Osprey Vision found plenty of contenders during the $9,500 Open Trot at a rainy Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 27) but they ended up just being pretenders, as he was able to post an $11 surprise over Fox Valley Veto in 2:02.4.
After suffering a tough half-length defeat to Lenny Mac in last week's Open Trot, Osprey Vision (Ray Fisher Jr.) was sent to the lead and produced a leisurely 1:03.2 time to the half in a race contested over a sloppy track.
In a battle down the backstretch to the three-quarter marker, Osprey Vision turned back the serious threat produced by Fox Valley Iliad (Larry Stalbaum). After rebuffing that attempt, Osprey Vision then had to contend with the late surge from Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) but managed to do so in scoring the neck victory.
It was the first win of the season in two attempts for Osprey Vision (Ken Warkentin-Summerhill Hallie). Owned by Marissa Russo and trained by David Russo, the 9-year-old gelding has now earned $174,537 in his career.
Lucky McTrucky made it 2-for-2 on the young season with a slim nose triumph over Heaven Rocks in 1:57.0 in the sub featured $8,800 Pace.
Battling for supremacy to the opening quarter pole with David The Saint, Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) grabbed command in a solid :29.0 and cruised onto the three-quarter station uncontested. At the spot, Heaven Rocks (Shawn Gray) suddenly arrived on the scene by going three-wide but couldn't get past the stubborn Lucky McTrucky in the race to the finish line.
Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, Lucky McTrucky (McArdle-Truculent Lady) is a 9-year-old gelding that has $8,800 in the bank in 2018 and $407,712 lifetime.
John Cummings Jr. and Gray each notched triples on the night with Larry Stalbaum and Ray Fisher Jr. getting a doubles. Trainer James Clouser Jr. had three winners with Kimberly Asher, Kevin Cummings and David Russo sending a pair each for photo opportunities.
Racing will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.
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