Batavia, NY---Perfect weather and a lightning fast track provided record-breaking conditions for Buenand trainer/driver and the pair did not disappoint. They were never headed in a $55,500 division of the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (Aug. 20) at Batavia Downs and rewrote history.
In an uncharacteristic move, Smedshammer sent Buenout of the gate and put him right on the point; something the 2-year-old had never done before. But it wasn't done by accident; his driver had a plan.
Smedshammer said after the race "It was time to put him on the front end. He was very good tonight."
And perhaps very good was an understatement.
After cutting fractions of :29.3, :59.4 and 1:29.2, Buenpulled away from the pack while motoring in a :28.3 final panel to post a lifetime mark of 1:58 flat, which was also a new track record at Batavia Downs for 2-year-old trotting geldings.
Post time favorite Gabe The Bear Dean () got caught second over in a dull outer flow behind Andy Ray ( ) and followed that one to the top of the last turn before tipping three deep. But by that time it was too late as Buen had opened up three and was cruising for the wire. Insomniac ( ) who skirted the pylons during the mile caught second and Mambo Blue Chip ( ) closed well to be third. The winner paid $22.40.
This was the second win in only four lifetime starts for Buen( -Baby Bella) and it boosted his earnings to $64,722 for owner Wanda Polisseni of the Purple Haze Stable LLC.
After the race, Polisseni said "He's been a nice horse since day one but he's had some bad trips along the way. Trond really likes him and we're both very optimistic for next year."
In the other $54,500 division, Tidquist (-Appomattox Lady) captured his first lifetime win in a convincing wire-to-wire, 1:59.4 victory for driver .
Shooting quickly off the wings, Tidquist took a powerful four-length lead to the quarter pole where most of the field had trouble keeping up with him. After marking the first three stations in :30.1, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1, Royal Deceptor (Michael Mc Givern) who had been tracking him second, finally got close and pulled to challenge at the top of the lane. But Tidquist had another idea and turned on the speed to fly home in a sparkling :28.3 final quarter to win by a widening length and a quarter. Royal Deceptor hung on for second and Wings of Royalty () was third. Overlooked by the bettors, the winner paid $27.60.
The win was the first in six lifetime starts for Tidquist and was responsible for the bulk of his $33,196 in earnings for owners Robert Brooks, Jana Bowen, John Buettner and Charlene Long. Tidquist is trained by Jeffrey Long.
There were also three divisions of the Excelsior Series that went for a total of $38,000.
Abir Hanover (-Are You Ready) captured the first $12,600 division in 2:01.2 for trainer and driver and paid $4.60. Abir Hanover is owned by , W.J. Donovan and Theodore Gewertz.
Lucky Pablo (Lucky Chuck-Classical Princess) won the second $12,700 split, also in 2:01.2 for trainer/driver John Stark Jr. and paid $24.00. Lucky Pablo is owned by Edmund Smith, Crawford Farms LLC, James Giannuzzi and.
And in the third session, Crazshana (-Keystone Shana) won the $12,700 contest in 2:00.2 for trainer/driver and paid $3.50. Crazshana is owned by the Purple Haze Stable LLC.
The Purple Haze Stable sent out three winners on the evening and driversand both had driving triples.
Racing resumes on Friday (Aug. 22) at Batavia Downs with a 12 race card that has a 6:35 post time.