Morrill had a big night at Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Jim Morrill Jr. was in top form at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 10) by winning four races that included a natural hat trick in races six, seven and eight and the top two trots of the night.

In one of his four winners on Friday night at Batavia Downs, Jim Morrill Jr. went gate-to-wire with Party Boy Hanover to win the featured $11,800 Open I-II. Paul White Photo.

In the $11,800 Open I-II, Morrill sent Party Boy Hanover down the road and dominated his rivals for two tours of the oval. After leading to the three-quarter pole by as much as two open lengths, Party Boy Hanover turned for home and out-legged the field by 1-1/2  lengths in a season’s best time of 1:57.4.

It was the third win in five starts since coming to Batavia for Party Boy Hanover ($12.40).

Then in the $8,700 mid-level condition trot, Morrill air mailed Keystone Apache from post six and proceeded in a similar style. After quarters of :28.3, :58 and 1:27.3, Keystone Apache held off all comers down the lane to win in 1:57.3, which was also a seasonal mark.

It was the fifth win of the year for Keystone Apache ($6.10).

Both horses are owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock and both are trained by Maria Rice.

Morrill rounded out his grand slam with Innocent Victim (1:56.1, $2.80) and Heez Orl Black N (1:56.3, $2.30).

From his 10 starts on Friday, Morrill also had two seconds and two thirds giving him a stout .525 UDR for the evening.

The fundraiser to benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester that was held at Batavia Downs on Friday raised a total of $16,500. The management of Batavia Downs would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended the function and especially thank everyone who made a donation.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 11) with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. and there are two small carryovers to mention. The Jackpot Pick-6 has a carryover of $639 and the Jackpot Hi-5 pentafecta has a carryover of $248.

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