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Lutetium Keeps Batavia Record Intact

Published: August 15, 2015 1:48 am ET

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He’s three-for-three at the current meet and continues to win at will. Lutetium wired his foes on Friday night (Aug. 14) in the $10,000 Open Trot feature at Batavia Downs.

Once again leaving from the widest post in the draw (post seven), Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) made quick work of taking the lead before setting-down for the mile. However, this week his main rival BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) decided to leave as well and tucked in third for the trip.

The field was led to a soft half in :58 when the tempo picked up on the backside. Lutetium tripped the three-quarters in 1:26.3 with BZ Glide on the outside, closing in for the chase. As the race hit the top of the stretch, Lutetium’s two-length advantage was dwindling and continued to do so as the sparring pair drove to the wire. But when they hit, the eight-year-old gelded son of Credit Winner mustered just enough to gut out a head victory over the fast-closing BZ Glide.

The win was the seventh in 21 starts this year for Lutetium ($7.60) and pushed his earnings to $48,331 for owner Colleen Girdlestone and trainer Mark Laidlaw.

Five drivers were seeing double on Friday as Kevin Cummings, Shawn Gray, Dave McNeight III, Ray Fisher Jr. and Jim McNeight all scored two wins on the card. Shawn Gray, Jim McNeight and Carl Smith also tallied a pair as trainers.

(With files from Batavia Downs)


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