by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG,N.Y. --- Shady City put no shade on who was the best in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (May 27).
Getting parked the entire mile, Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) took his second straight featured event with a impressive 1-1/2 length victory over Sir Ziggy Z Tam in a seasonal best 1:53.3 over the fast track.
Gallant Seelster, set the fractions of 28.0, 56.1 and 1:25.2 while Shady City found the long journey to be just a nuisance in the end.
Turning for home, Gallant Major had enough for the night. That allowed Stalbaum and Shady City to show who the best were. After taking the lead, they were easily able to stave off the threats from Sir Ziggy Z Tam (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Brees Creek (Drew Monti) who finished in second and third place respectively.
Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, it was the fifth win in 18 tries for the 7-year-old gelded Shady City (Metropolitan-Maid In Shade). Finishing in the money 14 times in 2017, Shady City has increased his bankroll to $41,536 and $272,113 lifetime.
Stalbaum finished the evening with four victories, Jim Morrill Jr. had a triple and Kevin Cummings and Monti two wins each. Asher had three training victories.
Racing will continue on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race card set for 5 p.m.
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