The third race at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night, a $57,443 New York Sires Stakes division for 2-year-old filly pacers, was marred by an accident at the top of the stretch that track announcer Gabe Prewitt called "the nastiest accident I've ever seen." Prewitt reported multiple emergency vehicles responded, and more details regarding possible injuries to drivers and horses will be posted when available.
My American Tallia and driver Andrew McCarthy were leading around the final turn but when straightening out for the stretch drive the first-year filly making her third career pari-mutuel start made a break and then lost her footing and fell to her right, crashing into the first-over Sweetnsinful and driver Jimmy Whittemore. That led to major confusion as horses collided and scattered, including Jaded Dream, who fell and sent driver Jack Flanigen catapulting into the air and subsequently run over by a trailing horse.
Prewitt reported that Flanigen was responsive and suffered a possible concussion. Also involved in the accident and taken to the hospital was Ray Fisher Jr., who was driving All About Boyz. McCarthy and Whittemore were not seriously hurt and continued to drive on the program. Connie Hochstetler, who is co-owner of Sweetnsinful with her husband, trainer Homer Hochstetler, posted on facebook that her filly suffered superficial cuts but "we think she should be OK."
With four of the eight horses finishing, the stewards did not declare the race "no contest." Winning the race by more than nine lengths in 1:58.4 was Suplemental Income and driver Jim Morrill Jr., who were sitting third in the final turn and by staying inside was able to avoid disaster. Emma Semalu and Kevin Cummings finished second, with BIkinis On Top and Jeff Gregory third. Janinne and Jacques Beaudoin weaved through horses to finish a distant fourth as the only other finisher.