BATAVIA, NY --- America's oldest lighted harness track, Batavia Downs Gaming, concluded its 67th season of live harness racing on Saturday night (Dec.7) with a 13-race program, billed as the Night of Distinction. Awards were presented in several categories by the President of Upstate NY Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, Tim Bojarski. Also trackside was delegate Sam Pendolino. Closing night featured a must pay out Pick-6 contest that over 300 racing fans participated in. Steven Bennett of Rochester and Daniel Coughlin of nearby Oakfield, picked the most winners and took home $500 each. For the second consecutive week, Dont Say Goodby ($16.60) used a strong drive in the lane to rally from far back and capture the featured $8,500 Open Pace in 1:54.4 over the fast track. OK Braveheart (Ken Holliday) sent the fractions of 27.1, 56.2 and 1:25.3 but called it a night just past the three-quarter marker. But it was a wake-up call for Dont Say Goodby there as driver Drew Monti sent him four-wide around the final turn and was by far the strongest in the race to the wire. He finished a length in front of Unicorn Hanover (Jim McNeight) while JS Tango (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished in third. "He's a really good horse," Rising Star Award recipient Drew Monti said. You just have to point him, he was loaded (with pace) at the wire. Trained by Charles Stewart and owned by Derek Menchhofer, Dont Say Goodby has now won seven times and has earned $67,827 this season and $165,487 lifetime. The meets dash leading reinsman, Shawn McDonough, ended the Western New York racing season with a driving four-bagger. John Mungillo was the Downs top conditioner. Live racing is tentatively scheduled to resume at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, pending New York Gaming Commission approval. Effective Sunday, December 8, simulcasting wagering is offered on a daily basis. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs
Hamburg, NY---Last year’s two-year-old NY Sire Stakes champion Doctor Butch, a three-year-old colt by Art Major, out of the Jenna’s Beach Boy mare Classical Yankee, won his $66,993 division of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacers in 1:53.4 here at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (July 14). It was the 10th lifetime win in eighteen attempts for Doctor Butch, who is owned by Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY.
Hamburg, NY---Tim Bojarski, President Upstate New York Harness Writers Association, reports, 'I was at ECMC last night to see harness racing driver Jack Flanigen.
In the third race here at Buffalo Raceway (Friday, July 12), a New York Sire Stake race worth $57,443, an accident involving four horses and harness racing drivers, sent drivers Jack Flanigen, and Ray Fisher, Jr., to the hospital after a bad spill at the top of the stretch.
He's Watching, a two-year-old harness racing colt by American Ideal, out of the Real Desire mare Baberhood, won his $37,862 division of the New York Sire Stakes in 1:55.4 here at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 10).
Western Alumni, a five-year-old Western Hanover gelding, won the $11,000 Open Pace in a season's best 1:54.2 for harness racing owner Tammy Lonkey, of Angola, NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (July 6).
Flyhawk Falina, a two-year-old filly by Cash Hall, out of the El Paso Kash mare Nowerland Nanette, won her $37,862 division of the New York Sire Stakes in 2:03 here at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 3).
The Lindy Treaty, a two-year-old colt by Conway Hall, out of the Valley Victory mare Peace A Pie, won his $38,562 division of the harness racing New York Sire Stakes in 2:01.2 here at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 30).
Haste, an eleven-year-old Inquire gelding, won the $11,000 Open Trot in a season's best 1:59.1, for owner Gary W Martin of Aurora, Ohio, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (June 28), over a harness racing track labeled good.
Crazy About Pat, a three-year-old colt by Crazed, out of the Malabar mare Dibrizzi, won his $35,846 division of the New York Sire Stakes in 1:56.3 here at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 23). That winning time now goes in the record book along with Delano (2012), for three-year-old trotters, and Scorpion Moon (2007) for aged trotters.
Mythical Hall, a five-year-old Andover Hall gelding, won the $11,000 Open Trot in 1:57.3, for harness racing owner Mark J Jakubik, of West Seneca NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (June 21), over a fast track.
Hamburg, NY---Palm Beach Chick and Barn Babe, both owned by local connections, won the first two Sire Stakes races, each worth $35,146, here at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon over a sloppy track. The four Sire Stakes races were for three-year-old trotting fillies.
Racsan Steve, a seven-year-old gelding by Three Olives won the $11,000 Open Pace in a lifetime best 1:54.4 for harness racing owner Winfred A Answeeney, of Eden NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (June 15).
What The Sheik, a six-year-old brown horse out of a Western Hanover mare won the $11,000 Open Pace in 1:55.2 for harness racing owners JML Stables Inc, of Heathrow FL, and Michael L Torcello of Hamburg, NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (June 8). It was the second win in thirteen attempts this year for What The Sheik.
Berosus, a nine-year-old Angus Hall gelding, won the $11,000 Open Trot in a season's best 1:58.3, for harness racing owners Michael A Ouriel and Larry S Vinik, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (June 7), over a fast track.
Last year's two-year-old Pacing Filly Sire Stakes Champion Summertime Lea started the New York Sire Stakes program off right where she finished last year, with a win that left her harness racing competitors far back in the distance.