Day At The Track

Passion R Virginie wins third straight at Buffalo

12:24 PM 14 Apr 2016 NZST
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Three straight wins for Passion R Virginie
Steve Roth photo
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Passion R Virginie unleashed a big rally in the passing lane and then had to sweat out a steward's inquiry before being declared the winner in the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (April 13).
It was the third straight victory for Passion R Virginie who beat Mach This Way by a neck in a seasonal best 1:56.1 over the fast track.
Sitting fifth turning for home, driver Shawn McDonough and Passion R Virginie ($26.60) were just yearning for some room in passing lane. They found a slight opening and took advantage of it with a rush to overtake the stubborn pace-setting Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.). Memumsnotnice (Billy Davis Jr.) finished in third.
While the photo showed Passion R Virginie ahead at the wire, there was a steward's inquiry about a possible pylon violation at the top of the stretch. But by the time McDonough and Passion R Virginie even returned to the winner's circle for the photo shoot, the stewards had found no reason for a disqualification and the result stood.
Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by McDonough, it was the fifth win in 12 starts for the 9-year-old Passion R Virginie (Shanghi Phil-Decibelle Ray No). The win pushed her bankroll to $21,458 this season and $300,856 lifetime.
Davis Jr. finished the evening with a four-bagger while Drew Monti doubled.Trainer JD Perrin conditioned a pair of winners.
Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with another 11-race card set for 5 p.m.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
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