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Batavia, NY---Salazar and driver Ron Beback Jr. started from post one, led the whole race and won pulling away in the $9,500 Open pace at Batavia Downs Saturday night (Aug. 23). Off the gate, Salazar motored into the first turn fast enough to seat What The Sheik (Dave McNeight Jr.) who left two deep and then park out Rock N Roll Legend (Drew Monti) who was three-high at the eighth pole. The group hit the quarter in :27.3 and continued to the half in :57.3. Realizing he was not going to see the wood, Monti popped the plugs on the still parked Rock N Roll Legend and drove on. He got his nose to the leader's tail when Western Alumni (Jim McNeight Jr.) made a three-wide move passing the three-quarters in 1:27.1 and three horses were in hot pursuit of the leader at that point. But Beback raised the lines in the final turn and Salazar responded to some intermittent urging down the lane to score a convincing two-length victory in 1:55.1. What The Sheik, who had the two-hole trip, was second and Western Alumni came up to be third. The winner paid $4.80. This was the fifth win in 28 starts for the 8-year-old gelded son of McCardle and it brought his seasonal earnings up to $55,152 for owner Lisa Denison. Salazar is trained by Lisa Lederhouse. The Down's leading dash-driver Kevin Cummings scored a driving triple on the night while Shawn McDonough, Jack Flanigen and Drew Monti all registered doubles. The latter are currently second, third and fourth respectively in the local standings. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 24) with post time at 1:15. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY - After being parked three-deep through the first turn and never seeing the rail until hitting the quarter in :27.2, Fireyourguns led the rest of the field on a tour of the property as he was never headed en route to capturing the featured Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 16). Leaving from post seven in a full field of eight, driver Mike Caprio shot Fireyourguns off the gate and circled Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) and Best Ears (Jack Flanigen) who also rushed for the front. Those two seated by the eighth pole and Fireyourguns continued to overtake the early leader Art Two D Two (Don Rothfuss) to take command. After hitting the half in :55.3 and the three-quarters in 1:24, Best Ears popped out of third to try and challenge the leader, but after a valiant effort through the stretch the attempt came up short. Fireyourguns hung on for a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Best Ears was second and a very fast-closing Rock N Roll Legend (Drew Monti) rallied from seventh to catch third. The victory was the tenth of the year for Fireyourguns and it brought his annual income up to $76,020 for owners Jennifer and Robert Lowe and Terrance McClory, who also trains the horse. Batavia Downs held their first free handicapping contest Saturday that offered those who entered a chance to win their share of $1,500 in prize money. 225 people competed and after all the points were tallied, Nick Stranges of Lockport, NY won first place and $700. The other four winners were: second place ($400) William Smith of Corfu, NY, third place ($250) Fred Gundell of Pavilion, NY, fourth place ($100) Linda Marfione Churchville, NY and fifth place ($50) Larry Hughson Jr.-Albion, NY. Batavia Downs would like to congratulations to all the winners and thank all who participated. The next free handicapping challenge is on Saturday, September 20. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

In a Cinderella story of sorts, 12-year-old Second Hand News who last raced for the bottom claiming tag at Yonkers Raceway, comes back to the harness racing after a month layoff for a new barn and wins the Open trot in a seasonal mark of 1:56 at Batavia Downs. Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Kent Conshafter claimed Second Hand News for $12,500 on July 7 at Yonkers Raceway and proceeded to give the horse some time off. Trainer Ron Van Wagoner qualified him on July 30 at Batavia, winning easily in 2:00 by 14 lengths. But Van Wagoner must have seen something in the gelding that prompted him to avoid going back into the claiming ranks and he dropped him right into the Open; a decision that was justified this afternoon. Hot-handed driving leader Kevin Cummings wasted no time and little energy prompting Second Hand News to the front and proceeded to lead the race from gate to wire. Going uncontested the whole way, the pair threw dust on the trailing seven who ineffectively tried to keep up with the leader. After fractions timed in :27.4, :58 and 1:27.2, the pack that was trying to catch up became scattered and lost ground behind the motoring winner who peeled away in a :28.2 last quarter. Cummings became a mere passenger heading home as Second Hand News won by four and three-quarters lengths in 1:56 flat. The winner paid $7.20. Studio City (Dave McNeight III) was second and Typical New Yorker (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third. This was the sixth win in 16 starts for Second Hand News in 2014 and brought his seasonal earnings to $38,330. Kevin Cummings continued his driving domination at the Downs winning five races on the afternoon. He scored with Delta Dawson ($3.70), Dartmouth Hall ($4.10), Second Hand News ($7.20), Sack Full of Gold ($3.50) and Turbo Angel ($6.60). Jim McNeight also had a driving triple. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 13) when the New York Sire Stakes 3-year-old filly division comes to town racing for $118,200 in purse money. Post time is 6:35.   Tim Bojarski

Batavia, NY - A solid field of seven Open pacers went postward in Batavia Downs feature race Saturday night and the result was a double-digit payout for the savvy bettors. Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) was the 4-1 morning line third choice and was coming off an Open class victory just last week at Buffalo Raceway. In fact he has two wins and two seconds in that class in his last four starts. Yet the 6-year-old gelding was allowed to go off as a 12-1 overlay. As the gate set the field free, Little Man Cam (Michael Whelan) opened up a quick six-length lead that left the rest of the field following in post-position order. After a :28 quarter, Best Ears (Shawn McDonough) pulled and heavily favored Spender Hanover (Drew Monti) followed as they hit the half in 57.1. Driver Jim McNeight still had Western Alumni seventh at the wood, saving ground around turn three. When they straightened out up the backside, McNeight got Western Alumni in gear and followed the live outer flow, third-over in a crisp 1:26 clip to the three-quarters. From that point McNeight tipped three-deep around the turn and fanned four wide in the stretch to out-battle the leaders and beat a fast closing Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.) by a neck in 1:55.2. Best Ears hung on to be third. Western Alumni paid $27.60 as he registered his sixth win of the year and the victory pushed his 2014 earnings total to $48,370. North Creek Racing LLC of East Amherst, NY own Western Alumni and he is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. Racing resumes tomorrow afternoon at the Downs with three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes and two divisions of the Excelsior series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 1:15. For more racing information from Batavia Downs or to watch race replays as soon as they are declared official, logon to www.bataviadonwsgaming.com. Or if you would like to bet online and watch live streaming coverage of the races as they occur, logon to www.bataviabets.com and open an account. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The season is almost over at Buffalo Raceway but one of the most exciting races of 2014 took pace in the featured $8,400 conditioned pace on Saturday night (July 19) with a pair of noses separating the top three finishers.   When the photo came up after the blanket finish, Little Man Cam (Jim McNeight) had a nostril in front of Peenie (Drew Monti) while What The Sheik (David McNeight III) was a nose back in third. Little Man Cam covered the mile in 1:57.4 over the good track and returned $17.80 for the win.   It was a classic stretch battle as Peenie tried to desperately hang on after setting the fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:28.3. But Little Man Cam took the outside route and nailed Peenie at the wire while What The Sheik had to settle for a disappointing third after using the passing lane.   It was the third victory in 19 starts for Little Man Cam (Camotion-Rocket Time). The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Michael Ohol and Steven Gross and is trained by Courtney Ohol. The win upped Little Man Cam's seasonal earnings to $20,578 and $149,947 lifetime.   The season concludes on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. post for the 11-race card. The New York Sire Stakes will close out 2014 campaign with the 2-year-old filly trotters taking to the track.   For more information including the simulcast schedule, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Western Alumni had a pair of second place finishes the past two weeks in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway but Saturday night (July 12) he got a chance to pose in the winner's circle once again after holding off Rock N Roll Legend by a half length in 1:55.1 over the fast track.   Driver Jim McNeight and Western Alumni played give-and-go with Big Unit to the opening quarter marker and managed to set the pace with times of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:26.4. Big Ears made a bobble around the clubhouse turn the final time and scattered the field somewhat, leaving the front-running Western Alumni to battle Big Unit (Drew Monti) and Rock N Roll Legend (Kevin Cummings) to duke it out the last quarter mile.   Through the stretch, a determined Western Alumni managed to hold the off the pair thanks to the urging of McNeight. Rock N Roll Legend finished in second with Big Unit taking the show spot.   Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) is owned by North Creek Racing LLC and is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. It was his fifth win in 20 starts in 2014 and upped the 6-year-old gelding's earnings to $43,260 and $185,379 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. post. It's 'Back To The Track' at Buffalo Raceway with free programs, t-shirts, sno-cones, cotton candy and pony rides. The New York Sire Stakes is also in town with the 2-year-old pacing fillies taking to the track.   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. --- Best Ears was sent off as the harness racing heavy 3-5 favorite in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (July 5) and he proved he was the 'best' with a neck decision over Western Alumni in 1:54.2 over the fast track.   Scoring from the rail, Best Ears (Shawn McDonough) played 'give-and-go' with Western Alumni and set the fractions with times of 29.0, 58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, it boiled down to a two-horse race with Best Ears ($3.30) begging for the finish line late and was able to hold off the late drive of the pocket-sitting Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) by a diminishing neck. What The Sheik (David McNeight III) took the show position.   Best Ears (Shark Gesture-Extreme Dream) is a 5-year-old gelding who is owned by Joseph Amico and is trained by Frank Mastrodonato. It was the fifth win in 24 starts this season for Best Ears and pushed his 2014 earnings to $32,992 and $216,397 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon with a 12-race card slated for 1:05 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. --- There's been five track records either tied or broken this season at Buffalo Raceway but the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers came up empty in trying to challenge any of the marks in the three $37,266 divisions of the New York Sires Stakes on a steamy Wednesday night (July 2).   While not breaking the 2-year-old standard of 1:55.4 set by He's Watching in 2013, there were still plenty of impressive times for the winners, all of whom made their first pari-mutual start of their careers.   The fastest mile of the Sire Stakes went to Mikado Blue Chip who posted an impressive 1:57.2 time over the track in the second division.   It was a gate-to-wire win for Mikado Blue Chip ($7.50) who beat Perfect Bid (Jeff Dauplaise) by a throttled down five lengths after posting fractions of 29.3, 59.0 and 1:28.4. Old Man Cleary (Brent Holland) finished in third.   "He has a lot of get up and go," driver Doug McNair said of Mikado Blue Chip. "He really seems to like a half-mile track."   Mikado Blue Chip (American Ideal-Ichiban Blue Chip) is owned by Mark Ford and trained by Gregg McNair.   In the opening $37,266 division, Cartoon Daddy avoided potentially huge trouble just past the half as he was drafting the first-over K Ryan Bluechip who broke stride. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. reacted quickly and swung Cartoon Daddy extremely wide to avoid the trouble and eventually scooted past the pace-setting Derby Dale by the time they hit at the three-quarter marker.   From there, Cartoon Daddy ($3.50) cruised to the finish line with with no serious threats. He crossed the line in 1:58.1 and beat App Heaven (Jordan Stratton) by 1-1/2 lengths while KJ Brent (Holland) took third.   "He's very handy," said Morrill Jr. of Cartoon Daddy. "He was like driving a little car."   Owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Joseph DiScala, Cartoon Daddy was sired by Art Major out of Ask Alice. Ron Burke handled the training duties.   The third and final division saw Aimo Hanover spring the upset with a 1:58.0 time and paid $18.40 to his followers.   Aimo Hanover went first over just before the half and took command from Starznheaven just before the three-quarter pole and never looked back. Play The Field (Morrill Jr.) had late pace to pick up second place but was two lengths behind while Mystical Pacer (Holland) rounded out the top three.   "He did everything perfect tonight," winning driver Jeff Gregory stated. "He's a handy little horse and was perfect."   Aimo Hanover (Artiscape-Allamerican Celeb) is owned by the Doug Ackerman Stables Inc. and and conditioned by D.R. Ackerman.   The $12,800 Excelsior Series A class for the 2-year-old colts and geldings saw Artistic Major (Holland)) take the first division in 1:58.2 and returned $11.20 for the victory. American Anthem (McNair) rallied in the stretch and scored the $19.00 win in 1:59.3 in the second leg.   In the non-betting $6,600 Excelsior Series B class for the 2-year-old colts and gelding pacers, Mr. Wiskers and Morrill Jr. covered the mile in 2:01.2 to register the decision.   You're Too Funny took the weekly $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace for driver Mark MacDonald in 1:55.1. Owned by Greg Capell and trained by Lisa Zgodzinski, You're Too Funny ($13.00) held off the hard-charging Dontch Remember (Morrill) and Mondatta (Jim McNeight).   Racing resumes on Friday night with the 13-race program card getting started at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a thing a beauty, especially if you had a couple of bucks on the nose of Ugly Betty.   She may have been the longest shot on the board, but Ugly Betty ($46.20) was first across the finish line in the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 25). She beat Mondatta, sent off at 21-1, by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.4 as driver Jack Flanigen drove Ugly Betty to the surprise victory.   The pair combined for a $1,248 exacta and topped a $4,660 trifecta with You're Too Funny (Ron Beback Jr.), who finished in third.   CS Kentucky (Shawn McDonough) posted the fractions of 29.1, 59.3 and 1:29.0 but called it a night after that. Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) was first over and took over the lead at the top of the stretch. She then tired and threw in the towel. That allowed the second over and three-wide Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) to register a 28.2 final panel and cruise to the solid 1-1/2 length win over a late-pacing Mondatta (Jim McNeight).   Ugly Betty, a 6-year-old mare owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, has now won six times in 19 starts this season, bankrolling $42,648 in 2014 and $154,610 lifetime. Dennis Dylo handled the training duties.   Racing resumes on Friday night when two $60,200 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings highlight the 13-race program that is scheduled to start at 6:40 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. --- After being hampered by outside post positions the past four weeks in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway, Western Alumni finally got the rail. While it may have been foreign territory, he took advantage of it and posted a nose win over a fast-charging Best Ears and What The Sheik in 1:55.1 Saturday night (June 21).   In the co-featured $24,750 Spring Break Claiming Pacing Series, The Awful Truth rallied late to score the win in 1:57.3 over Always An Optimist.   Western Alumni ($5.50) has been in the six post or further out but finally drew inside to the pylons. Driver Jim McNeight sent the 6-year-old gelding right to the top and played 'catch me if you can.' Putting up easy fractions of 29.1, 58.2 and 1:26.4, Western Alumni knew the battles were coming in the stretch.   Best Ears (Shawn McDonough) and What The Sheik (David McNeight III) took their best shots in the drive for the wire but Western Alumni had just enough in the tank to hold on for the nose victory.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the fourth win in 17 tries for Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss). The victory increased his earnings to $33,150 in 2014 and $174,879 lifetime.   The Awful Truth has turned out to be quite a $4,000 claim for owner/trainer Priscilla Mooney. Back on May 3rd of this season, Mooney claimed the 9-year-old gelding and he's responded sensationally with two wins and three second place finishes in six starts including the victory in the $24,750 Spring Break Claiming Pacing Series finale.   Sitting fifth at the start, The Awful Truth ($5.90) and Buffalo Raceway leading driver Kevin Cummings, followed live cover to the three-quarter and powered himself three-wide in the lane to overtake the pace-setting Always An Optimist (Jack Flanigen) in 1:57.3 over the fast track. FB Seelster (Shawn McDonough) finished in third.   It was the third win in 19 appearances this season for The Awful Truth (Western Hanover-Game Bunny) and increased his 2014 earnings to $24,991 and $371.277 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Spring Break Claiming Series consolation race, Pembroke Crankcall ($6.90) rallied in the stretch and snagged the victory in 1:58.1. Cummings drove the winner for owner/trainer Rachael Mungillo.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon when an 12-race program heads to the starting gate at 1:05 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, results, race replays and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Absolutely Certain left 'little doubt' in winning Friday night's $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway as he roared down the passing lane to post a stunning one length victory over Fiorentina in a seasonal best of 1:59.1. The victory was worth $38.00 to his faithful backers.   The betting board showed that the race was basically a wide-open event and the field of seven didn't disappoint. Fiorentina (Ray Fisher Jr.) took off and set the fractions with times of 29.4, 59.2 and 1:29.1.   The real race then came in the final quarter mile as four trotters began to swoop in on the front-stepping Fiorentina. Studio City, Im The Cashman and Escrow Blue Chip all had chances and made drives on the outside but came up short. Absolutely Certain (Jim McNeight), in the meantime, found the lightning lane just that. He was the quickest down the stretch and was able to trot past Fiorentina, who finished second. Im The Cashman (Drew Monti) took the show position.   Absolutely Certain (Malabar Man-River Runs Wild) is owned by Garry Martin and is trained by Sue Stockwell. It was the third victory of the season for the 6-year-old gelding, now a winner of $27,634 in 2014 and $105,725 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled for 6:40 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. --- The last time Sweetnsinful was at Buffalo Raceway, it was on July 12, 2013 in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. It was a day many will never forget as she was involved in one of the most horrific accidents ever seen at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   This season she returned and this time was involved in a race many will remember for better reasons.   Sweetnsinful came out swinging and absolutely destroyed the 3-year-old filly pacing track record with a 1:54.1 clocking to highlight the two $60,200 division of the New York Sires Stakes at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 18). Besides the 3-year-old filly standard, it was the fastest mile ever by any pacing filly or mare over the track.   The time smashed the all-time 3-year-old filly pacing mark of 1:55 set by New Album in 2011 and the all-aged female record of 1:54.2 registered earlier this season by Majic Laughter.   "She was involved in that bad accident last year as a two-year-old. I was worried she might remember that," winning driver Jimmy Whittemore said of Sweetnsinful. "But she just flew around the track tonight. She's a really nice filly."   Sitting third at the half, Whittemore sent Sweetnsinful ($13.00) first over and never looked back when getting the lead just before the three-quarter pole. Spreester (Jim McNeight) tried in vain in the stretch to get past Sweetnsinful but the 28.0 final panel was too much. The margin of victory was 1-1/4 lengths. Anegada (Jack Flanigen) managed to get the show spot.   Sweetnsinful (American Ideal-Ali Badali) is owed by Connie and Homer Hochstetler and is trained by Homer Hochstetler. It was her first win in three starts in 2014 and fifth in 12 lifetime starts. She has now earned $32,536 this year and $252,533 lifetime.   In the $60,200 first division, Blush Hanover ($3.10) and driver Jim Morrill Jr. got up in the shadow of the wire and snatched the victory away from front-running Barefoot Beauty (Doug McNair) by a head in 1:55.1. Barefoot Beauty had posted the fractions of 27.4, 57.0 and 1:25.4.   Blush Hanover began the first-over trip just before the half mile marker and used a steady grind get into contention at the three-quarter pole. From there, it was a classic stretch battle with Blush Hanover and Morrill Jr. just squeaking by Barefoot Beauty to record the win. Just Add Vodka (Kevin Cummings) rallied late for third.   "She was very good," Morrill Jr. said of Blush Hanover. "She was nice and in control all the way. She fought hard right to the end."   It was the fourth win in seven career starts for Blush Hanover (Art Major-Brissonte Hanover), all coming in 2014. She is owned by Stake Your Claim Stable, Seth Coen and George Derocker with Linda Toscano the trainer. Blush Hanover's seasonal and lifetime bankroll is now at $70,442.   In the $12,800 Excelsior A division, Whimsies (Ray Fisher Jr.) went the mile in 1:58 and returned $24.80.   Mark McDonald made his first trip ever to Buffalo Raceway and found the winner's circle in his first attempt by driving Anty Entity to an $11.60 victory. They covered the mile in 1:57.4 in the the first division of the $6.500 Excelsior Series B classification. The second division saw Raye With An E post a $48.80 victory in 2:00.4 for David McNeight III.   In the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, You're Too Funny (Jim Morrill Jr.) scored the $7.20 win in 1:55.   By Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway        

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- On Sunday, a new track record was set for 3-year-old filly trotters when Glowngold covered the mile in 1:59.0, breaking of the old standard of 1:59.1 registered by Brandnewgirlfriend in 2009.   It's now time for the 3-year-old filly pacers to take aim at the record book as the New York Sire Stakes returns to Buffalo Raceway highlighting Wednesday night's 13-race program that is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. They'll be aiming at the standard of 1:55.0 established by New Album in 2011.   There will be two $60,200 divisions of the New York Sires Stakes and as expected, Jim Morrill Jr. and his rides are expected to be the ones to catch in both legs.   Morrill Jr., a former regular at Buffalo Raceway, drove both Glowngold and Market Rally to victories in Sunday's Sires events and by the looks of things, he could sweep both on Wednesday. He'll be aboard Blush Hanover in the first division, slated for the second race, and Expose in the second leg which will go off as the fifth race.   Blush Hanover (Art Major-Brissonte Hanover) didn't race as a 2-year-old but has started her career with a bang in 2014 by finishing no worse than second in all six of her starts. She began the year by stringing together three consecutive victories but now has finished in the place positions straight three times, losing by a combined margin of only 2-1/2 lengths. Blush Hanover, trained by Linda Toscano, will score from the five post as the 3-1 morning line choice.   Just Add Vodka is also in the division and is fresh off a 1:55.3 victory at Monticello on June 6 in Sire Stakes action. With $61,248 in the bank lifetime, Just Add Vodka (Art Major-Regal Wish) will start from the seven post with Kevin Cummings in the sulky. She is trained by Julie Miller.   The second division has Morrill Jr., the leading driver currently on the Sire Stakes circuit, on Expose. She's been in the money 8-of-11 times thus far in 2014 and has a 1:56.3 mark already over a half-mile track, that coming at Yonkers. Expose (Artiscape-Good News Lady) has been saddled with tough post positions her last three starts and should enjoy post four at Buffalo Raceway.   Spreester (Jim McNeight) gets the six spot on the starting grid and arrives on a two-race win streak. She captured an Excelsior Series A race at Vernon Downs on May 30th in 1:53.2 and then was victorious in the $39,850 NYSS at Monticello on June 6 in 1:54.1. Spreester has 10 wins in 16 lifetime attempts for $89,438 in earnings. Paul Zabielski handles the training duties for owner Kimberly Zabielski.   There is also a Excelsior Series A race on the program along with a pair of Excelsior Series B races to go along with the weekly $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace.   For more information including upcoming promotions, news, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- The tote board in Saturday night's (June 14) featured $10,500 Open Pace nearly exploded as What The Sheik pulled the $51.50 upset over long shots Salazar (13-1) and Western Alumni (23-1).   The 7-8 exacta paid $592.00 and the 7-8-all trifecta $909.50.   A big reason for the huge prices was the fact that the rail-sitting and heavily-favored Best Ears (4-5) broke stride around the opening turn. After dropping back to eighth, Best Ears did manage to climb into second place in the lane but stalled as the the break took its toll.   What The Sheik (David McNeight III) was more than 10 lengths behind past the opening quarter, but a slow, steady trip just before the half got the 7-year-old horse in contention.   The closers made their mark the final panel as What The Sheik rolled to a two-length edge while Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.) took second and Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) rallied for third place. The final time was 1:56.2 over the fast track.   What The Sheik (Western Hanover-Radiant Heiress) is owned by Mike Torcello and is trained by Gerry Sarama. It was his second win in eight starts and moved What The Sheik's earnings to $15,169 in 2014 and $367,500 lifetime.   In the semi-finals of the Spring Break Claiming Series, the field of eight is set for next Saturday night's $24,000 finale.   In the first division, FB Seelster (Shawn McDonough) went in 1:56.0 to capture the victory while in the second division, Bob's Alibi (Ray Fisher Jr.) went the mile in 1:57.0. Others advancing onto the finals include The Awful Truth, Always An Optimist, Sturgeon Seelster, Classic Camelot, Puppetandmee N and Ms. Luck.   Racing resumes on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start. There will be two $59,100 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters which will include 2-year-old champion Market Rally. Also, there will be Excelsior Series races and the Billings Amateur Driving Challenge.   The Father's Day card, which has 12 races planned, will also feature free sno cones, cotton candy and pony rides.   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. --- Barn Babe has won $338,167 in her first two seasons, but the start of her 4-year-old mare's campaign has begun slowly.   That changed on Sunday afternoon (June 8) as Barn Babe circled the field and cruised to a convincing 1-1/4 length decision over Haste in the conditioned $4,500 trot in 2:04.4 over the sloppy track at Buffalo Raceway. It was Barn Babe's first win of the season in seven starts.   Sitting sixth three-wide at the three-quarter marker, Barn Babe ($5.00) made a slight bobble but driver Shawn McDonough managed to get her back on stride and roared through the stretch to trot past Haste (Jim McNeight) and Accrual Girl (David McNeight III).   Owned by Steven and Nancy Pratt, Barn Babe now has 13 victories in 32 career starts and now has earned $340,417 lifetime.   David McNeight III and Jim McNeight each posted driving triples on the matinee card.   Racing will return on Wednesday evening with an 11-race card set to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Hamburg, NY-- The sun shined brightly of Western New York for a big night of racing at the half mile track in Hamburg. The track listed as fast proved to be so, as the horses for the Spring Break Claiming Series and Open Pacers raced over the track. Last week Naked News was the pace setter trained by Bob Gruber III and Closing Credits was parked most of the mile just missing at the wire by three-quarters of a length. Tonight, when the gates opened Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) went three wide to go after Art Two D Two and Naked News. When the smoke cleared at the opening quarter mile, Western Alumni had cleared the lead, but was used very hard to get there. When the field hit the back stretch for the last time Closing Credits (Jack Flanigen) had a perfect 1st over trip just like last week, except this time he cleared for the lead. Once getting on top it was no looking back as Closing Credit won easily in the Open. Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.) closed very nicely to be 2nd and Art Two D Two (Drew Monti) was a very game 3rd. Closing Cedits is owned by James P. Graham and the Cybo Stable Inc. This 4 year old has 3 wins and has hit the board 5 out of 7 times this season getting better and better as the year goes on. The Spring Break Claiming Series started tonight at Buffalo Raceway and Wild Cruise trained by Michelle Gramza and driven by Jim McNeight made a lifetime mark cruising to victory in 1:56.4. The Spring Break Series continues next Saturday with Leg #2 as they compete for the final on Saturday, June 21. Racing continues at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday with an 11-race card that gets underway at 1:05 PM. Our live racing schedule in June now switches to 4 days a week, Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sunday. By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway

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