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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wagering may have been cancelled at Buffalo Raceway due to electrical problems but Miss Irish Rose A was still all business in taking the featured $9,500 Open Pace for the harness racing mares on Wednesday night (Jan. 17) in a snappy 1:59.1.   A power surge at Buffalo Raceway caused a failure of Amtote's PC Color Display Computer System and its backup. Due to the lack of odds and prices being presented, wagering on the 11-race card was cancelled with the races being run for purse money only.   Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) wasted no time in getting the lead and posted fractions of 31.1, 1:01.1 and 1:30.2. A final panel of 28.4 by Miss Irish Rose A took the starch out of the remaining six mares as she rolled to an easy 2-1/2 length victory over Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.). Tymal Luckynpink (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kimberly Asher, the 6-year-old Miss Irish Rose A (McArdle-Kilinchy Rose) has now earned $85,249 in her career.   Driver Shawn Gray had a good night in the sulky by posting four wins while Ray Fisher Jr., Stalbaum and Davis Jr. each doubled. Gerry Sarama and Asher each had a pair of training victories.   Due to a lack of entries, Friday night's card has been cancelled at Buffalo Raceway but a 13-race program is set for Saturday evening at 6 p.m.   The night will feature the Winter Harness Racing Handicapping Challenge with $850 in prize money on the line. There is a $10 entry fee. Also in the Winner's Circle Cafe, there is $3 off the home style turkey dinner.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a pair of cancellations due to poor weather conditions over the weekend, Buffalo Raceway will once again try to get the 2018 harness racing season off the ground with an 11-race card slated for Wednesday evening (Jan. 17) beginning at 5 p.m.   It will be ladies first in the opener on Wednesday with a full field of eight colliding in the $9,500 Filly and Mare Open Pace.   Little Joke (Bettor's Delight-Town Joke) gets the 3-to-1 morning line nod from the four hole with Billy Davis Jr. in the sulky. The 6-year-old mare has four wins and a second place finish in her last six appearances and looks to add to her $157,250 career earnings.   Voltina is no stranger to the winner's circle after winning eight times in 44 attempts in 2017. Voltina will be guided by Kevin Cummings from the five post and put $69,456 in the bank last year.   Miss Irish Rose A, a winner of 11 races in just 26 attempts in 2017, gets the services of defending Buffalo Raceway Driver of the Year Larry Stalbaum from the six spot. The 6-year-old was last spotted at Yonkers Raceway on January 12 where she tried to cut the mile but faded late and finished sixth.   There will be free programs for both the Wednesday and Friday night programs.   The weekend will also feature $3 off the popular Friday Fish Fry in the Winner's Circle Cafe and $3 off the home style turkey dinner on Saturday evening.   The Winter Harness Racing Handicapping Challenge will also be contested on Saturday night with $850 in cash prizes available. There is a $10 entry fee.   There is racing every Wednesday and Friday night at 5 p.m. while Saturday's action will begin at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The only winner this weekend at Buffalo Raceway will be Mother Nature as a forecast of heavy rain on Friday (Jan. 12) followed by a projection of a foot of snow on Saturday (Jan. 13) have forced officials at the Hamburg half-mile oval to cancel the opening weekend of live harness racing action.   There were nine races scheduled for Friday evening and 10 more for Saturday but those will be wiped out due to the impending weather and potential dangerous track conditions. The 2018 opener is now slated for Wednesday, January 17 at 5 p.m.   Despite the cancellation of live racing, the simulcast wagering area at Buffalo Raceway will be open throughout the weekend including Monday (Jan.15) for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday races.   Promotions for the opening weekend have been moved. Free programs will now be available this coming Wednesday and Friday nights while the 'Lucky Exacta' magnet contest, which includes $10 in free play at Hamburg Gaming, will be on Saturday, January 27.   The $3 off the popular Friday Fish Fry in the Winner's Circle Cafe will be honored on Friday, January 19 and the $3 off the home style turkey dinner will be available on Saturday, January 20.   The Winter Handicapping Contest set for Saturday, January 20 will proceed as scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, entries, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It only seems fitting that the first race on Friday night's (Jan. 12) opening card of the 2018 harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway will feature three award winners from the 2017 campaign.   Empire Earl N, Buffalo Raceway's Trotter of the Year last season, will head the field in the featured $9,500 Open Trot scheduled to go off at 5 p.m. in the first of nine races on the evening. The 10-year-old gelding is owned by driver Larry Stalbaum and is conditioned by Kim Asher, both of whom captured Driver and Trainer of the Year honors respectively last year.   Stalbaum finished the year with 347 victories with 193 of those coming at the Hamburg half-mile oval. He'll be busy on Friday night as Stalbaum is slated to drive in all nine races.   Asher had the top UTR rating in the United States in 2017 with a .429 mark thanks to 219 victories in 784 starts with her stable earning $1,157,977. She had 115 wins at Buffalo Raceway.   Last season, Empire Earl N won 4-of-11 starts at Buffalo Raceway, putting $32,000 in the bank. He drew many outside posts and was competitive in each appearance. Empire Earl N, who won $75,915 in 2017, drew the five post on Friday night.   The wide open event will also include Northern Matador, Lucky Pablo, Fleet Bumblebee, Kahoku and Lenny Mac.   The Buffalo Raceway driving colony will sport regulars Drew Monti, Ray Fisher Jr., John Cummings Jr. and Shawn McDonough and will be joined by Billy Davis Jr. and Shawn Gray. Monti, Gray, Davis Jr. and Fisher Jr. are down to compete in all nine races as well.   Opening weekend will have free programs on Friday evening along with $3 off the popular fish fry dinner while on Saturday night, customers get $3 off the home style turkey dinner in the Winner's Circle Cafe.   Saturday evening also will feature the Lucky Exacta contest where patrons will receive a collectible Buffalo Raceway magnet with an exacta combination on the back of it. Should that exacta come in, winners will get to spin the wheel to collect up to $100 in free wagers. Also, all fans will get $10 in free play at Hamburg Gaming included with the magnet.   The Pick-5 wager will return with the sequence beginning in the second race each night. There's a 50-cent minimum wager and should no one hit it, there will be a carryover into the next night's card.   Post time on Wednesday and Friday evenings will be 5 p.m with the start time on Saturday evenings beginning at 6 p.m.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Batavia, NY---Francis R. Bond, 86, a longtime harness racing owner, driver and trainer at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway, died peacefully Tuesday morning, December 26, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY. "Franny" Bond was born in Buffalo, NY on July 27, 1931. He became a Marine after leaving school and began boxing while in the service in the Armed Forces Title Fights. He fought in the lightweight class and eventually worked into the featherweight division. The then 126-pound "fighting Marine" was described as "a game and lively scrapper who could take a hit and come back with a better one." Corporal Bond became one of the Marine's top boxers, winning a featherweight title in 1953 while often times fighting men from the professional ranks between service bouts and sometimes competing in higher weight classes. Bond continued to fight professionally in the Golden Gloves after he left the service under the name Bobby Bond and was trained by Angelo Dundee who also conditioned the likes of Muhammad Ali, George Foremen, Sugar Ray Leonard and Carmen Basilio. He competed in 15 professional fights all over the eastern seaboard including New York City at Madison Square Garden. Bond first got involved in harness racing in 1966 and eventually got his trainer and driver's licenses. He ran a small stable for the next 39 years, seeing most of his driving success in the 1970's (where he scored 135 of his 189 careers victories) and most of his training accomplishments (total of 108) between 1990 and 2000. Bond also occasionally catch-drove horses when the opportunity arose. Bond's last winning effort came on May 16, 1996 behind H F Harriet at Buffalo Raceway. Bond was an entrepreneur and made a buck anyway he could. He owned a soft drink distributorship, ran the track kitchen at Batavia Downs and sold hay, straw and feed for many years while, and after, he was competing himself. He was known by everyone on the backstretch and was an affable individual his entire life. No memorial information has been relayed. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Stall applications for the upcoming 2018 harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway are now available at several locations.   Those interested in racing during the 88-day campaign can get an application on-line at www.buffaloraceway.com, at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's office located in Batavia, or by calling Buffalo Raceway Race Secretary Tom Agosti at 716-649-1280, ext. 6235. Stall applications are due on Friday, December 8.   "There is a concern of a possible shortage of race horses," Agosti said. "We will be pleased to discuss racing opportunities with qualified trainers."   The barn area at Buffalo Raceway, located on the Erie County Fairgrounds, will open on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 with the first live racing program scheduled for Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions and schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 2017 debut at Buffalo Raceway for the dynamic duo of driver Larry Stalbaum and trainer Kimberly Asher couldn't have gone much better as the pair swept all the season-ending honors at Hamburg half-mile oval.   Stalbaum was named Driver Of The Year while Asher was selected Trainer Of The Year for the 2017 campaign. To top off their incredible meet, two horses in the stable belonging to the tandem, Quicksilvercandy A and Empire Earl N, were named Pacer and Trotter Of The Year respectively.   Despite the season be cutting short by three days due to a tornado, Stalbaum and Asher put up some gaudy numbers.   Stalbaum finished the season at Buffalo Raceway with 194 victories in 839 starts, winning $1,010,597 in purse earnings.   Ray Fisher Jr. finished in second place in the driver's standings with 134 wins while Drew Monti took third place with 130.   Asher in the meantime dominated the training standings from start to finish. In 367 starts, she complied 115 wins for $575,663 in purse money and an astounding UTR of .473. Asher currently is atop the leader board nationally in the 300-499 start category with a .468 UTR and is seventh overall in training wins with 119.   Four-time defending training champion JD Perrin finished in second place with 74 victories while Gerry Sarama took third with 66.   Quicksilvercandy A, a 13-year-old mare, produced 13 wins on the year and earned $66,629 thus far to easily take the Pacer Of The Year award. The 13 victories is currently the second most nationally. She has been in the money 23 of 26 attempts this year and has a lifetime bankroll of $635,363.   Empire Earl N made it a clean sweep for the Stalbaum/Asher stable as he took the Trotter Of The Year award. He captured four races in just 11 starts but put $31,700 in the bank with most of his races coming from outside posts in Open competition.   There were four track records broken during the meet. Plunge Blue Chip started things off on June 30 by winning the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters in 2:00.0, breaking the old mark of 2:00.1 established in 2009 by Munis Blue Chip.   The aged (5+) pacing mare mark of 1:54.2 set by Majic Laughter in 2014 was tied by Deliciouslynaughty in 2017 by was eventually broken by Sarah Cola on July 12 as she toured the half-mile oval in 1:54.1.   The long-standing 1:54.0 record of Civil Attack set in 2008 stood the test of time as the aged (5+) pacing horses couldn't beat it until late in the season. Ironically, it was shattered twice in a week as Show Stopping put up a 1:53.4 time on July 8 only to see Utah Beach come along on July 15 and wipe out that time with a 1:53.2 mile.   There were career milestones that were reached as well as driver Ray Fisher Jr. notched his 4,000th lifetime victory on March 29 and Ron Beback Jr. drove to his 2,000th career win on April 19.   On February 25, it was a unique night for the McNeights as driver David McNeight III drove home three winners for three generations of his family. He first guided Sea Star to the victory for his father David McNeight Jr. and then helped himself out be winning aboard his own, Lucky Millionaire. On the last event on the card, McNeight III won for his grandfather, David McNeight Sr., with Spring Terror to complete the unusual trifecta.   For the season, Buffalo Raceway had a 41.95 winning percentage for post time favorites.   In the handle department including the export, Buffalo Raceway broke even compared to the 2016 numbers. Director of Operations Jon Cramer said, "We are holding our own. We are very pleased with our simulcast network."   The 2018 season is expected to begin in mid-January.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Dear Horsemen, As most of you are now aware the NYSS events scheduled for Sunday at Buffalo have been cancelled because of a tornado. The Harness horse Breeders of NYS do not know what the final decision will be but we do know it will be problematic to schedule a race on a date and time that works fairly for all. In the meantime please refer to the NYSS conditions. The NYSS conditions state;  “(13) Cancellation:             Should circumstances prevent the racing of any Sire Stakes event, the monies and points will be prorated among owners of entered horses on the grounds for the uncontested event at the time of declaring off. The money will not be counted as money earned. The points will count towards the finals. The cancelled event will also count as a Sire Stakes start. Extenuating circumstances such as weather and labor disputes could be cause for rescheduling the final or consolation races, as per the NYSGC   Rule 4114.3. All events shall be scheduled and run in cooperation with each licensee harness track in this state. The following rule was announced today by the NYS Gaming Commission;              On June 26, 20167, the New York State Gaming Commission adopted amendments rules with regard to when standardbred horses are required to requalify (amendments to section 4113.5 of 9 NYCRR). The full text of the adopted rules can be found in the notice of proposed rulemaking as published in the State Register on November 4, 2015 (SGC-44-15-00019-P).             The rule amendment will allow the Commission to permit a standardbred horse to race for up to another 30 days without requalifying when inclement weather or another unexpected event has caused widespread interference with racing.                 Please be advised, the new rule became effective upon publication in the State Register on       July 12, 2017. We know that some horses may be beyond the 30 days for qualifying standards. Our office has contacted the Gaming Commission to ask if this rule will be applied in this situation. We are awaiting their decision. Until the Gaming Commission’s decision is announce you should plan on making every effort to get qualified to enter the next 2YO CT at Monticello which will be drawn on Wed. July 26th. We have been told that Saratoga, Tioga and Vernon have Qualifiers tomorrow. You should reach out to their race secretaries immediately. Harness Horse Breeders will provide any information we receive as soon as possible so you can make the best decisions for your horses and plan the rest of your NYSS schedule. Harness Horse Breeders of New York State 12 Avis Drive, Suite 1 Latham, New York  12110 Tel: 518-785-5858 Fax: 518-785-5848 info@hhbnys.com hhbnys.com

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing and simulcast wagering at Buffalo Raceway has been cancelled for the remainder of the 2017 season due to significant damage created by a tornado that hit the Hamburg, N.Y. area on Thursday.   Here is a youtube vdeo of the situation   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The old gal just keeps on chugging along. Quicksilvercandy A, a spry 13-year-old harness racing mare, won her 13th race of the season and easily took the $16,500 finale for the filly and mare pacers ($8,000-$12,500 category) in the Championship Claiming Series at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 19).   Amazingly, Quicksilvercandy A (Bad Bert-Forzett) has been in the money 23 of 26 starts in 2017. With the victory, her Buffalo Raceway earnings for the year are now at $66,629, the most since Golden Terror produced $63,084 in 2011. It also the most wins at the Hamburg half-mile oval since Ophiuchus N and That Horse JD each registered 12 in 2012 and 2016 respectively.   The triumph also sent driver Larry Stalbaum over the $1 million mark in purse earnings at Buffalo Raceway this year.   It was another gate-to-wire performance that got the job done for Quicksilvercandy A. Leaving from the six post, she posted fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:28.1 en route to a 1:57.1 victory. Quicksilvercandy A ($5.20) beat Letsgosomewhere (Ron Beback Jr.) by 2-3/4 lengths with Springhouse Star (John Cummings Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kimberly Asher, Quicksilvercandy A has earned $635,363 in her stellar career.   In the other division of the Championship Claiming Series, Heavenly Place ($19.00) won the $11,500 title for the filly and mare pacers ($4,000-$6,000) as driver David McNeight III guided her to a nose decision over Wacky Rei in a seasonal best 1:56.3.   Heavenly Place (Riverboat King-Angel Place), a 9-year-old mare, is owned by Courtney McNeight and trained by David McNeight Jr. The win was her sixth of the season and moved her earnings to $18,724 and $232,914 lifetime.   It was a slow and steady but effective journey for Sportsmuffler as she took the scenic overland route to capture the $10,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Sportsmuffler ($6.70) beat Classy Lane Rose by two lengths in tying her seasonal mark of 1:54.4.   Sitting fourth at the half mile marker, Sportsmuffler started her first over trip and methodically cut into the lead of the pace-setting Voltina who posted splits of 28.2, 57.1 and 1:25.4.   Turning for home, Ray Fisher Jr. shifted Sportsmuffler into a another gear and she responded perfectly by pacing away from the field. Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) rallied for second and Voltina (John Cummings Jr.) held on for third.   Owned by the Lav Racing Stable and trained by Steven Kiblin, Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smores) is a 5-year-old mare who has five wins in 26 tries this year. The victory bumped her seasonal winnings to $25,734 and $179,178 lifetime.   Fisher Jr. and Monti finished the night with a driving triples with Stalbaum getting a pair. Asher and Angelo Nappo finished with a training doubles.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 9-race program scheduled. It will kickoff the final weekend of racing on the 2017 season at Buffalo Raceway.   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. --- Buffalo Raceway begins its final week of the 2017 harness racing campaign on Wednesday night (July 19) but there's plenty on the line the last four racing days.   The Championship Claiming Series finals will be run throughout the week with the filly and mare pacers going at it on Wednesday night in two classifications. There will be two trotting brackets that will be contested on Friday evening while the horse and gelding pacers will battle in four title events on Saturday evening.   Closing day on Sunday will feature the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters along with Excelsior A and B Series races.   All eyes will be on trainer Kimberly Asher who has 113 victories on the year at Buffalo Raceway. She is just eight wins behind the all-time mark of 121 set in 2011 by Sherri Holliday.   Asher ranks seventh nationally in training wins with 117 and leads the UTR (300-499 starts) category with an astounding .469.   Larry Stalbaum has wrapped of the driving title with 192 wins but is less than $5,000 from going over the $1 million in purse earnings.   Also up for grabs during the final week will be Pacer of the Year and Trotter of the Year honors as several candidates for these awards trying to make their final impressions.   Saturday night is Erie County Fair Night at the track with fans having the opportunity to win tickets and prizes all night long.   Wednesday's 10-race card gets underway at 5 p.m. with an $882 carryover in the Pick-5 starting in the second race. Friday will also have a 5 p.m post with Saturday getting underway at 6 p.m. and Sunday's matinee starting at 12:30 p.m.   A reminder as well that simulcasting at Buffalo Raceway will end on Sunday but will resume after the Erie County Fair is over in mid-August.   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. --- In what looked to be a showdown between three previous winners in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly pacers, Betterthangraduate turned it into a blow out by destroying her competition in 1:57.1, the fastest of the three $36,000 (approx.) harness racing divisions at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 16).   Betterthangraduate had to battle Walk From Heaven and Twin B Peaches who each had successful debuts in Vernon Down on July 7. But only one was going to come out with bragging rights and that was Betterthangraduate (Chris Lems) who easily beat Twin B Peaches by a comfortable 3-1/2 lengths.   In the other two legs ,Ubettergo Go was sent off at 1-to-9 odds and she responded like a heavy favorite should by romping to an easy two length victory over American Myth in 1:57.2 while Another Lawsuit got a perfect trip and pounced on the opportunity late to nip the pace-setting Kim's The Best by a neck in 1:57.3.   Fresh off a 1:55 victory in the Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs, Betterthangraduate made it two straight victories with a gate-to-wire journey around the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval. With fractions of 29.2, 59.2 and 1:28.2, Bettergraduate only received a minor challenge in the last panel from Twin B Peaches (Jody Jamieson) but it wasn't nearly enough. Princess Dalia (Marcus Miller) took the show position.   Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Graduate) has now won twice in three career starts for trainer Ron Burke, putting $35,658 in the bank. She is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel & Libby, Pete Collura and Weaver Bruscemi.   Ubettergo Go is also undefeated in her two New York Sire Stakes races. She had no issues in trouncing the field that was scratched down to five due as Classy Chris and Azreal As It Gets were excused due to illness.   With fractions of 29.8, 59.4 and 1:29.4, Ubettergo Go ($2.10) breezed to the wire while American Myth (Dan Rawlings) and Pleasant Beauty (Marcus Miller) finished in second and third respectively.   Co-owned by trainer Blake MacIntosh, Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie MacKay, Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) increased her seasonal bankroll to $31,858.   Another Lawsuit (Jim Morrill Jr.) sprung a $14.00 surprise in the opening division as she made a last gasp effort from the pocket to push past the pace-setting Kim's The Best. Sand Artist (Marcus Miller) took the third place check.   Owned by Carl Stackheim and trained by Nicholas DeVita, it was the first win in two starts for Another Lawsuit (American Ideal-Court Stenographer).   In the Excelsior A Series, KJ's Bekah zoomed around the track in 1:58.2 to register the $3.00 victory for Jamieson to highlight the three $15,000 classifications. Never Walk Alone produced a huge $66.50 upset in 2:00.0 with Chris Lems in the sulky while KJ's Justine (Brett Miller) notched a popular $2.30 decision in 2:00.1.   Jericho Diva (Monti) produced the fastest time in the Excelsior B Series with a 1:58.2 time and returned $2.70 for the win. Surreal Feeling uncorked a $22.00 shocker in 2:00.2 for Marcus Miller while Pasta Blue Chip (Jamieson) took the final $6,600 bracket with a 2:00.1 trip that returned $3.50.   Jamieson finished the afternoon with three wins with Lems, Monti and Marcus Miller getting doubles. Toscano and MacIntosh had a pair of training victories.   There was a mishap during the Excelsior A Series, the fourth race on the card. Drivers Larry Stalbaum and Morrill Jr. were involved with both being taken off their remaining rides on the card. Only Stalbaum was taken to the Erie County Medical Center to be evaluated. The filly pacers Eazy Spreezy and Tell Me A Joke both appeared to be uninjured.   The final week of the 2017 season will begin on Wednesday night with 10 races scheduled. There's a $882 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, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After standing tall for nine years, Buffalo Raceway's track record for the harness racing aged (5+) pacing horses took a beating for the second time in a week. On Saturday night (July 15), Utah Beach ($6.50) did the damage as he covered the mile over the fast track in 1:53.2, topping the old mark of 1:53.4 just set on July 8 by Show Stopping.   Before Show Stopping's effort last week, Civil Attack's standard of 1:54.0 stood proudly since 2008.   It was a gate-to-wire performance by Utah Beach (Ray Fisher Jr.) who notched fractions of 28.1, 56.2 and 1:24.4. Before Utah Beach was officially awarded the victory and becoming a track record holder, the 5-year-old horse had to sweat out a photo finish with Bahama Bay, who eventually was deemed a nose behind.   Sending Utah Beach right to the lead off the gate was the game plan according to driver Ray Fisher Jr. "The horse gets a little pouty if he's not on the lead so I just let him roll. I thought he might run out of gas but he dug in at the wire." Fisher Jr. added, "I didn't realize it was a record until (track photographer) Steve Roth told me in the winner's circle."   Owned by James Kurilla and trained by Jeff Amann, it was the third win in 12 starts this season for Utah Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Pears N Amoretto). The victory pushed his 2017 earnings to $19,636 and $112,677 lifetime.   In the featured $9,000 Preferred Pace, Itsonlyrocknroll A ($4.00) tied a seasonal best of 1:53.3 in putting away Major Trick (Fisher Jr.) by two lengths while Western Alumni (Kevin Cummings) was third.   Starting from the five post, Larry Stalbaum had little resistance in getting Itsonlyrocknroll A to the top, posting solid fractions of 28.0, 56.4 and 1:25.4. There was little drama heading to the wire as Itsonlyrocknroll A kept to his task and cruised across the wire.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kimberly Asher, it was the ninth win of 2017 for the 6-year-old gelded Itsonlyrocknroll A (Million Dollar Cam-Boldandbeautiful). He increased his seasonal winnings to $45,970 and $218,643 lifetime.   Stalbaum finished the night with four wins with Fisher Jr. adding a triple. Asher had a training double.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon with 11 races going to the post at 12:30 p.m. There will be action in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly pacers along with races in the Excelsior A and B Series.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, to to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Osprey Vision was in focuduring Buffalo Raceway's $8,200 co-featured trot on Friday night (July 14) as he went a lifetime best 1:57.1 over the fast harness racing track to produce a surprising $23.60 victory over Serious George.   Lucky Pablo ($18.00) kept the upsets going in the co-main event by breaking an 0-for-20 streak in 2017 with a head victory over Shawnee Magic in 1:59.3.   It was all Osprey Vision in the opener as David McNeight III sent him right to the top. Establishing fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:28.0, it appeared the only trotter to have a chance to catch Osprey Vision was Before I Die. But his hopes were quickly dashed as he broke stride allowing Osprey Vision to hit the wire uncontested. Serious George (John Cummings Jr.) was 3-1/4 lengths back and picked up the second place check with Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) rolling into third.   Owned by Marissa Russo and trained by David Russo, the 8-year-old gelded Osprey Vision (Ken Warkentin-Summerhill Hallie) now has six wins in 24 starts, pushing his seasonal earnings to $43,214 and $142,947 lifetime.   It was a real tussle in the second $8,200 trotting race with Shawnee Magic, Trotting R T, and City Kid all enjoying the front end before hitting the opening panel in 29.1. With Shawnee Magic (Kevin Cummings) hitting the half in 58.2, Lucky Pablo was sixth but first over and on the move.   Grinding it out to the top in the stretch, Lucky Pablo (Monti) got up in the shadow of the wire to nip the favored Shawn Magic by a head while a game City Kid (Larry Stalbaum) finished in third.   Lucky Pablo (Lucky Chucky-Classical Princess) is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and is trained by Maria Rice. The win moved the 5-year-old gelding's winnings to $20,980 this year and to $97,317 in his career.   McNeight III, Cummings Jr., Stalbaum and Monti all produced doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   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. --- The 2-year-old filly pacers in the New York Sire Stakes have just one day of competition under their belts this season, that coming on July 7 at Vernon Downs when four brackets were run. But the harness racing action will heat up again for the freshmen females at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 16) with all previous division winners entered.   The third division, scheduled for the fifth race, is loaded as three of the four winners will square off for a purse of $35,000 (approx.). Twin B Peaches, Walk From Heaven and Betterthangraduate all captured their respective divisions at Vernon. The other winner, Ubettergo Go, will compete in the second leg, scheduled for the third race on the 11-race card that is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.   Twin B Peaches (Betterthancheddar-Beach Bound) is a perfect 2-for-2 in her young pari-mutuel career including an eye-opening 1:52.0 victory at Vernon on July 7th. This $30,000 Harrisburg sale mare is the 3-to-1 morning line choice for Jody Jamieson after drawing the seven post.   Walk From Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Walk Of Shame) got three three spot and is fresh off a Sire Stakes win in 1:53.2 at Vernon Downs. Brett Miller is slated to steer the 4-to-1 choice.   Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Graduate) went 1:55.0 in her Sire Stakes debut at Vernon and will have the services of Jim Morrill Jr. from the five post. She is a $52,000 purchase last year at the Harrisburg Sales.   Others in the division include Silk Reed (John Cummings Jr.), Heaven's Diva (Drew Monti), Wisdom Tree (Dan Rawlings) and Princess Dalia (Marcus Miller).   The Sire Stakes will kick off in the second race with seven damsels looking to get into the win column for the first time. There are two high-priced pacers seeking the photo opportunity as Kim's The Best, a $50,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales and Checkered Past, a $75,000 buy at the Harrisburg Sales. They'll start from the one and two posts respectively with Jamieson handling Kim's The Best (Betterthancheddar-Kim's Caper) and Checkered Past (American Ideal-Character Flaw) having Cummings Jr. in control.   The remainder of the field includes Sand Artist (Marcus Miller), Another Lawsuit (Morrill Jr.), Line Dancer (Brett Miller) and Make Music K (Drew Monti).   Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink) is the 2-to-1 early choice in the other Sire Stakes race, scheduled as the third event on the program. She romped to a four length win in the Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs in 1:53.0 and will have Jamieson, who posted a four-bagger Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway, in the sulky. But Ubettergo Go will be facing some stiff and high-priced competition on Sunday.   Classy Chris (Art Major - Rocknroll Wishes) brought $75,000 in the Harrisburg Sales, American Myth garnered $65,000 and Better Speed (Betterthancheddar-Misty Speed) $50,000 at Lexington. Classy Chris will have Morrill Jr. in the bike, American Myth (American Ideal-Mythical) will be steered by Rawlings and Better Speed gets Brett Miller.   Also in the race are The Band K (Monti), Azreal As It Gets (Lems) and Pleasant Beauty (Marcus Miller).   There will also be racing in both the Excelsior A and B Series.   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 harness racing spotlight was supposed to be on the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 12) but someone forgot to tell that to Sarah Cola. She stole the headlines by breaking the track record for aged (5+) pacing mares with a 1:54.1 victory over Voltina in an $8,200 optional claimer.   Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sarah Cola snapped the old mark held by Majic Laughter (2014), Case Solved (2014) and Deliciouslynaughty (2017) of 1:54.2.   "I left out of the gate and was trying to be in good position to get a piece at the end," said Jamieson of pulling the $24.20 upset with Sarah Cola. "The track was lighting fast and with the high humidity, it helped out as well."   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham and Giuseppe Micchia, the 5-year-old mare Sarah Cola (No Pan Intended-Saramotion) captured her third straight win and pushed her seasonal earnings to $23,040.   In the featured Sire Stakes, Casual Cool, a $165,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Sales last season, returned his first dividend on the investment by rallying late to nip Topville Olympian by a nose in 1:56.0. It was the fastest time of the three $35,000 (approx.) divisions and just a fifth of a second off the track standard of 1:55.4 set in 2013 by He's Watching.   Ghost Dance (Michael Saftic) captured his leg with a hard-charging win over Delightful Joe in 1:57.3 while Sammy's Lightning thundered around the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:58.0 and posted the mild $12.00 upset.   Casual Cool (Chris Lems) used a 56.2 final half-mile to track down the pace-setting Topville Olympian (Jamieson) and register the rather surprising $23.00 victory. Rock Lights (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third.   "He's a little green but running on the outside for a half mile, that was a big mile for him in his first start. He's going to be a good one," Lems said of Casual Cool, owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano.   Earlier, Ghost Dance ($6.60) was three-wide down the lane and got past Delightful Joe (Billy Dobson) to pull off the 3/4-length decision. Major Sugar Rush (Ray Schnittker) rounded out the top three.   "Once we straightened out in the stretch, I knew we had a chance," Saftic said of Ghost Dance.   Owned by the Millar Farms and trained by Eric Adams, Ghost Dance (American Ideal-Epoxy Queen) has now won his first two pari-mutuel starts.   In the opener, Sammy's Lightning (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the fractions and held off all challengers in the drive to the wire to take the victory. Cheese Melt (Daniel Dube) was second and I Soar Him First (Mickey McNichol) was third.   "I was a little cautious with him around the turns but with the slow fractions, I figured we have enough in the tank," Morrill Jr. said of the 304/-length win by Sammy's Lightning.   In the Excelsior A Series, Rootin Tootin (Jamieson) went coast-to-coast in 1:59.1 and scored the popular $2.80 victory. Jamieson then made it a clean sweep with a 1:59.2 journey aboard Dewar N Jack ($11.80).   It was a match race in the lone $6,200 Excelsior B Series race, a non-betting affair, as Too Much Duncan (Schnittker) beat Thor De Vie (Larry Stalbaum) in 2:02.0.   Jamieson finished the evening with four victories with Stalbaum notching a triple. Trainer Blake MacIntosh posted two wins.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program slated 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

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