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Batavia Abandons Wednesday Races

Published: November 13, 2019 6:43 pm ET

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The severe winter storm that hit western New York over the last two days caused many cancellations in the area due to bad driving conditions. Its impact left the track at Batavia Downs unsafe to race over, and as a result, management decided to cancel live racing for Wednesday (Nov. 13).

“Our first and foremost consideration at Batavia Downs is the safety of our horses, horsemen and horsewomen. And after speaking with our drivers and trainers, it was a unanimous decision to cancel tonight’s card,” said Todd Haight, director and general manager of live racing at Batavia Downs.

Batavia Downs had a guaranteed pool of $6,000 in the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday, and it was announced that the same guaranteed pool will be moved to Friday's card (Nov. 15) when live racing resumes. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages will be available courtesy of TrackMaster on the USTA’s website starting Thursday morning (Nov. 14).

The Pick-5 wager begins in race one and runs through race five. It is a 50-cent base wager and if no one selects all five winners, the carryover amount will move to the Saturday (Nov. 16) program.

Post time on Friday (Nov. 15) is at 6 p.m.

(Batavia Downs)

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