by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway 

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mugshots Bro ($3.20) made it five straight victories, including three in a row in Buffalo Raceway's $15,000 Open Trot on Friday afternoon (June 10), by slapping another tough luck loss on CR Blazin Beauty in 1:57.1.
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Photo by Bill Burke    
Mugshots Bro makes it five in a row with Open Trot victory.    
In what has been a recurring scenario between the two trotters, Mugshots Bro (Jim Morrill Jr.) has gotten the upper hand three straight times on CR Blazin Beauty (David McNeight III) who has had to settle for second place on each occurrence.
It seemed like deja vu from last week as CR Blazin Beauty appeared to have things well in hand coming down the stretch only to find Mugshots Bro charging by late.
CR Blazin Beauty notched splits of :28.3, :58.1 and 1:27.3 but those reasonable fractions still weren't enough to hold off Mugshots Bro who roared past late, capturing the neck decision. Simonthediamond (Dan Yetman) took the show position.
Co-owned by Herman Niedhammer and Herman Niedhammer Jr. and trained by Shawn McDonough, it was the fifth victory in six attempts this year for the 10-year-old gelded Mugshots Bro (Jailhouse Jesse-Photo Emmy). The win jacked up his 2022 earnings to $33,665 and $315,050 lifetime.
In the $11,300 Open II trotting event, it was literally 'ladies first' as the lone mare in the race, Mystical Sarabi, was determined to set the fractions and it worked out perfectly with a 1-1/2 length victory over Call My Broker in 1:59.1.
Off the gate, Mystical Sarabi (Dan Yetman) fired to the lead from the pylons but had company on the outside as Schnickel Fritz and Franks Watching made attempts to grab the top. But with those efforts rebuffed, Mystical Sarabi managed to post splits of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3.
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Photo by Bill Burke    
Mystical Sarabi beat the gentlemen in the Open II trot.    
In the stretch, Mystical Sarabi ($5.40) had no intention of giving up her advantage as Schnickel Fritz and Franks Watching were forced to wave their white flags. Call My Broker (Shawn McDonough) and Sanchez Rocks (Drew Monti) closed smartly near the wire and finished in second and third respectively.
Owned by Tronolone Racing and trained by Frank Mays, it was the second win of the season in 11 starts for Mystical Sarabi (Swan For All-Foxy In Diamonds). The 5-year-old mare has now earned $22,852 on the campaign and $63,233 lifetime.
Morrill Jr. finished with a driving triple on the program with Monti posting a double. McDonough had three training victories. 
Racing will resume on Saturday afternoon with a nine-race card set to kickoff at 1:30 p.m.
Buffalo Raceway announced that starting with the Wednesday card on June 15, there will be a 10 percent increase in purses.
Also for the next two weeks, Buffalo Raceway will have programs on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons with post time each day at 1:30. The regular Wednesday, Friday and Saturday schedule will resume on Wednesday, June 28.
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