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Surfer Beach Repeats At Batavia

Published: August 28, 2021 9:47 pm ET

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After coming off an eye-popping gate-to-wire 1:51.3 win last week, Surfer Beach reversed strategy and won again the $10,600 Open I-II Pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 28).

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. tucked in fourth with Surfer Beach while Black Is Back acted as commander of fractions. With Lord Willoughby A parked and prompting, Black Is Back flew to the quarter in :27.3 and the half in :55.4. After that station, Surfer Beach pulled and got in the outer flow, one out and one back.

Positions remained unchanged to three-quarters, where Surfer Beach tipped three-deep to circle the fading cover and continue to track down the leader. At the top of the stretch, Surfer Beach hooked with Black Is Back and the two battled all the way to the line. But despite a gallant effort by Black Is Back, Surfer Beach was just too much and he won by a quarter length in 1:53.1.

It was the second-straight win, fifth out of his last seven and eighth overall this year for Surfer Beach, who is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the royally bred four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Tempo. He paid $2.90 to win.

The undercard was the $9,200 Open II-III Handicap Pace and Catch A Lefty A got the job done.

Driver Mike Baumeister put Catch A Lefty A right on the point and never looked back. He cut unchallenged tepid quarters of :28.3, :58.1 and 1:26.3 while only Silver Arrow was able to stay close. And close was the best Silver Arrow could do as Catch A Lefty A flew off the last turn and paced home in :28.1 to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.4.

Catch A Lefty A caught his fourth win of the year for owners Pat Galbraith and John Volkosh. Pat Galbraith also trains the $11.40 winner.

Jim Morrill Jr. and Dave McNeight III both had driving doubles on Saturday.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 29) with post time for the first race at 1:15 p.m. (EDT). This will be the last Sunday of racing for the season and the last $1 hot dog, draft beer and soda Sunday of the meet.

(Batavia Downs)

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