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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Stall applications for the upcoming 2020 harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway are now available through several different sources.   Applications have been mailed out and can also be obtained at www.buffaloraceway.com or picked up at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association office located at Batavia Downs. Deadline to return the form is Friday, December 13.   Racing at the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg will begin on Wednesday, January 29 and will conclude on Saturday, July 18.   Race Secretary Tom Agosti also announced that the conditions instituted last season will remain in effect in 2020 with Class A, B, C and D levels used. The purse structure will remain the same as in 2019 as well.   For more information including the latest news and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "We are very pleased with the numbers, especially with the live on-track handle," Director Of Operations Jon Cramer said looking back on Buffalo Raceway 2019 harness racing season that just came to a close on Saturday night (July 20).   Cramer stated, "Our live handle was up 22 percent and our export handle was up 11 percent." He said the big increases were based on several factors. "The new condition sheet was a huge success, field sizes were up while purses were distributed to many horsemen. Dave Dylo and his crew did and outstanding job with the track the entire meet. A new menu and added service in the clubhouse all contributed to a very successful season."   Billy Davis Jr. won his first driving title in the United States with 119 victories at Buffalo Raceway. He beat Kevin Cummings who finished second with 97 and Drew Monti who posted 87. Davis Jr., who owns driving championships at Clinton Raceway, Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs, was the top purse earner with $749,076.   "I felt like it was consistency," Davis Jr. said the key to winning the crown was. "I would have good weeks and 'good' weeks. I got lucky and drove for some great trainers and never would've had the run I like did if it wasn't for them. The title is a nice feather in my cap and maybe it will lead to more opportunities in the future."   James Clouser Jr. made it two straight training titles as he collected 56 wins and $417,099 in purse earnings. He finished with a gaudy .417 rating. Maria Rice ended in the second place tie with Gerry Sarama as each conditioner had 50 victories. Rice's charges made $332,129 and Sarama's crew $351,874 in winnings.   James Clouser Jr.   Western Passage took "Pacer Of The Year' honors as the 4-year-old gelding started his season in the Class D level and eventually climbed to the Open Pace. Owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, Western Passage (Sportswriter-Ever Western) won six times with three seconds and a third in 17 outings, earning $40,032.   Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling) was the pick for 'Trotter Of The Year' as the 5-year-old mare notched six wins in 12 tries at Buffalo Raceway, making $42,170. She is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC) and is conditioned by Clouser Jr.   During the meet, there were two milestones reached. Trainer JD Perrin hit the 1,000 career win mark on June 1 as Cheyenne Louie posted the victory in the 10th race while Davis Jr. went over the $20 million in career earnings on the July 5 program.   There were three track records broken and two tied during the season. Lady London (Billy Davis Jr.) smashed a pair of marks in one race when she toured the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:53.2 on May 1. That clocking set both the all-age filly/mare and aged (5+) mare pacing records.   Fashion Hill got into the history book on July 3 with a 1:55.3 time for Tyler Buter and claimed the 2-year-old filly pacer standard.   Gia Surreal (Jim Morrill Jr.) equaled the 3-year-old filly pacer record with a 1:53.3 which tied the mark set by Mosquito Blue Chip in 2015.   Amal Hall (Jason Bartlett) tied the 3-year-old filly trotting barrier on June 23 with a 1:57 which was first produced by Fury Road in 2018. Ironically, Amal Hall still holds the 2-year-old filly trotting mark of 1:59 she established last year.   On the season, the post time favorites hit at a 41.09 percent clip.   As expected the one post garnered the most wins on the season with 177 in 735 starts while the two hole was next with 125 victories and the four position 123. The inside spot was in the money 60 percent of the time.   As for next season, Cramer said, "We are looking to continue and improve the experience here at Buffalo Raceway."   Racing will resume in January of 2020. 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. --- The rail is the perfect place for a tempo-setting pacer like Manceiver to start from and he took total advantage of that post position on closing night Saturday (July 20) by wiring the harness racing field in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Pace in a seasonal best 1:53.2.   "He was strong tonight," winning driver Kevin Cummings said of the front running Manceiver ($8.90). "I wasn't worried about anyone leaving. I wanted them to catch me."   Posting reasonable fractions of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:25.2, Manceiver found no serious threats in the lane and coasted home to a comfortable length decision over Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough). Adonis Bay (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled in for third.   "I knew at the top of the stretch I had it," Cummings said.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Manceiver (Sportswriter-Swift N Shout) is a 5-year-old gelding that has earned $53,470 in 2019 and $148,107 in his career.   Cummings made it a sweep of the features in coast to coast fashion as he guided In Runaway Bay N ($5.80) to a half length score over Lucky Nadotremblay (McDonough).in the $11,000 Class AA pace.   Cummings and David McNeight III each tripled on the program with Billy Davis Jr. and Wade Tomaszewski getting doubles. Sarama completed the evening with a pair of training wins while Chris Naedele posted a double.   The end of the year awards were announced on Saturday evening. Western Passage was named 'Pacer Of The Year' while Wheels A Turning took the 'Trotter Of The Year' honors.   Davis Jr. was the leading driver of the meet with 119 victories with James Clouser Jr. taking his second straight trainer's crown with 56 wins.   Simulcasting at Buffalo Raceway will close after Sunday's racing due to the Erie County Fair and will reopen on Wednesday, August 21.   Buffalo Raceway will resume live racing in January of 2020. 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. --- "He may not win every time but I know he's going to empty his tank and give it his all," harness racing driver Ray Fisher Jr. said after Lougazi went from last to first again to capture the $13,000 Class A-Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (July 19).   Lougazi had plenty of fire power as he covered the mile in a seasonal best 1:57.4 over the good track, beating Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) by 3-/4 lengths. Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) took the show spot. It was Lougazi's second straight come from behind win in the Class A-Open Trot.   Sitting in seventh and nine lengths back at the opening quarter, Lougazi followed the live cover provided by Wheels A Turning. In the stretch, he was on high octane as all the remainder of the field could do is watch.   "I just sit back with him," Fisher Jr. said of being patient with Lougazi. "The first time I drove him last year at Batavia, I got itchy with him and it didn't work out well. But tonight, everything was perfect for him."   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the fourth win in 18 starts for Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The 5-year-old gelding has now produced $43,500 in earnings in 2019 and $!47,989 lifetime.   Artacus (Davis Jr.) answered the bell in the $20,000 Opportunity Knocks Series finale by wiring the field in a seasonal best 1:55.4.   Starting from the rail, Artacus ($9.30) immediately sped to the lead and put up some spunky fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Turning for home, Artacus enjoyed a four length edge and was able to take the 1-3/4 length dialed down win over a hard charging Rock The Dream (Fisher Jr.). Well Well Well (Denny Bucceri) took the show position.   Artacus captures title in Opportunity Knock Series   Owned and trained by Sabrina Shaw, the 9-year-old gelded Artacus (Artiscape-Pumped) has now won four times in 16 appearances, pushing his seasonal earnings to $22,095 and $195,049 lifetime.   Glow Boat (McNeight III) took the $10,000 Opportunity Knocks consolation event with a 3/4 length score over No Talking (Fisher Jr.) in 1:56.3. Glow Boat returned $7.70 to his backers.   Davis Jr. finished the evening with three wins in the bike while Kevin Cummings had two victories. Shaw had a training double.   The 2019 season will conclude on Saturday night with a 12-race program scheduled for 6 p.m. Buffalo Raceway's simulcasting center will be closed from Monday, July 22 through Tuesday, August 20 due to the Erie County Fair. It will reopen on Wednesday, August 21.   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. --- Bourbon Express and Saylor were the $51,000 divisional harness racing winners in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Wednesday night (July 17) as each of the freshman went in 1:59.2 over the fast track at Buffalo Raceway.   In the opening bracket, Bourbon Express ($4.70) beat Barn Holden by 1-1/2 lengths while in the second division, Saylor ($31.40) captured a four length score over Redneckerthenyou.   "He handled the track like an old trotter," winning driver Jason Bartlett said of Bourbon Express. "I stepped on the gas with him off the gate then again in the stretch. If someone tried to stay with Bourbon Express, they probably would have tipped over."   Scoring from the four post, Bourbon Express shot right off the gate and posted splits of :30.2, 1:01.1 and 1:31.1. Heading for home, Barn Holden (Kevin Cummings) was in position to challenge Bourbon Express but failed to get any closer than a 1-1/2 lengths at the wire. Hobbs (Jim Morrill Jr.) collected the third place check.   Co-owned by Salvatore Vullo, James DeArmond and trainer Jessica Okusko, it was the second win in three tries for Bourbon Express (RC Royalty-Kasha). The victory upped his seasonal earnings to $45,600.   A break behind the starting gate by the heavily favored Berkery J and Sing Me A Lalabye completely changed the complexion of the second bracket and Saylor took advantage of it.   Following the pace-setting Book Seven, Saylor popped the pocket at the top of the lane and strolled off to the easy victory. Redneckerthenyou (Dan Daley) took second while Book Seven (Andy Miller), who jumped it off in the stretch, regrouped in time to take third.   "It happens to two year olds," winning driver Doug Ackerman said of the two breaking horses at the starting gate. He added, "Saylor was keen to go tonight and wanted to race. He did everything that was asked of him and responded each time."   Trained and owned by Ackerman, Saylor (Chapter Seven-Creme De Cocoa) broke his maiden with the triumph and moved his seasonal bankroll to $31,548.   Saylor   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Maximus Da Savage ($4.50) toured the Hamburg oval in 2:01.2 while Bropain (Mickey McGivern) pulled a mild $12.80 upset in 2:02.4.   Crazy For CJ took the $6,800 Excelsior B division for Claude Huckabone III as he raced to a popular $3.50 win in 2:03.1.   Bartlett completed the evening with a triple.   The final weekend of action on the 2019 season at Buffalo Raceway begins on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program slated. The finale will be on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card 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. --- Buffalo Raceway begins its final week of the 2019 campaign on Wednesday night (July 17) and the last classification of the New York Sire Stakes will highlight the 13-race harness racing program as the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters will get together for two divisions worth $51,000 each. Post time is set for 5 p.m.   Scheduled as the fifth and seventh races on the card, the Sire Stakes attracted 10 youngsters who were split into a pair of five horse fields.   There will be a local flair to the first division as Barn Holden is tabbed the 2-1 choice from the two post for driver Kevin Cummings.   Barn Holden (Conway Hall-Barn Babe) is co-owned by the Western New York connections of trainer Steve and Nancy Pratt, the Purple Haze Stable and the Out In The Country Stable. Barn Holden arrives fresh off a gate-to-wire 3-1/4 length victory in NYSS competition at Yonkers. He covered the mile in 1:59.   The main threat should come from Sky Castles (Conway Hall-Sand Piper) who drew the inside with Charlie Norris in the sulky. Sky Castles already has a win in the NYSS as he rolled to a 1-1/4 length score in 1:57.4 at Tioga Downs on June 30. In his last appearance at Yonkers, he finished third behind Barn Holden.   The rest of the opening bracket includes Hobbs (Jim Morrill Jr.), Bourbon Express (Jason Bartlett) and Clear Sailing (Dan Daley).   In the second division, Berkery J looms as the one to beat as he comes off a 7-1/2-length victory in 1:58.2 in the NYSS at Yonkers on July 8. Drawing the rail for Bartlett, Berkery J (Chapter Seven-Southwind Caitlin) also has a solid second place finish at Tioga in his only other career start. He's is the even money choice on the morning line.   Saylor drew the two hole for Doug Ackerman and be the main competition to Berkery J. He set the pace in his last outing at Yonkers in NYSS competition but faded late and took second place, losing by two lengths.   Others involved in this race will include Book Seven (Andy Miller), Sing Me A Lalabye (Norris) and Redneckerthenyou (Daley).   The track record for the colt freshman trotters is 1:58.4 established in 2016 by Money MacIntosh while the gelding standard is 2:01.2 set in 2013 by The Lindy Treaty.   There are also a pair of $15,000 events in the Excelsior A Series and one $6,800 race in the Excelsior B Series on the card.   After Wednesday night, Buffalo Raceway will have just two programs left on the season, that being at 5 p.m. on Friday while Saturday, closing night, has a 6 p.m. start time.   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. --- After a pair of disappointing setbacks, Adonis Bay returned to his winning ways by capturing the harness racing  $13,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 13).   Reverting back to his successful style of racing, that being on the front end, Adonis Bay posted fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.2 in covering the mile in 1:55. He beat Black Is Back (David McNeight III) by 3/4 lengths while Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) took third.   The victory with Adonis Bay gave driver Ray Fisher Jr. a sweep of the weekend features as he notched the win aboard Lougazi in the Open Trot on Friday night.   Owned by Michael Gentner and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the fourth win in 22 appearances for Adonis Bay (If I Can Dream-Kiss Me I'm Lucky). The triumph moved the 7-year-old gelding's 2019 bankroll to $48,390 and $269,295 lifetime.   Rose Run Ranger (Drew Monti) needed every inch of the Buffalo Raceway home stretch and was able to squeeze out a nose victory over In Runaway Bay N in the $11,000 Class AA pace.   Going three wide around the final turn, Rose Run Ranger was persistent in his drive to the lead and finally nudged ahead of In Runaway Bay N at the wire. Lots Of Lovin (Denny Bucceri) took the third place check. Rose Run Ranger covered the mile in a seasonal best of 1:54.4.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the seventh win in 21 starts for Rose Run Ranger (Major In Art-A And G's Finest). The 6-year-old gelding has produced $55,330 in earnings this season and $130,300 lifetime. Rose Run Ranger   Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) slipped through in the passing lane and snagged a nose decision over Grantor Hanover in the $10,000 Class A pace in seasonal best of 1:54.1. It was the second straight triumph for Harry Hoo N ($5.00).   McNeight III and Fisher Jr. had a driving triples on the card while Monti, and Billy Davis Jr had doubles. David McNeight Sr., James Clouser Jr. and Jeff Amann all had two training wins.   The final week of the 2019 season at Buffalo Raceway gets underway on Wednesday night as a 13-race card will be presented. The New York Sire Stakes will take place for the final time this year as the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters will headline the card. 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. --- The 'fickle' Lougazi ($6.30) found things to his liking at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (July 12) and took the $12,500 Class A-Open Trot by topping Southern Palms by a length in a seasonal harness racing best in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   "He's a temperamental horse," winning driver Ray Fisher Jr. said of Lougazi. "If things aren't perfect and to his liking, he's very hard to handle."   Well, things must have been up to Lougazi's standards as he used his slow and steady first over trip to register the victory.   Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) set the splits with fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:28.3. Lougazi found a spot in sixth place early but then was on the move just past the opening quarter. Steadily making up ground, Lougazi eventually collared the tempo-setting Southern Palms midway down the stretch while Serious George (David McNeight III) finished in third.   "Lougazi nearly pulls me out of my seat scoring down but then he can't leave three steps off the gate," Fisher Jr. said of the now familiar come from behind style of the 5-year-old gelding. "Everything has to be right for him, even down to how the track condition is."   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade) now has three victories in 17 tries in 2019. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $37,000 and $141,483 lifetime.   Shawn McDonough completed the night with a driving triple while Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Cummings had two victories apiece. Trainer Ryan Swift had two wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race 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. --- Groovy Joe ($8.40) stamped himself as one of the top 2-year-old male pacers on the New York Sire Stakes harness racing circuit on Wednesday night (July 10) as he rolled to a dominating 5-1/4 length triumph over the highly-touted Sandy's Bolt in 1:54.3 at Buffalo Raceway.   It was the third consecutive win for Groovy Joe in the NYSS. He just missed the 2-year-old colt track record of 1:54.2 in capturing the first $52,000 division.   Oreo Dream Xtreme ($3.40) used the long Buffalo Raceway stretch to his advantage and rallied past the pace-setting Teton Sunset in 1:57.1 to take the second bracket.   In what was expected to be an early career showdown between the two undefeated colts, Groovy Joe got the upper hand over Sandy's Bolt in their first meeting with the impressive win.   "He's good on a half mile track," winning driver Matt Kakaley said of Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk). "He's just a very nice colt."   Setting the hot fractions of :27.4, :57,1 and 1:26.3, Groovy Joe braced for a move by the pocket-sitting Sandy's Bolt (Jason Bartlett) with a final panel to race but that never materialized. Groovy Joe instead unleashed a final mark of :28 which dashed Sandy's Bolt's hopes of the win. Major Asset (Mike Simons) took third.   "I wasn't worried the last quarter mile," Kakaley said. "I knew he (Groovy Joe) was that good."   Co-owned by trainer Blake MacIntosh and the Hutt Racing Stable, Groovy Joe is now a perfect 3-for-3 with $58,925 in earnings thus far.   In the second division, Oreo Dream Xtreme (Bartlett) let Teton Sunset (Mark MacDonald) do all the dirty work on the front end then cruised on past in the lane to take the victory. Major On The Beach (Kakaley) grabbed the show position.   "The race went as planned," Bartlett said of the journey with Oreo Dream Xtreme. "He was a little 'steppy' around the final turn but once he straightened out, I wasn't worried."   Teton Sunset put up reasonable fractions of :29.1 :59 and 1:28.4 but couldn't answer the bell when Oreo Dream Xtreme roared on by in the lane.   Oreo Dream Xtreme takes second division of NYSS in 1:59.1   Co-owned by Crawford Farms Racing, J. Crawford, Happy Hour Racing and R. Preziotti, it was the first career win for Oreo Dream Xtreme (American Ideal-Spotlight On). The decision upped his season earnings to $38,842.   In the two $15,000 Excelsior A events, American Mojo blew up the tote board with a $62.00 win for driver Kevin Cummings in 2:01.4 while Sunsetboozecruise ($2.80) covered the mile in 1:56.1 for Jim Morrill Jr.   Redemptionbluechip (Bartlett) captured the $6,500 Excelsior B race with a 1:59 and returned $2.80 for the popular victory.   Cummings finished the program with three victories while Ray Fisher Jr. and Bartlett each had doubles. Trainers Ryan Swift and John Butenschoen conditioned two winners.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program set. There's a $1533 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. --- They may be just beginning their harness racing careers but a pair of talented and undefeated colts are set to square off in the fifth race at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 10) as two $52,000 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the freshman male pacers are slated.   Sandy's Bolt and Groovy Joe are ready to collide in an early career showdown as they both arrive with two impressive victories in the Sire Stakes.   Coming off a 6-1/2 length victory in the NYSS at Monticello Raceway on July 1, Sandy's Bolt (Bolt The Duer-White Sand) also had a 3/4-length decision at Yonkers on June 20. Tabbed as the 2-1 morning line choice, Sandy's Bolt drew the four post with Jason Bartlett scheduled to drive.   Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) has yet to taste defeat as well and is fresh off a two length victory in 1:56.4 at Monticello. He was also successful in the Sire Stakes at Yonkers on June 20 with a solid 1-3/4 length win in 1:56.4. He's the second choice at 3-1 and will score from the two hole for Matt Kakaley.   Not to be overlooked is Linus (Roll With Joe-Jet Wash), a runner up to Sandy's Bolt at Monticello is his lone career start. Starting from the three spot, Jim Morrill Jr. gets the nod in the sulky.   Major Asset (Mike Simons) gets the rail and has a victory in the Excelsior A Series along with a third place finish in the NYSS at Monticello.   The remainder of the field includes Shvaiko (Drew Monti) and American Rebel (Mark MacDonald).   The second division will go off as the seventh race and all the entrants are in search of their maiden win. While they may not have been as successful as their counterparts in the first division thus far, the price they were purchased for at the sales say their owners have plenty of faith in their abilities.   Ideal Artillery (American Ideal-Shelliscape) is owned by local connections of Howard and Michael Ouriel of Rochester. A $70,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Sale, Ideal Artillery did get a third place finish behind Sandy's Bolt at Monticello on July 1. He'll start from the five post with Drew Monti aboard.   Oreo Dream Xtreme (American Ideal-Spotlight On) was a $60,000 buy at the Lexington Sales. Getting the four spot on the starting grid with Bartlett, Oreo Dream Xtreme has a second and third place finish in both his NYSS efforts.   Major On The Beach (Art Major-One For The Road), the morning line favorite at 2-1, will begin off the rail for Kakaley. This $50,000 Lexington Sale purchase has a third place finish at Monticello Raceway in the NYSS on July 1.   The rest of the participants include Play Therapy (Morrill Jr.), Steuben Moose (Billy Davis Jr.) and Teton Sunset (MacDonald).   The track record for 2-year-old colt pacers is 1:54.2 established last year by Melodies Major while the gelding standard is 1:56.3 set by Roadside Delight way back in 2010.   There will be a pair of $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series on the 12-race program along with a $6,500 leg of the Excelsior B Series. Post time is 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. --- It's been quite a week for Buffalo Raceway's leading harness racing driver Billy Davis Jr. First, he went over the $20 million mark in career purse earnings and then on Saturday night (July 6) he celebrated his 33rd birthday with six victories including the two main events.   "I've had a pretty good go of it lately," Davis Jr. said of the big week that has included 10 victories in the past three cards at Buffalo Raceway. "It was a pretty good birthday."   Davis Jr. captured the $13,000 Class AA-Open Pace aboard Lucan Hanover ($5.90) as they posted a length triumph over Western Passage and he also collected the win aboard China Dream in the $11,000 Class AA Pace.   After a pair of heart-breaking second place finishes by a neck in his previous two tries, Lucan Hanover completed the task this time with a gate-to-wire score in seasonal best 1:53.2.   Posting fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:25.1, a :28.1 last frame by Lucan Hanover kept Western Passage (Denny Bucceri) at bay at the wire. Black Is Back (David McNeight III) took the third place position.   "It felt like the old Lucan Hanover," Davis Jr. said. "Last week he was coming off a two-week break and I figured he might be short. Tonight he coasted along pretty good."   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and the Pine Hill Racing Stable LLC, it was the fifth win in 21 starts for Lucan Hanover (Western Ideal-Lauren Order). The 9-year-old gelding has now produced $39,649 in winnings this season and pushed his career bank to $1,199,665.   China Dream has been earning his keep with plenty of second and third place finishes but he finally got the winner's share of the purse after registering a 2-1/4 length nod over Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) in the $11,000 Class AA pace. China Dream ($21.60) toured the mile in a season's best 1:54.4. Rose Run Ranger (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position as Lots Of Lovin was disqualified from third to fifth due to interference.   Since the beginning of May, China Dream has had a second and four third place finishes. He broke the dry spell thanks to a hard-charging :27.2 final quarter mile which secured his fourth victory of the campaign.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, it was the fourth win in 20 outings for the 8-year-old gelded China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art). The win upped his bankroll to $37,030 on the year and $320,217 lifetime.   China Dream   In the $10,000 Class A pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) tied his lifetime best with a 1:53.4 and turned back Race Me Rocky (Billy Davis Jr.) by 1-1/2 lengths. He win was worth $9.30 to his backers.   Shawn McDonough had a pair of driving and training victories while Maria Rice conditioned a pair of winners.   The final two weeks of the 2019 campaign will begin on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the program as the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will clash in a pair of $52,000 divisions. 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. --- BZ Glide ($5.80) wired the field in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class A-Open Trot on Friday night (July 5) in a seasonal best of 1:58.3 but his recent harness racing success has been tied to an old friend, Paco.   With the weather cool and damp this spring, it has taken a little longer than usual for BZ Glide to get in shape. Winning driver Mike Caprio laid the blame on Paco who delayed BZ Glide in getting prepped for the season.   "It's Paco, the 36-year-old Appaloosa horse we have," Caprio said laughing. "If Paco doesn't want go outside because it's cold or because of his asthma, BZ Glide refuses to go out too and jog. He just won't go. It's the craziest thing you'll ever see."   But with the weather improving, BZ Glide's buddy Paco was been making his way to his outside pen. With Paco basking in the lazy, hazy days of summer, BZ Glide has been getting his work in and the results are beginning to show.   Zooming off the starting gate, BZ Glide has no issues in setting the splits of :29.2, :59.4 and 1:30.2. With a final panel to trot, the pocket sitting Majestic Kat broke stride and lost all hope.   Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) and Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) avoided the breaker and made late bids but settled for second and third respectively. BZ Glide enjoyed a non-threatening half-length advantage at the finish line.   Owned the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, the 10-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer) has won twice in seven tries in 2019. The victory moved his seasonal earnings to $16,510 and $331,557 lifetime.   Shawn McDonough had a great night as he drove and conditioned three winners on the evening. Ray Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. all had driving doubles.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-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  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fashion Hill took advantage of an unusual circumstance and it ended up helping her shatter the Buffalo Raceway 2-year-old filly pacing track record with a 1:55.3 victory in the first $54,000 harness racing division of the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (July 3).   She crushed the old standard of 1:56.2 established in 2016 by She's A Billionair.   Winning driver Tyler Buter said of the unique trip with Fashion Hill. "Kevin's (Cummings) horse (Sugaronthebeach) kept hitting her foot on the bike and the noise scared mine that she wanted to go a thousand miles an hour. She (Sugaronthebeach) finally stopped hitting it around the half mile pole and my horse then settled down."   Racing right to the lead, Fashion Hill set the blazing fractions of :29, :57.1 and 1:26.4. It appeared that So Rude (Matt Kakaley) and The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.) were going to take shots at the leader down the stretch but Fashion Hill never looked back in posting the 1-1/4 length victory. So Rude took the place position and The Fun Marshall was third.   "She had a lot left at the end of the race," Buter said of Fashion Hill (American Ideal-Taxi Fare Hanover). "I wasn't worried about a track record, I was concerned in getting her around the track." He added, "I want to thank the connections (trainer Chris Oakes) and the owner (Tom Hill) for the opportunity.   In the NYSS second division, Cummings used the home track advantage to guide Racine Bell ($8.50) to a nose 1:57.1 victory over Galleria Gal (Buter). Rare Jimstone (Morrill Jr.) was third.   "It's a tough track to get around but having the knowledge racing here helps," Cummings said. "It looked like she (Racine Bell) could get around a half-mile track pretty well. After looking at her last race at Monticello, I wanted to get her to the lead."   Scoring from the six post, Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) got to the top and showed the way with splits of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:29. Galleria Gal made a sustained charge in the lane but came up just a nose short.   "She dug in and showed a lot of guts late," Cummings said of Racine Belle.     Owned by Chris and Dale Lawton and trained by David Dewhurst, it was the second win in three career appearances for Racine Belle. The victory upped her seasonal earnings to $35,125.   In the lone $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Twin B Salsa (Cummings) covered the mile in 1:59 and returned $7.50 to her backers.   There was a $6,300 event in the Excelsior B Series with Twin B Infinity (Kakaley) taking the non-betting affair in 2:03.3. The win gave trainer Blake MacIntosh a sweep of the Excelsior races.   Cummings, Davis Jr. and Morrill Jr. each had driving doubles with Maria Rice and James Clouser Jr. collecting a pair of training wins apiece.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including 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 continues to march through Buffalo Raceway and the harness racing 2-year-old filly pacers will get their opportunity to strut their stuff in a pair of $54,000 divisions on Wednesday night (July 3).   The contests are set as the fourth and sixth events on the 12-race program that begins at 5 p.m. With warm, muggy conditions expected, they could be firing at the track record for their classification which is 1:56.2 set in 2016 by She's A Millionair.   Most of the babies will be in action for just the second time in their young careers but three have already tasted victory.   So Rude (So Surreal-A Am A Snob) tops the field in the first division and will score from the six post for Matt Kakaley. She made her debut on June 24 at Monticello Raceway and registered a 3/4 length win in 1:57.3 in the New York Sire Stakes. So Rude covered the final panel in :27.4 in rallying for the victory and with the long Buffalo Raceway home stretch on the horizon, she should be a serious factor late.   Precious Alexis (Art Major-Put On A Display) will start from the eight post and gets the services of Jim Morrill Jr. She lost a heart-breaking neck decision in her first try at Monticello Raceway to Hidden Cove in the NYSS.   Sugaronthebeach (Kevin Cummings), The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.), Kitty Hoyne (Jimmy Whittemore) and American Chance (Jonathan Drury) are entered and each have started in the Sire Stakes in their career debuts.   Spreckles (Drew Monti) arrives fresh off her maiden victory in the Excelsior A Series at Monticello in 1:59.0. Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) rounds out the full field of eight.   The other bracket has Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) tabbed as the 3-1 favorite from the seven post with Cummings in the bike. She collected her first career win back on June 7 in a maiden race by 3-1/4 lengths at Vernon Downs in 1:56.1. She then travel to Monticello on June 24 where she suffered a tough 1-1/2 setback to Cash Roll in the Sire Stakes.   The highly competitive field also includes the Scott Di Domenico entry of Bolt Of Speed (Kakaley) and Bottle Of Red (Monti) along with Rare Jimstone (Morrill Jr.), Galleria Gal (Buter), Movie Town (Drury), Roll With Angel (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Jackie's Express (Whittemore).   The day's action will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. with a non-betting race in the Excelsior B Series while a $15,000 division in the Excelsior A Series opens the program in the first.   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. --- Black Is Back ($4.10) left the harness racing field feeling blue in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class AA-Open Pace on Saturday night (June 29) with a neck win over Lucan Hanover in 1:54.3 over the fast track.   It was fourth straight victory for Black Is Back with the previous three decisions coming at Saratoga Raceway.   With his first start behind Black Is Back, David McNeight III got to the front early with him but saw Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) storm by and take control as they hit the opening quarter in :28.1.   "I think he (Black Is Back) wanted to cut the mile but he can race from behind," McNeight III stated getting the pocket trip.   That closing kick came in handy as Black Is Back blasted a :28.1 final quarter to help in topping the pace-setting Lucan Hanover. Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) was third.   "At the top of the stretch I knew I had a lot left but I wasn't sure I was going to get by Lucan Hanover who is a tough horse to pass," McNeight III said of the finish.   Co-owned by Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and Curtis Edholm and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., the 6-year-old gelded Black Is Back (Western Terror-Magic Moments) is now a winner of five races in 11 tries this season. The victory improved his 2019 earnings to $29,500 and $193,475 in his career.   Manceiver ($10.60) took the $11,000 Class AA pace with a wire-to-wire victory in 1:55.4 for Kevin Cummings.   Starting from the five post, Manceiver took right off from the wings and was able to set the tempo of :28.2, :57 and 1:26.2. The closers made belated moves in the stretch but Manceiver's advantage was too much to overcome. Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) was second with China Dream (Davis Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the seventh victory in 22 appearances for the 5-year-old gelded Manceiver (Sportswriter-Swift N Shout). The win jacked his season winnings to $45,410 and $140,047 lifetime.   Manceiver   There were a pair of $10,000 Class A paces on the the program with In Runaway Bay ($6.00) taking the first division in 1:55.1 for Morrill Jr. while What's Goin On ($3.90) rallied three-wide around the final turn in posting a 1:55.2 triumph under the guidance of Cummings.   Cummings remained red hot in the sulky with three victories while Morrill Jr. doubled. Sarama had a pair of training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card slated. The New York Sire Stakes will be back as the 2-year-old filly pacers will collide in a pair of $54,000 events. There will also be competition in the Excelsior A series and a non-betting affair in the Excelsior B division with post time for that race at 4:30 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. --- Noble Legend ($3.90) returned back to Buffalo Raceway after an extended stay at Northfield Park and wasted no time to start enjoying the spoils of home by capturing the $12,000 Class A-Open Harness Racing Trot on Friday night (June 28).   Going the mile in 1:57.1 over the fast track, Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) held off the late charge of Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) and scored the half length victory. Southern Palms (David McNeight III) collected the third place check.   Scoring from the inside, Noble Legend didn't need to expend much energy to reach the top as he posted fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:28. With a panel to trot, Lougazi put in a strong effort but Noble Legend had enough left to notch the win.   "We got the rail and weren't going to waste it," Davis Jr. said of the front end trip with Noble Legend. "We got some easy fractions. I was a little concerned the last quarter mile with Lougazi coming on the outside but Noble Legend showed his class and dug in late."   A 7-year-old gelding, Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It) is trained by Maria Rice and co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. The victory was his sixth in 22 starts in 2019 and moved his seasonal winnings to $44,523 and $244,609 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings finished the night with four driving victories while Davis Jr. added a triple. Trainer Angelo Nappo picked up a double.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-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  

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