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Focus Power in career best at Batavia Downs

Saturday, September 23, 2017  By: Tim Bojarski

 

Batavia, NY --- Focus Power left no doubt who the top pacer on the grounds was this week as he tripped out to a two length victory in the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Sept. 23).

 

The Downs leading driver Drew Monti sent Focus Power off the gate and took a short-lived lead until he relinquished that spot to Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) who rushed up and grabbed it by the quarter in :26.2. Fireyourguns then set stout fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.1 while Focus Power drafted in the garden spot.


With little challenge coming from the rest of the field to that point, the top two horses rounded the final turn in line before Monti popped Focus Power out of the pocket and let him do the rest. Focus Power's legs were a blur as he paced into overdrive and flew by Fireyourguns and away from the rest of the group to win in 1:52.4, which was a new lifetime mark.


It was the third win in the last four starts for Focus Power ($6.40), two of which were Open-I paces at Batavia Downs and has earned $81,470 so far this year. The 5-year-old altered son of Shadow Play is owned by James Caradori and trained by Darrin Monti.

 

In the $9,000 Open II pace, Santana Beach (John Cummings Jr.) went gate to wire in commanding style, winning by eight lengths in 1:53, which was a new seasonal mark.

 

Santana Beach ($13.80) is owned by Jason Newell and is trained by Richard Roth.

 

RUS New York had an exhibition non-betting event after the seventh race and the finish was as exciting as last year's race.

 

Funny Photo (Sophie Engerran) led the entire race cutting fractions of :30.4, 1:02.3 and 1:33.3. But just when it looked like he was home free, One True Friend (Hillary Harnett) came flying from behind and mounted a serious challenge at the top of the lane. But although One True Friend made up almost seven lengths, Funny Photo still hung on and won in 2:04.3, which was a seasonal mark for the winner.

 

Funny Photo is owned by his rider, Sophie Engerran and is trained by Kimberly Gilman-Daios.

 

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednsday (Sept. 27) with post time at 5 p.m.


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