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Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1).   The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012 will remain safe for another season.   The first division was the quickest as Gotmyredressontnit just missed the track record with a 1:56.4 clocking while Soft Idea and Encore Deo each went the mile in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   The favored Gotmyredressontnit ($4.10) toyed with the field in the first division.   Sitting third at the quarter pole, driver Jason Bartlett said it was time to go with Gotmyredressontnit and took command.   She was on cruise control from there, going 58.1 in the second half mile, including a 28.2 last panel to pull away from runner up Wishy Washy Girl (Jordan Stratton) by 2-3/4 lengths while Another Look (Tom Jackson) finished in third..   Bartlett said after the race, "This filly is really fast. She's high speed and has a great gait."   He added that he was confident when they passed the half-mile pole.   "The way she's been qualifiying, I knew we had it won at the half mile.   I still haven't pulled the plugs on her." Gotmyredressontnit won her two non-betting prep races by 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 lengths.   Owned and trained by Janice Connor, Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) is now a perfect 1-for-1 in her young career.   In the second division, a gutsy drive by Scott Zeron in the passing lane allowed Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) to score a narrow victory over Vino And Formaggio and Angels Rockn Pink in an exciting blanket finish that was decided by a mere head.   Angels Rockn Pink (John MacDonald) set the fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.1. They looked home free at the top of the stretch but things started to fall apart. The leg-weary Angels Rockn Pink was begging for the finish line but Soft Idea and Vino And Formaggio (Kevin Cummings) were pacing strong to the finish.   Soft Idea ($13.60) went as far down the passing lane as possible and managed to nose past the game Vino And Formaggio at the wire while Angels Rockn Pink was a head back.   Zeron admitted it was a tight squeeze down the stretch. He then added, "She was loaded the entire mile. I backed her off around the turns but down the stretch, I had a ton of horse."   Soft Idea is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by the South Mountain Stable, the Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable and Little E LLC.   After losing a narrow decision in the second leg of the Sire Stakes, Cummings got his revenge in the third and final division aboard Encore Deo ($10.80).   Blasting to the top from the five post, Encore Deo, a $100,000 Lexington Sales purchase, played a game of catch me if you can and ended up wiring the field of seven. Putting up fractions of 30.1, 59.4 and 1:28.4, a 28.4 last quarter panel was enough to hold off any late threat. No Clouds Bluechip (Bartlett) finished 3/4 lengths back while Dime A Dance (Stratton) took the show spot.   "She handled the track really well," Cummings said of Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven -Docdor Cameo). "I was a hair worried around the last turn, but once she straightened out in the stretch, she had a a lot left."   Encore Deo is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Stable, Weaver Buscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Karr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, it was a clean sweep for Jim Morrill Jr. as he guided Amazon Ideal ($3.40) to a 2:00.3 win and was in the sulky with Roll Of Dreams ($4.00) who turned in a 2:00.1 time.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series went to Milky Way Rae ($4.20) who toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 2:00.4 with Bartlett in the bike.   BZ Glide (Morrill Jr.) was victorious in the $10,500 Open Trot in 1:57.2 and returned $2.70 for the win. Morrill Jr. finished the night with four victories.   Country Delight ($4.00) went coast-to-coast in notching a 1:57.3 win in the $9,500 Open pace for the filly and mares. John Cummings Jr. handled the driving duties.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 11 races scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J. Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's a lot of hope and promise on Wednesday night (July 1) at Buffalo Raceway as many of the 2-year-old filly pacers kick off their careers in three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes worth $36,566 each.   Of the 21 filly pacers entered, only four have had a pari-mutuel start. The remaining 17 have had a couple of 'baby' races or qualifiers but that's it. With the hours of preparation in getting them to the races now completed, it's time for the ladies to strut their stuff. And for those who are successful, they will find a large paycheck awaiting them at the finish line along with some happy owners, trainers and drivers.   The Sire Stakes will go off as the second, third and fifth races on the solid 12-race program that is scheduled for 5 p.m.   With nine records either broken or tied at Buffalo Raceway this season, the freshmen fillies will be taking dead aim on 1:56.3 standard set in 2011 by Silk Purse and tied in 2012 by Summertime Lea.   The sire Roll With Joe has nine off-spring entered in the stakes event while Art Major follows with five, Rock N Roll Heaven four and American Ideal three.   The first event features a field of six who not have a pari-mutuel start between them. Gotmyredressontnit gets the early nod at 5-2 after putting in a 1:55.3 time in a baby race at Pocono Downs over a sloppy track on June 19. Jason Bartlett gets the call aboard the Janice Connor-trained Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) and will start from the six post.   Rockin Date, a $47,000 purchase from the Lexington Sales last year, is the second choice at 3-1 with Sire Stakes leading driver Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Starting from the five hole, Rockin Date (Art Major-Rockin Beauty) is trained by Ron Burke and finished in fourth place behind Gotmyredressontnit in her last prep. Morrill Jr. has 13 victories this season on the Sire Stakes circuit and nearly $450,000 in purse earnings.   The second leg is a wide open affair with a field of seven heading to the post. Angels Rockn Pink is 3-1 morning line choice with John MacDonald to be in the sulky. Arriving from Vernon Downs for trainer Homer Hostetler, Angels Rockn Pink was impressive in winning her two qualifiers at Vernon. She last won by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 back on June 19.   Soft Idea, a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales, draws the six post for trainer Linda Toscano and driver Scott Zeron. Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) went 1:58.4 in her last tuneup, winning by 2-1/2 lengths.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings gets the call on Vino And Formaggio off the rail. Sitting at 4-1 on the line, Vino And Formaggio (Art Major-Pasta LaVista) has gone wire-to-wire in her two qualifying victories at the Meadows.   The final division features Encore Deo, a $100,000 buy at Lexington. The Burke-trained Encore Deo, coupled with Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe-Hat Dance), starts from the five post and gets the services of Cummings. Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven-Docdor Cameo) hopes to start earning her keep begin what could be an solid career.   The main danger to the Burke entry could be Ghost Runner (Art Major-Spirit Of The West). She gets the pylons for trainer/driver Tom Jackson and is the 5-1 second pick. She finished sixth at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1 in her last appearance.   The card also will feature a pair of Excelsior 'A' Series races and a race in the Excelsior 'B' Series.   Also on tap on the stellar card includes the $10,500 Open Trot, the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, and the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open II Pace.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a mixed bag for harness racing fans at Buffalo Raceway on a rainy Sunday afternoon (June 28). The long shots were a plenty but there were enough favorites to please the chalk players.   Drew Monti kept both happy as he posted a driving triple. He won with Power Off ($4.70) and Bet On Me Hanover ($5.80) while notching a surprising victory aboard Alabama Flash ($24.40) over the sloppy track.   The 20-year-old Monti sits in second place in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings with 116 victories. He trails runaway leader Kevin Cummings who has 180.   Jim McNeight picked up a couple of long shot wins as he guided War Front ($21.00) and Milliron Pete ($45.00) to the winner's circle.   David McNeight III also doubled as he drove Sunland Dakota ($15.80) and Francessa ($3.30) to victories.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card slated for 5 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the program with the 2-year-old filly pacers battling it out the Hamburg half-mile oval.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rain, wind and a sloppy harness racing  track was a winning combination for Rockstar Temper ($8.00) as he took the $10,500 Open Pace in convincing fashion at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (June 27), beating Unicorn Hanover by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:58.1.   The heavily-favored Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) was parked to the opening panel in the feature and needed a wicked 27.3 first split to reach the lead. The hot fractions of 58.0 and 1:28.3 over the sloppy going would eventually be costly for the front runner.   Sand Savage (Jim McNeight) was first over going down the backstretch the final time and Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) drafted perfectly behind.   The brutal times took their toll on Youwillwishyouhad as he threw in the towel at the top of the stretch and Sand Savage had enough as well.   Rockstar Temper in the meantime was loving the proceedings and rolled off cover to post the victory. Unicorn Hanover (David McNeight III) showed late kick to take second while Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) rode the pylons for third.   Owned by James Caradon and trained by Darrin Monti, Rockstar Temper has scored four victories in 18 appearances in 2015. The 7-year-old gelding (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper) has earned $43,520 this season and $332,153 lifetime.   Jokerman ($43.40) didn't joke around in the $9,500 Open II pace by springing a 1-1/2 length upset win over Beachfront in 1:57.2.   After watching a speed duel on the front end between Ain't No Stoppin' and I C D Moolah, Jokerman was in 'wait and see' mode. Waiting and seeing the speed crumble, Jokerman was three-wide and winging, rolling in the stretch for a 1-1/2 length win over Beachfront (McNeight III). Cobble Beach (Cummings) rallied for the show spot..   Co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Randy and Robert Roth, Jokerman has six victories on the season and $43,894 in the bank. The 6-year-old gelding (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has now made $93,037 in his career.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with a 12-race card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG,N.Y.--- Ron Beback Jr. had a driving triple and posted a double on the training side to highlight the 10-race harness racing program at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (June 26).   Beback Jr. captured victories on Puppetandmee N ($5.20) and It Was An Honor ($8.20) and then saved his best for last as he registered a $91.50 win in the tenth race aboard Almost Midnight. The win by Almost Midnight sparked a 7-1 exacta worth $1616 and a $1 trifecta of 7-1-all returning $272.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. with an 11-race card scheduled.   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 harness racing record book hasn't been safe recently at Buffalo Raceway and Winkys Pride sure is helping in re-writing it.   For the second time in three weeks, Winkys Pride ($3.90) set a new standard in winning the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 24), going the mile in 1:57.0. The time broke the all-aged mares trotting record and aged (5+) mare mark of 1:57.2 established by her on June 10th.   It was the ninth time in 2015 that a track record has either been tied or broken at the lightning-fast Hamburg half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds.   Driver Drew Monti was all smiles in the winner's circle with Winkys Pride after the victory, saying "Wow, another track record, but it was tougher than I expected."   Being assigned the six-post, Winkys Pride went right to the top and posted splits of 29.0, 58.3 and 1:28.1. But it was the hard-charging Serious George (Shawn Gray) which made Winkys Pride work hard late and hold on for the half length win. Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) finished in third.   Owned and trained by Robert Hummel, Winkys Pride (Amigo Hall - Winkys Smile-Yankee Paco) is a 7-year-old mare who now has four victories in 2015, earning $20,394 along the way. She has made $196,317 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, Kisses N Kicks ($7.70) roared down the stretch and nipped the pace-setting Infrontigo Hanover by a nose in 1:56.4.   With Infrontigo Hanover putting up fractions of 28.2, 58.1 and 1:27.4, she looked home free until Kisses N Kicks (David McNeight III) arrived on the scene at the top of the stretch. Using a 28.3 last panel, Kisses N Kicks got up in the shadow of the wire to pin the disappointing setback on Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight). Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) took the show spot.   Owned by Courtney McNeight and trained by McNeight III, it was the seventh win in 21 starts for the 7-year-old mare. Kisses N Kicks (Life Sign-Kissing Rain) now has bankrolled $37,553 this season and $195,960 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings finished the night with three victories while David McNeight III and Jim McNeight doubled.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 10-race program scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, was in full swing this past weekend with races at three different tracks; Friday at Northfield Park, Saturday at Tioga Downs (both results previously reported) and yesterday, Sunday, June 21, at Buffalo Raceway. As he did at Northfield Park last Friday Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford again drove a winner in a Billings split at Buffalo on Sunday when he reined pacer, Lady Jill to a neck victory over Ms Luck and driver "Hot-Handed Hannah" Miller in a 1:59.4 clocking. "Bullet Bob" Davis was third with Delightful Caitlin. "I had the two hole and when Hannah (Miller) left like a rocket I let her go and settled in behind her and we passed the quarter in 29 seconds flat. Hannah's pacer then went another 29 -second quarter and we were at the half in :58.1. So I just bided my time until we turned for home. When we did I urged my mare and she dug in and we caught Hannah just before the wire to win by a neck." The winner, Lady Jill, owned and trained by John Mungillo, paid $6.00 for win. For Lady Jill, a 7 year-old daughter of Camluck, it was her fourth seasonal triumph and for Oldford, it marked his ninth driving victory thus far this season. In the other Billings split, a trot, after confusion on the first turn, "Lightning Larry" Steenbergen got away to a huge lead with Peaceful Prince and they had eight lengths on the field as they passed the first stanza in :29.4. At that point Davis and Stag's Leap were in second place followed by Hannah Miller with Timer. The order remained the same past the half in :59.4 but when they straightened up the backside Miller moved Timer out to challenge and they were second as the three quarter timer flashed 1:32. From there Peaceful Prince and Timer raced head to head through the stretch but neither could stave off Delightful Caitlin who rallied on the inside to score a 1-1/4 length triumph in a time of 2:03.3. "When Hannah was side by side with Larry I thought my only chance to win was to wait for the passing lane." Davis said. "So I sat and waited and when there was room I aimed my horse down the passing lane and the old veteran he did the rest and hustled to victory." Stag's Leap, a 10 year old son of Muscles Yankee, owned and trained by Dan Mullet, scored his second seasonal victory. He paid $11.20 for win. Next Billings action is slated for Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night, July 25. In the afternoon that day there will be races for amateur drivers in the NAADA Trotting Series and the Catskill Amateur Club's pacing series. John Manzi for the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- When last seen, J A T O was in the winner's circle after posting a 1-1/2 victory in the $10,000 New York County Fair final for harness racing 2-year-old colt trotters at Monticello Raceway back on September 2, 2014.   After nearly a nine-month layoff, J A T O resurfaced again, ths time on Sunday afternoon (June 21) at Buffalo Raceway and the harness racing results were the same...impressive.   In winning the County Fair final back in September, J A T O broke stride at the start and spotted the field more than 11 lengths at quarter pole but roared back for the victory.   While not breaking this time, J A T O trailed the trotters in the $3,200 conditioned event at Buffalo Raceway by more than a dozen lengths after the opening panel but proved once again the lead wasn't insurmountable. The 3-year-old colt got in gear and smartly trotted around the field, taking a 3/4-length decision over TK's Diva in a lifetime best of 2:02.1.   The was only the second pari-mutuel start for J A T O (Big Apple Deli-Highwaytoheaven), both of which are now victories. He was 8-of-9 on the non-betting New York Fair circuit in 2014, earning $16,851 including the County Fair final purse.   Co-owned by trainer Margaret Butler and Amy Butler, J A T O was driven to the win by Doug Ackley.   In the C.K.G Billings Amateur Driving Challenge, Stephen Oldford won aboard Lady Jill ($6.00) while Robert Davis sprung an upset taking Stags Leap ($11.20) to the winner's circle in the second leg.   Ray Fisher Jr. was the only driver on the 10-race card as he posted a double.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 10-race card scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Unicorn Hanover and harness racing driver Kevin Cummings worked out a perfect first over trip and took the featured $10,500 Open I-II pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 20).   Sitting sixth and last place to the half, Unicorn Hanover tipped to the outside and started his winning march to the lead, getting on even terms with Bakken at the three-quarter pole.   As the field of six turned for home, Unicorn Hanover ($5.20) was quickest of all, holding off a stubborn Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) by a half length in 1:55.2 over the fast track. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.), the pace-setter for much of the race, finished in third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Unicorn Hanover (Four Starzzz Shark-Up Front Georgia) has now won three times in 11 attempts in 2015, putting $25,850 in the bank. The victory pushed his career earnings to $387,361.   In the sub-featured $8,800 pace, Beachfront turned in a seasonal best 1:55.4 and held off a late rush from Ponyta Boy (Ron Beback Jr.) and Art Two D Two (Drew Monti).   Setting the splits of 29.0, 58.1, and 1:27.1, driver David McNeight III and Beachfront ($6.90) were ready for challenges in the stretch and they weren't disappointed. Ponyta Boy and Art Two D Two each made serious late bids but Beachfront had enough in the tank to hang on for the head win.   Beachfront (Somebeachsomewhere-Up Front Norma) is a 5-year-gelding owned by the Limerick Racing Stable and trained by David McNeight Jr. It was his third win of the season and moved the 5-year-old gelding's winnings to $17,424 and $91,270 lifetime.   Racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. with a 10-race card set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Hamburg, N.Y. --- Jack Flanigen continued his Friday night dominance at Buffalo Raceway as he registered a triple to highlight the 10-race harness racing program.   Flanigen, who now has 16 victories in the past four Friday cards, scored aboard Secluded Island ($26.20), Major Reform ($3.40) and Classic Camelot ($2,60).   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, Kevin Cummings, added two victories as he took Above The Storm ($16.60) and Carbon Footprint ($10.40) to the winner's circle.   Shawn Gray also hit pay dirt twice as he drove Ona Dream ($11.60) and Goddess's Justin ($4.50) to wins.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 10-race program scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

One thing is for certain, seven isn't a lucky number for the harness racing gelding Justgottogetthere.   With four starts in his last six outings coming from the seven post, Justgottogethere has come up empty.   But the 6-year-old gelding has been lights out when drawing from the six post inward, going a perfect 4-for-4.   Wednesday night (June 17) was a perfect example of that.   Justgottogetthere took advantage of some much appreciated post relief and went gate-to-wire to claim the featured $9,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway..   Driver Jim McNeight took the pace-setting Justgottogetthere right to the lead from the three hole and posted splits of 28.3, 59.0 and 1:28.1.   In the stretch, however, Justgottogetthere ($3.10) was begging for the finish line as BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was charging fast but finished a disappointing neck behind in 1:57. over the fast track.   Serious George (Shawn Gray) took the show position.   Now victorious eight times this season in 15 starts, Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC.   He has earned $46,327 in 2015 and $126,938 lifetime.   Kisses N Kicks ($10.40) ground out a first-over trip and pulled away from the field late in the $9,500 Open II for the distaff pacers.   A Cameo In Life posted the fractions of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:28.1 but Kisses N Kicks started the slow and steady grind on the rim just before the opening half.   In the drive to the wire, Kisses N Kicks had little trouble holding off her competition and took a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:57.   Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) finished a non-threatening second while Country Delight (Jack Flanigen rallied for third.   Driven and trained by David McNeight III and owned by Courtney McNeight, Kisses N Kicks Life Sign-Kissing Rain has now won six times in 20 starts this season, putting $41,588 in the bank. It upped the 7-year-old mare's career total to $166,460.   Kevin Cummings finished the night with three victories and Jim McNeight had a driving double.   Racing returns to Buffalo Raceway on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

 Kaboom!!! That was the tote board at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 14) as some gigantic prices were posted across the board in the eighth race.   Little Haus (David McNeight III) was sent off at 34-1 and managed to rally, nipping 99-1 shot Vicky Winner (Dennis Dylo) at the wire while Wild Ride (Michael Baumeister) finished third at 45-1.   Little Haus returned $70.50, $14.20 and $30.40 for the win.   Vicky Winner paid $28.80 and $69.50 while Wild Ride's show price was $30.80.   The 2-8 exacta price was $2,268 for a deuce and the rarely seen 2-all-all trifecta returned $23.00 for a buck.   The big mutuals were due to the fact that 1-to-9 favorite Oceana broke stride just past the half mile pole and finished seventh.   McNeight III and Drew Monti each had doubles on the 10-race card.   Racing resumes on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 10-race card scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Sand Savage played the old give-and-go with Mr. Perserverance and kept right on going to the winner's circle in the harness racing featured $10,500 Open I-II pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 13).   The victory kept a torrid streak going for the 8-year-old Sand Savage (Allamerican Native-Sheer Hose). In his last seven starts, he has five wins and a pair of narrow second place finishes.   Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) managed to get to the top from the three post but that it was short-lived as the rail-sitting Sand Savage took command before the quarter pole. Setting splits of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26.0, Sand Savage awaited the cavalry charge in the stretch.   While it looked like it might develop, driver Jim McNeight kept Sand Savage on task and held off Mr. Perserverance and Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings), who finished in second and third respectively. The margin of victory was a length in a time of 1:54.3.   Co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Randy and Robert Roth, Sand Savage has now earned $41,383 in 2015 and $399,667 lifetime.   In the co-featured $8,800 conditioned pace, Burton Blue Chip (Lee Dahn) used a late kick in the stretch to pull the $25.80 stunner in a career best of 1:54.2.   It seemed like it was going to be a three-horse battle to the finish line between Big Bossman, Peenie and Ponyta Boy. But a rousing drive to the wire by Burton Blue Chip on the far outside made it a four-horse contest. It turned into a blanket finish with Burton Blue Chip a head in front in the photo while Peenie (Cummings) and Big Bossman (Gray) ended up in a dead heat for second.   Burton Blue Chip (American Ideal-Crickets Can Talk) is co-owned by trainer Lee Dahn and Larry Dahn. It was the second win of the season for the 6-year-old gelding, now a winner of $16,698 and $97,304 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway with a 10-race card set to begin at 1:05 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.--- There was a 10-race harness racing card at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (June 12) and between drivers Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Jack Flanigen, they weren't in much of a sharing mood.   The trio combined to win eight races of the 10 races on the program with Cummings and Monti having 'triples' while Flanigen notched a double..   Cummings, who is the leading driver at Buffalo Raceway, padded his total with three wins. He scored with Ahead Of The Crowd ($3.80), Instant Hit ($3.80) and Livefreeordiehard ($4.00). Cummings now has 164 wins on the campaign.   Monti found pay dirt three times with McArdle Direct ($25.20) Dante Seelster ($26.20) and Two Smart ($3.00). The 'three-bagger' put him over the 100-win barrier for the season at Buffalo Raceway as he now stands at 102 victories.   Flanigen, who had combined for 13 victories in the past three Friday night cards, added two more to that total. He drove Emiliana ($8.00) and Dancin Thea ($8.20) to the scores.   Mike Caprio and Shawn McDonough each had singles to complete the driver's actions.   Racing will continue on Saturday night when an 11-race card goes to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The old saying goes, 'harness racing records were made to be broken'. At Buffalo Raceway, that cliche is sure holding true.   For the eighth time this season, a track record was broken on the lightning fast half-mile oval at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. There already have been seven different divisional standards re-established in 2015   Wednesday night (June 10) in the $9,500 conditioned trot, Winkys Pride had the honors of getting her name in the record book with a 1:57.2 time over the fast track. The time broke the trotting mark for all-aged mares of 1:58.1 set on April 22, 2015 by Serendipitious and the aged (5+) mare standard of 1:58.2 set by Escrow Blue Chip in 2012.   Driver Drew Monti set reasonable marks with Winkys Pride ($5.90), putting up times of 29.2, 59.1 and 1:29.0. But the clincher was the last panel as Monti had Winkys Pride in high gear, posting a 28.2 last quarter. It put away second place finisher Diamonds For Life (Cummings) and Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) who took third.   Owned and trained by Robert Hummel, the 7-year-old Winkys Pride (Amigo Hall-Winky's Smile) has now won four times in nine tries this season, putting $14,527 in the bank. It also moved her career earnings to $186,062.   Don Rothfuss doesn't climb in the sulky very much these days but after the drive he gave It's De Lovely in the $9,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, he should consider a comeback.   Looking hopelessly boxed in by several horses in mid-stretch, Rothfuss squeezed It's De Lovely through a narrow gap and she did the rest after that, pacing away to a half-length win over A Cameo In Life in 1:56.4 over the fast track.   For Rothfuss, it was only his 10th start in the bike this season and was his first victory. It was also the first win for him at Buffalo Raceway since 2010.   A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) took command from the start and set the tempo with fractions of 27.1, 58.4 and 1:28.0. Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) drafted along in the pocket, dipped to the passing lane, and looked like the major threat in mid-stretch. Those two seemed to destined to duke it out to the wire, but It's De Lovely had other ideas. She found a small seam and zoomed on past to notch the $18.20 victory. A stunned A Cameo In Life held on for second while Eyemajet took the show spot.   Co-owned by Michael and Howard Ouriel and trained by Rothfuss, It's De Lovely (Four Starzz Shark-Reflect Upon Life) has now scored four victories in 14 starts in 2015, earning $22,715 on the year. It also jacked up the classy 8-year-old mare's lifetime earnings to $630,667.   For 18-year-old Wade Tomaszewski, it was a memorable night for him as he scored his first pari- mutual victory of his career by taking V'La Faire gate-to-wire in 1:56.4, returning $4.60 as the favorite. Tomaszewski has been knocking on the door for his first win. He was in the money in 4-of-8 career starts before registering his first win in his ninth appearance.   The 10-race card was marred by an accident a the start of the sixth race, which was declared a 'no-contest' by the judges. There were no serious injuries to either horses or drivers.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 10-race card slated for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

It was the first Sunday matinee of the harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway and driver Shawn Gray sure did enjoy the warm, brilliant day.   Sitting in second place in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings with 102 victories, Gray put up a four-bagger Sunday (June 7) to highlight the 11-race card.   He scored with Oceana ($2.10), Strung Out ($6.20), Artillery Major ($8.00) and Spring Terror ($4.00).   Ron Beback Jr., Kevin Cummings and David McNeight III each had doubles on the day.   Beback Jr. pulled a $31.80 stunner with Hawaiian Joe and also steered Almost Midnight to a popular $4.00 win.   McNeight III had a $50.00 shocker on Le Reina Road and followed that up with a $7.60 decision on Caddy Jeff.   Cummings, who leads the way with 161 wins this year at Buffalo Raceway, posted wins with Sleep Talker ($$9.60) and Safe Bet Hanover ($10.60).   Racing returns on Wednesday night with a 10-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek      

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