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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "I expected him to do this," driver Brett Miller after he guided Lone Survivor to the fastest time in the three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (May 27).   Lone Survivor (Art Major-Wenditone) cruised to an easy six-length victory in 1:53.4 in taking his $39,900 leg.   In other Sire Stakes activity, K-Rock was nearly as impressive after notching a 3-1/4 win in 1:54.0 while J Eagle Feather found the winner's circle for the first time in his brief four-race career by covering the mile in 1:56.0.   Miller took the blame for Lone Survivor's fifth place finish last week in Sire Stakes competition at Tioga Downs and was more than ready for redemption.   "I drove this horse so bad last week," Miller said. "He's a nice colt and I knew he was ready tonight."   Sitting fourth headed down the backstretch, Miller went three-wide and paced away from the field. Quickly opening up a five-length edge at the top of the stretch, Lone Survivor ($5.40) finished with a six length advantage over runner up Artistic Major (Pat Lachance) and Americanprimetime (Rick Dane Jr.) at the wire.   "I wasn't worried at all going up the backstretch," Miller said about the final half-mile. "I was feeling good about him. I just let him go and he did his thing," added Miller about Lone Survivor's big backside move.   Trained by Sam De Pinto, it was the first victory in three seasonal starts for Lone Survivor, now a winner of $21,532 this year and $86,491 lifetime.   K-Rock had to tussle with We Think Alike in the opening panel scrum and that proved to be the right move.   Posting fractions of 27.0, 56.1 and 1:24.2, K-Rock never looked back and disposed of the remaining six entrants easily by 3-1/4 lengths.   "I didn't want to sit third and get caught in traffic," winning driver Matt Kakaley said of the decision to send K-Rock to the top.   Enjoying a four-length advantage at the top of the lane, Kakaley admitted that K-Rock was throttled down in the drive for the wire. "He was kind of spent but still raced good. I think a 1:24.2 mark to the three-quarter pole is a pretty good time for this track."   Southwind Masimo showed some good closing speed to take the place position while Masterson (Jim Morrill Jr.) rallied for the show spot.   K-Rock (Rock N Roll Hanover-Sunduel A) is a 3-year-old gelding that is owned by Eugene Kurzrok and trained by Ron Burke.   It was his second win in four starts in 2015 and pushed his seasonal winnings to $38,862 and $74,688 lifetime.   J Eagle Feather went gate-to-wire and held on to beat the highly-regarded Sicily by a neck in 1:56.0. A final sizzling quarter-mile of 26.4 secured the win for J Eagle Feather.   Using some soft splits of 29.3, 59.2 and 1:29.2, Morrill Jr. said in the winner's circle, "We got away with some cheap fractions. He's never cut the mile before and still is very green. The only time I asked of him was in the last quarter mile and he responded."   Sicily (Kakaley) took the hard-luck second place position while Maurice (Lachance) was third.   Trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Kj Stables LLC, J Eagle Feather (Bettor's Delight-Town Feather) picked up a nice check for $19,600 his first place effort.   He has been in the money three times in four career appearances.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, Nobettorplacetobe tripped the timer in a solid 1:54.3 time to register the $7.20 decision for driver John Cummings Jr.   In the other leg, Coaster (Kakaley) posted a popular $2.20 score in 1:58.1.   Tonite We Rock covered the mile in 1:57.4 for driver Jack Flanigen to take the $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series event.   Kakaley and Morrill Jr. each finished the evening with driving triples.   Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of summer. Another sure sign of summer is the arrival of the harness racing New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway.   Wednesday night, the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers invade Buffalo Raceway to begin the first of eight different divisions of the New York Sire Stakes that will visit the half-mile oval at the Erie County Fairgrounds now through the close of the meet on Sunday, July 26.   There are three divisions of the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Wednesday that will be worth $105,000 total. The three legs has attracted big-name drivers along with some top horses which are eligible for North America Cup and/or Meadowlands Pace.   They'll be gunning for the track records as well as a nice payday. The 3-year-old gelding pace record is 1:53.4 set by Murder He Wrote in 2014 while the 3-year-old colt mark is 1:52.3 established by Steelhead Hanover in 2012. That clocking is also the all-aged pacing track standard.   The opening race on the 13-card will be the first Sire Stakes test and will feature Ultimate G, a third place finisher at Tioga Downs in his last attempt. In the money in all four starts this season, Jim Morrill Jr. will guide Ultimate G as the 2-1 choice, the only entrant in the field of seven with a victory in 2015.   Americanprimetime is Meadowlands Pace eligible and will score from the five post for driver Rick Dane Jr. Americanprime (American Ideal-Prime Xample A) broke stride in his last outing in the Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs and lost any chance.   The back half of the early daily double will also feature the boys. K-Rock is the early choice at 8-5 with Matt Kakaley scheduled to drive. K-Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sunduel A) has a win and two second place finishes in his three appearances thus far this season. On May 17 in Sire Stakes competition at Tioga, K-Rock scorched a 1:23 time to the three-quarter marker but stalled out and finished in second just a half-length behind National Seelster.   Berkley is the top threat in the race for driver Mark MacDonald. A winner of $118,470 last season, Berkley (Art Major-Monterey) has been saddled with bad posts in his last two starts but should be a factor after drawing better this time. He'll start out of the four spot.   The last Sire Stakes contest, set as the fourth race, will feature Sicily (Art Major-Capri Hanover) who won the Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs on May17 in 1:51.1. Sicily, the 8-5 morning line favorite, will be driven by Matt Kakaley. A winner of over $114,000 in his young career, the Ron Burke trained Sicily could be using this race as a tune up for the prestigious North America Cup starting at June 13 at Mohawk Raceway along with the Meadowlands Pace.   The main challenger in the mile race could come from If You Want Fire who is also eligible for the Meadowlands Pace. With over $77,000 in the bank thus far in his lifetime, If You Want Fire (Bettor's Delight-Dream Of Treasure), will start from the six post for Brett Miller, who will be in the sulky for trainer Casie Coleman.   There will also be two $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior 'A' Series for the 3-year-old colt and geldings and a $6,800 'B' Series race.   There are 13 races on tap with post time set for 5 p.m.   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. --- Western Alumni got a perfect pocket-sitting trip from harness racing driver Jim McNeight and notched a surprising $46.40 victory in 1:54.2 over a fast track in the $10,500 Open pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (May 23).   With the field shortened to five due to the scratch of Jokerman, Western Alumni tried to take the top from outside. The heavily-favored and rail-riding Cobble Beach, however, was ready and willing to hand out some parking tickets.   Western Alumni was throttled down and managed to find a seat in the garden spot just before the quarter-pole as Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) was in charge of the fractions with times of 28.1, 57.0 and 1:26.0.   With a final panel to go, Western Alumni tipped from the outside and managed to wear down second place finisher Cobble Beach by a length in 1:54.2. Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) took the show spot.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) now has three victories in 2015. It moved the 7-year-old gelding's earnings to $24,226 this year and $233,714 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, Lucky Nadotremblay ($4.10) found the front end to his liking as he went gate-to-wire in 1:54.3.   Scoring from the rail, Lucky Nadotremblay (Jack Flanigen) had no issues getting the lead and posted times of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:26.3. There were a line of pacers ready for the stretch drive but Lucky Nadotremblay had an extra gear and held back the remaining field of four at bay.   Unicorn Hanover (Shawn McDonough) managed to get up for the place spot with Peenie (Shawn Gray) in third.   Co-owned by Paul and Ronald Louis Viele, Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissfull Hall-Periella Hanover) has now four wins on the campaign and $31,194 in the bank. The 5-year-old horse also has made $93,583 in his career.   Racing resumes on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card scheduled for 5 p.m.   The New York Sire Stakes makes its first appearance of the season on Wenesday with the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers set to square off in three divisions worth $39,000 each. There will also be several Excelsior Series events on tap as well in both the 'A' and 'B' classifications.   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. --- It's been quite a streak for Justgottogetthere in 2015 at Buffalo Raceway and the amazing harness racing journey continued on a crisp Wednesday night (May 20).   For the seventh time in 12 starts, Justgottogetthere landed in the winner's circle after hanging on for a nose victory over the fast-closing BZ Glide in the $9,500 conditioned trot. Besides the seven wins, Justgottogetthere has finished in second place four times as well this season.   After being assigned the seven post, driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere had to battle with Talladega Hanover to get to the top. Posting splits of 28.4, 59.4 and 1:29.4, there were several in perfect position ready to pick off Justgottogetthere in the stretch.   Northern Bullet was first over heading into the stretch with BZ Glide following his live cover in hopes of catching the front-stepping Justgottogetthere. Northern Bullet was the initial threat but tailed off to finish third for Jack Flanigen.   Next up was BZ Glide. In his first pari-mutel start of the season, BZ Glide went three-wide in the lane and had plenty of trot. But unfortunately, he ran out of real estate, finishing a nostril behind the big-hearted Justgottogethere ($5.30).   Owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC, Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) tripped the timer in 1:59.1 over the fast track in registering the win. The decision upped the 6-year-old gelding's earnings to $40,437 in 2015 and $178,919 lifetime. Jerry Nugent Jr. handled the training duties.   In the co-featured $9,500 conditioned/optional claimer for the fillies and mares, Eyemajet was on engine in the stretch to take a narrow head win over It's De Lovely in 1:58.0.   The favored A Cameo In Life cut the fractions with times of 29.4, 59.4 and 1:29.2 but Eyemajet, trained and driven by Shawn Gray, stalked the pace the final half mile. In the stretch, A Cameo In Life threw in the towel while Eyemajet ($12.60) roared by the pace-setter.   The triumph didn't come easy as Eyemajet had to hold off the late charge by It's De Lovely (David McNeight III). She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight) took the show spot.   The 6-year-old mare Eyemajet (Jereme's Jet-Aahptometrist) has now three victories in 16 tries in 2015, earning $23,326 and upping her career bankroll to $213,603.   In the seventh race, Surfers Paradise pulled a shocker with a $222.50 win for driver Mike Caprio.   Racing will resume on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set for 6:35 p.m.   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. --- Driver Drew Monti let Rockstar Temper and Thisoneandonemore watch their competition do the dirty work but they each reaped the benefits in the end to highlight the featured harness racing events at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 16th).   Rockstar Temper took the $10,500 Open Pace with a 3/4-length win over Jokerman in a seasonal best 1:54.4 while in the $9,500 Open II Pace, Thisoneandonemore got up in the shadow of the wire to notch the victory in 1:55.2.   The victories by Rockstar Temper and Thisoneandonemore allowed Monti to sweep the early daily double, which returned $22.60. Monti finished the night with four trips to the winner's circle.   In the opener, Jokerman (Jack Flanigen) set sail from the rail and posted fractions of 29.2, 58.0 and 1:27.0. Rockstar Temper ($5.20) sat the pocket and tipped out to collar the pace-setting Jokerman. Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) was along for third.   It was the third win in 12 starts this season for Rockstar Temper (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper). The 7-year-old is owned by James Carll Caradon and trained by Darrin Monti. The gelding has earned $32,600 this year and $321,913 lifetime.   It was almost an instant replay of the first race in the back half of the early double as Thisoneandonemore ($11.80) sat in the garden spot behind the front-stepping Lucky Nadotremblay Shawn McDonough). This time, instead of tipping to the outside, Monti used the passing lane with the Blissful Hall gelding to win by a neck.   Lucky Nadotrembley was a 'tough luck' second while Charliesandjimmys (Kevin Cummings) rallied for third place.   Thisoneandonemore is owned by David Miller and is conditioned by Ryan Shafer. The 6-year-old gelding, fresh off two wins and a second at Northfield, has now won four times in 2015 tries, earning $21,013.   McNeight, Cummings, Shawn Gray and Ron Beback Jr. all had driving doubles on the program.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 13-race card set for 5 p.m. 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

Kevin Cummings domination at Buffalo Raceway continued on Friday night as he guided home another three winners but it was the 20-year-old Drew Monti who sprung the huge upsets to share the spotlight.   Monti posted a trio of stunning upset wins as he steered McArdle Direct ($160.50), Hurtin Albertan ($13.00) and Little Myra ($17.40) to surprise decisions.   Monti now sits in third place in the driver's race with 82 trips to the winner's circle this season.   Trainer/driver Denny Bucceri lit up the tote board in the 10th race as he drove Kely Jo Wiz to an $84.00 victory.   Ray Fisher Jr. also was a part of the wild night at the Hamburg half-mile oval as he notched a $41.40 victory on Carson City Road.   The average win price at Buffalo Raceway Friday night was a whopping $31.20 with the last four races averaging $69.20.   Meanwhile, Cummings, who had a career year in 2014 with 334 victories and over $1.55 million in earnings on the Western New York circuit, continues to be on track to smash his all-time marks.   Last year on this date, the 44-year-old had 91 wins and over $442,000 in earnings. Currently, Cummings has eye-popping numbers with 147 victories through 49 race dates, good for 11th nationally, and over $652,000 in purses.   The most wins in a season at Buffalo Raceway is 214 set back in 2006 by Jim Morrill Jr. With 43 racing days left in the 2015 campaign, Cummings is on pace to crush that mark.   Besides easily sitting atop the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings, Cummings is also the leader nationally in UDR with a mark of .404 for those with over 500 starts.   Cummings scored Friday night aboard Terracina AS ($7.70), Always An Optimist ($3.10) and Spring Terror ($2.40).   Jim McNeight also had a driving double.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 12-race program slated for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race results and replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

It wasn't easy but Justgottogetthere managed to narrowly 'get to' the finish line before anyone else and take the $9,500 conditioned trot at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 13th) in 1:59.1 over the fast track.   In the co-featured $9,500 fillies and mares conditioned pace, Ugly Betty continued to dominate the division with another impressive victory.   This week, she cruised to a 3-1/4 length score over A Cameo In Life in 1:56.3.   The opener saw Justgottogetthere and driver Jim McNeight use their typical tactics, racing to the top and set the fractions.   After posting panels of 29.2, 1:00.0 and 1:29.4, the duo was prepared to take on challengers in the final quarter mile.   The pocket-sitting Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) gobbled up ground down the passing lane but finished in second place just a head behind the leg-weary but game Justgottogetthere ($5.10).   Northern Bullet (Jack Flanigen) had a great chance as well but drifted out badly in the stretch and settled for third.   It was the sixth victory in 11 appearances this season for Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme), who has missed the board just once in 2015.   The 6-year-old gelding is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $35,387 and $173,869 lifetime.   Ugly Betty (David McNeight III) proved to be the best once again in the co-featured pace for the ladies.   She was assigned the outside seven post, was parked the first quarter mile and that made no difference.   Once driver Kevin Cummings got Ugly Betty to the lead, it was a battle for second place.   After being given a parking ticket by A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) to the quarter marker, Ugly Betty ($6.20) cleared and registered times of 28.4, 58.0 and 1:27.3.   She enjoyed a three-length edge at the top of the stretch and never looked back.   A Cameo In Life managed to take the place position while V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) finished third. It was the first pari-mutuel start for Tomaszewski.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) has won seven times in 15 tries in 2015.   The 7-year-old mare has now won $39,439 this season and $210,912 in her career. Rex Clabaugh handled the training duties.   The racing will resume on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jettison was sent off as the heavy 1-9 harness racing favorite in the $25,000 Niatross Invitational Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (May 9) and the 6-year-gelding didn't disappoint on that promise in delivering a 1-1/2 length decision in 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Using a big closing kick to take the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series title back on April 25th, Jettison ($2.30) powered his way past Goddess's Justin (Shawn Gray) and Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen) in the stretch to take the Invitational title.   "He was loaded and I was confident coming off the (final) turn that no one was going to catch him," winning driver Kevin Cummings said of Jettison. "I wasn't worried at all about (second place finisher) Goddess's Justin on the inside."   Secluded Island set the tempo with splits of 29.0, 58.0 and 1:27.2 but felt the pressure on the outside at the three-quarter pole. Jettison was on rim, going eyeball to eyeball with the pace-setter and then easily pulled away, leaving eventual runner up Goddess's Justin and Secluded Island in his wake.   Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison (Jereme's Jet-Piazzacato) has notched six victories in 15 starts in 2015, earning $40,560. Darren Taneyhill handled the training duties.   Youwillwishyouhad continues to add to his impressive resume after going gate-to-wire in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned pace in 1:54.4, tying his seasonal mark. It was his second straight front-running win.   With the victory, Youwillwishyouhad ($6.30) has now won seven times in 11 appearances this season. Since the beginning of 2014, the 4-year-old gelding has had 39 starts, winning 18 times and finishing out of the money just seven times.   Assigned the seven post, Cummings was intent on getting to the lead with Youwillwishyouhad and got there with mild resistance from Jokerman (Jim McNeight).   Setting the fractions of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:26.3, Youwillwishyouhad registered a blistering 28.1 final panel which kept the remaining six competitors a safe distance behind at the wire. Bahama Bay (David McNeight III) finished in second a non-threatening 1-1/2 lengths behind while Jokerman took the show spot.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Youwillwishyouhad (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has earned $35,690 this year and $104,857 in his career.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race card 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. --- Kevin Cummings registered four wins and Jim Morrill Jr. posted a driving triple to take the spotlight during the 12-race harness racing program at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (May 8).   Cummings, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, steered Farmerssixfournine ($17.00), Whitesand Noble ($10.60), Bet On Me Hanover ($4.00) and Sleep Talker ($5.00) to victories. Cummings now had 137 wins on the season and leads runner up Shawn Gray by 58 victories. The margin is 137-79.   Morrill Jr. swept the chalky early daily double ($8.10) aboard Historian ($5.00) and The Bronx Bumper ($3.20) then later scored with OK Braveheart ($4.10).   Something has to give on Saturday night when the $25,000 Niatross Series Invitational pace goes off in the ninth race at Buffalo Raceway.   After literally battling in two series over the past three months, the top four qualifiers from each leg return for bragging rights and the lion's share of the $25,000 pot. Dedalos and Jettison, winner's of the 'A' and 'B' Series respectively, hope to be wearing the overall crown when the dust settles. But there are several others lurking who are more than capable of spoiling the dreams of the two division winners.   Dedalos, who won the 'A' Series back on March 7th in 1:57.3, had three wins and a second place finish in the 'B' Series. Unfortunately for her, the lone setback came in the finals where Jettison rallied to take the length victory in 1:56.0.   It won't be easy for Dedalos, however, as the 11-year-old gelding drew the eight post with Jim McNeight in the bike. They are 9-2 on the morning line. The series has been a profitable one thus far for Dedlaos as he's made $33,974 thanks to five wins in 13 attempts.   Jettison and coupled entry-mate Delightful Caitlin (2-2A) are the 5-2 choice on the morning line thanks to the giant comeback win in the 'B' Series finals on April 25th. Sitting seventh at the half, Jettison began to roll three-wide at the three-quarter marker and put up a 28.4 final panel to collar Dedalos.   Owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison is trained by Darren Taneyhill. Jettison has five victories on the season and $28,310 in the bank.   While Jettison and Dedalos look for another showdown, there are several others that could prove to be flies in the ointment.   Secluded Island is the second choice at 3-1 and drew the rail with driver Jack Flanigen in the sulky. The 11-year-old gelding has four wins and a pair of second place finishes in his last seven starts and has produced over $640,000 in lifetime earnings. Secluded Island set the pace in the 'B' finals on April 25th but flamed out to finish fourth.   Full Circle Spirit had a pair of wins in the 'B' series qualifying rounds but must overcome the seven post with driver Shawn McDonough. He is part of a coupled entry (1-1A) along with the always dangerous It Was An Honor.   Here's the field from inside post outward: Secluded Island (Flanigen), Goddess's Justin (Shawn Gray), It Was An Honor (David McNeight III), Jettison (Kevin Cummings), Delightful Caitlin (Ron Beback Jr.), KC Colt (Drew Monti), Full Circle Spirit (McDonough) and Dedalos (McNeight).   The Niatross Series Invitational tops the great card on tap Saturday night with 12 races going to the post at 6:35 p.m.The $9,500 conditioned pace opens the program with Youwillwishyouhad the early 3-1 choice from the seven post.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race results and replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a two race drought, Ugly Betty returned to her winning ways by posting an easy 3-1/2 length victory over V'La Faire in the $9,500 conditioned pace for the harness racing  fillies and mares at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 6).   Battling the boys one week and being straddled with a bad post in her next start, Ugly Betty was primed for a big effort against the five other mares. She didn't disappoint.   Sitting sixth and last, Ugly Betty (David McNeight III) got into gear early and was pressing as the field reached the half in 58.2. From there, Ugly Betty ($4.40) remained on the outside and slowly pulled away from the pack, notching a 1:56.0 final time over the fast track. V'La Faire (Drew Monti) placed second while A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) took third.   Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) is owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone. It was also the first career training victory for Rex Clabaugh.The 7-year-old mare has six wins in 14 appearances this season, winning $33,189 and $207,662 lifetime.   In the $7,900 Open II pace for the ladies, Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) managed to grind out a neck victory over the pace-setting Kisses N Kicks (McNeight III) in 1:56.3.   After watching Kisses N Kicks put up fractions of 29.0, 59.0 and 1:28.3 from third place, Infrontigo Hanover ($8.70) was the first to make a move in the field of six, tipping out at the three-quarter marker. She eventually wore down Kisses N Kicks midway down the lane to post the victory. Real Joy (Kevin Cummings) took the show position.   Owned by the Summer Wind Stable of New York and trainer Bob Gruber III, it was the second straight victory for Infrontigo Hanover (Western Hanover-Ifyoucouldcwhati C). It moved the 7-year-old mare's bankroll to $19,915 in 2015 and $163,536 lifetime.   Initial Strike got his 'initial' win for his new owners Mike Ohol Jr. and Steven Gross after posting a hard fought half-length victory over Studio City in the $7,900 Open III trot in 2:00.1. It was also the fifth consecutive score for Initial Strike.   Hunter Valley, Leave York Mark and Fiorentina all tussled to the opening panel in a quick 28.4. The trio, however, were nowhere to be found in the end as the race set up perfectly for the closers.   Initial Strike ($7.30) was in the perfect spot in the drive for the wire. Driver Drew Monti went three-wide around the final turn with Initial Strike and had plenty of horse power to smartly trot away for the decision. Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) finished in second and September Hall (Shawn McDonough) took the show spot.   Trained by Courtney Ohol, the 10-year-old Initial Strike (Striking Sahbra-Donaver) now has registered five victories in 14 starts this season, earning $19,540 and $247,975 in his career.   McNeight III finished the evening with a driving triple.   A 12-race card is scheduled for Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a start time of 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race results and replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Hamburg, NY - On a night where the track was lightning fast all night there were some very big winners on the harness racing program at Buffalo Raceway. Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover) returned to pari-mutual action this week after a valiant qualifying effort last week with Michael Caprio driving. When the gates swung open tonight Fireyourguns went right to the lead and never looked back. At the ½ Bahama Bay (Drew Monti) tried to make his presence felt and was joined by Mach Stockn Barrel (Kevin Cummings) on the outside. When they reached the back stretch it was obvious that the field was too tough for Mach Stockn Barrel never advanced. Fireyourguns set some wicked fractions early in the race and continued that strong effort when they passed ¾ in 1:25 3/5. Turning for home it looked like Lucky Nadotremblay might pull off the shocker from the perfect pocket ride, but Fireyourguns dropped and hit another gear stopping the clock in 1:53 3/5 just missing the track record by 1/5 of a second. Bahama Bay closed strongly to finish a game 3rd. Fireyourguns is trained by Terrance McClory and owned by Terence P McClory and Jennifer and Robert Lowe. In the co-featured Open II pace Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) continued his dominance after being parked the mile last week and finishing 5th. He left and cleared before the ¼ and had no issue getting to the top spot. At the ½ Salazar made his move and was followed by Bakken who never advanced. Going up the back stretch Unicorn Hanover challenged, but stalled and tried to come back on in the stretch to no avail. Youwillwishyouhad is trained by James Clouser Jr. and owned by Leonard Segall of Clearwater, FL. Racing resumes on Wednesday with a first post of 5:00 PM featuring $3.00 food specials at the Clubhouse Sports Bar. By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway

On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, harness racing driver Kevin Cummings showed he was up for any challenge by winning 5 races on the Friday night program at Buffalo Raceway. Kevin started the night off with a very nice victory in the opener with the thirteen year old Haste. He took back early in the mile to set the pocket and then came closing home late to win in 2:00 1/5. Kevin's biggest winner of the night was aboard Terracina As (Allstar Hall-Madeleine It). She made her move going towards the quarter and got caught outside going up the backstretch the last time. When turning for home she looked like a beaten race horse, but was able to power past R A's Shakenbake (Ron Beback Jr.) late to win by a length. Kevin also won with Instant Thrill ($7.30), Dry Ice ($2.90), and Sir Altb Z Tam ($2.50). Saturday nights card at Buffalo Raceway is very strong opens up with the Horses & Geldings Open which features the return of Fireyourguns. Fireyourguns only raced in a couple of starts in 2014 at Buffalo, but was dominating in each performance. Fireyourguns qualified effortlessly last week under a hand drive by driver Michael Caprio. He faces a tough group of other Open horses including Mach Stockn Barrel who has been very consistent as of late and is returning to Buffalo after a tough trip at Mohawk. The co-featured pacing event of the night is the Open II pace where Youwillwishyouhad returns trying to continue his dominance. He had a very good start to the season and then sort of tailed off for a couple of weeks after getting sick. Trainer James Clouser Jr. brings this horse in off a race where he was parked the majority of the mile. Also dropping in against him this week is Unicorn Hanover who is having a very slow start to 2015 and looks to rebound from the inside post. Join Buffalo Raceway for Western New York's biggest Kentucky Party beginning at 10 AM on Saturday. Live racing at the Hamburg-Oval on Saturday is at 6:35 PM. By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway

Hamburg, NY - Last week at Buffalo Raceway it was all about harness racing girl power in the featured trot, this week the boys showed Serendipitous how it was done. Serendipitous (Kevin Cummings) broke at the start of the $8,500 co-featured trot allowing others to take a stab at the big prize. After she broke stride Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) had to battle Vagra (Doug Ackley) early on and was used very hard to get to the lead. When they went past the quarter McNeight finally got Justgottogetthere and set some pretty easy fractions going to the ¼ in 29 1/5. When no one decided to move going up the back stretch Northern Bullet (Shawn Gray) decided he had enough of the slow pace and moved out first over. Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) followed with cover and both attempted to take the lead from Justgottogetthere who would give it up. Turning for home though Shawn Gray stepped into over-drive and Northern Bullet took off winning by a length over Justgottogetthere who had to settle for 2nd and a hard closing Studio City was 3rd. They completed the mile in 1:58 2/5. The victory gives Northern Bullet his 3rd win of the year for owner Tessa Roland of Grinnell, IA and trainer J D Perrin. In the featured pacing event of the night A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) managed to pull off a mild upset. Ugly Betty returned to take on the mares this week and her normal early speed just was not there. A Cameo In Life went right to the lead early on, but Fiftyonefifty (Jack Flanigen) wouldn't just let that happen and took the lead past the ¼. When they moved past the ½ mile marker Kevin Cummings and A Cameo In Life had re taken the lead and tried to slow them down going to the ½ in 58 2/5. Ugly Betty made her move going into the turn the final turn, and looked strong, but flattened out in the stretch. A Cameo In Life had to watch out for hard closing Dontch Remember (Shawn McDonough) and Eyemajet (Shawn Gray), but held on just long enough to secure the victory in 1:57 3/5. A Cameo In Life has now won 7 of 14 starts in 2015. He is owned by Clark Siminski of Buffalo New York and trained by Kirk Desmond. Live racing returns to the Hamburg-Oval on Friday night with a first post of 6:35 PM. Buffalo Raceway on the fairgrounds in Hamburg races on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway

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

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

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

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