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Ten-Year-Old Goes Career Best At Batavia

Published: September 7, 2018 10:12 pm ET

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He may be 10, but Empire Earl N looked more like a three-year-old as he came from far back to brush down the lane and win the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot in the fastest mile of his life on Friday evening (Sept. 7) at Batavia Downs.

Post time favourite BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) and 13-1 shot Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) started and finished the race side by side but took two different paths to the wire. BZ Glide went right for the front from post six while Empire Earl N got away last from post five. BZ Glide set his own set of fractions as no one challenged him until halfway up the backstretch when Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) came first-over at the five-eighths and got even with the leader by the three-quarters.

As the action was unfolding up front, Empire Earl N was tracking it second-over and Fisher was timing his move. That came as they rolled out of the last turn; Empire Earl N tipped three-deep and was barreling down the center of the track with Fisher rocking and knocking all the way. The three horses hit the wire a neck apart with Empire Earl N getting there first ahead of BZ Glide in 1:56.3, which was a new lifetime mark.

The win was the eighth of the season for Empire Earl N ($28.60) and it bolstered his 2018 earnings to $61,378 for owner Kim Asher. Riley Stalbaum-Asher trains the winner.

In the $8,000 Open II, Call My Broker (Kevin Cummings) took no prisoners going gate-to-wire in 1:58.3, holding off the fast-closing Snapshot Springs (Drew Monti) and Barn Star (Mike Caprio) to chalk up his fourth win of the season. Frank Meier owns the Angelo Nappo-trained gelding.

Billy Davis Jr. led all drivers on the card as he started the night out hot with a natural hat trick in races one through three.

The Batavia Downs early Pick-5 was part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program and was featured as the USTA Play of the Day on Friday with a carryover of $2,900 and a guaranteed pool of $6,000. That pool ballooned to over $10,000 when the first race went off and it yielded an instant jackpot payoff after the fifth. A $1 ticket on the combination of 1-7-6-5-3 returned $4,417.50.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with a twilight card on Saturday featuring a post time at 4:45 p.m.

(With files from Batavia Downs)


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