Photo by Paul White Daylon Phantom cruised to the victory Wednesday night winning the $8,000 Open I-II Handicap trot at Batavia Downs.

BATAVIA — If last week’s 7-3/4 length romp wasn’t enough, Daylon Phantom put the exclamation point on the page this week with his best effort of 2020, winning the $8,000 Open I-II Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night.

Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) got away fifth while Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Lunar Credit (Jim McNeight Jr.) jousted for the lead. With the latter taking control from the former by the half, Morales came first up with Daylon Phantom, drew alongside Lunar Credit at three-quarters and headed down the lane on top while holding off a late closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) to win by 1-1/4 in 1:57.1, which was a new seasonal mark.

It was the second straight top class trot win for Daylon Phantom ($11.80) and owners Franklin Meier and Super Mile. Angelo Nappo is the trainer.

Later in the $7,250 Open II-III trot, Victoria Swan (Drew Monti) led at every station before pulling away at the top of the lane and stretching out to a three length victory at the light in 1:58.1. Victoria Swan ($7.60) is owned by R.B.H. Ventures and Spagnola Racing. Sabrina Shaw trains the winner.

Jim Morrill Jr. led all drivers on Wednesday with a grand slam on the card while Kyle Cummings had a hat trick of his own. Trainer Tammy Cummings was the top conditioner of the night with three wins as well.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday with a new, earlier post time of 5 p.m.

On the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, post time on Saturday at Batavia Downs will be moved from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting September 12 and remain at that time for the remainder of the meet.

Batavia Downs is racing a Wednesday/Saturday schedule and now both days will start at 5 p.m. The only exceptions will be Saturday (Oct. 3) that will start at 7:05 p.m. due to the Preakness, Saturday (Oct.31) because of Halloween and Saturday (Nov. 7) for the Breeders Cup, both of which will begin at 1:15 p.m.

There are currently 27 racing dates left on the meet that runs through Saturday (Dec. 12).

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