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Ontario-Sired Pacer Wins Buffalo Open

Published: May 31, 2014 10:04 pm ET

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The sun shined brightly of Western New York for a big night of racing at the half-mile track in Hamburg. The track listed as fast proved to be so, as the horses for the Spring Break Claiming Series and Open pacers raced over the track.

Last week Naked News was the pacesetter and Closing Credits was parked most of the mile just missing at the wire by three-quarters of a length.

Tonight, when the gates opened Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) went three-wide to go after Art Two D Two and Naked News. When the dust settled at the opening quarter, Western Alumni had cleared the lead, but was used very hard to get there.

When the field hit the backstretch for the last time, Closing Credits (Jack Flanigen) had a perfect first over trip just like last week, except this time he cleared for the lead. Once getting on top, there was no looking back as Closing Credit won easily in the Open. Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.) closed very nicely to be second and Art Two D Two (Drew Monti) was a very game third.

Closing Credits is owned by trainer James P. Graham and the Cybo Stable Inc. This four-year-old Rambaran gelding has three wins and has hit the board five out of seven times this season getting better and better as the year goes on.

The Spring Break Claiming Series started tonight at Buffalo Raceway and Wild Cruise, trained by Michelle Gramza and driven by Jim McNeight, took a lifetime mark cruising to victory in 1:56.4. The Spring Break Series continues next Saturday with leg No. 2 and the final will be held on Saturday, June 21.

Racing continues at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday with an 11-race card that gets underway at 1:05 p.m. The live racing schedule in June now switches to four days a week: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

(With files from Buffalo Raceway)


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