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Hey Kobe posts victory at Buffalo Raceway
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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Hamburg, NY --- Hey Kobe ($7.30) popped the pocket at the top of the stretch and eventually collared the pacesetting Aritzia Hanover in the shadow of the wire to collect the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $7,700 Open II Pace for the mares on Wednesday night (March 14).

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Hey Kobe rallied late for the victory at Buffalo Raceway in 2:00.3.

After putting up splits of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.1, Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) seemed at ease on the lead with a quarter-mile to pace. That comfort level evaporated quickly as Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) started to attack on the outside but then called it a night.

Meanwhile, Hey Kobe (David McNeight III) was getting the perfect pocket trip, pulled out at the top of the stretch and needed every stride down the lane to finally get past the never-say-die Aritzia Hanover by a head in 2:00.3 over the sloppy track. Cut And Paste (Mike Micallef) gobbled up ground late to earn the third place check.

Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the second win in eight appearances this season for the 6-year-old Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West). The victory pushed her 2018 earnings to $10,000 and $270,049 lifetime.

Billy Davis Jr. completed the evening with a four-bagger with Drew Monti getting a triple and Jim Morrill Jr. and David McNeight III each getting doubles. Trainers Russell Bratt and JD Perrin each picked up a pair of victories.

Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.

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