The driver-trainer partnership of Kevin Cummings and Shawn McDonough teamed up for a pair of Indiana winners Monday, Feb. 6 at Batavia Downs. Unpolished and Faithful Desire both earned their second straight wins at Batavia during the afternoon card.
Fresh off a win last week, Unpolished was the favorite and acted like it, rolling straight to the lead in the $9,000 Pop-Up Series Trot. Unpolished was strong on the lead, passing fractional poles of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3. Silver Buckeye and Ray Fisher Jr. moved up first over but could not overtake Unpolished.
In the stretch, Unpolished was attacked by both sides, but held her ground for the win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.3. Schnickel Fritz and Keith Kash Jr. finished second over Le Millenaire and Dan Yetman, who moved up on the outside late for third.
Unpolished paid $3.10 for the win. The Musclesprinctonian five-year-old mare is owned by Crazy Parrot Farm LLC of Texas. Libby Myers bred the mare, who was unraced at two before racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park for trainer Sally Gilbert and later moving to Michigan, where she won three in a row before heading to the Michigan fairs.
Overall, Unpolished has 14 wins and more than $71,000 in earnings. Her career best time of 1:56.1 was taken last year at Georgian Downs. She has been with her current connections since last November.
The other winner on the card for Cummings and McDonough was Faithful Desire, a veteran mare by Real Desire. Getting away third, Faithful Desire moved to the lead at the three-quarter mile marker and never looked back, opening up by six and one-quarter lengths for the win in 1:55.4. Reggiano and David McNeight III finished second over Catcha Lefty A and Dan Yetman for third.
Faithful Desire paid $3.20. She is owned by Eva Saintcross and was bred by Bart Seales. The mare now has 33 career wins and more than $319,000 in earnings. Unraced at two, Faithful Desire took her career best time of 1:50.4 at Pocono Downs as a five-year-old. She has also been with her current connections since last fall.