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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

Hackers for Helicopters

On Sept 14th Mercy Flight and the Batavia Downs will host the 3rd Annual "Hackers for Helicopters" fund raiser at the Batavia Country Club. This year’s event will also host a "Fire/EMS Challenge" where first responder foursomes will compete for a Trophy, Helicopter landing and all important bragging rights. Come on out and enjoy a day of golf at beautiful Batavia Country Club, dinner and drinks at the Downs and all important fundraising for your favorite community based non-profit. http://www.mercyflight.org/event/100046/hackers-for-helicopters
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Joe Teresi named 2011 Italian-American of the Year by Batavia Downs

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Batavia Downs announced today that Joseph Teresi Jr., one of Genesee County's most tireless volunteers, will receive the 2011 Italian-American of the Year award.

Not long ago, we were writing about Teresi as the 2010 Geneseean of the Year.

In the past he's also been named YMCA Volunteer of the Year as well as a two-time Lions Distinguished Service Award winner and a recipient of "Lion of the Year."

"I'm totally surprised," Teresi said. "With the number of people around here who are worthy of these awards, to be recognized twice in one year is very surprising."

Teresi is being recognized for all of his volunteer efforts, but most notably his effort to start the YMCA's Challenger Sports program and his work with the T.F. Brown's/Lion's Club annual Christmas dinner. He's also a member of the Notre Dame High School Education Foundation and past president of the Genesee YMCA and the Batavia Lion's Club.

"It's always nice to be recognized for your efforts," Teresi said. “I am proud to be an Italian-American and to enjoy the traditions of my heritage, so this award carries a special meaning.”

Teresi was nominated for the award by Joe Gerace, who won the first Italian-American award from Batavia Downs.  

"it's nice to be nominated by the first-award winner," Teresi said. "For him to recognize my efforts, some of the contributions I've tried to make to the community, it's nice, and I'm proud to follow people like Chuck Zambito last year and Ray Cianfrini the second year."

The award will be presented to Teresi on Sept. 9 at Batavia Downs. To make reservations to attend the event, call Sara Tenney at (585) 343-3750, ext. 309.

Photo: File photo by The Batavian.

Monday, August 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Officials determine Jake Arnold and Gordon nose-to-nose at the finish line

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It's official -- it's a tie.

Batavia Downs officials announced late this afternoon that, after spending hours reviewing all available pictures and video of the 2011 Wiener Dog Race, the final match ended in a dead heat.

Lindsay Ryan, owner of first-year runner Gordon, will receive $200 in free play at the casnio. 

After Sunday afternoon's race, when Jake Arnold, owned by Jane Smart, was declared the winner, Smart received the $200 in free play prize.

Hours after the race, evidence began to surface suggesting that Jake Arnold wasn't a clear-cut winner, leading Batavia Downs officials to delay certifying the race results.

A rematch is in the works, tentatively set for Sept. 24. Officials are waiting from confirmation from the Jake Arnold camp.

“It’s simply too close to call," said Todd Haight, general manager of live racing. “I know there is video out on the Internet that appears to show Gordon in front, but our official photo-finish camera shows both dogs hitting the line simultaneously. So in all fairness a dead heat was the right way to go.”

The rookie Gordon came a breath away from upsetting defending champion Jake Arnold.

In a statement released by Batavia Downs, Lindsay Ryan said, "We came to the dog races because we wanted to get my friend's mom, who has cancer, out of the house. We knew Gordon would run his heart out for her and he did. She had so much fun. I am so happy with how things turned out." 

Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

BREAKING: Wiener Dog Race results may be overturned

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Officials are reviewing the photo finish of the Wiener Dog Race at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon.

The official results will be announced Monday morning, according to Todd Haight, general manager of live racing.

Haight said he wants to review the photos more closely and talk with officials who were in the upstairs booth to better understand what they saw.

A handful of people on the ground after the race thought Gordon won, but a ruling came from the upstairs booth that Jake Arnold had pulled out another victory.

Haight released photos of the finish that seem to show Gordon, owned by Lindsay Ryan, beating odds-on favorite Jake Arnold (wearing pink and #7) by a head. Jake Arnoald is owned by Jane Smart.

"I feel bad for Jane and Jake Arnold, but as of right now it appears Gordon won by a head," Haight said.

If the results are overturned, Arnold will have failed at his try at a threepeat. If Gordon is declared the winner it will be a major upset for the first-time competitor.

Photo below: Gordon and Lindsay Ryan.

Previously: Wiener Dog Races: Jake Arnold does it again

Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Wiener Dog Races: Jake Arnold does it again

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UPDATE 11:18 p.m.: Race results are under review.

For the third-straight year Jake Arnold bested a large field of eager wiener dogs -- and some not so eager -- to take the 2011 Wiener Dog Race championship title.

A large crowd of wiener dog race enthusiasts were on hand to cheer for their favorite hungry little dachshund.

Jake Arnold, a 4-year-old owned by Jane Smart, won the big race in a photo finish, beating out first-year entrant Gordon, owned by Lindsay Ryan, and long-time rival Rudy, an 8-year-old owned by Ron Schiller.

Rudy, a previous race winner, finished second ton Jake Arnold for the previous two years.

In all, 63 elongated canines raced at the Downs on today.

More photos in the slide show below (if you have trouble viewing the slide show, click here.) 

To purchase photos from this event, click here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Nation's leading harness racing driver at Batavia Downs

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    Tim Tetrick, also known as "The Bionic Man," makes his first-ever Batavia Downs & Casino appearance on Wednesday night (Aug. 3) when the New York Sire Stakes' 2-year-old pacing fillies roll into town.
    First race post time is 6:40 p.m.
    The 30-year-old Tetrick is currently leading all of North America in wins with 457 and purse earnings totaling $7,773,683. Throughout a career that began in 1998, he's won 6,425 and his drives have earned $98,024,539.
    His best year came in 2007 when he won 1,189 races. In 2008 his drives earned more than 19 million dollars.
    Tetrick is listed to drive in the first race, a $9,000 Open for fillies and mares and all five New York Sire Stake races, carded as races 2,5,7,8 and 11, with each division worth over $24,000 in purse money. Tim will have a long day as he is scheduled to drive in the first 11 races at Harrah's Chester, located in Chester, Pa., in the afternoon.
    Racing fans unable to attend the races can watch all the action via live streaming video at www.bataviadownscasino.com. Simply click on the "Live racing" section and then on the "streaming video" link.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Nation's leading harness racing driver makes first Batavia Downs appearance

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Press release:

Tim Tetrick, also known as “The Bionic Man,” makes his first-ever Batavia Downs & Casino appearance on Wednesday night (Aug. 3) when the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old pacing fillies roll into town.

The 30-year-old Tetrick is currently leading all of North America in wins with 457 and purse earnings totaling $7,773,683. Throughout a career that began in 1998, he’s won 6,425 and his drives have earned $98,024,539.

His best year came in 2007 when he won 1,189 races. In 2008 his drives earned more than 19 million dollars.

Tetrick is listed to drive in the first race, a $9,000 Open for fillies and mares and all five New York Sire Stake races, carded as races 2,5,7,8 and 11, with each division worth over $24,000 in purse money. Tim will have a long day as he is scheduled to drive in the first 11 races at Harrah’s Chester, located in Chester, Pennsylvania in the afternoon.

"We’re thrilled to have the leading driver in all of North America come to the Downs on Wednesday night.” said Todd Haight, general manager of live racing. “Throughout the years we’ve had Hall of Famer after Hall of Famer race here and Tim only adds to that list.”

Racing fans unable to attend the races can watch all the action via live streaming video at www.bataviadownscasino.com. Simply click on "Live racing" section and then on "streaming video link.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Freshman pacing fillies in NYSS action at Batavia Downs

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Press release:

Thirty-seven of New York’s finest pacing fillies converge on Batavia Downs and Casino as New York Sire Stakes action continues on Wednesday night (Aug. 3). Five divisions highlight the 12-race program with over $120,000 in NYSS purse money up for grabs.

First race post time is 6:40 p.m. The first division takes place in race two, with seven fillies set to go behind starter Mark Phillips. The ones to keep your eye out for are the Bettor's Delight-Silky Western filly, Silk Purse, and the Art Major-Impagain filly, Park Lane Paige.

Silk Purse comes off a 1:56.3, track record performance at Buffalo Raceway. Tim Tetrick, making his first-ever Batavia Downs appearance, drives for trainer Linda Toscano. Park Lane Paige looks for her third win in a row after scoring in 1:54.4 at Tioga in a division of the Tompkins-Geers and in 1:57.1 at Buffalo. Once again Jim Morrill Jr. will steer for trainer Mark Ford.

JK Fine Art figures to get all the attention in the second NYSS division, race number five. The Art Major-Presidential Lady offspring is 2- for-2 in her career with wins at Yonkers (1:56.2) and Buffalo (1:58.1). Tetrick will once again be in the sulky for trainer Toscano.

Centralia Hanover, by Art Major-Calgary Hanover, looks like the horse to beat in the fourth division of sire stakes, race eight. She’s 2-for- 2 against New York breds, with victories at Yonkers (1:56.1) and Buffalo (1:58). Her only defeat came at Harrah’s Chester when she made a break at the start. Morrill will be in the bike for trainer Mark Harder.

The final stakes of the evening is carded as race 10. Handsoffmycookie (Art Major-Observe Me) starts out as a prohibitive 4-5 favorite on the morning line. She sports back-to-back scores at Yonkers (1:57.3) and Buffalo (1:57.1). Trainer Scott Di Domenico will have the services of Tetrick. The other sire stakes of the evening is race seven. It’s the most contentious of the events and features an eight-horse field and seven betting interests.

Racing fans unable to attend the races can watch all the action via live streaming video at www.bataviadownscasino.com <http://www.bataviadownscasino.com/>. Simply click on the "Live racing" section and then on "streaming video link."

Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Lake Shark swallows up the competition at Batavia Downs

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Press release:

A $10,000 Preferred Pace and two $12,200 New York Bred late closers highlighted the Saturday night program, closing out the first week of live harness racing at Batavia Downs Casino.
 
In the Preferred, Barbara Andrels’ Lake Shark sat in two-hole the entire mile, angled out at the top of the stretch and roared home down the center of the racetrack to notch his sixth win of the season in 1:54.3. John Cumming Jr. was in the sulky for trainer Mike Carrubba.
 
New York Prime (Chris Page) closed up the pylons to be second while Cry for Cash (Ron Beback Jr., rallied to be third.
 
Lake Shark, a 4-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark was claimed for $18,750 back in May. He’s earned $189,752 lifetime.
 
In NYSS late closing action, Southwind Inferno went right to the top and held on in a three horse blanket finish to score his fourth win of the season in 1:55.1 for trainer Andy Sardella and reinsman John Cummings Jr. The gelded son of American Ideal is owned in partnership by Michael Pozefsky, William Pozefsky and Myron Ekstein.
 
Bubbie Boy never really had an anxious moment when he cruised to a daylight win in 1:57 in the other NYSS late closer of the evening. Jack Flanigen was at the lines for trainer Cory Mcgivern. Bubbie Boy, a gelded son of Artiscape, is owned by Richard Mersky. The New York Sire Stakes season resumes on Wednesday night with five divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies on the docket. Total NYSS purse money exceeds $120,000.
 
Tim Tetrick, currently leading all of North America in wins with 454 and purse earnings with $7.7 million, will make his first ever Downs appearance.
 
America’s oldest lighted harness track is currently racing every Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Saturday night. Post time is 6:40. For more information please visit www.bataviadownscasino.com.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

Photos: Batavia Downs Opening Day 2011

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Monday, Batavia Downs opened its 2011 harness racing season. Like last year, I spent some time in the stables and the grandstands taking a few pictures of the big day.

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