It was déjā vu all over again in the Saturday night feature race at Batavia Downs when Dontgetinskyway, the 36-1 outsider in the field over eight, got up in the final strides to pull the shocker in the $8,500 Open Pace. Friday night, Headingforaruckus scored the upset in the $8,500 Open trot at odds 19-1.
Even more surprising was how the race went down.
Last week's Open winner, What The Sheik, brushed to the top heading to three-quarters, opened up what looked like an insurmountable four-length lead at the top of the stretch but suddenly took a bad step in the sloppy conditions and went offstride.
Reinsman Ray Fisher Jr. was able to gather up What the Sheik quickly and get him pacing but he didn't have enough momentum down the lane and he got collared by the longshot winner, in 1:58.4. Naked News (Jim McNeight) rallied from last to be a fast closing third.
Dontgetinskyway was driven to victory by Dave McNeight III for trainer Dave McNeight Jr. He's owned by Limerick Racing of Hamburg.This was the seventh win of the year for Dontgetinskyway and the win put him over the $67,000 mark in 2013 earnings.
Ron Wrenn Jr., North America's dash leading driver, made five more winner circle visits on the Saturday program while Dave McNeight III and Ron Beback Jr. had driving doubles. (Batavia Downs)