Day At The Track

Fiorentina wires field in Buffalo top pace

12:04 PM 24 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Fiorentina romps at Buffalo Raceway Thursday
Photo by Steve Roth
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fiorentina played 'catch me if you can' with the field in the featured $8,400 Fillies and Mares Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Thursday evening (Jan. 23). She proved to be unstoppable and trotted off like a 3-to-5 favorite should.
Leaving from the outside post in the field of six, Fiorentina (Aaron Byron) got to the front and never looked back in posting a convincing 2-1/4 length victory over Stormont O My (Drew Monti) in 2:00.1 over the good track. Zorgwijk Heavenly (Ray Fisher Jr.) rallied for the show spot on the cold evening.
Fiorentina set the fractions of 30.1, 1:00.4 and 1:31 and then ripped off a 29.1 final quarter mile to put the remainder of the field in surrender mode.
It was the second straight victory for Fiorentina ($3.40) in 2014. She had won the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on January 17 so the six-day layoff made little difference.
Owned by Frank Lamacchia and Guy Polillo, Fiorentina (Angus Hall-Red Hot And Blue) is a 5-year-old mare trained by John Mungillo. It was her 16th career victory and sent her career earnings to $138,275.
The action resumes Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 11 races scheduled to get underway at 6:40 p.m.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway


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