by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dontustopbelievn N is starting to show her versatility and it's paying off big time at Buffalo Raceway as the 8-year-old mare snagged the victory in the $15,000 Open Pace for the ladies on an absolutely perfect Wednesday afternoon (May 11).
|Photo by Bill Burke
|Dontustopbelievn N goes first over to collect win.
After notching the win last week in gate to wire fashion in the Open, Dontustopbelievn N ($4.60) came from off the pace this time to turn back Sapphire Blue Chip (Shawn McDonough) by a half length in a seasonal best of 1:56.0 over the fast track. Xenia's Chip (David McNeight III) took the show position.
Sapphire Blue Chip was able to get out to the early lead as Dontustopbelievn N (Kevin Cummings), who was assigned the outside post in the five-horse field, dropped into fourth.
With fractions of :28.3 and 58.1 to the half, Sapphire Blue Chip knew trouble was brewing approaching the three quarter marker as the favored Dontustopbelievn N was first over and charging toward the lead.
Turning for home, Dontustopbelievn N was able to nudge past the stubborn Sapphire Blue Chip on the outside while Xenia's Chip tried her luck from the passing lane. Hitting the wire, Dontustopbelievn N had a half length advantage, making it two consecutive Open wins for the distaff pacers.
Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the third victory in 14 starts on the season for Dontustopbelievn N (Somebeachsomewhere-Bedtime). The win upped her 2022 bankroll to $26,380 and $162,420 lifetime.
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|Mach Of Shame never looks back in taking Wednesday victory.
While Dontustopbelievn N came from behind in the main event, Mach Of Shame ($8.80) led every step of the way to turn back the favored Doctor Sunshine in a seasonal best of 1:57.1 in the $11,300 pace for the filly and mares.
Scoring from the rail, Mach Of Shame (McNeight III) danced out to the lead, putting up splits of :30.0, 1:00.1 and 1:28.4. Doctor Sunshine was in perfect position for the drive to the wire but couldn't get the job done, coming up a length short. JK Kissntell (Dan Yetman) earned the show spot.
Trained by Michael Ohol and owned by Michael Ohol Jr., it was the second victory in 11 appearances for the 6-year-old mare Mach Of Shame (Mach Three-Spend It All). The win moved her seasonal earnings to $23,564 and $91,004 in her career.
McNeight III and Drew Monti each collected doubles on the program with Gerry Sarama getting a pair of training scores.
Live racing will return on Friday afternoon with an eight-race card slated for 1:30 p.m. with a nine-race program set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
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