HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hard To Mach didn't find it 'hard' to navigate the snowy Buffalo Raceway half-mile track on Saturday night (March 29) and notched a neck win in 2:00.4 over Running Book in the featured $10,500 Open Pace. After the top pace racing conditioned worsened due to snow and the final three races were canceled.
After battling at Pocono, Yonkers and Woodbine thus far this season, the 5-year-old Hard To Mach () dropped in at Buffalo Raceway and overcame the sloppy, snowy and windy conditions to secure the victory.
Starting from the seven post, Hard To Mach ($12.60) got the lead at the quarter pole, registering fractions of 29, 1:01.3 and 1:33. He had just enoughat the wire to hold off the late bid by Running Book (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Naked News () rallied for the show spot.
Owned by Susan Oakes and trained by Nick Gampietro Jr., Hard To Mach has now won twice in seven appearances in 2014, earning $17,497 and $317,659 lifetime.
After the featured eighth race, the remaining three races on the card were cancelled for the safety of the drivers and horses due to the poor weather and track conditions. The wagers on the final three races were refunded.
The cancellation of the final three races included the $22,500 finals of the Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series which was scheduled for the ninth race. It is expected to be made up next Saturday.
The $10,000 consolation races of the Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series was held and Well Al B (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) paced away to a convincing four-length victory over Kamanche Sun () in 2:00.4. American Friskie ( ) finished in third.
Buffalo Raceway kicks into a three-night a week schedule starting Wednesday night with a 13-race program on tap beginning at 5 p.m. The track will also race on Friday and Saturday nights in April with post time at 6:40 p.m.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway