by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wanna Rock N Roll couldn't win the battle for the lead off the starting gate but she ended up winning the war to the wire instead.
Getting a first over trip, Wanna Rock N Roll proved much the best in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 22) with a solid length victory over Susie's Delight in the seasonal best 1:56.3 over the fast track.
It was the fourth victory of the year in Open competition at Buffalo Raceway for Wanna Rock N Roll.
Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum) and Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) locked horns to the opening quarter in 28.4 while Wanna Rock N Roll (Drew Monti) managed to tuck into third.
But going past the half, Wanna Rock N Roll wasn't too happy and pulled out, zooming past the pace-setting Deliciouslynaughty to the top.
Going past the three quarter pole in 1:27.3, Monti and Wanna Rock N Roll ($3.70) enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather at the Hamburg half-mile oval the rest of the way. The remainder of the field scrambled for the minor awards with Susie's Delight taking second place and Scarlet N Silk (Kevin Cummings) rallying for third.
Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, the 6-year-old mare Wanna Rock N Roll has now put $23,000 in the bank this season and $255,477 lifetime.
Monti ended the evening with five wins while Stalbaum had a four-bagger. Trainer Kimberly Asher had four victories with JD Perrin getting two.
Racing will continue on Friday night with 11 races scheduled for 5 p.m.
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