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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Patootie ($4.60) was sure a stubborn mare in the home stretch at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 24) and it paid off with a narrow nose victory over Classy Lane Rose in the $10,000 Open Pace for the harness racing ladies   It was the third straight win for Hot Patootie (Larry Stalbaum) who covered the mile in 1:55.4 over the fast track.   Starting from the six post, it took Hot Patootie a quarter mile to reach the top in 27.4. She was helped by the pocket-sitting Voltina who blew far turn the first time and scattered the field.   With a half of 56.0, Hot Patootie opened up a three length edge to the three-quarter marker but looked like she was going to drop anchor in the lane as Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) cut into the margin.   But Stalbaum kept the Hot Patootie afloat in the stretch and had just enough to hang on for the victory over a tough luck Classy Lane Rose. Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, the 5-year-old Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better) now has six wins in 17 tries in 2017. The victory upped her seasonal bankroll to $22,578 and $85,767 lifetime.   Jim Morrill Jr. had the hot hand in the sulky with four wins while Monti had a triple and Stalbaum added a double.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card on tap.   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. --- Shady City ($2.60) finally broke the second place blues by capturing the $10,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 20). Shady City had finished a heart-breaking second in four consecutive starts in harness racing Open competition.   It wasn't easy for Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) to get re-acquainted with track photographer Steve Roth as he needed a seasonal best of 1:54.3 over the fast track to get the first place check. He beat Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) by 1-1/4 lengths while Pan Street USA (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show spot.   It was a mad dash to the opening quarter as Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) went three-wide to wrestle the top from Shady City and Pan Street USA in a 27.3 first panel. Settling in and putting up the next two fractions of 55.3 and 1:25.0, Fireyourguns ran out of ammunition in the stretch.   Shady City, enjoying the pocket trip, slipped down into the passing lane and was the strongest of all in getting to the finish line first while a hard-charging Gallant Seelster was second best.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, the 7-year-old gelded Shady City (Metropolitan-Maid In Shade) has four wins in 17 starts. The win increased his 2017 earnings to $36,536 and $267,113 lifetime.   Stalbaum finished the night with four victories while Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Drew Monti produced doubles. Asher had three training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night with an 11-race program set for 5 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. --- For harness racing owner/driver Larry Stalbaum, he's not been hard to please lately when it comes to his trotter Empire Earl N.   For the second time in three weeks, Empire Earl N found his way into the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway by taking the $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 19). They got the photo opportunity thanks to a 3/4-length victory over Osprey Vision in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   Stalbaum said after the race, "Not too much to complain about. I was able to work out a good two hole trip." With a pair of wins and a narrow second place in his last three outings, Stalbaum has a good reason to be happy with his trotter.   With Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) setting the splits of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:27.3, Stalbaum and Empire Earl N were able to drop into the pocket from the six post off the gate. Biding their time until the passing lane, Empire Earl N then zoomed past the tiring Winkys Pride to get the win.   Osprey Vision (David McNeight III) was closing fast on the outside and secured second place while Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished in third.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, the 9-year-old gelded Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita) has now produced two wins in nine starts this season. The victory upped his 2017 earnings to $20,070 and $105,995 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. led the driving statistics on the night with a triple while Ray Fisher Jr. had a double. Trainer Jeff Amann conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will return on Saturday night with a 12-race card. There's a special 7 p.m. post time for the live action in order to accommodate the simulcasting of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.   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. --- Due to the simulcasting of the 142nd Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course, Buffalo Raceway will have a special 7 p.m. post time for its live harness racing program on Saturday evening (May 20).   It will be a busy day at Buffalo Raceway with doors opening at 10 a.m. to allow race fans plenty of time to wager on Pimlico's first race which has a 10:30 a.m. start.   During the day and evening, Buffalo Raceway will have over 20 tracks that fans can wager on via simulcast along with the its live program. Fans will receive free full past performances from both Pimlico and Belmont Park.   Player Reward card members will also receive double points on all wagers placed on Saturday.   There will be a free shuttle to and from Buffalo Raceway and Hamburg Gaming on Saturday and fans can enjoy Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. as well.   On Friday, advanced wagering will be available on the Preakness and fans can also bet on the Black Eyed Susan-Preakness daily double.   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. --- Hot Deuce turned in the fastest mile of the 2017 season at Buffalo Raceway and also set a lifetime best with a scorching 1:52.1 over the fast track to win the harness racing featured $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (May 13).   The time turned in by Hot Deuce (Drew Monti) was just off the all-time Buffalo Raceway track record of 1:52.0 established in 2015 by Fireyourguns who ironically was in Saturday's event.   While it was the fifth victory in 13 starts for Hot Deuce, it was also another heart-breaking loss for Shady City (Larry Stalbaum). He now has five runner up finishes in his last six tries in Open competition at the Hamburg half mile oval.   Drawing the rail, Hot Deuce immediately shot to the lead and put up impressive fractions of 28.0, 56.1 and 1:24.3. In the final panel, it was a two-horse breakaway with Shady City trying desperately to collar Hot Deuce but came up 3/4 lengths short. Gallant Seelster was next under the line to take the show spot.   Owned by Mike McAllister and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, Hot Deuce (Armbro Deuce-Hot Dam Here Iam) is a 5-year-old gelding that has earned $23,996 this season and $59,856 lifetime.   The ageless wonder, 14-year-old horse Saint William A, won his sixth straight and seventh of the season as he took a $7,000 pace for $10,000 claimers for owner/driver Stalbaum and trainer Kimberly Asher. It was the 300th career start for the veteran Saint William A (Presidential Ball-La Saint). The win was his 54th lifetime victory and moved his career earnings to $733,983.   Stalbaum had four victories while Jim Morrill Jr. and Monti each had triples in the sulky. Clevenger finished with three training victories with Rose Russo and Asher getting two.   Racing will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with an 11-race program scheduled for 5 p.m. There will be a $2,594 carryover in the Pick-5 that begins in the second race.   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. --- After five straight weeks of being parked to the quarter pole, Kahoku finally drew the rail and got to see what the harness racing pylons look like at Buffalo Raceway. The inside markers were definitely a welcomed sight for Kahoku as he took advantage of the rail and registered a neck victory over Empire Earl N in the $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 12).   Empire Earl N actually took the lead with an opening split of 28.4 but driver Ron Beback Jr. had Kahoku quickly retake the lead and went 58.3 to the half and 1:28.0 to the three-quarter pole.   In the final panel, the now pocket-sitting Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) made a final charge near the wire but Kahoku had enough left in the tank to score the victory in 1:57.1 over the fast track. Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) took the show check.   Owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw, the 9-year-old gelded Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Goal) has now put $22,414 in 2017 and $231,891 lifetime.   Jim Morrill Jr. had a five-bagger on the night while Monti and Kevin Cummings had a pair of victories in the sulky. Gerry Sarama notched a training double.   Racing will resume on Saturday at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There's a $594 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   Fore 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. --- Hot Patootie cooled off the field in the featured $8,200 pace for the harness racing mares at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 10) by going wire-to-wire and breezing to a easy 2-1/4 length win over Sandy De Vie in 1:55.0.   With the usual front-running Deliciouslynaughty scratched from the event sick, it enabled Hot Patootie (Drew Monti) to get an uncontested lead from the pylons while the rest of the field dropped into line quickly in post position order.   With fractions of 28.4, 57.3 and 1:26.3 over the fast track, Hot Patootie ($6.00) had nothing but clear sailing down the stretch as the reminder of the field failed to mount any kind of threat. The favored Sandy De Vie (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the place position while Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) won the battle for third.   Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better) is a 5-year-old mare that now has four victories in 15 attempts in 2017. The win moved her seasonal earnings to $13,478 and $76,667 lifetime.   Monti, after posting a six-bagger on Saturday night, remained hot with four more victories while Stalbaum added a triple.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race program slated for 5 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. --- Harness racing driver Todd Cummings made his first 2017 appearance in the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 6) and did so in fine fashion by steering Western Alumni to a stunning $28.80 victory in the $10,000 Open Pace.   While Cummings got to the winner's circle for the first time, driver Drew Monti was wearing out a path to there. Monti collected six victories on the night, including three in the Claiming Championship Series finals for the horse and gelding pacers.   Littlebitofclass led the way over the sloppy track in the feature and posted fractions of 28.4, 57.4 and 1:27.0. Turning for home, the pocket-sitting Western Alumni dropped into the passing lane and was able to hold off a stubborn Shady City (Stalbaum) who was hung out to dry the entire mile on the rainy night.   The margin of victory was 1-1/2 lengths as Western Alumni covered the mile in 1:56.1, equaling his seasonal best. Littlebitaclass (Morrill Jr.) managed to hold on for third.   Owned by James Dunn and trained by Tammy Cummings, it was the third victory in 11 appearances this season for the 9-year-old gelded Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss). The win pushed his earnings to $17,030 on the campaign and $324,109 lifetime.   In the Claiming Championship finals, Beechwood Wayne overcame the outside post and posted a $22.80 surprise to take the lion's share of the $9,000 purse for the $4,000 claimers. In the $12,500 finale for the $5,000-$6,000 classification, Ideal Affair rallied in the stretch to post a $7.70 decision.   The 14-year-old Saint William A ($5.80) won his fifth straight in capturing the $15,000 title race for the $8,000-$10,000 bracket and Royal Reception ($4.00) won his ninth race of the season by registering a win in the $17,500 final in the $12,500-$15,000 level.   Beechwood Wayne (Monti) came from last to first to win the $4,000 division in 1:58.0 as the top four finishers were separated by less than a half length. Beachfront (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished in second with Halton Hurricane (Todd Cummings) taking the show spot.   Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, it was the fifth win in 15 tries in 2017 for Beechwood Wayne (Western Terror-Sanskrit Hanover). The win upped his seasonal winnings to $19,921 and $267,562 lifetime.   In the battle for the $5,000-$6000 claimers, Monti made it two straight wins in the Claiming Series as he guided Ideal Affair to a 2-1/4 length victory over Story Book (Morrill Jr.) in 1:58.2. Box Car Johnnie (Stalbaum) finished in third.   Owned by Eric Prevost and conditioned by Sabrina Clevenger, Ideal Affair (American Ideal-Private Affair) has now earned $27,188 this year thanks to six wins and moved his career bankroll to $125,019.   The classy old-timer Saint William A (Stalbaum) went coast-to-coast in the $8,000-$10,000 class and held off the late threat from Panalytical (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:58.4. Bahama Bay (Kevin Cummings) was able to roll into show position.   Owned by Stalbaum and conditioned by Kim Asher, Saint William A (Presidential Ball-La Saint) has $28,100 in earnings this season and $730,483 in his career.   Finally, Royal Reception (Monti) got the photo opportunity in the $12,500-$15,000 division with a half length triumph over a late closing Montezuma Blue Chip in 1:57.2. Steuben Patriot (Stalbaum) got the third place check.   Jason Newell owns the 6-year-old gelded Royal Reception (Stonebridge Royal-Celebrity Hall). Trained by Richard Roth, Royal Reception moved his 2017 earnings to $37,155 and $124,359 lifetime.   Despite Monti dominating the night in the sulky, Fisher Jr. still managed to post a triple.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night with a 10-race card scheduled for 5 p.m. There will be a $797 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   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. --- Empire Earl N ruled over the field in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 5) by tying a lifetime best of 1:58.3 with a solid 2-1/4 length harness racing victory over Winkys Pride.   In the $16,500 Claiming Championship Series final for trotters ($8,000-$12,500), Osprey Vision took top honors with a 2:00.4 mile over the sloppy track while in the $11,500 title race for the trotters ($4,000-$5,500), it was Wild Ride who captured the crown with 2:02.1 clocking.   It was a heads up drive by Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Larry Stalbaum which aided in Empire Earl N's Open victory.   The pace-setting Kahoku set the fractions of 28.4 and 58.4 but started to stall down the backstretch. Southern Palms was first over and took over the lead while Empire Earl N ($5.00) sat the pocket.   Sensing he might get caught behind the back peddling Kahoku, Stalbaum alertly found a closing gap to maneuver Empire Earl N to the outside and easily rambled past Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the stretch. Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) rallied late to get the place position while Southern Palms took third.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, it was the first win of the season for Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita). The 9-year-old gelding has put $12,570 in the bankroll in 2017 and $98,495 lifetime.   Osprey Vision ($9.90) used a first over journey to register the victory in the $16,500 finale with a three length advantage over Tymal Colossus.   Sitting third behind Dash For The Cash, Osprey Vision (Stalbaum) started to make his winning move before the half and never looked back once gaining the top. The favored Tymal Colossus (Jack Flanigen) took second with Dash For The Cash (Todd Cummings) holding on for third.   It was the fourth win in 14 appearances this season for Osprey Vision (Ken Warkentin-Summerhill Hallie). The 8-year-old gelding, owned by Marissa Russo and trained by David Russo, moved his season winnings to $28,424 and $129,157 in his career.   Wild Ride (Monti) was able to sneak past the favored Grecale AS (Morrill Jr.) to spring the $19.00 upset victory in the $11,500 claiming title clash.   The pair were noses apart down the long Buffalo Raceway stretch but Wild Ride managed to get a nose in front in the shadow of the wire to post the win.   Wild Ride (Pegasus Spur-Birdsall Annie) is an 8-year-old gelding that is owned by Sharon Tufts Morgan and is trained by Darrin Monti. The victory was the second in 11 attempts in 2017 for Wild Ride, now a winner of $12,225 this year and $119,962 in his career.   Stalbaum finished the evening with four wins in the bike while Ray Fisher Jr., Monti and Morrill Jr. each doubled. David Russo had two training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set with a special 7 p.m. scheduled post to accommodate the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby. There will be four finals in the Claiming Championship Series for the male pacers along with the $10,000 Open Pace.   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. --- Deliciouslynaughty just keeps piling up the harness racing honors. After tying the track record for aged mare pacers at Buffalo Raceway last week in 1:54.2,, Deliciouslynaughty added the Claiming Championship Series title to her resume on Wednesday night (May 3) with a head victory over stablemate Quicksilvercandy A in 1:56.3 in the $8,000-$12,500 level that carried a purse of $16,500.   In the other division for the pacing mares, Helena's Hope captured the $4,000-$6,000 bracket worth $11,500 by beating Thats My Dream by 2-3/4 lengths in a seasonal best 1:56.2.   Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum) had a brief tussle with Quicksilvercandy A (Drew Monti) to the quarter pole but was able to take command and set the splits of 29.0, 58.3 and 1:28.1.   Turning for home, Deliciouslynaughty ($2.10) was able to hold back the late surge of Quicksilvercandy A while Bettor's Night took the show position.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, the 10-year-old Deliciouslynaughty has won seven times in 17 attempts this season, putting $43,856 in the bank and has cashed $457,401 lifetime.   The complexion of the second classification was changed due to the scratches of Moccasin Blue Chip and Babe's Chip.   Now down to a field six with five betting interests, Amoreuble Hanover was able to set the fractions with times of 28.2, 58.2, and 1:27.3.   Helena's Hope (Monti) started a first over trip before the half mile marker and just used a steady grind to reach the top just past the three-quarter station.   In the stretch, Helena's Hope ($9.70) pulled away from the field and easy handled Thats My Dream (Stalbaum) and Springhouse Star (Jim Morrill Jr.) who finished second and third respectively.   The 8-year old Helena's Hope (Dream Away-Windy Witch) is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. The win upped her winnings to $17,980 this year and $187,603 in her career.   Stalbaum had three victories while Monti, Morrill Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. each had two wins in the sulky. Trainer Jim Graham posted a triple with Perrin adding two.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races scheduled including two divisions of the Claiming Championship Series featuring the trotters.   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. --- It will be a busy week at Buffalo Raceway starting on Wednesday harness racing evening and going right on through Saturday with the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby.   Things get hopping on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with the first two finals of the Claiming Championship Series taking place as the filly and mare pacers collide in the fifth and seventh races. First post for the 11-race card is at 5 p.m.   Friday night, things really get rolling as the trotters battle in two levels of the Claiming Championship Series with post time once again set for 5 p.m.   The popular Weidner Chicken BBQ begins at noon and runs until 7 p.m. with proceeds from the meal benefiting the Food Bank of Western New York. Cost for the chicken dinner is $10.   Fans can also watch the Kentucky Oaks and bet the popular Kentucky Oaks-Kentucky Derby daily double. Advanced wagering on the Kentucky Derby will also be available Friday.   Then on Saturday, Buffalo Raceway's doors will open at 10 a.m. as a full day of simulcasting and live racing will take place. Churchill Downs' first race is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with the Kentucky Derby having an approximate post of 6:45 p.m.   The simulcast center located in the Buffalo Raceway clubhouse will have over 20 tracks to wager on including, Churchill, Tampa, Belmont, Gulfstream, Woodbine, Finger Lakes and Santa Anita in the afternoon and The Meadowlands, Yonkers and Northfield at night.   There will be a free Kentucky Derby glass giveaway for fans along with free past performances for both Belmont and Churchill Downs.   The final four divisions of the Claiming Championship Series will highlight the live racing program at Buffalo Raceway which will have a special post time of 7 p.m. in order to accommodate the running of the Kentucky Derby via simulcast.   Also on Saturday is the Spring Winner's Circle contest where you can win a $50 betting voucher and a chance to get even more later in the season. Just select who you think will win the ninth race at Buffalo Raceway and if your horse finishes first, you will have a chance to win the $50 voucher. All contestants will receive $5 in free play at Hamburg Gaming just for entering, which is free to do.   Player Club Reward members will also receive double points on Saturday.   Happy Hour is held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the clubhouse every live racing day, including both Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Days.   You can also strike it big at Hamburg Gaming which will be open its normal hours of 8 a.m. until 4 a.m. There is free shuttle service between Buffalo Raceway and Hamburg Gaming on Saturday.   For more information including upcoming promotions, entries, results, race replays and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Gallant Seelster ($5.30) is finding the rail at Buffalo Raceway to be in his comfort zone. For the second time in three weeks, Gallant Seelster went gate-to-wire from the pylons and won the $10,000 Open Pace with a harness racing seasonal best 1:53.2 on Saturday night (April 28).   Drawing the rail in the field of six, Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) took off from the start and posted splits of 28.1, 56.1 and 1:25.0.   Shady City (Larry Stalbaum), who got parked for most of the race, battled Gallant Seelster down the stretch but ended up a neck short while China Dream (Jack Rice) finished in third.   Co-owned by Peter Kibler, James Costa and Courtney McNeight and trained by David McNeight Jr., Gallant Seelster (Stonebridge Regal-Gold Not Silver) is a 7-year-old gelding that now has won seven times in 17 races in 2017. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $43,978 and $432,907 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings finished the evening with four victories in the sulky while Ray Fisher Jr. and Stalbaum doubled. Kim Asher and Sabrina Clevenger each had two training wins.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled. There will be two finals in the Championship Claiming Series with the filly and mare pacers taking center stage.   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. --- After posting 13 victories and putting over $82,000 in the bank last year, Kahoku was in search of his first win of the 2017 campaign after 10 unsuccessful tries. The dry spell ended on Friday night (April 28) as Kahoku took the harness racing featured $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway by turning back Empire Earl N by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:57.0.   It was a three-way war to the opening quarter as Empire Earl N, Noble Legend and Kahoku all had a taste of the lead through the first panel of 28.1.   Things finally settled down on the front end as Kahoku (Ron Beback Jr.) gained the lead and stepped off fractions of 57.2 and 1:27.2. But it was going to get interesting again as Kahoku locked horns with the first over Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) around the final turn.   Midway down the stretch, Kahoku ($4.30) managed to slowly pull away from the stubborn Empire Earl N and stopped the beam in 1:57.0, the quickest trotting time of the season. Noble Legend (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third.   With the victory, the 9-year-old gelded Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Goal) moved his seasonal earnings to $16,914 and $226,391 lifetime. He is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw.   In addition to the Open Trot driver Ron Beback Jr. and trainer Mark Laidlaw paired to win two additional races.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. A two day carryover of $2,217 awaits in the Pick 5 that starts in Race 2.   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. --- Just imagine if Hot Deuce would have seen a pylon. Being parked the entire mile in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 harness racing open pace on Saturday night (April 22), Hot Deuce still incredibly managed to post a lifetime best 1:53.0 over the fast track in nipping the front stepping Shady City by a head.   Shadowing Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) on the outside, Hot Deuce (Drew Monti) eventually managed to wear down the stubborn pace-setter in deep stretch to pull off the $21.80 upset victory. Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III), last week's Open winner, took the show spot.   Owned by Mike McAllister and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, the 5-year-old gelded Hot Deuce (Armbro Deuce-Hot Dam Here I Am) has now won four times in 10 races. He has earned $18,196 in 2017 and $54,056 lifetime.   Monti, Stalbaum and Jim Morrill Jr. all doubled in the sulky while Bo Sowers trained two winners.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-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. --- After making two starts at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland to begin his 2017 campaign, Studio City had a successful return to familiar harness racing territory, that being Buffalo Raceway on Friday evening (April 21) and captured the featured $8,200 trot with a length victory over Noble Legend in 1:59.2.   Studio City, who had five wins on the Western New York circuit in 2016, made two uneventful starts at Rosecroft earlier this month before shuffling off to Buffalo.   It was a mad scramble for the lead in the early going as Kahoku, Noble Legend and Studio City battled for command.   Noble Legend won the dash to the quarter pole, parking out Kahoku along the way while Studio City ($7.70) tucked into the pocket. With fractions of 28.4, 57.4 and 1:29.0, the race eventually boiled down to that trio who pulled away from the pack.   Studio City (Larry Stalbaum) rolled to the lead from the passing lane while a stubborn Noble Legend (John Cummings Jr.) settled for second and a tiring Kahoku (Kevin Cummings) hung on for third.   Co-owned by Scott Woogen and Lisa Denison and trained by Lisa Lederhouse, the 8-year-old gelded Studio City (Conway Hall-Yagot Prestige) has now earned $5,660 in his young 2017 season and $274,370 lifetime.   David McNeight III swept the mid daily double with Mr Bricks ($64.50) and Hunter Valley ($85.50) to produce a massive $1433.00 payoff. The big bombs also created a $1712 carryover in the Pick-5 going into Saturday night's 11-race program which begins at 6 p.m.   Larry Stalbaum had a triple with Drew Monti, Jim Morrill Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. all doubling in the bike. Trainers Kim Asher and Darrin Monti each had a pair of winners.   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. --- "The way things went several times in my harness racing career, I never thought I'd be able to reach 2,000 wins," driver Ron Beback Jr. said after reaching that milestone on Wednesday night (April 19) steering Ergo Hanover ($3.60) to victory in the sixth race at Buffalo Raceway.   The 52-year-old Beback Jr. has had to overcome two serious medical issues over the years but has bounced back each time with a clean bill of health to help grow his win total.   "Back in May of 1999, I was involved in an on-track accident," he said. "After about two weeks, I developed a pair of blood clots that went to my heart which gave me a heart attack. My heart nearly exploded. The doctor told me he didn't want me drive again but I recovered well. Driving is something I love to do."   But then in 2012, Beback Jr. said he developed some dizzy spells and after battery of tests were taken, he found out he had vertigo. "The doctors straightened things out so I was able to get back to racing."   In a four-year span from 2007 through 2010, Beback Jr. was able to find the winner's circle 603 times with 2009 his top season of all-time with 189 victories. Then after the vertigo issue, he returned to get 467 wins from 2013 through 2015. He has over $8.1 million in career purse earnings with most coming on the Western New York circuit.   He also trains horses but has seen this stable go from nearly 30 during his peak to just a handful now. "The owners I used to have just aren't around anymore," Beback Jr. stated.   Besides his own, he gets regular duties from trainers Mark Laidlaw and Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. . Beback Jr. said he prefer the trotters with two of his favorites to drive now being Lutetium and Kahoku.   And for the future, Beback Jr. said he plans to continue on racing as long as possible. "I'm going to take it year by year but I have no plans of stopping any time soon."   Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum) won the featured $8,200 pace for the mares with a head victory over V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) in 1:57.2 over the sloppy track. Who Says That (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third place.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, it was the fifth win in 15 starts this year for the 10-year-old Deliciouslynaughty (Mach Three-Naught Enough Hare). The victory pushed her earnings to $31,506 in 2017 and $445,051 lifetime. Stalbaum and Asher combined for a driver/trainer double.   Racing will resume on Friday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race card scheduled. There's a $671 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek

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