Batavia Downs and Gaming
Batavia Downs, America's oldest lighted harness track is located off exit 48 on the NYS Thruway in Batavia, New York.
In addition to live racing, Batavia Downs provides simulcast racing in the Inter Track Wagering facility on the 2nd floor. Race fans can wager on live racing from various US tracks seven days a week. The simulcast facility has over 150 televisions.
Batavia Downs is also home to Batavia Downs Gaming which has 586 gaming machines featuring one hundred of the most popular game titles from Bally, IGT, Sierra Design Group, and Spielo. These titles include:
Batavia Downs Gaming is a Video Gaming Center owned and operated by Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation in association with the New York Lottery.
Batavia Downs 2005 Highlights
Former Meadowlands regular Jim Morrill, Jr. took Batavia Downs by storm.On September 24, 2005 he set a new record by winning seven races in one night only to eclipse it a week later by winning eight.He won an amazing 128 of his 307 season drives for a staggering 41.7% win percentage.His drives earned $434,520 for the season, more than twice his next closest competitor.
Four track records were broken during the summer-fall meet. The first came on August 26 as Creditability, the daughter of Credit Winner with driver Ray Schnittker, set the record as the fastest 3-year old trotting filly ever to race here going wire-to-wire in 1:59.3.The previous record of 1:59.2 was held by Working Gal set in 1990.
Not only did the daughter of top New York sire Bettor's Delight break the previous track record of 1:59.1 set by Armbro Evita in 1985, she destroyed it. On September 7, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, Darlin's Delight took the lead at the half and widened her advantage from that point winning by 8 lengths in an incredible 1:56.4 taking over two full seconds off the previous mark for 2- year old fillies.One would have to believe this record could stand for many years.
In race two on September 8, Pandrogynous, the Son of the Panderosa, was put on the lead and made every pole a winning one pacing in 1:56.1 with Jim Morrill, Jr. driving. The previous record for 2-year old pacing colts and geldings of 1:57.3 was set in 1993 by Game Face.
Many great mares of all ages have raced at Batavia Downs since the track opened in 1940 but no mare has paced as fast as 7 year-old Magic Sugar did on October 1 winning the Niatross Open Pace in 1:54.3 with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike.The daughter of Cam's Magic Trick had all the credentials going in as she has a lifetime mark of 1:52.4 and earning in excess of $210,000.
2005 Leading Drivers
|Jim Morrill Jr.||128|
2005 Leading Trainers
|John Cummings Sr.||24|
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