by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dontustopbelievn N (Denny Bucceri) never lost faith in the stretch drive during Buffalo Raceway's $11,300 Pace for the fillies and mares on Wednesday afternoon (April 13) by eventually was able to grind out a head win over She Can Party in 1:57.4 over the good track.
|Photo by Bill Burke
|Dontustopbelievn N grinds out a victory in featured pace.
With She Can Party (David McNeight III) stepping out to the lead and putting up fractions of :29.7, :59.0 and 1:28.4. Dontustopbelievn N ($6.60) started a first over journey just before the three quarter marker and slowly chipped into the lead.
Turning for home, She Can Party was sandwiched between Odds On Dead Heat and Dontustopbelievn N as the race to the wire was now in full throttle. Dontustopbelievn N had the momentum on the outside and managed to nudge ahead at the wire. She Can Party had to settle for a touch luck second while Odds On Dead Heat (James McNeight Jr.) was third.
Trained by Gerry Sarama and owned by Michael Torcello, Dontustopbelievn N (Somebeachsomewhere-Bedtime) won for the first time on the campaign after nine previous tries. The 7-year-old mare has produced $10,160 in winnings this season and $145,360 in her career.
There were two divisions for the fillies and mares pacers who went for $9,800 in each leg.
Pumpkinspicelatte ($5.50) took the first bracket by running away from the field in 1:56.3, beating Twin B Kini by 2-1/4 lengths while JK Kissntell ($4.50) took a 1 1/4 length score over All About Amy.
In the opening division, Pumpkinspicelatte caught a major break in the early going as Tucson Breeze broke stride heading around the opening turn. Now uncontested on the front end, Pumpkinspicelatte (McNeight III) cruised out to a six length advantage to the half and never looked back after that. Twin B Kini (McNeight Jr.) held on for the place position with Oporto Hanover (Drew Monti) collected the show spot.
Owned by Tyler MacDonell and conditioned by Lisa Mariacher, it was the third victory in 11 starts this season for Pumpkinspicelatte (Always A Virgin-Martha Brown). The 8-year-old mare has now put $15,850 in the bank this season and $116,035 lifetime.
In the second bracket, JK Kissntell went through an April shower and splashed her way to the winner's circle in a seasonal best 1:58.2, turning back the effort of All About Amy (Bucceri) and Mach Of Shame (McNeight III) who took second and third respectively,
JK Kissntell went right to the lead and posted splits of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:29.2. All About Amy and Mach Of Shame chased JK Kissntell down the stretch but couldn't put in a serious bid.
Co-owned by trainer Lisa Mariacher and Erin Moran, it was the second victory in seven appearances this year for the 6-year-old JK Kissntell (American Ideal-JKkissesfromheaven). The win jacked her seasonal total to $2,015 and $92,401 lifetime.
Morrill Jr. completed the afternoon with four driving victories while McNeight III posted a triple and Bucceri a pair. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. and Mariacher had two training wins.
Racing will continue on Saturday afternoon with a 1:30 p.m. as a 12-race card will go to the post.
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