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Pair Of Drivers Return To The Races

Published: September 25, 2013 11:19 am ET

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After having been away from pari-mutuel races for months, a pair of drivers surfaced Tuesday, September 25.

Harness racing fans who skimmed through their programs Tuesday night at Batavia Downs probably looked twice to see a couple of names of popular drivers in the program that they haven't seen in a while.

Ken Holliday and Jack Flanigen both returned to the sulky Tuesday night and will continue to drive as the meet wears on.

Holliday has suffered various injuries in his driving career and thus retired after his last drive at Buffalo Raceway on January 12, 2012. Eventually he would become an associate judge at Pompano Park. But the fire to compete was obviously still there and he was back in the bike behind Charlie Beans in tenth race Tuesday, but finished a distant eighth.

The 50-year-old Holliday has 5,092 lifetime victories and nearly $21 million in earnings.

Flanigen was involved in a horrific spill at Buffalo Raceway on July 12 and has just recovered from his injuries that allowed him back in the sulky.

The 47-year-old Flanigen also has impressive statistics, as he has won 4,088 races and driven his mounts to roughly $12 million in purses. He drove three races on Tuesday night. He's scheduled to drive three horses on Wednesday, September 25 and twice on Friday, September 27 as he slowly returns to the track.

The 'watch' continues as well for John Cummings Jr., as he is three victories away from reaching the 2,000-win plateau in his career.

Besides welcoming some familiar faces to the track, fans with be greeted with some nice pools to wager on Wednesday.

The Guaranteed $3,000 Pick-4 kicks off in the third race while a carryover of $2,947 awaits patrons in the Pick-5 sequence which starts in the seventh race. The Guaranteed Pick-4 is part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and is also sponsored by Batavia Downs and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association.

Wednesday’s 12-race program will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and the entire card will be broadcast on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester and surrounding areas.

(With files from Batavia)


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