It was a family affair in Buffalo Raceway’s featured $10,000 Open Pace for the ladies on Wednesday night (June 14) as three generations of the Monti lineage had a part in Classy Lane Rose’s victory.
Owned by grandfather Carl Monti, trained by son Darrin Monti and driven by grandson Drew Monti, Classy Lane Rose ($6.50) exploded midway down the lane and put away Vla Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:55.1. It was the first win in three starts at Buffalo Raceway for Classy Lane Rose since arriving in early May from Yonkers.
Dustlanemissmolly and Vla Faire played give and take to the quarter marker in :28. After regaining the lead around the second turn, Dustlanemissmolly posted fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.2, but couldn’t sustain the lead.
Classy Lane Rose, who was second over behind Kruella around the final turn, overpowered the rest of the field in the stretch as a :28.3 last quarter-mile was more than enough to get the photo opportunity. Vla Faire was second with Dustlanemissmolly (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.
The eight-year-old Classy Lane Rose (Jeremes Jet-Titantic Rose) has now won four times in 12 outings this season. The victory pushed her seasonal earnings to $40,230 and lifetime bankroll to $522,733.
Drew Monti led the way in the driving category as he posted four wins while David McNeight III doubled. Trainer JD Perrin sent a pair to the winner’s circle.
Racing has been cancelled for Friday night, but it still will be a busy weekend at Buffalo Raceway. Action will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program. Sunday afternoon racing will begin this week with a 12:30 p.m. post.
(Standardbred Canada with files from Buffalo Raceway)