Protect Blue Chip doesn’t disappoint at Buffalo

Hamburg, NY – Protect Blue Chip was determined to set the fractions and that strategy worked out nicely as she posted the popular $3.80 victory in Buffalo Raceway’s $10,900 Class A-Open Handicapped Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday evening (June 2).

Protect Blue Chip didn’t disappoint with a victory in the Wednesday feature at Buffalo Raceway. Bill Burke Photo.

Starting on the outside in the short field of five, Protect Blue Chip (Travis Henry) had to battle a bit with Yankee Secret before stomping to the top in a moderate :29.1 clocking over the fast track. From there, Protect Blue Chip rolled to panels of :59.1 and 1:28.4 and was in no danger of losing the lead in the stretch, taking a three-quarter length win over Yankee Secret. Lady Dudette (Kyle Cummings) held on for the show position.

Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock, the 6-year-old mare Protect Blue Chip (American Ideal-Lucky Turn) is conditioned by Maria Rice. The win moved her bankroll to $23,950 on the campaign and $152,455 lifetime.

Who’s Got The Move ($10.20) used a perfectly timed move executed by driver Ray Fisher Jr. and took the victory in the sub-featured $8,600 Class B Pace for the filly and mares. She covered the mile in a seasonal best 1:55.3 and easily disposed of She Can Party (David McNeight III) by 2-1/4 lengths while Good Lookin Woman (Drew Monti) finished in third.

Sitting third behind the front tussle between Robintheatm (Jim Morrill Jr.) and the parked Wonderful World (Henry) through splits of :28.2, :56.4 and 1:26.2, Fisher Jr. pulled out just in the nick of time past the final quarter pole and never looked back.

Co-owned by trainer Lynn and Richard Fisher, it was the second win in 15 attempts this season for the 7-year-old mare (Shadyshark Hanover-Perfect Secret). The victory improved her 2021 earnings to $2,.752 and $165,057 in her career.

Drivers Monti and McNeight III led the way on the night as each posted a double.

The first Friday night (June 4) card of the season takes place this week with a nine-race program slated for 5 p.m.

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