HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Itsrollrocknroll A ($2.50) took advantage of the luck of the draw in the $9,000 Preferred Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 1) and crushed the field in 1:54.2.
After getting strapped with the seven and eight posts the past two weeks, Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum) finally drew the pylons and set sail from the rail in easily defeating Lucky King (Ron Beback Jr.) by a throttled down 1-1/4 lengths. Show Stopping (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.
Lucky McTrucky took the early lead off the gate but once the field straightened out down the back stretch the first time, Stalbaum stepped on the gas with Itsonlyrocknroll A and powered to the top in 28.2. With the half going in 58.0 and the three quarters in 1:26.2, Itsonlyrocknroll A opened up a two length margin at the top of the stretch and cruised to the wire thanks to a 28.0 final panel.
Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kimberly Asher, it was the eighth victory in 17 attempts in 2017 for Itsonlyrocknroll A (Million Dollar Cam-Boldandbeautiful). The 6-year-old gelding has now earned $43,350 this season and pushed his career bankroll to $213,520.
Stalbaum completed the evening with four wins, David McNeight III had a triple while Kevin Cummings and Drew Monti got doubles. Asher had three training victories with Rose Russo collecting two.
Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 10-race program set. There's a $791 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.