HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cedarridgetag has been well traveled to say the least since November, making stops at Vernon Downs, Saratoga Raceway, Harrah's Philadelphia, Monticello Raceway and the Meadowlands.
This week's stop on his 'East Coast' tour was wind-swept Buffalo Raceway and it was well worth the trip as Cedarridgetag ($40.00) stunned the field in the $10,500 Open Trot Friday night (Jan. 24) with a 3-3/4 length victory over R A's Shakenbake in 2:01.3.
Studio City () had set the tempo in the race with panels of 29.3, 1:00, and 1:31.3 but it was Cedarridgetag and driver who tipped three-wide past the three-quarter pole and blew past the pace-setter, cruising to the comfortable win down the stretch. A 30-second last quarter over the good track solidified Cedarridgetag's seventh career win.
R A's Shakenbake (Ron Beback Jr.) broke stride going down the backstretch the final time and looked out of it but he but managed to get back on gait and impressively closed to take the place position. Heavily-favored Southwind Warsaw also broke but couldn't recover in time to be a factor late.
Cedarridgetag (-T W Linda) is a 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by and Katie Currie. It was his second win in as many starts on the season and moved Cedarridgetag's 2014 earnings to $8,350.
Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night at 6:40 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway