Jettison was sent off as the heavy 1-9 favourite in the $25,000 Niatross Invitational Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 9) and the Ontario-sired six-year-gelding didn’t disappoint on that promise in delivering a one and a half length decision in 1:56.1 over the fast track.
Using a big closing kick to take the Niatross Knockout Claiming ‘B’ Series title back on April 25, Jettison ($2.30) powered his way past Goddesss Justin (Shawn Gray) and Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen) in the stretch to take the Invitational title.
“He was loaded and I was confident coming off the [final] turn that no one was going to catch him,” winning driver Kevin Cummings said of Jettison. “I wasn’t worried at all about [second-place finisher] Goddesss Justin on the inside.”
Secluded Island set the tempo with splits of :29, :58 and 1:27.2, but felt the pressure on the outside at the three-quarter pole. Jettison was on rim, going eyeball to eyeball with the pacesetter and then easily pulled away, leaving eventual runner-up Goddesss Justin and Secluded Island in his wake.
Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison (Jeremes Jet-Piazzacato) has notched six victories in 15 starts in 2015, earning $40,560. Darren Taneyhill handled the training duties.
Youwillwishyouhad continues to add to his impressive resume after going gate-to-wire in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned pace in 1:54.4, tying his seasonal mark. It was his second straight front-running win.
With the victory, Youwillwishyouhad ($6.30) has now won seven times in 11 appearances this season. Since the beginning of 2014, the four-year-old gelding has had 39 starts, winning 18 times and finishing out of the money just seven times.
Assigned the seven post, Cummings was intent on getting to the lead with Youwillwishyouhad and got there with mild resistance from Jokerman (Jim McNeight). Setting the fractions of :28.3, :58 and 1:26.3, Youwillwishyouhad registered a blistering :28.1 final panel, which kept the remaining six competitors a safe distance behind at the wire. Bahama Bay (David McNeight III) finished in second a non-threatening one and a half lengths behind while Jokerman took the show spot.
Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Youwillwishyouhad (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has earned $35,690 this year and $104,857 in his career.
(With files from Buffalo Raceway)