American Fling set for NYSS at Buffalo Raceway

Hamburg, NY — American Fling, the 2022 New York Sire Stakes champion for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, begins his march to the 3-year-old title on Wednesday afternoon (June 7) with an encounter with five other rivals at Buffalo Raceway in a $58,100 division.

American Fling smashed the Buffalo Raceway freshman mark in a 2022 NYSS win. Bill Burke photo.

Last season, American Fling took the title with a three-quarter length victory over Huntinthelastdollar in 1:50.2 at Tioga Downs on Sept. 10. There won’t be a rematch of those top two finishers from the $200,000 finale, however, as Huntinthelastdollar drew into the other $58,100 division.

American Fling enjoyed his stop last season at Buffalo Raceway as he posted a length win over Its A Me Mario in 1:55.1, erasing the old track mark of 1:56.1 set in 2021 by Pickup Man Hanover. American Fling collected winnings of $248,040 in 2022 and will face five others who have combined earnings, including 2023 totals, of $220,669.

Jason Bartlett will guide the Edward Hart trained American Fling (American Ideal-Feeling You) from the three post.

Metal Man (Matt Kakaley) arrives in Western New York on a two-race win streak at Yonkers Raceway while Human Cocktail (Jim Morrill Jr.) and The Good Doctor (Doug McNair) are each fresh off victories at Yonkers.

The remainder of the first division, set for the second race, includes Hound On The Beach (Luke Hanners) and Hurrikane Hunter (Billy Davis Jr.).

The second division is set for the seventh race and features Its A Me Mario (American Ideal-Nf Salsa) who finished second to American Fling in three consecutive Sire Stakes races in 2022. One of those runner-up finishes came at Buffalo Raceway.

Its A Me Mario failed to get a victory last season in five appearances but things have sure turned around in 2023 as he has been victorious in all four appearances, earning $34,000 in races leading up to the Sire Stakes. His best effort was a 1:53.3 score at Yonkers on April 25. Its A Me Mario will be driven by Morrill from the five post.

The main competition should come from Huntinthelastdollar (Huntsville-Eighthundrdolarbill). It was a rough opening for Huntinthelastdollar (McNair) in 2023 as he finished fifth but was placed ninth for interference in his only start this season, that at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He did earn $168,920 in 2022 so improvement off his initial try of the season is expected.

The remainder of the field includes Peppermint Man (Kakaley), Twin B Kingston (Denny Bucceri), Duval Street (Bartlett) and Cash With Joe (Kevin Cummings) who have a combined two lifetime victories among them.

The Buffalo Raceway track records for the 3-year-old colt pacers are 1:52.3 set back in 2012 by Steelhead Hanover while Hitman Hill still claims the mark of 1:51.4 for the geldings established in 2018. With ideal weather conditions expected, those long standing records could be on the line.

There are also a trio of $20,000 Excelsior Series races.

The 13-race program will begin at 2:30 p.m. There’s a $2,760 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.

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