Three-year-old trotting colt Delano kicked off the New York Sire Stakes action at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon with a track record setting show.
Delano won the $70,008 first division of the NYSS in 1:56.3, which eclipses the former track record of 1:57 held jointly by Turtle Express and Whitewater Rapids, set last year.
“We did a little vet work on him, and it seemed to make a difference,” said winning driver and trainer Ray Schnittker.
“All the breakers helped too,” he added with a laugh.
As the race unfolded, Delano ($6.50), leaving from post two, found himself on an uncontested lead with half of the field of six making breaks. He cut fractions of :29.3, :57.1, and 1:26.3, en route to his second win of the year, and eighth win in 19 lifetime starts.
Mado Dream (Shawn Gray) finished second, 13 lengths behind the winner, while No Frosting (Jack Flanigen) came in third.
The Credit Winner colt is owned by Schnittker and partners Tom Vassiliou, Nicholas Tallarico, and the Delano Stable.
In the second division, also worth $70,008, hometown favourite Archangel ($2.10), driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and trained by Peter Arrigenna, won in 1:57.3 for his fifth straight win this year.
Owned by Alan Hainsworth, Clare Semer, and Peter Arrigenna, Archangel found himself back in fifth, as Studio City (Kevin Cummings) hit the quarter-mile with the lead in :30.3. Eventual third place finisher Turbulent Flight (Charlie Norris), was on the move at that point and took the lead at the half in :59 flat. Morrill gave Archangel his cue, and the black Credit Winner colt easily passed tiring horses to lead at the three-quarters in 1:28.2. A :29.1 last quarter-mile put the winner seven and three-quarter lengths ahead of second place finisher Slugfest (Ray Schnittker) at the wire.
“Look, I’ve got a flat tire,” said Morrill in the winner's circle. “He was just perfect.”
“It’s not time to go fast," said Arrigenna. "There are plenty of races ahead, and staying healthy is the most important part right now,”
(With files from Buffalo Raceway)