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Batavia, NY --- Keystone Apache was a dominant force in the $10,500 Open II trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 13) and scored his eighth harness racing win of the year in the easiest of fashion. Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) left slowly and made a gradual attack at the lead. He got there by the quarter in :28.4 and from that point on, the race was over. With a two-length gap for the next half mile, Keystone Apache stopped the timer in :57.3 and 1:27.3. With the plugs having already been pulled before that the station, Keystone Apache extended his lead to four-lengths heading into the final turn and maintained it into the stretch. Davis had little left to do as his horse was off and gone; Keystone Apache jogged across the wire by three lengths in 1:58.2. Keystone Apache ($6.40) upped his 2019 income to $62,092 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. Several horsemen had multiple wins on Friday. Dave McNeight III and Shawn McDonough led the way with three driving wins apiece while Jim Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each had two. Trainer Maria Rice also had two winners. The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that are comprised of eight $225,000 races will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. Peter Kleinhans will be the track's guest host and handicapper for the in-house and simulcast broadcast and Heather Wilder will be in the Purple Haze winner's circle interviewing the winners and all their connections after each stakes race. There will be two $7,500 guaranteed pools in both the early and late Pick-4 wagers that night and both will be all-stake Pick-4s (races 3-6 and races 7-10). The pools are part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA's website and through links on the Batavia Downs Facebook page when they become available. Free full card programs are now available for download from the Daily Racing Form Harness. There will be a T-shirt giveaway courtesy of the NYSS on Saturday night as well. Fans attending the races live only need to swipe their Player's Club card at guest services starting at 4:30 p.m. to receive a ticket to get their shirt after the seventh race. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- With the prohibitive harness racing favorite coming up short, Little Joke took it upon herself to win the $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) and blow up the tote board at 21-1. Lady London (Shawn McDonough) went right to the front while the rest of the field opted to stay in post position order behind her, except for HP Sissy (Ray Fisher Jr.) who broke behind the gate. Lady London went to the quarter in :28 and an even slower half of :57 and still no opposition from anyone in the race. As they moved into the third turn, 3-5 favorite Sidewalk Dancer (Hunter Oakes) pulled from fifth and tried to advance in the breeze. But progression was negligible as she hung a parked third to the three-quarters in 1:24.4, still 2-3/4 lengths behind the leader. At this point Billy Davis Jr., who had been enjoying a perfect trip in the two-hole with Little Joke, tugged the right line and asked the mare to drive on. And respond she did; pacing past Lady London at the top of the lane and then under an animated drive by Davis, held off a fast closing Miss Mary Mach (Dave McNeight III) in deep stretch to win in 1:53.1. The time was a new seasonal mark for Little Joke and was only 1/5th of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares. It was the sixth win of the year for Little Joke ($44.20) who has now earned $50,928 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Davis and Rice had so much fun in the feature, they teamed up again for an instant replay in the $11,000 Open II Handicap with Hey Sweetie ($7.00), who like her stablemate earlier, tripped out behind the front-running Mach's Echo (Drew Monti) until the top of the stretch where she pulled, took the lead and won in 1:55.1. Hey Sweetie is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Billy Davis Jr. went on to win two more races, giving him the Grand Slam on the evening. Long prices seemed to be the theme of the day and in the third race, Missevil (John Cummings Jr.) was happy to oblige. She scored from post eight at 25-1 paying $52.50, beating 19-1 Keystone Zeta (James McNeight Jr.) who finished second. These top two finishers sparked an 8-3 exacta that returned $1,504, an 8-3-2 trifecta that paid $3,524 and an 8-3-2-ALL superfecta that produced an instant jackpot payout of $11,316. There was a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool at The Downs on Wednesday that was not hit and as a result another guarantee has been made. When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 23), the Pick-5 will have a guaranteed pool of $35,000 as part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA website as a result. This is the highest guaranteed pool ever offered in the history of Batavia Downs. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Keystone Apache ($5.20) was on his best behavior on Friday night (May 10) and that resulted in a harness racing victory in the $11,000 Class A Open Handicap Trot at Buffalo Raceway. He turned back Lougazi by a 3/4 lengths in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   It's been feast or famine for Keystone Apache. When not dealing with breaking woes, the 4-year-old horse has been very good.   "Trainer Maria Rice made a few equipment adjustments on him and it worked," winning driver Billy Davis Jr. said. "The race set up perfectly for him and once I got him around the last turn, I knew we'd be good. He's fast horse when he doesn't break."   Sitting fourth heading down the back stretch the final time, Keystone Apache was following dull cover and was forced three wide. The move was the right one as he was able to open up a two length advantage turning for home and used a :28.4 last panel to quell the last gasp hopes of Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.). Southern Palms (Shawn McDonough) rolled into the third place position.   Owned by the the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the fourth win in 14 attempts this year for Keystone Apache ( -Found An Angel). The victory upped his 2019 earnings to $30,850 and $163,454 lifetime.   Davis Jr. and McDonough had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled. There's a $839 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There was little suspense in Buffalo Raceway's two main harness racing events on Wednesday night (March 6) as a pair of heavy favorites had no issues in posting dominating victories.   You Mach Me Crazy ($3.10) crushed the field in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap for the distaff pacers while Noble Legend ($3.00) led every step of the way to collect the win in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot.   Driver Shawn Gray directed You Mach Me Crazy to a gate-to-wire decision over HP Sissy (Denny Bucceri) in 1:57.0 over the good track.   Setting fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.2, You Mach Me Crazy was in total control with a panel to pace and nailed the victory down with a :28.3 last quarter. HP Sissy was 3-1/4 lengths back with Ticket To Fly (Shawn McDonough) third.   It was the fourth victory in seven tries this year for You Mach Me Crazy (Mach Three-Lady Terror). Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., the 6-year-old mare has now produced $21,685 in earnings in 2019 and $128,148 lifetime.   It was basically the same story for Noble Legend in the featured trot. Darting to the lead from the start, Noble Legend played 'catch me if you can' and did so successfully.   Noble Legend wires the field in Open Trot. -    Photo by Steve Roth   Using splits of :29.3, 1:00.0 and 1:29.4, a :30.0 last frame by Noble Legend was more than enough to squash any flickering hopes of Are You In (Kevin Cummings) and Snapshot Springs (Drew Monti). They finished in second and third respectively behind Noble Legend who won by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:59.4.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable along with Jack Rice, Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It) is a 7-year-old gelding conditioned by Maria Rice. It was the third victory in eight appearances this season for Noble Legend, now a winner of $21,390 and $221,476 in his career.   Davis Jr. and Monti each had triples on the card with Jim McNeight Jr. doubling. Jim McNeight had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Lucan Hanover (John Cummings Jr.) made it three in a row at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 29) after winning the $10,500 Open handicap pace in impressive style. As was the case the past two weeks, Cummings put Lucan Hanover on the point right off the gate and was never headed from there. Posting fast fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.2, Lucan Hanover turned for home and paced away with a two-length margin of victory in 1:52.2. "Lucan did it all himself; he's all class," said Cummings after the race. It was the 35th lifetime win for Lucan Hanover ($9.70) who now has over $1.14 million on his card. He is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD and is trained by Maria Rice. In the $9,000 Open II pace, Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) got a perfect two-hole trip behind China Dream (John Cummings Jr.) from the start of the race until the top of the stretch when the leader bore out and Heaven Rocks shot through the void to win in 1:54.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, Heaven Rocks ($12.00) registered his sixth win of the year. The Downs leading driver Drew Monti and trainer JD Perrin teamed up for a Grand Slam on Saturday. Besides Heaven Rocks, the tag-team of Monti and Perrin also shuttled across Four Diamond (1:55.3, $5.70), Hands Off Frank (1:55.2, $2.40) and Hardts Or Bettor (1:54.2, $3.60). Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 3) at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fox Valley Veto ($8.90) figured things are cheaper by the dozen as for 12th time this season, a track record has either been tied or broken at Buffalo Raceway.   Going gate-to-wire, Fox Valley Veto broke the all-aged trotting standard at Buffalo Raceway with a splendid 1:56.0 victory over the fast track in the $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (July 20). It eclipsed the old mark of 1:56.1 set in 2014 by Gural Hanover and tied this year by Chelseas Chance and BZ Glide.   Starting from the three post, driver Billy Davis Jr. and Fox Valley Veto fired off the starting gate and assumed the top position quickly. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) also tried a leave attempt but broke stride and it extinguished his hopes.   With fractions of :29.1, :58.0 and 1:27.1 on the board, Fox Valley Veto wasn't home free turning for the finish line. Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) and the first over Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) each were within striking distance but couldn't cut into the lead and settled for second and third respectively.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice, Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is trained by Maria Rice. It was his fifth victory of the season in 21 attempts, upping his earnings to $50,709 and $441,441 lifetime.   The track record was just the start of a great night for Davis Jr. as he finished the program with five victories while Monti added a pair. Rice and David Russo had productive evenings with training doubles.   The 2018 season comes to a close on Saturday night with a 10-race card slated for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, to to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fox Valley Veto ($13.20) didn't want any part of a hotly-contested front end battle in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (June 22) and his patience was eventually rewarded with a head victory over B Z Glide in a seasonal best 1:56.3.   It was a mad charge to the lead as Call My Broker, Kahoku and Chelseas Chance were three-wide across the track in hitting the quarter pole in :28.2. Finally grabbing the top, Chelseas Chance tripped the timer in :56.4 to the half. The outer flow then started to develop as Call My Broker and Kahoku began to retreat.   Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) was the first over and brought B Z Glide in tow to the three-quarter marker in 1:27.2. as Chelseas Chance was ready to throw in the towel.   In the stretch, it was a match race with Fox Valley Veto digging in gamely and managed to hold off the late bid by B Z Glide (Mike Caprio). Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) took the third place check, rallying from last.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice, Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is a 7-year-old gelding that is trained by Maria Rice. It was the fourth win in 18 tries this season for Fox Valley Veto, now a winner of $43,492 in 2018 and $438,211 lifetime.   Drew Monti registered a driving triple while Davis added a double on the night.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 12-race program slated to begin at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- China Dream lulled the field to sleep with a leisurely half-mile split in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,500 Open I-II Pace on Saturday night (June 16) and when the six entrants finally awoke, things ended up being a nightmare for them.   With a opening half of a mere :59.0 over the fast track, China Dream ($6.80) blazed the final two stanzas in :55.1, including a last panel of :27.1, and easily rolled to a 5-1/4 length win over Classic American N in a seasonal best 1:54.1.   Starting from the two post, driver Billy Davis Jr. sent China Dream right to the point, putting up soft fractions of :29.4 and :59.0. From there, the 7-year-old gelding went to work and bottomed out the field with a :28.1 third quarter.   Enjoying a four-length advantage at the top of the stretch, China Dream stamped his ticket to the winner's circle by using a blistering 27.1 last quarter to coast to the victory.   Classic American N (Ron Beback Jr.) won the battle for second place with Validus Deo (Kevin Cummings) taking third.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, it was the fourth win in 15 starts for China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art). The score upped his season earnings to $28,571 and $263,334 lifetime.   Shawn Gray finished the evening with five driving victories while Davis Jr. had a triple. James Clouser Jr. had a training four-bagger with Steve Andzel and Rice getting doubles.   The first matinee of the season comes up on Sunday with a 12-race program scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The 3-year-old filly trotters are in town for the New York Sire Stakes races along with Excelsior A & B series events.   It's also Father's Day at the track with 'Lucky Exacta Magnets' being given away with chances to win free wagers while the kids can enjoy free sno cones and cotton candy. The track side grill will also be open during the card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was trainer Maria Rice's birthday on Saturday evening (June 24) and her trainee, China Dream, gave her a great present by winning the featured $9,000 Preferred Pace at Buffalo Raceway in a seasonal best 1:54.1 over the fast harness racing track.   China Dream (Drew Monti) led at every quarter mile station and held off a pesky Lucky McTrucky (Kevin Cummings) by a half length. Show Stopping (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Starting from the rail, the favored China Dream ($4.40) played the give-and-go with Lucky McTrucky and set the fractions with a 28.3, 56.4 and 1:25.2.   China Dream started to drift out in the charge for the wire but stayed the course long enough to turn back the threat of Lucky McTrucky.   Co-owned by Jack and Maria Rice, the 6-year-old gelded China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art) has won five times in 19 outings in 2017. The win upped his seasonal earnings to $40,770 and $213,443 lifetime.   Cummings notched a driving triple while Monti and Jim Morrill Jr. had doubles.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the action with the 3-year-old trotting fillies set to do battle in a pair of events worth more than $58,000 each. Barn Bella, the defending NYSS champion, headlines the fifth race field. She arrives riding a 10-race win streak.   There will also be races contested in the Excelsior A and B Series.   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 --- With less than ideal weather and track conditions at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 18), it appeared that the times weren't going to be all that impressive.   Someone forgot to tell that to China Dream.   Going the fastest mile of the meet with an eye-popping 1:54.3 clocking, China Dream ($3.30) steamrolled the field in the $10,000 Open Pace with an easy wire-to-wire victory over Believe This Bob by 2-3/4 lengths.   With temperatures in the upper 30s, light rain showers and a sloppy track, China Dream seemed to be on a mission to get back to the comforts of his stall as quick as possible.   Using fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:27.1, China Dream (Shawn Gray) posted a 27.2 final panel to erase any hopes the other five participants had of pulling out the victory. Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) took the place position while Littlebitaclass (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third.   Co-owned by Jack and trainer Maria Rice, it was the third win in eight tries this season for the 6-year-old gelded China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art). The victory pushed his season earnings to $22,120 and $194,793 lifetime.   Larry Stalbaum was on fire Saturday night as he posted a four-bagger, Gray tripled with Monti and Ray Fisher Jr. doubling. Sabrina Clevenger scored two training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Noble Legend and driver Shawn Gray showed plenty of patience in the $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (March 10) and it paid off with a strong 1-1/4 length victory over Southern Palms in 1:58.1 over the fast harness racing track.   Noble Legend is the 2016 Trotter of the Year at Buffalo Raceway and also holds the track record for 4-year-old geldings with a 1:56.3 mark set last season.   In the feature, last week's winner Southern Palms set the fractions of 28.3, 48.3 and 1:28.2 but things weren't going to come easy this time around.   Winkys Pride was first over turning for home while Noble Legend sat in the pocket, breathing down the back of the pace-setting Southern Palms.   The waiting game worked out perfectly for Gray and Noble Legend ($4.50) as they cruised to the lead in the passing lane. Southern Palms (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) could do nothing but watch and finished in second and third respectively.   Co-owned by Jack and trainer Maria Rice, it was the second victory in eight tries for the 5-year-old gelded Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It). He is now a winner of $18,980 in 2017 and $114,465 lifetime.   Buffalo Raceway's defending driving champion Jim Morrill Jr. broke into the win column for the first time in 2017 and did so in fine fashion by registering a four-bagger. Gray finished the night with three wins in the bike..   Racing continues on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- China Dream is known for his late closing speed but a change in harness racing tactics paid off for him in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 25) by beating Itsonlyrocknroll A by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over the good track.   In an uncharacteristic move, China Dream (Shawn Gray) fired off the gate and had to go three-wide to grab the lead as Gallant Major and Thunderbolt Jaxon played hard ball to the opening quarter.   After setting splits of 28.3, 57.3 and 1:26.4, China Dream ($8.40) opened up a commanding four length advantage turning for home and cruised to the throttled down victory over the favored Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum). Knocking Around (David McNeight III) took the show position.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art) is a 6-year-gelding that has earned $14,620 in 2017 and $187,293 lifetime.   Gray had four victories in the bike with Stalbaum and McNeight III scoring triples. Trainers Kimberly Asher and Gerry Sarama each notched a double.   Racing will return on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There will be a carryover of $2,347 Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Who Says That skimmed the pylons and that ground saving journey proved to be the difference in the $10,000 Open Pace for the harness racing mares at Buffalo Raceway on a snowy Wednesday night (Feb. 15).   Using the passing lane, Who Says That (Shawn Gray) held back the late-charging Wanna Rock N Roll (Drew Monti) by a half length while Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) finished in third.   At the start, Looney Dune set the pace by posting times of 29.0, 58.2 and 1:28.4. Turning for the wire, the first over Honor Roll got the lead but started to falter. Who Says That in the meantime dipped into the passing lane and rallied to get victory in 1:58.4.   Co-owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Christopher Shambo and Jack Rice, the 6-year-old Who Says That (Badlands Hanover-Powercorp) is trained by Maria Rice. It was the first victory in six tries this season for Who Says That, now a winner of $9,350 in 2017 and $103,478 lifetime.   McNeil helped throw a monkey wrench in the Pick-5 as he registered a double by driving Aritzia ($13.80) and Get The Look ($40.80) to victories. Larry Stalbaum helped out as well he took Power Off to a $37.80 decision to kick off the sequence.   With the big prices, Buffalo Raceway will have a $3,359 carryover in the Pick-5 heading into Friday night's 12-race card that begins at 5 p.m. The Pick-5 starts in the second race.   Truman Gale had the largest win price of the night as he drove Paltrow Blue Chip to the $105.00 victory.   Gray finished the evening with a driving triple while Stalbaum and Ray Fisher Jr. doubled.   Gerry Sarama and Jeff Amann each recorded two training victories.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mesmerized finally got out of his second place trance by using a late rally to capture the harness racing featured $8,200 trot at Buffalo Raceway on a chilly Friday night (Jan. 13).   After three consecutive runner up finishes to close out the 2016 campaign at Batavia Downs, it was time for Mesmerized to get the spoils of a victory by nudging out the front running Winkys Pride by a nose in a snappy 1:58.4 over the fast track. Ali De Vie (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Winkys Pride (Larry Stalbaum) was in command for the first three panels, putting up splits of 28.4, 59.0 and 1:29.1 as Mesmerized (Shawn Gray) tagged along in second.   As the field turned for home, Winkys Pride looked like she had given Mesmerized ($7.10) the slip but the 5-year-old gelding (Cantab Hall-Gift Card) re-rallied on the outside and managed to put a nose in front in the final step at the wire.   Owned by Jack Rice along with Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Mesmerized is trained by Maria Rice. He has now won nine times in 51 career starts, putting $141,468 in the bank.   It was also 2016 Awards Night at Buffalo Raceway and along with getting a victory in the first race with Mesmerized, the Rice family along with the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable celebrated as their 5-year-old gelded Noble Legend was honored as Buffalo Raceway's 2016 Trotter of the Year.   In another great twist, That Horse JD, who was selected as 2016 Pacer Of The Year thanks to 12 victories in 24 starts and $57,760 in earnings, won the sixth race on Friday's program in 1:56.3. He was conditioned by JD Perrin who was recognized as the Trainer of the Year. Perrin registered 106 victories in 2016, the second most wins ever in a season for a trainer at Buffalo Raceway.   Jim Morrill Jr. was named Driver of the Year, his first at the Hamburg half-mile oval since 2006, after scoring 131 wins in just 338 starts.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled. Buffalo Raceway was forced to cancel Saturday's card due to a lack of entries but simulcasting in the clubhouse will be held as usual.   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

Batavia, NY---A scratch-shortened field of six top class harness racing pacers became a mere group of spectators who watched China Dream command their fate from the start of the race as he won the $10,500 Open feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 29). China Dream (Shawn Gray) left sharply and crossed over to the pylons before the field rounded the first turn and then opened up a gapped advantage he would maintain for the remainder of the race. After Gray hit the brakes with a :29.3 second quarter, Littlebitaclass (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled first up in an attempt to advance to the front with Knocking Around (Dave McNeight III) right on his back. But after hearing the footsteps, Gray asked his charge for more and more is what he got. China Dream pulled away in a quick :28 third panel and found himself leading by seven lengths at the top of the stretch. He continued his momentum all the way to the wire and cruised to a wrapped-up 1:54.4 victory. It was the tenth win of the year for China Dream ($4.40) and it inflated his one-year earnings to $77,680 for owners Jack and Maria Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II, Thunderbolt Jaxon (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the lead just past the quarter and cruised to an easy three-length win in 1:54.1. It was the third straight win for Thunderbolt Jaxon ($5.00) and seventh of the season. Mike Torcello owns the winner who is trained by Gerry Sarama. Jim Morrill Jr. led all drivers on Saturday night with four wins while Drew Monti, Jim McNeight Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. all scored doubles. Trainers Gerry Sarama, Jim McNeight and Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. each sent two winners for pictures. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 2) with a 6:15 p.m. post.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---On a night not fit for man nor beast, Shawn Gray and Who Says That overcame a day-long deluge of rain along with five fit harness racing female pacers to win the $9,500 Open mares featured pace at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Oct. 21). Gray took Who Says That off the gate and tucked her in fifth along the pylons and was content to sit off the pace to the half as My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) smoked that fraction in :57.4 over the rain-soaked track. At that point, Who Says That pulled and coaxed cover in the outer flow from last week's Open winner, Dontch Remember (Jim Morrill Jr.) as the field passed the five-eighths marker and motored up the backside. When it became evident that Dontch Remember would not pace on, Gray tipped Who Says That three deep and proceeded to advance expeditiously. Fourth, third, second and finally first at the head of the lane; Who Says That splashed away from the competition and opened up a five length lead before hitting the wire a wrapped-up winner in 1:57. My Tallia Ideal was second and the recently claimed Kaitlyn Akeeper (Kevin Cummings) brushed up to be third. Although it was the first win for Who Says That ($10.60) since August 10, it was also her eleventh win of the year overall. The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover mare has now earned $57,557 in 2016 for owners Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Chris Shambo and Jack Rice. The winner is trained by Maria Rice. Maria Rice had a very profitable night at Batavia Friday as she conditioned three winners on the card. Besides Who Says That, she also sent Southwind Serenity ($5.70) and Lucky Pablo ($3.50) to the winners circle. Shawn Gray scored a driving triple teaming all of Rice's entries. Ray Fisher Jr. also drove three winners, two of which were trained by John Hallett, who scored a stable double. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 22) with the first post set at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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