HAMBURG, N.Y.--- It's been close but no cigar for Delightful Syd in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway the past two weeks. She's been knocking on the door with a pair of narrow losses by less than two combined lengths.
But this week, Delightful Syd ($3.70) got the services of driver. and it resulted in a hard-fought head victory over a game Heavenly Place in a seasonal best time of 1:57 on the fast track Wednesday night (April 16).
Morrill Jr., making his 2014 debut at Buffalo Raceway, usually makes the Hamburg half-mile oval his personal playground and Wednesday night was no different as he registered five victories. Last season, he hit at nearly a 33 percent clip (58 wins in 183 starts) at Buffalo Raceway.
In the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace feature, he gave Delightful Syd the perfect trip.
With Fiftyonefifty () setting fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.3, Morrill Jr. started his challenge with Delightful Syd before the half-mile pole, coming out first over. Just by the three-quarter marker, the 7-year-old mare took over the top and never gave it up. Heavenly Place ( ) put up a valiant, however, coming up just a head short at the wire to finish second while Ugly Betty ( ) placed third.
The victory was the second in seven starts this season for Delightful Syd, who is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by. The win pushed her earnings to $13,760 in 2014 and $177,189 lifetime.
had a driving triple on the night as well.
Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set for 6:40 p.m.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway