Voltina went from the agony of defeat to the thrill of victory in a short span in winning the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 1).
On a rain-soaked night over a deteriorating track, Voltina (Kevin Cummings) got away second behind Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti), who shot to the front by the eighth pole. The abbreviated field of five then followed the leader to a pedestrian half of :59.2 before anyone made a move. Who Says That (Ray Fisher Jr.) was the one to pull and challenge past the grandstand but her attempt failed before three-quarters as Voltina upped the tempo to :28.3, and she faded out of the picture.
When the race spiraled off the turn, Classy Lane Rose pulled out and paced alongside Voltina before getting a slight advantage just before the wire. But just as soon as she gained the lead, Classy Lane Rose took a bad step and Monti had to gather her up, and that split-second adjustment allowed Voltina to retake the front right at the finish line and win by a head in 1:56.3.
The sixth win of the year for Voltina ($7.10), along with being 21 out of 39 in the money this year, has put $58,146 in the bank for owner CHS Racing LLC. Anthony Cummings trains the 7-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native.
Larry Stalbaum, Ray Fisher Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. all had driving triples on Wednesday’s card while North America’s leading percentage trainer Kim Asher sent three of her students to the winner’s enclosure.
With the night’s three wins, Stalbaum has now taken the lead in the Batavia Downs dash driving competition with 90 wins for the meet. Previous leader Drew Monti has now slipped to a second place tie with Ray Fisher Jr., both sporting 89 victories. The battle for steering supremacy will continue for 19 more nights of racing before a champion can be crowned.
Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 3) with first post at 6 p.m. (Batavia)