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Mr. Buff can become a millionaire in Saturday’s Haynesfield at Aqueduct

Mr. Buff can become a millionaire in Saturday’s Haynesfield at Aqueduct

By New York Hot List Staff // February 21, 2020


The 6-year-old Mr. Buff will try to become the 55th New York-bred to become a millionaire in Saturday’s one mile $100,000 Haynesfield against a field of six New York-breds.

The son of Friend Or Foe has won 10 of his last 12 starts missing victories only in two graded stakes races that were run outside of New York. He has a career record of 35: 13-6-4 with earnings of $992,411 and seven of those wins came at Aqueduct.

The Haynesfield is named in honor of the eight-time stakes winning New-York bred who won more than $1.3 million and captured the 2010 renewal of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, the son of Speightstown was honored as New York Horse of the Year in 2009 and 2010. 

Last seen, Mr. Buff won the Jazil against open company at the Big A back in January. Trainer John Kimmel had planned to bring him back again in another non-restricted stakes race.

“We were contemplating running in the Bernardini, but Junior [jockey Alvarado] has been his pilot and knows the horse well and wouldn’t be able to ride in the Bernardini,” Kimmel said. “That was a big factor and I want his regular rider aboard.”

Mr. Buff has been dominant at the nine-furlong distance, but in the Haynesfield he will have to go only a mile at which he has a less distinguished record of 8: 1-3-1.

“Obviously, he’s doing quite well,” Kimmel said. “He’s run pretty well at a mile, too. I think he’ll handle the mile just fine.”

The Haynesfield is slated as race 8 on Saturday’s nine-race card with post-time scheduled for 4:50 pm ET.

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