BatalJ Launcher benefited from the misfortune of
others early on, gaining the lead as
heavily-backed Scorpion Moon (Kevin Switzer,
Jr.) made a misstep barreling into the first
turn before quickly dissuading the opening
volley fired by hometown favorite Kerogen (Kim
Ireland). From that point forth the post-time
favorite dictated the terms and despite
persistent challenges was never in serious
"He's obviously a pretty nice horse"
said winning driver Shawn Gray "And he felt
pretty sturdy during the mile. Once Scorpion
Moon was out of the picture I just let him go
where he wanted. He still had plenty left."
Bred in Sweden, the 10-year-old son of
Tap In first came to prominence
racing in Great Britton, winning the prestigious
Roosevelt Cup at Tir Prince in Wales before
being relocating to North America. He began his
career on the left side of the Atlantic by
winning five straight races in Canada and is now
a mainstay in the Preferred-level trotting
classes at Yonkers Raceway in New York. The
well-travelled trotter was sent north to compete
in the Ricci Memorial this month by co-owners
Green Racing of Milford Delaware and the
Meadowbranch Stables of Lynden, Ontario, Canada.
The 1:57.4 clocking was just 1/5th second off
the Scarborough track standard that was
established by Friendly Face (Esa Lahtinen) in
the 1988 edition of the Legislator Trot and then
equaled by Dink Adoo (Robert Sumner) in the
elimination round of the 2008 Ricci Memorial.
The Joseph Ricci Memorial is Scarborough
Downs' marquee event, held annually to honor the
memory of its longtime owner.
Scarborough Downs proudly features live harness
racing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
evening at 4:15 pm (EDT). The popular Sunday
matinees feature a 1:30 pm post time.