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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Im So Handsome (David McNeight III) had to battle to be the boss on the front end and then ended up winning the harness racing war in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 22).   Getting parked for over a quarter mile, Im So Handsome ($11.80) finally got to the pylons and paced home in scoring the length victory over Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) in 1:55.0, the fastest of the 2020 meet thus far.   Hold The Gold, who finished in third, parked Im So Handsome through a quarter in :28.3. It was then 'catch me if you can' for Im So Handsome as went the half in a sizzling :56.3.   No one had the answer, however, as Im So Handsome stayed strong in the stretch to collect the win.   Owned and trained by Tessa Perrin, it was the second win in four starts this year for Im So Handsome (Hot Pans-Cheyenne Rose). The decision moved his seasonal earnings to $13,000 and $273,240 lifetime.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) found the top to be the best spot for him with a 1-1/2 nod over the favored Weekend Atnannies in 1:57.1.   It was a three-way scrum at the start between Southwind Onyx, Weekend Atnannies and Utah Beach. When things finally sorted themselves out, Southwind Onyx ($10.60) set the fractions of :28.0, :57.2 and 1:27.2.   There were no problems in the stretch for Southwind Onyx as the 5-year-old gelding was able to turn back Weekend Atnannies (Renaldo Morales III) and Carlos Danger (Mike Baumeister).   Co-owned by trainer Tammy Cummings and Michael Blidy, it was the first win in four attempts in 2020 for Southwind Onyx (Bettor's Delight-It's Only Rocknroll). The win jumped him seasonal earnings to $8,700 and $88,61 lifetime.   In the second division, Lucky McTrucky (Ray Fisher Jr.) watched the pace-setting Burning Shore do all the dirty work then blew on by in the passing lane to register the neck win in the four-horse photo.   Burning Shore, who set the split of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:27.3, couldn't hold off the late charge of Lucky McTrucky ($21.40), Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) and Don McWhite (Davis Jr.) who took the top three spots respectively.   Co-owned and trained by Perrin, Lucky McTrucky (McArdle-Truculent Lady) is an 11-year-old gelding who captured his first win of the campaign in three tries. The victory increased his earnings to $5,880 and $559,508 in his career.   Morales had a four bagger in the bike while Davis Jr. tripled and Denny Bucceri doubled. Maria Rice, Perrin and Angelo Nappo all posted a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 13-race program set for 5 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. --- Beachy Dream, after drawing the eight post in his first two starts of the 2020 campaign, finally got some luck in drawing the rail in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA harness racing pace on Saturday night (Feb. 15). The change in fortunes turned into a 'dream' trip and a victory for Beachy Dream as he turned back Santana Beach.   It was a tussle to the top early as Santana Beach, Beachy Dream and Sir Machalot all made bids to control the fractions. When things sorted themselves out before the quarter pole, Santana Beach took command and set the fractions of :29.0, :58.2 and 1:27.4 over the sloppy track.   Sitting the pocket, winning driver Kevin Cummings tipped Beachy Dream ($3.00) to the outside and collared Santana Beach (David McNeight III) by a length in 1:55.4, equaling the fastest mile of the young meet. Catch The Wave (James McNeight Jr.) finished in third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the first victory of the season for the 9-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $7,700 and $246,280 lifetime.   Iluvtomakemoeny (Ray Fisher Jr.) got the first over trip then held back a closing Myell's Rockstar (Renaldo Morales III) by a nose in 1:57.4 to take the first division of the $10,000 Class A sub-featured paces.   Sitting fourth, Iluvtomakemoney ($7.10) started his first over trip past the half and took command with a panel to pace. Myell's Rockstar took dead aim of Iluvtomakemoney late but ran out of real estate and lost in the tight photo. Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) took the show position.   Co-owned by the Tenah Merah Farms and the Swift Racing Stable, the 5-year-old gelded Iluvtomakemoney (Well Said-Symphony In Motion) is trained by Ryan Swift. It was his first win in three tries this season and jumped his 2020 earnings to $6,200 and $184,831 lifetime.   Im So Handsome (McNeight III) posted a 57.1 back half and that made him a good looking winner in the second $10,000 Class A level.   Setting a solid :59.1 tempo the first half, Im So Handsome ($6.10) left the field in the dust with a 28.4 third split in posting the 2-1/2 length triumph over Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) and Burning Shore (Kevin Cummings).   Owned and trained by Tessa Perrin, it was the first win in three starts this season for Im So Handsome (Hot Pans-Cheyenne Rose). The victory pushed his seasonal winnings to $7,500 and $267,740 in the 9-year-old gelding's career.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled. There's a $555 carryover in the Pick 5 starting in the second race.   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  

With a spot in the upcoming Iowa Championships on the line, Iowa-Registered three-year-old horses took charge of theharness racing track at Humboldt, Iowa on Sunday. Race one featured the first of two divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies. DP Rocket (Adam Hauser) scored a dominating wire to wire win on her home track, winning in 2:01. Rob Anderson guided CR Blaze to her third win in a row in the second division. In another gate to wire effort, she trotted the mile in 2:02. Both trotting fillies secured their spot on top of the points standings. Three-year-old pacing fillies competed in two divisions, both winners scoring new lifetime marks. The first division belonged to Jackpot Jessie. The Hot Pans filly, driven by Nick Roland, looked to add to her points total, with her new lifetime mark of 1:59.4. Chad Svendsen captured the second division in race six. Flash Me Baby crossed the wire with a new lifetime mark, pacing her mile in 2:02.1. Driver/trainer Gary Liles drove two of his trotting geldings to pick up wins in both divisions of the three-year-old trotting colts/geldings. Cracker Box, sitting seventh, edged out Ricky Be Sharp (Nick Roland) at the wire, trotting home in 2:04.2. Liles' second winning drive was with Depth Charge. The three-year-old Motorcade gelding overcame making a break at the start. Battling Spiced Honey (Chad Svendsen) through the mile, Liles charged for the lead, winning by a fraction of a length. Two divisions of three-year-old pacing colts/geldings also competed on the Humboldt half mile oval Chad Svendsen steered Bad Boy Destroyer in and out of traffic to the win, pacing in 2:04.1. The fastest division was in race eight. Frisky Pedro (Will Roland) stalked My Money Honey (Rob Anderson) the entire mile. Frisky Pedro poured on the pace in the stretch, winning by a nose in 1:58.4, a new lifetime mark.  The non-winners divisions also featured new lifetime marks. Duane Roland drove his three-year-old trotting colt, Yankee Carmel, to the win in 2:10.3, while Black River Spirit with driver/trainer/owner Frank Chitwood holding the lines, paced home in 2:02.4. Iowa-Registered Champions will be crowned next weekend in What Cheer, Iowa. Consolidation races will be held on Saturday (9/21) and the Championship Finals on Sunday (9/22). Post time both days will be at 12:30pm CDT. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Patootie has been used to going gate-to-wire recently to find her way to the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway. But that method went out the window on Wednesday night (May 17). Getting the long journey on the outside the entire mile, Hot Patootie was still good enough to top the harness racing field in the $8,200 pace for the mares.   For Hot Patootie ($13.20), it was her third victory in her last four starts. She beat Double Joy by a half length in 1:56.0 over the fast track.   It was a four-way battle to the top and when the dust settled on the warm evening, Voltina found herself in the lead. Going by the half in 57.4, Double Joy (Larry Stalbaum) was in command with Hot Patootie (Drew Monti) inching her way closer on the outside.   The final panel boiled down to a battle between the two mares with the relentless Hot Patootie managing to wear down Double Joy late to take win. Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, it was the fifth victory in 16 appearances for Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better). The win upped her seasonal earnings to $17,578 and $80,767 lifetime.   Monti finished the evening with four wins in the bike while Stalbaum and Jim Morrill Jr. posted doubles. Trainer JD Perrin had a training triple and Bo Sowers had two.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Patootie cooled off the field in the featured $8,200 pace for the harness racing mares at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 10) by going wire-to-wire and breezing to a easy 2-1/4 length win over Sandy De Vie in 1:55.0.   With the usual front-running Deliciouslynaughty scratched from the event sick, it enabled Hot Patootie (Drew Monti) to get an uncontested lead from the pylons while the rest of the field dropped into line quickly in post position order.   With fractions of 28.4, 57.3 and 1:26.3 over the fast track, Hot Patootie ($6.00) had nothing but clear sailing down the stretch as the reminder of the field failed to mount any kind of threat. The favored Sandy De Vie (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the place position while Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) won the battle for third.   Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better) is a 5-year-old mare that now has four victories in 15 attempts in 2017. The win moved her seasonal earnings to $13,478 and $76,667 lifetime.   Monti, after posting a six-bagger on Saturday night, remained hot with four more victories while Stalbaum added a triple.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race program slated for 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

A harness racing fan favorite at Running Aces, pacing mare Queen Of Denial made her return to the Minnesota oval tonight, and did not disappoint her loyal followers by posting a nice 1¼ length tally over a decent field of condition/optional claiming distaffers. Her royal highness paced in 1:55.3 with the win and paid her backers $5.20 at the windows. She is owned by Peter Pellegrino, and trained by her driver Nick Roland. Queen Of Denial had been racing out on the east coast all season, and had been doing quite well, until she took a bad step in a race on May 31 at Pocono Downs and fell to the track. She hadn’t been herself since that incident until she returned to Minnesota and the care of Jessica Johnson and Trainer Nick Roland, and she took quite well to her old stomping grounds this evening with a very nice effort. She is by Hot Pans and was bred by Duane Roland of Iowa, and she now sports 17 lifetime wins and a bankroll of $120,422. The Wednesday night Harness Racing program at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot, and it was heavy favorite Silent Dreams ($2.20), a filly by Money Talks who posted another impressive win, topping the field by two lengths in 2:05.1 with Dean Magee in the sulky. It was the third win in 4 lifetime starts for Silent Dreams, who has now earned $23,900 for Glen & Jody Wilson, she is trained by Brett Ballinger. Bunkerhill Bill did not disappoint off the big class drop in the Wednesday finale, as he posted a dominating gate-to-wire performance in 1:56.2 and paid $3.00 to win, with Gerald Longo in the sulky for owner/trainer Gene Miller. Despite just a 7 horse field, and with the big favorite on top, the .50 cent Hi-5 wager paid handsomely with a $630.40 dividend to each winning ticket holder. The .50 cent Hi-5 wager has been producing very large payouts all season at Running Aces. The next card of Live Harness Racing goes to post at Running Aces on Saturday, July 30 at 6:00pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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