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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Noble Legend Strolls To Open Trot Win At Buffalo Raceway

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The weather was just ideal for a nice stroll at Buffalo Raceway on Friday evening (June 2) and Noble Legend ($8.50) did just that in easily turning back the field in the $10,000 Open Trot.

With crystal blues skies and the temperature hovering around 70, Noble Legend (Ray Fisher Jr.) went gate-to-wire and thoroughly enjoyed the tour around the half-mile oval in 1:57.1. He soundly beat Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) by 3-1/4 lengths while Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) rolled into third place.

It didn't take long for Noble Legend to reach the top and take in the fresh air, posting splits of 29.0, 59.1 and 1:28.1. Down the lane, Noble Legend was looking for some challengers but none materialized. A 29.0 final panel was more than enough to ruin the slim hopes of the other six entrants.

Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It) is co-owned by Jack and trainer Maria Rice. The 5-year-old gelding has now won four times in 17 attempts in 2017, putting $38,350 in the bank this season and $133,835 lifetime.

Kevin Cummings led the drivers on the night with a four-bagger while Stalbaum had a triple. Trainers Maria Rice and Kimberly Asher checked in with doubles.

Racing will resume  on Saturday night with a 12-race card scheduled for 6 p.m. There's a $2,626 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.

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