Heavenly Place explodes to Open Pace win at Buffalo Raceway
Hamburg, NY --- It's more than a month away from the Fourth of July, but Heavenly Place put on an explosive display Wednesday night in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway.
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|Heavenly Place cruised to a 1:57.1 victory in the Fillies and Mares Open.|
After hitting the three-quarter pole with a mere half-length edge in 1:27.4, Heavenly Place extended that advantage quickly to five lengths at the top of the stretch and that spelled doom for the remainder of the field. Heavenly Place ended up beating Ugly Betty by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:57.1.
After watching You're Too Funny (Kevin Cummings) and Majic Laughter (Jim McNeight) battle to the half-mile in :58.1, Heavenly Place ($14.40) was starting the first over grind. At the three-quarter point, driver David McNeight III put the 6-year-old mare into high gear and quickly paced away from the remaining six ladies.
It was all over but the shouting in the lane as Heavenly Place was throttled down. The only race at that point was who was going to get the minor awards. Ugly Betty (Jack Flanigen), the winner of the past two Filly and Mare Open paces, rallied for second while V'La Faire (Drew Monti) took the show spot.
Heavenly Place (Riverboat King-Angel Place) is co-owned by Chs Racing LLC and Limerick Racing with Dave McNeight Jr. the trainer. It was the seventh win in 16 starts this season for Heavenly Place, now a winner of $40,697 in 2014 and $118,270 lifetime.
-- Brian J. Mazurek
Keith Pippi’s Traverse Seelster ($3.40, Ross Wolfenden) notched his fifth win of the year with a 1:56.4 victory in the $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway on Wednesday. The Josh Green-trainee grinded away first-over at pacesetter Spunky Jack after fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:27.3. He edged clear at the top of the stretch and held off a fierce late charge by Cash On Delivery who ducked to the inside late for the place spot. Spunky Jack finished third. Traverse Seelster increased his lifetime earnings to nearly $500,000 and seasonal bankroll to more than $70,000. Tony Morgan registered three driving wins. Allan Davis, Ben Stafford Jr., Ross Wolfenden and Victor Kirby each had driving doubles.