Hamburg, NY---A little R & R in sunny warm Florida was all that was needed for Cole Hard Cash as the seven-year-old Cole Muffler gelding won the $11,000 Open Pace in 1:55.4 for owners Elm Racing of Lackawanna, NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (February 23). It was the first win in three attempts this year for Cole Hard Cash, who went over $200,000 in lifetime earnings with his win tonight.
Cole Hard Cash ($22.20) driven by Dan Noble, settled in fourth, as the favorite, and eventual third place finisher Spender Hanover (Shawn Gray) cut all the fractions in the race, :28.3, :57.2, and 1:26.4.
As the field hit the top of the stretch, Cole Hard Cash and Noble had the leaders right in front of them, and a :28.2 last quarter-mile put the winner 1-1/2 lengths ahead of second place finisher Dontgetinskyway (Dave McNeight III) at the wire.
Trained by Christi Pokornowski, the $5,500 share of the winning purse put Cole Hard Cash’s lifetime earnings at $205,251, and it was his 26th lifetime win in 149 attempts.
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Dan Noble led all drivers with five wins on the card.
Racing will resume on Wednesday February 27, with first post scheduled for 5:00 pm eastern time.
Sam Pendolino..........Publicity Director/Public Relations
Photos by Paul White