifer Giuliani and Cory Kreiser.
But the big dog on the block was again driver Jim Morrill Jr., who registered another Grand Slam with a natural hat trick in races five, six, and seven. He won with Labatt Hannover (1: 59.3, $ 4.30), Silver Buckeye (1: 59.3, $ 3.60), Innocent Victim (1: 57.1, $ 4.30), his fifth win in the last six starts, and Fancy Colt (1: 555.4, $ 3.30). On his nine starts on Wednesday, Morrill also had three seconds and a third to end the night with a .666 UDR.
Since not a single unique winning ticket was purchased in Jackpot Pick-5 on Wednesday evening (October 20th), USD 10,605 will be carried over for this bet in Race 9 when the live race resumes on Friday (October 22nd) at Batavia Downs. There is also a small but noteworthy carryover of $ 195 on Jackpot Pick-6 in race four.
Free full performance programs for the entire map – including these races – can also be downloaded from bataviadownsgaming.com under the Live Races tab, where they can be found for each live racing night at Batavia Downs.
Post time for the first race Friday is 5pm