Day At The Track

Carry The Message son repeats in open trot

01:16 PM 03 Jul 2010 NZST
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Bono's Rainy Lady Hello Carlo
Bono's Rainy Lady
Photo by Paul White
Hello Carlo
Photo by Paul White http://www.harnessracephotos.com/

In the $9,000 Open Handicap Trot, Hello Carlo ($6.00) a Carry The Message gelding out of the Supergill mare Last Turn, won in 1:59.4 to register his eighth win of the harness racing season for owner Mario Caponi of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (July 2).

Hello Carlo (Jack Flanigen) settled in fifth in the field of seven as eventual second place finisher Redneck Reindeer (Ken Holliday) set all the fractions, :29.3, :59.3, and 1:29.4. A strong backside brush by Hello Carlo and Flanigen put the winner just a ½ length off Redneck Reindeer entering the stretch. A :29.4 last quarter-mile by Hello Carlo put the duo a neck in front at the finish line. Jack Sparrow (Jim McNeight) came in third.

“Winning isn’t hard with him”, said Flanigen. “This horse is iron”.

Trained by Larry Clabaugh, the $4,500 share of the winning purse put Hello Carlo’s season bankroll at $45,930, and $127,080 lifetime.

In the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace, Bono’s Rainy Lady, ($10.00) a four-year-old Pro Bono Best mare, received a perfect pocket trip from driver Jack Flanigen, and then swung to the outside in the stretch to beat second place finisher, Faith N Moon (Ray Fisher, Jr.) by a ½ length in 1:57.4.

It was the seventh win of the year for Bono’s Rainy Lady, who is owned and trained by Pete Arrigenna. Newberry Winner (Jamie Dunlap) came in third.

The $4,500 share of the winning purse put Bono’s Rainy Lady’s season bankroll at $24,763, and $43,630 lifetime.

A bad accident marred the running of the eleventh race. It appeared that Odessa Angus (D J Millner) took a bad step entering the stretch, and went down to the ground, causing a chain reaction pile up. Driver Jimmy Whisman’s injury seemed the most serious, and was on his way to the medical center to have his leg looked at. The injured horses, Odessa Angus and Lady Coyote, went back to the paddock, and their condition was not yet known, as of this writing.

Racing will resume on Saturday, July 3, with first post scheduled for 6:40 p.m.

Fans may enjoy fine food and drinks while playing their favorite horses: call the clubhouse reservation Line at (716) 646-6109, ext. 60149 to reserve a table. An operator will be available on Monday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Sam PENDOLINO

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