Xenias Chip was way too powerful for the ladies down the stretch in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Class A-Open Pace for fillies and mares on Wednesday night (May 26), pulling off a $23.20 shocker in a lifetime best of 1:56.2.
Sitting third approaching the three-quarter marker, Xenias Chip (David McNeight III) went first-over and got on even terms with the pace-setting Robintheatm (Jim Morrill Jr.) approaching the head of the stretch. From there, Xenias Chip left little doubt as she exploded down the lane and turned back late attempts from Protect Blue Chip (Travis Henry) and Ellieonthemove (Kevin Cummings).
It was the fourth trip to the winner's circle in 13 outings this season for the four-year-old mare Xenias Chip (Heston Blue Chip-Xenia Hanover) for owner Keith Pinkowski and trainer Jim Graham. The win jacked her seasonal bankroll to $22,321 and her career earnings to $63,359.
Lady Dudette (Kyle Cummings) scorched a :57.2 middle half on her way to victory in the $7,900 Class B Pace for fillies and mares.
Taking the lead off the starting gate, Lady Dudette ($7.70) went a leisurely opening panel of :30.1. After middle fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.3, Lady Dudette turned for home in front by two lengths and moved smartly to the line to beat favoured Robintheatm (Morrill Jr.) by three lengths in 1:56.2. Whos Got The Move (Shawn McDonough) got up for third place.
It was the third victory in 14 tries this season for the six-year-old mare Lady Dudette (Bettors Delight-Luxury Goods), whom Tammy Cummings trains for owner Kyle Cummings. The win moved her 2021 earnings to $17,911 and her lifetime bankroll to $188,874.
The $7,900 Class B Trot came down to a two-horse race as Big Bill Breeze (McDonough) and Le Millenaire (Morrill Jr.) battled to a 1:59.2 dead heat.
Big Bill Breeze ($2.70) is trained by McDonough and co-owned by Rocco Stebbins and Benjamin Ortiz. It was his fourth victory in 13 attempts. Le Millenaire ($2.90) is conditioned by Lisa Mariacher and owned by Erin Moran. He has now scored two victories in 15 starts on the campaign.
Kyle Cummings, Kevin Cummings, Ray Fisher Jr. and McDonough all had driving doubles with Ryan Swift and McDonough collecting two training victories each.
Racing will continue on Saturday night (May 29) at 6 p.m. with 12 events scheduled.