by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Xenia's Chip shot out to an early lead and held on at the wire to win the $14,000 Open I-II Handicap Pace for the ladies at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday afternoon (April 20) in a seasonal best 1:56.2 over the fast track.
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Photo by Bill Burke    
Xenia's Chip hangs on for the victory in Wednesday's feature.    
Scoring from the three post, Xenia's Chip was the only leaver as the starting gate swung open. With uncontested fractions of :29.1, :58.2 and 1:26.4, Xenia's Chip braced herself for the late threats from the closers.
She Can Party (James McNeight Jr.) took her best shot at Xenia's Chip from the passing lane while Pretty Blue Angel (Kyle Cummings) came from the outside. But neither could go past the stubborn Xenia's Chip who hung on for the neck victory. She Can Party and Pretty Blue Angel took the minor spoils by finishing second and third respectively.
Trained by Jim Graham and owned by Keith Pinkowski, it was the third trip to the winner's circle on the campaign for the 5-year-old mare Xenia's Chip (Heston Blue Chip-Xenia Hanover). The win pushed her seasonal earnings to $19,585 and $101,727 in her career.
Delilah De Vie ($7.80) sat patiently in fourth place turning for home then exploded in the stretch to collect the victory over Frontier New Moon in the $9.800 pace for the fillies and mares in 1:57.4.
With Frontier New Moon (Wade Tomaszewski) on the point with splits of :29.0, :58.1 and 1:28.0, Delilah De Vie (Kevin Cummings) was the widest and fastest down the lane to collect the three quarter length score. Frontier New Moon had to settle for the second place check with Twin B Kini (Kyle Cummings) taking third.
Owned by Brianne Good and trained by James Clouser Jr., Delilah De Vie (Art Major-Beach Girl) is an 8-year-old mare that has won three times in nine attempts this season. The victory improved her 2022 bankroll to $13,506 and $83,506 lifetime.
McNeight III scored a driving triple during the matinee program while Kevin Cummings had a double. Ryan Swift conditioned two winners.
Racing will continue on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.
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