Saturday's (March 15) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Buffalo Raceway, Saratoga Gaming and Raceway and Miami Valley Raceway.
Beechwood Wayne wins at Buffalo off layoff
Hamburg, NY---Beechwood Wayne took a week off but returned to action on Saturday night (March 15) and easily went gate-to-wire to take the featured $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway in a seasonal best of 1:57.2 over the fast track.
Photo by Steve Roth Beechwood Wayne scores his fifth victory of the season at Buffalo Raceway.
But Beechwood Wayne returned fit and ready and his six competitors couldn't stop the sharp 7-year-old gelding. Driver Ron Beback Jr. sent him right to the top and put up splits of 29.4, 1:00.0 and 1:29.2. Zipnthruthehall (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) sat the pocket the entire trip but finished 1-1/2 lengths back. Salazar (Jack Flanigen) showed plenty of closing speed in the lane and finished third.
Owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik, Beechwood Wayne has now pushed his seasonal earnings to $26,375 and $186,471 lifetime. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer J.D. Perrin conditioned the winner.
The action returns to Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening when an 11-race program is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway
Pan From Nantucket (No Pan Intended) scored an impressive victory in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Jose Godinez-trained pacer has been a threat in the Yonkers Open this year and not only started from the outside post on Saturday, but was outside the race’s odds-on favorite Sparky Mark. Pan From Nantucket moved aggressively first-over and squared off with the public choice, who was on the front end before wearing him down in the stretch and recording the victory in the $17,000 feature. Sand Summerfield (Billy Dobson) closed for second while Sparky Mark (Jim Morrill Jr) had to settle for third for the second consecutive week. Pan From Nantucket, whose win came in 1:57, was piloted by Bruce Aldrich Jr., who scored four wins on the Saturday card, three of the victories coming while driving for trainer Jose Godinez.
Miami Valley Raceway
A pair of contentious $5,000 'Sweet 16' races were contested Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway. When the dust cleared the field was set for next week's 'Elite 8' horse and gelding competition in the month-long tournament for $4,000 claiming pacers. The top four finishers from this week's eliminations will face-off in a $6,000 male championship race next Saturday. Then the 'Final Four' boys will advance to an $8,000 'Battle of the Sexes' championship on March 30 to face the top four female $4,000 claiming pacers who advance through a similar tournament structure on Sunday nights. The first elimination was captured by Communicator (Pat Berry) in 1:55, edging City Pizza (Jeremy Smith), T Boone (Brad Hanners) and Cole Diddy (Tyler Smith) -- all of whom paced miles under 1:56. The top four finishers in the second split all recorded official finish times of 1:55.3 as Five Cougars A (Jason Brewer) just nipped Majestic (Jack Dailey), CD's Report (Kayne Kauffman) and Olive Loaf (Jeremy Smith) in the blanket finish. The only entrant who will carry a claiming price next week will be T Boone, who was claimed in each of the first two elimination weeks. If entered he will carry a $5,000 tag for new owner Bucky Troute. The Miami Valley Madness In March tournament started with 64 $4,000 claimers and will be reduced to eight males and eight females following a pair of distaff eliminations Sunday night.