HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway's 13-race program Wednesday evening could a box of chocolates...you never know what you are going to get until you taste them.
The same could be said about the 2-year-old colt pacers entered in the New York Sires Stakes and Excelsior A Series. A total of 40 inexperienced colt pacers are set to participate with 32 getting their first taste of their young careers. For some, this will be the start of their sweet careers.
While there are 91 'lines' in the program on the entrants, 83 of them are qualifiers. There are just eight pari-mutual starts amongst the group and combined lifetime earnings of $9,051.
There will be three $37,266 divisions of the Sire Stakes and two legs of the Excelsior A series worth $12,600 apiece. There is also a non-betting $6,600 division of the Excelsior Series B that will go off before the start of the 5 p.m. card.
They'll also be gunning for the track record at Buffalo Raceway for the 2-year-old colts of 1:55.4 set last season by He's Watching.
The 40 colts and geldings involved in the regular card have been sired by either(12), (7), (6), (6) (4), (3) and (2).
In the first division, set for the third race, Cartoon Daddy paced the mile in a qualifier at Gaitway Farms in New Jersey in 1:55 on June 16th and has been installed as the 5-2 choice with. in the bike. They will begin from the seven post. Morrill Jr. is fresh off a five-win afternoon Sunday at Buffalo and is currently the leading driver on the Sire Stakes circuit.
K Ryan Bluechip went 1:54.2 in a qualifier at Pocono Downs on June 20th. He'll start from the five post with. in the sulky as the 3-1 second pick.
Ardie B Speed, who will start from the two post for, turned in an eye-popping 19-1/2 qualifiying win on June 20th at Vernon Downs in 1:56.3 and could be a force to be aware of.
The second division, the-trained K-Rock (Morrill Jr) could be very good starting from the two post after going a 1:55.1 qualifier on June16th at Gaitway Farms. He's the 5-2 morning line selection.
His main threat could come from Old Man Cleary () who had a 1:56 time over the Gaitway Farm track on June 23rd.
The third and final leg goes off in the seventh race with Play The Field (Morrill Jr.) the early 3-1 favorite. They'll be starting from the two post. Play The Field went a 1:57 mile at Gaitway Farm on June16th and should get a perfect trip.
Startznheaven gets local drover Ray Fisher Jr. and they'' score from the rail. Starznheaven had a 1:57 mile at Gaitway on June 23rd.
The Excelsior A series races will be contest in the second and sixth.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway