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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After watching the field go a relaxed opening half mile time, Upfront Countryboy wanted no part of that slow down in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (June 23).   Putting matters into the hands of driver Shawn Gray, Upfront Countryboy used a blazing :54.4 back half, including a :27.3 final split, to waltz to an easy 4-1/2 length win over Focus Power in 1:52.4 over the fast track.   The field of five went in post position order off the gate with Western Conquest leading the way with soft opening frames of :28.3 and :58.0.   But then, enough was enough for Upfront Countryboy as he wasted no time in going first over and taking command at the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1.   From there, it was a sight-seeing journey down the Buffalo Raceway homestretch for Gray and Upfront Countryboy as they pulled away for the convincing decision. Focus Power (Drew Monti) took second and China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) third.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the eighth victory in 17 starts in 2018 for the 9-year-old gelded Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $39,620 and $401,620 lifetime.   Gray had five victories on the card with Monti adding four. Clouser Jr. finished with four training wins and JD Perrin got a triple.   Due to changes in the racing calendar, action that originally scheduled for this Sunday afternoon has been cancelled.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races slated. An $845 carryover awaits in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the program with the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters to compete in three divisions. There will also be events in the Excelsior A and B series.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fox Valley Veto ($13.20) didn't want any part of a hotly-contested front end battle in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (June 22) and his patience was eventually rewarded with a head victory over B Z Glide in a seasonal best 1:56.3.   It was a mad charge to the lead as Call My Broker, Kahoku and Chelseas Chance were three-wide across the track in hitting the quarter pole in :28.2. Finally grabbing the top, Chelseas Chance tripped the timer in :56.4 to the half. The outer flow then started to develop as Call My Broker and Kahoku began to retreat.   Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) was the first over and brought B Z Glide in tow to the three-quarter marker in 1:27.2. as Chelseas Chance was ready to throw in the towel.   In the stretch, it was a match race with Fox Valley Veto digging in gamely and managed to hold off the late bid by B Z Glide (Mike Caprio). Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) took the third place check, rallying from last.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice, Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is a 7-year-old gelding that is trained by Maria Rice. It was the fourth win in 18 tries this season for Fox Valley Veto, now a winner of $43,492 in 2018 and $438,211 lifetime.   Drew Monti registered a driving triple while Davis added a double on the night.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 12-race program slated to begin at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A pair of 2-year-old filly pacers started their harness racing careers off in fine fashion on Wednesday night (June 20) by winning their respective $52,500 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway.   Brooklyn Lilacs began the evening with an impressive 4-1/2 length score over Apple Tina K in 1:57.1 while Meghan Lynn took the second leg with a 1-1/2 length victory over Ladybeluckytonite in 1:58.3.   Both wins by the freshmen fillies were well short of the Buffalo Raceway track record of 1:56.2 established in 2016 by Shes A Billionair.   While the Sire Stakes failed to produce a new standard, there was a new barrier established for the aged (5+) pacing mares as Sportsmuffler ($3.50) toured the Buffalo Raceway oval in 1:53.4, breaking the previous record of 1:54.1 set by Sarah Cola in 2017.   Brooklyn Lilacs ($2.90) started the card by cruising to the win for driver Jim Morrill Jr. After settling in second to the opening quarter pole, Brooklyn Lilacs was in command at the half and never looked back.   "I took it easy on her in the first turn," Morrill Jr. said of Brooklyn Lilacs. "She was kind of banging the bike around that first turn. But when I popped the plugs on her, she switched into another gear and was gone." Apple Tina K (Jody Jamieson) was second and Eos N Rock (Ray Fisher) was third.   Co-owned by Gerald Stuchbury and the Sombodythatiustono Stable and trained by Gareth Dowse, Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustono) earned a win check for $26,250 in her debut.   It was safety first for driver Jason Bartlett as he guided Meghan Lynn to a $7.30 win in the second bracket.   "I played it safe with her in the beginning and let the race develop," Bartlett said.   Sitting third behind the pace-setting Ladybeluckytonite at the half, Meghan Lynn pulled to the outside and got the lead turning for home.   "I wanted to brush and clear to the lead at the five-eighths pole just like we did in her qualifier," Bartlett said of Meghan Lynn. "Once she got to the lead, I knew we weren't going to be beat."   Ladybeluckytonite (Drew Monti) took the place money with She's Da Boom (Jamieson) taking third.   Owned by the Crawford Racing Farms and conditioned by Chris Oakes, Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra) also earned a big payday of $26.260 in her first career try.   In the $15,000 Excelsior Stakes, Heavens Challenge ($6.00) took her leg in 1:59.1 for Morrill Jr. while Final Escape posted a $17.20 upset in 1:59.3 with Jamieson in the sulky.   Its Only Livie ($4.30) won the $6,700 Excelsior B event with a 2:00.1 for driver Shawn McDonough.   Sportsmuffler made her way into the record book with a 1:53.4 mile in the $10,000 Filly and Mare Open I-II pace. Sportsmuffler used a 27.4 final panel to help establish a new barrier, beating Hey Kobe by 2-1/4 lengths.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin, Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster Whatifthere'smore) is a 6-year-old mare that has earned $26,053 in 2018 and $238,909 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card set.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com    by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They have to start somewhere and it will be Wednesday night (June 20) when the 2-year-old filly pacers begin their racing careers in earnest with a date in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway. It will be a great launching pad for their careers as the two divisions will carry a purse of $52,500 each.   Both legs will feature five filly freshmen pacers. None of the gals have started in a pari mutual race and most have just one or two qualifiers under their belt.   And the sires to these ladies are spread out evenly as well with Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and American Ideal each having three entrants while Roll With Joe having one.   The Sire Stakes will be held as the first two races on the 11-race program which gets underway at 5 p.m.   With inexperience reigning supreme, the morning line odds are relatively close.   The first division has Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustono) was tabbed as the 2-to-1 choice from the four post with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Brooklyn Lilacs went gate-to-wire in her qualifier at Pocono Downs on June 13, winning by 1-1/4 lengths.   The main threat could come from Who Can You Trust (Art Major-Neverhaveneverwill). A $45,000 purchase in 2017 at the Lexington Sale, she is listed at 5-to-2 on the morning line with Jason Bartlett scheduled to drive. Who Can You Trust had a 1:58.4 qualifier at Delaware on June 14 and looks to take advantage of the inside.   The rest of the field includes Sewonandsewforth (Kevin Cummings), Eos N Rock (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Apple Tina K (Jody Jamieson).   In the second leg, three of the five participants won their last prep races.   Love Americanstyle (American Ideal-Kiss Me Once Again) drew the rail and gets the services of Morrill Jr. Sitting as the lukewarm 2-to-1 choice, Love Americanstyle won here qualifiers in 1:57.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia by 2-1/2 lengths on June 12.   Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra) cruised in her qualifier with a solid 1:58.2 at Pocono Downs on June 13. She'll be driven by Bartlett and score from the three spot.   Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe-Fool That I Am) made up nearly 13 lengths to take her qualifier at Woodbine/Mohawk on June 9 in 1:59.2. She has the five hole with James MacDonald to steer her.   The others involved in the second division include Ladybeluckytonite (Drew Monti) and She's Da Boom (Jamieson).   With three track records shattered on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway in Sire Stakes competition, the ladies will be looking to top the current standard of 1:56.3 set in 2016 by She's A Billionair.   There will be a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A series races on the card and one $6,700 Excelsior B event.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- For harness racing driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt, things just kept getting better and better for him as the afternoon went along on Sunday (June 17) at Buffalo Raceway as he won three times in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters with the four divisions carrying a purse of approximately $30,000 each   It was a perfect progression as well for Svanstedt as each time one of his charges won, they set a new track in doing so.   In the opener, Ciao Dolce broke the old track standard for the 3-year-old filly trotters of 1:58.2 held by Fad Finance, Straight A Student and High Rise with 3-/4 length decision over Sevenbuyeleven in 1:57.3.   That barrier lasted about 15 minutes as defending 2-year-old NYSS filly trotting champion Lucky Ava posted 1-1/4 length victory over Girl Talk in 1:57.2.   After having to settle for a second place finish in the next NYSS event with Natalie Hanover, Svanstedt saved the best for last as Fury Road took her leg with a 1:57 tour around the lightning fast Buffalo Raceway half mile oval, topping White Cheetah by 3/4 lengths.   When ask about his success at Buffalo Raceway, Svanstedt, who has won six of 10 races in the past two seasons said, "It helps when you have good horses." He went on to explain, "I seem to have horses that can takes the turns here so I am not afraid to go hard into them."   Ciao Bella ($3.80) took the opening bracket with a big move heading to the third-quarter marker. She was able to wear down the fraction-setting Somebuyeleven (Scott Zeron) in the stretch to score the win. Firm To Stay (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third.   "She really picked it up down the backstretch," Svanstedt said of Ciao Bella's effort.   Owned by Kjelle Magne, it was the second win in five starts in 2018 for Ciao Bella (Credit Winner-Pizza Dolce).   The ink hadn't even dried in the record book when Lucky Ava put her name into it.   Setting fractions of :30, 1:00.0 and 1:29.1, Lucky Ava ($2.10) had to work extremely hard to hold back a determined Girl Talk (Drew Monti) in the lane. Haulin Banc (Zeron) took the show spot.   "It was a little surprised at how she had go in the end but she's a good horse," Svanstedt said of Lucky Ava.   Co-owned by Svanstedt, Little E LLC and the Van Camp Trotting Corp., it was the fourth victory in five attempts this year for Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky-Ava Marion). The score pushed her seasonal bankroll to $65,693 and $269,189 in her brief stellar career.   Fury Road ($6.80) was the fastest of the distaffer sophomore trotters as she was able to wire the field in 1:57.0. White Cheetah (Morrill Jr.) put in a game effort to place second while Tribute To Seven (Zeron) took the show position.   "She did what she had to do," Svanstedt said of Fury Road's record breaking performance.   Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., the victory was the second in five appearances in 2018 for Fury Road (Muscle Mass-Bar Ballad). The win upped her seasonal earnings to $44,932 this season and $189,423 in her career.   When told that was the third track record he had on the afternoon with his trainees and Fury Road, Svanstedt shrugged his shoulders and said, "Wow."   The only race in the NYSS not won by Svanstedt was earned by Lima Novelty (Zeron) in a 1:57.3.   It was a heads up move by Zeron going to the opening marker that paved the way for Lima Novelty's triumph.   When things settled down after the start, Natalie Hanover (Svanstedt) looked like she was going to control the fractions but that wasn't the case a few seconds later.   "We didn't want to be behind Natalie Hanover (Svanstedt). We wanted the top," said Zeron of playing the give-and go with Lima Novelty ($4.00).   The decision worked about great as Lima Novelty held back the challenge of Natalie Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths while Jackie Newlands (Morrill) was third.   Trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Ken Jacobs, Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven-No Pictures Please) found the winner's circle for the first time in four attempts this season. The victory upped her seasonal earnings to $21,847 and $116,635 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A races, A Gift For You ($4.10) was the quickest with a 1:58.0 clocking for Zeron. Michando ($7.50) took her bracket for Marcus Miller in 1:58.3 while Kevin Cummings guided Eunice to a stunning $62.00 victory in 1:58.2.   The two $6,500 Excelsior B events went to Financial Impact as Monti steered her home in 2:02.2 while Shawn McDonough notched a popular $2.50 victory with Chasing Stardom in 2:02.0.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race program scheduled for 5 p.m. with the 2-year-old filly pacers arriving to battle it out in two divisions worth $52,500 each.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- China Dream lulled the field to sleep with a leisurely half-mile split in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,500 Open I-II Pace on Saturday night (June 16) and when the six entrants finally awoke, things ended up being a nightmare for them.   With a opening half of a mere :59.0 over the fast track, China Dream ($6.80) blazed the final two stanzas in :55.1, including a last panel of :27.1, and easily rolled to a 5-1/4 length win over Classic American N in a seasonal best 1:54.1.   Starting from the two post, driver Billy Davis Jr. sent China Dream right to the point, putting up soft fractions of :29.4 and :59.0. From there, the 7-year-old gelding went to work and bottomed out the field with a :28.1 third quarter.   Enjoying a four-length advantage at the top of the stretch, China Dream stamped his ticket to the winner's circle by using a blistering 27.1 last quarter to coast to the victory.   Classic American N (Ron Beback Jr.) won the battle for second place with Validus Deo (Kevin Cummings) taking third.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, it was the fourth win in 15 starts for China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art). The score upped his season earnings to $28,571 and $263,334 lifetime.   Shawn Gray finished the evening with five driving victories while Davis Jr. had a triple. James Clouser Jr. had a training four-bagger with Steve Andzel and Rice getting doubles.   The first matinee of the season comes up on Sunday with a 12-race program scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The 3-year-old filly trotters are in town for the New York Sire Stakes races along with Excelsior A & B series events.   It's also Father's Day at the track with 'Lucky Exacta Magnets' being given away with chances to win free wagers while the kids can enjoy free sno cones and cotton candy. The track side grill will also be open during the card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- In the past three weeks, Empire Earl N teased the fans with in the money finishes but came up empty in the win column. He turned things around in a big way on Friday night (June 15) in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Trot by erasing those bitter memories with a half length decision over B Z Glide.   While the win was more than well deserved, the victory didn't come easy either.   Empire Earl N, Buffalo Raceway's 2017 Trotter of the Year, needed a career-best 1:57.0 to get the job done. His lifetime mark was 1:57.1 established last season at Batavia Downs.   B Z Glide (Mike Caprio) was the quickest off the starting gate and put up panels of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.3. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) drafted along perfectly in second while Barn Winner was first over with a quarter mile to trot.   It was a mad dash to the wire with Empire Earl N rushing through the passing lane to snag the popular $4.10 victory while B Z Glide and Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) had to settle for second and third place respectively.   Owned by Kimberly Asher and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita) now has found the winner's circle five times in 16 appearances in 2018. The 10-year-old gelding has now produced $38,913 in earnings this season and $200,753 lifetime.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening with a nine-race card slated for 6 p.m. There is a $795 carryover that awaits in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It may be Father's Day on Sunday (June 17) but it is the ladies who will be front and center at Buffalo Raceway as the 3-year-old filly trotters prance into town to square off in four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes with each leg carrying a purse of approximately $30,000.   The defending 2-year-old filly champion of the New York Sire Stakes, Lucky Ava, is entered and will compete in the second division which will go off as the second race on the 12-race program. She is the even money morning line favorite.   Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky-Ava Manon) is off to a great start already in 2018 with three victories in four tries. A pair of her wins have come in New York Sire Stakes competition as she has amassed a bankroll of $50,968 this season and $254,564 in her brief 14-race career.   In her last outing on June 4 at Monticello Raceway, Lucky Ava blasted the field in the Sire Stakes with an 11-length score in 1:58.4 for co-owner/trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt.   The bad news for the other four that drew into her bracket is the fact Lucky Ava rolled to an easy victory last season at Buffalo Raceway so she knows her way around the Hamburg half-mile oval.   The rest of the field hoping to pull off the upset includes Goddess Ofgoodness (Per Henriksen), Haulin Banc (Scott Zeron), Girl Talk (Drew Monti) and Red Reign (Jim Morrill Jr.).   The opener on the program, which begins at 12:30 p.m., has Somedew Somedont (Deweycheatumnhow-Someday) the top contender. Trained by Dale Lawton and with Marcus Miller scheduled to drive, Somedew Somedont has finished second in two straight Sire Stakes events and looks to break out of that runner up habit.   The main threat should come from the Svanstedt trainee Ciao Dolce (Credit Winner-Pizza Dolce) who is fresh off a length victory in the Sire Stakes at Monticello on June 4 in 1:59.4.   The first race also includes Arabella's Cadet (Mark Etsell), Sevenbuyeleven (Zeron), Cherry Peep (Dan Daley) and Firm To Stay (Morrill Jr.).   Lima Novelty, also a winner last season at Buffalo Raceway as a two-year-old, drew the rail in the third division with Zeron in the bike. A winner four times in 2017 and earning a spot in the Sire Stakes finals, Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven-No Pictures Please) has a pair of third place finishes thus far in 2018 in three tries.   The other six participants looking to knock off Lima Novelty include Jackie Newlands (Morrill Jr.), Pleaspleaspleas (Bryan Andersen), Logetta Hanover (Kevin Cummings), Exs And Ohs (Etsell), Natalie Hanover (Svanstedt) and Corrupt (Monti).   Finally, the last leg has Tribute To Seven (Chapter Seven-Southwind Confetti) topping the list of competitors with Zeron scheduled to be in the sulky. Last time out on June 4 in the Sire Stakes at Monticello, she bruised the field by notching a 6-3/4 score in a throttled down 2:01.   The field also includes White Cheetah (Morrill Jr.), Fury Road (Svanstedt), Perfect Summer K (Ray Fisher Jr.), Golden Muscle (Monti) and Supergirl Riley (Miller).   With hot and muggy conditions in the forecast on Sunday, the Buffalo Raceway track record for the 3-year-old filly trotters of 1:58.2 shared by High Rise (2015), Straight A Student (2016) and Fad Finance (2016) could be in serious jeopardy.   There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series and a pair of $6,500 Excelsior B Series races slated.   The Father's Day program will also feature the "Lucky Exacta Magnet" giveaway along with free sno cones and cotton candy for the kids. The trackside grill will also be open during the card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a family affair in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 13) at Buffalo Raceway as the Cummings brothers swept both divisions of the series.   Kevin Cummings won the $56,900 opening leg aboard Wisdom Tree ($2.50) who toured the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:54.0 while John Cummings Jr. took the $58,000 second event as he guided Checkered Past ($10.80) in gate-to-wire fashion with a 1:54.1 clocking.   Both times were just off the track record of 1:53.3 established in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip.   In the first division, Wisdom Tree looked like she was going to be the leader of the pack but Pelican Clue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) decided that they didn't want the pocket journey, thus they took over command and put up an opening panel of :28.0.   "I expected to get a pocket trip," Kevin Cummings said of Wisdom Tree after getting shuffled back to second.   Things remained status quo until just before the three-quarter pole as Cummings went first over and easily paced by Pelican Blue Chip, coasting to a 4-1/4 length victory. Betterthangraduate (Johnathan Drury) rolled into the third place position.   "I think I might have surprised Pelican Blue Chip (and Morrill Jr.) when we pulled out when we did," Cummings stated. "I didn't want to sprint to the finish line."   Co-owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Callipher, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) is trained by Edward Hart. It was the fifth win in seven tries this year for Wisdom Tree who has now put $81,950 in the bank in 2018 and $134,244 lifetime.   Checkered Past scored from the rail and never looked back in taking the relatively easy decision.   With reasonable fractions of :29.0, :58.0 and 1:26.0, Checkered Past showed the way on the lead with Ms. Cheesman (Jimmy Whittemore) giving chase the entire mile.   In the stretch, Checkered Past used a :28.1 last panel to hold off the final surge by Ms. Cheesman who finished a half length behind. Liplock (Nicholas Boyd) rallied late for the show position.   "She was good," Cummings Jr. said of Checkered Past in the victory. "I was able to dictate the pace and keep soft fractions."   Owned by All Star Racing Inc. and conditioned by Peter Foley, it was the second win in eight appearances in 2018 for Checkered Past (American Ideal-Character Flaw). The triumph upped her winnings to $50,073 this year and $107,461 in her career.   Buffalo Raceway drivers ended up making it a clean sweep in the NYSS and Excelsior races.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Drew Monti got things started with a $14.60 surprise on Majorette Angie. Ray Fisher Jr. found the winner's circle with Psychic Blue Chip ($4.40) in 1:56.0 while Kevin Cummings drove Mink Pink ($3.00) to the victory in 1:56.0.   Casie's Believer ($5.90) found pay dirt in the lone $6,800 Excelsior B Series bracket as Monti steered her home.   Morrill Jr. finished the evening with a driving triple while Kevin Cummings and Monti had doubles.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program on tap.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wisdom Tree and Tell Me A Joke each have a victory this season in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers and they are the ones to beat in their respective divisions on Wednesday night (June 13) when the series arrives at Buffalo Raceway.   There will be two compact NYSS fields that will kick off the early daily double on the 10-race card. A field of four will tangle in the first leg worth $56,900 while the second division carries a purse of $58,000 for the five entrants.   In the opener, Wisdom Tree comes to town finishing first or second in five of her six starts in 2018. A winner of $53,200 already this season, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) drew the four post for driver Kevin Cummings and has been tabbed even money morning line choice.   Wisdom Tree, trained by Edward Hart, took the $59,100 NYSS bracket at Saratoga Raceway on May 27 by scoring a length triumph in 1:52.2. Last week at Tioga Downs, she finished a strong second in 1:50.3 despite starting from the eight post in a $40,600 division of the NYSS.   The main challenger could be Pelican Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Heaven-Feathery Fame) who gets the services of Jim Morrill Jr. from the pylons. She's earned a paycheck in her last two tries in the NYSS and could be primed for a big effort.   The other two in the field include Twin B Peaches (Mark MacDonald) and the Ron Burke-trained Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley).   Tell Me A Joke (Art Major-Camadian) headlines the second division and has been installed as an even money morning line choice as well from the four spot on the starting grid.   Morrill Jr., who'll be on the bike again with Tell Me A Joke, guided her to a gate-to-wire victory in the NYSS on June 3 at Tioga in 1:53.2, turning back Trigger Happy by a length. A winner three times in five appearances this season, Tell Me A Joke has $40,392 in the bank this season.   Jewels Forreal, another Burke trainee, drew the three post with Kakaley in the sulky. Last time out on June 3 at Tioga Downs, Jewels Forreal (So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel) made up 10 lengths during the race and finished third just 1-1/2 lengths behind Tell Me A Joke. With a long stretch at Buffalo Raceway, Jewels Forreal could be a very formidable opponent.   The remainder of the field includes Checkered Past (MacDonald), Ms Cheesman (Scott Zeron) and Liplock (Nicholas Boyd).   The track record for the 3-year-old filly pacers is 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip. With five track standards either being tied or lowered last week at Buffalo Raceway, it's possible that the record book might have to be updated again.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($12.40) got a perfect pocket trip then ended up with Buffalo Raceway's all-time track record on Saturday night (June 9) by winning the featured $11,500 Open Pace in 1:51.2 over the fast track, eclipsing the old mark of 1:52.0 set by Fireyourguns in 2015.   "The horse gave me goose bumps," driver Billy Davis Jr. said after the record breaking mile with Sir Ziggy's Z Tam. "I knew I had the race won when I popped the pocket at the top of the stretch. The horse has a lot of heart and kept digging to the finish line."   It was a two horse breakaway from the start as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) put up fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.0 while Sir Ziggy's Z Tam followed along in second.   Sir Ziggy's Z Tam, facing Open company for the first time this season, nailed the pace-setter in mid stretch and scored the head decision over the tough luck loser Upfront Countryboy. Im So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) finished in third.   It was the fifth straight victory for Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Art Major-So Far Away). The 10-year-old gelding is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was the fifth win in six tries in 2018 for Sir Ziggy's Z Tam, now a winner of $24,575 this season and $892,191 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card set. The New York Sire Stakes highlights the program with the 3-year-old filly pacers in the spotlight. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series as well.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, NY--- After tying the Buffalo Raceway all-time trotting track record and smashing the aged (5+) mare mark as well last week with a 1:56.1 mile, Chelseas Chance was rewarded with a date with the boys in the $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (June 8).   No problem.   Decked out in hot pink, Chelseas Chance (Billy Davis Jr.) showed the fellas that she was a 'dangerous damsel' as she turned them back in 1:57.1 over the fast track. Besides stunning the gentlemen on the Hamburg half-mile oval, she surprised the betting public with a $20.00 win price.   Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) got to the lead early by posting fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:27.4. Sitting fourth past the half, Chelseas Chance was first over down the back stretch and was stride-for-stride with the pace-setter with a panel to go.   In the stretch, Chelseas Chance eventually wore down Empire Earl N and posted the neck win while Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) finished in third. A :57.4 back half helped key the victory for the 7-year-old mare Chelseas Chance.   Owned and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, Chelseas Chance (Kadabra-Armbro Chelsea) has now won five times in 11 appearances this season. With the victory, her earnings jumped to $23,991 this year and $244,822 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the night with four wins while Ray Fisher Jr. and Drew Monti each doubled. Angelo Nappo and Rose Russo each had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with an 11-race program set with a special post time of 7:00 p.m. (approximate) to accommodate racing fans to watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, NY --- Purpose Blue Chip broke the Buffalo Raceway track record for 3-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday night in easily taking his $59,100 division of the New York Sire Stakes with a 1:56.2 mile over the fast track. He snapped the old standard of 1:56.4 set in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the other $59,100 leg for the sophomore male sidewinders, Don had little issues in putting away five rivals in 1:58.0.   A precautionary move by trainer/driver Dan Daley may have paved the way for Purpose Blue Chip to score the win and break the track record. "We had a break last time in the EBC finals (at Vernon Downs) so we put trotting hobbles on him as a precaution since this was his first time on a half-mile track." The move worked.   With Troller and Yuge both breaking early in the race, Purpose Blue Chip ($11.00) was handed the front end and eagerly took advantage of it. With splits of :29.3, :59.0 and 1:28.0, there was no looking back in the stretch as Purpose Blue Chip rolled to the 1-3/4 length victory over Tito (Marcus Miller) while Yuge (Jim Morrill Jr.) regrouped in time to place third.   "He was in cruise control the final quarter of a mile," Daley said of Purpose Blue Chip. "He had plenty of trot left in the end."   Co-owned by Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Richard Lombardo and Donald Brenner, it was the first victory in four tries this season for Purpose Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Munis Blue Chip). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $31,411 and $107,429 lifetime.   In the other division of the Sire Stakes, Don proved to be the best with a solid 1-1/2 front-running victory over Lindsey's Pride. After a minor battle for the lead at the onset of the race, Don never looked back in posting the win.   "He was an absolute professional," driver Jim Morrill Jr. said of Don after the race. "I eased him around the first turn but after that, he knew what I wanted from him before I even asked."   With good fractions of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:29.1. Don ($3.60) used a :28.3 final panel to hold off any late threats that might have developed. Lindsey's Pride (Miller) held on for second with Seven Iron (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking the third place position.   "I just showed him the whip down the backstretch the final time but otherwise, it was just a hand ride," Morrill Jr. said.   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable LLC and Little E LLC, Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) is trained by Julie Miller. It was the second win in five starts in 2018 for Don, boosting his bankroll this season to $87,613 and $149,698 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior Series A races for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, Daley on got driving/training double as L Dees Courageous ($9.10) took a division with a 1:57.4 time.   The other bracket went to Lunar Credit ($7.90) as Scott Zeron steered him to the 1:58.2 decision.   The lone $6,600 Excelsior B Series event went to Time Is Fleeting ($3.60) with Morrill Jr. guiding the winner home in 2:01.4.   Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each completed the evening with three victories.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a 10-race program scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's not a lot of experience in the two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters that invade Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 6) but it's a chance for the fellas to kick start their careers and get a nice pay check.   There are a pair of races that will feature just six competitors in each event, both worth $59,100. The sophomores involved have an average of 11 starts between them in their young careers, combining for 19 victories total.   In the first division, slated for the second race, Seven Iron was installed as the 2-to-1 choice with Ray Fisher Jr. scheduled to drive.   Seven Iron (Chapter Seven-Beyond Blue), is a 3-year-old colt that is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. He was in the money 11 of 13 tries last season and put $157,931 in the bank.   He finished a strong third in the Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on May 11, losing by a half length in 1:54.3 to Don. Then on May 18 at Vernon, Seven Iron, who'll start from the four post, captured an elimination of the Empire Breeders Crown Series at Vernon in 1:54.2.   Things didn't go well, however, in the EBC Finals for Seven Iron as he finished in seventh place, 12-3/4 lengths in back of the winner Six Pack.   Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) is also in the field and will start from the five hole with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike.   Tabbed at 3-to-1 in the morning line, the colt had an impressive second place finish in the $133,800 Dexter Cup final at Freehold Raceway on May 5 in 1:56.2 and took second place in the $24,852 EBC consolation at Vernon in his last outing on May 28.   The remainder of the first division includes Lindsey's Pride (Marcus Miller), Credicone (Trond Smedshammer), Got No Money Honey (Drew Monti) and Clive Bigsby (Scott Zeron).   The second division is scheduled for the fourth race and features Perlucky, owned by the Purple Haze Stables of nearby Fairport, N.Y. and trained by Smedhammer. The colt is the morning line 2-to-1 pick with Smedshammer scheduled to take the reins starting from the four post.   Perlucky (Lucky Chucky-Paper) should love the long stretch at Buffalo Raceway as he's shown a willingness to gobble up ground late in his two previous outings. While not winning, Perlucky made up 13 lengths in a second place finish in the $133,800 Dexter Cup Championship at Freehold on May 5 then closed 8-1/4 lengths to take third in the NYSS at Vernon on May 11.   Yuge (Muscle Max-Miss Fidget) is the second choice at 3-to-1 with Morrill Jr. slated to hop on the bike. The gelding arrives fresh off a length victory in a $15,000 conditioned event at Pocono Downs on May 29 in 1:54.1.   The rest of the field includes Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley), Tito (Miller), Troller (Monti) and Handsome Devil (Zeron).   The track record for 3-year-old colts is 1:56.4 established by Cash Me Out in 2014 while Gural Hanover holds the gelding mark of 1:56.1 set in 2014. Gural Hanover's time is also the all-time trotting standard at Buffalo Raceway that was recently tied by Chelseas Chance on June 1.   The 12-race card will get underway at 5 p.m. with a pair of $15,000 legs of the Excelsior A Series to be contested along with a $6,600 race in the Excelsior B Series.   For more information including the latest news,upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replay, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, NY --- Western Conquest had plenty of courage during Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (June 2) as he was able to squeeze past a stubborn Focus Power by a nose at the wire to post the $14.00 victory in a season's best 1:53.3.   Focus Power (Drew Monti) was able to cut the fractions with splits of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:25.2 but things got tough in the final panel.   Western Conquest was first over and went eyeball-to-eyeball with never say die Focus Power the final quarter of a mile and just managed to get a nostril in front at the line. Im So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) took the show position.   Owned by the Tanah Merah Farms LLC and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the fourth victory in eight starts for Western Conquest (American Ideal-Aries Conquest). The 7-year-old has now jacked his seasonal earnings to $20,490 and $279,081 in his career.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled. The New York Sire Stakes will make its first appearance of the 2018 season at Buffalo Raceway with the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters headlining the program. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series as well.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

  HAMBURG, NY --- Driver Drew Monti gave Sportsmuffler ($4.60) a perfect tour around the Buffalo Raceway half mile oval and that trip paid off in a well deserved victory in the $10,000 Open I-II Pace for the ladies on a steamy Wednesday night (May 30).   In taking the featured event, it kicked off a great evening for Monti as he finished the card with five winners.   At the start, Sgt Molly Pitcher (Jim Morrill Jr.) was parked out to the opening marker by Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) and that first split of :28.1 eventually would take the starch out of the pace setter in the end.   In the meantime, Sportsmuffler was able to latch onto the first over cover of Quicksilvercandy A (Shawn McDonough) through a half of :59.0. Down the backstretch the final time, Monti couldn't wait any longer to make his move as he tipped Sportsmuffler three-wide and zoomed to the lead at the top of the stretch.   There were no worries for Sportsmuffler in the drive to the wire as she paced away to a 1-1/2 win over Susie's Delight in a seasonal best of 1:54.3. Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin, it was the third victory in eight starts this year for Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore). The 6-year-mare has put $21,053 in the bank this year and $233,908 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 8-race program set for 5 p.m. There's a $1,183 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

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