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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Black Is Back ($3.90) has now posted 'back to back' harness racing victories at Buffalo Raceway with a neck win over China Dream in the $11,000 Class AA Pace on a steamy Saturday evening (July 4).   After scoring the decision in the Class A bracket last week, Black Is Back (David McNeight III) was nudged up another level and was able to just get past the tough luck loser China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) in the shadow of the wire. Cultural Paradise (Kyle Cummings) took the show spot.   As expected, China Dream set up shop on the front end and posted fractions of :28.0, :58.0 and 1:27.0 over the fast track. Black Is Back in the meantime sat in the pocket and was able to sneak on by in deep stretch.   Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr., and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., Black Is Back (Western Terror-Magic Moments) has now won twice in four attempts this season. The triumph moved his 2020 earnings to $11,460 and $254,310 lifetime.   McNeight III swept the features as he guided the heavily favored Daylight Rush ($2.40) to a 3/4-length nod over Stratosphere in 1:55.0 in the $10,000 Class A pacing event.   Stratosphere (Drew Monti) zoomed off the starting gate to grab the early lead but Daylight Rush wanted no part of a pocket journey and retook the advantage before reaching the quarter marker in :28.3.   Sizzling Summer (Davis Jr.) made a first over trip down the backstretch the final time and was on even terms with Daylight Rush at the three-quarter pole. But his rally fizzled out as Daylight Rush was easily able to fend off a mild threat from Stratosphere in the lane while Rock The Dream (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbed the show spot.   Owned by Cassandra Johnson and conditioned by McNeight III, it was the second victory of the year for the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution). The win pushed his seasonal bankroll to $17,100 and $238,584 in his career.   Daylight Rush holds on for popular victory   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Gia's Surreal is quickly becoming the dominate damsel at Buffalo Raceway as she collected her second straight win in the $11,500 Open Pace for harness racing fillies and mares with a solid half length victory over Hey Kobe is 1:54.2 on Wednesday night (July 1).   Just making her third start of her 4-year-old campaign, the favored Gia's Surreal ($4.60) had little problem rallying to get the victory.   Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) set the splits with times of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:25.2. Midway down the backstretch the final time, Gia's Surreal was stuck behind dull cover and had to tip three wide with a panel to go.   In the stretch, Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) was just too powerful for Hey Kobe (Drew Monti) and Lady London who had to settle for second and third respectively.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Ed Peron, Tom Mariano and Lee Winters, the victory moved Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene) seasonal earnings to $12,380 and $163,940 in her career.   The heavily-favored Victoria Swan ($2.90) played 'catch me if you can' in the $10,000 Class A-AA Handicapped Trot and no one was up to the task.   Scoring from the rail, Victoria Swan had little trouble in turning back Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a half length in 1:58.4. Call My Broker (Dan Yetman) took the show spot.   After relinquishing the lead early on to Empire Earl N, Victoria Swan used a big backside brush to take command and never looked back. A :58.1 last half was enough to dash the hopes of the remaining six participants.   Co-owned by RBH Ventures Inc. and Spagnola Racing LLC, it was the third triumph in 10 tries for Victoria Swan (Swan For All-Victoria Sahbra). Trained by Sabrina Shaw, the 5-year-old mare now has $16,854 in winnings in 2020 and $113,854 lifetime.   Monti and Fisher Jr. finished the evening with triples while Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. all doubled. Rich Mays, Darrin Monti and Gerry Sarama each conditioned two winners.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated.   For more information including the latest, news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Class Six is finding his surroundings at Buffalo Raceway very comfortable as he notched his third harness racing victory in as many starts with a neck win over Percy's Z Tam in the $11,500 Class AA-Open Pace on Saturday night (June 27).   Since arriving from Miami Valley in Ohio in the beginning of June, Class Six ($21.00) has reeled off three consecutive wins with three different drivers. Shawn McDonough had his opportunity behind Class Six this time around and he didn't let it go to waste.   Following behind the favored and pace-setting China Dream, Class Six and McDonough roared through the passing lane and drove to the score in 1:55.0 over the fast track. Percy's Z Tam (Kevin Cummings) took the photo for second with China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) finishing in third.   Owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Sabrina Shaw, it was the third victory in 12 tries this season for the 9-year-old gelded Class Six (Western Ideal-Can Du River). The win jacked his earnings to $28,460 in 2020 and $406,716 in his career.   In the sub-featured $10,000 Class A Pace, Black Is Back ($8.40) returned to his winning ways with a half length victory over Daylight Rush in 1:54.4.   Black Is Back, a winner of 10 races in 27 starts and amassing $79,675 in earnings last season, failed to hit the board in his only two starts of 2020, both coming in the Class AA-Open level. But a slight dip in class proved to be the perfect remedy.   Firing off the starting gate, Black Is Back (Davis Jr.) managed to reach the top and set the splits of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:26.0, bringing along the favored Daylight Rush (David McNeight III) for the pocket trip.   In the stretch, Black Is Back stubbornly stood his ground as Daylight Rush tried valiantly but couldn't get past the winner. In Runaway Bay N (McDonough) took the show spot.   Black Is Back (Western Terror-Magic Moments) is a 7-year-old gelding who is co-owned by Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and Curtis Edholm with Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. handling the training duties.   Black Is Back   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The tactics may have changed but the results remained the same for Bred For Greatness as he posted his fourth straight harness racing victory at Buffalo Raceway with a narrow nose win in 1:57.3 over Lougazi in the $11,500 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night (June 24).   The win, which returned a surprising $14.80 to his backers, was also the seventh in eight tries this season for the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Way-Wendy Woo).   Usually staying close to the lead, Bred For Greatness turned things around this time as winning driver Kevin Cummings shot to the lead and posted fractions of :29.2, :59.0 and 1:29.0.   While enjoying the lead, Bred For Greatness knew Lougazi would be charging late and he was right. But fortunately, Bred For Greatness hung on as Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) just ran out of real estate. Victoria Swan (Drew Monti) captured the show position.   Owned by trainer Mike Ohol and Steven Gross, Bred For Greatness has put $37,240 in the bank this season and $128,471 lifetime.   Hey Kobe ($11.00) got a perfect pocket trip and posted a 3/4-length victory over Blue Bell Bonnie in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap for the distaff pacers.   After watching the pace setting Squeeze This park out the heavily favored Hey Sweetie through three quarters in 1:28.1, it became a closer's dream come true.   Hey Kobe pounced on the golden opportunity in the passing lane and took full advantage to score the win while Blue Bell Bonnie (David McNeight III) rallied for second and Squeeze This (Fisher Jr.) held on for third.   Hey Kobe gets a perfect trip in victory   Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdejlar Jr., Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West) is an 8-year-old mare now has four victories in 10 tries this year. The win jumped her seasonal earnings to $18,918 and $371,289 lifetime.   Fisher Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each had driving triples while Wade Tomaszewski and Cummings had doubles. Maria Rice and Ryan Swift each produced two training victories.   Racing action will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.with a 13-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cha-ching. Iluvtomakemoney put some nice bank into his faithful follower's pockets by cashing in on a $48.20 harness racing stunner in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (June 20).   Making a big three-wide brush going around the final turn, Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) steamrolled to the lead and was never threatened after that in going the mile in 1:55.1 over the fast track.   Hold The Gold (Kevin Cummings) managed to take the place position with Brunello N (Drew Monti) third.   Co-owned by Tanah Merah Farms LLC and Swift Racing, it was the third victory in nine starts this season for Iluvtomakemoney (Well Said-Symphony In Motion).   Trained by Ryan Swift, the 5-year-old has bankrolled $21,300 in 2020 and $199,931 lifetime.   A good start led to a great finish for Class Six as he collected the victory in the $10,000 Class A-AA Handicapped Pace in 1:55.0.   Starting from the dreaded eight post, Class Six ($6.30) was rushed off the gate and was able to drop right in behind the rail riding and tempo-setting Allstar Energy. After a moderate :56.4 half, driver Kevin Cummings couldn't wait any longer and blew past the laboring Allstar Energy down the backstretch and never looked back from there.   Cultural Paradise (Kyle Cummings) finished a length back with Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) taking third.   Class Six   Owned by Eric Prevost and conditioned by Sabrina Shaw, Class Six (Western Ideal-Can Du River) is a 9-year-old gelding that has won $22,710 this year and $401,216 in his career.   Don McWhite (Davis Jr.) got a perfect journey behind Andy's Ideal (Fisher Jr.) in the $10,000 Class A Pace and was able to scratch out a head victory in 1:56.3.   Playing follow the leader with the pace-setting Andy's Ideal, Don McWhite ($4.80) found room through the passing lane and was able to nudge ahead in the shadow of the wire. Classic American N (Denny Bucceri) rallied late for third place.   Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, the 7-year-old Don McWhite has now won three times in nine tries this season. Trained by Maria Rice, he has produced $21,375 in earnings on the campaign and $182,791 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) posted her first harness racing victory of the campaign with a 1-1/2 length win over Protect Blue Chip in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Filly and Mares Open Pace on Wednesday night (June 17)   After earning nearly $100,000 last season as a 3-year-old, it was just the second start of the year for Gia's Surreal and it was sure impressive.   Sitting third heading to the three-quarter marker, Gia's Surreal ($15.20) went first over and easily blew past the pace setting HP Sissy and never looked back. Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) took second with Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) rolling into the show spot.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Ed Peron, Lee Winters and Tom Mariano, Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene) has now put $158,191 in the bank lifetime.   Lucky Sheila avoided lots of traffic trouble due to breaking horses and overcame the outside post as well to notch a stunning $32.80 victory in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicapped Trot.   Lucky Sheila avoids trouble to notch victory.                        Bill Burke photo   With Teardown This Wall, Call My Broker, Too Much Man and Before I Die all jumping it off around the first turn to scatter the field, Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) managed to stay the course on the pylons while Jim Morrill Jr. was able to take Lucky Sheila wide and drop into the gaping hole in second.   It was a two horse break away for much of the race with Rockefeller Lindy setting the splits of :29.1, :59.0 and 1:29.2. In the stretch, Lucky Sheila and Morrill Jr. popped the pocket and trotted away to the half length win in 1:59.1. Rockefeller Lindy held on for second with State Ofmyhead AS (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Vincenetta Speck and conditioned by Brittney Ohol, it was the second win in five attempts for the 5-year-old mare Lucky Sheila (Lucky Chucky-Carmita). The win vaulted her 2020 earnings to $13,525 and $127,207 lifetime.   Little Joke ($3.50) wasn't joking around in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Class A-B Handicapped Pace as she used a front end journey to register the 1:55.4 victory.   Scoring from the six post, Davis Jr. had to work hard with Little Joke to get the front end and the effort paid off.   Posting fractions of :28.1, :57.0 and 1:26.1, Little Joke was able to hold off The Bay Front (Morrill Jr.) by a half length and Blue Bell Bonnie (McNeight III).   Co-owned by Vogel Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, it was the second win in five outings for Little Joke (Bettor's Delight-Town Joke). The 8-year-old mare is trained by Maria Rice and has upped her seasonal bankroll to $12,025 and $313,958 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with five victories while Morrill Jr. had three. Graham had a training double.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) watched China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) do all the legwork then reaped the reward in the end by taking Buffalo Raceway's featured harness racing $12,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (June 13) in a seasonal best 1:54.3 over the fast track.   It turned out to be a bittersweet victory for Beachy Dream as he was entered for the $25,000 tag and was claimed out of the race by Marissa Russo, Stuart Oppenheimer and Glasser Racing LLC.   China Dream cruised to the lead and registered fractions of :28.3, :57.4 amd 1:26.0. Sitting in the pocket turning for home, Beachy Dream ($7.90) was able to edge on by and pin the 1-3/4 length setback on China Dream. Brunello N (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl) was owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama. The 9-year-old gelding has now earned $27,450 in 2020 and $266,030 in his career thanks to four wins in eight outings.   Hold The Gold ($3.00) got the gold medal in the $11,000 Class AA pace with a coast to coast journey in 1:54.3, beating Polak A (Shawn McDonough) by 1-1/4 lengths. It was one of five victories on the program for driver Jim Morrill Jr.   Hold The Gold, after setting splits of :28.4, :57,1 and 1:26.1, was under siege with a quarter mile to go, but Morrill Jr. kicked things into another gear and was able to turn back Polak A and third place finisher Perzy's Z Tam (Cummings).   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the third win in nine outings for the 6-year-old gelded Hold The Gold (Allthatsgltrsisgold-Village Joy). He was bankrolled $18,690 on the season and $106,151 in his career.     Hold The Gold (Bill Burke Photo)   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Class Six ($2.80) made his first start since arriving from Miami Valley and it was a huge success by wiring the field in 1:54.0. He easily turned back Brookdale Fletcher (Denny Bucceri) by 1-1/2 lengths with Stratosphere (Monti) collecting the show spot.   Driven by Morrill Jr. and trained by Sabrina Shaw, Class Six (Western Ideal-Can Du River) is owned by Eric Prevost. The 9-year-old gelding collected his first win in 10 starts on the campaign and now has put $17,710 in the bank this season and $396,216 lifetime.   Sizzling Summer ($3.50) didn't disappoint in the other division as Davis Jr., who had a driving double, steered him to the win over Motor Shark (Monti) in 1:56.2. Raylan Givens (James McNeight Jr.) rallied to grab the show dough.   It was the first start of the season for Sizzling Summer (Sportswriter-Electric Smile). Trained by Maria Rice and co-owned by Vogel Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, the win jacked his career winnings to $73,724.   Lee Dahn had the hot hand for the trainers on the evening with a triple.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Julio's Girl ($3.90) remained perfect at Buffalo Raceway with a solid three length harness racing victory in 1:56.4 over Hey Sweetie in the $11,000 Class A-AA Handicap Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (June 10)   Since arriving at Buffalo Raceway in early March, Julio's Girl (David McNeight III) has reeled off three straight wins in as many starts, all in convincing fashion.   Scoring from the four post, Julio's Girl had a bit of a tussle to reach the top with Hey Sweetie (Billy Davis Jr.). Once she cleared, there were no serious threats as Hey Sweetie and Hey Kobe could only watch Julio's Girl and battle for the minor awards.   Trained by James Clouser Jr. and owned by William Emmons, it was the fifth win in seven attempts this season for the 7-year-old mare Julio's Girl (Art Director-Prayer Answered. The victory jacked her bankroll to $21,440 on the year and $166,458 lifetime.   Call My Broker (Dan Yetman) avoided three breakers and then used a first over journey to capture the victory in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicapped Trot, He notched the $27.20 win over Mighty Nicky (Drew Monti) and Lucky Sheila (Jim Morrill Jr.) in 2:00.3.   Call My Broker posts $27.20 upset win.   With the favored State Ofmyhead AS, Kimco Kid and Lucky Sheila all making early breaks, Well Connected Kid took off and set the fractions of :30.3, 1:01.0 and 1:30.3. Call My Broker was first off the pylons and headed straight to the top at the three-quarter marker. From there, it was clear sailing as no one was able to mount any challenges.   Owned by Franklin Meier and trained by Angelo Nappo, it was the second victory in nine tries for the 6-year-old gelded Call My Broker (Muscle Massive-Pretty Crafty) in 2020. The win jumped his seasonal winnings to $14,776 and $132,944 lifetime.   Davis completed the evening with five wins in the bike with Yetman posting a double. Maria Rice and Sabrina Shaw each had three training victories.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening with a 12-race card scheduled beginning at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Iluvtomakemoney ($11.20) cashed in on some live cover and took the harness racing featured $11,000 Class AA pace in 1:54 over the fast track at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 6).   Sitting fifth behind the live flow provided by Percy's Z Tam (Kevin Cummings) at the three-quarter pole, Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) followed that cover to the lead and posted the 2-1/2 length victory. Percy's Z Tam, who did the dirty work and was in front at the top of the stretch, settled for second while Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) managed third.   Owned by the Tenah Merah Farms and the Swift Racing Stable, it was the second win in seven tries for the 5-year-old Iluvtomakemoney (Well Said-Symphony In Motion). The victory improved his seasonal earnings to $14,340 and $192,971 lifetime.   China Dream ($5.10) led every step of the way and easily turned back the field in the $10,000 Class A pace.   Scoring from the five post, China Dream (Davis Jr.) sprinted smartly to the lead and put up sensible fractions of :29.0, :58.1 and 1:27.3.   In the stretch, eventual runner up Brookdale Fletcher (Drew Monti) was the only one with an opportunity to collar the pace setter but those thoughts were quickly erased as China Dream put up a :27.4 final panel to stroll away to the convincing 2-1/4 length score. Raylan Givens (Jim McNeight Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by Team Rice Racing and trained by Maria Rice, China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art) is a 9-year-old gelding that now has won three times in seven attempts in 2020. The victory upped his seasonal earnings to $14,400 and $365,562 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with four wins while Jim Morrill Jr., Fisher Jr. and Monti all doubled. Rice, Jim Graham and Riley Asher-Stalbaum each had two training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening as a 12-race program is set with a 6 p.m post.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After getting clearance from the New York State Gaming Commission, Buffalo Raceway will resume live harness racing on Wednesday evening (June 3) with post time set for 6 p.m. Wednesday racing, which usually has a 5 p.m. start, was shifted to 6 p.m. for the remainder of the schedule.   The half-mile oval, located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, will have racing on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. until the conclusion of the campaign on Saturday, July 18.   The first night of racing on Wednesday will have a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   The draw for Wednesday's card will be on Monday (June 1) with the box closing at 9 a.m. The draws will then be on Wednesday for Saturday cards and on Saturday for the Wednesday programs. Condition sheets for the week can be found under the horsemen's tab at www.buffaloraceway.com   The public or individual horsemen shall not be allowed in the grandstand, clubhouse, apron or general seating areas. There will be no viewing of races from any vehicle or in any building or parking lot on the facility grounds.   Wagering on Buffalo Raceway will be available at various Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) and simulcast outlets throughout North America.   "We look forward to get back to racing," said Buffalo Raceway Director of Operations Jon Cramer said. "Everyone is anxious to get started again. We want to give everyone an opportunity to race and stay safe."   There is a pre-approved list for people entering the backstretch and paddock area and all will have their temperature checked as well. People should give themselves plenty of time in arriving to the track.   A health screening assessment including temperature check shall be performed on all horse people, track employees and commission employees off McKinley Parkway before entering the stable area.   Each and every participant will be asked if he or she has been sick (i.e. fever above 100.0, cough, fatigue) for the last 14 days. If there is a yes or a participant's temperature is above 100.0, they will not be admitted and will be required to leave the Buffalo Raceway premises. In order to return, written medical clearance must be presented.   Masks must be worn at all times and hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the backside. Trainers must provide masks and gloves for their employees. The track will have people helping the horsemen, enforcing policies and sanitizing areas.   Guests, visitors, owners, children or any individuals not directly associated with conducting live racing will not be admitted to the stable area or paddock at Buffalo Raceway on any day.   Note on the post time schedule, there will be more time allocated between races four and five and races eight and nine. This will provide sufficient time for the horses to enter the paddock and warm up for the next set of four races and to reasonably sanitize 'high touch' areas.   Buffalo Raceway will conform to all governmental policies and guidelines for personal protection efforts.   There is also a ship-in limitation of 75 miles and no horses from Canada or out of state will be allowed.   Buffalo Raceway has also relinquished their New York Sire Stakes dates for the 2020 season.   "We need and anticipate everyone's cooperation," Cramer said of the guidelines set down by New York State and Buffalo Raceway.   For complete information including all the policies and procedures, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Based on the changing circumstances and in the interest of public health, Buffalo Raceway announced on Monday (March 16) that live harness racing will be cancelled for 45 days due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.   An expected restart date is Saturday, May 2.   Buffalo Raceway COO James Mango stated, "We will continue to monitor the recommendations of health professionals and abide by the regulatory direction from our local. state and federal officials.   For updates and current news from Buffalo Raceway, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mr Euroman N ($10.60) made his 2020 harness racing seasonal debut a successful one with a gate-to-wire win over Andy's Ideal in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (March 14).   The score by Mr Euroman N capped a stellar night for driver Billy Davis Jr. as Buffalo Raceway's leading driver put together a five-win evening while trainer Maria Rice and co-owners Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock enjoyed three victories on the 13-race program.   Starting from the rail, Mr Euroman N stomped out to the early advantage and posted fractions of :29.4, :58.2 and 1:27.2 over the fast track. In the stretch, Mr Euroman N found no takers and was in cruise control hitting the wire in 1:56.0. Andy's Ideal (Kyle Cummings) was second with Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbing the show spot.   Mr Euroman N (Art Major-Little Big Sister), an 8-year-old gelding, saw his career winnings move to $164,055.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Drunkonaplane (Davis Jr.) made a big three-wide brush heading to the three-quarter marker and flew home a winner in 1:57.0. He beat Jim's Great (Kevin Cummings) by a diminishing neck while Myell's Rockstar (Shawn McDonough) was third.   Drunkonaplane ($3.60) is co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock. Trained by Rice, it was the third win in 10 tries for the 6-year-old gelded Drunkonaplane (Rock N Roll Heaven-Ali Badali). He has now earned $16,218 this season and $151,821 lifetime.   It was a cavalry charge down the stretch in the second division with a photo needed to decide the winner. In the end, Percy's Z Tam ($9.20) and driver Kevin Cummings held on by a nose in 1:56.4 with Blue On Black (McDonough) and Santana Beach (Aaron Byron) settling for the disappointing second and third place positions respectively.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 6-year-old gelded Percy's Z Tam (American Ideal-Mintjulep Bluechip) has now scored three victories in eighth starts this year. The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $15,890 and $201,286 in his career.   Aaron Byron and Kevin Cummings had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There will be a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway announced on Thursday (March 12) that live harness racing will continue but only essential personnel and horsemen will be permitted on the grounds until further notice due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.   The track's clubhouse will be closed to all patrons wishing wager on the races live.   Wagering on Buffalo Raceway will be available throughout various off-track betting and simulcasting locations along with ADW outlets.   Simulcasting daily in the Buffalo Raceway clubhouse will be closed indefinitely as well.   Racing will be conducted on Saturday evening starting a 6 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway        

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Bred For Greatness ($6.20) was certainly 'great' once again as he notched a length harness racing victory over Lougazi in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday evening (March 11).   It was the fifth victory in six starts this year for Bred For Greatness and it was also his seasonal best with a 1:58.1 clocking.   Getting a perfect stalking trip behind the fraction-setting Cr Blazin Beauty, Bred For Greatness (Jim Morrill Jr.) tipped to the outside down the stretch and took command midway down the lane. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) made his usual late charge but ran out of real estate and had to settle for second while Cr Blazin Beauty (Kevin Cummings).   Co-owned by trainer Mike Ohol and Steven Gross, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) now has produced $23,940 in earnings in 2020 and $116,221 in his career.   Noble Legend ($2.70) was no match in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Trot as the 8-year-old gelding put a 12-1/4 length pounding on the field in 1:58.3 over the fast track.   There race was never in doubt as Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) roared right off the gate and put up splits of :31.,1, 1:00.4 and 1:29.4 in going the mile in 1:58.3. The only battle in the event was for the place position as Are You In (Cummings) finished a distant second with Barn Winner (Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, it was the first win in seven tries for Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It). The victory moved his seasonal earnings to $14,860 and $292,889 lifetime.   Julio's Girl (David McNeight III) produced a :57 back half and that proved to be more than enough to capture the $10,000 Class A Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Getting a first over trip, Julio's Girl ($7.50) collared the pace-setting The Bay Front near the three-quarter marker and strutted away to the 3-1/2 length win in a season's best of 1:56.1. The Bay Front (Morrill Jr.) held on for the place position with Little Joke (Davis Jr.) rolling into third.   Trained by James Clouser Jr. and owned by William Emmons, Julio's Girl (Art Director-Prayer Answered) has now found the winner's circle four times in six tries. The 7-year-old mare now has a seasonal bankroll of $15,980 and $161,958 in her lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the night with four driving victories while Morrill Jr. added a pair. Rice conditioned a pair winners. Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated. There will be a $955 carryover in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream ($5.30) remained sharp as a tack on Saturday night (March 7) as he registered his third win in four tries with an exciting head decision over Tullow N in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace in 1:57.2 over the good track.   Sitting in the pocket behind the pace-setting and eventual third place finisher Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.), driver Kevin Cummings pulled Beachy Dream out just past the half which proved to be important as the race went on.   In the lane, Beachy Dream battled Iluvetomakemoney to the wire and were joined late as Tullow N (Shawn McDonough) came from the clouds to create the three-way photo. The picture showed Beachy Dream up by a head while Tullow N was second and Iluvtomakemoeny third.   Cummings said of the first over move. "Ray Fisher's horse (Iluvtomakemoney) is hit or miss on the front so I just wanted to play it safe." When asked if he saw Tullow N charging at the end, Cummings said, "I sure did see him coming but knew I had it at the wire."   Owned by Mike Torcello and conditioned by Gerry Sarama, it was the third victory in six appearances this year for the 9-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl. The win moved his bankroll to $21,450 and $260,030 in his career.   Catch The Wave (Jim McNeight Jr.) rode 'the wave' to the winner's circle in taking a surprising head victory over Jim's Great in the $10,000 Class A pace.   Surfing the outer flow, Catch The Wave ($16.00) took command at the three-quarter marker and turned back the challenges of Jim's Great (Cummings) and Daylight Rush (David McNeight III) in 1:57.3.   Jim McNeight trained Catch The Wave (Jenna's Bech Boy-Hruby's N Emeralds) for owner Mike Ventura. The 8-year-old gelding has produced $15,120 in earnings this season and $178,504 lifetime.   There was no mistaking Casimir Oops in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace as he collected a 1-3/4 length score over Drunkonaplane in 1:56.3.   Sitting fourth and getting the first over trip down the backstretch the final time, Casimir Oops (Mike Baumeister) powered past the favored Percy's Z Tam, coasting to the win. Drunkonaplane (Billy Davis Jr.) rallied late and took the place position with Percy's Z Tam (Ray Fisher Jr.) hanging on for third.   Owned by Sandra Lee Cory and trained by Gregory Johnson, it was the first victory of the season for the 8-year-old Casimir Oops (Astronomical-Casimir Hugs). The win pushed his 2020 earnings to $10,124 and $48,868 in his career.   Davis Jr. had a four-bagger in the bike with Baumeister and Denny Bucceri getting two each. Maria Rice had a triple while Steve Andzel III and Ron Beback Jr. conditioned two winners apiece.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- HP Sissy ($4.30) capped a great night for harness racing trainer Mike Ohol and driver Jim Morrill Jr. as she snagged a nose victory over Protect Blue Chip in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (March 4).   The narrow win by HP Sissy allowed Ohol and Morrill Jr. to combine for four victories on the 12-race program.   Going off as the favorite in a wide-open affair, HP Sissy scooted right to the lead and set the fractions of :28.0, :57.3 and 1:27.4.   Things got interesting in the lane as Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) and Blue Belle Bonnie (David McNeight III) all took dead aim at HP Sissy which produced the blanket finish.   The photo revealed that HP Sissy hung on to win by a nostril in 1:57.3 while Protect Blue Chip and Blue Belle Bonnie had to settle for the disappointing second and third place finishes respectively.   Owned by the Finocchario's Dream Stable, it was the second win in three appearances for the 7-year-old mare HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip). The win took her seasonal earnings to $12,500 and $380,129 lifetime.   Julio's Girl (McNeight III) used a slow and steady first over grind and eventually caught Hey Sweetie in the stretch to collect the $10.40 win in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap for the distaff pacers.   With Hey Sweetie (Davis Jr.), putting up splits of :30.1, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4, Julio's Girl started her march to the top before the half mile station and finally reached the lead at the top of the lane to post the half length decision. Jag Out (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Owned by William Emmons and conditioned by James Clouser Jr., it was the third victory in five attempts this year for the 7-year-old mare Julio's Girl (Art Director-Prayer Answered). The triumph moved her bankroll to $10.940 this year and $156,958 in her career.   In the $10,000 Class A trot, Bred For Greatness ($11.80) continued his dominate start to the 2020 campaign by registering his fourth victory in five tries this season.   Bred For Greatness (Morrill Jr.), with a first over trip, took command from Noble Legend (Davis Jr.) and coasted to a solid 1-1/4 victory in 2:00.3 over the fast track. Mighty Nicky (Monti) took the show position.   Co-owned by trainer Ohol and Steven Gross, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) has produced $16,440 in earnings this year and $110,721 lifetime.   McNeight III had a double in the sulky while Clouser Jr. had a pair of training wins.   Racing will resume at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, entries, race replays, results and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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