HAMBURG, N.Y. --- An inside starting position, a new front-running style and a sloppy harness racing track. Salazar faced those new challenges in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 28) and passed with flying colors.
After starting his last seven races from the five post or out and over a fast tracks, Salazar got the rail, a sloppy track and tossed out his late-closing style.
Battling Western Alumni to the quarter marker in 29.4, the pace-setting Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.) was the one to catch down the stretch. Western Alumni, who sat the pocket the entire mile, failed to produce a late charge thanks to the 28.3 last panel put up by Salazar ($4.90). Western Alumni finished three lengths behind on second while Best Ears () took the show spot.
Owned by Lisa Denison and trained by, the 8-year-old Salazar ( -January Spur) now has won four times in 22 starts in 2014, earning $45,872 and upping his career total to $264,456.
Racing continues on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program scheduled. The New York Sire Stakes will be in town with the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters taking the spotlight.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway