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Racing Roundup: Taylor Rei hangs on by a nose in Buffalo Raceway feature
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - from harness publicists across North America

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Wednesday's (April 16) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Buffalo Raceway, Harrington Raceway and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Taylor Rei hangs on by a nose in Buffalo Raceway feature

Hamburg, NY --- Taylor Rei took advantage of a drop in class and an inside post position to narrowly escape with a nose victory over Fiftyonefifty in the $7,600 Fillies and Mares conditioned/optional claiming pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening.

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Taylor Rei (#1) hangs on for a nose victory in the Buffalo Raceway feature.

After gamely competing in Open competition for fillies and mares the past five starts, Taylor Rei ($9.30) set sail from the rail with Ray Fisher, Jr. in the sulky and posted fractions of :29.3, :59.2, and 1:28.1. Fiftyonefifty (Kevin Cummings) sat the pocket and tried to get past Taylor Rei in deep stretch but came up a disappointing nose short. Kisses N Kicks (David McNeight III) took the show position.

Taylor Rei covered the mile in 1:57 in scoring her second victory in nine starts this season. Owned by Mo Koo Inc. and Jonathon Klee Racing and trained by Ryan Swift, the 6-year-old mare has now earned $14,770 in 2014 and $98,162 lifetime.

The racing will resume on Friday night at 6:40 p.m. when Buffalo Raceway will present a 13-race program.

-- Brian J. Mazurek

Harrington Raceway
Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley ($7.60, Tony Morgan) won his third consecutive race Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:56.1 triumph in the $17,000 Open Trot. Scratched down to a field of five starters, Awsome Valley was sent immediately for the lead from post position three before yielding briefly to Spunky Jack and re-taking the lead at the quarter-mile in :28. Heavily favored Traverse Seelster got away fourth from the gate and challenged first-over through a half-mile in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.4. With Traverse Seelster continuing to battle on the outside, Awsome Valley dug in gamely through the stretch to rebuff the former for a half-length win. Limitless finished third. Trained by Ryan McInnis, it was the fourth win of the season for Awsome Valley, whose seasonal earnings ballooned to nearly $60,000. His previous two wins came at Dover Downs.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Cumulus Hanover pulled off a mild upset in the $6,000 featured race on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard pulled the 5-year-old pacer first over on the race’s favorite, Real Yankee Fan, and cruised by him heading to the three-quarter pole. Cumulus Hanover (Dragon Again) drew away to win in 1:57 by open lengths. The Mitch MacKenzie trained pacer returned $14.80 to win in the $15,000 claiming/conditioned race.

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