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Wheels A Turning wins at Buffalo for Burke group

May 03, 2019
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A good start turned into a great finish for Wheels A Turning ($15.40) as she collected the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class A trot on Friday evening (May 3).
 
Starting from the seven post, Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) used some early gate speed to drop into the pocket, then rallied in the stretch to beat Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) by a neck in 1:59.4 over the good track.
 
Sr Radar (Mike Baumeister) was able to set the tempo with fractions of :30.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.4 but that was all the front runner had to offer the rest of the way.
 
Empire Earl N appeared to be the initial threat but broke stride midway around the final turn and lost any hope of winning. Meanwhile, that allowed Wheels A Turning to move to the outside unencumbered and take the lead away from Sr Radar. Lougazi made a final lunge at the line but came up a neck short. Are You In (Kevin Cummings) took third.
 
Trained by James Clouser Jr. and co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the fourth win in 10 starts this season for the 5-year-old mare Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The victory increased her seasonal bankroll to $27,500 and $182,902 lifetime.
 
In the $8,400 Class B trot, Tiki Taka ($5.30), after suffering a tough neck setback last week, rebounded nicely and took a nose decision over Ticket To Seattle in 1:58.3. Cummings steered him to the win for owners Anthony Alessi and Arthur Corwin.
 
Cummings completed the program with four winners with McNeight III getting a double. (Buffalo)
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