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HAMBURG, N. Y. --- With Buffalo Raceway's 2015 season now in the books, it can be said that it was a successful harness racing campaign both on and off the track.   Buffalo Raceway's on-track handle was even this year with fewer race dates compared to the 2014 while the export handle numbers were up 3% on a daily basis.   On the track, there were 10 records that were either broken or tied.   For the trotters, Winkys Pride set the new standard for all-age mares and aged (5+) mark with a 1:57.0 time. Serendipitious went 1:58.1 to establish a new record for the 4-year-old mare trotters.   The all age, all age gelding and aged (5+) gelding standard for pacers was destroyed by Fireyourguns with a 1:52.0 clocking. Instant Riches made the record book with a 1:54.3 time for the 4-year-old colt pacers while Skyway Tia tied the 1:55.0 time for 4-year-old filly and mare pacers.   Also on the track, driver Kevin Cummings made a serious run at Jim Morrill Jr.'s all-time win mark of 214 set in 2006 but came up 12 victories short.   All was not lost however. Cummings did win his second consecutive driving title with 202 wins, the third most in Buffalo Raceway history. Morrill Jr. (214) and Shawn Gray (206) are the only drivers to go over 200 victories in a season at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   Cummings was also the leading purse earner with $1,086,171. His winnings were the most in Buffalo Raceway history and he became only the second driver to go over the $1 million mark. Gray managed to do it in 2012 with $1.05 million in purses. Cummings also currently sits sixth nationally in the UDR standings with a .371 percentage.   Drew Monti, only 20 years old, took second place in the driver's standings with 140 wins while Gray was third with 123.   JD Perrin captured his third straight trainer's title by conditioning 70 winners. John Mungillo took the runner up spot with 54 victories and Kirk Desmond was third with 49.   The Prophet Mary had the most trips to the winner's circle on the season as the pacer scored nine times. Justgottogetthere was the top trotter with eight wins and $48,217 in earnings.   Jettison was the leading overall money earner as the pacer collected $50,314.   The post time favorite won 41.99 percent of the time.   There were seven dead heats for the win while there were seven for the place position and four ties in the show spot.   Racing is expected to resume in mid-January, 2016 with a similar schedule tentatively set as in 2015.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and simulcast schedule, to to   By Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The 2015 harness racing season came to a close at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 26) and driver Ron Beback Jr. capped the 91-day meet with a four-bagger.   Beback Jr. was aboard Lotto Ticket ($4.00), Almost Midnight ($3.10), Boots N Bourbon ($5.90) and Four Starz Trump ($3.70)   The victory for Four Starz Trump was the 50th in the 12-year-old gelding's career and moved his lifetime earnings to $371,951. Beback Jr. finished the week with eight wins.   Driver Kevin Cummings made a run at Jim Morrill Jr.'s all-time win mark of 214 set in 2006 but came up a dozen victories short.   All was not lost however.   Cummings did win his second consecutive driving title with 202 wins, the third most in Buffalo Raceway history.   Morrill Jr. (214) and Shawn Gray (206) are the only drivers to go over 200 victories in a season at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   Cummings was also the leading purse earner with nearly $1.1 million.   Drew Monti took second place in the driver's standings with 140 wins while Gray was third with 123.   JD Perrin captured his third straight trainer's title by conditioning 70 winners.   John Mungillo took the runner up spot with 54 victories and Kirk Desmond third with 49.   The Prophet Mary had the most trips to the winner's circle on the season as the pacer scored nine times.   Justgottogetthere was the top trotter with eight wins and $48,217 in earnings.   Jettison was the leading money earner as the pacer collected $50,314.   Live racing is tentatively scheduled to resume in January, 2016.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, race replays and results, go to   Brian Mazurek

Ever since arriving from Scioto Downs in Ohio on June 28, Milliron Pete has sure made himself right at home at the harness racing meetings at Buffalo Raceway.   And while adjusting to his surroundings in Western New York, he's finding the winner's circle is a pretty good place to hang out as well.   For the fourth time in five starts at the Hamburg half-mile oval, Milliron Pete (Jim McNeight) showed he's not camera shy either by taking a half length victory in the $10,500 Open Pace in 1:55.0 over the fast track Saturday night (July 25).   While Milliron Pete ($9.60) has new stomping grounds, he has passed just about every test put in front of him.   Starting out in a $4,800 conditioned race on June 28 at Buffalo Raceway, Milliron Pete has stepped his way up the ladder and it landed him on the top rung, the Open pace.   Posting a 1-1/2 victory in 1:55.2 on July 18 in a $7,800 conditioned pace, the jump in class was well deserved.   Big Bossman did much of the dirty work in the race by setting fractions of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26.1.   Milliron Pete, who was assigned the inside post, drafted along perfectly in second and scooted through in the passing lane to stun Big Bossman (Jack Flanigen).   Western Alumni (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.   Trained by McNeight and owned by the Eim Racing, Milliron Pete (American Ingot-Komoda Dragon) has now posted six victories in 26 tries in 2015.   It sent the 5-year-old gelding's earnings to $34,816 this year and $57,481 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) reverted back to his front-running style and it resulted in an impressive four length win in a sizzling 1:53.1.   Scoring the from six post, Cobble Beach had to tussle with Mister Icon for the lead to the opening quarter but once getting there, it was all over.   Cobble Beach motored to the half in 56.2 and blistered a 28.1 last panel to put the remaining five horses in surrender mode.   Mister Icon (McNeight) finished a distant second while I C D Moolah (Beback Jr.) was third.   Owned and trained by James Clouser Jr., Cobble Beach (Artiscape-Mirmattculous) has now posted four wins in 24 starts this season, moving his earnings to $40,490.   The 5-year-old gelding upped his career bankroll to $134,597.   The 2015 season comes to a close Sunday afternoon when an 11-race card goes to the post at 1:05 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and simulcast schedule, go to   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- No hurry. No worry. That's got to be the motto for BZ Glide and harness racing driver Mike Caprio as once again their patience paid off in a victory.   BZ Glide ($3.20) used his familiar late charge, going from last to first, to take a head win over Studio City in the featured $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (July 24). He covered the mile in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   The race went pretty much true to form as Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) took his usual seat on the front end while BZ Glide settled back to ride the tailgate in fifth.   After watching Lutetium set fractions of 29.1, 59.4 and 1:29.1, BZ Glide, who skimmed the pylons the entire mile, found plenty of racing room in the lightning lane. Caprio used some urging in the stretch and BZ Glide responded by storming to the wire to post the decision. Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) got up in time for second while the tiring Lutetium held on for third.   It was the third consecutive win for the 6-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer). Owned by the Caprio Stable and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the fourth victory in seven tries in 2015 for BZ Glide, now a winner of $25,250 this season and $142,207 lifetime.   The final weekend of racing continues on Saturday night with a 12-race card set to get underway at 6:35 p.m. The 2015 season will conclude on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with 11 races.   For more information including the latest news, race results, replays and simulcast schedule, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

After spotting the field 16 lengths at the quarter pole, things certainly looked bleak for Dayson to keep his unbeaten streak alive. But that huge head start wasn't enough to stop the determined Dayson as he mounted an amazing comeback and somehow score a length victory in the second $52,501 division New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 22).   It was the third consecutive Sires Stakes victory for Dayson (Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus) in three lifetime starts. He covered the mile in 2:02.2 over the fast track.   In the first leg, Allerage Echo found little trouble in romping to an impressive five length decision in 2:03.3.   But the story of the night was Dayson.   Driver Jeff Gregory said of the adventurous trip and giving the field an early advantage due to a break at the start. "He was a little fumbly around the turns but I knew he had the speed to get back into the race."   Gremlin Wilson (John Cummings Jr.) set the tempo with splits of 30.0, 1:02, and 1:33.0 but figured the charge from the back of the pack was developing. Chargin Cadet (Jordan Stratton) and Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) looked like the main contenders at the half. But the big-hearted Dayson regrouped and chipped away at the pack, finally getting within two lengths with a final panel to go.   Using a 28.4 final quarter mile, Dayson ($2.70) had plenty left in the tank and zoomed on by for the incredible victory over Chargin Cadet. Smalltownthrowdown took the show spot.   Co-owner Amy Butler said of Dayson's performance. "That was the first time he faced traffic at the start but I knew he had the speed to come back. I knew at the top of the stretch he was going to win." Dayson is also owned by Margaret Butler and trained by Howard Okusko.   A winner now of $64,806 in his three starts, Dayson is the Butler's first Sire Stakes horse ever. "This is just an awesome feeling," Amy Butler said in the winner's circle. "We are going to continue on with him in the Sire Stakes." Next stop is Batavia Downs on Wednesday, August 5.   Allerage Echo (Conway Hall-Echonomical) had no issues in going coast-to-coast in the opener, registering an easy five length victory. Crown Point (Dan Daley) placed a distant second with Rose Run Ransom (John Plutino) taking third.   "He's a nice horse," driver Chris Lems said of Allerage Echo ($5.80). "He was push button. He had a lot left at the wire and I never popped the plugs."   Allerage Echo went right to the lead and had times of 33.0, 1:03.0 and 1:34.3 in romping to the 2:03.3 final time.   Owner Ken Jacobs said of Allerage Echo, a horse he just acquired two weeks ago. "I told George (Ducharme) that he's a real good horse. He changed the rigging some and it has made a difference. George has been training him on a half-mile track and once we got around that first turn, I felt pretty good."   It was the first victory in three attempts for Allerage Echo, now a winner of $30,611 in 2015.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series races, Nono Lindy (Gregory) had the fastest time by posting a 2:03.2 time. Nono Lindy paid $4.80 for the victory.   Cashuz ($3.40) took a division with Cummings Jr. in the sulky in 2:03.4 while Do What You Dream ($3.40) went 2:04 for Lems in 2:04.0.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series events went to Radical Way (Gregory) in 2:06.0 while Thanks For Playin had a $47.60 upset victory for Lems in 2:08.3.   Lems and Gregory each finished the night with a 'hat-trick'.   Ugly Betty returned to her winning ways in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open II pace by using a 1:55.1 clocking to beat Kisses N Kicks by 1-3/4 lengths. Jim Morrill Jr., who also had three wins on the night, was in the sulky with Ugly Betty ($3.60).   The final week of racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 10-race program set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information inlcuding the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The final installment of the New York Sire Stakes starts the closing week of the 2015 harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 22).   The last day of racing at the Hamburg half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds is Sunday, June 26.   The 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters will compete in two divisions with each carrying a purse of over $51,000. While the fields may be small, it doesn't mean that they are short on talent.   A select field of four go to the gate in the opener. Rose Run Ransom (Crazed-Bring It On Lindy) is the early even money choice for driver John Plutino from the three post. After breaking at the start in his last outing, Rose Run Ransom rebounded nicely and finished a solid second in the $37,556 Sire Stakes race at Yonkers on July 13.   Uncle Dan (Conway Hall-Risk Seeker) could be the main threat after winning a $15,000 Excelsior 'A' race at Yonkers on July 13 in 2:02.2. Jim Morrill Jr. gets the call on Uncle Dan and is tagged at 9-2 in the morning line from the four post.   The second division has a definite Western New York flavor as the unbeaten Dayson (Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus) headlines the field. He has been perfect in all four races, two of which were in Sire Stakes and the other two in qualifiers.   Dayson, locally owned by Margaret Butler of Cattaraugus N.Y. and Amy Butler of West Valley, N.Y., won by 2-1/4 lengths at Yonkers on July 13 and took a 1-1/2 length decision on 2:00.1 at Saratoga on July 2, both $37,556 Sire Stake events.   He's been over the Buffalo Raceway half-mile track as well, notching a 17 length victory in 2:05 in a 'baby' race on June 16. The Howard Okusko-trained Dayson will have Jeff Gregory in the sulky for the first time and drew the two post as the heavy 3-5 morning line choice.   Former Western New York regular John Cummings Jr. brings in Gremlin Wilson (Sand Vic-Savanah Montana). They set the pace in their last start in the Sire Stakes at Yonkers on July 13 before stalling out in the stretch to finish third.   Chargin Cadet (Conway Hall-Arabella Hall), a $75,000 Harrisburg Sales purchase last year, has been nibbling for a victory taking third in a pair of Sire Stakes races for trainer and former Western New Yorker Ray Schnittker. He'll get the services of Jordan Stratton in the sulky from the five post.   The Dan Daley entry of Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall-Ana's Promise) and Royal Bachelor (RC Royalty-Becca) get the one and three spot respectively but need to be on their best behavior at the start. Both Smalltownthrowdown (Daley) and Royal Bachelor (Morrill Jr.) were each off stride in the beginning of their tries which put a damper of their chances.   There will also be three divisions of the Excelsior 'A' series on the 12-race card along with two Excelsior 'B' division races. Post time is 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Wings Of Royalty had the fastest time of the two $59,100 divisions in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-colt and gelding trotters Sunday afternoon as he toured Buffalo Raceway's half-mile oval in 1:57.2 at the harness racing meeting on Sunday afternoon (July 19).   Workout Wonder, eligible for the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands in early August, may have taken another step in that direction by coasting to a 1:58.3 victory over the fast track in the other leg.   The times, however, were well short of the track mark of 1:56.4 established in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the first division, driver Chris Lems had the rail with Wings Of Royalty ($2.80) but couldn't protect pylon position as Gabe The Bear Dean fired out from the five spot to cease the early advantage.   "I knew Ray (Schnittker) was going to leave with Gabe The Bear Dean so I just thought I'd let him go and I'd drop into the two spot," Lems said. It proved to be the right choice. Wings Of Royalty retook the lead before the quarter pole and never looked back from there.   Setting fractions of 30.0, 59.2 and 1:29.4, a 28.3 final panel was more than enough to hold off the challenge of Military Blue (Mike Simons) and third place finisher Andy Ray (Daniel Dube).   Owned by Raymond Campbell Jr. and trained by George Ducharme, Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparking Cider) has two victories in seven tries this season and increased his bankroll to $76,877 and $204,487 lifetime.   Buen Camino was expected to be a main threat in the Sire Stakes opener but was scratched.   Workout Wonder (Conway Hall-Dear Abs) kept his Hambletonian dreams alive after posting relatively easy victory against a field that was cut down to four due to the scratches of Fashion Creditor and Insomniac.   Dube went right to the lead with Workout Wonder ($3.30) and used soft fractions of 30.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2. Then they clicked off a blistering last quarter of 28.1 to turn back Royal Deceptor and salt away the victory.   "I kind of held him back around that last turn, but once we straightened out in the stretch, he took off," Dube said of Workout Wonder's fast last split.   About his strategy with Workout Wonder when going against just three others, Dube said, "I had a lot of confidence in him and just wanted to get him in front. I never even pulled the plugs."   Royal Deceptor (Michael McGivern) finished in second place while Maestro Blue Chip (Trond Smedshammer) took third.   Trained by Ake Svanstedt and owned by All Laid Out Stable, Inc., the win was the second in five outings for Workout Wonder, earning him $83,216 in 2015 and $94,818 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, Commentary ($3.70) went the mile in 1:59.3 for Aaron Byron while Smedshammer steered Crazshana ($3.90) to the decision in 1:59.2.   Mark MacDonald drove The African to a popular $3.00 win in the first division of $6,500 Excelsior 'B' series while Patronus ($7.10) took the second leg in 2:01.3 for Mike Simons.   Drew Monti had a driving triple of the steamy afternoon.   Buffalo Raceway starts its last week of the 2015 season on Wednesday night with a 12-race card scheduled for 5 p.m.   The New York Sire Stakes will be back with the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters ready to duke it out.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   Brian J Mazurek

Thee countdown to the Southland Festival of Racing, one of the biggest weekends of the harness racing season for Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters, began in earnest on Saturday, July 18th with a bevy of elimination action highlighting a big 12-race program. Freshmen pacing colts kicked off the non-stop action with a trio of Mini Me Stake elimination's attracting a total of 21 youngsters. The top three finishers in each elimination along with one fourth place finisher will be back next week for the $48,000 (est,) final. In the opening split the Gary Rath trained Wondrous Sport grabbed command right from the word go and made every call a winning one as he reported home with a 1 ½ length victory in 1:54.4 for driver Casey Leonard. The gelded son of Sportsmaster--Wondrous Grace strolled through splits of 29.3, 58.3 & 1:27.2 before sealing the deal with a 27.2 final quarter to notch his third win in four career starts for the partnership of Stephen Mc MacKin, Marilyn Kelly and Lorna Roush. Shootin To Kill (Mike Oosting) rallied late to finish as the runner-up while Fox Valley Chino (Kyle Wilfong) was a solid third. Dakota Road was fourth. In the middle split Nicole Potts' Royale Rose continued his impressive start as he scored in front stepping fashion, recording a three-quarter-length victory in 1:55.2 for driver Brian Carpenter.   Sent to the top after an opening quarter in 30.2 the gelded son of Ashlee's Big Guy--Caribe Royale cruised through middle splits of 59.1 & 1:28.0 before putting on the finishing touches with a 27.2 to notch his third win in four lifetime starts. BS Tyrrific (Kyle Wilfong) was a game second while Silver Sage (Mike Oosting) grabbed the dough. JB's Hero was fourth. With the win the Lyle Scurlock trainee who was sent off as the 3-5 favorite in the race now boasts $9,536 in career earnings.   The final division of the Mini Me Stake eliminations gave the "chalk" players a clean sweep as Kay Willis's Dan D Dune recorded a three-quarter-length victory in 1:55.2 for driver Mike Oosting.   Reserved near the back of the pack while Red Red Redneck (Larry Finn Jr) carved out splits of 28.3, 58.3 & 1:27.3 Oosting moved the Nelson Willis trained son of Duneside Perch--Witch Hanover three deep around rivals as the field reached the top of the stretch. Gobbling up ground on the outside of horses, Dan D Dune rolled right on by his rivals in the lane to post his second win in four lifetime starts. Sagebrush Sid (Todd Warren) staged a nice late rally to finish second while Goinduneside (Casey Leonard) was third after encountering some traffic issues in the stretch. A total of 18 two-year-old pacing fillies were dropped in the box for the Loyal Opposition Stake necessitating a pair of $8,000 eliminations with the top five in each division moving on to the $44,000 (est.) final.   In the first division Quaid Racing's Char N Marg turned in a very impressive performance, overcoming a taxing two-move journey in route to a hard fought neck verdict in a career best of 1:54.3.   Confidently handled by Casey Leonard, the Nelson Willis trained daughter of Sportsmaster--Zip Up Your Pans ducked into the two-hole off the gate, swept into command on the backside then was back out and rolling after the pace setting Fox Valley Gypsy (Clifton Bell) as the field turned for the money.   Shrugging off the difficult journey Char N Marg still had enough left to overtake the pace setter with an eighth of a mile to go holding firm to the wire as a hard charging LK's Nancy Lee (Tim Curtin) came flying through the passing lane to be the bridesmaid. Likeafireballshot (Jared Finn) was a solid third while Fox Valley Gypsy and Lexirose also secured spots in next week's final. The win was the second in four starts for Char N Marg In the final division of the Loyal Opposition Stake Rocco Ruffolo's Narcissistic made her local debut a winning one for trainer Erv Miller blowing past her rivals in the lane as she drew off to a 3 ¼ length victory in 1:54.4 with Mike Oosting at the controls.   In hand early as Fox Valley Tiramisu (Robert Smolin) and Sara's Terror (Brian Carpenter) battled through splits of 27.4, 58.0 & 1:26.3 the daughter of Sportsmaster--Treasure The Best moved up second over into fourth as the field reached the head of the stretch. Exploding home in 27.4 the full sister to Lucpark zipped right by the leaders to grab her first victory in start number three. Fox Valley Addison (Todd Warren) finished second while Sara's Terror held on for third. Burry Me Inthesand was fourth while Fox Valley Bailey grabbed the last spot in next week's final. Sophomore pacing fillies were next on the docket as a field of 10 were sent postward in an $8,000 Ann Vonian Stake elimination. The top nine finishers will be joined by Lex in the $45,000 (est.) final next week. Shaking off the effects of a tough first over trip and a long grind from post eight the Dirk Simpson trained Fox Valley Charm pulled off the minor upset in here as she posted a neck decision in a career best of 1:53.1 for driver Tim Curtin.   Grinding up on the outside for the final five-eighths of a mile the daughter of Yankee Skyscaper--Fox Valley Cherub finally overtook the pace setting Fox Valley Aubrey (Robert Smolin) after that filly had stormed through splits of 28.3, 57.2 & 1:25.0.   After a prolonged stretch duel Fox Valley Charm managed to poke a head in front then held sway for her sixth win in 15 lifetime starts for owner Peter Karras. Fox Valley Aubrey was a game second while Southern Girl (Casey Leonard) was third. Also gaining spots in the final with their fourth through ninth place finishes were BS Tyrichess, Sportsmuffler, Angel Demon, Duneside Perttie, Foxy Ellie and Cowgirl Chic. Rounding out the elimination action were three-year-old pacing colts as a field of 10 slugged it out in an $8,000 Incredible Finale Stake elimination. Again, the top nine finishers will join Earndawg in the $44,500 (est.) final next week. This test produced another victory for the trifecta of owner Rocco Ruffolo, trainer Erv Miller and driver Mike Oosting as Lucpark, whose full sister had won earlier on the card, paced away to a 3¼ length victory in a lifetime best of 1:51.4. Confidently handled by Oosting, the bay gelding stormed up first over to engage pace setting Engine One O One (Brian Carpenter) off splits of 28.0, 54.4 & 1:23.1 then sped away from that one in the lane to post his third win in nine starts this season. Dinky Dune (Pat Curtin) rallied up well to finish second while Engine One O One held on for third. Also gaining spots in the final were Dakota Roadster, Frosty Dune, Dixie's Boy, Fox Valley Elijah, Casey At Bat and DuPage's Z Tam. The elimination action continues on Sunday, July 19th, with a field of 10 trotters battling in the $8,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake for two-year-old trotting fillies. The top eight finishers will be back to join Vengeful and Awfully Emotional in the $45,000 (est.) final next week. Once again the action gets underway at 7:10pm on Sunday night and as always the $1 Pick 4 (races 7-10) features a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The 10-cent Hi Five also features a guaranteed pool now with a $15,000 guarantee on the line in the "ultimate get out bet" (race 10). Tom Killey

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Owner Leonard Segall and trainer James Clouser Jr. must have told drivers Kevin Cummings and Jack Flanigen to put the pedal to the metal off the gate in the $10,500 Open and $9,500 Open II paces. Their charges, Youwillwishyouhad and Big Bossman, each used quick starts to waltz to gate-to-wire victories in sweeping the early daily double at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (July 18).   Youwillwishyouhad ($4.70) found little trouble wiring the field in the Open with a 1:55.2 clocking while Big Bossman ($2.80) was totally in charge of the Open II with an impressive 1:54.3 journey over the fast Hamburg half-mile oval. The chalky triumphs returned $8.20 on a $2 early double wager.   After suffering a disappointing nose loss in last week's Open Pace, Cummings put Youwillwishyouhad right to the lead and dared the remaining field of five to track him down. Instead they ended up battling for minor spoils.   With fractions of 27.4, 56.3 and 1:25.4, there were no serious takers in the stretch as Youwillwishyouhad cruised home to a 3/4 length decision over Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) while Rockstar Temper (Monti) closed fast to take third.   It was the ninth victory in 19 outings for the 4-year-old gelded Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal). He has now put $51,048 in the bank in 2015 and $117,445 lifetime.   The heavily-favored Big Bossman was certainly the boss in the Open II.   With Flanigen in the sulky, there was no resistance in reaching for the lead for Big Bossman at the start and that resulted in big trouble for the remaining five entrants. With splits of 28.1, 47.0 and 1:26.1, Big Bossman was never threatened seriously in the 1/2 length score over Mister Icon (McNeight). I C D Moolah (Ron Beback Jr.) placed third.   It was the third straight win for Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American) and his fourth in his last five appearances. The 4-year-old gelding has earned $25,068 this season and $97,615 in his career.   The third race was a wild one to say the least as the three longest shots on the board took the top three positions. Ponyta Boy (Beback Jr.) turned in a lifetime best time of 1:55.2 and returned $51.50 in the upset win while Veto Hanover (60-1) finished second and American Bull (90-1) took the show spot. The $1 exacta paid $568 and the $1 trifecta was worth $2128.50.   Racing returns on Sunday afternoon with a 12-race program set for 1:05 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the card with a pair of $51,900 races scheduled for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   For more information, including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ron Beback Jr. drove home three winners on Friday night (July 17) to lead the action on the 13-race harness racing card at Buffalo Raceway.   Beback Jr. guided Studio City ($3.30), Suplemental Income ($11.40) and Northern Art ($6.30) to victories.   Drew Monti, Jim McNeight, David McNeight III and Ray Fisher Jr. all found the winner's circle twice on the muggy evening.   Monti was aboard Aroma ($13.20) and Feets Of Magic ($2.40) while McNeight crossed the finish line first with Cashmandu ($15.60) and Armbro Casino ($4.00).   McNeight III posted a pair of popular decisions with Brickstone ($2.70) and Lucky Millionaire ($3.30) while Fisher Jr. scored with a couple of long shots, Chrome Finish ($26.00) and Putnam's Kreme ($9.70).   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 13-race card set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Something has got to give in the first $59,100 division of the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway for the harness racing 3-year-old trotters on Sunday afternoon as five of the six entrants are coming in off a victory in their last start.   Who will keep their streak alive?   Scheduled as the second event on the 12-race program slated to begin at 1:05 p.m., there's a lot of intrigue in this field when the boys take to the Hamburg half-mile oval.   The race will feature a battle between Wings Of Royalty and Buen Camino who finished second and third respectively in last year's New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old colt and gelding final at Yonkers behind champion Crazy Wow.   Both Wings Of Royalty and Buen Camino seem to be rounding into mid-season form entering Sunday's clash.   Wings Of Royalty (Chris Lems) has been in the money five times in his last six starts. But that last try was a victory as he trotted in 1:54.1 over the Vernon Downs surface on July 11, winning by 1-1/4 lengths. Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparkling Cider) has won $47,777 this season and $174,449 and drew the rail.   Buen Camino (Cash Hall-Baby Bella), when last seen, was taking a 2-1/2 length win in 1:54.3 at Tioga Downs on June 28 in Sire Stakes competition. Driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer is the 2-1 morning line favorite with Buen Camino, a winner of $58,949 in 2015 and $209,285 lifetime. They'll score from the three post.   Military Blue (Mike Simons), Royal Lad (Mark MacDonald) and Andy Ray (Daniel Dube) are also arriving with a victory in their last outings. Military Blue won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.2 at Tioga Downs on July 11, Royal Lad posted 3/4 length score in 1:57.2 victory on July 10 at Vernon Downs while Andy Ray had a 1-1/4 edge in 1:58.1 at Goshen on July 5.   Gabe The Bear Dean (Ray Schnittker), the only non-winner in his last try, was second in an Excelsior 'A' at Goshen in July 5 so expect him to involved in the mix as well.   Royal Deceptor leads the field in the second $51,900 division, slated as the fourth race. He went gate-to-wire in 1:57.4 at Goshen in a non-betting Excelsior 'A' race. Royal Deceptor (RC Royalty-Art Of Deception) has won five times in eight starts this season and gets the services of Michael McGivern in the sulky from the four post.   Maestro Blue Chip (Smedshammer) started out the season on a promising note, winning twice and finishing second in another race. But things went south the past three outings as he has been out of the money. Maestro Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Up Front Hotsey) hopes the rail will help this time out and has been tagged the 2-1 morning line choice.   The sophomores will be aiming at the track mark of 1:56.4 set by Cash Me Out in 2014.   There are a pair of $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series races on the program along with two $6,600 Excelsior 'B' battles.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Goosebump Hanover had to battle to get to the lead but that was the only battle she faced the rest of the way in going wire-to-wire in 2:01.4 over the fast track to highlight the action in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing  meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 15).   It was the fastest of four divisions worth over $27,000 each but well off the track record of 2:00.2 set by Munis Bluechip back in 2009.   Go Mary Go (2:02.1) just kept right on going and never looked back to take her division while Dolly Drama PV (2:03.2), and Dizzy Broad (2:05.3) also found their way to the winner's circle on a picture perfect evening.   After Goosebump Hanover ($8.20) was challenged to the lead by Swing Royalty, it was all fresh air after that as she never was threatened to the finish line. Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) was 1-1/2 lengths behind at the wire with Threehundredlindys (Jim Morrill Jr.) taking the show spot.   "She was a little touchy at first," Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings said of Goosebump Hanover's trip. "She settled in good after that but I had to ask her a little in the stretch. She was pretty much in hand at the finish."   Trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Silva Stables, Crawford Farms and J. DiScala, it was the first win in two career starts for Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents).   It was also a gate-to-wire victory for Go Mary Go in the Sire Stakes opener. Driver Ray Schnittker scored a front-running win on on July 3 at Monticello Raceway and used the same tactic to get the job this week.   Go Mary Go put up fractions of 29.4, 1:01.2 and 1:32.3 in posting the head victory 2:02.1 over Posterity (Charlie Norris) while Royal Surprise (Dan Daley) finished in third.   "I'm impressed with her gate speed," Schnittker said of Go Mary Go (RC Royalty-Michelle's Way), now 2-for-2 in her young career with both victories coming on a half-mile surface. She is trained and co-owned by Ray Schnittker, Hero Stables, T. Gerwertz and DM Pepin.   Dolly Drama PV (Lucky Chucky-Massive Drama) won the battle of attrition in notching a huge $153.50 stunner for driver Jeff Gregory. She was the only trotting filly not to break stride in the race and that was the difference in going the mile in 2:03.2.   "She handled the turns perfectly," Gregory said. "Also, (trainer) Mark Harder put an open bridle on her and I think that really made a big difference."   Bundle Of Energy (Schnittker) recovered after a break at the start to take second place while Playtime Lima (Rick Zeron) was third.   It was the first career win for Dolly Drama PV, owned by Peter Paul Venturini.   Cummings made it a driving double in the Sire Stakes with a victory aboard Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) in 2:05.3.   Using a first over journey down the backstretch the final time, Dizzy Broad ($7.50) took advantage of a break by the pace-setting I Will Take Credit near the three-quarter pole and was able to hang on for the victory.   "I had to keep her mind on things in the stretch," Cummings said of the late going with Dizzy Broad, who is owned and trained by Noel Daley.   I Will Take Credit (Daley) regrouped in time to finish second while Crazyasclassic (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series races, Outside Court ($11.40) scored for Gregory in 2:03.4 while Lindylicious ($2.60) trotted the mile in 2:01.2 for Lems.   Linda's Choice ($8.80) was victorious in 2:05.2 in the $6,600 Excelsior 'B' Series with Gregory in the bike while Lucky Lana took the non-betting race for Norris in 2:05.3.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 13-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   Brian J Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's 'Ladies Night' at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday (July 15) as the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies are in the spotlight in four $27,500 divisions.   The 13-race card, which starts at 5 p.m., has 12 events featuring the filly and mares including Excelsior 'A' and 'B' competition along with overnight races for the distaffers.   With 11 track records already in the books in 2015 at Buffalo Raceway, the ladies will be gunning for another on the Hamburg half-mile oval mark. The time for which they'll be shooting for is 2:00.2 established in 2009 by Munis Bluechip.   Of the four Sire Stake divisions, the most intriguing is the third leg, scheduled as the sixth race. All the entrants except two were at least $25,000 purchases at either the Lexington, Morrisville or Harrisburg Sales. The lone exceptions are Winning Princess and LTS Sandie and ironically both are the two top morning line choices.   The field is headed by the 8-5 morning line favorite Winning Princess who has been turning heads in her brief career.   The Ron Burke-trained Winning Princess (Credit Winner-Cabaret Hanover) is 2-for-2 thus far with a 5-3/4 length win in Sire Stakes competition at Monticello Raceway in her last appearance on July 3, going the mile in 2:00.3.   She opened her career with an impressive four length victory at Vernon Downs in a conditioned trot on June 18 in 2:00.2. That was after she put a 27-length hurt on the field in a qualifier there on June 5 in 2:01.0. Winning Princess gets the services of leading New York Sire Stakes driver Jim Morrill Jr.   LTS Sandie (Conway Hall-Rejoycing) drew the two post and is the 7-2 choice for John Stark Jr. She was a game third losing by1-1/2 lengths to Posterity at Monticello on July 3 in Sire Stakes action.   Lima Playtime (Credit Winner-Pacific Legacy) had an impressive non-betting prep at Mohawk on July 7, going the mile in 2:00 and winning by four lengths. A $77,000 purchase at Lexington, Lima Playtime gets the pylons with Rick Zeron in the bike.   In the first Sire Stakes race, the opener on the card, Go Mary Go has been installed as the 3-1 choice for Ray Schnittker. Go Mary Go (RC Royalty-Michelle's Way) went gate-to-wire in taking a Sire Stakes event at Monticello in 2:02.1 and trotting off by 1-1/2 lengths. She was purchase for $45,000 last year at the Harrisburg Sales.   The main threat should come from Posterity, a winner already in the Sire Stakes for Charlie Norris. Some late kick down the lane sent Posterity to a length win at Monticello on July 3 in 2:01.2 so she'll be loving the long Buffalo Raceway stretch.   The second division, set for the third race, it a wide-open affair. All eight starters are looking to hit the wire first in a pari mutuel start. There are two fillies (I Will Take Credit and Martini Lindy) who posted wins in qualifiers while Steel Wheels got her photo taken via a disqualification.   Every Day Hanover (Credit Winner-Emmamazing) gets the slight 3-1 morning line nod as she will score from the rail with Morrill Jr. in the sulky. She comes in Harrah's Philadelphia for the Burke Stables with a pair of decent qualifiers.   Steel Wheels (Lucky Chucky-Some Girls) draws the eight post but won via disqualification on July 3 in a $15,000 Excelsior Series race at Vernon Downs on July 3. Her time was 2:02.4 and will be handled once again by Gates Brunet.   In the fourth and final leg, slated as the seventh, Swinging Royalty (RC Royalty - Swing Anna Cash) looks like the one to catch. She has been perfect in three charted races with the last being a 5-1/4 victory in her first pari mutuel start. She crushed the field in 2:02.1 at Monticello on July 3. Chris Lems, who won three races at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday, will handle the driving duties and they are the 2-1 choices from the three post.   The Burke coupled entry of Love Crazy Love (Crazed-Love U Overandover) and Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) looks extremely dangerous. They drew the one and two posts respectively and will open at 3-1.   Love Crazy Love (Brunet) closed fast for a half length victory in the Sire Stakes at Monticello on July 3, tripping the timer in 2:03. Goosebump Hanover, after breaking at the start Monticello on July 3, re-qualified nicely on July 7 at Pocono Downs and lost by a nose in 2:00.1.   For more information, including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Barn Doll and Jewels In Hock went about their business as expected on Sunday afternoon (July 12) in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway but it was High Rise who did the unexpected by setting a new track record.   While Barn Doll and Jewels In Hock figured to challenge the 1:59.0 mark set by Glowngold in 2014, it was High Rise (Chris Lems) who smashed the mark for the sophomore filly trotters with a 1:58.2 time over the fast Hamburg half-mile oval in a division of the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series.   "That was a track record?" Lems asked when he returned to the winner's circle after the victory.   When he was told it was, a big smile broke out on his face and he just shook his head in disbelief.   He then said of High Rise, "She's a nice horse and she always gives her best and she gave her best today."   High Rise ($12.80) beat Nunkeri (John Campbell) by a length while Barn Girl (Jeff Gregory) finished third.   Owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Decharme, High Rise (Conway Hall-RC Biscuit) has now won six times in eight appearances this season pushing her seasonal earnings to $28,800.   The heavily-favored Barn Doll ($2.10) took her $61,300 division of the Sire Stakes in 1:59.0 which tied the track standard before High Rise came along.   Waiting Room (Andy Miller) set the tempo with splits of 30.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2 but Barn Doll had a first over trip and eventually wore down the front-runner, pulling away by 1-1/2 lengths at the wire.   Summers Windsong (Ray Schnittker) took the show spot.   "She had no real problems," Jeff Gregory said of his trip with Barn Doll, now a winner of six straight races. "I kind of babied her around the turns but she was strong as usual."   Trainer and co-owner Steve Pratt said of Barn Doll, "She's gonna get a couple of weeks off now. She's been racing hard the past few weeks so she deserves a break."   Wanda Polisseni of the Purple Haze Stables LLC, who co-owns Barn Doll (Conway Hall-Headintheclouds) along with Nancy Pratt, stated, "She needs a break. It's a long season."   Polisseni admitted she was nervous as usual about Barn Doll but felt good with Gregory in the sulky. "I always worry about my horses, all of my babies, when they race. But I love Jeff Gregory...he's my guy."   Barn Doll, now a winner of 13 of 16 lifetime starts, has pushed her seasonal earnings to $234,724 and $437,861 lifetime.   John Campbell took Jewels In Hock ($2.70) wire-to-wire in his $60,200 division of the Sire Stakes in 2:00.1.   It was Campbell's first drive at Buffalo Raceway since 1992 and the Hall Of Famer's first win here since 1990. She beat Lady Winona by two lengths while Zanna Blu (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the show spot.   Campbell said of Jewels In Hock's mile tour, "She controlled the race from the inside and did it all on her own."   She posted comfortable fractions of 29.1, 1:00.3 and 1:31.3 en route to the win.   When asked about returning to Buffalo Raceway after a 23-year absence, Campbell stated, "It's nice to be back and get a win. It's been a long time. I didn't race at Saratoga since 1988 and I went back there this year."   Campbell saw Jewels In Hock's owner Ken Jacobs in the winner's circle and said with a big grin, "Hey, this is a great place to meet up."   Jacobs said afterwards of getting Campbell to Western New York to drive Jewels In Hock. "I told I'd fly him up, that he's got the rail, he won't be going against Barn Doll and the purse is over $60,000." The sales pitch worked.   Campbell has now been aboard Jewels In Hock in her past six races and has four wins, a second and third place finish.   "You put him behind a trotter, that's why he's a Hall Of Famer," Jacobs said of Campbell.   Jewels In Hock (Credit Winner-Jewels Galore) now has five victories in 11 tries this season. She is trained by Linda Toscano has put in $117,770 in the bank in 2015 and $130,700 lifetime.   In the other $15,000 Excelsior Series 'A' division, Wanna Get Lucky ($5.20) scored for Lems in 2:00.2. Lems finished the day with a triple.   There was a local flavor with the winners in the $6,600 Excelsior B Series. John Cummings Jr. returned home and took Sweet Hana T to a surprising $13.60 win while former Buffalo Raceway regular Ray Schnittker took Kaliska to a popular $3.70 decision in 2:02.2.   Schnittker said after his victory, "It's always good to come home and get a win."   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. The New York Sire Stakes returns once again as the 2-year-old filly trotter invade along with the Excelsior A and B series.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   Brian J Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jokerman was the longest shot on the board in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 11) and showed he was 'no joke' at the harness racing finish line.   Registering a seasonal best time of 1:54.4 over the fast track, the determined Jokerman (David McNeight III) managed to nip the heavily-favored Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) by a nose and return a healthy $49.60 for the victory.   Watching from fourth as Mr. Perserverance put up splits of 27.1, 56.0 and 1:25.2, Jokerman swung three wide as the field of six turned from home. Youwillwishyouhad got the lead in the early drive to the wire but couldn't hold off the pesky Jokerman at the line. Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti), the winner of the past two Saturday night features, finished in third.   Co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Robert and Randy Roth, Jokerman (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has now won seven times in 22 starts in 2015, earning $49,644. The 6-year-old gelding increased his career bankroll to $98,787.   The tote board showed that the sub-featured $9,500 Open II Pace was going to be a wide-open affair and the field of eight didn't disappoint. Cobble Beach (Cummings) had a wicked trip but somehow held on for a head victory over Burton Blue Chip.   Cobble Beach, starting from the eight post, had to race three-wide past the quarter pole before finally settling on top. With fractions of 27.4, 55.2 and 1:25.1, there was no rest for the weary.   There were pacers coming from everywhere in the lane but Cobble Beach turned in a gutsy performance to hold back the attacks put forth by Burton Blue Chip (Lee Dahn), Art Two D Two (Monti) and I C D Moolah (Ron Beback Jr.) who completed the top four placements in the blanket finish.   The 5-year-old gelded Cobble Beach has now scored three victories in 23 starts for owner-trainer James Clouser Jr. The win increased his seasonal earnings to $35,440 and $130,347 lifetime.   It's a big afternoon of racing coming up Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Buffalo Raceway. The New York Sire Stakes highlights the program with the 3-year-old filly trotters battling it out. Hall of Fame driver John Campbell will be in town, making his first appearance at the track since 1992. He is scheduled to compete in four events.   It's also 'Sunday Funday' with free sno cones, cotton candy, bounce house and crafts for the kids while the track side grill will also be open during the 13-race card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- To say the track record of 1:59 for harness racing 3-year-old fillies at Buffalo Raceway is vulnerable on Sunday afternoon (July 12) is an understatement.   With warm weather and a fast track expected, the sophomore filly trotters will be taking dead aim on the mark established by Glowngold in 2014 when they hit the Buffalo Raceway half-mile surface for the New York Sire Stakes.   Post time for the 13-race program is 1:05 p.m.   Local favorite Barn Doll is the leading candidate to wipe out the mark. Barn Doll (Conway Hall-Headintheclouds) set the track record at Saratoga on June 4th with a 1:55.3 time over the half-time track and headlines the first division, set for the third race.   Scoring from the five post for driver Jeff Gregory, Barn Doll has been installed as the heavy even money morning line favorite. She's a winner of over $400,000 in just 15 career starts and looks to make it six straight victories.   Barn Doll won impressively in the $248,275 Empire Breeders Crown on June 21 at Vernon Downs in 1:52.1. She is co-owned locally by Steven and Nancy Pratt of Corfu, N.Y. and the Purple Haze Stables of Fairport, N.Y. Barn Doll is 5-for-6 in 2015 with $193,074 in the bank. She also has been either first or second in 14-of-15 career appearances.   If a challenger is going to defeat Barn Doll, it could be Summers Windsong (RC Royalty-O Dana O) who lost by a nose in 1:58.1 on July 5 at Goshen in an Excelsior 'A' Series race. Ray Schnittker trains and drives the filly and will guide her from the two post.   The second division, scheduled as the seventh race, looks wide open with Jewels In Hock with Hall of Fame driver John Campbell in the sulky getting a 4-1 morning line. She won by a nose in 1:58.1 at Goshen on July 5, edging out Summers Windsong.   Campbell, who hasn't raced at Buffalo Raceway since 1992, hasn't won here since 1990. He hopes to break the 25-year drought with a win off the rail with Jewels In Hock (Credit Winner-Jewels Galore). She is the top money winner in the field with $86,770 in the bank.   Lady Winona (Credit Winner-Ladylind) looks to be rounding into form after a sharp three-length win on July 4 in 1:54.1 at the Meadowlands. Starting from the four spot, Lady Winona will have Andy Miller in the bike for trainer Julie Miller. They are sitting at 2-1 in the morning line.   A horse to watch out for is Northern Obsession who starts from the seven post for driver Greg Merton. She has handle half-mile tracks very well with a win a Freehold and three narrow losses at Yonkers and Saratoga. Northern Obsession (Conway Hall-Northernpossession) is 5-1 on the morning line.   There will also be two $15,000 Excelsior Series 'A' races on the matinee card along with a pair of $6,660 Excelsior 'B' Series events.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, results and race replays, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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