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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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The trotters in the second race at Buffalo Raceway sure did put on a show Friday night (January 23) and when the dust settled, Nineanddivine (Frank Milby) took a nose victory and returned a whopping $186.00 for the harness racing victory.   The top four finishers were all within a head of each other in the end and the entire field of eight were just three lengths apart at the wire.   Tremendous Hit (Shawn Gray) was in command through three-quarters of a mile but said good night at the top of the stretch. Trotters then started coming from everywhere in the lane and Nineanddivine, sitting seventh in the drive for the finish, rallied and nosed out 13-1 shot Chrome Finish (Ray Fisher Jr.) for the victory. Ryan's Caviar (Jim McNeight), 18-1 shot, was a head back to take third.   The $2 exacta of 8-6 returned $2,131 and the 50-cent trifecta of 8-6-5 was worth $6,228.   Nineanddivine is owned by Todd Santoro and is trained by Gary Gibson.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with another 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They used two different routes but post time favorites Bazooka Terror and Second Hand News each found their way to the harness racing winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (January 21) in the co-featured events.   Bazooka Terror went from last to first to take the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace while Second Hand News showed plenty of heart in going gate-to-wire in the $10,500 Open Trot.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings had a lot of patience with Bazooka Terror in the opener. After sitting sixth and last past the half-mile pole, the pair went first over down the backstretch and easily cruised past Memumsnotnice (Frank Milby) and Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) in the stretch to score the 1-1/4 length win in 1:56.3. The winner turned in a 28.0 final panel.   Bazooka Terror (Western Terror-Lucky Liz) is a 6-year-old mare owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr. In the money 29 of 41 races in 2014, Bazooka Terror has now earned $157,987 lifetime with the victory.   In the Open Trot, Second Hand News and Milby set the fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:29 and had the the usually front-running Lutetium breathing down their neck until the top of the stretch.   Second Hand News was first attacked by Lutetium on the outside down the stretch with no luck. Then midway down the lane, Cummings dropped Lutetium into the passing lane but again to no avail as Second Hand News ($4.40) and Milby opened up a 2-1/4 length edge at the wire. They went the mile in 1:57.3. City Kid (Billy Dobson) finished in third.   The 13-year-old Second Hand News (Pathway To Victory-Mohawk Super Night) is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Kent Conshafter. Ron Van Wagoner trained Second Hand News, now a perfect 2-for-2 on the young season.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 13-race program set to begin at 6:35 p.m.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Youwillwishyouhad loves racing on the front end. Drawing the rail in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway would seem like a recipe for success. It was.   After playing given-and-go with Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the opening quarter pole, driver John Cummings Jr. put Youwillwishyouhad back on the lead and never looked back in posting a convincing 1 1/4-length win over No Real Surprise (Frank Milby) in a sizzling 1:55.4 over the fast track Saturday night (January 17).   Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has been on an incredible stretch dating back to last year. The 4-year-old gelding has six wins and two places in his last eight starts. Also, since the start of 2014, he's been in the money 25-of-29 times including 12 wins.   After posting fractions of 29.3, 59.3 and 1:28, Youwillwishyouhad ($6.60) enjoyed a two-length edge at the top of the stretch and used a 27.4 final panel to keep No Real Surprise and third place finisher Cheyenne Cam (Billy Dobson) at a safe distance.   Youwillwishyouhad increased his lifetime bankroll to $71,417 with the victory. He is owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card. The co-features will be the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace and the $10,500 Open Trot. They will go off as the first and third races respectively.   For more information on including race replays, upcoming promotions, schedule and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The temperature outside may be hovering near zero at Buffalo Raceway but driver Kevin Cummings is as hot as a mid-summer afternoon.   After scoring four times on the opening card Wednesday evening, Cummings had another huge night Friday (January 16) with four more victories to highlight the 10-race card. He now has eight wins in just 21 starts.   Cummings had a career year with 334 victories last season and over $1.5 million in purse earnings, taking both the Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs driving titles. Thus far, he hasn't missed a beat to start the 2015 campaign.   He scored the four-bagger with Emmy's Junior Grin ($5.90), A Little Crazy ($10.20), Yohansbastion Mach ($5.50) and Jettison ($5.10).   Shawn Gray, who also had four winners on Wednesday, came back with a double on the frigid Friday night.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6:35 p.m. with a 13-race card. The feature is the $10,500 Open Pace that has attracted a field of six.   Youwillwishyouhad is the morning line favorite at 2-1 with John Cummings Jr. in the sulky. Youwillwishyouhad starts from the rail and has five victories and a pair of second places finishes in his last seven appearances.   No Real Surprise will start from the two post as the 3-1 second choice with Frank Milby in the bike. No Real Surprise comes in on a four-race win streak.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Long time Buffalo Raceway publicity director, Charles “Chuck” Burr, died after a short illness on Tuesday, January 13. He was 91. He spent most of his career as a sports administrator. In the early 1960’s he was the general manager and publicity director of the Buffalo Bill and then became the executive manager of the Miami Dolphins. In 1968 he got the calling to harness racing and accepted the position as publicity director at Buffalo Raceway where he worked until retiring some twenty five years later. In 1991 he was honored with the “Golden Pen Award” that was presented annually by the North American Harness Publicists Association and served as an officer and President of the association. He was also a long time member of the United States Harness Writers Association. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Julia (nee Hogan) Burr who passed away in 2005; father of Kathleen Burr (late Albert M. Ranni), Brian C. (Kathleen) Burr, Kristine Murray-Mack (David) (and the late Craig Murray) and Eileen Graham (Kevin); loving grandfather of eight grandchildren and two  greatgrandchildren; son of the late William D. and Christine (nee Cameron) Burr; brother of the late William D. II (Jeanne) Burr of Dalton, GA; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Friday from 5-8 PM at the Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home on 5541 Main St., (at Cayuga Rd.) Williamsville, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday morning at 9:30 in SS Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville, NY. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org). By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It didn't take long for driver Frank Milby to make himself known at Buffalo Raceway as he drove long shot Memumsnotnice ($38.60) to a stunning half-length victory in the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace Wednesday evening (January 14).   It topped the successful opening night of the 92-day meet at Buffalo Raceway. Director of Operations Jon Cramer was delighted with the opener. "It was our best handle in at least 10 years. The handle was $377,777. There was some great racing out there tonight and some nice prices."   Milby, a regular at Dover Downs and Rosecroft Raceway, found his initial appearance at the Hamburg half-mile oval a memorable one. He smartly sent Memumsnotnice past the pace-setting S A Lowe (Billy Dobson) in the stretch. They covered the mile in 1:57.1 over the good track on the crisp, clear night. Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot.   S A Lowe set the fractions with times of 28.4, 59.0 and 1:28.2 and looked comfortable on the front end. But Memumsnotnice had other ideas. She followed the cover of the parked Ashlee's Cool Gal down the back stretch and was tipped three-wide by Milby at the three-quarter pole. From there, Milby used some mild encouragement on Memumsnotnice in the lane and she responded to draw off by a half length over a stubborn S A Lowe.   Owned by John Mungillo and Thatsideofthefence LLC and trained by Mungillo, it was the 16th career victory for Memumsnotnice and pushed the 6-year-old mare's lifetime earnings to $260,200.   Shawn Gray had a impressive return to Buffalo Raceway as he registered a four-bagger and also had a training win. Kevin Cummings also posted four driving victories while JD Perrin and Maria Rice each had two training wins.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a 10-race program set for 6:35 p.m.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway is wasting no time in getting the 2015 live racing season off to a great start as the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace is scheduled as the first race on the solid 12-race opening night card Wednesday. Post time is 5 p.m. Bazooka Terror has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the opener despite being assigned the eight post. Defending Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs leading driver Kevin Cummings is slated to be in the sulky. In her last appearance on December 6th at Batavia Downs, Bazooka Teror rolled to an impressive 3-1/2 length victory in 1:57.2. Trained by newcomer Jim Clousser Jr., Bazooka Terror posted 11 victories last season and earned $85,621 for owner Leonard Seagall. The 6-year-old was named 2014 'Mare of the Meet' at Batavia Downs. Mondatta could be the main threat with David McNeight III in the bike. Starting from the rail, she has a pair of seconds and two third place finishes in her last four appearances. Mondatta is the 4-1 second choice. The remainder of the field includes Ugly Betty (John Cummings Jr.), S A Lowe (Billy Dobson), Memumsnotnice (Frank Milby), You're To Funny (Jack Flanigen), Ashlee's Cool Gal (Shawn Gray) and Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.). As the Buffalo Raceway season kicks off, a pair of drivers will looking to reach some lofty milestones. Kevin Cummings is just 30 wins away from 3,000 career victories while Frank Milby is just 20 away from the 2,000 plateau. "I'd like to finish like where I left off in 2014," Cummings said. He had 334 victories last season and over $1.5 million in purse earnings. When asked about nearing the 3,000-win mark, Cummings said, "I don't really think about it. I just want to stay on the roll I was on last year. It will come when it comes." Wednesday night, the $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence starts in the fifth race. There will also be free racing programs, free magnetic racing schedules along with $3 food and beverage specials in the clubhouse. Racing will then resume on Friday and Saturday night with a 6:35 p.m. start time. For more information including entries, results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The post position draw at Buffalo Raceway for Wednesday's(1/14) card has been moved to this Saturday due to weather conditions.

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The barns are completely full, the race track surface has been rebanked and some top-notch drivers are ready to roll into town as Buffalo Raceway gets into final preparation mode for the 2015 harness racing season. The 92-day race meet begins on Wednesday, January 14th with a 5 p.m. post for the 13-race program. The season schedule shows live racing on Wednesday evenings at 5 p.m. along with Friday and Saturday nights with 6:35 p.m. posts. Buffalo Raceway will then add the popular Sunday afternoon cards beginning on June 7th. The season concludes on Sunday, July 26th. "We are expecting a great year," Buffalo Raceway's Director of Operations Jon Cramer said. "The barns are completely full, the track has been rebanked and our simulcasting is growing. We will be sending our signal throughout the state of Illinois this year and at Hoosier Park in Indiana. Also, we'll be on TVG and we expect our Canadian simulcast to grow as well." Buffalo Raceway has been known in the past few years as the place to be for top drivers nationally to come for the winter months. This season, Buffalo Raceway may have hit the jackpot. Scheduled to get in the sulky at the half-mile track includes two-time defending National Dash champion Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (847 wins), Rosecroft Raceway's top reinsman Frank Milby (245 wins) and Saratoga regular Billy Dobson (352 wins). This season also marks the return of Shawn Gray, Buffalo Raceway's 2012 top driver, who posted 206 victories and over $1 million in earnings that year. The newcomers will be challenging local star Kevin Cummings who won both the 2014 Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs driving crowns. Cummings had a career season with 334 victories and over $1.5 million in earnings. Between Wrenn Jr., Milby, Dobson and the red-hot Cummings, they combined for 1778 wins in 2014. Those numbers should make for some competitive races and for driver supremacy at Buffalo to say the least in the early part of 2015. Other regulars returning to the track include the three young guns in Shawn McDonough, David McNeight III and Drew Monti along with veterans Jim McNeight and Jack Flanigen. Opening night includes free programs, free magnetic 2015 racing schedules, the Guaranteed $5,000 Pick-4 that begins in the fifth race along with $3 Wednesday specials which includes draft beer, hot dogs, pretzels and pizza. New this year in January and February, make a reservation in the clubhouse for a Saturday night and each person will receive a free racing program, a $5 Hamburg Gaming free play and your table will get $5 off your Winner's Circle Cafe purchase. Reservations can be made by calling 716-649-1280, ext. 300. The clubhouse will have open seating on Wednesday and Friday nights. Members of the Player's Rewards Club who wager $500 on Buffalo Raceway in either January or February will receive a free Buffalo Raceway polo shirt with their rewards voucher. Other promotions set later this season will include the annual March Handicapping Contest with the winner receiving entry into the World Harness Handicapping Championships at the Meadowlands in April, the always popular Father's Day promotion, Back To The Track and Kentucky Derby Day. On the track, expect some great racing with the renovation of the racing strip. The turns have been rebanked. Also nearly 6,000 tons of material was put down and drainage has been improved at the finish line area. Tom Agosti, Buffalo Raceway's Racing Secretary, is entering his first full season in that role and is extremely optimistic about the upcoming season. "We are full in the barn area and I think we've got enough horses to be comfortable running 13 races a night, three nights a week. You look around and every track is losing horses. They are staying home now, like in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where we used to get horses. Tracks there are offering the same purses as we are at Buffalo." Agosti said he's really trying to build the $6,000 to $10,000 claiming bracket at Buffalo Raceway. "That level should be the meat of our racing," he stated. "We seemed to have lost that middle class and I am trying to raise it back up." On Wednesday nights, Agosti is trying to keep things consistent with the Open Trot and Filly and Mares Open Pace expected to go as the early daily double. "It will allow our fans to watch these horses each week, keep track of them and watch them at the same time every Wednesday." The Niatross Claiming Knockout Pacing Series has been revamped and should be an exciting competition. The "A" division will begin eliminations on February 7th with the finals on February 28th. The "B" division will start on April 4th with the championship on April 25th. Horses eligible are those that have had a base claiming tag of $4,000 (mares $5,000). The new wrinkle is the top four finishers from each division final will return for a $25,000 Invitational in May. "The Niatross Series has always been very popular. Now that the $25,000 Invitational has been added, there should be even more interest," Agosti said. While the stable area is full, one new barn will arrive for the first time winter and that belongs to Jim Clousser. He raced at Batavia Downs in the fall and brings eight into the backstretch at Buffalo Raceway. Previously, Clousser raced at Tioga Downs. JD Perrin looks to defend his training title at Buffalo Raceway. He won the 2014 title with 76 victories and conditioned 125 winners during the year. Perrin also took the Batavia Downs title. Now if the weather can just cooperate. Buffalo Raceway had seven cancellations in 2014 due to inclement weather but with a little help from Mother Nature, sunny days could lay ahead for 2015. For more information on Buffalo Raceway including upcoming promotions, schedule, statistics and news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Stephen A. Flanigen Jr., 75, longtime owner, trainer and driver in western New York, died on November 19, 2014 of natural causes. Steve Flanigen got his start in harness racing after getting interested in the sport through his uncle (Charles Flanigen). He got his license in 1962 at the age of 23 and cut his teeth at the track while working full time on the railroad. After racing one or two of his own horses and picking up a catch drive every now and then, Mr. Flanigen's public stable took off in the early 1980's. Through sharp claims and private purchases, he put together a powerful string of race horses that filled the top classes at both Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway for many years. Dorado Drummond, Citronnelle, Rascal Lew J, Danny Fo, Hurry Murray and Avon Sandy are just a few of the horses that pushed Mr. Flanigen to the top of the trainer and driver standings in western New York from 1982 to 1986. He also campaigned successfully at Vernon Downs, the Meadows, Lake Shore Meadows and Rosecroft Raceway during that time. Steve Flanigen drove his last race in 1992 and turned the lines over to his son, Jack, while he continued to train full time. During his career he drove 256 winners that earned $624,552.00 in purse money. As a conditioner, Mr. Flanigen sent another 456 winners to post that brought home $844,515.00 in proceeds. Steve Flanigen was one of the most-liked horsemen on the local circuit and was always happy to help out his fellow horsemen. Whereas he was quite adept at racing pacers, he was particularly skilled at hanging up a trotter and his successes with students of that gait was a trademark throughout his career. When not in the paddock, Mr. Flanigen enjoyed playing cards and bowling and was quite accomplished at both. Mr. Flanigen was the beloved husband of Mary (Murphy); devoted father of Jack (Diane), David (Rachelle) and Shannon (Craig) Whylly; loving grandfather of five; dear brother of Florence, Lallah (John) Cummings and the late Edwin, Sally and Mary; son of the late Stephen and Emma (Lore) Flanigen; brother-In-Law of Jack Murphy. Friends may call Tuesday (Nov. 25) from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the James W. Cannan Funeral Home (Southtowns Chapel), 3155 Orchard Park Rd. The funeral will be held on Wednesday (Nov. 26) at 9:30 at Our Mother of Good Council Church,3688 South Park Ave, Blasdell, NY. By Tim Bojarski, president, UNY USHWA

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The weather is turning wintry in Western New York and that can only mean Buffalo Raceway is stepping up its preparations for the 2015 harness racing season, tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 14th with a 5 p.m. post time. The racing schedule is pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission.   Stall applications for the season, which is slated to end on July 26, are available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association office at Batavia Downs and on-line at www.buffaloraceway.com They are also going to mailed out to those who have stabled at the Hamburg half-mile oval. Deadline for applications is December 12.   Jim Mango, Buffalo Raceway's Chief Operating Officer, said, "We are the game in town basically in January, February and March. We race in the winter for the horsemen."   The paddock and barn area are key selling points in the winter months at Buffalo Raceway. "We have the best stable area around. There aren't many out there like this. But if you stable here, we expect you to race here," Mango added.   He went on to say, "This is Tom Agosti's first full season as Race Secretary and he's a smart guy and he's going to put his talents in trying to get new stables here. But there's enormous competition for horses. We hope to pick up some new barns and might surprise a few. It's way to early to tell who might come in though but we know we'll get some good drivers coming in who are basically down during those months."   And while stall applications are going out, the renovation of the racing strip is now complete except for new drainage near the finish line that will be worked on over the next few weeks.   "There have been several horsemen who've seen it and loved it," Mango said of the track. "The turns are really noticeable...they are now more banked to give the relief of pressure on the horses going around the turns."   Pete Arrigenna spearheaded the track work and will be around all season to "help maintain the integrity of the track," Mango added.   Over 6,000 tons of new material have been laid down on the race surface and is "packed down". The $150,000 cost of the track renovations were split by Buffalo Raceway and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association.   But even though there's a new racing strip, Mother Nature is always lurking. "Our biggest problem during the winter is the snow," Mango stated. "It takes some skillful maneuvering of the grader to get the snow off the track."   The Buffalo Raceway early season schedule is always a crap shoot. But as Mango put it, "If the weather is good, it pays off. And if the weather isn't good, we'll things aren't so good."   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "I think we had a good meet with some excellent racing," Buffalo Raceway's Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said as he reflected back on the now completed 2014 season.   "I seen a lot of positives that have occurred here and I am encouraged about the 2015 season," Mango added.   The first eight weeks of the season, which started on January 8, were hampered by an unusually harsh winter locally and throughout the Northeast which forced postponements of seven cards. "Once the winter weather cleared and spring came, we did alright," Mango said.   Jon Cramer, Buffalo Raceway's Director of Operations said, "I think we've held our own compared to others. We've had another nice increase in our simulcast handle again. Our nightly pools were up 10 percent this year."   On the track, Kevin Cummings took his first driving title at Buffalo Raceway since 2008 with 171 victories, easily beating out Ron Beback Jr. who had 117.   Cummings finished with a UDR of .341 and earnings of $838,902. Cummings also won the crown in 2004, 2005 and 2008.   Beback Jr. finished with a UDR of .267 and $602,109 in purse earnings while Jack Flanigen rounded out the top three with 97 wins, a .277 UDR and $522,675 in winnings.   The all-time track record of 214 wins in a season set by Jim Morrill Jr. in 2006 will remain for another year.   A total of 59 different drivers made a trip to the winner's circle.   JD Perrin continues to be a model of consistency with his second straight training title. Perrin, who won in 2013 with 78 victories, put up 76 wins this year with a .372 UTR and $346,637 in purse earnings.   Ryan Swift took second place with 44 wins, having a UTR of .282 and bankrolled $208,673. John Mungillo completed the top three with 43 wins and $238,074 in purse earnings.   The track record for wins in a season by a trainer is still Sherri Holliday who conditioned 122 in 2011.   A total of 100 different trainers had at least two victories during the campaign.   The horses were definitely in high gear over th half-mile track at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. There were a total of seven track records either broken or tied during the season.   Leading the record breakers were 3-year-old trotting colt Gural Hanover. He set his division mark and also took down the Buffalo Raceway all-aged trotting record when he covered the mile in 1:56.1 in the New York Sires Stakes on June 29th.   The 2-year-old colt trotting mark was re-established by Royal Deceptor who went 1:59.3 while 3-year-old filly trotter Glowngold got her name with the record book with a 1:59.0 time.   The all-aged filly and mare pacing record were set twice as Majic Laughter and Cased Solved each registered a 1:54.2 clocking. Sweetnsinful also produced a new standard in her division as the 3-year-old filly pacer won in a sizzling 1:54.1.   Ophiuchus N led the way in victories on the season with 12 during the meet and had the second most earnings with $47,026. Twilight Jack and Western each were victorious nine times on the pacing side.   The top trotters were Lutetium and Kely Jo Wiz as each put up eight wins.   But it was Lutetium who was nothing less than brilliant in winning the Open Trots. He was able to overcome the assigned outside posts time after time, going gate-to-wire to record the victories.   The top money earner among the local horses was Ugly Betty who took in $49,183 thanks to seven wins in 22 starts, Most of her income came in the Fillies and Mares Open Pace.   Buffalo Raceway's post time favorites scored a 43.62 rate.   Looking ahead to 2015, Mango said, "We'll be racing 92 days next season and we'll go three times week from January through May. We'll add the fourth racing day in June and July. The purse structure isn't set yet but I can tell you for sure it won't go down from the 2014 levels."   The main off-season upgrade will be the track itself. "Starting on October 20th, we will be having a major track renovation," Mango disclosed. "In cooperation with the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association, we will be re-banking the turns, fix drainage issues, especially by the finish line, and putting down 5,000 tons of material. We are looking forward to that work being done. It's a major expense. Hopefully once this is done, it will take some of the pressure off that first turn."   Mango went on to say, "Tom Agosti will be back again in 2015 as Race Secretary. He did a great job in the month he was on the job and I look forward for him to be here the entire year and really put his mark on the race office."   The Niatross and Spring Break Claiming Series look to be back on the agenda for 2015. Mango stated, "The horsemen love it." Asked if the Claiming Series might expand to trotters, Mango quickly added, "That's up to Tommy and the racing office."   Cramer said of 2015 outlook, "We'll be sitting down and looking at promotions, what worked and didn't work. We will have the $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 coming back along with 'Back To The Track' and Father's Day events for sure."   Mango said in closing, "We are looking forward to 2015. We will be continuing to make some general improvements, nothing major besides the track. But we do continue to get a tremendous response from a lot of people, especially from the Sire Stakes people who've come in, how pleased they are with the backstretch and barn areas. They rave about it."   And if Mother Nature can cooperate just a little more in the early part of the next season, sunny days could be ahead for Buffalo Raceway as they embark on another year in 2015.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway      

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was closing day at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (July 20) and the 2-year-old filly trotters in the New York Sire Stakes tried but couldn't beat their divisional track record of 2:00.2 held by Munis Blue Chip from 2009.   So while the standard still stands tall, there were some good efforts with the fastest times of the four $27,251 divisions going to Betcha and Barn Doll who covered the mile over the fast track in 2:01.2. The other winners were Cherry Crown Jewel (2:02.2) and Miss B'Ville J (2:02.0).   In the opening division, Cherry Crown Jewel inherited the lead after Counselor AS (Jeff Gregory) broke stride around the second turn and was never threatened the rest of the way.   "I really didn't want Jeff's horse (Counselor AS) to get the lead but when they broke, we got back on top and it was nice and easy then," winning driver/trainer Dan Daley said. "She's a nice filly and could do well in the Sire Stakes."   Cherry Crown Jewel ($11.40) was easily able to hold off the mild rally mounted by second place finisher Dancewithme Chuck (Charlie Norris), who finished 1-1/2 lengths back, while Stories To Tell (Chris Lems) trotted into third.   The winning time was 2:02.2 and it was the first win in three starts for Cherry Crown Jewel (RC Royalty-Nowerland Kristen).   Daley made it two straight in the Sire Stakes when he guided Betcha ($4.40) to an convincing 3/4 length triumph over Stirling Debutant (Rick Zeron) in 2:01.2 in the second leg. It was the second straight Sire Stakes win for Betcha.   It was a perfectly rated journey for Betcha (Cash Hall-Sienna) as she followed the live cover of Stirling Debutant and exploded three-wide through the stretch to score the victory by 3/4 expanding lengths in 2:01.2.   Daley said of Betcha, "We didn't think she'd be anything special but she keeps chugging along and wants to be a race horse."   Barn Doll (Gregory) was much the best in the third division as smartly trotted past Kaliska (Ray Schnittker) under little urging and posted the two length decision in 2:01.2. Zanna Blu (Gates Brunet) rolled into the show position.   "She's a very well-mannered filly," Gregory said of Barn Doll. "She's done everything they've asked of her. They (owners Purple Haze Stables and Steven and Nancy Pratt) are going to make a lot of money with her."   It was the third victory in four career starts for Barn Doll (Conway Hall-Headintheclouds) and increased her seasonal earnings to $36,357.   The final division saw Miss B'Ville J (Jim Morrill Jr.) use the 'lightning lane' and beat the front-stepping Northern Obession (Schnittker) by a neck in 2:02.   Northern Obession set the tempo with times of 30.3, 1:01.4 and 1:32.2 but had Miss B'Ville J ($4.70) breathing down her neck the entire mile. In the lane, Morrill Jr. dropped Miss B'Ville inside and she responded to post the neck victory.   Owned by KJ Stables and trained by Tracy Brainard, it was the first trip to the winner's circle in three tries for Miss B'Ville J (RC Royalty-South Jersey Angel).   In the $12,600 Excelsior Class A races, Define Royalty (Chris Lems) took the first division in 2:04 and returned $4.20. Barn Girl (Greogry) won the second leg in 2:02.1 and paid $4.60 while in the last leg, The Cuse pulled the surprise ($13.20) as John Stark Jr. sent the winner wire-to-wire in 2:03.2.   The $6,700 Excelsior B series race was won by Untangled Cash (Gregory) and took the victory in 2:05.1 and paid $4.10.   The live racing schedule is now completed for the 2014 season. Simulcasting will continue throughout the remainder of the year at Buffalo Raceway with live racing expected resume in January of 2015.   For simulcast schedule, race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The season is almost over at Buffalo Raceway but one of the most exciting races of 2014 took pace in the featured $8,400 conditioned pace on Saturday night (July 19) with a pair of noses separating the top three finishers.   When the photo came up after the blanket finish, Little Man Cam (Jim McNeight) had a nostril in front of Peenie (Drew Monti) while What The Sheik (David McNeight III) was a nose back in third. Little Man Cam covered the mile in 1:57.4 over the good track and returned $17.80 for the win.   It was a classic stretch battle as Peenie tried to desperately hang on after setting the fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:28.3. But Little Man Cam took the outside route and nailed Peenie at the wire while What The Sheik had to settle for a disappointing third after using the passing lane.   It was the third victory in 19 starts for Little Man Cam (Camotion-Rocket Time). The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Michael Ohol and Steven Gross and is trained by Courtney Ohol. The win upped Little Man Cam's seasonal earnings to $20,578 and $149,947 lifetime.   The season concludes on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. post for the 11-race card. The New York Sire Stakes will close out 2014 campaign with the 2-year-old filly trotters taking to the track.   For more information including the simulcast schedule, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 2014 Buffalo Raceway live racing season comes to an end on Sunday afternoon but the track will close with a bang as the New York State Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies highlight the final card of the year.   There will be four $27,251 divisions of the Sire Stakes along a trio of $12,600 Excelsior A Series races and a $6,700 Excelsior B race in the 11-race program that is set for 1:05 p.m.   And while there be some talented filly trotters taking to the track, it's like a 'who's who' that will be driving them. Former Western New York regulars Jeff Gregory, Ray Schnittker, Jim Morrill Jr., John Stark Jr., Phil Fluet, Sam Schillaci and John Cummings Jr. all will be returning to Western New York for day. They'll be joined by others including Dan Daley, Chuck Connors Jr., Charlie Norris, Chris Lems, Gates Brunet, Jim Meittinis, Rick Zeron, Robert Shepherd, Jim Marohn Jr. and Tyler Raymer.   The Sire Stakes will be contested in the first, third, sixth and seventh races.   The first leg features Counsellor AS (Gregory) who has a 1-1/2 length win in the Excelsior A Series at Vernon Downs on June 26 in 2:00.1. Counsellor As (Conway Hall-Cordele AS) broke stride in her last appearance at Tioga Downs on July 11. She'll look to rebound starting from the three post as the 3-1 morning line choice.   Her main threat should come from 4-1 second choice Meshugana Miss (Crazed-Daring Marisa) who start from the four post. She has a pair of second place finishes in both of her pari-mutuel starts and will be handled by Connor Jr.   The second division has Betcha (Betcha-Ruccoucou) as the 3-1 choice with Daley in the bike. Betcha cruised to an easy two length decision in the $27,250 Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs in 1:59.4 on July 11. She may play 'catch-me-if-you can' from the four spot.   The toughest leg could be the third which will go as the sixth race. It finds My Twisted Sister (Lucky Chucky-Pretzel Hanover) and Barn Doll (Conway Hall-Headintheclouds) ready to battle it out.   My Twisted Sister (Morrill Jr.) showed plenty of heart in posting a neck victory in the $27,750 Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs in 2:00 on July 11. She'll get the inside post and should get a perfect trip.   Barn Doll drew a tough post, the seventh spot, but can overcome it after posting a pair of big victories of more than three lengths in her last two starts, including 1:59.1 decision at Tioga on July 11 in the Sire Stakes. Barn Doll gets Jeff Gregory as her pilot.   The final division has Spell That (Conway Hall-Mouche Hanover) the 3-1 early choice with Sam Schillaci in the sulky. She was last seen on June 26 at Vernon Downs where she suffered a narrow neck defeat in the Sire Stakes. She'll start out of the six post.   The main threat could come from Northern Obsession (Conway Hall-Northernpossession). This 2-year-old has a pair of competitive third place finishes in two Sire Stakes starts and gets trainer-driver Ray Schnittker on the reins. They'll score from the three post.   For more information including simulcast schedule, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway      

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