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Buffalo Open To Manceiver

Published: July 20, 2019 9:36 pm ET

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The rail is the perfect place for a tempo-setting pacer like Manceiver to start from and he took total advantage of that post position on closing night Saturday by wiring the field in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Pace in a seasonal best 1:53.2.

"He was strong tonight," winning driver Kevin Cummings said of the front running Manceiver ($8.90). "I wasn't worried about anyone leaving. I wanted them to catch me."

Posting reasonable fractions of :28, :57 and 1:25.2, Manceiver found no serious threats in the lane and coasted home to a comfortable length decision over Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough). Adonis Bay (Ray Fisher, Jr.) pulled in for third.

"I knew at the top of the stretch I had it," Cummings said.

Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Manceiver (Sportswriter-Swift N Shout) is a five-year-old gelding that has earned $53,470 in 2019 and $148,107 in his career.

Cummings made it a sweep of the features in coast to coast fashion as he guided In Runaway Bay N ($5.80) to a half-length score over Lucky Nadotremblay (McDonough) in the $11,000 Class AA pace.

Cummings and David McNeight III each tripled on the program with Billy Davis, Jr. and Wade Tomaszewski getting doubles. Sarama completed the evening with a pair of training wins while Chris Naedele posted a double.

The end of the year awards were announced on Saturday evening. Western Passage was named 'Pacer Of The Year' while Wheels A Turning took the 'Trotter Of The Year' honours.

Davis, Jr. was the leading driver of the meet with 119 victories with James Clouser, Jr. taking his second straight trainer's crown with 56 wins.

Simulcasting at Buffalo Raceway will close after Sunday's racing due to the Erie County Fair and will reopen on Wednesday, August 21.

Buffalo Raceway will resume live racing in January of 2020.

(Buffalo Raceway)

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