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George P Hanover takes Niatross Series final at Buffalo
Saturday, March 01, 2014 - by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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Hamburg, NY --- George P Hanover made every step a winning one Saturday night (March 1) and registered a head victory over Kamanche Sun in the $28,250 Niatross Knockout Claiming Series Pace final at Buffalo Raceway.

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George P Hanover held on to win the Niatross Claiming Series final.

Scoring from the three post, George P Hanover (David McNeight III) set the pace with fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:27.1 and had Kamanche Sun (Aaron Byron) breathing down his neck the entire mile.

In deep stretch, he had just enough left in the tank to hold off the stubborn Kamanche Sun and third place finisher Major Glass (Kevin Cummings), the post time favorite.

Owned and trained by Earl Kirbis, Jr., the 6-year-old gelded son of George P Hanover has now won three starts in six appearances in 2014 and improved his seasonal bankroll to $21,362 and $112,396 lifetime.

In the $10,000 Niatross Knockout Claiming Series Pace consolation race, Catalina Kid scored the $26.20 upset victory in 1:59 with Jack Flanigen in the sulky. Bob's Alibi (Billy Dobson) finished second while Martin Hanover (Rock Vinci) took the show dough.

Dont Say Goodby posted the fastest mile of the 2014 season at Buffalo Raceway with a 1:55.1 win, registering a length score over Beechwood Wayne in the co-featured $10,500 Open Pace.

Starting from the inside, Dont Say Goodby (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) scooted immediately to the front and put up a scorching half-mile time of :56.3.

In the stretch, Dont Say Goodby ($4.40) built a comfortable two length lead and held off the challenge of Beechwood Wayne (Ron Beback, Jr.) and B Lo Zero (Ray Fisher, Jr.).

The victory was the third in five starts this year for Dont Say Goodby, who is owned by Derek Menchhofer and trained by Charles Stewart. The win increased his season's winnings to $15,750 and $182,239 lifetime.

Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program set to begin at 5 p.m.

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