In the $9,000 Open Handicap Trot, Manfromnantucket, a five-year old harness racing gelding by Giant Hit out of the American Winner mare Yankee Blondie, won for the first time this year in 2:01.2 for owner-trainer Allan P. McCarty of Hamburg NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night. (May 28)
Capably driven by reinsman Ron Beback, Jr., Manfromnantucket ($4.80), settled in fourth, in the filed of eight, as Canaco Orville (Jim McNeight) hit the quarter in 29.2. Splendid Les (Kevin Cummings) came first-over and hit the half with the lead in 1:00, with Manfromnantucket right on his back getting a nice cover trip.
Beback swung his trotter three-wide just past three-quarters and had the lead entering the stretch. A :30.4 last quarter-mile put Manfromnantucket ¾ lengths in front of Australian Stock (Ray Fisher, Jr.) at the finish line. Long shot Craiger (Jamie Dunlap) came in third.
“I got a great cover trip behind Splendid Les”, said Beback. “When I went three wide, he really responded”.
The $4,500 share of the winning purse boosted Manfromnantucket’s season bankroll to $8,340 and $94,119 lifetime.
Racing will resume on Saturday, May 29 with first post scheduled for 6:40 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.