Memumsnotnice ($7.30) wasn’t very nice to her five rivals in the top filly and mare $9,200 pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening (Jan. 20) as she used a pylon-skimming trip in 1:57 to post a narrow neck victory.
It was also a great night for two-time defending driving champion Kevin Cummings as he registered a five victories on the snow flurry-filled night.
In the feature, Janie Bay set the fractions with splits of :29.2, :59.1 and 1:27.3 over the fast track, but had Mach This Way challenging her on the outside to the third-quarter marker. It looked liked those two mares were going to duke it out down to the wire, but Memumsnotnice crashed the party from third midway down the stretch.
Ray Fisher Jr. angled Memumsnotnice in the ‘lightning lane’ to take the lead, but she wasn’t home free yet. Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) still had something left in the tank and made a valiant attempt at the wire, but came up just a neck short. Janie Bay (Jim McNeight) finished a tough-luck third, a length back.
Memumsnotnice (Jeremes Jet-Bunny Town) is a seven-year-old mare co-owned by trainer John Mungillo and Thatsideofthefence LLC. The win pushed her career earnings to $316,636 and moved her lifetime wins to 22.
Trainer James Clouser Jr. picked up three victories as he conditioned Wednesday winners Ding ($9.20), Big Dutch ($4.30) and Heaven On Earth ($5.00) while Kirk Desmond and Alex Giuliani posted a pair of training wins.
Ron Beback Jr. and Jack Flanigen each had driving doubles.
(Standardbred Canada with files from Buffalo Raceway)