Tracking from the pocket before unleashing a lethal stretch kick, Kelly Hope's Rocks N Bagels ($5.10) proved a dominant 1:50.4 winner in Friday (April 18) night's $8,000 Miracle Mile 2 event for distaff pacers at Vernon Downs.
The six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare drafted behind the pacesetting Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) before angling out in upper stretch, drawing clear for an 8-1/2 length win over a late-gaining Got the Munchies (John MacDonald). Rocks N Bagels turned in a :26.2 final quarter as part of a :53.4 last half in rein to Aaron Byron for trainer Jordan Hope.
The featured trotting event of the evening was an $8,000 Miracle Mile 2 event as well, with Jerry Clark's Jaipur ($4.30) kicking cover for a neck win over House Money (Roman Lopez) in 1:53.4 for driver Fern Paquet, Jr. and trainer Jamie Paquet.
The Catherine Burton trotting series kicked off as well with four $4,000 first-round divisions. Ray Schnittker trainees Indira Blue Chip (1:56.1) and Corsair Hall (1:57.2) prevailed in their splits, while Driving Miss Crazy (1:55.4) and Keystone Sadie (1:57.1) also proved victorious.
Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a thirteen-race Saturday card, and first post slated for 6:45 p.m. EDT.
At Buffalo Raceway Friday night, Armed Dangerously ($5.60) was locked and loaded in the $10,500 Open Trot and scored a convincing length victory over Stormont O My in 1:59.3 over a fast track.
Using a first over trip, Armed Dangerously (Ray Fisher Jr.) effortlessly trotted to the lead at the three-quarter pole and played 'catch me if you can' from there. The 5-year-old horse opened up a comfortable two length edge at the top of the stretch and was never in jeopardy of losing it from there.
Stormont O My (Drew Monti) rallied for the place position while Fiorentina (Kevin Cummings), the pace setter, finished third.
Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Armed Dangerously (Cash Hall-Drive You Wild) has now won four times in nine appearances in 2014, earning $20,038 this season and $166,545 lifetime.
It was the second straight racing night the Torcello/Sarama combination has won the feature race at Buffalo Raceway as Delightful Syd took the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Wednesday evening.
Buffalo Raceway will present a 12-race program on Saturday night with first post scheduled for 6:40 p.m.
For more information including race replays, results, news and upcoming promotions, go tohttp://www.buffaloraceway.com/--by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway