If it were a case of anything you can do, I can do better, Just Another Buzz did it Saturday afternoon at Playfair Race Course.
The 3-year-old gelding topped the 1994 performance of his half-brother No Small Buzz by rallying to win the seventh running of the Playfair Breeders’ Cup. Ridden by former Playfair champion Gallyn Mitchell and trained by Richard Wright, also a former riding champ at the Spokane track, Just Another Buzz overhauled Chippewa Warrior, the pacesetting favorite, in the final 50 yards and won going away. The final margin was 2 lengths. Bricks’N Sticks was third in the field of seven 3-year-olds.
No Small Buzz won last year’s renewal of the steppingstone toward the Spokane Derby, requiring 1:38-4/5 to cover the 1-mile distance. Just Another Buzz was timed in 1:38-2/5. The stakes-winners, owned by Buzz and Kathie King of Quincy, Wash., are the only foals from their mare, No Small Matter. No Small Buzz, also trained by Wright, is a candidate for this season’s Playfair Mile.
A winner just twice in 10 previous starts and unclaimed in eight outings with a $6,250 tag on his head, Just Another Buzz paid $12.20 to win.
The race was delayed 11 minutes after an eighth scheduled starter, Baby Bon Dancer, reared and spun around in the starting gate, cascading starter’s assistants, state veterinarian Dale Johnsen and jockey Darrell Brinkerhoff onto the track.
The track’s twin trifecta carryover pool jumped upward again and $90,000 or more is likely to be on the line today. The carryover is $66,213. There hasn’t been a winner since a single ticket-holder collected a record $129,891.80 last Friday.
Post time will be 1:30 p.m. There also will be racing on Monday at 1:30. , DataTimes MEMO: Cut in Spokane edition