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The Saturday program is highlighted by five divisions of the sophomore pacing colts, each carrying a $25,845 purse.
Among the starters is Western New York-based Ben Bono. This Pro Bono Best gelding is owned by trainer Judy Blaun and John Sixt. He competed well on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last year to score $63,807 in purses.
This year Ben Bono qualified at Buffalo Raceway and then headed East to compete in overnight events at Vernon Downs in preparation for the $133,000 Empire Breeders Classic at that track. The gelding earned his way into the final, but after a first-over trip finished out of the money and is looking for a better result this weekend.
Locally-owned and trained stablemates Hollywood King and Forte Blue Chip will start in the fourth and tenth races, respectively. KMS Stables of Eden, N.Y., owns the pair trained by Buffalo Raceway-based Megan Wilson. Hollywood King, who was unraced as a 2 year old, has already turned in two victories at Buffalo this year and Forte Blue Chip won his last time out in a career mark 2:00.
Also competing are early-season money earners The Best and Joey Rico, who drew into the same eighth race division. The Best has already earned $30,750 this year for owner Rocco Manzi, largely in stakes action at Tioga Downs in
Joey Rico was a game second in the Empire Breeders Classic final at Tioga, where The Best finished fourth. A son of Bettor’s Delight, Joey Rico is owned by Arabest Racing Stables out of
Missing in this division is defending New York Sire Stakes champion Kenneth J, who will be competing in an elimination for the North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack on the same night. He is expected to return to
The female set will descend on
Among the competitors is La Diavla, a winner of more than $100,000 last year. For her efforts on the track, the John Navelli-owned filly, earned the award of 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year from U.S. Trotting Association District 8.
The Riverboat King filly starts from post three in the second race and is looking for her first win of the year with trainer-driver John Stark Jr.
Patrons who attend live racing on Saturday night will receive a special edition New York Sire Stakes T-shirt complimentary of Buffalo Raceway, the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, which sponsors the New York Sire Stakes program.
Fans who return to Buffalo Raceway on Saturday, June 16, wearing their T-shirt may enter a drawing for a betting voucher worth $25 or $50 to wager on the next live race at Buffalo Raceway. The racing program that night will feature New York Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotting colts.
Post time each night is 6:30 p.m. (HHBNY)