Black Is Back is ‘Back’ at Buffalo

Hamburg, NY — It’s been nearly six months since Black Is Back ($4.70) went to the winner’s circle but he made it ‘back’ there on Saturday night (May 8) after taking a three quarter length win over Mr Ham Sandwich in Buffalo Raceway’s $10,500 Class AA-Handicapped Pace.
The previous time Black Is Back (Shawn McDonough) had a photo opportunity was on November 28, 2020, when he won the $8,500 Open I Pace at Batavia Downs. Last week, Black Is Back suffered a tough three-quarter loss to Mr Ham Sandwich but was able to turn the tables on him this time around.

Black Is Back returned to the Buffalo winner’s circle Saturday night. Bill Burke Photo.

Taking control from the start, Black Is Back (Shawn McDonough) put up splits of :29, :57.2 and 1:26.2 over the fast track. Things got interesting in the stretch drive with Mr Ham Sandwich (David McNeight III) taking dead aim on the leader but Black Is Back gutted it out to hit the wire first. Endeavors Pride (Wade Tomaszewski) took the show position.

Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and conditioned by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the first win of the campaign in three outings for Black Is Back. The 8-year-old gelding (Western Terror-Magic Moments) has produced $7,900 in earnings this year and $296,775 lifetime.
In the co-featured $10,200 Class A-Open Handicapped Trot, Stormont Rare ($4.70) continued his dominance as he captured his fourth straight victory at Buffalo Raceway with a three-quarter length win over Mugshots Bro in 1:57.3.
A field of five was slated to battle in the trotting main event but Before I Die was scratched which moved it down to four. At the start, Mr Quaker jumped it off, leaving Majestic Kat, Mugshot Bro and Stormont Rare left to duke it out.
Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) showed the way through the first three panels with splits of :28, :58.4 and 1:28.2. Turning for home, Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) broke stride which evaporated her hopes. Stormont Rare (Jim Morrill Jr.)now inherited the lead he had no problem in beating Mugshots Bro (McDonough). Majestic Kat regrouped to take third place.
Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the fourth win in 11 starts for the 5-year-old gelded (Stormont Rare (Glidemaster-Stormont Fried). The victory upped his seasonal earnings to $19,805 and $20,379 in his career.
Morrill Jr. had four victories in the bike, McNeight III picked up three with McDonough getting a pair. Sarama had four training victories while Cassandra Johnson notched her first career win as she conditioned Daylight Rush ($4.90) to the decision in the fifth race.
Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program set. There will be a $5,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.
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