Alan victorious in Buffalo invasion

Hamburg, NY — Alan made the journey from Northfield Park to Buffalo Raceway well worth it as he trounced the field in Saturday night’s (March 18) featured $17,500 Open Trot.

Making his debut at Buffalo Raceway, Alan ($2.60) cruised to an easy 6-1/4-length victory over Castyourcrown in 2:01.

Starting from post four, driver Jim Morrill Jr. sent Ala, right to the top and controlled soft fractions of :31.1, 1:01.4 and 1:31.3. The only suspense Alan feld down the lane was who was going to collect the minor spoils as his lead snowballed. Those minor awards went to Castyourcrown (David McNeight III) and Captain Krupnik (Keith Kash Jr.), who finished second and third, respectively.

Alan proved an easy winner in his Buffalo Raceway debut, demolishing his competition in Saturday’s Open Trot.

Trained by Joseph Alba for owner Julie Wagonblott, the 7-year-old gelded Alan (Dontyouforgetit-Betty Jean) recorded his fourth win in seven tries this year. The victory moved his career bankroll $161,403 — $34,485 of it coming this season.

Villiam ($4.00) made his first start of the 2023 campaign a good one as he took the $15,100 conditioned pace in 1:58.4.

Starting from the inside, Villiam let All About Lynx briefly take the lead but regained the advantage before hitting the opening frame. With fractions of :30, 1:00.2 and 1:30.3 in the books, driver Joe Chindano Jr. stepped on the gas with Villiam in the stretch and pulled away to defeat All About Lynx (Christian Myers) by 2-1/2 lengths. Star Messenger (Drew Monti) was third.

Villiam had no problems in the evening’s top pacing event at Buffalo Raceway. Bill Burke photos.

Owned by Anthony Evgenikos and trained by Chindano Jr., the 6-year-old gelded Villiam (Rock N Roll Heaven-Village Mirage) has now earned $7,550 on the season and $270,859 lifetime.

There were a pair of $13,100 pacing events on the card. SBD Corazon ($4.20) took the first offering by using a :29 final panel to beat Harry Hoo N by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1. In the second bracket, Alta Engen A ($5.50) took the lead at the three-quarters marker before holding off a late-charging Prairie Panther by a diminishing length in 1:58.1 for his fourth victory of the season.

The $13,100 trotting race saw the heavily favored Credit List ($2.20) wear down the tempo-setting Cowboy Country in the stretch and draw off to a half-length victory in 1:59.4 for Jim Morrill Jr.

Racing at Buffalo will continue on Wednesday evening (March 22) at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated. For more information, including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays, entries and results, go to

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