HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Since arriving in Western New York at the end of October, Artsy Princess has been knocking at the door for a victory with four second place finishes in her six local appearances.
But on a frigid Wednesday evening (Jan. 22) in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway, Artsy Princess was no longer camera shy as she scored a half-length victory over You're Too Funny in 2:00.4 over the good track.
Driven by, Artsy Princess ($13.00) went three-wide down the home stretch and used a 29.1 final quarter to collar You're Too Funny ( ) while Ahlbback Yankee ( ) held on for third place.
High Speed Life (Ray Fisher Jr.) had set the fractions of 30.4, 1:00.3 and 1:31 after starting from the outside but called it a night as the field turned for home.
Artsy Princess was helped out in the field of seven as Right On Ram and Red Star Fiona both broke stride before the mares hit the backstretch for the first time.
Owned by the Empowered Racing Stable and trained by Carl Smith, it was the 12th career victory for Artsy Princess (-Clouding Over) and moved the 6-year-old mare's career earnings to $251,749.
Racing will continue on Thursday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card on tap.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway