Summertime Lea, the heavy 1-9 favorite, didn't disappoint her backers as she made it six wins in seven starts in her short career, winning a $37,910 division of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at Batavia Downs Saturday night.
Driver Tony Hall, making his first appearance ever at Batavia Downs, took Summertime Lea ($2.30) to the top just before the quarter pole and just sat back and enjoyed the ride the rest of the way. Hall had a driving triple in his Downs' debut.
Starting from the second post, Summertime Lea (Lislea - Donna Summer) registered fractions of :28.3, :59.2, 1:28:3 over the fast track en route to a winning time of 1:56.4, which was well off the Batavia Downs' track record set by Paula's Best of 1:55 in 2006.
Greatdayforamerica (Jeff Gregory), the longest shot on the board, was second, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner while JK Songsungblue (Howard Parker) was up for third.
Trained by Ron Burke, Summertime Lea has now pushed her bankroll to $147,433 on the season.
"She's a really good filly,” reinsman Tony Hall said. "She had no problem getting around the track and did it all on her own.”