by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rain and the 'lightning' lane proved to be a perfect combination for Susie's Delight ($4.60) at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 1) as she got the win in the featured $8,200 pace for the mares in 1:58.4.
With Missevil set fractions of 30.0, 59.4 and 1:29.2, pacers fanned out four wide. With five ladies having a realistic chance, it was just a matter of who had the best closing kick and would get the photo opportunity.
Drafting behind the pace-setting Missevil, Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) dropped down in the passing lane and rolled her way to a 1-1/2 length decision over Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum). Missevil (Drew Monti) hung on for third place.
Susie's Delight had a final panel of 28.3 which was more than enough to hold off the wall of pacers that followed behind.
Owned by the Swift Racing Stable and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the first victory of the year for Susie's Delight (Bettor's Delight-Shezaflamintower). The win upped the 7-year-old mare's earnings to $9,306 in 2017 and $137,360 lifetime.
Stalbaum, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, put up a four-bagger while Fisher Jr. finished the night with a triple. Kevin Cummings had a pair of victories including a $112.00 win aboard Kesons Silhouette.
Trainer Kimberly Asher added to her win total with four more victories.
Buffalo Raceway had its highest handle of the season with a total of over $363,000.
Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 12 races set to go to the post at 5 p.m.
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