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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Diditagain Hanover 'did it again' at Buffalo Raceway as the 6-year-old gelding won his fifth straight race with a half-length victory over Rock N Roll Legend in the featured $10,500 Open Pace in 1:55.4 over the fast track.   After racing in the $10,000 optional claiming ranks a little more than a month ago, Diditagain Hanover has progressively and successfully stepped up the ladder and reached top rung this week. He showed he was ready for the challenge against the best pacers on the grounds.   It was a slightly different tactic used by Diditagain Hanover ($4.20) and driver Kevin Cummings. Usually coming off the pace, Diditagain Hanover, who scored from the rail, went to the top and didn't look back. After putting up fractions of 29, 58.2 and 1:27, the 28.4 final panel proved to be just enough to hold off the late charge from Rock N Roll Legend (Jack Flanigen). Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) took third place position.   The victory was the sixth in Diditagain Hanover's last seven starts and seventh win of the season. He is owned by Thomas Mazzone and trained by Lisa Zgodzinski. The win sent his winnings to $29,746 in 2014 and $149,989 lifetime.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race program slated for 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Armed Dangerously ($5.60) was locked and loaded in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (April 18) and scored a convincing one length victory over Stormont O My in 1:59.3 over a fast track.   Using a first over trip, Armed Dangerously (Ray Fisher Jr.) effortlessly trotted to the lead at the three-quarter pole and played 'catch me if you can' from there. The 5-year-old horse opened up a comfortable two length edge at the top of the stretch and was never in jeopardy of losing it from there.   Stormont O My (Drew Monti) rallied for the place position while Fiorentina (Kevin Cummings), the pace setter, finished third.   Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Armed Dangerously (Cash Hall-Drive You Wild) has now won four times in nine appearances in 2014, earning $20,038 this season and $166,545 lifetime.   It was the second straight racing night the Torcello/Sarama combination has won the feature race at Buffalo Raceway as Delightful Syd took the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Wednesday evening.   Buffalo Raceway will present a 12-race program on Saturday night with first post scheduled for 6:40 p.m.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The Buffalo Raceway Race Office announces the 3rd claiming series of 2014, "The Spring Break". The very successful and lucrative pacing series' has been a favorite of horsemen and bettors at the Hamburg, NY oval. "The Spring Break" knock out claiming series is set to start May 31st , 2nd leg June 7th, 3rd leg June 14th, and the $15,000 added final & consolation June 21st. Nominations must be received by May 17th. There will be races for "series nominated horses preferred" on May 21st, 23rd, & 24th. Nomination forms & rules are online under the Horsemen page at www.buffaloraceway.com or by calling the race office at 716-649-1280, ext 6234. by Jon Cramer, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- It's been close but no cigar for Delightful Syd in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway the past two weeks. She's been knocking on the door with a pair of narrow losses by less than two combined lengths.   But this week, Delightful Syd ($3.70) got the services of driver Jim Morrill Jr. and it resulted in a hard-fought head victory over a game Heavenly Place in a seasonal best time of 1:57 on the fast track Wednesday night (April 16).   Morrill Jr., making his 2014 debut at Buffalo Raceway, usually makes the Hamburg half-mile oval his personal playground and Wednesday night was no different as he registered five victories. Last season, he hit at nearly a 33 percent clip (58 wins in 183 starts) at Buffalo Raceway.   In the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace feature, he gave Delightful Syd the perfect trip.   With Fiftyonefifty (Kevin Cummings) setting fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.3, Morrill Jr. started his challenge with Delightful Syd before the half-mile pole, coming out first over. Just by the three-quarter marker, the 7-year-old mare took over the top and never gave it up. Heavenly Place (Drew Monti) put up a valiant, however, coming up just a head short at the wire to finish second while Ugly Betty (Jack Flanigen) placed third.   The victory was the second in seven starts this season for Delightful Syd, who is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama. The win pushed her earnings to $13,760 in 2014 and $177,189 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings had a driving triple on the night as well.   Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set for 6:40 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

LATHAM, N.Y.-A seminar for new and prospective owners sponsored by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and hosted by Harness Horse Breeders of New York State will be held at Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, New York. This seminar will provide valuable information for prospective or rookie owners and focus on all aspects of horse ownership. The seminar is scheduled for Saturday May 10th, 2014 at Buffalo Raceway The seminar will start at 1:30 p.m. and include a meal and live racing. Seminar will cover the rewards and risks of horse ownership, actual costs, choosing young horses or claimers and how to choose a trainer. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the racing facility and meet the Race Secretary and the Presiding Judge. They will also visit a trainer's stable and talk with owners. Tuition is $20 per person or $30 per couple and includes the seminar and materials, dinner, live racing, a pathways certificate, membership to HHBNYS and follow-up services. Seminar requires advance registration. For more information or to register for the seminar, please call Harness Horse Breeders at 518-785-5858 or e-mail info@hhbnys.com. by Betty Holt, for the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS           Harness Horse Breeders of New York State   400 Troy-Schenectady Road   Latham, New York 12110   Tel: 518-785-5858   Fax: 518-785-5848   info@hhbnys.com   hhbnys.com      

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Fireyourguns made his seasonal debut in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (April 12) and he looked in mid-season form as he scored an impressive neck victory over a late-closing Salazar in a sparkling time of 1:54.1 over the fast track.   The last time Fireyourguns was seen was back on October 19 when he registered a length victory in the Batavia Downs Open Pace. The 2013 'Pacer of the Year' at Batavia Downs didn't look like he was resting and relaxing for nearly six months in posting the surprising $21.40 victory.   The heavily-favored Running Book (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) was the commander of fractions with times of 27.3, 56.0 and 1:25.0 but like last week drifted out badly in the lane. Fireyourguns took advantage and needed very little encouragement from driver Mike Caprio who kept the winner going in a straight line to the score the win. Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.) was hard-charging late and just missed by a neck while Running Book took the show position.   Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover) is a 5-year-old gelding owned by Terence McClory along with Jennifer and Robert Lowe. It was the 18th lifetime win in 50 appearances and moved Fireyourguns' lifetime earnings to $129,811.   Racing will return on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, replays, results and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Heartsaregonnaroll was the 'Queen of the Night' at Buffalo Raceway Friday evening (April 11) as the lone harness racing mare in the field flexed her muscles and went wire-to-wire to snag the $10,500 Open Trot in a seasonal best time of 1:58.3 over the fast track.   The heavily-favored Heartsaregonnaroll ($3.80) didn't break any hearts as she managed to post the half-length victory over Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) and Talladega Hanover (John Cummings). In the stretch, the winner trotted smartly to the finish as the remaining field of gentlemen failed to mount any challenges.   Sent right to the lead by driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Heartsaregonnaroll posted marks of 29.3, 59.0, 1:29.0 in posting her third victory in 13 starts. The steady and consistent 5-year-old mare has been in the money nine times this season, earning $27,181 for owners Paul and Ronald Viele. Alex Giuliani trained Heartsaregonnaroll (Hard Rock N Roll-Primrose Hanover), now a winner of $108,617 lifetime.   The action continues at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night when a 12-race card will go to the post at 6:40 p.m. The featured $10,500 Open Pace is slated for the eighth race.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- What a difference a week makes.   St Lads Zena ($18.60) was overlooked by the betting public in Wednesday evening's $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway but she rewarded her faithful backers by rallying for a half length victory over a stunned Heavenly Place in a seasonal best of 1:56.3.   Last week at the same level, St Lads Zena scored from the rail and went wire-to-wire, returning $5.00 with a nose victory. But Wednesday night, the reigning 'queen' started from the five post and had lukewarm backing.   The favored Fiftyonefifty, as expected, set sail from the rail and posted fractions of 29.2, 59.1 and 1:27.3. But the step up in class proved to be too much and Fiftyonefifty (Kevin Cummings) called it a night with a quarter mile to go. Heavenly Place was next up and pounced to the top. She looked home free down the stretch but someone forgot to tell St Lads Zena.   Under the urging of driver Ron Beback Jr., St Lads Zena zoomed through the passing lane and blasted past the shocked Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) who could do nothing but watch as they hit the wire. Delightful Syd (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.   It was the second straight victory in the Fillies and Mares Open Pace for St Lads Zena, now a winner three times in 11 appearances in 2014. Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., the 5-year-old mare (Apaches Fame-Natural Ingredient) has now amassed $22,430 in earnings this year and $91,230 lifetime.   The racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card set for 6:40 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race results, replays and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Auditorial had a second and a pair of third place finishes in the qualifying legs of the Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series at Buffalo Raceway but he saved his best for the $22,750 finals Saturday night (April 5) and registered the mild upset in 1:57.4.   The surprises then continued in the co-featured $10,500 Open Pace as Sand Savage ($16.00) posted a head win over the heavily-favored Running Book in a seasonal best of 1:55.1 over the fast track.   Drew Monti, a 19-year-old provisional driver at Buffalo Raceway, enjoyed the night as he guided both Auditorial and Sand Savage to the victories in the co-features.   In the Michael Scores finals, postponed from last week due to snow and poor track conditions, Auditorial ($13.60) got the perfect trip. He sat in second place from the start, following the pace-setting Enzo Seelster (John Cummings) who put up fractions of 28.2, 58.3 and 1:28. In the dash to the wire, Monti urged Auditorial through the inside passing lane and eventually wore down Enzo Seelster to score the 1/2 length decision. Catman (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) took the show position, finishing a mere length behind.   Owned and trained by Daniel Mullet, Auditorial (Artsplace-Special Addition) is an 8-year-old gelding who has now earned $17,589 this season and $164,760 lifetime. It was his second win in 2014 and 17th of his career as well.   In the Open, it was a two-horse breakaway as the pace-setting Running Book and pocket-sitting Sand Savage opened up an 11-length lead on the field by the three-quarter marker. In the stretch, the leg-weary Running Book drifted out badly while Monti kept Sand Savage on a straight course to the finish line and managed to win by a neck.   Sand Savage (Allamerican Native-Sheer Hose) is owned by Robert Salzman and is conditioned by Rose Russo. It was the second win in 11 starts for the 7-year-old horse this year. It upped his winnings to $16,332 in 2014 and $340,184 lifetime.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card set to begin at 5 p.m. The $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace is the feature and is scheduled as the eighth race.   For more information including upcoming schedule, promotions, replays, results and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a sloppy track with a race surface that favored front runners.   That was the perfect recipe once again for Lutetium as he scored his third straight convincing victory in winning the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (April 4).   The front-running and off-track loving Lutetium ($2.80) bolted right to the top at the start of the race and played catch me if you can with the rest of the field.   After posting fractions of 29, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2, the race to the wire wasn't a matter of who was going to win but by how much. Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) enjoyed a six-length edge at the top of the stretch as the rest of the field threw in the towel. He was throttled down by mid-stretch as Heartsaregonnaroll (Jim McNeight) was a distant second and Studio City (Aaron Byron) third.   The margin of victory for Lutetium (Credit Winner-Luby) was 3-1/4 lengths after splashing and dashing to a winning time of 2:01.4.   It was the third win in eight appearances this season for Lutetium, who is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw. The win pushed the 7-year-old gelding's bank to $18,585 in 2014 and $204,291 lifetime.   A solid 13-race card is planned for Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with the call to post slated for 6:40 p.m. The rescheduled $22,500 Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series finals will go off as the sixth race and the $10,500 Open Pace set as the eighth race.   For more information, including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- St Lads Zena was assigned the inside post in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (April 2) and used that advantage to edge out Delightful Syd by a nose in 1:57.2 over the fast track.   Scoring from the one hole, the favored St Lads Zena (Ron Beback Jr.) played give-and-go with Taylor Rei to the opening quarter marker. It was then a matter if the front-running St Lads Zena had any takers from the six remaining mares in the stretch run. She had plenty but gamely held them off thanks to a 28.3 last panel.   Delightful Syd (John Cummings Jr.) scooted down the 'lightning lane' but lost by a heart-breaking nose in the photo while third place finisher Taylor Rei (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished just 3/4 lengths behind.   It was first victory of the season at Buffalo Raceway and second of the year for St Lads Zena who had been racing at London and Woodbine earlier in 2014. The 5-year-old mare (Apaches Fame-Natural Ingredient) is owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. She now has bankrolled $17,190 this year and $86,950 lifetime.   Harness racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hard To Mach didn't find it 'hard' to navigate the snowy Buffalo Raceway half-mile track on Saturday night (March 29) and notched a neck win in 2:00.4 over Running Book in the featured $10,500 Open Pace. After the top pace racing conditioned worsened due to snow and the final three races were canceled.   After battling at Pocono, Yonkers and Woodbine thus far this season, the 5-year-old Hard To Mach (Kevin Cummings) dropped in at Buffalo Raceway and overcame the sloppy, snowy and windy conditions to secure the victory.   Starting from the seven post, Hard To Mach ($12.60) got the lead at the quarter pole, registering fractions of 29, 1:01.3 and 1:33. He had just enoughat the wire to hold off the late bid by Running Book (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Naked News (Jim McNeight) rallied for the show spot.   Owned by Susan Oakes and trained by Nick Gampietro Jr., Hard To Mach has now won twice in seven appearances in 2014, earning $17,497 and $317,659 lifetime.   After the featured eighth race, the remaining three races on the card were cancelled for the safety of the drivers and horses due to the poor weather and track conditions. The wagers on the final three races were refunded.   The cancellation of the final three races included the $22,500 finals of the Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series which was scheduled for the ninth race. It is expected to be made up next Saturday.   The $10,000 consolation races of the Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series was held and Well Al B (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) paced away to a convincing four-length victory over Kamanche Sun (Kevin Cummings) in 2:00.4. American Friskie (Jack Flanigen) finished in third.   Buffalo Raceway kicks into a three-night a week schedule starting Wednesday night with a 13-race program on tap beginning at 5 p.m. The track will also race on Friday and Saturday nights in April with post time at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, upcoming promotions and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The most work driver Kevin Cummings had to do in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (March 28) was get Lutetium off to a safe start.   Mission accomplished.   Lutetium ($4.50) zoomed to the lead as the starting gate swung opened with no issues and never looked back from there, posting a 2-3/4 length victory over Studio City in 1:59.4 over the sloppy track.   Earlier this season, Lutetium had problems at the start, breaking in two consecutive races. But trainer Mark Laidlaw ironed out the miscues and Lutetium has been untouchable since. He won the Open II Trot in front-running style last week by two lengths.   Setting fractions of 28.4, 59.2 and 1:29.3 en route to a 1:59.4 mile, Lutetium had no serious threats in scoring his second win of the season. Studio City (Aaron Byron) sat in the garden spot the entire race but had no answers while Armed Dangerously (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show spot.   A 7-year-old gelding, Lutetium is owned by Colleen Girdlestone. He has now earned $13,335 this season and $199,141 lifetime.   The racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race card slated to begin at 6:40 p.m. The $22,500 finals of the Michael Scores Knockout Claiming Series will be held along with the $10,000 consolation race. Also on tap is the $10,500 Open Pace.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Heavenly Place is finding the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway to be just that...a heavenly place.   For the second straight week, Heavenly Place ($5.10) was much the best as she rolled to victory in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (March 26). She comfortably beat Ugly Betty by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   It looked like an instant replay of Heavenly Place's win last week, sit third, go first over, and pull away from the field in the stretch.   Ugly Betty set the tempo with fractions of 30.0, 59.4 and 1:29 with Heavenly Place getting the stalking outside trip. They were on even terms as their heads turned for home but Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) put up a final panel of 29.0 and easily disposed of the tiring Ugly Betty (Ron Beback Jr.). Betit To Getit (Jack Flanigen) took the show spot.   Heavenly Place has now been in the money in all eight starts this season, five of which are victories. Owned by Chs Racing LLC and Limerick Racing, the 6-year-old mare has now earned $23,897 in 2014 and $101,470 lifetime. David McNeight Jr. trained the winner.   The racing will resume Thursday night, a makeup date from a previously postponed card. The 12-race card will get underway at 5 p.m.   For more information including race results, replays, news and upcoming promotions, go www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Last December Monticello Raceway's leading driver, Bruce Aldrich, Jr. locked horns with Northfield Park's top gun, Ronnie Wrenn, in a 'drive-off' here where both men drove in every trace on the card and at days end Aldrich, the home-towner, reined six winners while Wrenn, the visitor, had four. And when the curtain came down on the 2013 national racing season both gentlemen finished one-two in driving victories in North America, Wrenn with 714 and Aldrich with 645. Yesterday at Monticello Raceway Aldrich, who tops the standings here, reined three winners on the eight-race card. The previous day, Sunday (March 23) Aldrich had a five bagger at Saratoga. Since Friday (March 20) he has reined 12 winners. Wrenn, too, is driving daily, at Northfield Park, Buffalo Raceway and The Meadows, and has had 15 wins since last Friday. And with opportunities to drive every day of the week the wins will add up. Since both drivers have been heating-up, each has been moving up on the North American leaderboard in wins again this year. Wrenn's 128 winners ranks him fourth while Aldrich's 102 ties him for seventh, both chasing leader, Corey Callahan's 147 victories. Since neither trains stable of horses and concentrate mainly on driving, they are more free to travel to various race tracks to ply their trade. "I'm constantly on the go and I cover plenty of miles in my car," Aldrich admits. "Let me tell you that constantly going up and down the highways takes its toll, especially when Monticello and Saratoga are 140 miles apart. "Oh, I'm not complaining because I'm lucky enough to get live drives at both tracks." The same could be said by Wrenn who covers plenty of ground on the highways, too. And that he's currently fourth in wins on the continent speaks volumns for his talents, especially since he had an operation on his wrist early this season and didn't get started driving in earnest until February. And with their modus opporendi (MO), and barring any unforeseen problems, both figure to garner plenty of winners again this year. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway Hamburg, NY-- When Drew Monti started driving at Buffalo Raceway in April, 2013 he was following in the footsteps of 3 generations of his family in the business. Drew picked up the niche from his father Darrin Monti and his grandfather Carl Monti who both are still in the game training and owning. Monti was born in October 1994 in Western New York and was also raised here. He currently attends Canisius College where he is studying Management and had been studying veterinary science. Monti received his provisional license in 2012 where he started racing in the NY fair circuit and qualified horses. His first pari-mutuel win came in September 2013 at Batavia Downs aboard Right Back At You trained by his father Darrin Monti. Monti (Drew) says of his dad "He has been in the sport all of his life and drove for 25 years before me." Monti continued "I really look up to him and my grandfather, and we still review races to this day after my drives." Currently Monti sits at 96 career victories and is very quickly approaching 100 wins as he already has 19 victories in 153 starts this season. Since beginning his career in pari-mutual races he has raced all over New York and he credits a lot of his success to not driving emotionally, being clear minded and also being aware of what is going on around him as his strategy. He said "I love the long stretch at Buffalo, but also enjoy racing at Batavia." Monti continued by saying "Batavia is a lot harder if you do not have a lot of power." Based on his driving so far here at Buffalo he loves the rail almost as much as Calvin Borel does is thoroughbred racing. When being asked about his favorite horse so far that he has driven, he said that he had a couple, but the one who sticks out in his mind was Spender Hanover (7, G, Cam's Card Shark-Special Beauty-Rustler Hanover). Recently, Spender Hanover gave driver Tim Tetrick his 8,000th career victory at The New Meadowlands Racetrack. Monti said he knew this horse was different and loved driving him while he was in Western New York as Monti drove for owner Howard Ouriel and trainer Don Rothfuss. When asked about his future in driving about possibly going to the Grand Circuit or even the sire stakes, Monti was very open to the idea, but is taking his time. Racing at the Hamburg Oval continues throughout the month of March on Wednesday and Thursday with a first post of 5:00pm, Friday and Saturday 6:40 pm. Racing in April will take place Wednesday at 5:00 pm, Friday and Saturday at 6:40 pm. Located on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY, Buffalo Raceway hosts harness racing January through July. Simulcast wagering is available Wednesday through Monday from the top harness and thoroughbred tracks year round.   By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway  

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