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Yankee Secret Bests Buffalo Gals

Published: April 28, 2021 8:46 pm ET

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Yankee Secret was in the right place at the right time and it paid off in a victory in Buffalo Raceway's $10,200 Class A-Open HandicapnPace for fillies and mares on Wednesday night (April 28).

Going first-over past the half, Yankee Secret was in perfect position on the outside when pacesetter Robintheatm broke stride. Taking advantage of the sudden fortune, Yankee Secret (Ray Fisher Jr.) strode by without incident and opened up a comfortable one-length advantage with a panel to pace.

From there, Yankee Secret ($14.20) was home free by 1-3/4 lengths at the line in a seasonal best 1:58.1 while Greenhilldebatable (Shawn McDonough) scrambled for second and Xenias Chip (David McNeight III) took third.

Trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. and owned by David Widzinski, Yankee Secret (Yankee Cruiser-Crystal Blaze) recorded her second victory in 11 seasonal tries. The five-year-old mare has now produced earnings of $15,964 on the campaign and $49,812 lifetime.

On the undercard, Little Joke wired the field in the $7,900 Class A-B Handicap Pace for the ladies in 1:57.3.

Taking control from the start off the pylons, Little Joke ($3.20) fired up fractions of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:28.3 and romped away to a four-length score over Whos Got The Move (Kevin Cummings) while Sarah Cola (Jim Morrill Jr.) rolled in for third.

It was the third victory in nine tries this year for the nine-year-old mare Little Joke (Bettors Delight-Town Joke), who is owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock. The win moved her seasonal earnings to $17,520 and $333,593 lifetime.

The other sub-featured event, the $7,900 Class B trot, saw Tartufo Lindy go coast to coast in a seasonal best 1:58.3. He turned back Le Millenaire (Billy Davis Jr.) by two lengths with All About Thechase (Mike Caprio) finishing in third.

Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, eight-year-old gelding Tartufo Lindy (Conway Hall-Peace Of Pie) made his second trip to the winner's circle in 11 appearances in 2021. The victory improved his seasonal bankroll to $14,561 and $87,755 in his career.

Davis finished the evening with four wins, while McNeight and Morrill collected a pair apiece. Russell Bratt and Sarama each had two training victories.

Racing will resume on Saturday night (May 1) with an 11-race card set. There is a special post time of 7:15 p.m. to accommodate the running of the Kentucky Derby.

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