HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Best Ears was by far the 'best' in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (June 7) by rolling to a 4-1/4 length decision over JS Tango in 1:54, the fastest mile of the 2014 season.
Overlooked by the betting public, Best Ears ($22.40) scored from the rail and went right to the top, posting splits of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:26.2. It appeared that several were going to mount challenges inlcuding Naked News () and Closing Credits ( ). Each made mild moves along the way but flamed out.
In the stretch, Best Ears was kept on task by McDonough and enjoyed the trip to the wire, registering a blistering 27.3 final quarter mile over the fast track to secure the win.
The pocket-sitting JS Tango (Ray Fisher Jr.) had no answers and finished in second while What The Sheik () took the show position. The usually late-charging Salazar, sent off the favorite, finished in sixth.
It was the second consecutive night McDonough has won the feature race. On Friday night, he went gate-to-wire with Mystical Escapade in the $10,500 Open Trot.
Owned by Joseph Amico and trained by Frank Mastrodonato, Best Ears (- ) now has four victories in 20 tries in 2014, earning $23,017. The 5-year-old gelding has bankrolled $206,422 lifetime.
Racing resumes on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway with a 9-race card scheduled to get underway at 1:05 p.m.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway