Two divisions of the Red Jacket series for two-year-old pacers were contested last night (June 27) at Buffalo Raceway with owner KMS Stables and trainer Megan Wilson victorious in both.
In the first division, a non-betting affair worth $3,000, Counter Top, afilly, out of the mare Formica, left hard from the four hole with reinsman Kevin Cummings at the controls. She was parked to the quarter-pole, with the lead in :29.3. Eventual third place finisher European Vacation (John Cummings, Jr.) re-took the lead and was in front at the half in :59.3 and the three-quarters in 1:31.2. A :29.2 last quarter-mile by Counter Top put the filly one-length ahead of Regina Equorum (Ray Fisher, Jr.) at the finish line.
It was the first lifetime win for Counter Top, and the 2:01 clocking should serve her well in the New York Sire Stakes competition.
In the second division, also worth $3,000, Old Grand Blue Chip, with driver John Cummings, Jr. in the bike, won in 2:01 for his first lifetime win. Old Grand Blue Chip is a two-year-old bay ridgling ofout of the mare I May Be Awesome.
Getting a perfect garden spot trip behind eventual third place finishers JWilly and driver Ray Fisher, Jr., Old Grand Blue Chip bided her time as JWilly cut all the fractions in the race, :30.1, 1:00.4, and 1:31.1. A :29.3 last quarter-mile put the winner a head in front of fast closing Sea Suds (James Dunn) at the wire.
On Wednesday night June 25, the $5,400 Menchi Trot final for two-year-old trotters was held and Hitontheflipside won in 2:06.3 with driver Kevin Cummings in the sulky.
Second place finisher Winner For Life (John Cummings, Jr.) cut all the fractions in the race, :31.4, 1:04, and 1:35.3., but was overtaken by Hitontheflipside in the stretch. Mollie Maguire (David Brusseau) came in third.
Trained by James Mulcahy, Hitontheflipside, a two-year-old colt byout of the Meadow Road mare Lynden Leah, is owned by Thomas Marino. He was bred at Winbak Farms in Maryland.
Racing will resume on Saturday June 28, with first post scheduled for 6:30 P.M.
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.
Sam Pendolino..........Publicity Director/Public Relations