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SPEED DOMINATES RACEWAY CARD

Buffalo Raceway fans were treated to a carnival of pacing speed Saturday night as eight of the 12 races were clocked in two minutes or faster on a card that featured eight stakes races for New York-sired 3-year-olds.

It beat the Hamburg oval's old record of six miles in two minutes or less on one night.

Co-fastest miles of 1:59 1/5 were clocked by Queen Isabell, Rondo (both driven by Ron Waples) and Pilgrim's Patriot.

Rondo ($16.40) earned a narrow win as he surged up in deep stretch to nip Rob Rankin's pace-setting Stone Island by a half-length. Stone Island dominated the early stages, but just didn't have enough left after setting breath-taking fractions of 28 3/5 , 59 2/5 and 1:30 1/5 .

Queen Isabell ($3.20), a Storm Damage-sired filly, rolled to her 1:59 1/5 win ahead of Vance's Michelle Almahurst.

Queen Isabell, leaving from the rail, stopped the timer in 29 4/5 , 59 1/5 and 1:29 3/5 en route to the 3-length decision, her third victory of the year.

Pilgrim's Patriot ($2.60), a Niatross-sired colt, also set all the pace in his event. He managed a leisurely first half in 1:00 3/5 before scooting home in 58 3/5 as he won easily for trainer/driver Michael Borys.

Fred Haslip's colt, Westport Fella ($5.20), outdueled Rob Rankin's Ahoy Captain to a 1:59 2/5 decision. Ahoy Captain led from the start, cutting suicidal fractions of 28 4/5 and 58 seconds as he battled with Mark O'Mara's Cash'n Carry. Westport Fella grabbed the top as they hit the third quarter in 1:29 2/5 and prevailed down the lane by 2 1/4 lengths.

L Dees Trish, who paced a Buffalo Raceway record for 2-year-old fillies last year, got her sophomore season off to a rousing start as she rolled to a 9 1/2 -length win in a 1:59 3/5 mile, including a final quarter in a 28 1/5 .

Sent off at odds of 1-9 by the crowd of 3,654, driver Ross Hayter never shook the reins as the nationally-prominent miss jogged away from seven rivals, including four who broke stride on the first turn. Her $2.20 win in the $23,000 event was her 11th victory in 13 lifetime starts and boosted her total earnings to $247,661.

Another 1:59 3/5 performance was turned in by Beaudonnel ($3.40), a 3-year-old Ontario-bred who did his number against the top resident older pacers.

John Kopas got Beaudonnel up in time after chasing KD's Precious, Patsy C. Rapone's 7-year-old mare, past the three-quarter pole in 1:30.

Keystone Wallis ($3.60) Kopas' grey 3-year-old filly and Breeders Crown alumna, also wired a lesser group of locals in 1:59 4/5 . The "Silver Bullet" won by only a neck over Taurex, but was never hard-pressed. She won $2,500 and now has a bankroll of $349,300.

Nitrous ($10.40), driven by Richard Wojcio, got up in the final strides to nip front-running Deer Valley in 2:00 in the final race of the night.

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