Hitwiththeladies, a four-year old Giant Hit offspring, out the Lindy Lane mare Lady Holiday, won his first race of the year in five attempts, for owner-trainer Allan McCarty of Hamburg NY, in the $9,000 Open Handicap Trot here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night. (July 18)
The former New York Sire Stakes champion, with regular reinsman Jack Flanigen in the sulky, covered the mile in 1:59.
Leaving from the pylons in the filed of six, Hitwiththeladies ($3.40) set all the fractions in the race, :29.4, :59.3, and 1:30.1.
A sizzling :28.4 last quarter-mile put the winner three lengths ahead of second place finishers Time To Tell and driver Kevin Cummings at the finish line. Speed Pilot (Ken Holliday) came in the show spot.
"He raced just great tonight," said Flanigen. "He's really something when he's firing on all eight cylinders."
The $4,500 share of the winning purse boosted Hitwiththeladies 2008 season's bankroll to $7,830 and $434,717 lifetime.
In the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace, Gelika Ann, with reinsman Troy Boring in the bike, won for the third week in a row for owner Fred C. Polk of Zanesville Ohio.
Leaving from the far outside in the field of seven, Gelika Ann ($13.80) who was seventh at the quarter-pole, made a long and sustained march to nip second place finisher Devil's Delight (Jim McNeight) by a nose. Fast closing Jolly Holly (Kevin Cummings) came in third.
"It was a little iffy whether I was going to get there in time," said Boring. "She (Gelika Ann) can be a real handful at times."
Trained by Sue Stockwell, it was the fifth win of the season for Gelika Ann, and the $4,500 share of the winning purse boosted her 2008 earnings to $25,144 and $55,352 lifetime.
Racing will resume on Saturday July 19, with first post scheduled for 6:30 pm.
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.
Buffalo Raceway offers live harness racing Friday and Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night start time is 5:00, and Sunday post time is 1:05. Simulcast action is also available each Wednesday thru Sunday, from America's top racetracks.
Sam Pendolino, Publicity Director/Public Relations, Buffalo Raceway