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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A disappointing second place finish last week left a bitter taste in the mouth of Sportsmuffler. But on Wednesday night (April 18), she bounced back nice and tasted sweet victory by registering a two length decision over Aritzia Hanover in the featured $10,400 Open Pace for the mares at Buffalo Raceway.   After watching Aritzia Hanover reel off fractions of :28.4 and :58.4 to the half, Sportsmuffler (Drew Monti) began her first over journey to the lead. Getting to the top with a quarter mile to pace, Sportsmuffler ($3.10) used a :28.0 final panel to seal the deal in going the mile in a seasonal best 1:56.3.   Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) held on for second place while Hey Kobe (David McNeight III) rallied late for third.   It was the second victory in five starts in 2018 for the 6-year-old Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore). Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, Sportsmaster has now earned $14,309 this season and $227,165 lifetime.   Monti completed the evening with a triple in the sulky while Ray Fisher Jr. doubled. Kiblin finished the night with two training wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway   Photo: Sportsmuffler taste sweet victory at Buffalo Raceway. Photo by Steve Roth  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It may be a different venue but Sgt Molly Pitcher continued to make the winner's circle her home after claiming her fifth consecutive harness racing victory on Wednesday night (April 11) by taking Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,400 Filly and Mare Open Pace in a seasonal best 1:55.2 over the fast track.   After posting three straight decisions at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, Sgt Molly Pitcher shuffled off to Buffalo and immediately won her Western New York debut on April 4 with a 1-1/4 score in 1:57.0 in an optional claimer.   Things seemed they might be tougher this time around with entry into the Open Pace for the ladies but Sgt Molly Pitcher had no trouble in confidently going gate-to-wire for driver Jim Morrill Jr. Sportsmuffler, last week's winner of this event, finished in second with Hey Kobe (David McNeight III) finishing in third.   It was a slight tussle for Sgt Molly Pitcher in getting past Voltina to take the lead at the start but she easily breezed to fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4. Both Sportsmuffler (Drew Monti) and Hey Kobe appeared to be in perfect striking position in the stretch to challenge the pace-setter but came up empty.   Sgt Molly Pitcher, an 8-year-old mare, has won eight times in 12 starts in 2018. The eight victories are currently the second most in the United States this season with Galarina and Regil Tiger and just one behind leaders Walks Of Life and Ideal Candidate who each have nine wins nationally.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by Jim Clouser Jr., Sgt Molly Pitcher (Jenna's Beach Boy-Wendy) has earned $25,651 this year and $232,635 in her career.   Morrill Jr. and Monti each had triples on the program with JD Perrin registering a training double.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Due to a shortage of harness racing entries, Buffalo Raceway officials were forced to cancel the Friday (April 13) program that was scheduled for 5 p.m. There were just 55 horses dropped into the entry box for the card.   Racing is scheduled for this Wednesday night at 5 p.m. and will be drawing for Saturday's card on Wednesday morning.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Heaven Rocks got to an early lead and stoned the field the rest of the way in capturing Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,600 pace on Saturday night (April 7) in a seasonal best 1:56.3 over the fast harness racing track.   Driven by John Cummings Jr., Heaven Rocks ($4.10) started from the two post and managed to grab the top by registering a :28.0 opening panel. With middle splits of :57.3 and 1:27.2, Heaven Rocks was ready and waiting for challengers in the home stretch.   Focus Power (Drew Monti) and China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.), who finished second and third respectively, made valiant attempts to collar the pace-setter late but their efforts came up short as Heaven Rocks posted the 3/4-length victory.   Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, it was the third win in nine tries this year for Heaven Rocks (Rock N Roll Heaven-Cheerful Outlook). The 6-year-old gelding has now earned $21,430 in 2018 and $149,656 lifetime.   Monti finished the evening with four victories in the bike, Ray Fisher Jr. tripled while Shawn Gray and David McNeight III each had doubles. Perrin conditioned four winners with Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. and James Clouser Jr. each scoring a pair.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and the simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- An unbelievable wind-aided :26 second quarter split helped Im So Handsome ($9.50) power to a good looking victory on Saturday night (March 31) in Buffalo Raceway's harness racing featured $8,800 pace.   After tussling with China Dream to an opening split of 29.2, Im So Handsome caught the jet stream also known as Buffalo Raceway's home stretch to put up a quick 55.2 time to the half mile marker and left the field in disbelief thanks to the amazing :26 fraction.   From there, driver John Cummings Jr. and Im So Handsome just cruised home the rest of the way in posting the 1-3/4 length win over Always N The Money (Shawn McDonough) and Mach Stockn Barrel (Shawn Gray).   The victory was the third of the season for Im So Handsome (Hot Pans-Cheyenne Rose).The 7-year-old gelding, owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, has now earned $21,629 in 2018 and $149,472 lifetime.   Ray Fisher Jr. and Drew Monti completed the evening with a driving triples with Billy Davis Jr. and Cummings Jr. getting two wins each. Sarama posted a pair of training victories.   Long-time Western New York owner and trainer Bob Gruber, 52, passed away on Saturday morning after having a medical emergency on the track during training. He conditioned 1,235 winners in his career and amassed nearly $4.8 million in purse earnings. There will be more information posted when details become available.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, replay replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Krystal C continued an impressive 2018 campaign on Wednesday night (March 28) as she won her fourth consecutive race with a come from behind nose victory over Aritzia Hanover in Buffalo Raceway's featured $7,700 pace for the harness racing mares.   The 5-year-old Krystal C (Ray Fisher Jr.) has now hit the board in all nine starts this season and toured the Hamburg half-mile oval in a career-best 1:56.2 over the fast track. Her stellar record was overlooked however by the betting public as she returned a healthy $16.20 for the victory.   Things didn't look good for Krystal C with a quarter mile to pace as she was shuffled back to fourth and looked helplessly boxed in. But in the stretch, Krystal C was masterfully maneuvered to the outside and powered to the wire with a :28.4 last split to nose out Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.). Cut And Paste (Shawn McDonough) took third.   Owned and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, Krystal C (Sportswriter-Kayla's Raider) now has five victories in nine starts. The win bumped her seasonal earnings to $20,046 and $44,626 lifetime.   Call Me Maybe lit up the tote board in the tenth race as Shawn McDonough steered the mare to a $126.00 upset victory.   Fisher Jr. completed the evening with four victories in the bike while John Cummings Jr. and Shawn McDonough had doubles. Trainer Ryan Swift conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Effective on Wednesday April 4, purses will be increased 10% at Buffalo Raceway. "It has been a difficult winter for everyone," said harness racing race secretary, Tom Agosti.   "With the cancellation of Friday racing due to a shortage of entries, and the weather related cancellations in January and February, it has given us the opportunity to increase purses in all classes.   Hopefully this will have a positive impact on entries as we enter spring race dates."   For more including the latest condition sheet, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Always N The Money ($28.00) cashed in on Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,800 pace on Saturday night (March 24) by holding back the late challenge of Im So Handsome by a neck in 1:56.1 over the fast harness racing track.   A perfect early first over move just before the half mile station by Always N The Money proved to be the winning decision by driver Shawn McDonough. Sitting fourth coming to the mid way point, Always N The Money went to the outside and quickly cleared to the lead and enjoyed the clean air until the top of the stretch.   From there, Always N The Money had pressure coming from all angles but was able to fight off the serious threats of Im So Handsome (Shawn Gray) and the favored Hardts Or Bettor (David McNeight III) who were second and third respectively.   Owned and trained by Jodie Cullen, it was the second victory in eight starts for the 8-year-old Always N The Money (Always A Virgin-Abbeycrombie). The gelding has now put $12,856 in the bank this season and $247,816 lifetime.   Gray ended the night with four victories in the sulky with Ray Fisher Jr. and Drew Monti getting doubles. Trainer James Clouser Jr. conditioned four winners.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 12-race harness racing program at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 21) kept both the long shot and chalk players happy. A total of seven races were won with win mutuels in the double digits while the other five events went to the heavy favorite.   The longest price on the night went in the featured $7,700 mares pace with Voltina (John Cummings Jr.) scoring the 1-1/4 length decision over Tymal Luckynpink in 1:56.3 over the fast track.   Other big prices went to A Weekend ($18.60), Cashco ($20.80), Henry's Way ($15.60), It Was An Honor ($12.60), Ruddy Rusty ($13.40) and Krystal C ($10.80).   The drivers spread the wealth around also as Cummings Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each produced triples with James McNeight Jr. and Jim Morrill Jr. getting two each.   Anthony Cummings and Jim McNeight each had two training victories.   Racing will return on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled. The World Harness Handicapping Challenge qualifier will be held at Buffalo Raceway with $850 in cash prizes on the line. The winner will also get a paid entry into the WHHC finals at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 28. Entry fee is $10.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A coveted spot in the World Harness Handicapping Championships at The Meadowlands is up for grabs on Saturday night (March 24) at Buffalo Raceway when the local competition takes place starting at 6 p.m.   Entry fee is $10 at Buffalo Raceway with the winner receiving $500 in cash, hotel accommodations for two nights and paid entry ($1,000 value) into the World Harness Handicapping Challenge presented by DerbyWars.com at The Meadowlands on Saturday, April 28th. The runner up in the Buffalo Raceway event will pocket $250 with third place taking home $100.   There's a $75,000 guaranteed prize pool in The Meadowlands tournament with $40,000 going to the winner.   In the qualifier, players will get ten 'mythical' $200 win wagers. Entrants must play five races on Buffalo Raceway's card while the other remaining five bets will be played at The Meadowlands.   Entrants must be a Hamburg Gaming Rewards Club member in order to participate. Becoming a member is free to join. You also must be 18 years of age to be a contestant.   For more information including complete rules and regulations, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was St. Patrick's Day at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday evening (March 17) but no luck of the Irish was needed by the harness racing favorites as Mach Stockn Barrel ($3.30) and Fox Valley Veto ($3.00) won the co-featured Open Pace and Open Trot respectively.   Mach Stockn Barrel (Shawn Gray) used an inside trip to capture the $9,500 Pace by topping Hardts Or Bettor by a half length in 1:56.1 over the fast surface. It was the fifth win in eight starts for Mach Stockn Barrel who has yet to finish off the board in 2018.   Fox Valley Veto, after four consecutive second place finishes, finally got a picture opportunity with track photographer Steve Roth by going coast to coast in turning back Lenny Mac by 1-1/2 lengths in 2:00.2.   In the opener, Mach Stockn Barrel used a ground-saving inside trip to notch the win. Starting from the one spot, Hardts Or Bettor (Davis McNeight III) enjoyed the top for a brief moment before Mach Stockn Barrel retook the lead just past the opening panel.   Cruising along on the front end past the three-quarter marker, Mach Stockn Barrel saw Im So Handsome pull to a brief advantage around the final turn. That was the best Im So Handsome would do however as Mach Stockn Barrel kicked it into high gear and held off Hardts Or Bettor by a half length. China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) took third. A final split of 28.3 did the trick for Mach Stockn Barrel.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) is a 7-year-old gelding that has earned $26,256 this season and $146,980 lifetime.   Fox Valley Veto wasted no time in taking control of the Open Trot, zooming to the lead and never looking back. A pedestrian :31.3 third panel sealed the deal for fresh Fox Valley Veto as Lenny Mac (Gray) couldn't make any headway down the lane while City Kid (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable along with Jack Rice, Fox Valley Veto (Piazzazzed-Yankee Victory) is a 7-year-old gelding that is trained by Maria Rice. The victory upped his seasonal bankroll to $21,829 and $416,667 in his career.   Gray turned in a five-bagger while Davis Jr. and Drew Monti tripled. Clouser Jr. had four winners on the training side with JD Perrin adding three.   Racing will return on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hey Kobe ($7.30) popped the pocket at the top of the stretch and eventually collared the pace-setting Aritzia Hanover in the shadow of the wire to collect the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $7,700 Open II Pace for the harness racing mares on Wednesday night (March 14).   After putting up splits of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.1, Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) seemed at ease on the lead with a quarter mile to pace. That comfort level evaporated quickly as Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) started to attack on the outside but then called it a night.   Meanwhile, Hey Kobe (David McNeight III) was getting the perfect pocket trip, pulled out at the top of the stretch and needed every stride down the lane to finally get past the never-say-die Aritzia Hanover by a head in 2:00.3 over the sloppy track. Cut And Paste (Mike Micallef) gobbled up ground late to earn the third place check.   Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the second win in eight appearances this season for the 6-year-old Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West). The victory pushed her 2018 earnings to $10,000 and $270,049 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with a four-bagger with Monti getting a triple and Jim Morrill Jr. and McNeight III each getting doubles. Trainer Russell Bratt and JD Perrin each picked up a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mach Stockn Barrel saved his best for last in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,800 Open II Pace on Saturday night (March 10) in beating Im So Handsome by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:57.3 over the sloppy harness racing track.   Shawn Gray, who drove Mach Stockn Barrel to the victory, was also on top of his game as he found the winner's circle six times on the 12-race program.   The front-stepping Mach Stockn Barrel ($3.40) put up fractions of 29.2, 1:00.0 and 1:29.1 but a final split of 28.2, his fastest quarter in the mile, sealed the deal against his other seven competitors. Im So Handsome (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the place position while Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr, the 7-year-old Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) has now won four times in seven attempts in 2018. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $21,626 and $142,230 lifetime.   Billy Davis Jr. completed the evening with a triple in the sulky while Clouser Jr. conditioned four winners and Maria Rice added two.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race card scheduled.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a long journey around the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval for Little Joke on Wednesday night (March 7) but the end result was well worth the trip as the 1-to-9 heavy favorite showed plenty of stamina in winning the featured $9,500 Open Pace for the harness racing mares.   Being parked for most of the mile, Little Joke ($2.30) managed to wear down the pace-setting Voltina in the lane and claim the half length decision in 1:56.2 over the sloppy track.   The victory by Little Joke was the first of five wins on the 10-race program for Billy Davis Jr.   Starting from the five post, Little Joke squared off with Voltina for top honors to the opening quarter pole in 28.3. After relinquishing the lead from there, Little Joke still stalked the stubborn Voltina (John Cummings Jr.) on the outside until finally getting the lead in deep stretch. Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) took third.   It was the second win in four appearances in 2018 for Little Joke (Bettor's Delight-Town Joke). The victory upped her seasonal earnings to $12,835 and $170,085 lifetime. The 6-year-old mare is co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. She is conditioned by Maria Rice who completed the evening with a training triple.   Monti finished with night with two driving wins while trainer JD Perrin had a pair of victories.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 12-race card scheduled for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lenny Mac made a big move early in Buffalo Raceway's $9,500 Open Trot on Saturday night (March 3) and it proved to the right move as the lone mare in the field beat the harness racing boys once again by turning back Fox Valley Veto in a season's best 1:59.2 over the sloppy track. It was the second straight Open Trot win for Lenny Mac.   With the field settling in single file around the first turn, driver Shawn Gray blasted Lenny Mac ($4.40) to the top at the quarter pole. Putting up fractions of 30.1, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3, the last quarter mile boiled down to see if Lenny Mac could hold off the challenge of the pocket-sitting Fox Valley Veto.   There was little doubt however as Lenny Mac had no issue in holding back the threat of Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) and crossed the line comfortably in front by a length. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) took third.   Lenny Mac (Kadabra-Lend A Hand) is a 7-year-old mare who is owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr. The win was her third in five starts in 2018, pushing her seasonal earnings to $17,385 and $255,175 lifetime.   In the sub-featured $8,800 pace, Heaven Rocks (Monti) was able to hold off Hardts Or Bettor (David McNeight III) by 3/4 lengths by covering the mile in 1:57.3.   After watching Validus Deo take early command, Heaven Rocks used a first over trip to gain the lead and brought Hardts Of Bettor in tow with a panel to pace. The pair broke away from the field down the lane with Heaven Rocks in no serious jeopardy of losing his lead. Mach Stockn Barrel (Gray) rallied late for the show position.   Owned by Tessa Roland and conditioned by JD Perrin, Heaven Rocks (Rock N Roll Heaven-Cheerful Outlook) is a 6-year-old gelding that now has two victories in five tries this season. The win pushed his 2018 winnings to $16,115 and $143,941 in his career.   Gray, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, continues to pile up the victories as he added another three to his total. McNeight III also had three trips to the winner's circle while Monti and Billy Davis Jr. added doubles.   Clouser Jr., Buffalo Raceway's top conditioner, had another good night by posting a training three-bagger and Perrin scored a pair.   Racing will resume on Wednesday with a 10-race program set for 5 p.m. There is a $526 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Double Down Jo came into Buffalo Raceway's $7,000 featured pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 28) with a pair of back-to-back victories that were won with relative ease. The question was if could she handle tougher conditions.   The answer was a resounding yes.   After battling to gain the lead to the quarter pole, Double Down Jo led every step of the way after that and held on for a hard-fought head decision over Tymal Luckynpink in 1:58.2 over the good track.   With a four-way scramble to the opening panel, Double Down Jo (John Cummings Jr.) managed to reach the top in 28.3. Things were uneventful from there but things got interesting at the until the top of the stretch.   Tymal Luckynpink (Drew Monti) made a late rally from the passing lane while Forbettor Or Worse took her shot on the outside. Both made valiant efforts but Double Down Jo ($3.60) was stubborn and held on for the head win over Tymal Luckynpink and Forbettor Or Worse who had to settle for second and third respectively.   Owned by Joseph Shaw and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the fourth win in five starts for Double Down Jo (Roll With Jo-For The Goodrhymes). The four-year-old mare has now earned $13,839 in 2018 and $45,074 lifetime.   Monti had a four-bagger on the evening while David McNeight III had a triple. Trainer JD Perrin had three victories with Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. notching a double.   Racing will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

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