Heavy fog continued to blanket several racetracks Thursday, Jan. 25 including Batavia Downs. But that didn’t stop Indiana sired Way too Sweet, who scored a nice win in the featured $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open.
Driven by Jim Morrill Jr., Way Too Sweet began from post two and was able to slip over into the two hole as A Black Diamond and Kevin Cummings used their inside post to their advantage and went out for the lead. With the heavy fog, horses seemed to fall into line and follow along through fractions of :28.2 and :59.2 before moving to the outside. Imprincessgemma A and Brett Beckwith moved first over which flushed out McNatural L and David McNeight III somewhere around the final turn. Way Too Sweet must have also found room in the turn because as the field came into focus for the stretch drive, Way Too Sweet was widest of all and full of pace. The Indiana mare rallied home in :29.2 to score the win by one length in 1:58.4. McNatural L finished second over A Black Diamond for third.
Way Too Sweet paid $3.50 for the win. The five-year-old Rockin Image mare is owned by George Tackley and Wendy Storrier of New York. Andy Gardner trains the mare, who was bred by Victory Hill Farm.
It was the first win of the season in her second start for Way Too Sweet. Overall, she has 14 wins and more than $129,000 in earnings. Her career best time of 1:54.1 was taken last year at Saratoga, where she relocated at the age of three.
Way Too Sweet began her career under trainer Ross Leonard in Indiana. She was a $13,000 purchase from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. She is the first foal from the Dontgetinmyway mare Sweetsgetintheway, who earned a mark of 1:52.4 and made $170,000 during her career. She has a two-year-old filly named One Sweet JK by JK Endofanera in 2024 and a yearling colt that is unnamed by Tellitlikeitis.
Earlier in the card, Rosey Time and Brett Beckwith scored a win in the upper conditioned pace in a time of 1:56.3. The Time to Roll seven-year-old mare sat patiently along the inside behind the leaders before rallying by them in the stretch and winning by four and one-quarter lengths. Miss Irish Rose A and Larry Stalbaum finished second over Shadow One and John Cummings Jr. for third.
Rosey Time paid $4.40. She is owned by Kevin Reynolds and Kevin Reynolds Jr., who is the trainer. Frontier Farms bred the mare, who earned her first win of 2024 and her 19th overall. To date, she has more than $112,000 on her card with a mark of 1:52.2, taken as a six-year-old at The Meadowlands.