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Morrill has night to remember

Jim Morrill Jr., won seven of his nine drives at Batavia Downs Casino Friday night, just missing the track record of eight which he shares with John Cummings Jr. Morrill's seven wins included all three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes, two of them in track record times.

Tea Party Princess established a track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies in 1:53.2 in the second division of the Sire Stakes, the eighth race. That record lasted one race, until Morrill drove New Album to victory in the third division of the Sire Stakes in 1:52.4

The former track record for 3-year-old pacing filliews was set by Isabella Blue Chip (1:54.1) in 2007.



* The Little League World Series title game matchup is set, with Huntington Beach, Calif., playing Hamamatsu City, Japan, today (12 noon, ESPN). California secured its berth by routing Billings, Mont., 11-2, Saturday to take the U.S. championship. Japan defeated Mexicali, Mexico, 5-2, to take the international championship.

* Texas A&M is expected to announce that it will leave the Big 12 within the next week.


Race calendar

Tomato Trot 5K, Evangola State Park in Irving, 9 a.m. today, 549-1802.

Celtic Challenge, 4 miles, 200 Ohio St. in Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 830-6703.

Lackawanna Fire 5000 5K, 2900 South Park in Lackawanna, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 200-2908.

WNY Running Hall of Fame 5K, Elmwood and Bidwell in Buffalo, 7 p.m. Friday, 479-8511.

Run for Hope 5K, Lincoln Park in Tonawanda, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 834-9028.

Dan Feather Memorial 5K, 487 Baker St., Jamestown, 9 a.m. Sept. 4, 488-2203 x230.

From News Staff and wire service reports