Mach Le More A, E Street shine at Buffalo

Hamburg, NY — There were two different tactics used in the pair of featured events at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 15): First, in the $14,000 Open Pace, Mach Le More A used a furious rally in deep stretch to shock Vel Mr Nice Guy by a head in 1:53.2, while in the $14,000 Open Trot, E Street used a front-end trip to beat I Got The Looks by 1-3/4 lengths in a seasonal best of 1:57.2.

The first feature saw Vel Mr Nice Guy (Joseph Chindano Jr.) burst to the lead and collected fractions of :28, :57 and 1:25. With a final panel to pace, it appeared the event was going to boil down to Vel Mr Nice Guy, Scribblers and Davey Day Trader. But someone forgot to tell Mach Le More A.

In what appeared to be a three-way battle midway down the lane, Mach Le More A (John Cummings Jr.) came flying on the outside and roared past a stunned Vel Mr Nice Guy while Scribblers (Jim Morrill Jr.) ended in third.

Mach Le More A (foreground) stormed home to win Saturday’s Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway. Barnstormer Images.

It was the fifth win in 20 appearances this year for the 9-year-old gelding Mach Le More A, whom David Russo conditions for owners Marissa Russo and Fac Racing LLC. The win upped his seasonal earnings to $47,705 and $308,607 in his lifetime.

While the Open Pace had a rousing finish, the Open Trot was far less dramatic. E Street ($4.90) fired right to the lead and posted splits of :29, :59 and 1:28.1. Down the stretch, the sidewinders were lined up four-wide ready to attack E Street (Morrill) but those attempts came up empty. I Got The Looks (Dan Yetman) won the second place battle with Crazy Ritz (James McNeight Jr.) rolling in for the show position.

It was the fifth victory of the campaign for E Street (Conway Hall-Highway Cash), whom Rachelle Mungillo trains for owner Tarja Butcher. The win increased his bankroll to $43,980 on the year and $161,220 in his career.

Racing will return on Wednesday afternoon (June 19) at 2:30 p.m. with a 13-race card. The New York Sire Stakes is back in town once again with a pair of $51,000 (approx.) events set for 2-year-old filly pacers. There will also be a trio of $20,000 Excelsior Series in the same division, along with a $14,000 Class A-Open Pace for fillies and mares.

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