HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Little Santamonica arrived for Buffalo Raceway's season opener on Wednesday night with some impressive credentials from Yonkers, Saratoga and Vernon Downs in 2013. The 6-year-old mare started out 2014 great as well.
Despite being assigned the far outside post, the eight spot, it didn't make a difference as Little Santamonica ($3.60) easily disposed of the field in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in 1:57.2.
Sitting third behind the pacing-setting High Speed Life (Ray Fisher Jr.), and Red Star Fiona (Ron Beback Jr.), Little Santamonica and driverwent first over down the backstretch the final time and used a 29.34 final panel to win by 2-3/4 lengths. High Speed Life held on for third and Red Star Fiona was third and never threatened in the lane.
Little Santamonica (-Torianne N), trained by Jordan Hope and owned Kelly Hope, had bankrolled $106,221 in 2013 and raced in the $37,000 Fillies and Mares Open at Yonkers on December 13th in her last start, finishing a game third. The nearly month rest and outside post didn't bother her one bit on the cold and flurry-filled evening in winning in her first appearance of the season.
Racing resumes on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway when a 12-race card starts at 6:40 p.m. The $10,500 Open Trot will be the feature, scheduled for the seventh race.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway