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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "She's really sharp right now," said harness racing driver Jim Morrill Jr. after he guided Majestic Kat ($2.70) to an easy two length victory over Lougazi in Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 31).   It was the second straight win for Majestic Kat who arrived back in Western New York after just registering a 2-1/4 length score at Flamboro Downs on May 26.   Morrill Jr. had a big night as well by capturing five of the nine events on the program.   When the starting gate swung open, B Z Glide and Kahoku took off while Majestic Kat toiled in third. But Morrill Jr. changed his mind about tucking in and raced to the lead instead, a decision that proved to be the right one.   "I was just being careful with her getting around the first turn. I didn't want her to break," Morrill Jr. said. "I knew I'd get to the lead eventually."   And once gaining the top, there was no looking back for Majestic Kat as she posted fractions of :28.4, :57.3 and 1:29.1. Enjoying a four length advantage at the top of the stretch, the remainder of the field were in surrender mode and tussled for the minor spoils with Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) picking up second place and Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) collecting third.   Owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and the Pine Hill Racing Stable, it was the seventh win in 15 attempts for the 5-year-old mare Majestic Kat (Majestic Son-Order By Matilda). She was now produced $47,367 in earnings this year and $206,958 in her career.   Maria Rice, who trains Majestic Kat, had a double on the night.   In the sub-featured $10,000 Class A-B Handicap trot, Ticket To Seattle ($5.90) found passage to the winner's circle with a non-threatened 3/4-length victory over Are You In. The final clocking was 1:58.0 over the fast track which equaled his lifetime mark set last season at Woodbine.   The favored Empire Earl N (Fisher Jr.) jumped out to the lead and put up fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and and 1:29.1. Ticket To Seattle in the meantime started her first over trip down the backstretch the final time and was nose to nose with Empire Earl N with a panel to go.   Ticket To Seattle (Morrill Jr.) then began to nudge away from the pace-setter and took the length nod over Are You In (Cummings) who finished in second. Empire Earl N held on for the show position.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the fourth win in 17 starts for the 5-year-old mare Ticket To Seattle (Majestic Son-Travelin Supergirl. The victory took her 2019 bankroll to $20,778 and $124,864 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. when a 13-race card will be presented. There's a carryover of $2,528 in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Miss Mary Mach kept her brief unbeaten streak alive at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening (May 29) by taking the featured $11,000 Class A Open pace for the harness racing filly and mares.   Making her debut at the Hamburg half-mile oval on May 22 with a half-length victory in 1:56.1, Miss Mary Mach (Jim Morrill Jr.) stepped up in class this week and had no issues in registering a 1-1/2 length decision over Sportsmuffler in 1:56.1.   Scoring from the four post, Miss Mary Mach ($5.30) was able to storm to the lead and set soft fractions of :29.1 and :59.3 to the half.   Morrill Jr. then got Miss Mary Mach into overdrive the final two panels, using a :56.3 last half to nail down the victory. Sportsmuffler (David McNeight III) took the second place position while Sarah Cola (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the sixth win in 16 outings for the 4-year-old mare Miss Mary Mach (Mach Three-Mary Artman). The triumph moved her seasonal earnings to $38,432 and $73,165 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. completed the evening with a triple while trainer James Clouser Jr. collected a double.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program set. There's a $1026 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. --- Rose Run Ranger ($10.60) usually finds success on the front end but he had no trouble in reversing his role to a closer on Saturday night (May 25) and it paid off with a win in the $12,000 Class AA pace at Buffalo Raceway.   The front-stepping Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) returned to harness racing action after a year layoff and immediately went to his typical spot, setting the pace. While Rose Run Ranger settled into sixth and last, Fireyourguns posted splits of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25.4 in coming off the sidelines.   But driver Ray Fisher Jr. and Rose Run Ranger started their drive to the front down the stretch the first time and eventually rolled past Fireyourguns in the lane. They took a 2-1/4 triumph in 1:55.1 over the good track. China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) was third.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, the 6-year-old gelded Rose Run Ranger (Major In Art-A And Gs Finest) is trained by James Clouser Jr. The victory moved his 2019 winnings to $37,885 and $112,861 in his career.   In the $11,500 Class AA pacing event, Western Passage ($7.60) relinquished the lead to Littlebitaclass just before the opening panel but rallied in the stretch to capture the 1-1/4 length victory in a seasonal best 1:54.0.   Littlebitaclass (Monti) played give and go with Western Passage and set the fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26.1. But at the top of the stretch, driver Kevin Cummings tipped to the outside with Western Passage and used a :27.3 last quarter to secure the win over Littlebitaclass. Upfront Countryboy (Ray Fisher Jr.) rallied late to take third place.   Western Passage (Sportswriter-Ever Western) is owned by the Finocchario's Dream Stable and is trained by Mike Ohol. The victory upped his season earnings to $23,791 and $229,275 lifetime.   There were a pair of $10,000 Class A paces on the under card. Manceiver (Cummings) went wire-to-wire and held off A F F Bigdaddy (David McNeight III) by a length in 1:54.3 to notch the $7.70 decision in the first bracket.   The other division went to Western Conquest ($4.90) as Fisher Jr. guided him to an easy 1-1/4 length win over Next Success (Davis Jr.) in 1:55.3.   Shawn McDonough led the way for the drivers with three wins while Fisher Jr., Ron Beback Jr. and Cummings each had two victories.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine race program to be presented. There's a $285 carryover in the Pick-5 that begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kahoku ($7.60) and driver Drew Monti teamed up for the first time in their respectively harness racing careers and after watching the results of the $10,000 Class A trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (May 24), it might be a combination that stays together for awhile.   Blasting off the gate from the inside, Kahoku led all the way and beat the favored Empire Earl N by 3-1/4 lengths in a seasonal best 1:58.1. It was the third consecutive win for Kahoku.   "I've watched this horse race probably a hundred times but never drove him," Monti said after the victory.   As far as his strategy getting behind Kahoku the first time, Monti stated, "He's a little hot tempered so I figured if I could keep him calm starting from the rail and going through the first turn, we'd be good."   And good they were.   Leaving from the inside, Kahoku, who now has 219 career starts with 46 victories, had no issues in gaining the lead off the starting gate and putting up splits of :29.0, :59.1 and 1:28.4. Down the stretch, Monti enjoyed the spring weather as Kahoku romped to the easy decision. Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) was second and Well Connected Kid (David McNeight III) took third place.   "Once we got midway down the backstretch going to the three-quarters, I knew we had it,' Monti said. "He has been getting better the past few weeks."   The 11-year-old gelded Kahoku (S J's Caviar-Tags Gal) is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Patrick Galbraith. It was his fourth win in 12 starts this season and moved his earnings to $18,655 in 2019 and $310,452 lifetime.   Billy Davis Jr. and Monti completed the card with a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rock My World got to the front end early in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open harness racing pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (May 22) and was there at the finish line to notch the $26.80 surprise in a seasonal best 1:55.3.   Taking command right off the starting gate, Rock My World (Kevin Cummings) set reasonable splits of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:26.3 over the fast track.   With a few taps of encouragement down the home stretch, Rock My World easily held off the belated threat of Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) who was 1-1/4 lengths behind. The heavily-favored Lady London (Billy Davis Jr.) took the third place check.   Owned by Henry Conradt and conditioned by Mike Ohol, it was the fourth win in 15 appearances for Rock My World (Rock N Roll Hanover-Love The Game). The 7-year-old mare has now put $25,115 in the bank this season and $198,534 lifetime.   Davis Jr., Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, put three victories in the win column on the program while Jim Morrill Jr. doubled. David Russo collected a pair of training scores.   Racing will continue on Friday evening with an eight-race card slated for 5 p.m. There's a $598 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream ($12.80) put in a gutsy effort and notched the harness racing victory in Buffalo Raceway's $12,500 Class AA Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (May 18)..   The tempo-setting Beachy Dream found plenty of challengers in the stretch but had just enough to hold off the serious late bids of Rose Run Ranger and Heaven Rocks who finished second and third respectively.   Putting up splits of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:26.1, Beachy Dream braced himself for the expected charge to the finish line and the closers didn't disappoint.   Rose Run Ranger (Ray Fisher Jr.) took dead aim on Beachy Dream on the outside while Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) mounted his bid through the passing lane. But those attempts were thwarted as driver Cummings kept Beachy Dream on task and posted the narrow win in 1:55.0.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the fifth win in 14 outings for the 8-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The victory improved his 2019 earnings to $38,295 and $218,435 in his career.   In the $11,500 Class AA Open Handicap Pace, Upfront Countryboy (Fisher Jr.) went from last to first and turned back Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) by a half length in 1:54.4.   After watching Charmbo Orbit set the splits of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:26.4, Upfront Countryboy ($11.80) sat last but began to gobble up ground just past the half.   Reaching the lead, it appeared Upfront Countryboy was about to drop anchor at the top of the stretch but Fisher Jr. re-rallied the 10-year gelding and took the win. Charmbo Orbit held on for second with Andy's Ideal (Mike Caprio) finishing in third.   Trained by James Clouser Jr. and owned by William Emmons, it was the fourth win in 15 attempts for Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The win sent his earnings to $37,845 this year and $477,265 lifetime.   A F F Bigdaddy (David McNeight III) collected the $4.90 decision in the $10,000 Class A pace with a two length nod over Focus Power in 1:55.2.   It was the fourth victory in 10 tries for A F F Bigdaddy who is owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin. The triumph moved his seasonal winnings to $22,440 and $101,465 lifetime.   Shawn McDonough and Fisher Jr. had driving doubles while Clouser Jr. collected three training wins and McDonough two.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening with a nine race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "I got a great trip," winning driver Shawn McDonough said after guiding Labatt Hanover ($12.40) to a head victory over Barn Winner in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Trot on Friday night (May 17).   Drafting behind Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) until the top of the stretch, Labatt Hanover was sent into the passing lane where he chugged along until finally inching by in the shadow of the wire to collect the win. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) was third.   While Labatt Hanover was first to cross the finish line, there were still some anxious moments for McDonough as he had to wait out an inquiry for a possible pylon violation.   "It had me a little worried," McDonough said of the inquiry. "I was close to clipping it but it worked out."   Labatt Hanover, giving Barn Winner a slight tussle for early command, dropped into second place and enjoyed the pocket trip through splits of :28.4, :58.0 and 1:28.3. It was a ploy that worked out well as Labatt Hanover went a seasonal best 1:58.3 over the fast track.   "I was happy sitting second," McDonough said in relinquishing the lead. "We were following a good horse in Barn Winner so I knew we'd get a good trip."   Owned by Cynthia and Gary Saj and trained by McDonough, Labatt Hanover (Muscle Hill-La Boheme) is a 6-year-old gelding that has now produced $20,190 in earnings this season and $114,708 lifetime.   David McNeight III and Monti finished the evening with driving doubles.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 10-race card set. There's a special 7:15 p.m. post time in order to accommodate the running of the Preakness Stakes. Also, there's a $2,096 carryover in the Pick-5 that begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kaitlyn Rae broke into the win column for the first time this season as she was able to register a half length victory over Sentimental Lady in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,400 Class B harness racing event for the distaff pacers. She covered the mile in 1:57.1 over the fast track.   After posting 14 victories and putting over $83,000 in the bank in 2018, it's been a tough go for Kaitlyn Rae to reach the winner's circle this year. She notch four second place finishes and a third in 13 tries during the drought but finally got that elusive first win on Wednesday night (May 15).   Cruising along in fourth place as Good Lookin Woman (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up fractions of :29.0, :59,1 and 1:27.4, Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) was first over and slowly cut into the lead.   Down the lane, Kaitlyn Rae ($3.30) was able to wear down the pace-setting Good Lookin Woman and hold back the late rushes of Sentimental Lady (Drew Monti) and Carrickmannon N (Kevin Cummings) who were second and third respectively.   Owned and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, Kaitlyn Rae (Cheyenne Rei-I C U Lookin) is a 10-year-old mare that has now won $17,705 this season and $422,494 lifetime. It was also her 63rd career win.   Shawn McDonough completed the night with a driving/training double while Fisher Jr. collected two wins in the bike. Marc Shuttleworth had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Friday night with an eight race card slated for 5 p.m. There's a $752 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race. There will be a 10-race program on Saturday with a special 7:15 p.m. post time in order to accommodate the running of the Preakness Stakes.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was certainly a 'dream' trip for Beachy Dream at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 11) and it resulted in a harness racing win in the featured $12,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting chilly behind the pace-setting Charmbo Orbit, Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) squeezed through an opening at the top of the stretch and managed to edge by China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) to capture the victory in a seasonal best 1:54.4 over the fast track.   Beachy Dream suffered a heartbreaking nose setback last week against the same company but this time as able to reverse his fortunes by the exact margin.   Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) set the fractions with splits of :28.4, :57.1 and 1:26.2. Drafting along in second, Beachy Dream wiggled free and won the charge to the finish line against China Dream who made a valiant attempt in the passing lane. Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) took third place.   "I was able to squeeze out just in time," a relieved Cummings said of getting Beachy Dream in position for the drive to the finish line. "Midway down the stretch, I knew it was going to be a battle with China Dream. I knew I had it at the line."   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the fourth victory in 13 tries for Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $32,045 in winnings this season and $212,185 in his career.   There were a pair of sub-featured $10,000 Class A paces on the program.   In the first division, Littlebitaclass made it two straight victories by sneaking past Manceiver (Cummings) in the shadow of the wire to take the neck decision in 1:54.1.   Driven by Drew Monti, Littlebitaclass (Santanna Blue Chip-Aspirine Semalu) is an 8-year-old gelding that is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was his fourth win in 16 starts, jacking his seasonal earnings to $25,685 and $207,055 lifetime.   The second bracket saw Low Card lead from start to finish and post a length triumph over Raylan Givens in 1:57.0.   Driven by Ron Beback Jr. and trained by James Clouser Jr., the 6-year-old gelded Low Card (Cam's Card Shark-Low Country Love) has now found the winner's circle four times in 16 outings for owner William Emmons. The victory upped his bankroll to $26,462 in 2019 and $153,884 lifetime.   Beback Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Monti all produced two driving wins on the night. Perrin finished with a training double.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a nine-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Keystone Apache ($5.20) was on his best behavior on Friday night (May 10) and that resulted in a harness racing victory in the $11,000 Class A Open Handicap Trot at Buffalo Raceway. He turned back Lougazi by a 3/4 lengths in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   It's been feast or famine for Keystone Apache. When not dealing with breaking woes, the 4-year-old horse has been very good.   "Trainer Maria Rice made a few equipment adjustments on him and it worked," winning driver Billy Davis Jr. said. "The race set up perfectly for him and once I got him around the last turn, I knew we'd be good. He's fast horse when he doesn't break."   Sitting fourth heading down the back stretch the final time, Keystone Apache was following dull cover and was forced three wide. The move was the right one as he was able to open up a two length advantage turning for home and used a :28.4 last panel to quell the last gasp hopes of Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.). Southern Palms (Shawn McDonough) rolled into the third place position.   Owned by the the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the fourth win in 14 attempts this year for Keystone Apache ( -Found An Angel). The victory upped his 2019 earnings to $30,850 and $163,454 lifetime.   Davis Jr. and McDonough had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled. There's a $839 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lady London ($3.90) may not have been as fast as last week but she was still pretty darn good on Wednesday night (May 8) after romping once again in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Setting two new marks for the all-aged and aged (5+) distaff pacers with a 1:53.2 clocking last week, Lady London was dominate again after coasting to a 4-1/2 nod over Little Joke in 1:54.2 over the fast harness racing track.   At the start, Little Joke handed out a parking ticket to Lady London as the tandem reached the quarter pole in a rapid :27.4. But once reaching the lead, driver Billy Davis Jr. and Lady London were in command the rest of the way.   Enjoying a three length advantage turning for home, Lady London dropped a :28.3 final panel on the field to evaporate all of their hopes. Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) took the place position with Rock My World (Jim Morrill Jr.) finishing in third.   Owned by Vhf Racing LCC and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the third victory in nine starts this season for Lady London (Maddam Luck-Northern Luck). The 6-year-old mare has now earned $21,588 on the campaign and $75,876 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. and Davis Jr. had a driving triples on the program. Trainer Gerry Sarama sent three to the winner's circle with Clevenger getting a double.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a nine-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rose Run Ranger ($3.30) used the inside post position to his advantage in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class AA Pace on Saturday night (May 4) and cruised to a front-running decision over Adonis Bay in a harness racing seasonal best 1:54.4 over the fast track. It was the third consecutive victory for Rose Run Ranger.   Drawing the one post, Rose Run Ranger (Ray Fisher Jr.) immediately stormed to the lead and notched sensible fractions of :29.1, :58.2 and 1:26.3. There was little movement in the stretch as Rose Run Ranger paced away to the comfortable two length win over Adonis Bay (David McNeight III) and China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.).   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Rose Run Ranger (Major In Art-A And Gs Finest) was conditioned by James Clouser Jr. The 6-year-old gelding scored his fourth win in 13 appearances, putting $28,760 in the bank in 2019 and $103,693 in his career.   After three straight second place finishes, Upfront Countryboy ($3.90) had to sweat out a photo finish but finally got to the winner's circle by edging out Beachy Dream by a nose in 1:54.4 in the co-featured $11,000 Class AA pace.   Cutting the mile of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.3, Upfront Countryboy (Ray Fisher Jr.) had to withstand a three-horse charge in what was an exciting blanket finish. Beachy Dream was just a nose back while Western Passage (Wengerd) took third only a neck behind.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by Clouser Jr., it was the third win in 13 tries for the 10-year-old gelded Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The victory moved his bankroll to $32,095 and $472,015 in his career.   Littlebitaclass ($8.40) watched Falcon's Luke do all the dirty work then raced on by to take the $10,000 Class A pace in 1:56.1.   With Falcon's Luke (Fisher Jr.) cutting the mile with splits of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:27.4, Littlebitaclass and driver Drew Monti just waited for an opportunity in the drive to the wire.   Their patience paid off as Littlebitaclass was able to roll on by and take the head win. Make A Statement A (Shawn McDonough) took the third place check.   Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, it was the third victory in 15 attempts in 2019 for Littlebitaclass (Santanna Blue Chip-Aspirine Semalu). The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $20,689 in earnings this season and $282,005 lifetime.   Fisher Jr. ended the evening with four driving wins while Monti and Kevin Cummings doubled. Clouser Jr. had a training triple with Lee Dahn and Ryan Swift getting two apiece.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A good start turned into a great finish for Wheels A Turning ($15.40) as she collected the harness racing victory in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class A trot on Friday evening (May 3).   Starting from the seven post, Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) used some early gate speed to drop into the pocket then rallied in the stretch to beat Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) by a neck in 1:59.4 over the good track.   Sr Radar (Mike Baumeister) was able to set the tempo with fractions of :30.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.4 but that was all the front runner had to offer the rest of the way.   Empire Earl N appeared to be the initial threat but broke stride midway around the final turn and lost any hope of winning. Meanwhile, that allowed Wheels A Turning to move to the outside unencumbered and take the lead away from Sr Radar. Lougazi made a final lunge at the line but came up a neck short. Are You In (Kevin Cummings) took third.   Trained by James Clouser Jr. and co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the fourth win in 10 starts this season for the 5-year-old mare Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The victory increased her seasonal bankroll to $27,500 and $182,902 lifetime.   In the $8,400 Class B trot, Tiki Taka ($5.30), after suffering a tough neck setback last week, rebounded nicely and took a nose decision over Ticket To Seattle in 1:58.3. Cummings steered him to the win for owners Anthony Alessi and Arthur Corwin.   Cummings completed the program with four winners with McNeight III getting a double.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with an 11-race card that has a special 7:15 p.m. post time to accommodate the running of the Kentucky Derby. There's a $427 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lady London was the fabulous female on Wednesday night (May 1) in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap pace for the harness racing filly and mares as she broke two track records in going the mile in 1:53.2.   Driven by Billy Davis Jr., Lady London ($3.30) eclipsed the all-age mark for the distaff pacers of 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip and also established a new standard for the aged (5+) mare pacers of 1:53.3 registered in 2018 by Sportsmuffler. And to put an exclamation point on the night, it was a lifetime best.   Davis Jr. said about the record breaking journey aboard Lady London. "I just stepped on it with her when (Kevin Cummings) came up behind me with You Mach Me Crazy at the three-quarter pole."   He went on to say, "I thought it (the track record) was 1:53.1. I never asked her until the last eighth of a mile. She had plenty left in the tank."   With a fast track and the temperature at nearly 80 degrees, it was the perfect recipe for some speedy efforts.   Scoring from the inside, Lady London set sail and rocketed out to fractions of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:25.4. Any thoughts of the field catching her were quickly doused as Lady London used a final panel of :27.3 to dispose of Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) who finished 2-3/4 lengths behind and You Mach Me Crazy.   Owned by Vhf Racing and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the second victory in eight tries for Lady London (Big Jim-Maddam Luck). The six-year-old mare has now produced $16,338 in earnings this season and $70,626 lifetime.   Davis Jr., Ray Fisher Jr. and Cummings all had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a nine-race card slated to begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Buffalo Raceway will present an 11-race program that has a special 7:15 p.m. post to accommodate the running of the Kentucky Derby.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Down On My Luck has had nothing but good fortune since arriving at Buffalo Raceway after posting his second straight harness racing victory in as many appearances locally with a head triumph over Upfront Countryboy in the featured $11,500 Class AA pace.   Making his debut at Buffalo Raceway on April 13, Down On My Luck was spectacular with an eight length in 1:54.2. Things were much tighter this time around, but result was the same, a victory.   Getting a perfect first over trip by Drew Monti, Down On My Luck ($4.30) took command of the race in the stretch but had to dig in late as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) put on some serious pressure but missed by a head. Adonis Bay (David McNeight III) and China Dream (JD Wengerd) finished in a dead heat for third.   It was the third win in 12 starts for Down On My Luck (Camluck-False Alert). The 5-year-old gelding, owned by Robert Woodburn and trained by Patrick Shepherd, has now earned $19,414 this year and $96,983 in his career.   In the $11,000 Class AA Pace, Rose Run Ranger ($4.40) made it two straight victories with a gate-to-wire decision over Harry Hoo N in 1:55.3.   With the field dwindled down to five due to the scratches of Heaven Rocks and A F F Bigdaddy, Rose Run Ranger (Ray Fisher Jr.) fired right off the starting vehicle and posted fractions of :29.0, :57.2 and 1:28.0.   There was little suspense through the lane as Rose Run Ranger kept on task and enjoyed a 1-1/2 length advantage on the wire. Harry Hoo N (McDonough) was second with Lucan Hanover (Wengerd) third.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, the 6-year-old gelded Rose Run Ranger (Major In Art-A And Gs Finest) has now found the winner's circle three times in 12 starts. The victory upped his seasonal bankroll to $22,760 and $98,736 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings completed the evening with a driving triple while Fisher Jr. and McDonough had doubles. James Clouser Jr. had a pair of training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race card scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Southern Palms had to sit back and watch patiently as four harness racing trotters enjoyed the lead during Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A main event on Friday night (April 26). But when it counted the most, at the wire, Southern Palms was the one who got the victory.   Able to weave through traffic during the final half mile, Southern Palms (David McNeight III) found racing room in the 'lightning lane' and edged by Empire Earl N by a neck in 2:01.0 over the sloppy track to notch the $31.00 upset.   All This Commotion, Lucky Guess, Are You In and Empire Earl N all had a taste of the top during the mile while Southern Palms was mired in seventh. Finding different paths down the backstretch the final time, Southern Palms positioned himself perfectly in the dash to the finish line.   There was plenty of room in the passing lane for Southern Palms and he was able to catch the stubborn Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the shadow of the wire. Are You In (Kevin Cummings) took third place.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Southern Palms is a 6-year-old gelding who scored his first victory of the season in seven attempts. The win pushed his 2019 earnings to $16.890 and $281,631 lifetime.   Kyle Cummings had his first triple of his young career while Morrill Jr. had two victories on the night. Tammy Cummings, Kyle's mother, had three training wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 10-race program scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. There's a $2,205 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

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