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Speedy "Foe" steps up in Kane Pace

Revolutionary Foe, the 6-year-old gelding who paced the fastest mile (1:54) of the Batavia Downs season in the $9,000 Open Handicap on Sept. 27, takes a shot a much bigger money in the $40,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Downs' all-time record mile (1:52 1/5) was posted by Michael Scores in the Kane's 2006 edition.

Revolutionary Foe, driven by Chuck Connor Jr. for trainer Tracy Brainard, drew the 7 post and is 12-1 on the morning line as he steps up against some heavyweights from out of town.

Kenneth J, trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Jim Morrill Jr., is the 5-2 favorite from post 6. Morrill was also named on Rare Jewel (4-1) but left that one and he will be driven by Jim McNeight.

Revolutionary Foe, ranked No. 4 on The Buffalo News' "Hometown Harness Rankings," is the only ranked horse in the sixth edition of the Kane.

Year Of The Dragon, who won in 1:55 2/5 on Sept. 20, is the only other Kane entrant with Batavia Downs experience this year. He is trained by former Western New Yorker Michael Rashkin and driven by Kevin Cummings, current leading driver at Batavia.

Leading trainer Ron Beback Jr. will drive his entry, Clooney Drummond from the No. 1 post for owner James T. Dunn of Singer Island, Fla.

The Kane field, in post position order with driver and morning line odds: 1-Clooney Drummond, Ron Beback Jr., 8-1; 2-Rare Jewel, Jim McNeight, 4-1; 3-Arts Ragin Jet, Ray Fisher Jr., 9-2; 4-Year Of The Dragon, Kevin Cummings, 10-1; 5-Maltese Artist, Matt Kakaley, 3-1; 6-Kenneth J, Jim Morrill Jr., 5-2;  7-Revolutionary Foe, Chuck Connor Jr., 12-1; 9-Winbak Dimensions, Jim Mahohn Jr., 6-1.

The eight entrants have earned a total of $5,651,212 in their careers, an average of over $706,400 each. The richest entrants are 7-year-old Maltese Artist ($2,083,441 in 130 races) and 4-year-old Kenneth J ($1,503,027 in 42 starts).

The Kane goes as the seventh race on Saturday's 12-race card that starts at 7:05 p.m.

In other news, the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association announced signing a new three-year contract with Buffalo Raceway.

Under the agreement, the 2009 season contains 90 racing dates. It will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 14, about a month earlier than 2008, and conclude on Sunday, July 26. The schedule calls for mostly Wednesday, Friday (Starting Jan. 30)and Saturday racing with Sundays added in June and July.

--- Bob Summers 

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