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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- China Dream lulled the field to sleep with a leisurely half-mile split in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,500 Open I-II Pace on Saturday night (June 16) and when the six entrants finally awoke, things ended up being a nightmare for them.   With a opening half of a mere :59.0 over the fast track, China Dream ($6.80) blazed the final two stanzas in :55.1, including a last panel of :27.1, and easily rolled to a 5-1/4 length win over Classic American N in a seasonal best 1:54.1.   Starting from the two post, driver Billy Davis Jr. sent China Dream right to the point, putting up soft fractions of :29.4 and :59.0. From there, the 7-year-old gelding went to work and bottomed out the field with a :28.1 third quarter.   Enjoying a four-length advantage at the top of the stretch, China Dream stamped his ticket to the winner's circle by using a blistering 27.1 last quarter to coast to the victory.   Classic American N (Ron Beback Jr.) won the battle for second place with Validus Deo (Kevin Cummings) taking third.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, it was the fourth win in 15 starts for China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art). The score upped his season earnings to $28,571 and $263,334 lifetime.   Shawn Gray finished the evening with five driving victories while Davis Jr. had a triple. James Clouser Jr. had a training four-bagger with Steve Andzel and Rice getting doubles.   The first matinee of the season comes up on Sunday with a 12-race program scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The 3-year-old filly trotters are in town for the New York Sire Stakes races along with Excelsior A & B series events.   It's also Father's Day at the track with 'Lucky Exacta Magnets' being given away with chances to win free wagers while the kids can enjoy free sno cones and cotton candy. The track side grill will also be open during the card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- In the past three weeks, Empire Earl N teased the fans with in the money finishes but came up empty in the win column. He turned things around in a big way on Friday night (June 15) in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Trot by erasing those bitter memories with a half length decision over B Z Glide.   While the win was more than well deserved, the victory didn't come easy either.   Empire Earl N, Buffalo Raceway's 2017 Trotter of the Year, needed a career-best 1:57.0 to get the job done. His lifetime mark was 1:57.1 established last season at Batavia Downs.   B Z Glide (Mike Caprio) was the quickest off the starting gate and put up panels of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.3. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) drafted along perfectly in second while Barn Winner was first over with a quarter mile to trot.   It was a mad dash to the wire with Empire Earl N rushing through the passing lane to snag the popular $4.10 victory while B Z Glide and Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) had to settle for second and third place respectively.   Owned by Kimberly Asher and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita) now has found the winner's circle five times in 16 appearances in 2018. The 10-year-old gelding has now produced $38,913 in earnings this season and $200,753 lifetime.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening with a nine-race card slated for 6 p.m. There is a $795 carryover that awaits in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It may be Father's Day on Sunday (June 17) but it is the ladies who will be front and center at Buffalo Raceway as the 3-year-old filly trotters prance into town to square off in four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes with each leg carrying a purse of approximately $30,000.   The defending 2-year-old filly champion of the New York Sire Stakes, Lucky Ava, is entered and will compete in the second division which will go off as the second race on the 12-race program. She is the even money morning line favorite.   Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky-Ava Manon) is off to a great start already in 2018 with three victories in four tries. A pair of her wins have come in New York Sire Stakes competition as she has amassed a bankroll of $50,968 this season and $254,564 in her brief 14-race career.   In her last outing on June 4 at Monticello Raceway, Lucky Ava blasted the field in the Sire Stakes with an 11-length score in 1:58.4 for co-owner/trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt.   The bad news for the other four that drew into her bracket is the fact Lucky Ava rolled to an easy victory last season at Buffalo Raceway so she knows her way around the Hamburg half-mile oval.   The rest of the field hoping to pull off the upset includes Goddess Ofgoodness (Per Henriksen), Haulin Banc (Scott Zeron), Girl Talk (Drew Monti) and Red Reign (Jim Morrill Jr.).   The opener on the program, which begins at 12:30 p.m., has Somedew Somedont (Deweycheatumnhow-Someday) the top contender. Trained by Dale Lawton and with Marcus Miller scheduled to drive, Somedew Somedont has finished second in two straight Sire Stakes events and looks to break out of that runner up habit.   The main threat should come from the Svanstedt trainee Ciao Dolce (Credit Winner-Pizza Dolce) who is fresh off a length victory in the Sire Stakes at Monticello on June 4 in 1:59.4.   The first race also includes Arabella's Cadet (Mark Etsell), Sevenbuyeleven (Zeron), Cherry Peep (Dan Daley) and Firm To Stay (Morrill Jr.).   Lima Novelty, also a winner last season at Buffalo Raceway as a two-year-old, drew the rail in the third division with Zeron in the bike. A winner four times in 2017 and earning a spot in the Sire Stakes finals, Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven-No Pictures Please) has a pair of third place finishes thus far in 2018 in three tries.   The other six participants looking to knock off Lima Novelty include Jackie Newlands (Morrill Jr.), Pleaspleaspleas (Bryan Andersen), Logetta Hanover (Kevin Cummings), Exs And Ohs (Etsell), Natalie Hanover (Svanstedt) and Corrupt (Monti).   Finally, the last leg has Tribute To Seven (Chapter Seven-Southwind Confetti) topping the list of competitors with Zeron scheduled to be in the sulky. Last time out on June 4 in the Sire Stakes at Monticello, she bruised the field by notching a 6-3/4 score in a throttled down 2:01.   The field also includes White Cheetah (Morrill Jr.), Fury Road (Svanstedt), Perfect Summer K (Ray Fisher Jr.), Golden Muscle (Monti) and Supergirl Riley (Miller).   With hot and muggy conditions in the forecast on Sunday, the Buffalo Raceway track record for the 3-year-old filly trotters of 1:58.2 shared by High Rise (2015), Straight A Student (2016) and Fad Finance (2016) could be in serious jeopardy.   There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series and a pair of $6,500 Excelsior B Series races slated.   The Father's Day program will also feature the "Lucky Exacta Magnet" giveaway along with free sno cones and cotton candy for the kids. The trackside grill will also be open during the card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a family affair in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 13) at Buffalo Raceway as the Cummings brothers swept both divisions of the series.   Kevin Cummings won the $56,900 opening leg aboard Wisdom Tree ($2.50) who toured the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:54.0 while John Cummings Jr. took the $58,000 second event as he guided Checkered Past ($10.80) in gate-to-wire fashion with a 1:54.1 clocking.   Both times were just off the track record of 1:53.3 established in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip.   In the first division, Wisdom Tree looked like she was going to be the leader of the pack but Pelican Clue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) decided that they didn't want the pocket journey, thus they took over command and put up an opening panel of :28.0.   "I expected to get a pocket trip," Kevin Cummings said of Wisdom Tree after getting shuffled back to second.   Things remained status quo until just before the three-quarter pole as Cummings went first over and easily paced by Pelican Blue Chip, coasting to a 4-1/4 length victory. Betterthangraduate (Johnathan Drury) rolled into the third place position.   "I think I might have surprised Pelican Blue Chip (and Morrill Jr.) when we pulled out when we did," Cummings stated. "I didn't want to sprint to the finish line."   Co-owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Callipher, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) is trained by Edward Hart. It was the fifth win in seven tries this year for Wisdom Tree who has now put $81,950 in the bank in 2018 and $134,244 lifetime.   Checkered Past scored from the rail and never looked back in taking the relatively easy decision.   With reasonable fractions of :29.0, :58.0 and 1:26.0, Checkered Past showed the way on the lead with Ms. Cheesman (Jimmy Whittemore) giving chase the entire mile.   In the stretch, Checkered Past used a :28.1 last panel to hold off the final surge by Ms. Cheesman who finished a half length behind. Liplock (Nicholas Boyd) rallied late for the show position.   "She was good," Cummings Jr. said of Checkered Past in the victory. "I was able to dictate the pace and keep soft fractions."   Owned by All Star Racing Inc. and conditioned by Peter Foley, it was the second win in eight appearances in 2018 for Checkered Past (American Ideal-Character Flaw). The triumph upped her winnings to $50,073 this year and $107,461 in her career.   Buffalo Raceway drivers ended up making it a clean sweep in the NYSS and Excelsior races.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Drew Monti got things started with a $14.60 surprise on Majorette Angie. Ray Fisher Jr. found the winner's circle with Psychic Blue Chip ($4.40) in 1:56.0 while Kevin Cummings drove Mink Pink ($3.00) to the victory in 1:56.0.   Casie's Believer ($5.90) found pay dirt in the lone $6,800 Excelsior B Series bracket as Monti steered her home.   Morrill Jr. finished the evening with a driving triple while Kevin Cummings and Monti had doubles.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program on tap.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wisdom Tree and Tell Me A Joke each have a victory this season in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers and they are the ones to beat in their respective divisions on Wednesday night (June 13) when the series arrives at Buffalo Raceway.   There will be two compact NYSS fields that will kick off the early daily double on the 10-race card. A field of four will tangle in the first leg worth $56,900 while the second division carries a purse of $58,000 for the five entrants.   In the opener, Wisdom Tree comes to town finishing first or second in five of her six starts in 2018. A winner of $53,200 already this season, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) drew the four post for driver Kevin Cummings and has been tabbed even money morning line choice.   Wisdom Tree, trained by Edward Hart, took the $59,100 NYSS bracket at Saratoga Raceway on May 27 by scoring a length triumph in 1:52.2. Last week at Tioga Downs, she finished a strong second in 1:50.3 despite starting from the eight post in a $40,600 division of the NYSS.   The main challenger could be Pelican Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Heaven-Feathery Fame) who gets the services of Jim Morrill Jr. from the pylons. She's earned a paycheck in her last two tries in the NYSS and could be primed for a big effort.   The other two in the field include Twin B Peaches (Mark MacDonald) and the Ron Burke-trained Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley).   Tell Me A Joke (Art Major-Camadian) headlines the second division and has been installed as an even money morning line choice as well from the four spot on the starting grid.   Morrill Jr., who'll be on the bike again with Tell Me A Joke, guided her to a gate-to-wire victory in the NYSS on June 3 at Tioga in 1:53.2, turning back Trigger Happy by a length. A winner three times in five appearances this season, Tell Me A Joke has $40,392 in the bank this season.   Jewels Forreal, another Burke trainee, drew the three post with Kakaley in the sulky. Last time out on June 3 at Tioga Downs, Jewels Forreal (So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel) made up 10 lengths during the race and finished third just 1-1/2 lengths behind Tell Me A Joke. With a long stretch at Buffalo Raceway, Jewels Forreal could be a very formidable opponent.   The remainder of the field includes Checkered Past (MacDonald), Ms Cheesman (Scott Zeron) and Liplock (Nicholas Boyd).   The track record for the 3-year-old filly pacers is 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip. With five track standards either being tied or lowered last week at Buffalo Raceway, it's possible that the record book might have to be updated again.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($12.40) got a perfect pocket trip then ended up with Buffalo Raceway's all-time track record on Saturday night (June 9) by winning the featured $11,500 Open Pace in 1:51.2 over the fast track, eclipsing the old mark of 1:52.0 set by Fireyourguns in 2015.   "The horse gave me goose bumps," driver Billy Davis Jr. said after the record breaking mile with Sir Ziggy's Z Tam. "I knew I had the race won when I popped the pocket at the top of the stretch. The horse has a lot of heart and kept digging to the finish line."   It was a two horse breakaway from the start as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) put up fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.0 while Sir Ziggy's Z Tam followed along in second.   Sir Ziggy's Z Tam, facing Open company for the first time this season, nailed the pace-setter in mid stretch and scored the head decision over the tough luck loser Upfront Countryboy. Im So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) finished in third.   It was the fifth straight victory for Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Art Major-So Far Away). The 10-year-old gelding is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was the fifth win in six tries in 2018 for Sir Ziggy's Z Tam, now a winner of $24,575 this season and $892,191 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card set. The New York Sire Stakes highlights the program with the 3-year-old filly pacers in the spotlight. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series as well.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, NY--- After tying the Buffalo Raceway all-time trotting track record and smashing the aged (5+) mare mark as well last week with a 1:56.1 mile, Chelseas Chance was rewarded with a date with the boys in the $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (June 8).   No problem.   Decked out in hot pink, Chelseas Chance (Billy Davis Jr.) showed the fellas that she was a 'dangerous damsel' as she turned them back in 1:57.1 over the fast track. Besides stunning the gentlemen on the Hamburg half-mile oval, she surprised the betting public with a $20.00 win price.   Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) got to the lead early by posting fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:27.4. Sitting fourth past the half, Chelseas Chance was first over down the back stretch and was stride-for-stride with the pace-setter with a panel to go.   In the stretch, Chelseas Chance eventually wore down Empire Earl N and posted the neck win while Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) finished in third. A :57.4 back half helped key the victory for the 7-year-old mare Chelseas Chance.   Owned and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, Chelseas Chance (Kadabra-Armbro Chelsea) has now won five times in 11 appearances this season. With the victory, her earnings jumped to $23,991 this year and $244,822 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the night with four wins while Ray Fisher Jr. and Drew Monti each doubled. Angelo Nappo and Rose Russo each had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with an 11-race program set with a special post time of 7:00 p.m. (approximate) to accommodate racing fans to watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, NY --- Purpose Blue Chip broke the Buffalo Raceway track record for 3-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday night in easily taking his $59,100 division of the New York Sire Stakes with a 1:56.2 mile over the fast track. He snapped the old standard of 1:56.4 set in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the other $59,100 leg for the sophomore male sidewinders, Don had little issues in putting away five rivals in 1:58.0.   A precautionary move by trainer/driver Dan Daley may have paved the way for Purpose Blue Chip to score the win and break the track record. "We had a break last time in the EBC finals (at Vernon Downs) so we put trotting hobbles on him as a precaution since this was his first time on a half-mile track." The move worked.   With Troller and Yuge both breaking early in the race, Purpose Blue Chip ($11.00) was handed the front end and eagerly took advantage of it. With splits of :29.3, :59.0 and 1:28.0, there was no looking back in the stretch as Purpose Blue Chip rolled to the 1-3/4 length victory over Tito (Marcus Miller) while Yuge (Jim Morrill Jr.) regrouped in time to place third.   "He was in cruise control the final quarter of a mile," Daley said of Purpose Blue Chip. "He had plenty of trot left in the end."   Co-owned by Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Richard Lombardo and Donald Brenner, it was the first victory in four tries this season for Purpose Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Munis Blue Chip). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $31,411 and $107,429 lifetime.   In the other division of the Sire Stakes, Don proved to be the best with a solid 1-1/2 front-running victory over Lindsey's Pride. After a minor battle for the lead at the onset of the race, Don never looked back in posting the win.   "He was an absolute professional," driver Jim Morrill Jr. said of Don after the race. "I eased him around the first turn but after that, he knew what I wanted from him before I even asked."   With good fractions of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:29.1. Don ($3.60) used a :28.3 final panel to hold off any late threats that might have developed. Lindsey's Pride (Miller) held on for second with Seven Iron (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking the third place position.   "I just showed him the whip down the backstretch the final time but otherwise, it was just a hand ride," Morrill Jr. said.   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable LLC and Little E LLC, Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) is trained by Julie Miller. It was the second win in five starts in 2018 for Don, boosting his bankroll this season to $87,613 and $149,698 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior Series A races for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, Daley on got driving/training double as L Dees Courageous ($9.10) took a division with a 1:57.4 time.   The other bracket went to Lunar Credit ($7.90) as Scott Zeron steered him to the 1:58.2 decision.   The lone $6,600 Excelsior B Series event went to Time Is Fleeting ($3.60) with Morrill Jr. guiding the winner home in 2:01.4.   Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each completed the evening with three victories.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a 10-race program scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's not a lot of experience in the two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters that invade Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 6) but it's a chance for the fellas to kick start their careers and get a nice pay check.   There are a pair of races that will feature just six competitors in each event, both worth $59,100. The sophomores involved have an average of 11 starts between them in their young careers, combining for 19 victories total.   In the first division, slated for the second race, Seven Iron was installed as the 2-to-1 choice with Ray Fisher Jr. scheduled to drive.   Seven Iron (Chapter Seven-Beyond Blue), is a 3-year-old colt that is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. He was in the money 11 of 13 tries last season and put $157,931 in the bank.   He finished a strong third in the Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on May 11, losing by a half length in 1:54.3 to Don. Then on May 18 at Vernon, Seven Iron, who'll start from the four post, captured an elimination of the Empire Breeders Crown Series at Vernon in 1:54.2.   Things didn't go well, however, in the EBC Finals for Seven Iron as he finished in seventh place, 12-3/4 lengths in back of the winner Six Pack.   Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) is also in the field and will start from the five hole with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike.   Tabbed at 3-to-1 in the morning line, the colt had an impressive second place finish in the $133,800 Dexter Cup final at Freehold Raceway on May 5 in 1:56.2 and took second place in the $24,852 EBC consolation at Vernon in his last outing on May 28.   The remainder of the first division includes Lindsey's Pride (Marcus Miller), Credicone (Trond Smedshammer), Got No Money Honey (Drew Monti) and Clive Bigsby (Scott Zeron).   The second division is scheduled for the fourth race and features Perlucky, owned by the Purple Haze Stables of nearby Fairport, N.Y. and trained by Smedhammer. The colt is the morning line 2-to-1 pick with Smedshammer scheduled to take the reins starting from the four post.   Perlucky (Lucky Chucky-Paper) should love the long stretch at Buffalo Raceway as he's shown a willingness to gobble up ground late in his two previous outings. While not winning, Perlucky made up 13 lengths in a second place finish in the $133,800 Dexter Cup Championship at Freehold on May 5 then closed 8-1/4 lengths to take third in the NYSS at Vernon on May 11.   Yuge (Muscle Max-Miss Fidget) is the second choice at 3-to-1 with Morrill Jr. slated to hop on the bike. The gelding arrives fresh off a length victory in a $15,000 conditioned event at Pocono Downs on May 29 in 1:54.1.   The rest of the field includes Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley), Tito (Miller), Troller (Monti) and Handsome Devil (Zeron).   The track record for 3-year-old colts is 1:56.4 established by Cash Me Out in 2014 while Gural Hanover holds the gelding mark of 1:56.1 set in 2014. Gural Hanover's time is also the all-time trotting standard at Buffalo Raceway that was recently tied by Chelseas Chance on June 1.   The 12-race card will get underway at 5 p.m. with a pair of $15,000 legs of the Excelsior A Series to be contested along with a $6,600 race in the Excelsior B Series.   For more information including the latest news,upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replay, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, NY --- Western Conquest had plenty of courage during Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (June 2) as he was able to squeeze past a stubborn Focus Power by a nose at the wire to post the $14.00 victory in a season's best 1:53.3.   Focus Power (Drew Monti) was able to cut the fractions with splits of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:25.2 but things got tough in the final panel.   Western Conquest was first over and went eyeball-to-eyeball with never say die Focus Power the final quarter of a mile and just managed to get a nostril in front at the line. Im So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) took the show position.   Owned by the Tanah Merah Farms LLC and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the fourth victory in eight starts for Western Conquest (American Ideal-Aries Conquest). The 7-year-old has now jacked his seasonal earnings to $20,490 and $279,081 in his career.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled. The New York Sire Stakes will make its first appearance of the 2018 season at Buffalo Raceway with the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters headlining the program. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series as well.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

  HAMBURG, NY --- Driver Drew Monti gave Sportsmuffler ($4.60) a perfect tour around the Buffalo Raceway half mile oval and that trip paid off in a well deserved victory in the $10,000 Open I-II Pace for the ladies on a steamy Wednesday night (May 30).   In taking the featured event, it kicked off a great evening for Monti as he finished the card with five winners.   At the start, Sgt Molly Pitcher (Jim Morrill Jr.) was parked out to the opening marker by Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) and that first split of :28.1 eventually would take the starch out of the pace setter in the end.   In the meantime, Sportsmuffler was able to latch onto the first over cover of Quicksilvercandy A (Shawn McDonough) through a half of :59.0. Down the backstretch the final time, Monti couldn't wait any longer to make his move as he tipped Sportsmuffler three-wide and zoomed to the lead at the top of the stretch.   There were no worries for Sportsmuffler in the drive to the wire as she paced away to a 1-1/2 win over Susie's Delight in a seasonal best of 1:54.3. Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin, it was the third victory in eight starts this year for Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore). The 6-year-mare has put $21,053 in the bank this year and $233,908 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 8-race program set for 5 p.m. There's a $1,183 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- BZ Glide may have disappointed his backers in his seasonal debut last week but they were all smiles with his performance this time around after rumbling to a solid 1-1/2 length victory over Fox Valley Veto in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured $11,500 Open Trot on Saturday night (May 26).   In the $11,500 Open Pace, Upfront Countryboy ($6.80) used a :27.4 third quarter split that demoralized the rest of the field and then strolled off to a dialed down 4-1/2 length win over Continual Hanover in a seasonal best 1:52.3 over the fast track.   With absolutely no resistance in getting the lead off the starting gate, BZ Glide ($4.50) and driver Mike Caprio showed the way with fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.3. With a final panel to trot, BZ Glide found a timid rally from runner up Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) but the result was never in doubt. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) took the show spot.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the first victory in just two starts this season for the 9-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Zoomer Bloomer). The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $7,080 and $263,130 lifetime.   Upfront Countryboy toyed with the field in the co-featured pacing event in scoring a blowout win.   On the point through the opening frames of :28.2 and :57.1, Upfront Countryboy enjoyed the front end journey. Down the back stretch the final time, driver Shawn Gray let the front runner out a notch and was up by four lengths with a final panel to go.   There was little doubt about the outcome in the stretch as Upfront Countryboy easily crossed the finish line ahead with the only battle remaining being for the minor awards. Those went to Continual Hanover (Davis Jr.) and Im So Handsome (Ray Fisher Jr.) who took second and third respectively.   Conditioned by James Clouser Jr., and owned by William Emmons, Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid) has seven wins in 13 tries in 2018. The victory upped the 9-year-old gelding's bankroll to $30,065 and $392,075 lifetime.   Gray completed the night by putting six victories in the win column while Fisher Jr. had a triple and Monti a double. Clouser Jr. had four training wins while JD Perrin and Ryan Swift adding a pair.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. when a nine-race program will be presented.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Badlands Delight the past three weeks managed to get just a taste of the pie with second and third place finishes.   But on Wednesday night (May 23) in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,200 Open II Pace for the ladies, she was able to collect the biggest slice of the purse with a convincing 1-1/4 length victory over Hey Kobe in a seasonal best 1:55.0 over the fast track.   Starting from the rail, Badlands Delight and driver Jim Morrill Jr. made sure they weren't going to lose the advantageous draw as they reach in quarter pole in :28,0, parking out Double Down Jo along the way.   With middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26.0, the pace-setting Badlands Delight ($7.60) got into high gear around the final turn and opened up a two length edge and never looked back. Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) won the battle for the minor spoils with a second place finish while Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) was third.   Owned by Samuel Smith and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 6-year-old mare Badlands Delight (Badlands Hanover-Colada Blue Chip) has now been victorious three times in 16 appearances in 2018. The win pushed her seasonal earnings to $24,692 and $106,872 lifetime.   There were a trio of 14-year-olds who found the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's 12-race program.   Leading the way was the 14-year-old mare Quicksilvercandy A ($2.20) who registered her 12th win in 15 tries this season with a 1:56.0 decision in a $8,400 optional claimer. She has finished no worse than second this year.   Quicksilvercandy A (Ray Fisher Jr.) is now tied for the top spot in the United States for the most victories in 2018 with Walks Of Life who also has 12 wins but with three more starts.   The other 'old-timers' to win were Wynsum Magic ($7.00) and Rush Rules ($12.20).   Morrill Jr. and Fisher Jr. each completed the evening with three victories each while John Cummings Jr. added a double. Ryan Swift and Gerry Sarama each conditioned two winners.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fireyourguns may have misfired in his seasonal debut last week but he was fully loaded on Saturday night (May 19) by wiring the field in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Pace in 1:52.1 over the fast harness racing track. It was just a fifth of a second off the all-time track mark of 1:52.0 set ironically by Fireyourguns in 2015.   In the co-featured $11,500 Open Trot, Empire Earl N ended a modest two-race winless streak by going coast to coast to beat a pesky Fox Valley Veto by a neck in 1:58.1, equalling his seasonal best.   Last week, Fireyourguns had a front end journey but stalled out in the stretch and finished sixth in 1:53.3. But that effort proved to be a perfect tightener.   Starting from the three post, driver Mike Caprio guided Fireyourguns ($3.00) to the lead and put up fractions of :27.3, :56.0 and 1:24.1.   In the stretch, Fireyourguns had threats coming from everywhere. Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Bugatti (Billy Davis Jr.) each were making charges late but had to settle for second and third respectively as Fireyourguns held on for the half length victory.   Co-owned by trainer Terence McClory along with Jennifer and Robert Lowe, the victory by the 9-year-old gelded Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover) moved his lifetime earnings to $401,966.   Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) raced off the starting gate to get the early advantage, putting up a rather pedestrian :30.0 opening panel. With middle times of :59.4 and 1:29.1 splits, Empire Earl N ($6.80) had just enough left in the stretch to fend hold off Fox Valley Veto (Davis Jr.) and BZ Glide (Caprio).   The win was the fourth in 12 tries this year for Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita). The 10-year-old gelding is owned by Kimberly Asher and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum. The victory upped to seasonal winnings to $26,013 and $187,873.   Shawn Gray, Monti and Fisher Jr. each had driving triples. Trainer James Clouser Jr. conditioned a trio of winners.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- On paper in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,500 Open II Pace for the harness racing fillies and mares on Wednesday night (May 16), it appeared that it was going to be a battle to see if anyone could knock off the front running Sgt Molly Pitcher. Hey Kobe showed she was up to the challenge.   After stalking the slightly favored Sgt Molly Pitcher for more than three quarters of a mile, the second choice in the wagering Hey Kobe (Drew Monti) used the 'lightning lane' to nudge past the pace setter by a neck in a seasonal best 1:55.2 over the fast track.   Sgt Molly Pitcher (Jim Morrill Jr.) was in charge early with fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:27.0. But turning for home it appeared the major danger to her was going to come from the first-over Rock My World (John Cummings Jr.). That threat never materialized but Hey Kobe was ready to take her turn.   Midway down the lane, Hey Kobe ($4.00) snuck up the passing lane and eventually got past Sgt Molly Pitcher just before the wire. Double Down Jo (Kevin Cummings) rallied late for third.   Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the fourth victory in 17 attempts this season for the 6-year-old mare Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West). The victory pushed her seasonal bankroll to $26,681 and $286,730 lifetime.   The amazing Quicksilvercandy A, a 14-year mare that produced 22 wins in 47 starts last season, continued to make her final year of racing a memorable one as she notched her 11th win in just 14 tries on the campaign with a 1-1/2 length decision over Tymal Luckynpink in 1:57.1.   Owned and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, Quicksilvercandy A (Bad Bert-Forzett) has won four straight races now, putting $36,875 in the bank in 2018 and $717,103 in her career.   Ray Fisher Jr. completed the night with four victories in the bike while Kevin Cummings tripled.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 13-race card scheduled for a special 7 p.m. post to accommodate the running of the Preakness Stakes.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The betting favorites couldn't find the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured $10,400 Open Pace and Trot events on Saturday night (May 12) so it was time for others to steal the harness racing spotlight.   Focus Power ($8.40) used a 1:53.1 mile to notch the neck win over Linkjack Hanover in the Open Pace while Southern Palms ($9.90) wore down a stubborn Trooper Jim to take the Open Trot by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:58.0.   It was quite a night for driver Shawn Gray as he had six victories on the 13-race program. It was also a good evening for the tandem of driver Ray Fisher Jr. and trainer Ryan Swift as they teamed up to capture four races. Fisher Jr. completed the night with five wins.   In the Open Pace, Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio), starting in his first race of the season, zoomed to the lead off the starting gate and posted some snappy fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:24.4. Those grueling split suited Focus Power just fine.   Sitting in the third spot with a quarter mile to pace, Focus Power (Drew Monti) popped out around the final turn. The pace-setting Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) found the fractions too much called it a night, eventually settling for sixth.   Both Linkjack Hanover (Fisher Jr.) and Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) made stout attempts to catch Focus Power in the stretch but finished second and third respectively. The 1:53.1 mile by Focus Power was the quickest of the season.   Owned by James Caradori and trained by Darrin Monti, it was the second win in five tries this season for the 6-year-old gelded Focus Power (Shadow Play-Luv's For Ever). He has a bankroll of $13,936 in 2018 and $174,903 lifetime.   It was a battle on the front end in the Open Trot as Trooper Jim was parked by Edom Up Blue Boy for over three quarters of a mile. With the final panel to trot, Edom Up Blue Boy surrendered but Trooper Jim still stood tall.   While it was an extremely gutsy performance by Trooper Jim, it just wasn't enough. Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) had the shorter journey and it paid off in the victory in 1:58.0 over the fast track. Trooper Jim (Monti) was second and SR Radar (Shawn Gray) took third.   Trained by Gerry Sarama and owned by Mike Torcello, Southern Palms (RC Royalty-Pacific Elegance) is a 5-year-old gelding who has third victories in nine tries this season. He has won $19,476 on the campaign and $213,591 in his career.   Trainer James Clouser Jr. had three winners on the night.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There's a $770 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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