Hamburg, NY--- A jump in class didn’t seem to bother Talladega Hanover, a 6-year-old Cantab Hall gelding, as he won the $11,000 featured trot in, 1:59.4 for owners WWW Ventures of Woodville Ohio at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (Feb. 1) over a fast track. It was the second win in three attempts this season for Talladega Hanover.
As the race unfolded, Talladega Hanover and driver Shawn Gray settled in fourth as Photosmart (Billy Dobson) set the early fractions, :30 to the quarter, and 1:00.2 to the half. With a strong backside brush Talladega Hanover hit the three-quarters, with the lead, in 1:29.2. A :30.2 last quarter-mile put the winner 9-1/4 lengths ahead of the second place finisher, Hailstorm Volo (Jack Flanigen). Keystone Bernard (Dan Noble) came in third.
|Talladega Hanover and Shawn Gray were all alone at the finish|
Trained by Dan Walski, the $5,500 winner’s share of the purse put Talladega Hanover’s season’s earning at $9,600 and $113,810, lifetime. It was his 12th win in 81 lifetime starts.
January was an exceptional month here at Buffalo Raceway. The total handle increased more than 70 percent versus last year.
“The racing has been exciting,” COO Jim Mango said. “New faces and an increase in purses are helping to make the races very competitive. January was a good start to the meet.”
Racing will resume on Saturday at 6:40 p.m., eastern time.