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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty turned in another 'beautiful' effort while Justgottogetthere had little trouble in disposing of his competition to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 25).   Despite starting from the seven post, Ugly Betty made it three straight by circling the field in the $9,500 pace for the fillies and mares in 1:58.3.   A race later, Justgottogetthere, a hard-charging $58.50 winner last week, showed it wasn't a fluke. He used a front-running journey this time around to capture the $9,500 Open Trot in 2:01.3 over the good track.   Ugly Betty (Shawn Gray), drawing the rail the past three weeks and scoring two wins and a second place finish from there, was assigned the outside post this week. She showed it wasn't an issue.   After sitting seventh and last, Ugly Betty ($8.90) started the first over trip just before the half mile marker. She tipped three-wide to the three-quarter pole and rolled right to the lead in the stretch and never looked back. Ugly Betty registered a comfortable two-length victory over Sadie's Place (Andrew Monti) with She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight) taking the show position.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Payne, the 7-year-old mare (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is trained by Dennis Dylo. The victory moved her 2015 winnings to $18,055 and $191,548 lifetime.   Justgottogetthere ($5.20) in the meantime used a completely different method to get to the winner's circle.   After showing a late kick in last week's victory, Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) flew off the gate from the four spot and was never threatened. Posting fractions of 31.0, 1:02 and 1:32.3, there was no serious threats in the lane as Justgottogetthere smartly trotted off to a 2-1/2 length win over Flaming Yankee (Gray) while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.   Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor - Mara's Theme) is owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC. The 6-year-old gelding, trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., has now won three times in four starts this season, earning $14,750 in 2015 and $152,932 in his career.   Buffalo Raceway will continue racing on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 13-race program.   For more information including the the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Peter Pumpkineater had the last laugh in the harness racing featured $9,500 conditioned pace at a snowy Buffalo Raceway Saturday afternoon (February 21) as he rallied in the shadow of the wire to take a head victory over Peenie in 1:59.3.   After scooting off the gate from the four post, Peter Pumpkineater looked content to set the fractions. That wasn't going to happen, however, as Peenie re-took the lead to the opening quarter marker and Peter Pumpkineater had to settle back into the pocket.   After watching splits of 30.2, 1:01 and 1:31.0 put up by Peenie, driver John Cummings Jr. dropped Peter Pumpkineater ($7.40) into the passing lane and managed to poke a head in front at the wire. Peenie (Kevin Cummings) had to settle for second while Rude Boy (Billy Dobson) took the show position.   Peter Pumpkineater (Camluck - Disney Dream) is a 7-year-old gelding co-owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin handled the conditioning duties. The victory moved the winner's 2015 bankroll to $11,090.   In the co-featured $8,800 conditioned pace, Union Man Hanover ($6.10) toyed with the field and ran off with an easy 2-3/4 length win over Bakken in 1:59.4 over the good track.   Union Man Hanover (Cummings) played give-and-go with Art's Delight and kept right on going to the winner's circle. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) showed some late kick in the lane to finish in second while Art's Delight (Frank Milby) hung on for third.   It was the first victory of the season for Union Man Hanover (Artiscape - Up Front Rose). The 6-year-old horse is owned by Stephen Andzel and is trained by Alex Giuliani. Union Man Hanover is now a winner of $7,853 this year.   In the quarterfinals of the Niatross Knocking Claiming Series, One Chaser ($4.90) put up the fastest time of the four division winners, going the mile in 2:00.1 with Cummings in the bike.   Shaolin Master (Shawn Gray) took the second leg with a 2:01.1 clocking and returned $5.50. Dragon Ridge ($5.90) won in 2:03.0 with Dobson in the sulky while Jimmy Whittemore guided Goddess's Justin to a $9.80 victory in 2:03.3 in the final division.   The top four finishers in each race will return next Saturday night for the semi-finals.   Racing will go back to its normal starting times at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night when a 13-race program goes to the post at 5 p.m.   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. --- Harness racing driver Billy Dobson is battling for the top spot in Buffalo Raceway driver's standings and he helped himself by recording four victories on Friday afternoon (February 20).   Dobson, who trailed defending champion Kevin Cummings 43-36 entering the day, posted wins with Fox Valley Lena ($9.50), Francessa ($10.40), Diamonds For Life ($7.00) and Donegal Jim ($4.30) to narrow the gap.   Cummings had a double on the card, however, and enjoys a 45-40 advantage.   Ron Beback Jr. had a driving triple and a training double. He drove and conditioned That Horse JD ($7.80) and Tymal Viva ($9.40) to wins and steered Dont Sweat My Swag to a $4.80 victory for trainer JD Perrin.   Jim McNeight also had a pair of wins on the 13-race program.   The racing will resume on Saturday afternoon when another 13-race card will be presented at 2:30 p.m.   The quarterfinals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will be contested in the first, second, seventh and ninth races. The top four finishers in each leg will return next Saturday night for the semi-finals.   Also, the featured $9,500 pace will go off as the third race as Rude Boy, a winner of 3-for-4 races this season, will score from the six post as the 3-1 morning line favorite. Dobson will be in the sulky.   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. --- Ugly Betty turned in another 'beauty' of a victory and Justgottogethere pulled a shocker to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 18).   It was an easy gate-to-wire win for Ugly Betty in the $9,500 conditioned pace for fillies and mares while Justgottogethere used a perfect pocket trip to register a $59.50 surprise in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned trot.   The program wasn't completed, however, as Buffalo Raceway was forced to cancel the races after the fifth race due to electrical issues.   Ugly Betty ($6.10) started from the rail and never looked back in cruising to her second straight win, an impressive 4-1/2 length decision over Memumsnotnice. Shawn Gray set sail from the rail with Ugly Betty and posted splits of 29.0, 58.0, 1:27.3 in posting a seasonal best time of 1:57.0. Memumsnotnice hung on for place (Frank Milby) while Sadies Place (Draw Monti) finished in third.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is a 7-year-old mare who is trained by Dennis Dylo. With the win, Ugly Betty has now earned $13,425 this season and $186,798 lifetime.   It was a perfect game plan used by driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere to get the victory in the featured trot.   Dropping into the garden spot at the start behind the pace-setting Lutetium, Justgottogetthere and McNeight waited patiently until the top of the stretch. They then roared by the leg weary Lutetium to pull away for the stunning 2-1/2 length win in 2:02.1. Fiorentina (Milby) showed late kick for second while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.   The $59.50 win price by Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) spurred a $480.50 exacta and $4,390.50 trifecta.   Justgottogetthere is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. Jerry Nugent Jr. trained the the winner, now 2-for-3 on the season. It pushed the trotter's earnings to $10,000 in 2015 and $148,482 in his career.    Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   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

Buffalo Raceway has cancelled racing for Saturday, February 14 due to Winter weather including extreme cold, blowing winds, and snow. Racing will resume Wednesday February 18, first post time 5:00 pm and simulcastingwill remain open. by Jonathan Cramer, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty and City Kid each rallied in deep stretch to pull out thrilling victories in the co-featured events at Buffalo Raceway on a snowy Wednesday night (February 11).   Ugly Betty took the $9,500 fillies and mares pace in 1:57.2 while City Kid notched the win in the $9,500 conditioned trot in 2:00.4 over the good track.   In the opening co-feature, Ugly Betty may have won the race in the opening quarter mile. Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) tried to get to the lead but was stung by Ugly Betty (Shawn Gray) who handed out a parking ticket before relenting at the first marker.   From there, Ugly Betty ($10.00) drafted behind the pace-setter until the top of the stretch where the 7-year-old mare popped the pocket and wore down Memumsnotnice. Bad Girl Vegas (Billy Dobson) went down the passing lead and rallied fast for second place while Memumsnotnice had to settle for a disappointing third.   Co-owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone and trained by Dennis Dylo, it was the first victory of the season for Ugly Betty (Camluck - Red Road Rage). It moved her earnings in 2015 to $8,575 and $182,548 lifetime.   As expected in the co-featured trot, Lutetium set sail to the top and dared anyone to catch him. While the betting public thought it was going to be Second Hand News, it was City Kid (Dobson) who did and sprung the $9.10 surprise.   Lutetium (Cummings) had no trouble getting to the top, setting the tempo with times of 29.3, 59.4 and 1:30.3. It was City Kid, however, that sat the garden spot and trotted away from the tiring Lutetium to score the half-length victory. Long shot Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.   The heavily favored Second Hand News looked in perfect striking position on the outside before the three-quarter marker but failed to fire, settling for fifth place.   City Kid (Cincinnati Kid - Salagadoola) is owned by Barbara Russo and is conditioned by Neal Russo. It was the second win in five starts this year for the 7-year-old gelding and pushed his winnings to $8,498 and $169.351 lifetime.   Racing continues on Friday night with a 13-race card slated 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

HAMBURG, NY. --- King Otra returned to the throne and the pacers started eliminations in the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series to highlight the harness racing action at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (February 7).   In the $9,500 Open II Pace, Nothingbutmach (Shawn Gray) did the dirty work, setting the fractions of 29.0, 58.1 and 1:27.1. But in stretch, it was the pocket-sitting King Otra (Billy Dobson) who reaped the reward as he was able to stick a nose in front at the wire. A 28.1 final panel helped King Otra to the narrow victory over the tough luck runner up Nothingbutmach while Scofanman (David McNeight II) took the show spot. The winning time was 1:55.2 over the good track.   It was the second win in four starts this season for King Otra, who is owned by Barbara Russo and trained by Neal Russo. It upped his 2015 earnings to $12,160 and $215,458 lifetime.   The Niatross Knockout Claiming Series began with six divisions being contested.   One Chaser (Kevin Cummings) produced the fastest time and the largest win price, going the mile in 1:57.3 and returning $15.80 to his backers.   Delightful Caitlin (Brett Crawford) went the mile in 1:58.3 to win her division and give her supporters a $6.70 return.   Goddess's Justin (Cummings) toured the Hamburg track in 1:58.4 and paid $2.80 while Dedalos (Drew Monti) pulled a mild $11.80 upset with a 1:58.2 winning mark.   Nighthawk Hall ($2.40) took an elimination for Dobson in 1:58.4 while Jettison (Cummings) took the final leg with a 1:58.3 clocking. Jettison paid $4.60.   The quarter-finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will be held next Saturday night.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening with a 13-race card scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.   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. --- It was appropriate that harness racing driver Kevin Cummings reached 3,000 driving wins in his career when he steered Most Happy Rider ($10.60) to a narrow neck decision in Buffalo Raceway's seventh race on Friday night (February 6).   Cummings became just that, a 'most happy rider' after sweating out the photo finish before officially being awarded the milestone victory.   "I didn't think I won it at the wire," a relieved Cummings said after the win. "I didn't think the photo (at the wire) did the finish justice. I thought it was a lot closer. (Second place finisher) Ideal Rowan was getting to me and had the momentum."   Cummings scored his 2,999th victory in the fourth race aboard Camstar ($3.20) but came up empty in his next two attempts. The third time became the charm as he went gate-to-wire with Most Happy Rider, who is trained by his brother Anthony Cummings and owned by Sidney Easton. They covered the mile in 1:59.1.   "I just wanted to get it over with," Cummings said after missing on two tries to reach the 3,000-win plateau. He added, "It's a big accomplishment for me. It just isn't a number." He finished the night with a triple.   Cummings started his racing career in 1989 where he won three races in his 15 starts and had earnings of just $4,438. His initial victory was Orlando Otto.   However, things skyrocketed after the calendar year turned to 2000. He had 132 victories that year and then reached the 200-win mark for the first time in 2005 with 209 victories.   Cummings then cracked the $1 million barrier in 2009 for the first time when he posted 265 wins with $1,189,102 in earnings. He's reached the million dollar mark every season since.   But the best was yet to come. His best campaign came in 2014 when Cummings won both the Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway driving titles thanks to a career-highs of 334 victories and $1,557,050 in earnings. It was the first time ever he won both crowns in the same year.   Over the span from 2009 until now, Cummings has amassed 1,477 victories and well over $7 million in earnings.   The way the 44-year-old Cummings is driving, it should take too long to reach the 4,000-win mark.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The snow was coming down but it didn't halt Memumsnotnice and City Kid from registering popular victories in co-featured harness racing events at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (February 4).   Memumsnotnice ($2.60) went coast-to-coast in the $9,500 Optional Claiming Pace for the ladies in 1:59.4 while City Kid ($5.00) needed every inch of the mile in the $8,500 Open II Trot to score a come-from-behind neck victory over Northern Spark in 2:02.1 over the good track.   Dropping down a notch from the Open Pace for Fillies and Mares, Memumsnotnice set sail from the rail for driver Kevin Cummings in the first race. Posting fractions of 30.2, 1:00.4 and 1:31.4, she put up a final panel of 28.0 to keep the pocket-sitting Bad Girl Vegas (Billy Dobson) a half-length behind. R U For Me (Truman Gale) took the show position.   Co-owned by Thatsideofthefence LLC and John Mungillo, it was the second victory in four starts this season for Memumsnotnice (Jereme's Jet - Bunny Town). Trained by Mungillo, the 6-year-old mare has earned $15,250 in 2015 and $269,950 lifetime.   City Kid, in the meantime, sat the pocket and used a late surge to just nip the pace-setting Northern Spark in the Open II Trot.   After drafting in the garden spot behind Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.), City Kid (Dobson) was bound and determined to get the victory. A final surge on the outside at the wire got the job done for City Kid as Northern Spark had to settle for a disappointing second place. Fiorentina (Shawn Gray) took third.   City Kid (Cincinnati Kid - Salagadoola), a 7-year-old gelding, is owned by Barbara Russo and is trained by Neal Russo. It was his first win of the season and moved his 2015 earnings to $7,635.   Buffalo Raceway completed the first month of the 2015 season with some eye-popping numbers. With nine racing days compared to the same number of dates in 2014, there was an increase of 40 percent in total handle wagered nationwide, averaging over $250,000 nightly. The wagering on track also increased by15 percent.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 13-race program set to go to the post starting 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  

Harness racing driver Kevin Cummings enjoyed a career year in 2014 and shows no signs of slowing down this season as he approaches a milestone win total. The 44-year-old Cummings set lifetime bests with 334 wins and $1.55 million in purses last year and won the driving titles at both Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway. He has won multiple driving championships at each track, but 2014 marked the first time he captured both titles in the same year. So far this year, Cummings has 23 wins in 75 starts and leads the Buffalo Raceway standings by two victories over Billy Dobson. Cummings needs only seven victories to reach 3,000 for his career. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, N.Y., Cummings races exclusively at his hometown Buffalo Raceway and nearby Batavia Downs. He followed his father, trainer John Cummings Sr., into harness racing, as did his brothers John Jr., Anthony and Todd. Cummings recently took time to talk with Harness Racing Communications’ Ken Weingartner about his career, future and culinary talents. KW: Congratulations on all your success last year.  KC: Thank you. KW: What was the key to having such a big year? KC: I think driving live horses. I got off to a good start, and when you start out hot, people start putting you down (to drive). And it just stayed that way. I’ve never had a year like that. Three-hundred and 34 wins was a lot for as many drives as I had. I had a great year. KW: You race exclusively at Batavia and Buffalo. Have you considered going anywhere else? KC: I haven’t. I own a bunch of horses and I help train them. I have a family here (wife Rhonda and daughters Kristy, Kara, Kandice and Kali) and it’s hectic enough even with just these two places. I just don’t want to take that time away from family. For me, it just doesn’t seem like it’s worth it. If you go somewhere else, you have to break in. It would be harder for me to do that, I think. I don’t want to take that time away to try to establish something that I can’t really stay with anyway. KW: You’re seven wins from 3,000. What does that milestone mean to you? KC: It’s nice. I come from a family of drivers. My three brothers drove; two of them are still driving and the other one (Anthony) is just training. Me being the youngest and having the most wins, I kind of like that. It kind of gives me bragging rights at Thanksgiving and Christmas. KW: Do you make sure to bring it up? KC: Oh, yeah, absolutely. They don’t want to hear it, but I’m going to bring it up anyway. (Laughs.) When I was younger, they always brought stuff up to me, but now they don’t want to hear it. KW: Is driving something you always wanted to do? KC: Yeah. My dad got us all into it. It’s definitely what I wanted to do. I was probably 8 or 9 when I jogged a horse. I remember the first time I trained a horse to the bike I was 10. I went a mile in 2:09. I trained with my brother Todd, he’s a year older than I am, so it was pretty fun. KW: Do you remember your first win? KC: Yeah, it was with Orlando Otto in 1989. I had two (horses) in. My brother Anthony trained and drove those horses, but he put me on them. He was out of town. The one had the eight-hole and was like 80-1 and I finished second with him. He paid $77.20 to place; I remember that. The other one won and paid like $10 to win. Those were my second and third drives of my life. The first one I didn’t do any good with. KW: What do you most enjoy about driving? What keeps you going? KC: It’s still fun for me, even though I’ve been doing it for so long. I like the competition. I like the time with my dad, we talk about racing afterwards. It’s just in me. KW: Did you play other sports when you were growing up? KC: Baseball. I was a pretty good baseball player. I was a pretty good hitter. I played in high school and on rec teams. I’ve always been competitive. KW: You and your brothers opened a restaurant years ago. Do you still have it? KC: John and Tony originally opened it, then me and Tony owned it, then I owned it myself, and now Tony owns it with someone else. I had brought in a partner because I started getting back into the horses when the slots came into town and made the money better. I ended up selling the half that I owned back to Tony. KW: What type of restaurant is it? KC: Pizzeria. KW: Which is harder, working in the restaurant or working with horses? KC: Well, I like working with horses. I worked (at the restaurant) and I didn’t mind it. It wasn’t that bad. Obviously the restaurant is always nicer in the winter where I am. But in the summer you can’t beat jogging horses and racing horses. That’s ideal. KW: Are you a good cook? KC: I can cook a pizza for sure. KW: I think two of the most difficult things you can do are run a restaurant and run a stable, and you’ve done both. KC: They’re both time consuming. And it’s nonstop. The pizzeria closes only two or three days a year. Other than that, you’re married to it. When the opportunity came up to get back into the horses I jumped at it because my dad was still doing it. He was getting older and I wanted to help him. They say 10 years is about the limit for a guy in a pizzeria, and I was there 11 or 12 years. I was ready to move on. KW: What’s been the highlight of your career so far? KC: I would have to say, a few years back me and my dad owned an open horse together (named Arm And A Leg). For like three years he was like the best horse at the track. We had a lot of good memories from that horse. When I look back, I think of him. Also maybe the night I won the (2006) Kane Memorial with Michael Scores. He was a really good horse. KW: What do you see for the future? KC: I don’t plan on going anywhere. I don’t think the driving can get much better because I’m doing well right now. I’m happy with that because I know the business is up and down. It’s tough. You will have your downside so you’ve got to enjoy it while you’re there. The only thing that could get better is my stable of (eight) horses, but I had a decent year with them. You just have to take it all in stride. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dr. Richard J. Hall ('Doc Hall') of Eden, N.Y. passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the age of 91. He was a long-time harness racing breeder and owner of standard bred horses in Western New York. He also served for many years as Buffalo Raceway track veterinarian. Dr. Hall, a veterinarian for 62 years, was a member of the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association for the past 40 years. He was still a member until his passing and served as the Association's President from 1984 until 1992. He was involved in harness racing for 80 years. He was introduced to the sport by his father at the age of 11. Dr. Hall, a member of the Western New York Veterinarians Association, was a graduate of the Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine. Current Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association President Bruce Tubin said of Dr. Hall, "He was a timeless advocate of the every day local horseman. He was extremely generous when devoting his time and services to the horsemen at any time of any day. Dr. Hall he was way ahead of his time when it came to equine medical procedures and treatments." Tubin added, "One of Dr. Hall's greatest thrills was our annual picnic where he was able to speak with all the horsemen and their families." Vicky Loretto said of her father, "I remember my Dad and Mom taking me to the race track back in the 1960s. He just loved going to the race track. He loved the people there." Dr. Hall is survived by his wife, Florence, and children Richard Hall, Thomas Hall, Ann Vakoc, Vicky Loretto. He was also the grandfather of T. Gus Hall, Kenneth Vakoc, Kathryn Hrisca along with Hayley, Drew and Madison Loretto. The family will be present to receive friends Thursday from 1-4 p.m.and 7-9 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Inc., 5453 Southwestern Blvd. (corner of Rogers Rd.), Hamburg, N.Y. (716-646-5555). Funeral services are Friday morning at 11 o'clock at St. James United Church of Christ, 76 Main St., Hamburg, N.Y. (please assemble at church). by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- When harness racing driver Frank Milby was looking for a place to compete during the off season on the Maryland harness racing circuit, he decided his landing spot would be Buffalo Raceway. Frigid Western New York in the dead of winter? Why, Frank, why? His response was very simple, "Why not?" "I love to race and I felt Buffalo Raceway was the best fit for me," Milby said. "I wanted to race when the Maryland tracks were shut down. I looked around. I raced a few years ago at Vernon Downs (in the summer months, however) and I liked it there. I knew a few people from Vernon who are now racing at Buffalo Raceway so here I am." The cold weather surprisingly hasn't affected Milby. "I was worried about being cold at first but I actually haven't felt it that much. I've stayed warm all the time. I'd love to drive all 13 races...the cold hasn't bothered me at all." While he has kept himself warm, he sure has made the tote board red-hot thus far. It didn't take Milby long to make himself known on the Western New York scene as he won the first race of the 2015 campaign at Buffalo Raceway when he guided Memumsnotnice to a $38.60 victory. "Getting that win in the first race opening night took some of the pressure off me," Milby admitted. "Being new here, you don't want to wait to get that first one." While posting the huge mutuel price on opening night, the 36-year-old Milby wasn't done yet. On Friday, January 23rd, he brought Nineanddivine from the eight post to register a $186.00 win price. Currently, Milby has six wins on the season at Buffalo with his average winner returning $52.60 his backers. "Just been lucky," Milby said about pulling the upsets in the early part of the season. "I've been second call on some horses, gotten some outside posts so I've been trying to keep them going to get the owners a check. I've been fortunate enough to get some good trips and get the win." While driving just a handful of races in his career at Buffalo Raceway for this winter, he was able to train a few horses the morning of opening night to get a feel for the Hamburg half-mile oval. "I've found if you keep the horse along the rail, the stretch is pretty long and you can make a move there." He said the people on the backstretch of Buffalo Raceway have been great. "A lot of trainers have helped me out, especially Ron Van Wagoner," he stated. "I am getting more drives and hopefully it continues. I'd love to get 13 a night." Milby also said of why the move to Buffalo Raceway. "I love working with the babies, breaking them. But the owner I worked for didn't get any this year so it kind of freed up my schedule." He admitted he loved to drive the youngsters in the Sires Stakes and is hoping for an opportunity this spring and summer arises. "I did well in the New York Sire Stakes a few years back at Vernon Downs and if I stay here all season, I'd love the chance race them here." Milby is also approaching a career mark, that being 2,000 career victories. He is just 13 away from that milestone. "I know I am getting close but I am really not trying to pay attention to it because if you do, you can start to over drive," he said. "I am just going one race at a time and when it happens, it happens." Milby started racing at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland and has competed at Chester, Colonial, Dover and Harrington Raceway. He's sitting on 1,987 career wins and has almost $10.5 million in lifetime earnings. Milby's best season came in 2013 where he had 265 victories and $1.5 in earnings. And his initial thoughts on the local harness racing scene after a month, Milby was nothing but praise. "The people are great. The track is good. I love Hamburg...it's a nice place. I live in the middle of nowhere in Maryland so it's great here. He also has liked the cuisine. Milby said, "I've had chicken wings at three different spots and can't wait to try 'that sandwich'." The sandwich he is referring to is 'beef on weck'. As for the rest of the season, "I am going to play it by ear," Milby said. "Whenever you have a job, you can always do better. I think I am doing good now, but I definitely can do better. The big races are on Tuesday in Maryland so I might be able to race there then come back here for the rest of the week." Milby did admit, however, that becoming a Bills' fan won't happen. "Nope...A Ravens here...that won't change." by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Youwillwishyouhad has become a regular harness racing customer of Buffalo Raceway track photographer Steve Roth in the winner's circle.   There was yet another photo session with him on Saturday night as Youwillwishyouhad continued the 2015 campaign with another victory in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night.   Now a perfect 3-for-3 this season and in the money 25 of 31 starts since the beginning of 2014 including 14 wins, Youwillwishyouhad (John Cummings Jr.) came charging down the lane to take a neck decision over Nothingbutmach in 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Surprisingly sent off the third choice in the field of seven at 3-1, Youwillwishyouhad ($8.60) was assigned the seven post and sat back and watched the action on the front end for more than a half-mile.   But down the back stretch the final time, Cummings Jr. gave Youwillwishyouhad the green light to go and he responded perfectly, winging it three-wide to the three-quarter marker. Through the stretch, the 4-year-old gelding paced smartly past the remaining field and notched the head decision over a late driving long-shot Nothingbutmach (Shawn Gray). A 28.4 last quarter by Youwillwishyouhad proved to the crushing blow to the field.   King Otra, the post time favorite, finished third with Billy Dobson in the bike.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has now earned $15,750 this season and $81,917 lifetime.   Dobson and Kevin Cummings each had three victories on the card while Cummings Jr. doubled.   The harness racing action will resume Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a solid 13-race program to be presented starting at 5 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, the latest news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The popular Niatross Knockout Claiming Series begins next Saturday at Buffalo Raceway and some of the pacers slated to participate got to eyeball their competition in four divisions of harness racing prep races on a frigid Friday night (January 30).   Legerdepan ($4.90) produced the best time of all four winners as he went gate-to-wire for driver Billy Dobson in 1:59 over the fast track.   Emmys Junior Grin posted a popular $3.40 victory for Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings in 1:59.2 to take a leg.   Donegal Jim ($5.50) remained razor-sharp with a 2:00.1 decision. It was the second win in three starts this year for Donegal Jim, a 14-time winner in 2014.   Dave Panlone ($5.80) captured his prep race with a nose victory in 2:01 for Dobson.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 13-race program scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m. The $10,500 Open Pace will go as the eighth race. Youwillwishyouhad has been installed as the 2-1 morning line choice from the seven post with John Cummings Jr. in the sulky.   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. --- Justgottogetthere pulled the surprise while Bazooka Terror used a new tactic to highlight their victories in the co-featured harness racing events at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (January 28).   In the $10,500 Open Trot, Justgottogetthere was thinking that down the stretch and 'just got there' in time in holding off a flying Second Hand News by a head, posting the $39.00 upset victory in 1:59.3.   Bazooka Terror ($7.40) in the meantime is usually a hard-charging closer. Things were different in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace this week as driver Kevin Cummings took the 6-year-old mare to the lead from the eight post and scored the front-running half-length win over Memumsnotnice in 1:57.0 over the good track.   Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) sat the pocket behind the pace-setting Lutetium, who set fractions of 29.0, 59.1 and 1:29.3 in the Open Trot. Taking the lead midway down the lane, Justgottogetthere had just enough left in the tank to fend off Second Hand News (Frank Milby), who was hindered just a bit at the top of the stretch by a breaking Southwind Warsaw. Lutetium held on for the show spot.   Owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC, it was the 20th career victory for Justgottogetthere, who has now earned $143,732 lifetime. Jerry Nugent Jr. trained the winner.   Bazooka Terror took almost a quarter-mile to get to the top in the Fillies and Mares Open Pace and once she did, she proved more than capable of going gate-to-wire. After posting a brisk 28.3 opening panel, Cummings was able to control the tempo and never looked back.   Memumsnotnice (Billy Dobson) made a mild rally late at Bazooka Terror but finished a non-threatening half-length back at the wire while Up Front Cruiser (Milby) placed third.   It was the second win in three starts this season for Bazooka Terror and upped her seasonal earnings to $11,340. She is owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr.   The racing resumes on Friday night with another 13-race card slated 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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Youwillwishyouhad is making the 2015 harness racing season as successful as his 2014 campaign as he scored another impressive victory in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (January 24).   After posting 11 victories in 28 starts last year and finishing in the money 13 other times, Youwillwishyouhad made it a perfect 2-for-2 in the early going of 2015 after romping to an easy 2-1/2 length win over Western Alumni in 1:57.3 over the good track.   Starting from the three post, Youwillwishyouhad had little resistance in getting to the lead and put up fractions of 29.2, 59.3 and 1:29.0. Turning for home, driver John Cummings Jr. had Youwillwishyouhad in cruise control and looked for some challengers which never materialized. Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) skimmed the pylons to take second while No Real Surprise (Frank Milby) held on for third.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., the 4-year-old Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has now earned $10,500 this season and $76,657 lifetime. It was his 17th career trip to the winner's circle in just 39 starts.   Billy Dobson had a good night in the bike as he produced five winners while David McNeight III had a double.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card.   The early daily double will feature the $10,500 Open Trot and the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace.   The opener is expected to be another showdown between trotters Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) and Second Hands News (Frank Milby). Lutetium is the slight 8-5 morning line favorite starting from the six hole while Second Hand News is next at 3-1 but gets the seven spot.   The F&M Open Pace will feature the hard-charging Bazooka Terror (Cummings) who was assigned the outside eight post. Bazooka Terror is listed as the 3-1 second pick behind 5-2 choice Memumsnotnice who drew the three hole with Billy Dobson in the sulky.   For more information including race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek

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