Buffalo Raceway's 55th season of pari-mutuel harness racing concluded Saturday night as two-year-old colt pacers took center stage. Two divisions of New York Sire Stake freshmen contenders went postward in the sixth and seventh races for $47,000 each.
Bad Bunny stormed past Pacific Bunny and Raw Dawg in the deep stretch to score a 3/4 -length win in the first division. Driver Jeff Gregory directed the 2 year old Precious Bunny colt to his second win of the year in 1:59 2/5 .
The second division featured another come from behind tally. Ben's Creek, who sat fourth at the head of the stretch, made up a five length deficit in capturing the seventh race in 2:01 3/5 .
The victor, driven by John Stark, Jr., nipped runner-up Michael's Fantasy by one-half length.
The local harness scene now shifts to Batavia Downs beginning Wednesday afternoon. Buffalo Raceway's 1997-98 meet opens Oct. 22.
Fabulously Fast wins
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Fabulously Fast, ridden by Jerry Bailey, lived up to her name Saturday by beating Aldiza by 5 lengths in the $250,000 Test Stakes at Saratoga.
Fabulously Fast, beaten in three previous starts in stakes, swung wide on the turn and drew off in the stretch, completing 7 furlongs in 1:21 3/5 in besting eight other 3-year-old fillies.
Pearl City was another 3 lengths back, followed by Buckeye Search, Seek the Power, Lavender, Dixie Flag, Vegas Prospector and Capdiva.
Fabulously Fast, a daughter of Deputy Minister, won $150,000 for Caesar Kimmel and Philip Solondz with her third victory in four starts this year.
It was Bailey's fourth victory in the last 10 runnings of the Test.
"As soon as I slapped her, she went," Bailey said. "He (trainer John Kimmel) had her sharp today. She was focused and knew what she was there for."
Kimmel was "pleased with this performance. Even though she was four or five wide, she was the only horse making a run. This is very exciting for me. This filly really got over early behavioral problems and settled down. She schooled four times this week. She didn't waste any energy in the post parade. Being relaxed allows a horse to give 100 percent effort."
C B Account wins Wadsworth
CANANDAIGUA -- C B Account led from start to finish and drew away to an impressive 11 1/4 -length victory in the $25,000 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes.
C B Account, ridden by Rudy Rincon, covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 2/5 and returned $4.70, $3.30 and $2.70. Cannon Music rallied for second and paid $4.10 and #3.30 while longshot II Grappa finished third and returned $5.90.
The victory was the third straight for C B Account, who broke Fio Rito's 16-year-old track record for one mile and 70 yards in a 10 1/2 -length victory on July 6.
C B Account has won eight of 12 career starts and has earned $57,090 for owner Agnes Perdue and trainer Edward Perdue.