Hamburg, NY --- Crazy About Pat, a 3-year-old colt by Crazed, out of the Malabar mare Dibrizzi, won his $35,846 division of the New York Sire Stakes in 1:56.3 here at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 23). That winning time now goes in the record book along with Delano (2012), for 3-year-old trotters, and Scorpion Moon (2007) for aged trotters.
Paul White photo Crazy About Pat set a track record in a NYSS for 3-year-old colts at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday.
Still 13 lengths behind at the half-mile marker, Manzi started his assault on the leaders, and with a remarkable :27.3 last quarter-mile beat second place finisher Wannacmyguns (John Stark, Jr.) by 4-1/4 lengths at the finish line. The 4/5 favorite Tirade Hanover (Jim Morrill, Jr.) came in third.
“I took it easy early, because I thought there was a lot of early speed in the race”, said Manzi. “When I asked him for speed, he (Crazy About Pat) really responded. This is a really nice horse”.
Trained by Noel Daley for the Patricia Stables of Massapequa, NY, it was only the third lifetime win in 17 attempts for Crazy About Pat, and the $17,923 share of the winning purse put his lifetime earnings at $76,062.
The other three Sire Stakes winners were New Yorks Best (Conway Hall-Ada Winds) in 2:00.1 with driver Jeff Gregory at the controls, Jacks To Open (Conway Hall-Jodi’s Jayme) in 1:58 with reinsman Jim Morrill, Jr. in the bike, and Therapeutic (Crazed-Psychotherapist) in 1:59.1 also with Jim Morrill, Jr., in the sulky.
Jim Morrill, Jr., led all drivers with three wins on the card.
Racing will resume on Wednesday June 26, with first post scheduled for 5:00 pm eastern time.