HAMBURG, N.Y. --- What a difference a week makes.
St Lads Zena ($18.60) was overlooked by the betting public in Wednesday evening's $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway but she rewarded her faithful backers by rallying for a half length victory over a stunned Heavenly Place in a seasonal best of 1:56.3.
Last week at the same level, St Lads Zena scored from the rail and went wire-to-wire, returning $5.00 with a nose victory. But Wednesday night, the reigning 'queen' started from the five post and had lukewarm backing.
The favored Fiftyonefifty, as expected, set sail from the rail and posted fractions of 29.2, 59.1 and 1:27.3. But the step up in class proved to be too much and Fiftyonefifty () called it a night with a quarter mile to go. Heavenly Place was next up and pounced to the top. She looked home free down the stretch but someone forgot to tell St Lads Zena.
Under the urging of driver Ron Beback Jr., St Lads Zena zoomed through the passing lane and blasted past the shocked Heavenly Place () who could do nothing but watch as they hit the wire. Delightful Syd (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.
It was the second straight victory in the Fillies and Mares Open Pace for St Lads Zena, now a winner three times in 11 appearances in 2014. Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., the 5-year-old mare (-Natural Ingredient) has now amassed $22,430 in earnings this year and $91,230 lifetime.
The racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card set for 6:40 p.m.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway