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

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

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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing veteran Peenie found out if at first you don't first succeed, try, try again. After starting three times off the rail in his last four starts, Peenie attempted to go wire-to-wire in each start but couldn't complete the task.   But Saturday night (March 21) in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway, driver Kevin Cummings gave Peenie another chance on the front end and he passed the test with a length victory over Giant Sculpture in 1:57 over the sloppy track.   Peter Pumpkineater briefly took the lead in the race to the opening quarter pole, but Peenie wasted no time in re-taking and reaching the half in a brisk 57.4. The closers were in perfect position to challenge in the stretch but Peenie showed no quit and posted the win over Giant Sculpture (Shawn Gray). Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third.   It was the first victory in eight tries this season for Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) and the 50th of his career. Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelding has now earned $12,470 in 2015 and $644,849 lifetime.   In the $8,800 conditioned sub featured pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) used a slick move between the opening quarter and the half to take the lead and never looked back to score a 1-1/4 length decision over Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:58.2.   Sitting in third approaching the top of the stretch the first time, Lucky Nadotremblay was able to slip thorugh along the inside as King Otra (Drew Monti) and American Bull (Cummings) battled three-wide.   Taking over the lead to the half, Lucky Nadotremblay ($19.60) enjoyed a two-length edge at the top of the lane and was in cruise control to the finish. Bakken used a late kick to take second while Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) finished in third.   The victory was the third in nine starts this season for Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissful Hall-Periella Hanover). Owned by the Nickel City Ranch Stable, the 5-year-old horse is trained by Ron Van Wagoner. The win upped his 2015 bankroll to $15,488 and $77,977 in his career.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m at Buffalo Raceway.   For more information including race replays, the latest news, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Friday nights continued to be 'fright nights' for the chalk players at Buffalo Raceway as the long shots dominated the 12-race harness racing card once again.   Post time favorites have been victorious just 11 times in the past three Friday night programs. There were eight double digit win mutuels this week (March 20) with Lady Jill (Shawn Gray) topping the list with a $33.40 price. The average win price on the night was $12.50.   Shawn McDonough returned this week from Pompano Park and led the hit parade with three driving victories. He guided Columia County ($12.60), Real Joy ($12.80) and America Ferrera ($16.40) to upset wins.   Drivers Ron Beback Jr., Shawn Gray, Jack Flanigen and Kevin Cummings all doubled.   Brandi Somerville had a training double.   Racing will return on Saturday night with a 12-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Lutetium is a known front-runner and Justgottogetthere is a known closer. You figured something had to give. Nothing did. The harness racing pair couldn't settle their differences as Lutetium and Justgottogetthere finished in a dead heat for the victory in 1:58.3 over the fast track in the $8,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (March 18).   Lutetium, starting in the eight post with Kevin Cummings in the sulky, managed to get to the lead while Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) was able to drop into the garden spot behind the pace-setter. Lutetium set the splits with times of 29.1, 59.1 and 1:28.9.   It boiled down to a two-horse race down the stretch with Lutetium ($6.50) begging for the wire while Justgottogetthere ($5.10) was charging on the outside. Nothing was settled in the photo as the pair battled to a draw. The Bronx Bumper (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished in third.   Lutetium, a 16-time winner in 2014, hit the winner's circle for the first time in 2015 after four previous attempts. The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Collen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw.   Justgottogetthere has now won four out of seven starts this season. He's a 6-year-old gelding owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing with Jerry Nugent Jr. the conditioner.   In the co-featured $8,500 pace for fillies and mares, it took another photo to separate the winners but his time the picture produced a victor as Sadie's Place ($12.60) had just enough in the tank to hold of Fiftyonefifty by a head.   Sadie's Place (Shawn Gray) had little trouble reaching the top from the four post. Settling back and enjoying the crisp Western New York air, Sadie's Place notched fractions of 28.4, 58.2 and 1:27.4 and welcomed any challengers.   Watching the action from second place, Fiftyonefifty was the lone threat and made a charge late in the lane but ran out of real estate, coming up a head short. Bad Girl Vegas (Drew Monti) took the show position.   With the win, the second in nine tries in 2015, Sadie's Place has earned $13,110 this season and $322,090 lifetime. The 10-year-old mare is owned by Barry Franklin and trained by Darren Taneyhill.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 12-race program on tap.   For more information inlcuding the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Mach Stockn Barrel made it two straight convincing victories and King Otra regained his throne to take the spotlight in the co-featured $8,800 conditioned paces at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 14).   In the opener, Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) watched patiently from the back of the pack as Jokerman posted wicked fractions of 27.3, 58.2 and 1:28 over the sloppy track.   Jokerman (Kevin Cummings) put away the first-over challenge of Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) at the top of the stretch but Mach Stockn Barrel, four-length winner on March 7th, was just getting into high gear.   The hot splits started to take its toll on Jokerman and Mach Stockn Barrel ($8.50) took advantage, blasting by to register the length decision in 1:57.0 Jokerman held on for second while Terlingua (Drew Monti) took the show position.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the fifth win in eight starts this season for Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic). The 4-year-old gelding has now won $20,776 in 2015 and $45,357 lifetime.   Youwillwishyouhad (Cummings Jr.) did all the dirty work on the front end but it was King Otra (Monti) who cleaned up in the end to post the win in 1:58.0.   Setting the tempo with times of 28.2, 59.1 and 1:28.4, Youwillwishyouhad had the pocket-sitting King Otra ($8.50) breathing down his neck until mid stretch. Monti then tipped King Otra to the outside and paced away from Youwillwishyouhad by 1-3/4 lengths. Southwind Whiski (David McNeight III) finished in third.   With the victory, King Otra (Western Ideal-Queen Otra) has been victorious three times in eight appearances this year and has won $19,464 and $223,062 lifetime. The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Barbara Russo and trained by Neal Russo.   The tote board worked overtime in the second race as Lee Dahn drove Thisoneandonemore to a $73.00 victory. American Bull (Cummings Jr.) finished in second at 40-1 while 13-1 shot OK Braveheart (McNeight) took a show dough to complete the $2,159.00 trifecta for a buck.   In the seventh race, Put It In Gear (Cummings Jr.) went gate-to-wire from the eight post and paid a healthy $90.00 to his backers.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with the 12-race program getting underway at 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. --- Dontch Remember didn't forget. In just her second race of the harness racing season, Dontch Remember found her way back to the winner's circle as she rolled to an easy 2-1/4 length win over Cameron Lucky in the $8,500 pace for the fillies and mares at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (March 11).   Dontch Remember used a perfect drive by Jim Morrill Jr. to register the victory, the 13th of her career.   Sitting third behind the front-stepping Cameron Lucky (Kevin Cummings), Dontch Remember tipped out and started gobble up ground as the field rolled to the three-quarter marker.   In the lane, Dontch Remember ($6.00) left little doubt of who was the best as the 5-year-old mare was in cruise control, using a 29.4 last panel to post a 1:59.0 time over the good track. Cameron Lucky held on for second while You're Too Funny (Jack Flanigen) finished in third.   Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the win was the first of the season for Dontch Remember (Western Terror - Dreamsicle), now a winner of $83,619 lifetime.   In the co-featured $8,500 trot, Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) relinquished the lead but never gave up in rallying back for a 1-1/2 decision over Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) in 2:01.3.   Enjoying the lead through the first half mile of action, Aruba Vacation could just watch as Flaming Yankee (Shawn Gray) took command at the three-quarter pole but had some bad luck with broken equipment, fading to sixth.   Aruba Vacation ($14.80) pounced on the opportunity and won the drive to the line, holding off Justgottogetthere while Diamonds For Life (Cummings) was third.   Owned by the Howard Stables and trained by Guy Howard, it was the first win in six tries in 2015 for Aruba Vacation (Dream Vacation - Dixie Hit). The 8-year-old gelding has now won $5,750 this season and $531,788 lifetime.   Racing will resume on Friday night when a 12-race card will be presented at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Veteran pacer Dedalos, the oldest in the the field, teamed up with a 20-year-old rising driving star, Drew Monti, to win the $26,250 final of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 7).   "Dedalos was on full tilt tonight," Monti said after the race. "It was a big purse and I was driving to make sure he won."   Dedalos, an 11-year-old gelding, let Goddess's Justin take the lead briefly just before the quarter, but Monti wasn't happy with the pocket and aggressively regained the top. The pair then settled in and set times of 29.1, 58.4 and 1:28.2 and were ready for any assault that might be coming their way down the stretch. Nothing developed.   Monti kept Dedalos ($8.20) on task in the lane and confidently drove him to the win in 1:57.4 over the good track. He beat Goddess's Justin (Jack Flanigen) by a length while It Was An Honor (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) finished third.   "At the three-quarter pole, I knew I had it won," Monti said. "I was worried about (post-time favorite) One Chaser because a couple of weeks ago when I was driving Nora Lee, he went right on by me." That threat never materialized as One Chaser finished fifth.   Owned by Louis Frascella and trained by Michelle Gramza, Dedalos (Artiscape-My Tina) has now earned $17,649 this year and improved his lifetime earnings to $360,262 lifetime.   Dedalos, Goddess's Justin, It Was An Honor and fourth place finisher Delightful Caitlin (Ron Beback Jr.) will return this spring and will battle the top four finishers in the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series "B" in a $25,000 Invitational.   The $10,000 Niatross Knockout Claiming Series consolation race went to Ms. Luck (Kevin Cummings) in 1:59.0. The front-running Ms. Luck ($6.00) made every step a winning one as she defeated Whitesand Noble (John Cummings Jr.) by a neck with Dragon Ridge (Shawn Gray) finishing in third.   Ms. Luck, 9-year-old mare, is co-owned by trainer Bob Gruber III and Eric Ruppert.   There were a pair of $8,800 paces as sub-features on the 13-race program.   It was no laughing matter in the opener as Jokerman (Jim McNeight) made it two straight wins by going gate-to-wire in beating Lucky Nodotremblay (Wrenn) by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.2. Kennairn Buckwheat (Monti) finished in third.   Jokerman, who has been been in the money in all eight starts in 2015, now has three victories on the year. The 6-year-old gelding was in the barn of Richard, Randy and Robert Roth for just two weeks but was claimed out of the race for the $20,000 tag by Tessa Roland. Jokerman's earnings are now $19,689 on the season.   In the other $8,800 pace, Peter Pumpkineater (Cummings Jr.) used a ground-saving trip around the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval and nailed Ugly Betty in deep stretch to register the win in 1:56.3. Terlingua (Monti) rallied for the show dough.   Ugly Betty, the lone mare in the field of seven, posted splits of 28.0, 56.3 and 1:26.2. It was a mad dash to the line with Peter Pumpkineater ($7.60) sneaking through down the passing lane to hand Ugly Betty a 1-3/4 length loss.   Peter Pumpkineater, a winner of $16,194 in 2015, is owned by Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland. It was the third win in seven starts this season for the 7-year-old gelding who is trained by JD Perrin.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program 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. --- Harness racing fans in Western New York are in for a treat Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway as defending United States dash driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. comes to the Hamburg half-mile oval and will battle the red-hot Kevin Cummings in what is the best card of the 2015 season thus far.   Wrenn Jr., who had 847 victories last year to win the crown, is off to another excellent start in 2015. He sits in third place in the national dash standings with 144 victories. He trails leader Aaron Merriman who has 152 wins and Corey Callahan who has 145 victories.   In 2014, Wrenn Jr. was successful during his time at Buffalo Raceway. He produced 48 victories in 153 starts with $226,185 in earnings and a gaudy UDR of .467. Wrenn Jr. sports an overall UDR of .401 this season.   Cummings, who is the runaway leader in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings with 63, is coming off a seven-win night on Wednesday. He is currently producing victories at a 30 percent clip.   In 211 starts in 2015, Cummings has 63 wins, 29 second place finishes and 34 show spots for a UDR of .429 which puts him 5th nationally. His closest rival locally is Billy Dobson with 45 wins, but he has returned to Saratoga Raceway. Cummings has earned over $250,000 in purses already this year.   Back on Friday, February 6th, Cummings scored his 3,000th career victory aboard Most Happy Rider and he's making a beeline toward 4,000 quickly.   Since the start of the 2014 season, Cummings has amassed 234 wins at Buffalo Raceway and 397 on the Western New York circuit. His nearest rival during that span is Ron Beback Jr. who has 164 victories.   Wrenn Jr. and Cummings will go head-to-head in 11 of 13 races Saturday night. Wrenn Jr. isn't scheduled to drive in the ninth and 13th races.   There's some great racing on tap as well with the $26,200 Niatross Knockout Claiming Series final set with One Chaser (Cummings) the morning line favorite at 2-1.   One Chaser, the 1-9 choice in last week's semi-finals, was stunned by Delightful Caitlin (Beback Jr.). One Chaser, however, had the fastest time in the series with a 1:57.3.   Besides One Chaser and Delightful Caitlin, the remaining field includes Dedalos (Drew Monti), Nora Lee (Greg Merton), It Was An Honor (Wrenn Jr.), Goddess's Justin (Jack Flanigen), Shaolin Master (John Cummings Jr.) and Jettison (Shawn T. Gray). The finals will go off as the 8th race.   The top four finishers in this race will return for a $25,000 Invitational later this season. They will go against the top four finishers in another Niatross Knockout Claiming Series which gets underway in a few weeks.   The racing begins on Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. with 13 events scheduled.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Valorscross continued his impressive climb up the trotting ranks at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (March 4) as the 4-year-old gelding made it a perfect 5-for-5 on the season with a neck victory over Justgottogetthere in the featured $9,500 trot in 2:00.2 over the sloppy track.   It was a great night for Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings as well as he registered seven victories on the night.   Arriving from Woodbine to start his 2015 campaign, Valorscross ($4.50) began the year at the $3,200 level at Buffalo Raceway and has passed every stiffer test along the way. Wednesday night was his biggest challenge yet but scored another A+.   After watching Northern Spark and Aruba Vacation battle it out to the quarter pole in 29.2, Valorscross (Cummings) could wait no more and took command and put up a time of 1:02 to the half and 1:30.4 to the three-quarter marker.   Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight), in the meantime, started a first over trip to the three-quarter marker, bringing Armed Dangerously in tow to get within striking distance.   In the stretch, Justgottogetthere managed to poke a head in front but the never-say-die Valorscross battled back to regain the lead and score the neck win. Justgottogetthere finished second while Armed Dangerously (Jim Morrill Jr.) took third..   Valorscross (Comaro Dasolo-Poppea) is owned by Guy Polillo and is trained by John Mungillo. The victory pushed his bankroll to $13,050 this season and $114,074 lifetime.   In the co-featured $8,700 Fillies and Mares Open II Pace, Justatequilatalkin (David McNeight III) rallied to put a head in front in the shadow of the wire and nip SA Lowe (Morrill Jr.) in 1:59.2.   The race was basically a three-horse break away with a quarter-mile to pace as Cameron Luck set the fractions. Justatequilatalkin and SA Lowe both stalked the pace throughout and made their moves in the stretch.    Cameron Luck (Kevin Cummings) checked out midway down the lane to finish third while SA Lowe went to the passing lane and Justatequilatalkin went to the outside to duke it out.   It was a ding-dong battle to the line and when the dust settled, it was Justatequilatalkin ($10.80) getting a head in front while the favored SA Lowe had to settle for second.   Owned by the Limerick Racing Stable and trained by Daivd McNeight Jr., it was the third straight victory for 6-year-old mare Justatequilatalkin (Real Desire-Sausalito Cocktail) and moved her yearly winnings to $8,860.   Racing will return at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night with a 13-race program set for a 6:35 p.m. post.   For more information including race replays, results, news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After getting caught in the 'Buffalo shuffle', Major Marcus shook free from traffic woes in the stretch to pull out a neck win over Nothingbutmach in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (February 28).   In the semi-finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series, Delightful Caitlin scored a $20.00 shocker over the heavily-favored One Chaser in the first division while It Was An Honor who went gate-to-wire in the second leg.   Major Marcus ($8.90) was hung up in all kinds of traffic through three-quarters of a mile but driver Drew Monti never gave up and was able to find some racing room in the stretch to nail the never-say-die Nothingbutmach (Shawn Gray) at the wire in a time of 1:57.2. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   It was the first start of the season for Major Marcus and his initial appearance at Buffalo Raceway. The 6-year-old gelding is owned by Clayton Faurot Jr. and is trained by Darren Taneyhill.   In the first division of the Niatross Knockout Series, Delightful Caitlin was able to track down the 1-9 favorite One Chaser in deep stretch to pace off with the three-quarter length victory. One Chaser (Kevin Cummings) set the fractions of 29.2, 1:00.0 and 1:30.0 but couldn't stop the late rally of Delightful Caitlin (Ron Beback Jr.), who stopped the timer in 1:59.1. Jettison (Gray) took the show money.   It was a different story in the second division as It Was An Honor (John Cummings Jr.) was able to hold off the late bid of Shaolin Master by a diminishing neck in 1:58.4, the quickest of the two legs. Dedalos (Monti) was just a length back in third.   The top four finishers in each division will return next Saturday for the $25,000 finals. The field will include semi-final winners Delightful Caitlin and It Was An Honor along with One Chaser, Jettison, Nora Lee, Shaolin Master, Dedalos and Goddess's Justin.   There will also be a $10,000 consolation race next Saturday for those not qualifying for the finals.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set to go to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including race replays, the latest news, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway        

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty turned in another 'beautiful' effort while Justgottogetthere had little trouble in disposing of his competition to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 25).   Despite starting from the seven post, Ugly Betty made it three straight by circling the field in the $9,500 pace for the fillies and mares in 1:58.3.   A race later, Justgottogetthere, a hard-charging $58.50 winner last week, showed it wasn't a fluke. He used a front-running journey this time around to capture the $9,500 Open Trot in 2:01.3 over the good track.   Ugly Betty (Shawn Gray), drawing the rail the past three weeks and scoring two wins and a second place finish from there, was assigned the outside post this week. She showed it wasn't an issue.   After sitting seventh and last, Ugly Betty ($8.90) started the first over trip just before the half mile marker. She tipped three-wide to the three-quarter pole and rolled right to the lead in the stretch and never looked back. Ugly Betty registered a comfortable two-length victory over Sadie's Place (Andrew Monti) with She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight) taking the show position.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Payne, the 7-year-old mare (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is trained by Dennis Dylo. The victory moved her 2015 winnings to $18,055 and $191,548 lifetime.   Justgottogetthere ($5.20) in the meantime used a completely different method to get to the winner's circle.   After showing a late kick in last week's victory, Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) flew off the gate from the four spot and was never threatened. Posting fractions of 31.0, 1:02 and 1:32.3, there was no serious threats in the lane as Justgottogetthere smartly trotted off to a 2-1/2 length win over Flaming Yankee (Gray) while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.   Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor - Mara's Theme) is owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC. The 6-year-old gelding, trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., has now won three times in four starts this season, earning $14,750 in 2015 and $152,932 in his career.   Buffalo Raceway will continue racing on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 13-race program.   For more information including the the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Peter Pumpkineater had the last laugh in the harness racing featured $9,500 conditioned pace at a snowy Buffalo Raceway Saturday afternoon (February 21) as he rallied in the shadow of the wire to take a head victory over Peenie in 1:59.3.   After scooting off the gate from the four post, Peter Pumpkineater looked content to set the fractions. That wasn't going to happen, however, as Peenie re-took the lead to the opening quarter marker and Peter Pumpkineater had to settle back into the pocket.   After watching splits of 30.2, 1:01 and 1:31.0 put up by Peenie, driver John Cummings Jr. dropped Peter Pumpkineater ($7.40) into the passing lane and managed to poke a head in front at the wire. Peenie (Kevin Cummings) had to settle for second while Rude Boy (Billy Dobson) took the show position.   Peter Pumpkineater (Camluck - Disney Dream) is a 7-year-old gelding co-owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin handled the conditioning duties. The victory moved the winner's 2015 bankroll to $11,090.   In the co-featured $8,800 conditioned pace, Union Man Hanover ($6.10) toyed with the field and ran off with an easy 2-3/4 length win over Bakken in 1:59.4 over the good track.   Union Man Hanover (Cummings) played give-and-go with Art's Delight and kept right on going to the winner's circle. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) showed some late kick in the lane to finish in second while Art's Delight (Frank Milby) hung on for third.   It was the first victory of the season for Union Man Hanover (Artiscape - Up Front Rose). The 6-year-old horse is owned by Stephen Andzel and is trained by Alex Giuliani. Union Man Hanover is now a winner of $7,853 this year.   In the quarterfinals of the Niatross Knocking Claiming Series, One Chaser ($4.90) put up the fastest time of the four division winners, going the mile in 2:00.1 with Cummings in the bike.   Shaolin Master (Shawn Gray) took the second leg with a 2:01.1 clocking and returned $5.50. Dragon Ridge ($5.90) won in 2:03.0 with Dobson in the sulky while Jimmy Whittemore guided Goddess's Justin to a $9.80 victory in 2:03.3 in the final division.   The top four finishers in each race will return next Saturday night for the semi-finals.   Racing will go back to its normal starting times at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night when a 13-race program goes to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Billy Dobson is battling for the top spot in Buffalo Raceway driver's standings and he helped himself by recording four victories on Friday afternoon (February 20).   Dobson, who trailed defending champion Kevin Cummings 43-36 entering the day, posted wins with Fox Valley Lena ($9.50), Francessa ($10.40), Diamonds For Life ($7.00) and Donegal Jim ($4.30) to narrow the gap.   Cummings had a double on the card, however, and enjoys a 45-40 advantage.   Ron Beback Jr. had a driving triple and a training double. He drove and conditioned That Horse JD ($7.80) and Tymal Viva ($9.40) to wins and steered Dont Sweat My Swag to a $4.80 victory for trainer JD Perrin.   Jim McNeight also had a pair of wins on the 13-race program.   The racing will resume on Saturday afternoon when another 13-race card will be presented at 2:30 p.m.   The quarterfinals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will be contested in the first, second, seventh and ninth races. The top four finishers in each leg will return next Saturday night for the semi-finals.   Also, the featured $9,500 pace will go off as the third race as Rude Boy, a winner of 3-for-4 races this season, will score from the six post as the 3-1 morning line favorite. Dobson will be in the sulky.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty turned in another 'beauty' of a victory and Justgottogethere pulled a shocker to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 18).   It was an easy gate-to-wire win for Ugly Betty in the $9,500 conditioned pace for fillies and mares while Justgottogethere used a perfect pocket trip to register a $59.50 surprise in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned trot.   The program wasn't completed, however, as Buffalo Raceway was forced to cancel the races after the fifth race due to electrical issues.   Ugly Betty ($6.10) started from the rail and never looked back in cruising to her second straight win, an impressive 4-1/2 length decision over Memumsnotnice. Shawn Gray set sail from the rail with Ugly Betty and posted splits of 29.0, 58.0, 1:27.3 in posting a seasonal best time of 1:57.0. Memumsnotnice hung on for place (Frank Milby) while Sadies Place (Draw Monti) finished in third.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is a 7-year-old mare who is trained by Dennis Dylo. With the win, Ugly Betty has now earned $13,425 this season and $186,798 lifetime.   It was a perfect game plan used by driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere to get the victory in the featured trot.   Dropping into the garden spot at the start behind the pace-setting Lutetium, Justgottogetthere and McNeight waited patiently until the top of the stretch. They then roared by the leg weary Lutetium to pull away for the stunning 2-1/2 length win in 2:02.1. Fiorentina (Milby) showed late kick for second while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.   The $59.50 win price by Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) spurred a $480.50 exacta and $4,390.50 trifecta.   Justgottogetthere is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. Jerry Nugent Jr. trained the the winner, now 2-for-3 on the season. It pushed the trotter's earnings to $10,000 in 2015 and $148,482 in his career.    Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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