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Bolt The Duer Wins Kane Memorial

Published: October 19, 2014 1:23 am ET

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It was the biggest night of the year at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 18) as the track presented the 12th edition of the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Invitational Pace.

One of the largest live crowds was on hand to see the action and after the most anticipated race of the season hit the wire, world champion Bolt The Duer bested a stellar field of top Open pacers to take the trophy.

When the starting car pulled away, the Ron Burke stablemates Aracache Hanover (Kevin Cummings) and Easy Again (Aaron Merriman) found themselves sitting one-two at a :26.3 quarter with Bolt The Duer (John Cummings Jr.) tracking a close third. The positions remained unchanged to the half when Apprentice Hanover (Anthony MacDonald) pulled first over and led Aslan (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Wazzup Wazzup (Drew Monti) in the outer flow.

Apprentice Hanover cleared and took the lead at the three-quarters in 1:24.1 when Aslan and Wazzup Wazzup fanned three-wide to take their shots around the turn. But Bolt The Duer, who had been riding the pylons waiting for his chance, got it at the top of the stretch when the passing lane opened up and Cummings Jr. shot him through the gap and out-paced a game Aslan to the wire to win in 1:53.4. Aslan finished second and Wazzup Wazzup finished third.

The win was the fourth in 18 starts this year for Bolt The Duer ($11.00) and pushed his career earnings to over $1.82 million for owners All Star Racing Inc. The five-year-old son of Ponder is trained by Peter Foley.

After the race, driver John Cummings Jr. said, “I was hoping to be on the lead or have the two-hole but I got away third. But we were following the two best horses in the race and we were lucky to slide out up the backside and get back to the rail at the head of the lane and then he did the rest. There is no question this is the best horse I’ve ever driven and I would like to thank Pete [Foley] for giving me the drive.”

The co-feature of the night was the $12,500 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot that was won by local star BZ Glide.

After the heavy favourite Money On My Mind (Aaron Merriman) made a break, Sailer Eddie (Jack Flanigen) took the lead and dictated the race until BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) pulled at the half and started his trek on the outside. He overtook the lead at the three-quarters and trotted away to an easy three length victory in 1:58.2.

The win was the seventh in 19 seasonal starts for BZ Glide ($5.90) and inflated his bankroll to $55,917 for the trainer/driver team of Alana and Mike Caprio, who owns the horse.

It was an emotional winner's circle after the race as Caprio, who was a friend of the late Schroeder, commented, “It was an honour for me to win this race because Brian [Schroeder] was a good friend of mine. He helped me straighten out some horses years ago and was always willing to help anyone out.”

In the overnight feature $10,000 Open Pace for horses and geldings, Caprio doubled his pleasure by winning with Fireyourguns in 1:55.

After getting away fifth, Fireyourguns waited until the top of the far turn to pull and swing wide before unleashing his patented pacing flurry down the lane. After making up about five lengths while streaking down the center of the track, Fireyourguns beat Best Ears (Jack Flanigen), who was on the rail, by a nose. There were four horses across the track at the wire and a mere neck separated first through fourth place.

The victory was the 13th of the year in 22 starts for Fireyourguns, raising his earning total to $90,335 for owners Jennifer and Robert Lowe and Terrence McClory, who also trains him.

Aaron Merriman, who is currently the leading dash-winning driver in North America, made a rare western New York appearance and put on a driving clinic for the fans. He registered a grand slam, winning with Set Me Up ($4.40), Whata Donato ($3.10), Cheyenne Cam ($19.40) and Mondatta ($13.00).

And not to be outdone by the national season’s leader, local driving favourite Drew Monti also scored a four-bagger with Rock To Glory ($5.90), Deuces And Jacks ($16.20), Machman ($5.50) and Bandicoot (6.50).

(With files from Batavia Downs)


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