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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jettison may have lost the battles but he ended up winning the war. After losing narrowly to Dedalos twice in the past three weeks, Jettison turned the tables when it counted the most and captured the $24,500 harness racing final of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 25).   It was the big closing kick that sent Jettison to the victory. After drawing the seven post, Jettison sat contently seventh to the half mile marker as Secluded Island set scorching fractions of 27.4 and 56.4 to the midway point.   Following live cover to the three-quarter pole, driver John Cummings Jr. tipped Jettison ($6.00) three-wide and fanned four out at the top of the stretch. Using a 28.4 final panel,Jettison roared past Dedalos (Shawn Gray) to register the length victory in a seasonal best time of 1:56.0 while K C Colt (Jim McNeight) scooted up the passing lane for third.   "We were in good position down the backstretch the second time," Cummings Jr. said about the final half mile of action. "We had a ton of momentum on the outside. I was worried about the horse in the passing lane (K C Colt)," he added.   It won't be the last time Jettison and Dedalos, the Niatross Claiming Series 'A' Series winner, square off. The pair are both qualified for the $25,000 Invitational on Saturday May 9th. Also moving on from the 'B' Series will be K C Colt and Secluded Island. A wild card will also be selected since Dedalos earned two spots in the Invitational.   Owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison (Jereme's Jet-Pizzacato), a 6-year-old gelding, was trained by Darren Taneyhill. It was the fifth victory in 14 starts in 2015 for Jettison and moved his earnings to $28,310 and $155,339 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Niatross consolation event, trainer Alex Giuliani watched his tandem of Looks R Deceiving and Carson City Road finish first and second respectively. Looks R Deceiving (Jack Flanigen) nipped stablemate Carson City Road by a neck in 1:57.0 while Wynsum Magic (McNeight) took the show position.   In the $9,500 conditioned pace, Jokerman ($7.90) got the lead and held on from there for a half-length triumph over the heavily favored Cobble Beach in 1:55.0.   Shawn Gray had a driving triple on the program while Kevin Cummings, Cummings Jr., Drew Monti and Shawn McDonough all doubled.   The racing action continues on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race set to go to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The top three in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings showed the way on Friday night (April 24) as the harness racing trio combined for seven victories on the 12-race card.   Drew Monti, who sits in third place in the rankings, had a triple and moved his seasonal total to 71. Last season, he posted 86 victories the entire season at Buffalo Raceway.   Leading driver Kevin Cummings had a double and now has 121 wins in 2015. Shawn Gray, who sits in second place with 72 trips to the winner's circle, also had a double.   It was bombs away in the ninth race as Shawn McDonough drove Girls Luv Diamonds to a $72.00 victory.   Looking ahead to Saturday's card, sometimes it's all about timing and luck. For Eim Racing and trainer Bradley Jackson, it was perfect timing and the luck of the draw.   They won 'the shake' from multiple claims put in on Dedalos in last week's semi-finals of the Niatross Claiming Knockout 'B' Series for $7,000 and are now in line for a couple of big paydays if things work out right starting Saturrday.   Dedalos, who drew the three post, is the 3-1 choice on the morning line in the Niatross $24,500 championship which highlights the program at Buffalo Raceway.   After winning the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'A' Series back on March 7th, Dedalos automatically earned a spot in the $25,000 Invitational set for Saturday, May 9th along with Goddess's Justin, It Was An Honor and Delightful Caitlin.   But with a spot already secured in the Invitational, Dedalos and his new owners would love nothing better than winning both ends. Riding a three-race win streak in the series, Dedalos posted the fastest time in the semi-finals last week with a 1:57.1. But don't expect things to be easy.   Jettison starts from the seven post. He's been claimed in three consecutive weeks in the series and ends up in the finale for co-owners Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable and trainer Darren Taneyhill. Jettison, pegged at 4-1 in the morning line, has had two wins and a pair of second place finishes in his last four starts. Unfortunately, his losses have come to Dedalos.   Secluded Island is a dangerous 5-1 and scores out of the six spot. He cruised to a two-length win in the other semi-race last week in 1:58.0 and has four victories in his last five starts.   The field from the inside out include Full Circle Spirit (Ron Beback Jr.), Nighthawk Hall (Kevin Cummings), Dedalos (Shawn Gray), K C Colt (Jim McNeight), Tymal Torch (David McNeight III), Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen), Jettison (John Cummings Jr.) and Feets Of Magic (Drew Monti).   The top four finishers, as in the 'A' series, will advance to the $25,000 Invitational on May 9th.   The $10,000 consolation race of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will go as the sixth race while the $9,500 conditioned pace is set for the second.   Post time for the solid 12-race card is 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Serendipitious proved she was better than the boys in the $7,900 conditioned/optional claiming trot at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (April 22) and made sure her male counterparts won't soon forget it. Serendipitious, not only destroyed the field of harness racing geldings by five lengths, she went the mile in track record time of 1:58.1, the fastest ever by a trotting mare at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   The previous all-aged mark for mares was 1:58.2 set by Escrow Blue Chip in 2012. The 1:58.1 time by Serendipitious also established a new standard for 4-year-old trotting mares at Buffalo Raceway. The old time for that level was 1:58.4 held by Hat (2011), Clydabell (2012) and Sabo (2012).   Driver Kevin Cummings was a hit with the ladies in the early going as he sent Serendipitious to the record-setting mile. A Cameo In Life ($8.70) then made a clean sweep for Cummings in the early daily double by rolling to a 1-3/4 length decision in 1:58 in the co-featured $8,500 Open II for the distaff pacers.   Serendipitious ($2.90) started off the night impressively in scoring a five-length decision, earning her third win in four tries in 2015. The track was fast but a raw wind, temperatures in the low 40s and occasional rain and snow showers made the record even more remarkable.   Serendipitious had little trouble going gate-to-wire. Scoring from the four post, Cummings went right to the top with the winner, facing no resistance. Posting fractions of 29.0, 49.0 and 1:29.0, the outer flow started to develop just before the three-quarter marker. That's when Serendipitious got her cue to put it into high gear. She had no issues in the stretch, going 29.1 in the final panel. September Hall (Shawn McDonough) and Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) were left to battle it out for the minor spoils and finished in second and third respectively.   Owned by Guy Polillo and trained by John Mungillo, Serendipitious (Majestic Son-Royal B G) has now earned $11,948 this season and $71,347 in her young career.   In the co-featured second race, A Cameo In Life completed the 4-2 Cummings' daily double combination that returned $14.00. Sitting third down the back stretch the final time, A Cameo In Life tipped to the outside, brushing easily to the lead and never looked back from there.   Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) finished in second while Wicked Elphaba (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by Clark Siminski and trained by Kirk Desmond, A Cameo In Life (Lease On Life-Allamerican Cameo) has now put $20,938 in the bank this year and $80,028 lifetime. It was the fifth win in 13 attempts for the 6-year-old A Cameo In Life.   Cummings and Gray finished with three victories apiece while Jack Flanigen doubled.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 12-race card set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- No respect. That's about the best way to summarize Mach Stockn Barrel at Buffalo Raceway as for the fifth time in six starts, the 4-year-old gelding failed to go off as the post time favorite despite an impressive harness racing resume.   But for the fifth time in those six starts, Mach Stockn Barrel ($7.00) found his way to the winner's circle after registering a hard-charging length win in a career-best 1:55.2 in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace on Saturday night (April 18).   With eight victories now in 12 starts in 2015, Mach Stockn Barrel drew the seven post and watched Jokerman post some wicked fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:25.4,. It proved to be a perfect set up.   Mach Stockn Barrel, sitting last at the half in the field of seven, started making steady headway up the backstretch. Now gobbling up real estate on the outside past the three-quarter pole, Mach Stockn Barrel was locked and loaded. He used a powerful drive to the wire and blew past the stalling Jokerman (Jack Flanigen). Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn Gray) rallied and finished in second while Jokerman held on for third.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) has now earned $36,856 in 2015.   The semi-finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series, Dedalos ($6.30) and Secluded Island ($5.70) each posted wins.   Dedalos (Jim McNeight), who won the 'A' division back in March, had the fast time of the two divisions with a 1:57.1 clocking, nipping Jettison (Cummings Jr.) by a nose. Tymal Torch (Gray) finished in third and will advance to next week's $24,500 (estimated) final along with Full Circle Spirit (Drew Monti) who took fourth.   Secluded Island, in the meantime, had a little bit easier time after romping to a two length decision over Feets Of Magic (Monti). Also moving on to the finals are third place finisher Nighthawk Hall (Kevin Cummings) and K C Colt (Ron Beback Jr.) who rolled into fourth position.   A $10,000 consolation race will also be held next Saturday for those not making the championship event.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.   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. --- Harness racing driver Drew Monti tied a career-high in his young career for wins on a race program as he posted five to steal the spotlight at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (April 17). The 20-year-old Monti, who sits in third place in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings, has now 65 wins on the year.   Monti produced victories aboard Ooga Booga ($6.20), Initial Strike ($5.80), PC Troubadour ($4.90), Dalton Hanover ($5.10) and Ramblin Rick ($3.40).   Shawn Gray, who is in second place in the standings, had a driving double. Gray trails leader Kevin Cummings 113-67 in the rankings.   The semi-finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series will be held Saturday night and will go off in the seventh and ninth races. Both divisions have a $7,000 purse with all carrying a claiming tag of $7,000 (mares $8,000). The top four finishers in each leg will return on Saturday, April 25th for the estimated $25,000 finale.   The first division looks on paper to be the toughest with three winners from last week's quarterfinals to square off. Dedalos, who captured the Niatross 'A' Series in early March, is one of those winners after posting a 1:58.1 time. He'll start from the four post with Jim McNeight in the sulky and is listed as the 4-1 third choice.   Jettison is the 5-2 morning line pick after registering a 1:57.2 win. John Cummings Jr. will take the reins and will score from the three hole. Full Circle Spirit also comes in off a quarterfinal victory with a 1:58.2 mile. Drew Monti will get the drive as Full Circle Spirit draws the six post and is listed at 6-1.   Goddess's Justin, who drew the rail, is the second choice at 3-1 for Ron Beback Jr. Goddess's Justin suffered a narrow 3/4-length defeat at the hands of Dedalos last week and hopes to turn the tables thid time around.   In the second division, Nora Lee was the lone winner from last week in the race and is listed the 7-2 selection from the three post. Cummings Jr. will drive Nora Lee who went the mile in 1:58.1 last Saturday.   Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen) is the morning line choice at 3-1. Getting the two post, Secluded Island fizzled out last week in the lane and had to settle for second, 1-1/2 lengths behind Jettison.   Sandwiched in between the Niatross Series races will be the $9,500 conditioned pace where Western Alumni is fresh off a 1:54.0 victory in last week's $10,500 Open. McNeight will guide Western Alumni from the six post as the 2-1 morning line favorite. He'll be battling Mach Stockn Barrel who has the seven post and is victorious in 7-of-11 events on the season.   First post Saturday night for the 12-race program is 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Home sweet home. That's the way Lutetium has to be feeling after returning to Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (April 15) and strolling to an easy 6 1/4 length victory in the $8,500 conditioned trot.   Talk about loving home cooking. Lutetium has nine wins in 19 starts with $59,532 in earnings at Buffalo Raceway since the beginning of 2014. He has won 19 times in 38 tries overall in that span.   After scoring a win at Northville Downs and taking a parked fourth place at Northfield Park in Open trots the past two weeks, Lutetium ($3.20) took no prisoners on his home turf. Getting to the top with ease from the six hole, Lutetium put up splits of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:27.   The last quarter mile was a throttled down 29.4 as Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) had the remaining field of seven waving the white flag in surrender, stopping the timer in a seasonal best of 1:56.4 over the fast track. Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) finished in second place while Flaming Yankee (Shawn Gray) took third.   Owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw, Lutetium has now won three times in eight starts in 2015, earning $19,341. The 8-year-old gelding (Credit Winner-Luby) now has a career bankroll of $295,437.   In the co-featured $8,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, She's A Maniac had some bad luck in the photo finish as she was nosed out at the wire by Fiftyonefifty. But her misfortune turned into a victory a few minutes later as she was awarded the win via disqualification.   It looked like Fiftyonefifty (Cummings) was going to escape with a narrow nose victory as she just managed to get in front of the pace-setting She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight). The celebration was short-lived as Fiftyonefifty was placed fourth for an euro-rail violation at the top of the stretch.   She's A Maniac ($7.70) ended up in the winner's circle while Basic Survival (Jack Flanigen), who finished in third a nose behind, was elevated to second. It's De Lovely (David McNeight III) was moved up to third.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., She's A Maniac (Rocknroll Hanover-Check And Raise) has now won $14,948 in 2015 and $311,185 in her career.   Real Joy was just that to her backers as Shawn McDonough steered her to a $118.50 victory in the seventh race.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 12-race program set for 6:35 p.m. at Buffalo Raceway.   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. --- Western Alumni turned in the fastest mile of the season at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 11)) by going gate-to-wire to take the harness racing featured $10,500 Open Pace in 1:54.0.   Starting from the two post, Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) went right to the lead and forced the remaining field of six to try and track him down. It didn't happen.   Western Alumni ($10.80) put upsolid fractions of 28.4, 58.0 and 1:25.4 and used a final 28.1 panel over the fast track to hold off the the mild rally of second place finisher Cobble Beach (John Cummings Jr.) while Giant Sculpture (Shawn Gray) took the show spot.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the second victory of the season for Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss). The 7-year-old gelding has now banrolled $16,346 in 2015 and $226,644 lifetime.   In the quarterfinals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series, Jettison (Gray) had the fastest winning time of the of four divisions with a 1:57.2 tour over the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval. Jettison returned $4.00 for the victory.   Dedalos ($6.20), the winner of the 'A' series earlier this season, took his bracket with a 1:58.1 clocking for driver Kevin Cummings.   Driver Drew Monti took two legs with Nora Lee ($4.30) capturing her division with a 1:58.1 mile while Full Circle Spirit ($5.40) was on top at the end in his race with a 1:58.2 mark.   The top four finishers in each division will return this Saturday night for the semi-final round.   Racing will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening with a 12-race program slated to get underway at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N. Y. --- It was sure a zany three-race stretch at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (April 10) as three long shots found their way to the harness racing winner's circle.   The fourth through sixth races were definitely as wild as could be with the average win mutuel being $105.15.   Wrangler Rockstar (John Cummings Jr.) started out the long shot parade in the fourth race with a stunning $63.00 victory to kick off the first half of the mid daily double.   Diditagainhanover wasn't going to be outdone as Ron Beback Jr. steered the 7-year-old gelding to a $240.50 shocker in the back half of the double. It was the largest win price of the season at Buffalo Raceway and it also prompted a unique daily double payoff of 6-all for $79.50 on a $2 wager.   The victory by Diditagainhanover was also the opening leg of the Pick-4 which returned $32.37 on the winning combination of 8-5-2-3 with just 3-of-4 needed for 50 cents.   Sunday Star (Shawn Gray) then posted a $21.00 decision in the sixth race before things settled down.   The Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series continues Saturday night with the quarter-finals. The top four finishers in each of the four $6,000 divisions will move on to the semi-finals on Saturday, April 18. All starters can be claimed for $6,000, mares for $7,200 this week.   Full Circle Spirit is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the opener of the Series, scheduled for the ninth race, as Drew Monti takes hold of the reins. The 10-year-old gelding posted a 1:57.4 victory but could be tested by the pace-setting mare Ms Luck who drew the pylons.   Dedalos, the winner of the Niatross 'A' Series back on March 7, gets the nod in the next division. Ready to go from the six post, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings will be aboard the 3-1 favorite Dedalos who notched a winning mark of 1:57.3 last week.   The toughest leg could be the third, scheduled as the 12th, where Nora Lee (Monti) and K C Colt (Jimmy Whittemore) will tangle. Both are coming off victories in their preliminary round last week. They aren't the favorites, however, as rail-sitting Wainui Tabman N (Cummings Jr.) gets the slight early 3-1 edge.   Secluded Island enters on a three-race win streak and looks to expand on that after drawing the rail in the 13th race. Secluded Island had the fastest time last week with a 1:57.1 mark and will have Beback Jr. in the bike.   The $10,500 Open Pace will open the 6:35 p.m.card with Western Alumni the 2-1 morning line pick. Scoring from the two post, Western Alumni will have Jim McNeight driving. His main competition should come from Cobble Beach who made his seasonal debut at Buffalo Raceway last week a winning one with a 1:55.2 mile.   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 seemed up against it. Battling rain, harness racing sloppy track conditions and the dreaded outside post position Ugly Betty was more than up for the challenge.   Starting from the eight spot, Ugly Betty registered a 'beauty' with a front-running 2-1/4 length win over Eyemajet in a seasonal best time of 1:56.2 in the featured $7,900 conditioned pace for the ladies on Wednesday night (April 8) at Buffalo Raceway.   After being parked on the outside by Fiftyonefifty and unable to find a seat along the pylons, driver Jack Flanigen had no choice but to step on the gas and send Ugly Betty to the lead. It proved to be the right move.   Ugly Betty put of fractions of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:27.3 and splish-splashed her way to the wire with a final panel of 28.4 to secure the victory. Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) finished in second place with Fiftyonefifty (Kevin Cummings) taking the show spot.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, the 7-year-old mare (Camluck-Red Road Rage) is trained by Dennis Dylo. It was her fifth win in 11 starts in 2015, increasing her bankroll to $29,679 and $203,430 lifetime.   In the co-featured $7,900 Open III trot, Flaming Yankee (Gray) found his way to the winner's circle for the first time this year with a neck decision over Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.).   The field of eight caught a break at the start as1-2 favorite Serendipitious broke before the gate opened up and spotted the field 11 lengths. That allowed Studio City to set the tempo with times of 31.1, 1:02 and 1:31.4.   Turning for home, Flaming Yankee (Yankee Glide-Flaming Tag), sitting third, used the lightning lane to nail Studio City by a neck inthe photo.   Serendipitious, after spotting the field the huge advantage, managed to get back into the race and almost pulled of a miracle comeback. Kevin Cummings did all he could to find some racing room but the traffic got the best of them. They had to settle for third place, just a length back.   Flaming Yankee, a 5-year-old gelding, is co-owned by William and James Emmons and is trained by Gray. The victory moved his winnings to $8,353 this season and $798,779 in his career.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 12-race program getting underway at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jokerman had the last laugh in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (April 4) with a stunning upset harness racing victory in a seasonal best time of 1:55.1 over the fast track.   Overlooked by the betting public, Jokerman returned a hefty $27.00 to his backers after turning back the mild rally of Bakken in the race to the wire   It was a battle to the lead as rail-sitting Lucky Nadotremblay tussled with the parked Jokerman to a quarter in a red-hot time of 27.4. Jokerman (Jim McNeight) was finally able to clear for the lead and posted times of 56.2 and 1:25.4 from there.   In the race to the finish, Jokerman posted a final panel of 29.2 and that was more than enough to hold off any challenges from the remaining six horses in the field. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) show some mild kick but finished a non-threatening length back while Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) rolled into the show position.   It was the fourth win in 12 starts for Jokerman and the 6-year-old gelding has now been in the money in all but one start in 2015. He is co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Robert and Randy Roth. Jokerman (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has now earned $29,289 this year.   In the first round of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series, Secluded Island ($4.10) was the fastest winner in the five divisions with a 1:57.1 clocking.   Dedalos ($3.30), who captured the Naitross 'A' Series earlier this season, took his leg with a 1:57.4 mark.   Other preliminary round winners included Nora Lee ($4.00), K C Colt ($15.80) and Full Circle Spirit ($12.00). The quarter-finals will be held next Saturday night.   Driver Drew Monti had a four-bagger on the night and Kevin Cummings went over the 100-win plateau on the year with four victories as well.   Trainer Michelle Gramza had three wins.   The racing action will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race card scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news. results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Kevin Cummings inched closer to the 100-win mark already this season at Buffalo Raceway after scoring a double on a rainy Friday night (April 3).   After driving Herbie Is Gone ($2.20) and Way To Go Fabieo ($5.40) to wins, Cummings pushed his seasonal victory total to 97 and now enjoys a huge 42-win margin over Shawn Gray in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings.   In 2014, Cummings had a career year with 334 wins. He's well on his way to shattering that mark if things continue as they have been. Last season on this date, Cummings had 53 victories in 312 starts. Now in 2015, he has 97 wins in 345 tries, good for 15th nationally. He's tops nationally in the UDR for all drivers with over 200 starts with a .424 mark, leading Dave Palone who is next with a .404 rating.   Cummings is on pace to break Jim Morrill's track record of 214 wins set back in 2006. He'll have plenty of opportunities to increase his totals as Buffalo Raceway just completed their 34th racing date out of 92 days scheduled this season.   Shawn Gray had a four-bagger on the night while Jack Flanigen and David McNeight III also doubled on the program.   The preliminary rounds of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will begin Saturday night to highlight the 13-race card at Buffalo Raceway. Post time set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- The New York State Lottery used a tag line "It only takes a dollar and a dream." Well for the horses, harness racing owners and trainers at Buffalo Raceway in the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series, it takes only a $250 entry fee, some risk, racing luck and a dream to win some big money by the end of the second weekend in May. The popular Niatross Knockout Claiming Series starts up again at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night with 38 pacers ready to go to the post in five divisions of the "B". The $4,000 claimers will eliminate each other the next four weeks with the purses going up $1,000 each Saturday and the claiming tag increasing by $1,000 as well. The lone survivor will take home the lion's share of the approximately $25,000 purse on Saturday, April 25th. And if that wasn't enough incentive to enter, the top four finishers in the "B" finale will come back on Saturday, May 9th and go against the four qualifiers from the "A" series including the winner Dedalos, Goddess's Justin, It Was An Honor and Delightful Caitlin for a $25,000 Invitational. The eliminations start this week with the purse in each leg being $5,000 and the claiming price of $5,000 (mares are $6,000). Only six will be eliminated on Saturday, but then half of the fields will be knocked out each week as the top four finishers move on from each leg until reaching the Saturday, April 25th championship. Buffalo Raceway's second leading trainer, John Mungillo, gave some insight on the Niatross Claiming Series; "It's definitely a series that the owners like because they can make some very good money," said Mungillo. "You need some racing luck with good draws and also hope you don't get a horse claimed out of a race. If you get stuck with an eight hole, you basically are racing for at least fourth place or better so you can advance." Mungillo remembered back in 2011 when he had Iam Billy The Man. He won the Niatross and did so without winning a leg until the finals. "It was like moving the chains...you just want to keep moving up and make the next round. I think Iam Billy The Man finished like fourth, third, second then won it all off the rail...and never got claimed." He added, "Iam Billy The Man was one of my favorites and I think he won about $50,000 that year. That's a lot of money for a $4,000 claimer. It paid a lot of bills. That's a good thing about the Niatross. It's good money for these horses. The "A" finals went for over $26,000 earlier this year and even the consolation went for $10,000 which is quite an incentive to get your horses involved. Now with the $25,000 Invitational added, it's definitely worth it." When asked about having a horse claimed out of the race in the series, Mungillo was quick to point out, "Basically you run that risk every time you enter your horse of the $4,000 caliber when they aren't in the Niatross. Those level horses normally are in for a price so you always take a risk of losing it anyways." And one of the most heart-wrenching parts of the event is after the race is over when track announcer Michael Carter calls out the claims. You may be overjoyed with the victory or advancing on, but your horse may be headed to a new barn with a chance for bigger money and a higher claiming price next week. "You can't worry about that part," Mungillo said. "It's usually a surprise (the claim) unless you've heard something before the race." Mungillo made a prediction that there might be a lot of claiming out of the first round because only six horses are going to be eliminated and thus 32 will advance with a higher purse and steeper claiming tag in the quarterfinals." There were 16 claims made in the "A" event earlier this year with the most coming in the second round ($6,000 claiming price/$6,000 purse). There were three taken out of the semi-finals for $7,000 and the new owners were then in line for the $26,200 purse after the $7,000 risk. Dedalos escaped the claim box and he cruised to the victory in the finals from the rail for driver Drew Monti to take home the $13,100 first place check for owner Louis Frascella and trainer Michelle Gramza. Of the 38 entered for the five divisions on Saturday, "A" division champion Dedalos and Goddess's Justin are the only two returning that have already earned a spot in the $25,000 Invitational on May 9th. And if they are claimed somewhere during the series, the new owners of Dedalos and Goddess's Justin are in line for the $25,000 Invitational bid. It's a great series for the fans to watch and one that the owners and trainers hope to cash in upon with little collateral damage. Let the fun begin. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG,N.Y. --- It may have been April 1st but Justgottogetthere wasn't fooling around at all in the harness racing featured $8,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night.   The heavily favored 6-year-old gelded Justgottogetthere ($2.40) toyed with the field of six and went coast-to-coast in posting a 3/4-length victory over Leave Your Mark in 1:59.1 on the fast racing strip. It was his fifth win in eight starts in 2015 to go along with three second places finishes.   Driver Jim McNeight had to go three-wide to gain the lead going to the quarter pole with Justgottogetthere but once the pair settled in, there weren't any anxious moments.   Posting fractions of 28.4, 59.3, and 1:30.1, a final panel of :29 by Justgottogethere kept the remainder of the field at bay. Leave Your Mark (Shawn Gray) tried to make a move in the passing lane but to no avail while Diamonds For Life (Kevin Cummings) and September Hall (Shawn McDonough) battled to a dead heat for third.   Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC. Jerry Nugent Jr. handled the training duties and watched Justgottogetthere increase his seasonal earnings to $26,687 and $165,369 lifetime.   In the first of the two $7,900 co-featured paces for the fillies and mares, Fiftyonefifty ($9.30) was the 'pocket rocket' and flew past It's De Lovely (David McNeight II) and The Prophet Mary (Drew Monti) to score the victory in 1:56.0.   The Prophet Mary threw up fractions of 29.4, 58.3 and 1:27.4 but became leg-weary in the stretch. It allowed the pocket-sitting Fiftyonefifty to drop into the passing lane and race to the 1-3/4 length win.   It was the second win in 11 outings this season for Fiftyonefifty (Daggs-Tj's Little Cammie). The 6-year-old mare is owned by Sidney Easton and is trained by Anthony Cummings. She increased her 2015 bankroll to $16,078 and $145,901 lifetime.   In the second $7,900 pace for the ladies, Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) was a 'jet' in the lightning lane and took off for a 1-3/4 length decision over Ivy's Good News (Ron Beback Jr.) and the pace-setting Bad Girl Vegas (Monti).   Bad Girl Vegas put up some sizzling splits of 27.4, 57.0 and 1:27.0. Basic Survival was parked to the three-quarter pole and surrendered while Eyemajet drafted in second behind Bad Girl Vegas. It the stretch, Gray found the passing lane perfect as Eyemajet had little problem strolling off to the convincing victory.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by Gray, Eyemajet has two victories in 10 starts this year, earning $12,576 and jacking up her career total to $203,100.   Kevin Cummings, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, finished the card with five winners. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer, JD Perrin, is now a perfect 3-for-3 this year in the sulky after posting a driving double.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card set to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mach Stockn Barrel continued to flex his muscles at Buffalo Raceway as the 4-year-old gelding registered his sixth harness racing victory of the season in 10 starts with an impressive 1-1/4 length win over Jokerman in the featured $9,500 pace Saturday night (March 28).   Driver John Cummings Jr. was determined to get Mach Stockn Barrel to the top. It took some effort as Mr. Preserverance (Shawn Gray) handed out a parking ticket to the quarter pole in a solid 28.4.   But once gaining the top, Mach Stockn Barrel ($5.40) bottomed out the field, enjoying a widening two-length edge at the top of the stretch. There weren't any threats to the finish line as Mach Stockn Barrel was throttled down. Jokerman (Jim McNeight) showed some late kick to take second while Union Man Hanover (Shawn McDonough) finished in third.   Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) is owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr. The win pushed his winnings to $26,666 in 2015 and $51,247 lifetime.   In the sub-featured $8,800 pace, the old veteran Peenie ($13.20) found the winner's circle for the second time in a week and the 51st time in his career with a head victory over I C D Moolah in 1:59.2.   Peenie (Gray) was sitting fifth at the three-quarter marker but was sailing on the outside down the stretch. He used a terrific final panel of 28.1 to notch the head win. I C D Moolah (Drew Monti) had to settle for the disappointing place spot while Lucky Nadotremblay (McDonough) arrived in the show position.   Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelded Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) has now earned $16,860 this season and $649,249 lifetime.   Cummings Jr. and Gray each scored four victories on the 13-race card while Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings had a double.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays, schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing trainer JD Perrin scored the 'hat trick' and was assisted by three different drivers in doing so to highlight the Friday night (March 27) program at Buffalo Raceway.   Perrin, who leads the trainer's standings at Buffalo Raceway with a 35-24 edge over John Mungillo, swept the early daily double. Yosemite Camn ($12.80) took the opener with Jack Flanigen in the bike while Retail ($7.80) took the second race with Shawn McDonough aboard. The Perrin-trained daily double returned $93.50.   RA's Shakenbake ($3.40) then completed the thee-bagger for Perrin by taking the sixth race with Ron Beback Jr. in the sulky. It also started a nice streak for Beback Jr. as he also posted wins in the seventh race with Stonebridge Saga ($6.50) and Tsunami Dream ($23.80) in the eighth.   Driver Shawn Gray, who had four wins on the evening, took both halves of the mid daily double. He first guided The Ring King ($11.00) to the victory in the fourth race and then rallied Jettison ($22.60) to the upset win in the fifth. The 'Gray' double returned a healthy $180.00 for a $2 wager.   Big prices continued in the tenth race as Vintage Fenom ($12.00) topped a $4,780 trifecta for $1. Second place finisher Genuine Star N (Ken Koch), sent off at 47-1, helped boost the big trifecta mutuel while McArdle Direct rounded out the winning triple ticket.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 13-race card set at Buffalo Raceway starting at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Shawn Gray used two different methods in the co-featured $8,500 conditioned paces for the fillies and mares and got the desired results Wednesday night at rainy Buffalo Raceway (March 25).   Ugly Betty ($3.20) needed every inch of the race track to nip Basic Survival in the opener while Sadies Place ($3.70) got to the front end at the quarter pole and cruised from there to complete the chalky $8.70 early daily double.   It was just the start of a good night for Gray as he finished the card with four victories.   After battling against the boys the past two weeks, finishing a respectable second and fourth, Ugly Betty showed she's still 'looking good' when facing the girls.   Basic Survival (Jack Flanigen) zoomed right to the lead and put up fractions of 31.2, 101.1 and 1:30.2. Ugly Betty, in the meantime, began her first over journey at the three-eighths pole and made slow and steady headway to the half.   At the three-quarter marker, Basic Survival and Ugly Betty were eyeball to eyeball, preparing for the stretch run. It looked like Basic Survival had 'survived' the challenge midway down the lane but the stubborn Ugly Betty made one last gasp near the wire and pulled off the nose victory in 1:59 over the sloppy track. You're Too Funny (Jim McNeight) finished in third.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) is trained by Dennis Dylo. It the the fourth win in 10 attempts this season for the 7-year-old mare. She has earned $25,279 in 2015 and $198,752 lifetime.   Sadies Place in the meantime scored her second straight victory with a 1:58.2 decision over Bad Girl Vegas.   It was a three-horse scrum to the lead before the quarter pole with Fiftyonefifty and Bad Girl Vegas each enjoying a brief lead. But Sadies Place became the third leader of the race and ended up being the final one, stepping off to a 1-3/4 length win. Bad Girl Vegas (Drew Monti) took second while Dontch Remember rolled into the show spot.   Sadies Place (Sadies Dreamboat-Eicarl Leggs) is a 10-year-old mare owned by Barry Franklin and trained by Darren Taneyhill. She's now won four times in 10 starts this season, bankrolling $18,385 in 2015 and $326,390 lifetime.   Monti had a driving triple and Ron Beback Jr. posted a double on the night.   Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin hopped on the sulky for the first time this season and drove Northern Bullet to a popular $3.00 win. Perrin finished the night with two training victories as did Taneyhill.   Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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