HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 2014 Buffalo Raceway live racing season comes to an end on Sunday afternoon but the track will close with a bang as the New York State Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies highlight the final card of the year.
There will be four $27,251 divisions of the Sire Stakes along a trio of $12,600 Excelsior A Series races and a $6,700 Excelsior B race in the 11-race program that is set for 1:05 p.m.
And while there be some talented filly trotters taking to the track, it's like a 'who's who' that will be driving them. Former Western New York regulars, , ., John Stark Jr., , and John Cummings Jr. all will be returning to Western New York for day. They'll be joined by others including , Chuck Connors Jr., , , , , , , Jim Marohn Jr. and .
The Sire Stakes will be contested in the first, third, sixth and seventh races.
The first leg features Counsellor AS (Gregory) who has a 1-1/2 length win in the Excelsior A Series at Vernon Downs on June 26 in 2:00.1. Counsellor As (-Cordele AS) broke stride in her last appearance at Tioga Downs on July 11. She'll look to rebound starting from the three post as the 3-1 morning line choice.
Her main threat should come from 4-1 second choice Meshugana Miss (-Daring Marisa) who start from the four post. She has a pair of second place finishes in both of her pari-mutuel starts and will be handled by Connor Jr.
The second division has Betcha (Betcha-Ruccoucou) as the 3-1 choice with Daley in the bike. Betcha cruised to an easy two length decision in the $27,250 Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs in 1:59.4 on July 11. She may play 'catch-me-if-you can' from the four spot.
The toughest leg could be the third which will go as the sixth race. It finds My Twisted Sister (-Pretzel Hanover) and Barn Doll ( -Headintheclouds) ready to battle it out.
My Twisted Sister (Morrill Jr.) showed plenty of heart in posting a neck victory in the $27,750 Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs in 2:00 on July 11. She'll get the inside post and should get a perfect trip.
Barn Doll drew a tough post, the seventh spot, but can overcome it after posting a pair of big victories of more than three lengths in her last two starts, including 1:59.1 decision at Tioga on July 11 in the Sire Stakes. Barn Doll getsas her pilot.
The final division has Spell That (-Mouche Hanover) the 3-1 early choice with in the sulky. She was last seen on June 26 at Vernon Downs where she suffered a narrow neck defeat in the Sire Stakes. She'll start out of the six post.
The main threat could come from Northern Obsession (-Northernpossession). This 2-year-old has a pair of competitive third place finishes in two Sire Stakes starts and gets trainer-driver on the reins. They'll score from the three post.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway