Human Cocktail sets Batavia track record in NYSS action

Batavia, NY — The New York Sire Stakes made its third visit to Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 3) and featured the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings who competed for a total of $107,000 in purses.

Human Cocktail set a new Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing colts. Wendy J. Lowery photo.

The highlight of the night was when Human Cocktail (Huntsville-Losta Matzah) rallied late to win the second $53,500 division in 1:53.3 and set a new Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing colts.

Kid From The Bronx (Mark MacDonald) left hard and led by a gapped three length margin through panels of :27.1 and :55.3 with Human Cocktail (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Its A Me Mario (Jason Bartlett) trying to keep pace. Moving past five-eighths Its A Me Mario came with a rush and took the lead from Kid From The Bronx at three-quarters but the race was far from won.

Around the last turn Kid From The Bronx fought back and as the two were stacked up, it forced Human Cocktail to go three-wide heading into the stretch. As Kid From The Bronx and Its A Me Mario began to tire, Human Cocktail rolled past them both in the middle of the track and pulled away to a half-length victory over the fast closing Thunder Hunter Joe (Austin Siegleman) in 1:53.3, which was also a new lifetime mark.

After moving up from Excelsior “A” action, it was the first NYSS win for Human Cocktail ($3.90) and owner Stephen Demeter, who also bred the winner along with Blue Chip Bloodstock and Daniel Zucker. Gareth Dowse trains the colt.

Earlier there was a major upset in the first $53,500 split as Huntinthelastdolar (Huntsville-Eighthunrdolarbill) upended the 1-9 favorite American Fling with a strong stretch finish.

American Fling (Bartlett) went right to the front while Huntinthelastdolar (Doug McNair) settled in second for a perfect trip. American Fling went :27.4 and :58.3 and was on top by three lengths at the half where Johnny Sack (MacDonald) pulled first-over and tried to move into contention.

With the added pressure from the outside American Fling sped up the third panel and Huntinthelastdolar started gapping in the hole, but that all changed again in the last turn. Johnny Sack began to fade and Huntinthelastdolar was tight again on American Fling’s back. When the passing lane opened, McNair dipped into it with Huntinthelastdolar and paced away from the tiring American Fling to win by 1-1/2 lengths in a lifetime best 1:55 1.

It was the first lifetime start and NYSS victory by Huntinthelastdolar ($19.20) for his owners Steve Heimbecker and Gregg McNair, who also trains the colt. Crawford Farms bred Huntinthelastdolar.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 6) with post time at 6 p.m. Free full past performance race programs for all live race days can be downloaded by visiting the track’s website at and clicking the “Live Racing” tab.

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