Rebel Warrior, Golden Gesture win Buffalo features

Hamburg, NY — Rebel Voyager ($7.90) toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in a seasonal best 1:54 to take a 1-1/4 length decision over Upfront Countryboy in the co-featured $12,000 Class AA pace on Saturday evening (April 13).

Rebel Voyager captures his fifth win of the season from eight starts at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday. Steve Roth photo.

The victory was the third straight win for Rebel Voyager and his fifth in eight appearances this season

In the other co-main event, Golden Gesture (Ray Fisher Jr.) zoomed straight to the top and never was threatened the rest of the way to post a stunning $38.20 win over Beachy Dream in 1:55.4.

Starting from the five post, Rebel Voyager and driver Billy Davis Jr. had little resistance in stepping to the lead and put up blazing fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:25.1 which took the starch out of the field. No one came close to Rebel Voyager in the lane as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) took the place position while Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) was third.

Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and the Pine Hill Stable LTD, Rebel Voyager (Shanghai Phil-Pan Voyage) is a 5-year-old gelding that is trained by Maria Rice. The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $26,146 and $132,331 lifetime.

In the other featured division, Golden Gesture used :28.2, :57.3 and 1:27 splits off the rail and was looking for any challengers in the lane but found no takers in producing the solid length triumph.

Beachy Dream (Cummings) took the second place check with Andy’s Ideal (Mike Caprio) cruising into third.

Golden Gesture (Shark Gesture-Black Gold Mindale) is trained by Mike Ohol and owned by Finocchario’s Dream Stable. The 6-year-old gelding, now a winner twice in 12 starts, has produced a bankroll of $18,158 this year and $168,734 in his career.

In the two $10,000 Class A paces, Down On My Luck ($3.70) made his debut at Buffalo Raceway an impressive one by blitzing the field by eight lengths in a snappy 1:54.2. In the other leg, driver Shawn McDonough and Harry Hoo N ($6.40) wore down Im So Handsome (Cummings) late to take a nose victory in 1:55.4.

Monti finished the evening with four victories in the bike while Cummings had three and Billy Davis Jr. two. Gerry Sarama and Angelo Nappo each conditioned a pair of winners.

Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race card scheduled.

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