by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's 'ladies first' in the season opening feature at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (Jan. 11) as the filly and mare open pacers will square off for the $10,000 purse that is slated as the fifth race.
The program is the first night of the 75th Anniversary season at Buffalo Raceway where 90 days of racing will take place through Sunday, July 23rd.
The initial 2017 card will have 10 races with post time scheduled for 5 p.m.
A classy but select field of six will nuzzle up behind the starting gate for the feature. Wanna Rock N Roll was assigned the six post and will start as the 2-1 morning line choice.
After winning her last three starts at Batavia Downs to close out the season, Wanna Rock N Roll and driver Drew Monti seek to start the 2017 campaign with a bang. A winner of 10 races and over $71,000 last year, the 6-year-old mare (Rock N Roll Hanover-Cams Leading Lady) produced a 1:54.3 victory at Yonkers in 2016.
Her main competition could come from Who Says That, a 12-time winner last season. Shawn T. Gray will be aboard the 6-year-old mare (Badlands Hanover-Powercorp). Who Says that earned just a shade under $67,000 last year and was in the money 27 times in 40 tries. She drew the four post and is tabbed at 4-1.
The remainder of the field includes Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale), My Tallia Ideal (David McNeight III), Warrawee Qually (Larry Stalbaum) and Aritzia Hanover (Ben McNeil).
Free magnetic schedules will be given out on Wednesday night while Friday features the popular fish fry dinner along with the 2016 Awards Presentations. The week of action will conclude on Saturday with a 75th Anniversary Commemorative Exacta Coin giveaway.
Each coin with have an exacta combination on the back and should it come in from the second until the tenth race, you'll get to spin the Cash Wheel for free wagers on the 12th race. Also, everyone picking up a coin will receive $10 in free play at Hamburg Gaming.
Post time on Friday is 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
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