(Mr. Buff wins the Evan Shipman Stakes at Saratoga / Coglianese Photo & Courtesy of NYRA)

From the NYRA Media Team:

Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred Mr. Buff muscled his way to the lead in the final turn and cruised home a 3 1/2-length winner in Wednesday’s $100,000 Evan Shipman at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by John Kimmel, the 5-year-old Friend Or Foe chestnut arrived at the nine-furlong route for New York-breds 3-years-old and up from a commanding 6 1/4-length score in the restricted Saginaw on June 30 at Belmont Park.

Jockey Junior Alvarado, rider of Mr. Buff (1st):

“Sometimes, you just have to be confident. I didn’t have the best break. I wanted to be on the lead because it seems that’s where he’s most comfortable. But he got his hind leg stuck in the gate right before the break,” said Alvarado. “He wasn’t standing great when we broke, he kind of missed the start. I had to hurry in front inside and be confident working my way through the field, and he was there for me every step of the way. He just does what he needs to do to win.”

Trainer John Kimmel, Mr. Buff:

“He didn’t break sharp and for a horse that’s got a lot of 1s in his past performance line, for him to be in behind horses and come up the inside and outrun these horses, I was pretty proud of the effort,” said Kimmel.

Kimmel noted that a start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets, a nine-furlong test slated for August 31 could be in the cards for Mr. Buff.

“He’s home here. We’ve been tinkering of the idea of a nice mile and an eighth, two-turn race, and we’ll evaluate him,” said Kimmel. “If he comes out of this race without any issues, we’ll probably keep him eligible for the Woodward.”