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Surprise Win For Bred For Greatness

Published: June 3, 2020 10:37 pm ET

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It appeared that Bred For Greatness would have to settle for a tough luck second-place finish in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Class A-Open Trot on Wednesday night (June 3), but a huge change of fortunes in deep stretch turned disappointment into a victory.

Lougazi appeared to have nailed down the win, but a costly break 30 yards from the wire allowed Bred For Greatness ($18.40) to snatch the unexpected victory.

Due to the miscue, Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) was relegated to fifth while Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) and Mighty Nicky (Drew Monti) were placed second and third, respectively.

Noble Legend took command off the gate and posted splits of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28.4. With a quarter mile to trot, Bred For Greatness (Jim Morrill Jr.) was first-over and brought Lougazi in tow.

Lougazi took the lead in the stretch and looked like he was headed off to the winner's circle, but a break quickly changed those plans. Bred For Greatness, now a winner of six races in seven tries this season, benefited from the bobble and scored in 1:58.3.

The six-year-old gelding Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo), co-owned by Steven Gross and trainer Mike Ohol, has now earned $30,690 this season and $126,971 lifetime.

In the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Class A-Open Pace, Protect Blue Chip ($7.30) went wire-to-wire to post a two-length decision over Blue Bell Bonnie (David McNeight III) in 1:56.3, while heavy favourite H P Sissy (Morrill) took third.

There was a mad four-horse scramble for the lead at the start, with Protect Blue Chip (Davis) able to come out on top and set splits of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27. There were plenty of challengers poised to strike in the lane, but no one had the answer for the pace setter.

It was the second win in five appearances of the campaign for the five-year-old mare Protect Blue Chip, who is trained by Maria Rice for Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock. The victory upped her seasonal earnings to $16,750 and $103,754 lifetime.

Morrill completed the night with four wins while Fisher, Davis and Kevin Cummings all doubled. Mike Ohol had a pair of training victories.

With no spectators on the grounds, Buffalo Raceway handled $617,809 for the 12-race card.

Buffalo Raceway director of operations Jon Cramer said, "We appreciate all the cooperation we received from the horsemen and to all the fans who wagered off-track."

Racing will continue on Saturday evening (June 6), with a 12-race program scheduled for 6 p.m.

For more information, including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.

(Buffalo Raceway)


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