by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Things looked bleak down the stretch for Magic MVP in Buffalo Raceway's $9,000 conditioned trot on Friday afternoon (March 29) but his fortunes sure did change just before the finish line.
Driver Joseph Chindano Jr. was able to split rivals with Magic MVP ($10.00) in the shadow of the wire and register a never say die head victory over Caviar's Yankee in 2:00.1 on the fast track.
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Magic MVP (#3) splits rivals to get win.    
The favored Bridge Works (Drew Monti), coming off two straight wins, marched out to the lead and notched fractions of :29.2, 1:01.0 and 1:30.4. But that is when things got interesting.
Turning for home, Bridge Works had the advantage but had to deal with Caviar's Yankee who was charging hard on the outside. Meanwhile, Magic MVP was 1-1/2 lengths back in the stretch and looked hopelessly boxed in. But in deep stretch, Bridge Works tired and dropped anchor while Caviar's Yankee drifted out allowing Magic MVP to split those rivals and get up time for the victory.
Owned and trained by John Leggio, it was the fourth win in 10 outings for the 9-year-old gelded Magic MVP (My MVP-Mega Magic). The victory took his 2024 earnings to $16,470 and $265,657 lifetime.
Besides winning the featured event, Chindano Jr. won four other races, scoring aboard St Lads Maggic Mae ($6.80), Explosive Leggs ($6.60), Dancing Lisa ($4.00) and Muskingum ($3.10). Drew Monti picked up a driving double. Cassie Russo had two training victories.
Racing returns on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with 13 races scheduled with first post scheduled for 6 p.m.
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