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Batavia, NY --- If last week's seven-length romp wasn't proof enough he's on top of his game, Black Is Back beat the best harness racing pacers on the grounds again on Saturday (Aug. 31) in the $12,500 Open I Handicap at Batavia Downs. In a no-nonsense move, Dave McNeight III pushed Black Is Back off the gate and to the lead and set down the marching orders from there. With the field in post position order behind him, Black Is Back cut the quarters in :28.3, :57.2 and 1:25.3 with the only horse staying close to him being the pocket-sitting In Runaway Bay N (Drew Monti). Rolling off the far turn Monti pulled In Runaway Bay N off the pylons and took dead aim at Black Is Back and momentarily put a nose in front at the top of the stretch. McNeight asked for more from his horse and Black Is Back was up to the task; surging back to the lead and winning by a half-length in 1:54. Black Is Back now has eight wins and $56,360 earned in 2019. The 6-year-old gelded son of Western Terror-Magic Moments is owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and is trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. In the $11,000 Open II pace Race Me Rocky (Shawn McDonough) got away fifth off the gate before pulling with cover behind Iammrbrightside N (John Cummings Jr.) past the half, tipped three-wide in the last turn and out hustled the competition to the wire to win in 1:53.2. It was the third win in the last four starts for Race Me Rocky ($12.40) who is owned by Delmis Esquivel and trained by Pat Galbraith. The fastest circuit of the night came in a $9,000 mid-level condition race where Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) went gate to wire by a gapped advantage and won by two in 1:52.3 which tied his seasonal mark for 2019. Mr. Euroman N ($3.90) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. Mr. Euroman N was only one of three winners for driver Billy Davis Jr. Saturday, who extended his lead as the top dash driver of the meet. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (Sept. 2) with a special 1:15 p.m. post time for the annual Labor Day matinee. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Black Is Back took full advantage of post one in Saturday night's (Aug.17) $12,500 Open Handicap harness racing pace at Batavia Downs, going gate to wire in impressive fashion. Driver Dave McNeight III flew off the wings to claim the point with Black Is Back in the first turn and then kept his foot on the gas to the quarter in :27 flat. The race was basically over at that point as the pair would just continue to extend their lead from there. After hitting the half in :56.2 on top by 1½, Black Is Back paced away to a two length lead at three-quarters and four lengths by the top of the stretch. As he turned for home, McNeight sat statuesque as the wrapped-up Black Is Back continued to pull away and hit the beam on top by seven in 1:53.2. It was the second win in four Batavia Downs starts and seventh win of the year for Black Is Back ($3.70) who now has banked $50,110 this year for owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr.. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner. The $11,000 Open II Handicap also went to a coast to coast winner; Tullow N. John Cummings Jr. rousted Tullow N off the gate and to the front and never let anyone get close to them the whole mile. After clicking off fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.4 with a loose lead to boot, the field was scattered behind Tullow N except for Manceiver (Drew Monti) who sat the pocket the entire way and was close enough to be considered a contender. But Tullow N didn't see it that way as he turned for home and pulled away to a 2-¾ length win in 1:53.1. With $55,135 in earnings on the strength of four wins in 2019, Tullow N ($8.10) is also two for four since coming to Batavia Downs. Blindswitch Racing owns the 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tessa Bromac and Dave Russo does the training. Shawn Gray was in from Saratoga to drive on Saturday and put on a clinic while he was here. Gray won half the card; five out of the 10 races including a natural Hat Trick in the final three races of the night. He had his picture taken with Best Ears (1:54, $9.20), Myell's Rockstar (1:54.2, $6.30), Thisjetsabookin (1:54.2, $4.20), M G Home Run (1:56, $13.60) and P C Shockwave (1:56.4, $2.60). The five-bagger vaulted him from ninth to fourth in the local driver standings in one night. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 18) at 1:15 p.m. Sunday will feature a $3,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website or by clicking here for a direct download. (http://bit.ly/2Nc7pwj) By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Driver David McNeight III had to change game plans with Wheels A Turning ($7.10) early in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Class A Trot on Friday night (June 7) but the strategy paid off with a 1-1/2 length harness racing victory over Mickeys House in a seasonal best 1:57.3.   Wheels A Turning was involved in three-way scuffle for command early with Mickeys House (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough). Going three wide and little chance of reaching the lead, McNeight III put on the brakes and tucked in third behind the pace-setters.   "Jimmy (Morrill Jr.) was intent on cutting the mile with Mickeys House so I was able to find a spot in third," McNeight III said in changing tactics.   Just past the half mile pole, Wheels A Turning, the lone mare in the event, began a first over trip and eventually collared Mickeys House in the lane and coasted to the win. Labatt Hanover held on for third.   "I couldn't have asked any more of her," McNeight III said of Wheels A Turning. "I drove her aggressively and I felt when I pulled her that we'd have a pretty good chance in the end."   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the fifth win in 13 starts for the 5-year-old Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The victory jumped her 2019 earnings to $32,500 and $187,902 in her career.   Billy Davis Jr. notched three wins in the bike while Morrill Jr. and Hunter Myers each collected a double. Trainer Rose Russo scored a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday with a 12-race card. There's a special 7:15 p.m. post time accommodate the running of the Belmont Stakes. There will be a $593 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was certainly a 'dream' trip for Beachy Dream at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 11) and it resulted in a harness racing win in the featured $12,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting chilly behind the pace-setting Charmbo Orbit, Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) squeezed through an opening at the top of the stretch and managed to edge by China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) to capture the victory in a seasonal best 1:54.4 over the fast track.   Beachy Dream suffered a heartbreaking nose setback last week against the same company but this time as able to reverse his fortunes by the exact margin.   Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) set the fractions with splits of :28.4, :57.1 and 1:26.2. Drafting along in second, Beachy Dream wiggled free and won the charge to the finish line against China Dream who made a valiant attempt in the passing lane. Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) took third place.   "I was able to squeeze out just in time," a relieved Cummings said of getting Beachy Dream in position for the drive to the finish line. "Midway down the stretch, I knew it was going to be a battle with China Dream. I knew I had it at the line."   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the fourth victory in 13 tries for Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $32,045 in winnings this season and $212,185 in his career.   There were a pair of sub-featured $10,000 Class A paces on the program.   In the first division, Littlebitaclass made it two straight victories by sneaking past Manceiver (Cummings) in the shadow of the wire to take the neck decision in 1:54.1.   Driven by Drew Monti, Littlebitaclass (Santanna Blue Chip-Aspirine Semalu) is an 8-year-old gelding that is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was his fourth win in 16 starts, jacking his seasonal earnings to $25,685 and $207,055 lifetime.   The second bracket saw Low Card lead from start to finish and post a length triumph over Raylan Givens in 1:57.0.   Driven by Ron Beback Jr. and trained by James Clouser Jr., the 6-year-old gelded Low Card (Cam's Card Shark-Low Country Love) has now found the winner's circle four times in 16 outings for owner William Emmons. The victory upped his bankroll to $26,462 in 2019 and $153,884 lifetime.   Beback Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Monti all produced two driving wins on the night. Perrin finished with a training double.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a nine-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rebel Voyager got a perfect 'voyage' around Buffalo Raceway's half-mile track on Saturday night harness racing (April 6) and posted a half length victory over Heaven Rocks in a seasonal best 1:55.4 in the featured $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap pace.   Drafting second behind the pace-setting Bugatti (David McNeight III) through splits of :29.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2, Rebel Voyager (Billy Davis Jr.) cruised on by in the stretch and was able to hold off the hard-charging Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) by a diminishing half length.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the fourth victory in seven appearances for the 5-year-old gelded Rebel Voyager (Shanghai Phil-Pan Voyage). Trained by Maria Rice, the win jumped Rebel Voyager's seasonal earnings to $20,146 and $126,371 lifetime.   In the two sub-featured $10,000 Class A pacing events, both victories came via the gate-to-wire route.   Andy's Ideal ($18.60) never looked back for driver Mike Caprio in scoring a half length decision over Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) in 1:56.1.   Lucan Hanover (Davis Jr.) made his Buffalo Raceway debut a good one with a popular neck victory over Rose Run Ranger (McDonough). The win by Lucan Hanover returned $2.50 to his backers.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with four wins with Kevin Cummings adding a double. Rice conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a 9-race program slated. There's a $1,693 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 1, 2019 -- He had to beat the richest Standardbred ever to do it, but David McNeight III collected career win 1,000 Monday at The Meadows when he piloted Knocking Around to victory in race 10. The race was styled "Foiled Again's Last Call," as it marked the final race of Foiled Again, who faced mandatory retirement Jan. 1 when he turned 15. McNeight and Knocking Around, however, weren't intimated by Foiled Again's career bankroll of more than $7.6 million, as they powered up first over to prevail in the slop. Foiled Again finished fifth. Winners’ circle following the 1,000th career win of David McNeight III. - Chris Gooden photo McNeight, a native of western New York who has compiled just less than $6 million in purses, learned the business under the tutelage of his father, trainer David McNeight, Jr., the conditioner of Knocking Around. "My dad worked for General Mills for a while, but he got back into the business in 2008 when I was 18," he says. "I was cleaning stalls and grooming for him, but when I watched the drivers winning races, I wanted to do the same thing." McNeight cut his teeth on the half-mile ovals at Buffalo and Batavia. When the McNeights relocated to The Meadows about two years ago, he found that the most difficult aspect of the transition was not the switch to a five-eighths-mile track. Rather, it was holding his own against The Meadows' talented, experienced drivers. "The driver colony here is deep," he says. "You definitely want to get away close to the lead when you're racing against Dave Palone, Mike Wilder, Jim Pantaleano and all the Ron Burke horses. It's more challenging, but at the same time, it's more rewarding." The younger McNeight also trains three horses -- he's their sole owner -- and doesn't foresee a time when he'll want to specialize in training or driving exclusively. "I'd like to add to my own stable and keep driving for my father and other stables," he says. "Having other owners for my horses would be good, but right now it seems better to own them myself."   Evan Pattak   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino Home of Pennsylvania's largest jackpot ever paid, The Meadows is an all-inclusive entertainment destination and significant economic generator for the region. With its nearly 1,300 employees, The Meadows provides approximately $125 million in taxes annually and more than $14 million per year to the Local Share Account designated for new economic, community and industrial development projects. The Meadows features 82 table games and more than 3,100 slot machines, premier restaurants with spectacular views of the gaming floor and the racetrack, a racing grandstand with VIP suites, a simulcast area, an 11,000 square foot event center, a 7,500 square foot banquet room and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and a high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com.

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Osprey Vision was in focuduring Buffalo Raceway's $8,200 co-featured trot on Friday night (July 14) as he went a lifetime best 1:57.1 over the fast harness racing track to produce a surprising $23.60 victory over Serious George.   Lucky Pablo ($18.00) kept the upsets going in the co-main event by breaking an 0-for-20 streak in 2017 with a head victory over Shawnee Magic in 1:59.3.   It was all Osprey Vision in the opener as David McNeight III sent him right to the top. Establishing fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:28.0, it appeared the only trotter to have a chance to catch Osprey Vision was Before I Die. But his hopes were quickly dashed as he broke stride allowing Osprey Vision to hit the wire uncontested. Serious George (John Cummings Jr.) was 3-1/4 lengths back and picked up the second place check with Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) rolling into third.   Owned by Marissa Russo and trained by David Russo, the 8-year-old gelded Osprey Vision (Ken Warkentin-Summerhill Hallie) now has six wins in 24 starts, pushing his seasonal earnings to $43,214 and $142,947 lifetime.   It was a real tussle in the second $8,200 trotting race with Shawnee Magic, Trotting R T, and City Kid all enjoying the front end before hitting the opening panel in 29.1. With Shawnee Magic (Kevin Cummings) hitting the half in 58.2, Lucky Pablo was sixth but first over and on the move.   Grinding it out to the top in the stretch, Lucky Pablo (Monti) got up in the shadow of the wire to nip the favored Shawn Magic by a head while a game City Kid (Larry Stalbaum) finished in third.   Lucky Pablo (Lucky Chucky-Classical Princess) is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and is trained by Maria Rice. The win moved the 5-year-old gelding's winnings to $20,980 this year and to $97,317 in his career.   McNeight III, Cummings Jr., Stalbaum and Monti all produced doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Show Stopping sure did steal the show on Saturday night (July 8) at Buffalo Raceway by breaking a long-standing track record in winning the featured $9,000 Preferred Pace in 1:53.4. The time beat the old mark for the harness racing aged pacing horses (5+) of 1:54.0 established way back in 2008 by Civil Attack.   "I didn't realize it was a track record until I was told about it," winning driver David McNeight III said after the big $33.00 upset victory aboard Show Stopping. "I got a good trip behind Lucky McTrucky. I knew it was going to be close at the finish. Trainer Matt Tumolillo had him ready to race."   Tumolillo, who has just started to spread his wings as a first year trainer said, "I wasn't even thinking about a track record, I was just thinking about getting the win." Tumolillo's small stable now has hit the board in six of eight starts including a pair of victories this season. He said, "I've had my training license for a while but this is the first time I am putting it to use."   Lucky McTrucky (Kevin Cummings) did the dirty work in helping Show Stopping break the record. Setting fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:25.1, Lucky McTrucky was begging for the line but Showing Stopping edged out late in the stretch and took the victory by a narrow nostril. Lucky King (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.   Show Stopping (I Am A Fool-Posterone) is a 7-year-old horse that is owned by Robert Izzo. He now has six wins in 21 starts this year, earning $42,196 and $151,089 lifetime.   Ray Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and McNeight III all completed the night with doubles. Gerry Sarama conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with 10 races on the card. The program will feature action in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters along with events in the Excelsior A and B Series. There's also a $799 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, July 3, 2017 -- Dismissed at 18-1, Hurricane Calleigh shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the upset in a harness racing career-best 1:52 in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hurricane Calleigh worked hard for the early lead but was slightly shuffled turning for home and in desperate need of racing home. When David McNeight III guided her to the Lightning Lane, she poured through and downed the rallying Lakeisha Hall by 3/4 lengths while long shot Dime A Dance closed well for show. David McNeight, Jr. trains Hurricane Calleigh, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Jo Pa's Dragoness who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Courtney McNeight. In Monday's co-feature, a $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Lincolnjames enjoyed a second-quarter breather, then turned on the jets to score in 1:50.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The pocket-sitting Dapper Dude was second, 1/2 length back, with the first-over Hawk's Red Chief third. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $245,577. It was one of three victories on the 12-race card for harness racing's "winningest" driver and lifted his career total to 17,989. After a break for Independence Day, live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a family affair in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open Pace for the harness racing ladies on Wednesday night (June 14) as three generations of the Monti lineage had a part in Classy Lane Rose's victory.   Owned by grandfather Carl Monti, trained by son Darrin Monti and driven by grandson Drew Monti, Classy Lane Rose ($6.50) exploded midway down the lane and put away V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:55.1. It was the first win in three starts at Buffalo Raceway for Classy Lane Rose since arriving in early May from Yonkers.   Dustlanemissmolly and V'La Faire played give and take to the quarter marker in 28.0. After regaining the lead around the second turn, Dustlanemissmolly posted fractions of 57.3 and 1:26.2 but couldn't sustain the lead.   Classy Lane Rose, who was second over behind Kruella around the final turn, overpowered the rest of the field in the stretch as a 28.3 last quarter mile was more than enough to get the photo opportunity. V'La Faire was second with Dustlanemissmolly (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   The 8-year-old Classy Lane Rose (Jereme's Jet-Titantic Rose) has now won four times in 12 outings this season. The victory pushed her seasonal earnings to $40,230 and $524,941 lifetime.   Drew Monti led the way in the driving category as he posted four wins while David McNeight III doubled. Trainer JD Perrin sent a pair to the winner's circle.   Racing has been cancelled for Friday night, but it still will be a busy weekend at Buffalo Raceway. Action will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program. Sunday afternoon racing will begin this week with a 12:30 p.m. post.   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

WASHINGTON, PA, June 5, 2017 -- Dismissed at a generous 8-1, Hurricane Calleigh stalked Show Runner from the pocket, then outkicked her in the Lightning Lane to score a harness racing upset in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although Hurricane Calleigh had been racing well of late from off the pace, David McNeight III hustled her to the pocket, where she enjoyed the best trip. She downed Show Runner by a length in a career-best 1:52.1, with the first-over Spreester third. David McNeight, Jr. trains Hurricane Calleigh, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Jo Pa's Dragoness, for Courtney McNeight. Elsewhere on the card, Jeremy Indof, 20, collected his first career victory when he guided Western Liberty to her maiden-breaker for trainer Dirk Simpson and lessee Dirk Simpson Stable Inc. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 13-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Gallant Seelster ($5.30) is finding the rail at Buffalo Raceway to be in his comfort zone. For the second time in three weeks, Gallant Seelster went gate-to-wire from the pylons and won the $10,000 Open Pace with a harness racing seasonal best 1:53.2 on Saturday night (April 28).   Drawing the rail in the field of six, Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) took off from the start and posted splits of 28.1, 56.1 and 1:25.0.   Shady City (Larry Stalbaum), who got parked for most of the race, battled Gallant Seelster down the stretch but ended up a neck short while China Dream (Jack Rice) finished in third.   Co-owned by Peter Kibler, James Costa and Courtney McNeight and trained by David McNeight Jr., Gallant Seelster (Stonebridge Regal-Gold Not Silver) is a 7-year-old gelding that now has won seven times in 17 races in 2017. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $43,978 and $432,907 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings finished the evening with four victories in the sulky while Ray Fisher Jr. and Stalbaum doubled. Kim Asher and Sabrina Clevenger each had two training wins.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled. There will be two finals in the Championship Claiming Series with the filly and mare pacers taking center stage.   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. --- Gallant Seelster ($4.70) put in a gallant effort and easily strolled away for a two length victory over Littlebitaclass in Buffalo Raceway's harness racing featured $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (April 15).   Drawing the inside post in the field of seven, Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) went gate-to-wire in a seasonal best 1:54.0 over the fast track.   From the start, it was Gallant Seelster who was in command as the rest of the field fell in behind in post position order. Setting markers of 29.1, 57.3, and 1:26.2, Gallant Seelster dropped a 27.3 final panel to squash the hopes of the closers.   Littlebitaclass (Ray Fisher Jr.) held on for second place while Hot Deuce (Drew Monti) rallied for the show spot.   Owned by Pete Kibler, James Costa and Courtney McNeight, the 7-year-old gelded Gallant Seelster (Stonebridge Regal-Gold Not Silver) is trained by David McNeight Jr. The victory was the sixth of the season for Gallant Seelster, now a winner of $37,778 in 2017 and $426,707 lifetime.   Larry Stalbaum took the spotlight for the drivers with a four-bagger, Fisher Jr. had a triple while McNeight III posted two victories. Gerry Sarama and Sabrina Clevenger trained a pair of winners.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   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. --- Gallant Seelster got his first taste of harness racing Open competition at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 11) and he found it to be delicious.   Rising up through the ranks successfully the past four weeks, Gallant Seelster ($6.20) landed in the $10,000 Open Pace this time around and led at every marker in scoring the three-quarter length win over China Dream in 1:55.3 over the fast track.   Just a few weeks ago, Gallant Seelster was in $15,000 optional claimers and after stringing together three impressive wins in four tries, it was time to tackle the best.   Using the same tactics that got Gallant Seelster into the Open event, driver David McNeight III sent the 7-year-old gelding right to the lead.   After putting up splits of 28.0, 57.4 and 1:26.4, the lukewarm favorite Gallant Seelster was primed to take on any callers through the stretch. There was just one taker, that being China Dream (Shawn Gray).   While in perfect striking position, China Dream couldn't make up any ground in the stretch as Gallant Seelster had more than enough pace to withstand the challenge. Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) took the show position.   Co-owned by Pete Kibler, James Costa and Courtney McNeight, Gallant Seelster (Stonebridge Regal-Gold Not Silver) is trained by David McNeight Jr. Now a winner of five races this season in 10 tries, Gallant Seelster has put $25,578 in the bank in 2017 and $414,507 lifetime.   Jim Morrill Jr. remained on fire as he notched five wins in the sulky while Larry Stalbaum had a double. Gerry Sarama posted a training triple and David Russo had two.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. when an 11-race card is set. There will be a $848 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The thermometer at Buffalo Raceway read a brisk 19 degrees on Saturday night (March 4) but Gallant Seelster sure did make the mercury rise with an impressive harness racing victory in the featured $8,600 pace.   Tying the fastest mile of the 2017 meet with a 1:54.4, Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) went gate to wire and beat Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) by solid 2-1/4 lengths. A scorching 56.4 second half mile including a 28.0 last panel was more than enough for Gallant Seelster to register the $5.50 win.   Starting from the five post, Gallant Seelster faced little resistance in setting the pace. After putting up splits of 29.1, 58.0 and 1:26.4, Gallant Seelster was waiting for some challengers in the lane, but there were no takers. Shady City managed to hang onto second place while Babe's I Scoot (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Gallant Seelster (Stonebridge Regal-Gold Not Silver) is co-owned by Pete Kibler, James Costa and Courtney McNeight. David McNeight Jr. handled the training duties for the 7-year-old gelding, now a winner of four races this season in nine appearances.   Gallant Seelster has earned $20,578 in 2017 and $409,407 lifetime.   Shawn Gray and Ray Fisher Jr. had triples in the bike with Kevin Cummings and McNeight III each getting a double. Sabrina Clevenger, Maria Rice and Gerry Sarama each had two training victories.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races scheduled.   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 was a unique version of 'All In The Family' for the McNeight crew on Saturday night (Feb. 25) at Buffalo Raceway as harness racing driver David McNeight III drove three horses to victory which covered three generations of his family.   In the third race, trainer David McNeight Jr. enjoyed watching his son (David III) guide Sea Star to a $38.00 victory.   Lucky Millionaire ($12.80), who was driven and trained by David III, captured the ninth race.   So with two generations now covered, there was a chance for the unique trifecta in the 12th race as Spring Terror, trained by grandfather David McNeight Sr. was entered with David III in the bike.   Sure enough, Spring Terror ($4.00) got up in the shadow of the wire to score the half length win, giving the McNeights a unique three-generation family hat trick.   McNeight III sits fourth in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings with 21 wins while David McNeight Jr. is in fourth place in the trainer's rankings with 17 wins.   Racing resumes at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 12 races scheduled. There's a $2,347 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

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