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'Finn' Proves Age Is Just A Number

Published: November 26, 2011 5:26 pm ET

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Old-timer Fifty Two Finn notched the 53rd win of his career when he pulled the upset at odds of 10-1 in the featured $8,100 Open Trot at Batavia Downs Casino on Friday night.

Again proving age is just a number, the 11-year-old Movie Mogul stallion fired out of the starting gate to sit the two-hole as Vernon Downs invader Forever Bachelor (Keith Kash, Jr.) fired to the top in :28.3.

By the grandstand the first time, reinsman Mike Baumeister moved Fifty Two Finn to the front and they opened up an insurmountable six length lead past three-quarters in 1:27.4. Fifty Two Finn trotted clear to the wire to win by two lengths in 1:59 for owner-trainer Ronald Stebbins.

Fifty Two Finn ($23.80) has earned $479,474 lifetime.

Tuesdays With Mom (Jack Flanigen), making her final career start, tipped three-deep around the last turn and nipped Perfect Man (Dave McNeight, Jr.) for the place spot. The Queen of Western New York trotting didn’t go out a winner, but she was certainly a remarkable racemare. She ends her 34 race career with 19 wins, 10 seconds, two thirds and lifetime earnings of $468,306 for breeder/owner/trainer Peter Arrigenna. The four-year-old Credit Winner mare will be bred to Donato Hanover next year.

The Pick 6 wager ended for the season with one winner taking home the entire pool for picking five of six winners in the Pick 6 sequence. The winning ticket, purchased at a Western OTB branch in the Buffalo area, was worth $10,379.

(Batavia Downs)

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