Lutetium made it three victories in four starts in the $8,500 Open Trot at Batavia Downs as he scored a convincing two-length victory over Fiorentina in 1:57.4 over the fast track on Friday night.
It was a typical win for Lutetium as driver Jack Flanigen sent the 6-year-old gelding right to the lead and told the remainder of the field "catch me if you can." He set the sizzling fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.4 on the cool evening and it proved to be more than enough. No one mounted a serious threat in stopping the front-running Lutetium ($4.10) from winning for the 11th time in 38 starts this year. Fiorentina (Ken Holliday) was second best while RA's Shakenbake (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot.
Lutetium (Credit Winner-Luby) is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw. The victory pushed his 2013 earnings to $58,134 and $185,806 lifetime.
The Batavia Downs' season comes to a close on Saturday night with a 13-race card scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. The feature is the $8,500 Open Pace where Goodnite Goodluck opens as the 5-2 morning line favorite. (Batavia Downs)