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Zeron to take turn in Batavia All-Star Drivers challenge

September 30, 2008

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The All-Star Drivers challenge continues on Wednesday night at Batavia Downs Gaming with Ontario’s Rick Zeron in town to drive for charity and take a swing at the $10,000 winner-take-all prize.


The 52-year-old Zeron has won over 6,600 races and his drives have earned over $70 million  throughout his career that began in 1977. He is currently second in the drivers\' standings on the Mohawk/Woodbine circuit, only behind Jody Jamieson who will be at the Downs on Oct. 8.


So far this season Zeron’s drives have earned $4,654,634 which ranks him 16th in North America and his 220 wins puts him in 48th place. He will be the track lobby for a meet and greet session at 6:15 p.m. and will be autographing souvenir whips.


Currently Howard “Pacin” Parker leads the eight-week Drivers Challenge with 34 points.


All participating drivers are required to drive in eight races starting from post one in race one and moving out one post position in each of the eight races. The horses they drive are drawn at random.


They receive points on where their drives finish with a win worth nine points, a second worth five points, a third worth three points, two points for a fourth and one point for a fifth-place finish.


The All Stars are donating their five-percent commission for the evening to the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR). During the first three weeks of the Challenge the All Stars have earned $1,600 for the BCCR. A grand total of $8,000 has been raised so far, through a silent auction and sponsorship of races.


The All-star drives challenge is co-sponsored by the Purple Haze Stable, the Western New York Harness Horseman Association and Batavia Downs Gaming.


To sponsor a race or for more information please go to www.bataviadownsgaming.com. (Batavia Downs)


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