Cummings brothers sweep NYSS at Buffalo
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Co-owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) is trained by Ed Hart. It was the fifth win in seven tries this year for Wisdom Tree who has now put $81,950 in the bank in 2018 and $134,244 lifetime.
Checkered Past scored from the rail and never looked back in taking the relatively easy decision.
With reasonable fractions of :29, :58 and 1:26, Checkered Past showed the way on the lead with Ms Cheesman (Jimmy Whittemore) giving chase the entire mile. In the stretch, Checkered Past used a :28.1 last panel to hold off the final surge by Ms Cheesman who finished a half-length behind. Liplock (Nicholas Boyd) rallied late for the show position.
"She was good," John Cummings Jr. said of Checkered Past in the victory. "I was able to dictate the pace and keep soft fractions."
Owned by All Star Racing Inc. and conditioned by Peter Foley, it was the second win in eight appearances in 2018 for Checkered Past (American Ideal-Character Flaw). The triumph upped her winnings to $50,073 this year and $107,461 in her career.
Buffalo Raceway drivers ended up making it a clean sweep in the NYSS and Excelsior races.
In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Drew Monti got things started with a $14.60 surprise on Majorette Angie in 1:56.3. Ray Fisher Jr. found the winner's circle with Psychic Blue Chip ($4.40) in 1:56, while Kevin Cummings drove Mink Pink ($3.00) to the victory in 1:56.
Casie's Believer ($5.90) found pay dirt in the lone $6,800 Excelsior B Series bracket as Monti steered her home.
Morrill finished the evening with a driving triple while Kevin Cummings and Monti had doubles. (Buffalo)