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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- HP Sissy used a slingshot move around the clubhouse turn the final time and that big brush proved to be the right one as she captured the $11,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the harness racing filly and mares at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (April 24).   Entering the event with five victories in 10 starts and only finishing out of the money in just one race, HP Sissy was surprisingly overlooked by the betting public. She posted a half length win over the heavily favored Lady London in a seasonal best 1:54.4 over the fast track and returned $14.60 to her faithful backers.   After watching You Mach Me Crazy put up fractions of :27.3 and :57.0 to the opening half, HP Sissy and driver Jim Morrill Jr. tipped three-wide midway around the third turn and left the pace-setter in her wake.   Easily clearing to the top hitting the three-quarter station, HP Sissy paced home smartly from there as Lady London (Shawn McDonough) couldn't cut into the lead. Sportsmuffler (Drew Monti) managed to take the third place position.   Owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) has won six times in 11 tries. The victory upped the 6-year-old mare's earnings to $38,583 in 2019 and $289,719 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. finished the evening with triples while McDonough had a pair of winners. Trainers Jim Graham and Ryan Swift were victorious twice.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race card scheduled. There's a $768 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. --- Rebel Voyager has found success at Buffalo Raceway by being close to or on the lead. Things were turned upside down on Saturday night (April 20) for Rebel Voyager ($4.10) but the result ended up being the same as he posted his fourth consecutive win with a neck decision over Upfront Countryboy in the $11,500 Class AA Open pace.   After looking for an early lead attempt, Rebel Voyager (Bill Davis Jr.) had to retreat and drop back to an unusual position of sixth and last as Heaven Rocks took control to the opening marker.   With the field double decked to the three quarter pole, the feature was now wide open with everyone in contention. Rebel Voyager went widest of all sweeping off the final turn and won the charge to the wire, beating Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) by a neck while Adonis Bay (David McNeight III) took third.   "I capitalized off some early speed and a good cover trip," Davis Jr. said of the victory with Rebel Voyager. "He's a tough horse that is really firing on all cylinders right now."   Trained by Maria Rice and co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the sixth win of the season in nine attempts for the 5-year-old gelded Rebel Voyager (Shanghai Phil-Pan Voyager). The victory jacked his 2019 earnings to $21,896 and $138,081 lifetime.   In the $11,000 Class AA Open Pace, What's Goin On (Ray Fisher Jr.) used a late rally to edge by the pace-setting China Dream by a neck in 1:55.1.   Trailing by 3-1/4 lengths with a panel to go, What's Goin On let loose with a :28.3 final split to knock down the $5.00 victory. China Dream (Davis Jr.) was a heart-breaking second while Harry Hoo N took the show position.   Co-owned by Marissa Russo and Joseph Russo. the 5-year-old gelded What's Goin On (Roll With Joe, Shipps Xclamation) has captured four wins in 12 tries in 2019. The win increased his bankroll to $28,515 and $320,672 career-wise.     Rose Run Ranger was victorious in first $10,000 Class A pace with a popular $3.80 nod in 1:55.1 while Davis Jr. guided Southwind Torque to a $7.30 win in 1:56.0 in the other bracket.   Davis Jr. finished the night with four wins in the sulky while Fisher Jr. and McDonough posted a pair of wins. Mike Ohol and Rice had two training victories.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night 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. --- Majestic Kat made it a 'purrfect' 3-for-3 at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (April 19) as she splashed and dashed her way to the harness racing victory in the $13,000 Open Trot in 1:57.4 over the sloppy track.   After making a two week visit to Flamboro Downs where she registered a win and third place, Majestic Kat returned to the Western New York circuit where she was undefeated in two starts.   Driver Billy Davis Jr. and Majestic Kat were involved in a skirmish with Wheels A Turning and Southern Palms to take command to the opening quarter pole and were successful in getting there.   "It was obvious we wanted the lead," Davis Jr. said of his early going strategy. "She (Majestic Kat) is pretty handy racing from anywhere but she does like the front end." Once hitting the home stretch in 1:28.4, Davis Jr. said, "I wasn't really worried."   Wheels A Turning (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished in second a length behind while Southern Palms (Drew Monti) took third.   Trained by Maria Rice and co-owned by Jack Rice, Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the fifth win in 11 starts for Majestic Kat (Majestic Son-Order By Matilda). The 5-year-old mare has now put $35,416 in the bank this season and $197,007 in her career.   In the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Trot, Lougazi came from nowhere and snatched a head victory over Keystone Apache in 1:59.0.   Sitting fifth and 5-1/4 lengths from the lead at the top of the stretch, Ray Fisher Jr. launched a mad charge with Lougazi in the stretch and posted the $16.40 upset win. Keystone Apache (Davis Jr.) took the tough luck second place finish with Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) taking third, just a neck behind the winner.   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the second consecutive triumph for Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The 5-year-old gelding has now produced $16,000 in earnings on the campaign and $120,483 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the card with three winners while Fisher Jr. doubled. Rice, Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer, had a pair of victories.   Racing will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card slated. There's a $438 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. --- After breezing to a comfortable four length harness racing victory last week, Sportsmuffler was put to the test on Wednesday night (April 17) in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class A Handicap Pace for the filly and mares and she came away acing it.   Getting a front end trip with Billy Davis Jr. in the sulky, Sportsmuffler ($3.90) put up some lively splits over the fast track and had just enough to turn back the challenge of You Mach Me Crazy in 1:55.3.   Scoring from the three post, Sportsmuffler managed to win the shuffle to the open quarter. With fractions of :28.3, :56.2 and 1:25.2, it turned out to be a four-horse charge to the wire with Sportsmuffler never surrendering and posting the neck decision. You Mach Me Crazy (Kevin Cummings) rallied up the passing lane to take the place position with HP Sissy (Jim Morrill Jr.) finishing in third.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin, it was the second straight win for the 7-year-old mare Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore). The victory moved her seasonal earnings to $12,500 and $300,306 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with three wins with Cummings and Monti each notching a pair. Cummings and Kiblin each had a pair of training victories.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an 8-race card to be presented.   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. --- Rebel Voyager ($7.90) toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in a seasonal best 1:54.0 to take a 1-1/4 length decision over Upfront Countryboy in the co-featured $12,000 Class AA pace on Saturday evening (April 13).   The victory was the third straight win for Rebel Voyager and his fifth in eight appearances.   In the other co-main event, Golden Gesture (Ray Fisher Jr.) zoomed straight to the top and never was threatened the rest of the way to post a stunning $38.20 win over Beachy Dream in 1:55.4.   Starting from the five post, Rebel Voyager and driver Billy Davis Jr. had little resistance in stepping to the lead and put up blazing fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:25.1 which took the starch out of the field. No one came close to Rebel Voyager in the lane as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) took the place position while Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) was third.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and the Pine Hill Stable LTD, Rebel Voyager (Shanghai Phil-Pan Voyage) is a 5-year-old gelding that is trained by Maria Rice. The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $26,146 and $132,331 lifetime.   In the other featured division, Golden Gesture used :28.2, :57.3 and 1:27.0 splits off the rail and was looking for any challengers in the lane but found no takers in producing the solid length triumph.   Beachy Dream (Cummings) took the second place check with Andy's Ideal (Mike Caprio) cruising into third.   Golden Gesture (Shark Gesture-Black Gold Mindale) is trained by Mike Ohol and owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable. The 6-year-old gelding, now a winner twice in 12 starts, has produced a bankroll of $18,158 this year and $168,734 in his career.   Golden Gesture pulls shocker in co-main event.         -photo Steve Roth   In the two $10,000 Class A paces, Down On My Luck ($3.70) made his debut at Buffalo Raceway an impressive one by blitzing the field by eight lengths in a snappy 1:54.2. In the other leg, driver Shawn McDonough and Harry Hoo N ($6.40) wore down Im So Handsome (Cummings) late to take a nose victory in 1:55.4.   Monti finished the evening with four victories in the bike while Cummings had three and Billy Davis Jr. two. Gerry Sarama and Angelo Nappo each conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 9-race card 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. --- Barn Winner ($10.00) came back home to Buffalo Raceway a harness racing 'winner' on Friday night (April 12) by posting a length score over Southern Palms in the $13,000 Open Trot.   Campaigning at Northfield Park thus far this season, Barn Winner had a pair of second place finishes in his last three starts before shuffling back to Buffalo Raceway.   Being assigned the inside post, Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) got the perfect pocket journey behind the tempo-setting Southern Palms (Drew Monti). With splits of :29.4, :59.2 and 1:30.1, Southern Palms couldn't hold back the stretch drive of Barn Winner who cruised to a length win in 2:00.0 over the fast track.   Wheels A Turning (Jim Morrill Jr.), who broke around the first turn, regrouped in time to grab the third place check.   Co-owned by Tanah Merah Farms LCC and the Swift Racing Stable, Ryan Swift trained the 5-year-old gelded Barn Winner (Credit Winner-Hallmarker). The victory, his first in seven attempts, improved his seasonal winnings to $12,210 and $177,483 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Class A Trot, Lougazi, knocking on the door the past two weeks with a pair of second place finishes, got back to winner's circle with a comfortable two length win over Labatt Hanover in 1:59.1.   Getting away fourth, Lougazi started a slow and steady climb to the top just past the half mile marker, took command at the top of the stretch, and rolled to the popular $3.80 win. Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) rallied late for second while Snapshot Springs (Monti) was awarded third after Empire Earl N broke stride just before the wire.   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Swift, it was the first victory of 2019 for Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The 5-year-old gelding has now produced $11,000 in earnings this season and $115,403 in his career.   Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Monti all had driving doubles with Swift conditioning a pair of winners.   Racing resumes on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program slated.   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. --- After suffering a narrow nose defeat last week, Sportsmuffler made sure she wasn't going to suffer the same fate on Wednesday night (April 10).   Starting from the pylons, Sportsmuffler ($3.30) led every step of the way and blew away the field by four lengths in Buffalo Raceway's $9,200 Class A-B Handicap pace for the harnes racing filly and mares.   Sportsmuffler wasted no time to reaching the lead, putting up a :58.2 opening half over the fast track. Things went even quicker from there as driver Billy Davis Jr. put on the burners with Sportsmuffler, scorching the final half in :57.2. Rock My World (Kevin Cummings), who pinned the narrow loss on Sportsmuffler last week, had to settle for second place with Bad Glamour Girl (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, it was the first victory of the season for Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore). The 7-year-old mare has now earned $7,700 in 2019 and $296,206 in her career.   Jim Morrill Jr., Drew Monti and Davis Jr. all doubled on the program with Frank Mays and Jeff Amann scoring training doubles.   Racing will resume on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card on tap.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, result, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com       By Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rebel Voyager got a perfect 'voyage' around Buffalo Raceway's half-mile track on Saturday night harness racing (April 6) and posted a half length victory over Heaven Rocks in a seasonal best 1:55.4 in the featured $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap pace.   Drafting second behind the pace-setting Bugatti (David McNeight III) through splits of :29.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2, Rebel Voyager (Billy Davis Jr.) cruised on by in the stretch and was able to hold off the hard-charging Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) by a diminishing half length.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the fourth victory in seven appearances for the 5-year-old gelded Rebel Voyager (Shanghai Phil-Pan Voyage). Trained by Maria Rice, the win jumped Rebel Voyager's seasonal earnings to $20,146 and $126,371 lifetime.   In the two sub-featured $10,000 Class A pacing events, both victories came via the gate-to-wire route.   Andy's Ideal ($18.60) never looked back for driver Mike Caprio in scoring a half length decision over Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) in 1:56.1.   Lucan Hanover (Davis Jr.) made his Buffalo Raceway debut a good one with a popular neck victory over Rose Run Ranger (McDonough). The win by Lucan Hanover returned $2.50 to his backers.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with four wins with Kevin Cummings adding a double. Rice conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a 9-race program slated. There's a $1,693 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. --- After a miscue in her last start, HP Sissy ($4.50) rebounded impressively with an easy length victory over Kaitlyn Rae in a seasonal best 1:56.0 over the sloppy track in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for the harness racing filly and mares on Friday night (April 5).   Breaking stride at the half in her last appearance on March 20, it was back to business for HP Sissy. It was a bit of a battle to get to the lead as four of the five entrants made early leave attempts. When things finally settled down just before the opening panel, driver Jim Morrill Jr. had HP Sissy on the point.   Setting fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:27.0, HP Sissy remained stout down the stretch to take the decision. Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) was second while You Mach Me Crazy (Billy Davis Jr.) captured third.   HP Sissy, now a winner five times in nine races along with three runner up finishes, is owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and is trained by Mike Ohol. The 6-year-old mare (Up The Card-Monica Blue Chip) has earned $31,763 in 2019 and $282,899 in her career.   In the $10,000 Class A Open Trot, Keystone Apache, who also had troubles in his last start, was on his best behavior and rallied late to beat a hard-charging Lougazi by a neck in 2:01.1 to register the $20.40 upset.   Avoiding three breaking trotters through the first three quarters of the race, Keystone Apache was sitting seventh with a frame to go. Davis Jr. was able to swing Keystone Apache to the outside down the stretch and collared Empire Earl N and then held on as Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) was flying late but ran out of real estate.   Keystone Apache uses late rally to notch win in Class A Open trot    - photo Steve Roth   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, Keystone Apache is 4-year-old horse (Explosive Matter-Found An Angel) that is conditioned by Maria Rice. The victory, his third in 10 outings, upped his seasonal earnings to $22,850 and $155,454 lifetime.   Shawn McDonough had a pair of training and driving victories while Ohol conditioned two winners.   Racing will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled. There will be a $336 carryover in the Pick-5 carryover 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. --- It's a night that Kyle Cummings will long remember as the 18-year-old found the winner's circle for the first time in his brief harness racing career as he guided Jude Hall to a gate-to-wire victory in a Class D pacing event at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (April 3).   With a mere 36 pari-mutuel starts under his belt, Cummings has flirted in getting his initial lifetime win this year with three second place finishes and five shows. But he put it all together in the third race as the 9-year-old gelded Jude Hall ($4.60) scampered to an early lead and showed him the way home in first for the first time with a length victory in 1:59.2 over the fast track.   Owned and trained by Tammy Cummings, Kyle's mother, it was the first victory of the season for Jude Hall (Southwind Lynx-Jus' Chillin).   In the $8,400 Class B event for the filly and mare pacers, Rock My World ($10.60) used a wicked late charge down the stretch and nipped Sportsmuffler by a nose in 1:56.4.   Rock My World Takes Buffalo Raceway Class B for the distaff pacers   ---Steve Roth photo   Sitting fourth, Rock My World (Shawn McDonough) didn't seem like a dangerous threat until getting uncorked midway down the lane to nip the surprised Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.). A :28.3 final panel by Rock My World helped secure the win. Good Lookin Woman (Kevin Cummings) took third place honors.   Owned by Henry Conradt and trained by Mike Ohol, it was the second victory in eight tries this season for the 7-year-old mare Rock My World (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love The Game). The win upped her season earnings to $10,815 and $184,134 lifetime.   Drivers Kevin Cummings and Drew Monti each doubled on the night.   The first Friday night card of the season takes place this week with an 8-race program slated 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. --- Manceiver wasted no time in re-establishing himself at Buffalo Raceway as he wired the field in 1:56.4 over the sloppy harness track in the $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace on a rainy Saturday night (March 30).   Getting his past two starts at Northfield Park, Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) returned home to Buffalo Raceway where he had won three of his past four outings. He found the home cooking to his satisfaction.   Starting from the inside post, Manceiver didn't expend much energy in reaching the top. Using fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.3, Manceiver had to deal with just a mild threat from runner up Bugatti (David McNeight III) in deep stretch but still was a comfortable half length in front at the wire. Heaven Rocks (JD Perrin) took the show check.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the fifth victory in 10 tries for Manceiver. The 5-year-old gelding has now earned $25,370 in 2019 and $120,027 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Class A pace, China Dream gave himself some separation from the field in the third panel with a :28.4 split and that scorcher proved to be a big help in his neck victory over Utah Beach in 1:57.1.   After posting sensible fractions of :30.0 and :59.2, driver Billy Davis Jr. unleashed China Dream down the backstretch. Enjoying a seemingly comfortable length advantage with a frame to go, Utah Beach (Drew Monti) made steady progress but ran out of room as China Dream took the neck decision. Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) took the show position.   Owned by Jack and Maria Rice, the 8-year-old gelded China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art) now has three wins in 10 attempts this season. His lifetime earnings went to $300,722.     China Dream holds on to take Buffalo's sub-featured event   McNeight III completed the evening with four trips to the winner's circle with Davis Jr. collecting three and Monti and Cummings a pair. Mike Ohol had a training triple with Sarama and Rice each getting two victories.   Racing will begin on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program set. The action will continue on later in the week with the first Friday program of the season scheduled for 5 p.m. while Saturday's action will commence at 6 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. --- Majestic Kat had the field bowing down to her in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class A Open Trot on Wednesday night (March 27) as she showed her dominance in registering a 3-1/4 length victory in 1:57.0 over the fast track.   Driven by Billy Davis Jr., Majestic Kat ($7.20) has made it two consecutive harness racing wins since arriving from Northfield Park in early March. She notched an impressive come from behind length victory from the seven post in her local debut on March 20 by taking the $10,000 Class A-AA event.   Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) enjoyed the lead through opening splits of :28.3 and :59.1. Majestic Kat drafting along in second, popped the pocket down the backstretch and took command, hitting the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4.   From there, Majestic Kat left little doubt who was in charge, strutting off to the easy win. Wheels A Turning (Shawn Gray) picked up the place position with Empire Earl N holding on for third.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the third victory in eight tries this season for the 5-year-old mare Majestic Kat (Majestic Son-Order By Matilda). Maria Rice, who conditioned two winners on the evening, saw her trainee up her seasonal earnings to $23,460 and $185,051 lifetime.   Jim Morrill Jr. and Kevin Cummings each produced four victories in the sulky with Davis Jr. getting a double.   Racing will resume at 6 p.m. on Saturday night with a 13-race scheduled. A $955 carryover will await fans 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

Buffalo Raceway is pleased to announce a purse increase beginning on Wednesday, April 3. It is the second purse increase in 2019. "'We are exceeding all our handle estimates in racing and gaming, and looking forward to a good spring and summer of racing," said Jim Mango. "We thought that increasing purses the week we add Fridays to our racing schedule would be a good time to do so." On Saturday, March 23, Buffalo Raceway will begin using the eTrack Electronic Draw system for races on Wednesday, March 27. Racing will take place at the Hamburg Oval on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. for the month of April. For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com Jon Cramer * Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Shagnwiththedragon wasn't going to disappoint his backers in his Buffalo Raceway debut on Saturday night (March 16) as he showed plenty of heart in holding off Upfront Country by a neck in the harness racing featured $11,000 Class AA Open pace.   Sent off as the heavy 2-to-5 chalk, Shagnwiththedragon (Drew Monti) was able to thwart the challenge of a stubborn Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) who had to settle for the heart-breaking place position while Golden Gesture (Denny Bucceri) took third.   Just arriving from Northfield Park and Miami Valley in Ohio, Shagnwiththedragon ($2.90) managed to reach the top with only minor pressure and settled in to register splits of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:28.0 over the good track.    It became a match race down the stretch as Shagnwiththedragon and Upfront Countryboy battled it out to the wire with the newcomer holding on by a neck in 1:58.2.   Co-owned by Tessa Roland and Eim Racing, the JD Perrin trained Shagnwiththedragon (Dragon Again-Lady Terror) is a 5-year-old gelding that has won $15,600 this year and $82,806 in his career.   In the sub-featured $9,500 Class A paces, Heaven Rocks (Monti) took the first division with an easy 5-1/4 length drubbing of the field in 1:57.4 while Littlebitaclass (Kevin Cummings) used a final push at the lamp to nudge past China Dream by a neck in 1:59.1.   Heaven Rocks ($8.40) was strong on the front end from start to finish and never was threatened in beating Sunset Sid (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Rebel Voyager (Billy Davis Jr.).   Using fractions of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28.1, Heaven Rocks was in command down the stretch jogging freely under the wire.   Owned by Roland and conditioned by Perrin, Heaven Rocks (Rock N Roll Heaven-Cheerful Outlook) is a 7-year-old gelding who notched his first victory of 2019 in nine attempts. The win jacked his seasonal earnings to $13,065 and $200,362 lifetime.   Littlebitofclass stunned the field in the second division with a $28.60 victory over the favored China Dream (Davis Jr.).   Letting China Dream cut the splits of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:29.0, Littlebitaclass floated to the outside coming the down and and had just enough left in the tank to squeeze out the narrow victory.   Mike Torcello owns the 8-year-old gelded Littlebitaclass (Santanna Blue Chip-Aspirinne Semalu). Conditioned by Gerry Sarama, the win moved his bankroll to $10,585 this season and $281,955 lifetime.   Monti and Bucceri each had three driving wins on the night with Kevin Cummings getting a pair. Perrin, Sarama and Mike Ohol scored training doubles.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a 13-race card scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. There will be a $590 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest mews, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After enjoying a successful stint earlier this season at Northfield Park in Ohio, Noble Legend ($4.60) has come back home to Buffalo Raceway and hasn't forgotten where the winner's circle is.   Noble Legend and driver Billy Davis Jr. are currently making a weekly appointment with track photographer Steve Roth by notching another gate-to-wire win in the $12,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (March 13). He beat Southern Palms by a comfortable half length in 2:00.4 over the good track, his second straight victory since returning.   In the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares, HP Sissy (Denny Bucceri) kept her sizzling campaign going with a front-running three-quarter length nod over Kaitlyn Rae in a seasonal best 1:58.1. In seven appearances this year, HP Sissy has four wins and three second place finishes.   Scoring from the five post, Noble Legend wasted no time in taking early command. Setting splits of :30.1, 1:00.4 and 1:31.2, the only worry Noble Legend faced down the lane was a late rally from Southern Palms (Shawn Gray) but he ran out of real estate. Are You In (Kevin Cummings) took the show spot.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice, it was the fourth victory in nine attempts for Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It). The 7-year-old gelding, trained by Maria Rice, has now produced $27,390 in earnings this year and $227,476 lifetime.   HP Sissy ($5.00) and Bucceri enjoyed the tour around the Hamburg half-mile oval. With fractions of :30.2, 1:00.2 and 1:29.1, a :29.0 final panel took the starch out of the attempted threats from the potential closers. Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) was second and You Mach Me Crazy (Gray) rounded out the top three.   Owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable, HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) is a 6-year-old mare that is conditioned by Mike Ohol. The win upped her bankroll to $26,513 and $282,149 in her career.   Ray Fisher Jr. and Gray each completed the night with triples with Davis Jr. and Monti getting doubles. Rice and James Clouser Jr. each conditioned two winners.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 13-race card slated to begin at 6 p.m. The World Harness Handicapping Challenge qualifier will take place as well with a $10 entry fee. The winner will receive $500, two nights hotel accommodations and paid entry into the WHHC Tournament at The Meadowlands on Saturday, April 6 while the second place finisher will get $250 and third place $100.   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. --- Looking for an entry into the World Harness Handicapping Contest at The Meadowlands on Saturday April 6, 2019? Buffalo Raceway will give you that opportunity this Saturday night (March 16) by hosting a WHHC qualifying event.   Contestants must be 18 years of age, have valid identification and be a member of the Hamburg Gaming Players Rewards Club which is free to join. Entrance into the qualifier is $10 with the winner receiving $500 along with two night hotel accommodations and paid entry into the WHHC finals. A second place finish will earn you $250 while third place returns $100.   Contestants will receive an individually numbered packet containing ten (10) mythical $200.00 win wager forms. A total of five wagers must be made on Buffalo Raceway's program on Saturday, March 16 with the other five having to be played at The Meadowlands.     Registration will begin at 5 p.m. and will continue through 8 p.m. at the contest table located in the Buffalo Raceway clubhouse. Post time at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday is 6 p.m. while The Meadowlands has a 7:15 p.m. starting time.   For more information and complete rules, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

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