It may be at a different venue, but Sgt Molly Pitcher continued to make the winner's circle her home after claiming her fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday night (April 11) by taking Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,400 Filly and Mare Open Pace in a seasonal best 1:55.2 over the fast track.
After posting three straight decisions at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, Sgt Molly Pitcher shuffled off to Buffalo and immediately won her Western New York debut on April 4 with a 1-1/4 score in 1:57.0 in an optional claimer.
Things seemed they might be tougher this time around with entry into the Open Pace for the ladies, but Sgt Molly Pitcher had no trouble in confidently going gate-to-wire for driver Jim Morrill Jr. Sportsmuffler, last week's winner of this event, finished in second with Hey Kobe (David McNeight III) finishing in third.
It was a slight tussle for Sgt Molly Pitcher in getting past Voltina to take the lead at the start but she easily breezed to fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4. Both Sportsmuffler (Drew Monti) and Hey Kobe appeared to be in perfect striking position in the stretch to challenge the pace-setter but came up empty.
Sgt Molly Pitcher, an 8-year-old mare, has won eight times in 12 starts in 2018. The eight victories are currently the second-most in the United States this season with Galarina and Regil Tiger and just one behind leaders Walks Of Life and Ideal Candidate, who each have nine wins nationally.
Owned by William Emmons and trained by Jim Clouser Jr., Sgt Molly Pitcher (Jenna's Beach Boy-Wendy) has earned $25,651 this year and $232,635 in her career.
Morrill Jr. and Monti each had triples on the program with JD Perrin registering a training double.
Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m. (Buffalo)