by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Deliciouslynaughty just keeps piling up the honors.
After tying the track record for aged mare pacers at Buffalo Raceway last week in 1:54.2,, Deliciouslynaughty added the Claiming Championship Series title to her resume on Wednesday night (May 3) with a head victory over stablemate Quicksilvercandy A in 1:56.3 in the $8,000-$12,500 level that carried a purse of $16,500.
In the other division for the pacing mares, Helena's Hope captured the $4,000-$6,000 bracket worth $11,500 by beating Thats My Dream by 2-3/4 lengths in a seasonal best 1:56.2.
Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum) had a brief tussle with Quicksilvercandy A (Drew Monti) to the quarter pole but was able to take command and set the splits of 29.0, 58.3 and 1:28.1.
Turning for home, Deliciouslynaughty ($2.10) was able to hold back the late surge of Quicksilvercandy A while Bettor's Night took the show position.
Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, the 10-year-old Deliciouslynaughty has won seven times in 17 attempts this season, putting $43,856 in the bank and has cashed $457,401 lifetime.
The complexion of the second classification was changed due to the scratches of Moccasin Blue Chip and Babe's Chip.
Now down to a field six with five betting interests, Amoreuble Hanover was able to set the fractions with times of 28.2, 58.2, and 1:27.3.
Helena's Hope (Monti) started a first over trip before the half mile marker and just used a steady grind to reach the top just past the three-quarter station.
In the stretch, Helena's Hope ($9.70) pulled away from the field and easy handled Thats My Dream (Stalbaum) and Springhouse Star (Jim Morrill Jr.) who finished second and third respectively.
The 8-year old Helena's Hope (Dream Away-Windy Witch) is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. The win upped her winnings to $17,980 this year and $187,603 in her career.
Stalbaum had three victories while Monti, Morrill Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. each had two wins in the sulky. Trainer Jim Graham posted a triple with Perrin adding two.
Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races scheduled including two divisions of the Claiming Championship Series featuring the trotters.
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