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Batavia, NY---Longtime western New York horseman Jim McNeight reached a career milestone as he won his 1,000 race as a harness racing trainer. McNeight was at 999 before his pacer Open Water finished second on Wednesday (Dec. 6) and was placed first through a disqualification. But McNeight made it official on Friday (Dec. 15) when his trotter Millbrook Hanover driven by his son Jim McNeight Jr., won easily in the snow to notch his 1,000th career victory. McNeight got started in the business while in his teens and learned under the guidance of his father Ed McNeight Sr. He got his driver's license in 1981 and became a go-to catch driver in western New York within a few years. Focusing mainly on driving for the first part of his career, McNeight added training to his daily duties when he father retired in 1992 and since that time has been a mainstay at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway ever since. In June of 2016, McNeight was involved in a bad accident at Buffalo Raceway and came away with a severe back injury that sidelined him for months. After time off and extensive rehab, he has been able to resume jogging and training but his doctors will not clear him to race due to the possibility of further damage in the event of another racing incident. So now McNeight focuses fully on the training end of his current stable of 10 and is a full time coach for his son who does all the driving now and is a rising star on the same circuit his father excelled on for so many years. Jim McNeight's 1,000th training win was the result of 6,450 starts that also saw him finish second 932 times and third another 919. All told his earnings have amounted to just under $3.5 million. "It's very special to reach a milestone like this but you can't do it without good, faithful owners and I have been blessed to have three of them" said McNeight. "Mike Ventura, Mike Calimeri and Dave Sanlorenzo have backed me for over 20 years and made those 1,000 wins possible." Mike Ventura owns Millbrook Hanover. For his driving career McNeight has 3,587 wins and over $13 million earned in purses.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Driver Jim McNeight tossed out the usualy front-running tactics of Western Alumni and tried something new in the $10,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 9). The new strategy worked to perfection as Western Alumni notched a 3/4-length victory over Babe's I Scoot in 1:56.3 over the fast track.   After trying to cut the mile unsuccessfully in three of his last four races, Western Alumni ($4.80) went back to the drawing board and gave the come-from-behind method a chance.   Watching from third place as Mr Perserverance set the tempo with times of 28.3, 59.0 and 1:27.2, driver Jim McNeight started Western Alumni on his winning move just before the three quarter pole. Slowly but surely cutting into the lead, Western Alumni took command midway in the home stretch and held off the mild threats of Babe's I Scoot (Todd Cummings) and In The Clear (David McNeight III) who finished in second and third respectively.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) has now scored three victories in 12 tries in 2016. The win upped his seasonal earnings to $24,310 and $284,294 lifetime.   Jim McNeight had four victories on the evening while David McNeight III finished with a triple. Trainers Mike Carrubba and Rose Russo each posted two wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

It's been a frustrating past two weeks for Justgottogetthere at Buffalo Raceway with a pair of solid but disappointing second place finishes. But that annoyance was erased on Friday night (March 4) as Justgottogetthere posted a convincing 2-3/4 length harness racing victory over Winkys Pride in the featured $8,200 trot.   Leave Your Mark (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the fractions through the opening three stations with times of 29.4, 1:00.0 and 1:29.0. Justgottogetthere, in the meantime, began his first over journey just before the half mile and eventually got on even terms with the pace-setter with a quarter mile to race.   In the drive to the wire, driver Jim McNeight gave Justgottogetthere some minor encouragement and he responded to draw away for the popular $4.10 win in 1:59.3. Winkys Pride (Denny Bucceri) came on late for second place with Kahoku (Truman Gale) taking third.   Co-owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing, the 7-year-gelded Justgottogetthere (Valley Victory-Mara's Theme) scored his initial win of 2016 after four previous appearances. Trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., Justgottogetthere has won $8,660 this year and $211,534 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. registered four victories in the bike while Gale doubled. Trainer JD Perrin remained red hot as he conditioned three winners.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with an 11-race program set to go to the post at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, replays and race results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Western Alumni had a bit of a tussle to get to the front end in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 20) but that battle ended up winning the harness racing war.   Facing a stubborn Listowel to the opening quarter, Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) managed to set the fractions and hung on late to register a neck victory over Youwillwishyouhad (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) in 1:56.0 over the fast track.   It was the featured event on the 13-race card that completed a three-day race week where the handle was over $900,000.   Buffalo Raceway Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said, "It is nice to see the numbers like that for our operation in Hamburg. It was a week of hard work for the track crew with the rising temperatures playing havoc. The race secretary (Tom Agosti) has put together full competitive fields and it is starting to make a difference resulting in exciting racing in Western New York. The measure of it is more wagering. I think it will continue throughout the meet."   Back to the Open, Western Alumni ($9.30) posted fractions of 28.0, 57.4 and 1:26.3. The 8-year-old gelding then had to rebuff the late charges of Youwillwishyouhad and China Dream (Jack Flanigen) who both missed by a neck and head respectively.   It was the second straight win for Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss), now a winner of $12,060 this season and $272,044 lifetime. He is owned by North Creek Racing LLC and is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr.   The finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series are set for next Saturday night with a purse of $24,000. Notching victories in the semi-finals were Flashy Trick (1:58.0) and Beechwood Wayne (1:59.3). Along with the winners, also earning a spot in the finals were Mach It Paid, Delightful Caitlin, M G Jade, Midas Blue Chip, First Of Fun and Tymal Torch.   Horses not reaching the finals will battle in the $10,000 consolation.   Racing will continue at 5 p.m. on Wednesday night with a 13-race card on tap.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY---After not having much success after jumping up from the claiming ranks, the 8-1 Bellagio Hanover and harness racing driver Jim McNeight had a reversal of fortunes in winning the $10,000 Open trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 11). Leaving from post one, Bellagio Hanover briefly yielded the front to Leave Your Mark (Truman Gale) but retook the lead before hitting the quarter in a comfortable :29.2. But shortly after that station, Write That Down (Shawn McDonough) pulled first-up and drew next to the leader; a position he would maintain for nearly a half mile. The pair dueled past the half in :59 and three-quarters in 1:28 flat before Bellagio Hanover finally put away the challenge of Write That Down around the last turn. From there he trotted clear of the field and won handily by a long length in 1:58.2. It was the seventh win of the year for the lightly regarded Bellagio Hanover ($19.00), six of which were for owners Jack and Maria Rice who claimed the horse at Tioga Downs on July 11 for $5,000. Maria Rice trains the winner. In the co-feature $7,700 Open II trot, Red Clay (Shawn McDonough) notched his eighth win of the Batavia Downs meet, making him the winningest trotter of the 2015 session. Red Clay was sitting fourth when he pulled past the stands for the first time, took the lead and trotted his back half in :58.4 to win by six open lengths in 1:59.4. Red Clay ($3.10) is owned by Patricia and Carmen Cappotelli and is trained by Carmen Cappotelli. Shawn McDonough had a driving triple on the card while Jim McNeight and Jack Flanigen both chimed in with doubles. Trainer Maria Rice conditioned two winners as well. The meet comes to a close at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 12) with a 12-race card on tap. There is a $396 carry over pool for the Pick-5 wager and it carries a mandatory payout. Post time for the first race is 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations    

Jokerman ($4.20) led from gate to wire in the $9,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 28) to register his tenth harness racing win of the year. After easily taking the lead, driver Jim McNeight guided Jokerman through even fractions of :28.3 and :58.4 before anyone in the field made a move. At the half, Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) pulled to challenge the leader and pushed the issue to the three-quarters in 1:27. But Jokerman had the last laugh, pacing away from him as well as the rest of the field to score a two-length win in 1:55.2. Besides being his tenth win of the year, Jokerman has also been the picture of consistency; finishing in the money 27 out of 39 starts. The purse raised Jokerman's 2015 earnings to $76,131 and that, combined with his double-digit wins, has produced a career year for his owners Robert Roth, Randy Roth and Richard Roth, who also trains the 6-year-old American Ideal gelding. Batavia Downs leading dash driver Kevin Cummings completed a five-day, 24-win run as he registered another five wins on Saturday night. Ron Beback Jr., Jack Flanigen and Jim McNeight also got across two winners each. Trainer James Clouser Jr. sent three of his students to the winner's circle while Gerry Sarama and JD Perrin each sent two. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Dec. 2), kicking off the last six days of live racing for this year at the oldest lighted harness racing track in America. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Batavia, NY---Despite stiff harness racing competition and some very inclement weather, Jokerman had the last laugh Saturday night (Oct. 24) by winning the $9,500 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs. Western Alumni (Ron Beback Jr.) left hard and made it known he was going to cut the mile. And in kind, everyone then followed in post-position order. Past the quarter, Button Fly (Shawn McDonough) came first up and brought Cobble Beach (John Cummings Jr.) in tow. This left Jokerman (Jim McNeight) tucked in nicely, second at the pylons. Positions remained basically the same through three-quarters and around the last turn. But as soon as they hit the stretch and the passing lane opened up, McNeight directed Jokerman into that gap and muscled his way to the lead and the win in 1:55. Western Alumni hung on for second with Cobble Beach rallying three-wide for show. It was the ninth win of 2015 for Jokerman who has now earned $66,051 for the year. The 5-year-old American Ideal gelding is trained by Richard Roth, who co-owns with Robert Roth and Randy Roth. The $8,400 Open II pace co-feature was one of the more entertaining races of the night. Lucky Nadotremblay (Kevin Cummings) and FB Seelster (Dave McNeight III) fought side-by-side, tooth, fang and claw for the front for almost three-quarters of the mile before Arrived Late (Shawn McDonough) tipped four-wide around them at that station to take the lead and open up by three. But he wasn't safe as If It Rains (John Cummings Jr.) who was right behind him, tracked him down in the stretch to win by a length. Sent off at 16-1, If It Rains, made it rain, returning $35.80. Jim McNeight scored a driving hat-trick while Kevin Cummings, Ron Beback Jr. and Jack Flanigen all registered doubles. Trainers Gerry Sarama, Alex Giuliani and Maria Rice each sent two winners to post as well. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 28) with the first post set for 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Batavia, NY---In as definitive a manner as could be displayed, Tequila Haze ($11.20) led at all stations en route to capturing the $7,700 Open II trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 9). While weekly regulars Lutetium and BZ Glide were not in the race, Tequila Haze (Jim McNeight) took full advantage of the opportunity and used his gait speed to power to the front off the gate and take immediate command of the race. Enjoying a loose-length lead, McNeight took the field through fractions of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:28.3 before raising the lines and giving Tequila Haze his head around the last turn. With some rocking and knocking encouragement down the lane, Tequila Haze held strong and hit the wire in front in 1:58. Keystone Wild Card (Drew Monti) was second and Studio City (Dave McNeight III) was third. It was the fourth win of the year for the 4-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass and it raised his seasonal earnings to $33,399 for owners Michael Ventura and James McNeight Jr. Shawn McDonough scored a driving triple of Friday's card while Jack Flanigen and Ray Fisher Jr. both had doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 10) with post time for the first race set at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Batavia, NY---A patient steer from a veteran harness racing driver produced an upset victory in the $9,500 mares Open pace feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 26). It was Badlands Love (Jim McNeight) who sat last and watched the rest of the field argue position before swooping in to claim the spoils. There was a traffic jam off the wings when Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) and All About Boyz (Dave McNeight III) went toe-to-toe through a fast 27.3 quarter. Not wanting to join the front-end fray yet locked out of a hole, heavy 1-9 favorite Ugly Betty (Drew Monti) ended up drafting third on the outside the entire time. These positions held firm past the half and three-quarters; that station in 1:26.2. As the group left the turn at the top of the stretch, Ugly Betty tried a three-wide tip and Dontch Remember (Ray Fisher Jr.) reached four-high. But wily veteran McNeight, who was saving ground the entire race, stuck to his guns and thus, the pylons, before barreling up the inside the pack to end up best of all with a 1:57.2 victory. It was the seventh win in 30 starts this year for Badlands Love ($29.40) and the winner's share pushed her coffers to $52,803 for owners Richard, Randy and Robert Roth. Richard Roth conditions the 4-year-old Badlands Hanover mare. Driver Shawn McDonough score a natural hat trick winning races six, seven and eight. Jim McNeight, Ron Beback Jr. and Jack Flanigen all tallied doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Aug. 28) with the first post set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Ever since arriving from Scioto Downs in Ohio on June 28, Milliron Pete has sure made himself right at home at the harness racing meetings at Buffalo Raceway.   And while adjusting to his surroundings in Western New York, he's finding the winner's circle is a pretty good place to hang out as well.   For the fourth time in five starts at the Hamburg half-mile oval, Milliron Pete (Jim McNeight) showed he's not camera shy either by taking a half length victory in the $10,500 Open Pace in 1:55.0 over the fast track Saturday night (July 25).   While Milliron Pete ($9.60) has new stomping grounds, he has passed just about every test put in front of him.   Starting out in a $4,800 conditioned race on June 28 at Buffalo Raceway, Milliron Pete has stepped his way up the ladder and it landed him on the top rung, the Open pace.   Posting a 1-1/2 victory in 1:55.2 on July 18 in a $7,800 conditioned pace, the jump in class was well deserved.   Big Bossman did much of the dirty work in the race by setting fractions of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26.1.   Milliron Pete, who was assigned the inside post, drafted along perfectly in second and scooted through in the passing lane to stun Big Bossman (Jack Flanigen).   Western Alumni (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.   Trained by McNeight and owned by the Eim Racing, Milliron Pete (American Ingot-Komoda Dragon) has now posted six victories in 26 tries in 2015.   It sent the 5-year-old gelding's earnings to $34,816 this year and $57,481 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) reverted back to his front-running style and it resulted in an impressive four length win in a sizzling 1:53.1.   Scoring the from six post, Cobble Beach had to tussle with Mister Icon for the lead to the opening quarter but once getting there, it was all over.   Cobble Beach motored to the half in 56.2 and blistered a 28.1 last panel to put the remaining five horses in surrender mode.   Mister Icon (McNeight) finished a distant second while I C D Moolah (Beback Jr.) was third.   Owned and trained by James Clouser Jr., Cobble Beach (Artiscape-Mirmattculous) has now posted four wins in 24 starts this season, moving his earnings to $40,490.   The 5-year-old gelding upped his career bankroll to $134,597.   The 2015 season comes to a close Sunday afternoon when an 11-race card goes to the post at 1:05 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and simulcast schedule, go to   Brian Mazurek

The way Rockstar Temper has been racing at Buffalo Raceway the past two weeks, he is quickly reaching 'rock star status' after rolling to another impressive victory in the $10,000 conditioned pace at the harness racing there on Saturday night (July 4).   After watching Mr. Perserverance do the dirty work on the front end, the pocket-sitting Rockstar Temper ($3.90) cruised on by in the stretch and registered a length win in a seasonal best 1:53.2.   It was his second straight victory in the week's featured pace.   Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) protected pocket position from the start and put up scorching fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:24.4 over the fast track while Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) followed in tow.   With a quarter mile to go, the duo broke away from the pack and were ready to duke it out to the wire.   Rockstar Temper had the most punch and rolled past the helpless-feeling Mr. Perservance in the lane.   Cobble Beach (Jack Flanigen) took the show spot.   Owned by James Caradori and trained by Darrin Monti, it was the fifth win this season for Rockstar Temper (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper).   The 7-year-old gelding has earned $48,520 this season and increased his lifetime mark to $337,853.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, there was no stopping Ain't No Stoppin' as driver Jim McNeight was able to take him to a gate-to-wire victory in a seasonal best 1:55.3.   Starting from the pylons, Ain't No Stoppin' went to the front and posted splits of 29.1, 58.1 and 1:26.4.   After seeing Ain't No Stoppin' drop anchor in the stretch last week, the closers were licking their chops at get a shot at tracking him down.   But the flame out didn't occur this week as Ain't No Stoppin' was strong enough to barely fend off the cavalry charge that developed behind him and notch the $23.20 win.   The heavily-favored Burton Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings) just missed and finished a mere head behind while Art Two D Two (Monti) took third.   Owned by Michael Calimeri and trained by McNeight, it was the fourth win of the campaign for Ain't No Stoppin' (Dream Away-Lasting Approval).   The 9-year-old horse has now put $21,746 in the bank in 2015 and $181,719 in his career.   LeReina Road scored a $82.50 upset victory in the third race with David McNeight III in the bike.   Racing will return on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

One thing is for certain, seven isn't a lucky number for the harness racing gelding Justgottogetthere.   With four starts in his last six outings coming from the seven post, Justgottogethere has come up empty.   But the 6-year-old gelding has been lights out when drawing from the six post inward, going a perfect 4-for-4.   Wednesday night (June 17) was a perfect example of that.   Justgottogetthere took advantage of some much appreciated post relief and went gate-to-wire to claim the featured $9,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway..   Driver Jim McNeight took the pace-setting Justgottogetthere right to the lead from the three hole and posted splits of 28.3, 59.0 and 1:28.1.   In the stretch, however, Justgottogetthere ($3.10) was begging for the finish line as BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was charging fast but finished a disappointing neck behind in 1:57. over the fast track.   Serious George (Shawn Gray) took the show position.   Now victorious eight times this season in 15 starts, Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC.   He has earned $46,327 in 2015 and $126,938 lifetime.   Kisses N Kicks ($10.40) ground out a first-over trip and pulled away from the field late in the $9,500 Open II for the distaff pacers.   A Cameo In Life posted the fractions of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:28.1 but Kisses N Kicks started the slow and steady grind on the rim just before the opening half.   In the drive to the wire, Kisses N Kicks had little trouble holding off her competition and took a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:57.   Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) finished a non-threatening second while Country Delight (Jack Flanigen rallied for third.   Driven and trained by David McNeight III and owned by Courtney McNeight, Kisses N Kicks Life Sign-Kissing Rain has now won six times in 20 starts this season, putting $41,588 in the bank. It upped the 7-year-old mare's career total to $166,460.   Kevin Cummings finished the night with three victories and Jim McNeight had a driving double.   Racing returns to Buffalo Raceway on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Sand Savage played the old give-and-go with Mr. Perserverance and kept right on going to the winner's circle in the harness racing featured $10,500 Open I-II pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 13).   The victory kept a torrid streak going for the 8-year-old Sand Savage (Allamerican Native-Sheer Hose). In his last seven starts, he has five wins and a pair of narrow second place finishes.   Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) managed to get to the top from the three post but that it was short-lived as the rail-sitting Sand Savage took command before the quarter pole. Setting splits of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26.0, Sand Savage awaited the cavalry charge in the stretch.   While it looked like it might develop, driver Jim McNeight kept Sand Savage on task and held off Mr. Perserverance and Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings), who finished in second and third respectively. The margin of victory was a length in a time of 1:54.3.   Co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Randy and Robert Roth, Sand Savage has now earned $41,383 in 2015 and $399,667 lifetime.   In the co-featured $8,800 conditioned pace, Burton Blue Chip (Lee Dahn) used a late kick in the stretch to pull the $25.80 stunner in a career best of 1:54.2.   It seemed like it was going to be a three-horse battle to the finish line between Big Bossman, Peenie and Ponyta Boy. But a rousing drive to the wire by Burton Blue Chip on the far outside made it a four-horse contest. It turned into a blanket finish with Burton Blue Chip a head in front in the photo while Peenie (Cummings) and Big Bossman (Gray) ended up in a dead heat for second.   Burton Blue Chip (American Ideal-Crickets Can Talk) is co-owned by trainer Lee Dahn and Larry Dahn. It was the second win of the season for the 6-year-old gelding, now a winner of $16,698 and $97,304 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway with a 10-race card set to begin at 1:05 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Western Alumni got a perfect pocket-sitting trip from harness racing driver Jim McNeight and notched a surprising $46.40 victory in 1:54.2 over a fast track in the $10,500 Open pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (May 23).   With the field shortened to five due to the scratch of Jokerman, Western Alumni tried to take the top from outside. The heavily-favored and rail-riding Cobble Beach, however, was ready and willing to hand out some parking tickets.   Western Alumni was throttled down and managed to find a seat in the garden spot just before the quarter-pole as Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) was in charge of the fractions with times of 28.1, 57.0 and 1:26.0.   With a final panel to go, Western Alumni tipped from the outside and managed to wear down second place finisher Cobble Beach by a length in 1:54.2. Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) took the show spot.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) now has three victories in 2015. It moved the 7-year-old gelding's earnings to $24,226 this year and $233,714 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, Lucky Nadotremblay ($4.10) found the front end to his liking as he went gate-to-wire in 1:54.3.   Scoring from the rail, Lucky Nadotremblay (Jack Flanigen) had no issues getting the lead and posted times of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:26.3. There were a line of pacers ready for the stretch drive but Lucky Nadotremblay had an extra gear and held back the remaining field of four at bay.   Unicorn Hanover (Shawn McDonough) managed to get up for the place spot with Peenie (Shawn Gray) in third.   Co-owned by Paul and Ronald Louis Viele, Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissfull Hall-Periella Hanover) has now four wins on the campaign and $31,194 in the bank. The 5-year-old horse also has made $93,583 in his career.   Racing resumes on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card scheduled for 5 p.m.   The New York Sire Stakes makes its first appearance of the season on Wenesday with the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers set to square off in three divisions worth $39,000 each. There will also be several Excelsior Series events on tap as well in both the 'A' and 'B' classifications.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's been quite a streak for Justgottogetthere in 2015 at Buffalo Raceway and the amazing harness racing journey continued on a crisp Wednesday night (May 20).   For the seventh time in 12 starts, Justgottogetthere landed in the winner's circle after hanging on for a nose victory over the fast-closing BZ Glide in the $9,500 conditioned trot. Besides the seven wins, Justgottogetthere has finished in second place four times as well this season.   After being assigned the seven post, driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere had to battle with Talladega Hanover to get to the top. Posting splits of 28.4, 59.4 and 1:29.4, there were several in perfect position ready to pick off Justgottogetthere in the stretch.   Northern Bullet was first over heading into the stretch with BZ Glide following his live cover in hopes of catching the front-stepping Justgottogetthere. Northern Bullet was the initial threat but tailed off to finish third for Jack Flanigen.   Next up was BZ Glide. In his first pari-mutel start of the season, BZ Glide went three-wide in the lane and had plenty of trot. But unfortunately, he ran out of real estate, finishing a nostril behind the big-hearted Justgottogethere ($5.30).   Owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC, Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) tripped the timer in 1:59.1 over the fast track in registering the win. The decision upped the 6-year-old gelding's earnings to $40,437 in 2015 and $178,919 lifetime. Jerry Nugent Jr. handled the training duties.   In the co-featured $9,500 conditioned/optional claimer for the fillies and mares, Eyemajet was on engine in the stretch to take a narrow head win over It's De Lovely in 1:58.0.   The favored A Cameo In Life cut the fractions with times of 29.4, 59.4 and 1:29.2 but Eyemajet, trained and driven by Shawn Gray, stalked the pace the final half mile. In the stretch, A Cameo In Life threw in the towel while Eyemajet ($12.60) roared by the pace-setter.   The triumph didn't come easy as Eyemajet had to hold off the late charge by It's De Lovely (David McNeight III). She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight) took the show spot.   The 6-year-old mare Eyemajet (Jereme's Jet-Aahptometrist) has now three victories in 16 tries in 2015, earning $23,326 and upping her career bankroll to $213,603.   In the seventh race, Surfers Paradise pulled a shocker with a $222.50 win for driver Mike Caprio.   Racing will resume on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

It wasn't easy but Justgottogetthere managed to narrowly 'get to' the finish line before anyone else and take the $9,500 conditioned trot at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 13th) in 1:59.1 over the fast track.   In the co-featured $9,500 fillies and mares conditioned pace, Ugly Betty continued to dominate the division with another impressive victory.   This week, she cruised to a 3-1/4 length score over A Cameo In Life in 1:56.3.   The opener saw Justgottogetthere and driver Jim McNeight use their typical tactics, racing to the top and set the fractions.   After posting panels of 29.2, 1:00.0 and 1:29.4, the duo was prepared to take on challengers in the final quarter mile.   The pocket-sitting Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) gobbled up ground down the passing lane but finished in second place just a head behind the leg-weary but game Justgottogetthere ($5.10).   Northern Bullet (Jack Flanigen) had a great chance as well but drifted out badly in the stretch and settled for third.   It was the sixth victory in 11 appearances this season for Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme), who has missed the board just once in 2015.   The 6-year-old gelding is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $35,387 and $173,869 lifetime.   Ugly Betty (David McNeight III) proved to be the best once again in the co-featured pace for the ladies.   She was assigned the outside seven post, was parked the first quarter mile and that made no difference.   Once driver Kevin Cummings got Ugly Betty to the lead, it was a battle for second place.   After being given a parking ticket by A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) to the quarter marker, Ugly Betty ($6.20) cleared and registered times of 28.4, 58.0 and 1:27.3.   She enjoyed a three-length edge at the top of the stretch and never looked back.   A Cameo In Life managed to take the place position while V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) finished third. It was the first pari-mutuel start for Tomaszewski.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) has won seven times in 15 tries in 2015.   The 7-year-old mare has now won $39,439 this season and $210,912 in her career. Rex Clabaugh handled the training duties.   The racing will resume on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to   Brian Mazurek

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