Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 6 of 6
1

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Some hot fractions on the front end and a short  harness racing field helped spur the always closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Feb. 19).   With a field of six, Lougazi ($4.80) was in perfect striking range throughout the main event and rolled onto the win late as he caught the pace-setting Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) in 1:58.2 over the good track.   "It was a short field and I never thought they'd go to the half in :58.3," a surprised but pleased Fisher Jr. said after Lougazi's win. "I thought they might walk it to the half and then sprint home but it actually worked out the opposite."   Rockefeller Lindy put up stout fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 which was perfect for Lougazi. Tipping three wide, Lougazi was flying and easily cruised past Rockfeller Lindy in notching a half length triumph in 1:58.2 while Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) captured third.   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the second victory in four attempts for the 6-year-old gelded Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The win increased Lougazi's yearly earnings to $17,810 and $216,293 in his career.   Bred For Greatness (Jim Morrill Jr.) has been nothing but great thus far in 2020 as he made it three straight victories in as many starts with a convincing two length win over Noble Legend in the $10,000 Class A Trot.   After settling into third off the starting gate, Bred For Greatness ($3.90) started the first over grind just before the half and finally caught the tempo-setting Noble Legend just past the three-quarter pole.   In the stretch, Bred For Greatness pulled away slowly but surely and enjoyed a two length advantage over Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) in 2:00.0 while Catch The Bouquet (Jim McNeight Jr.) finished in third.   Co-owned by trainer Mike Ohol and Steven Gross, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) has produced $12,400 in earnings this season and $104,681 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace for the filly and mares, Sarah Cola ($10.60) produced her second consecutive wire-to-wire win with a half length score over Jag Out in 1:58.4.   Taking off from the three post, Sarah Cola (McNeight III) stuffed an early lead attempt from Jag Out (Drew Monti) and that proved to be the right move.   Posting splits of :29.2, 1:00.1, and 1:29.3, Sarah Cola was never in serious trouble on the front end and held back a mild threat from Jag Out late while Machs Echo (Morrill Jr.) rounded out the top three.   Sara Cola (No Pan Intended-Saramotion) is an 8-year-old mare that is co-owned by trainer Jim Graham and Giuseppe Micchia. It was her second victory in four attempts this year, pushing her earnings to $11,428 and $173,709 in her career.   Morrill Jr. have a four-bagger in the sulky while Davis Jr. and Fisher Jr. doubled. Swift and Ohol each had training doubles.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday evening with a 13-race program set for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lougazi continued to use his patented late charge to the wire and once again it paid off in a harness racing victory as he captured the $13,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (Feb. 5).   First over and sitting third past the half mile marker, Lougazi made steady progress to the front and took command at the top of the stretch, beating a closing Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) by a length in 1:58.3 over the good track. Wilberforce (John Cummings Jr.) took third.   "Anytime we are within four lengths of the lead, I am feeling pretty good about our chances," driver Ray Fisher Jr. said of Lougazi and his closing tactics. "We stick to the same game plan every week. There's only one way to race him."   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the first win in two tries this season for the 6-year-old gelded Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The win jacked his career earnings to $206,543.   HP Sissy (Denny Bucceri) made Protect Blue Chip go the long mile in the co-featured $12,000 Class A-Open for the distaff pacers and those precious extra strides proved to the the difference.   Handing out the parking ticket for the entire mile, HP Sissy turned back the late challenge by a stubborn Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) to score the half length decision in 1:57.0.   Off the wings, HP Sissy and Protect Blue Chip were both intent in cutting the mile and neither gave an inch. With fractions of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:27.0, HP Sissy was able to nudge ahead at the top of the stretch but Protect Blue Chip stayed within striking distance and made a late bid again but came up a half length short. Lady London (Fisher Jr.) was third.   Owned by the Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) is a 7-year-old mare that has now produced $373,629 in lifetime earnings.   David McNeight III had a driving triple with Bucceri and Fisher Jr. collecting two each. Sabrina Shaw had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There's a $6,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- With the final weekend of harness racing at hand, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (UNY USHWA) has announced the horses of the meet for 2019. Pacer of the Meet-Back Is Black (Western Terror-Magic Moments) 1:52.1 ($242,850) Black Is Back started his year with a tag and ended up a top-class pacer. After being claimed for $20,000 at Saratoga Raceway back in May, Black Is Back found his way into the barn of trainer Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. through a private purchase by his current owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. He made his first start at Batavia Downs in July, soon won the $12,500 Open I pace and then never looked back. For the season at Batavia, Black Is Back made 13 starts with five wins, two seconds and three thirds, all in Open I company and did not miss a single check the entire meet earning him $44,565 in the process. He finished in the money 77% of the time and his best win time at the Downs was 1:53.1. For the entire year Black Is Back has made 26 starts with 10 wins, four seconds and four thirds for $79,765 in purses with a mark of 1:52.2. Trotter of the Meet-Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade) 1:56.1 ($198,483) Lougazi made an encore performance this year as he was the 2018 Batavia Downs Trotter of the Meet. During the 2019 season in Genesee County, Lougazi made 16 starts with five wins, four seconds and three thirds and much like his side-wheeling counterpart Black Is Back, Lougazi made all his starts in Open I company as well. Lougazi had a very high 75% in the money average too and his $50,500 in purses was the highest amount earned by any overnight Standardbred competing at the meet this year. His career best year also included a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 taken at Batavia in September. Overall in 2019 Lougazi has made 34 starts with nine wins, 10 seconds and five thirds with $94,000 in earnings. Mary Warriner owns Lougazi who is trained by Ryan Swift. Mare of the Meet-HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) 1:52.1 ($367,629) HP Sissy was purchased privately in January by John and Sally Finnocchario and became the star of the Finnocchario's Dream Stable. She went on to win 13 races out of 37 starts and made $116,493 racing at tracks across New York State. In July HP Sissy made her first of 13 starts at Batavia Downs and ended up winning four Open I paces for fillies and mares, besides finishing second three times and third four more and made $41,375 in purses along the way. She wound up in the money 85% of the time which was the highest percentage of hitting the board of any horse racing at the meet. Her fastest win time at the Downs was also her seasonal mark; 1:53.3. Mike Ohol is the trainer of HP Sissy. All the connections of Black Is Back, Lougazi and HP Sissy will receive their awards in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle at Batavia Downs between races on Saturday (Dec. 14) during the UNY USHWA Night of Distinction. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

LEBANON, OH. - The Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial harness racing series at Miami Valley Raceway came to a conclusion on Tuesday afternoon (April 18) with the $27,500 championship leg. The late closer for non-winners of six races or $60,000 lifetime was open to trotters foaled in any jurisdiction, but it was a pair of Buckeye breds who finished one-two at the end of the 1:54.1 mile. Another Breath (Jason Brewer), despite drawing the dreaded nine-hole on the outside of the starting gate, triumphed for the second straight week beating Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble) and Milford's Z Tam (Tyler Smith). The Land Shark (Kayne Kauffman) cut all the fractions (:27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.3) before faltering in the stretch when a cavalry charge to the wire ensued. Another Breath got away fifth, moved second over and up to fourth at the half, was third on the outside at the three quarters, then tipped three-wide off of eventual runnerup Lets Go Bucks cover and pressed to the front just steps from the wire. The winner, a 4-year-old son of Lou's Legacy, now has eight career wins and $150,488 in earnings. He was recently purchased by owner Richard Mishkin and moved to the Jeff Johnson Jr. barn. A $20,000 Open Trot was also contested with the lone mare in the 7-horse field schooling the 'boys' in 1:53.4. Moving up into open company for the very first time, Honey B (Kyle Ater) outdid Don't rush (Mike Oosting) and Walter White (Dan Noble) for her 13th career triumph, raising her lifetime bounty to $238,581. Dan Ater trains the 5-year-old daughter of Victory Sam for Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - A $22,000 Open Trot and a pair of $12,500 second round divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for condition trotters highlighted the Tuesday (April 11) harness racing matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Dont Rush (Mike Oosting) waited diligently from mid-pack as four lead changes transpired during the first half-mile of the weekly trot feature, then pounced in the late stages to score a 1:54.1 triumph, his fourth of the year but first in five weeks. I Know My Chip (Walter Haynes Jr.) also closed from far back to secure the runnerup spot, losing by just a neck, while Walter White (Dan Noble) held on for third. Penn (Jason Brewer) was the first to make the top, leading the classy field to the quarter in :27.1. Rockn Stien (Peter Wrenn) was first to come calling, clearing to the front in the homestretch the first time around the five-eighths mile oval. Fashion Chocolate (Josh Sutton) was next to assume command well before the :55.4 half was reached. Walter White (Dan Noble) applied pressure immediately thereafter and cleared to the front just past the midway station. As the field swung off the final turn eight of thne nine horses were bunched three-wide from front to back with less than four lengths separating them. Halfway down the lane it was Dont Rush forging to the front and I Know My Chip finding a late seam to make the outcome interesting. The 5-year-old winning son of Infinitif is trained by Bill Dailey and owned by the partnership of Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and the JJ&M Stable. Another Breath (Jason Brewer) established a new track record for 4-year-old male trotters winning the quickest Farwick division in 1:54.1 over favored Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble) and The Land Shark (Mike Oosting). The 4-year-old Lou's Legacy gelding was making just his second start for new owner Richard Mishkin and trainer Jeff Johnson Jr. The quick clocking shaved over two seconds off Another Breath's previous best. The victory was his 7th lifetime and increased his career bounty to $132,688. The other split was captured by Primed N Powerful (Dale Hiteman), who downed Ultimate Shopper (Chris Page) and Mickeys House (Greg Grismore) in 1:54.4. The Psychic Spirit-sired 4-year-old is trained by Douglas Graham for owners Ronald Phillips and Sharry Boledovich. Milfords Z Tam, Deep Question and E R Bella also qualified for the $27,500 series championship which will go postward next Tuesday, April 18. The Lucky Pick-5 wager went unsolved for the third consecutive day, creating a carryover of $3986.76, and prompting Miami Valley to guarantee a $10,000 total pool, in conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering platform, when the pentafecta bet is offered next on races ten through fourteen Friday night (April 14). Gregg Keidel

STICKNEY, IL - Thursday evening at Hawthorne brought forth warm temps and a fast track, along with the first view of the two-year-old stakes competitors for the summer harness racing meet. Illinois-bred two-year-old filly trotters took to the track in two divisions of leg one of the Fox Valley Flan Stakes while colts and gelding trotters were featured in the Kadabra Stakes, which also had a pair of divisions. Kicking off the evening at Hawthorne was the first division of leg one of the Fox Valley Flan Stakes as a field of seven competed for a $10,000 purse. Sent off as the favorite was Sis's Ellie Mae as she was coming off a second-place finish in her debut against the boys. Leaving and making the top was the favorite for trainer J D Finn and driver Jared Finn as the daughter of Cassis carved out fractions of :31, 1:02.4, and 1:33.2 to three quarters. In the lane, Sis's Ellie Mae held sway, winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:02.1. Lous Game N Match was second, Scarlet Ribbons third. Owned by James Rine and Charles Doehring, Sis's Ellie Mae paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.20. Lous Game N Match returned $4.60 and $3.60 while Scarlet Ribbons paid $2.80 to show. Race two was the first division of leg one of the Kadabra Stakes with Trixie's Jethro a son of Cassis sent away as the heavy favorite. At the start, Fox Valley Khan made the lead while the favorite was hung wide through the opening quarter in :29.3. Onto the backstretch, the 1-5 favorite, Trixie's Jethro assumed command through a half in :59.3. Into the lane in three quarters in 1:30.0, Trixie's Jethro opened a seven length lead. Staying strong, Trixie's Jethro won by daylight for driver Jared Finn in 2:00.0. Louscipher finished second while Bands Houdini was third. Owned by Charles Doehring, and trained by J D Finn, Trixie's Jethro returned $2.60, $2.20, and $2.10. Louscipher came back $5.60 and $4.20 while Bands Houdini paid $10.80 to show. Race four on the Thursday card was the second division of the Kadabra Stakes as Matt Q was sent away as the favorite from the outside for driver Casey Leonard. After racing wide into the first turn, Swiss Bank took the early lead in :31.3. After a half in 1:04.4, Swiss Bank held the lead. Marching to Zion moved to challenge after three quarters in 1:37.0 while favored Matt Q tipped five wide. In the lane, Matt Q cruised by to win by two-and-a-half lengths in 2:06.2. Cassisandfifth finished second while Marching to Zion was third. Owned by Quaid Racing, LLC and trained by Nelson Willis, the colt by Powerful Emotion returned $3.00, 2.20, and $2.40. Cassisandfifth came back $4.80 and $3.20 while Marching to Zion paid $2.20 to show. Race six on the card was the second division of the Fox Valley Flan Stakes with Lous Credit Report sent off as the even money choice. Leaving quickly was the favorite but she was hung wide early as Dandy's ESP grabbed the lead from the inside through the quarter in :30.1. After the half in 1:01.3, Dandy's ESP led through the turn. Moving first over into the stretch was Lous Credit Report, covering three quarters in 1:33.2. At the wire, Lous Credit Report and driver Jamaica Patton held on by a length-and-a-half over She's Savvy. Dandy's ESP was third. The final time was 2:02.1. Owned by Flacco Family Farms, LLC and trained by Roshun Trigg, the filly by Lou's Legacy returned $4.00, $3.40, and $2.60. She's Savvy came back $10.60 and $4.20 while Dandy's ESP returned $2.20 to show. Jim Miller

1 to 6 of 6
1