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BRIEFLY . . .

* El Paso Hanover, the top pacer at Buffalo Raceway, won his sixth straight race Saturday night as he took the $6,500 Open Handicap for driver Jamie Dunlap. The 7-year-old gelding caught runner-up Michael Scores at the three-quarters pole and won by about two lengths while covering the mile in 2:00 4/5 on a sloppy track. He paid $6.30. Trained by Tim Dunlap, El Paso Hanover has earned $18,750 this year for owner David R. Krol of Alden.

* Anthony Gugino, a high school senior at Kenmore East, placed sixth in the 220-pound weight class at the United States Power Lifting nationals in Killeen, Texas. Gugino totaled 1,361 pounds after putting up a personal-best 336 pounds in the bench press, 501.5 pounds in the squat and 523.5 in the deadlift.

He missed his third attempt in the squat at 534.5 pounds and his third attempt of 545.5 in the deadlift. "He definitely reached his goal in bench, but he was disappointed in the squat and deadlift. He was hoping to get more," said powerlifting coach Dean Mesi.