Day At The Track

Daylight Rush still hot at Buffalo

10:00 AM 12 Jul 2020 NZST
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Daylight Rush and driver David McNeight, III
Bill Burke photo
Thor De Vie and driver David McNeight, III
Bill Burke photo
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The rainy weather couldn't cool off the red hot Daylight Rush ($5.40) at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 11) as he notched a 3-/4 length harness racing victory over Percy's Z Tam in the $11,500 Class AA-Open Handicapped Pace.
 
In his last six starts since June 6, Daylight Rush has three wins and three second place finishes. The win on Saturday gave him two straight and three out of his last four.
 
Class Six stomped out the early fractions on the sloppy track with splits of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.4 but they eventually took its toll on the pace setter.
 
Percy's Z Team made the first over move and powered to the top while Daylight Rush with driver David McNeight, III came along for the ride as Pick Six retreated.
 
In the drive to the finish line, Daylight Rush had too much punch for Percy's Z Tam and moved away to the triumph. Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) closed late for the show position.
 
Owned by Cassandra Johnson and trained by McNeight III, it was the third score in eight outings for the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution). The victory has pushed his 2020 winnings to $22,850 and $244,334 in his career.
 
Thor De Vie (McNeight III) has climbed up the ladder with perfection after rolling to an easy 1-1/2 length victory over Utah Beach in the sub-featured $10,000 Class A pace in 1:57.2.
 
With wins in the Class B and C in his last two appearances, Thor De Vie made the natural progression to the A bracket and found little trouble in finding the winner's circle once again.
 
After relinquishing the lead briefly to Sizzling Summer, Thor De Vie roared back to the top and posted splits of :28.4, :59.0 and 1:28.1. In the stretch, Utah Beach (Cummings) made a belated bid but came up well short. In Runaway Bay N (Dan Yetman) finished in third.
 
Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Lee Winters, Giuseppe Micchia and Paul Trandlmayer, it was the third win in five attempts this season for the 5-year-old gelded Thor De Vie (So Surreal-Pebblebeach De Vie). The victory upped his seasonal bankroll to $13,168 and $249,130 lifetime.
 
The final week of the 2020 season kicks off on Wednesday night with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m.
 
For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com
 
by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
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