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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "He raced huge at Tioga Downs last week so I expected he'd be good here tonight," said harness racing driver Drew Monti of Southern Palms. His prediction was spot on.   Southern Palms was indeed good after rolling to a 1-1/4 length victory over the heavily favored Majestic Kat in Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot in 1:59.3 on a rainy Saturday night (June 15).   Finishing a solid fourth last Sunday in Tioga's Open Handicap trot, Southern Palms got the perfect pocket journey over the sloppy surface as Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) splashed out the fractions of :29.4, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3.   In the stretch, Southern Palms ($12.80) moved to the outside and cruised on past Majestic Kat to score the win. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the third place money.   "I wanted to be forwardly placed," Monti said of the getting the garden spot. "I knew Jack Rice's horse (Majestic Kat) was going to be tough but we'd make a serious run at her."   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second victory in 12 tries for the 6-year-old gelded Southern Palms (RC Royalty-Pacific Elegance). The win boasted his seasonal winnings to $27,840 and $294,571 lifetime.   BZ Glide showed he's back after wiring the field in the $9,200 Class A-B Handicap trot in 1:59.1. He posted a 1-1/2 length decision over Lunar Credit.   Scoring from the seven post, driver Mike Caprio easily reached the lead with BZ Glide and put up splits of :29.1, :59.0 and 1:29.1. There were no serious challenges down the stretch as BZ Glide trotted smartly to the finish line. Lunar Credit (Jim McNeight Jr.) skimmed the pylons and took second while Call My Broker (Monti) rallied for the show position.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the first win in four outings for the 10-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer). The win upped his 2019 earnings to $7,750 and $321,591 in his career.   Davis Jr. and Monti each completed the evening with a pair of driving doubles.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 13-race program on tap. There's a carryover of $684 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. --- Mr Vicktor and Our White Knight were both patient off the starting gate but once they got rolling in their respective $58,000 (approx.) harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the sophomore colt and gelding trotters, it was lights out for their competition.   In the opening leg, Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) cruised to a 2-1/4 score over Captain Krupnik in 1:57.0 while Our White Knight (Jim Morrill Jr.) took a 3/4-length nod over Powerscourt in 1:58.3.   Scoring his third straight victory in NYSS competition, Mr Vicktor ($2.40) has now won five in six tries this season.   Buter said of the impressive Mr Vicktor, "This horse is great on a half mile track. We let them go on the front end at first and when things settled down, we went. He was just perfect tonight."   Kredit Karma (Morrill Jr.) and Captain Krupnik (Kevin Cummings) battled for supremacy to the opening quarter as Mr Vicktor enjoyed the action from third. Just before hitting the opening panel, Mr Vicktor pulled and got the lead and never looked back in tripping the timer in 1:57. Captain Krupnik held on for second while Travel Winner (Trevor Henry) finished in third.   Owned by Robert Santagata, trainer Jennifer Lappe, Diamond Pride, and Joseph Lee, Mr Vicktor (R C Royalty-Hawaiian Vicky) has now produced $142,986 in earnings this season and $152,286 lifetime.   After three consecutive second place finishes, Our White Knight finally got the photo opportunity in the second bracket.   With half of the field of six breaking behind the starting gate at the start, Our White Knight ($7.30) took advantage of their misfortunes. He was able to tuck in second as eventual third place finisher Lights Come On (Billy Davis Jr.) reached the first pole in 30.1.   Our White Knight hold on for NYSS win in 1:58.3   Morrill Jr. and Our White Knight then took over command after that and held off the late rally of Powerscourt (Michael McGivern).   "We were fortunate with the three breakers at the start," Morrill Jr. said. "We took our time getting the lead and Our White Knight knew what to do after that. I was just a passenger."   Owned by the Zippett Racing Stable and conditioned by Edwin Gannon Jr., earned his first victory of the season in five appearances. The win moved his 2019 bankroll to $46,235 and $189,114 lifetime.   There were a pair of $15,000 events in the Excelsior A series. Xcuseme ($5.50) took the first division with a 1:58.0 clocking for John Stark Jr. while Morrill Jr. guided Jason's Camden ($2.60) to the victory in 1:58.0.   Frank Hanover ($9.00) took the first division of the $6,600 Excelsior B Series with a 1:59.4 time for Buter while Hat Trick Marleau ($3.00) turned in a gutsy performance and held on for a 1:59.0 triumph for Mike Simons.   Racing will return on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card slated followed by a 13-race card on Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:35 p.m. The next two Friday evenings are dark.   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. --- The New York Sire Stakes for the harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters will take center stage at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 12) with two divisions each worth $58,000 (approx.) being up for grabs. Post time for the 13-race card is 5 p.m.   The first race finds fourth of the six entrants all finishing in the money this year in Sire Stakes competition but none able to reach the winner's circle. The other division has two participants with a victory including the red-hot Mr Vicktor who arrives with a pair of scores in the NYSS and a second place finish the $215,200 Empire Breeders Crown race.   The boys will be chasing the Buffalo Raceway track records of 1:56.1 established by Gural Hanover for the geldings in 2014 and the colt mark of 1:56.2 set in 2016 by Purpose Blue Chip.   The first leg has One White Knight (Crazed-Psychotherapist) as the morning line favorite at 2-1 as he'll score from the two post for Jim Morrill Jr. With three consecutive second place finishes including one on June 3 in the NYSS at Monticello Raceway, Our White Knight did take third in the Night Of Champions in the 2-year-old finale last season. Trained by Edwin Gannon Jr., he is the top money earner entered this week with a lifetime bankroll of $160,514.   Livinonthedash (Muscle Mass-Sunshine Glide) drew the six post and will get the services of Tyler Buter. Sitting out as a 2-year-old old, Livinonthedash has four victories in seven tries in his rookie season and is the 3-1 second choice.   The remainder of the first division includes Horns For Three (Kevin Cummings), Powerscourt (Michael McGivern), Lights Come On (Billy Davis Jr.) and Chip Chip Conway (Jimmy Taggart Jr),   All eyes will be on the 8-5 favorite Mr Vicktor in the second division, scheduled as the fifth race. Drawing the rail with Buter in the bike, the front-stepping Mr Vicktor (RC Royalty-Hawaiian Vicky) has four wins in five tries this season including two victories on the NYSS circuit. His last start was a wire-to-wire job in 1:57.1 at Monticello. The Jennifer Lappe-trainee has already amassed $113,632 in earnings this year.   Travel Winner hits the Buffalo Raceway track fresh off a NYSS win in 1:58.2 at Monticello Raceway on June 3. Travis Henry gets the driving assignment for trainer R. Nifty Norman. Travel Winner (Credit Winner-Travelin Supergirl) starts from the two post and is the second choice at 3-1.   Rounding out the field will be Big Money Honey (Mike Simons), Quiksilvr Bluechip (Davis Jr.), Captain Krupnik (Cummings), Kredit Karma (Morrill Jr.) and JNR Express (Drew Monti).   Besides Sire Stakes action, there will be two $15,000 Excelsior Series A races and a pair of $6,600 Excelsior B Series events.   There's a $1,744 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 suffering a gut-wrenching nose setback last week, Western Passage gave himself some breathing room this time around and took the $12,000 Class AA harness racing Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 8). He topped the favored Upfront Countryboy by 1-1/4 lengths in a seasonal best 1:53.4.   Upfront Countryboy set the fractions over the fast track of :27.0, :55.3 and 1:24.3 as Western Passage ($8.00) was fifth and last at the half.   Beginning a first over journey from there, driver Kevin Cummings got Western Passage on even terms with Upfront Countryboy (Jim Morrill Jr.) with a panel to pace. Western Passage proved to be the strongest in the stretch as he was able to put some daylight between himself and Upfront Countryboy to take the win. China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by the Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, it was the sixth victory in 16 appearances for the 4-year-old gelded Western Passage (Sportswriter-Forever Western). The score moved his seasonal earnings to $32,936 and $238,400 lifetime.   In the $11,500 Class AA Open pace, Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) made a big brush to the lead at the three-quarter pole and had just enough left in the tank to register a nose victory over the hard-charging Rose Run Ranger (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:55.1.   Manceiver (Cummings) set the tempo with splits of :28.3, :57.0 and 1:26.2 but had no answers as Charmbo Orbit ($21.60) stormed by with a quarter mile to pace.   Things looked well in hand for Charmbo Orbit in the lane but Rose Run Ranger came from nowhere and just missed grabbing the win at the wire. What's Goin On (Drew Monti) was third.   Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the third triumph in 15 tries for the 8-year-old gelded Charmbo Orbit (Mach Three-Pretty Bo Bo). The victory moved his 2019 bankroll to $22,960 and $167,371 in his career.   There were a pair of $10,000 Class A pacing events with both producing minor surprises. Falcon's Luke (Morrill Jr.) took the first division with a coast to coast victory in 1:55.1. He beat Littlebitofabrat (Ray Fisher Jr.) by a half length and returned $11.40 for the win.   The other bracket saw Southwind Torque (Davis Jr.) grind out a half length upset victory over Focus Power (Monti) in 1:54.4 and returned $13.60 to his backers.   Davis Jr., Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, was red hot on the evening as he found the winner's circle five times on the card. Cummings had a triple while McNeight III and Morrill Jr. each collected two victories. Trainers Zdjelar Jr., David Russo, Jim Clouser Jr. and Maria Rice all had doubles.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program slated. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the card with the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters taking center stage along with action in the Excelsior A and B Series. There's also a $1744 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. --- Driver David McNeight III had to change game plans with Wheels A Turning ($7.10) early in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Class A Trot on Friday night (June 7) but the strategy paid off with a 1-1/2 length harness racing victory over Mickeys House in a seasonal best 1:57.3.   Wheels A Turning was involved in three-way scuffle for command early with Mickeys House (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough). Going three wide and little chance of reaching the lead, McNeight III put on the brakes and tucked in third behind the pace-setters.   "Jimmy (Morrill Jr.) was intent on cutting the mile with Mickeys House so I was able to find a spot in third," McNeight III said in changing tactics.   Just past the half mile pole, Wheels A Turning, the lone mare in the event, began a first over trip and eventually collared Mickeys House in the lane and coasted to the win. Labatt Hanover held on for third.   "I couldn't have asked any more of her," McNeight III said of Wheels A Turning. "I drove her aggressively and I felt when I pulled her that we'd have a pretty good chance in the end."   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the fifth win in 13 starts for the 5-year-old Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The victory jumped her 2019 earnings to $32,500 and $187,902 in her career.   Billy Davis Jr. notched three wins in the bike while Morrill Jr. and Hunter Myers each collected a double. Trainer Rose Russo scored a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday with a 12-race card. There's a special 7:15 p.m. post time accommodate the running of the Belmont Stakes. There will be a $593 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. --- American Mercury ($6.50) overcame the outside post to start the race then overwhelmed Major March in the stretch to collect the harness racing victory in the $118,800 New York Sire Stakes event for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 5).   Covering the mile in 1:52.4, in was the second straight NYSS victory for American Mercury.   "It's a steep hill to climb from the eight post here at Buffalo," Buter said after the race. "I left hard with him but when things straightened up, I let the leaders soften each other up."   Starting from the outside, American Mercury was able to use some early speed and drop into fourth heading up the backstretch the first time. Major March, Melodies Major and Price Hanover showed no mercy toward each other as they battled for early control.   With a smoking opening panel of :26.4 put up by Major March (Jason Bartlett), American Mercury went first over and was able to come to even terms with the pace-setter at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1. In the meantime, the remaining six entrants found those splits too hot and started to retreat.   It boiled down to a match race in the stretch as American Mercury was just too strong for Major March and never looked back in scoring the 1-3/4-length win. Reigning Deo (Jim Morrill Jr), the 2-year-old NYSS champion, was third 10-1/4 lengths behind.   Trained by Chris Oakes and co-owned by Crawford Farms, Northfork Racing Stable, C. Pompey and S. Bice, it was the third win in fourth tries this season for American Mercury (American Ideal-Tessa Hanover). The gelding has now earned $105,050 this season and $142,670 lifetime.   There were two $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series. Buter drove Quake Blue Chip ($3.00) to the opening bracket triumph with a neck score over Murrow Boy (Bartlett) in 1:55.3. Buter made it a sweep at this level with a half-length win aboard Rickybobbynthehaus ($4.10). They beat the front-stepping Rollonhighway (Morrill Jr.) in 1:56.3.   The $6,600 Excelsior B Series race saw McNulty Z Tam (Pat Lachance) register a head victory over Dancing To Heaven (Shawn McDonough) in 1:57.3 and return $2.50 to his backers.   Buter and Billy Davis Jr. completed the evening with triples while Oakes had three training victories and Sabrina Clevenger two.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card 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

In agreement with the New York State Gaming Commission and Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association, Buffalo Raceway has instituted a Whipping Rule for all harness racing drivers. "It is our mission at this facility that includes the numerous events provided by the Erie County Agricultural Society, the Erie County Fair and Buffalo Raceway that the safety of every animal on the grounds is a top priority," said COO James Mango. "I expect that by adopting these rules everyone participating in racing will be more aware of its importance." The complete rule is posted at www.buffaloraceway.com/horsemen/whipping-rule/   Jon Cramer Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The ingredients are all there for what could be one of the most anticipated harness races in recent memory at Buffalo Raceway as the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers arrive for the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday evening (June 5).   The recipe will include the NYSS 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing champion Reigning Deo. Added to the mix will be Melodies Major, the runner up to Reigning Deo last season and also the current Buffalo Raceway track record holder for 2-year-old colt pacers with a 1:54.2 time.   And If that's not enough, there will be six other rivals ready to stir the pot as they battle for $118,800, one of the largest purses ever offered at Buffalo Raceway. It will go off as the sixth race on the 12-race program that will begin at 5 p.m.   Reigning Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven-Little Miss K) has been installed as the 3-to-1 morning line choice out of the six post with Jim Morrill Jr. to handle the driving duties.   It's been close but no cigar this season for Reigning Deo as the Brett Pelling trainee has three second place finishes in his three outings. There's plenty of hope though as Reigning Deo was just a neck behind Fromthestartagain last week in Sire Stakes action at Saratoga.   Reigning Deo, a winner of $271,413 in his brief career, beat Major Melodies by 1-1/2 lengths in the Night Of Champions finals last season at Yonkers Raceway. The final time was 1:54.4.   Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) is also in search of his first win of the campaign. He'll begin the action from the three post for driver Doug McNair with a 5-to-1 morning line.   Trying to cut the mile in his only two appearances in 2019, Melodies Major has finished in third and fourth at Saratoga and Yonkers respectively. He has bankrolled $222,683 lifetime.   Western New York has been great thus far for Melodies Major. Trained by Mark Ford, he scored two NYSS victories last season, each in track record times. He made his first mark at Buffalo Raceway with a 1:54.2 and then at Batavia Downs where he toured the course in 1:54.1.   The current record standards at Buffalo Raceway are 1:52.3 for the geldings set in 2012 by Steelhead Hanover while the colt mark is 1:51.4 established in 2018 by Hitman Hill.   The one to watch out for is Fromthestartagain (So Surreal-From The Start). Drew Monti will be in the sulky and will score from the four spot at 4-to-1 odds.   Not racing as a 2-year-old old, Fromthestartagain arrives on a two-race winning streak including a neck decision over Reigning Deo at Saratoga in 1:53.0 on May 26. He has seven races under his belt with three wins and two third place finishes, good for $47,000 in earnings.   American Mercury, installed at 6-to-1 from the eight post for driver Tyler Buter, had a nose win in his last try at Saratoga in NYSS competition, covering the mile in 1:52.0.   The remainder of the field includes Price Hanover (Scott Zeron), Hurrikane Kingklee (Pat Lachance), Major March (Jason Bartlett), and A Major Omen (Billy Davis Jr.).   There will be two $15,000 Excelsior Class A events and a $6,600 Excelsior Class B 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. --- Harness racing trainer JD Perrin reached the 1,000 career win mark when Cheyenne Louie posted a $15.20 victory in the 10th race at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 1).   Since 2014, Perrin has had three training titles at Buffalo Raceway and four at Batavia Downs along with several second place finishes on the Western New York circuit.   Things started out slowly for the 34-year-old Perrin as he started his training vocation in 2003 with just one start. He registered his first conditioning victory in 2005 and had just 89 trips to the winners circle through 2011. Things then exploded for him starting in 2012.   Perrin had 96 winners in 317 tries in 2012 with his career best coming in 2016 when he scored 154 victories and $727,983 in purse earnings.   Recently, he just passed $4.5 million in career winnings.   Perrin will hop on the sulky occasionally where he has produced 350 career driving wins.   It didn't take Perrin long to start his bid on the next thousand wins as two races further on the card, Littlebitaclass collected the $26.20 victory for him in the $12,500 Class AA Open pace.   Watching the heavily favored Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) step off fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:27.0, Littlebitaclass had to overcome Western Passage (Cummings) in the shadow of the wire to post the nose score in 1:56,0. Rose Run Ranger (Ray Fisher Jr.) rallied for third.   Owned by Tessa Roland, the 8-year-old gelded Littlebitaclass (Santanna Blue Chip-Asperine Semalu) has now been triumphant five times in 19 tries. The win upped his 2019 winnings to $35,730 and $297,100 lifetime.   Littlebitaclass   Upfront Countryboy (Jim Morrill Jr.) went first over and cruised on by in the stretch to capture the co-featured $11,500 Class AA Open pace in a seasonal best 1:53.4.   Sitting fourth just before the half-mile pole, Upfront Countryboy ($5.40) began a steady drive to the lead, collaring the pace-setting China Dream at the three-quarter marker. From there, it was smooth sailing to the finish line as Upfront Countryboy beat Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) by a comfortable length. Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) took third place.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid) is a 10-year-old gelding that has now produced $35,975 in earnings on the campaign and $484,395 lifetime.   In the pair of $10,000 Class A paces, Lucan Hanover ($8.70) was the quickest of all in the lane and worked out a half length decision over A F F Bigdaddy in 1:56.4 for driver Billy Davis Jr. The other bracket saw Race Me Rocky (Monti) make his Buffalo Raceway debut a winning one by taking a length victory over Lucky Nadotremblay in 1:58.0 and returned $9.40 to his backers.   Monti and Cummings each had four wins on the card while Perrin, John Mungillo, Gerry Sarama and Richard Roth had a pair of training victories each.   Racing will return on Wednesday evening with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes will make its first appearance of the season as the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers will square off. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series.   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. --- "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

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