Holliday hurt in Buffalo race spill
January 22, 2012
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A bad accident marred the running of the ninth race on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway. The race was declared a "no contest" by the judges and all wagers were refunded.
Ashston Seelster and driver Ken Holliday hit the ground right after the start of the race, which also caused Native Treasure and reinsman Kevin Cummings to go down. Both horses appeared to be all right and went back to the paddock. Cummings drove in the next race, but Holliday had to go to the hospital, with what was described as a collarbone injury.
Cam Patch, a 7-year-old Cambest gelding out of the Falcon Seelster mare Miss A Kiss, won the $10,000 Open Pace in 1:55.3, the fastest pacing mile of the meet, for owners David P. Ball and Jerry R. Reinhart. It was the first win this season for Cam Patch, who had nine wins in 37 attempts last year.
Cam Patch ($11.20), leaving from post seven in the field of eight and driven by Shawn Gray, settled in fourth as eventual second place finisher My Last Laugh (Holliday) cut the early fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:26.1.
Gray pulled Cam Patch just before the half and the gutsy gelding was first-over for more than a half-mile on this cold night. A :29.2 last quarter put the winner 1 3/4 lengths ahead at the finish line. Golden Terror (Mark Beckwith) came in third.
Trained by Alex Giuliani, it was lifetime win number 21 for Cam Patch, who has won $156,531 in his career. (Bufffalo)