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).
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 cheque.
Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., the six-year-old Hey Kobe (Bettors Delight-American West) earned her second win in eight appearances this season. The victory pushed her 2018 earnings to $10,000 and lifetime bankroll to $270,049.
Davis Jr. completed the evening with a four-bagger with Monti getting a triple and Jim Morrill Jr. and McNeight III each getting doubles. Trainer 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.
(With files from Buffalo Raceway)