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Batavia, NY --- A pair of $9,000 claiming/conditioned trots topped the harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 4) and the winner of each took a different route to victory. Call My Broker (Jim Morrill Jr.) took full advantage of his pylon post position and seated the field off the gate. Then, after cutting moderate fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:29.1, Morrill kept Call My Broker rolling down the lane and held off the pocket-sitting Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) to win by three quarters of a length in 1:58.3. Call My Broker ($3.60) scored his fourth win of the year for owner Frank Meier and trainer Angelo Nappo. Later in the other division, Alert Hanover (Shawn McDonough) started from post two and opted to stay there, taking the garden spot trip behind Golden Tate (Jim Morrill Jr.) from the start to the top of the lane where Golden Tate made a break he did not recover from. McDonough directed his horse around the off-stride trotter and cruised home on top by a length, also in 1:58.3. Winning his fourth race of the year as well, Alert Hanover ($6.80) was owned by Carl Kuepfer and trained by Patrick Shepherd until the race ended when he was claimed. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 5) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- A summer-long harness racing resident of the now closed for the season Tioga Downs, BJ Lorado shipped north to Genesee County on Friday night (Sept. 27) and made himself right at home, winning the $12,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs. Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) took command and led the field of seven to the half in a moderate :58 flat. Looking to take his shot, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) came first-up and was followed by BJ Lorado (Shawn McDonough) and the two forced the leader into a :28.4 third panel. Heading into the far turn, Southern Palms was starting to tire and Keystone Apache's assault had stalled. As a result, McDonough tipped BJ Lorado three-wide at the apex and cleared by the time they straightened away. Down the lane BJ Lorado was in full flight and trotted to the wire on top by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:56.1. It was the seventh win of the year for BJ Lorado ($18.20) who is owned by Michael and Diane Norcross and trained by Donna Riedel. In the $11,000 Open II trot, Put On The Day (Jim Morrill Jr.) tripped out third to the half where he pulled first-over, cleared at three-quarters and trotted away down the lane to win by two lengths in 1:58. It was the second straight win for Put On The Day ($3.90) who is owned by his driver Morrill and is trained by Steve Andzel. Jim Morrill Jr. led all drivers on Friday winning four races on the card. Shawn McDonough and John Cummings Jr. were right behind, each got the hat trick and trainer Patrick Shepherd also scored three conditioning wins. When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 6 p.m. there will be a carryover of $3,202 in the Pick-5 wager with a guaranteed pool of $7,500. The guarantee is made in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages for races one through five will be available on the USTA's website starting on Saturday. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rock My World got to the front end early in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open harness racing pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (May 22) and was there at the finish line to notch the $26.80 surprise in a seasonal best 1:55.3.   Taking command right off the starting gate, Rock My World (Kevin Cummings) set reasonable splits of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:26.3 over the fast track.   With a few taps of encouragement down the home stretch, Rock My World easily held off the belated threat of Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) who was 1-1/4 lengths behind. The heavily-favored Lady London (Billy Davis Jr.) took the third place check.   Owned by Henry Conradt and conditioned by Mike Ohol, it was the fourth win in 15 appearances for Rock My World (Rock N Roll Hanover-Love The Game). The 7-year-old mare has now put $25,115 in the bank this season and $198,534 lifetime.   Davis Jr., Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, put three victories in the win column on the program while Jim Morrill Jr. doubled. David Russo collected a pair of training scores.   Racing will continue on Friday evening with an eight-race card slated for 5 p.m. There's a $598 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. --- "I got a great trip," winning driver Shawn McDonough said after guiding Labatt Hanover ($12.40) to a head victory over Barn Winner in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Trot on Friday night (May 17).   Drafting behind Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) until the top of the stretch, Labatt Hanover was sent into the passing lane where he chugged along until finally inching by in the shadow of the wire to collect the win. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) was third.   While Labatt Hanover was first to cross the finish line, there were still some anxious moments for McDonough as he had to wait out an inquiry for a possible pylon violation.   "It had me a little worried," McDonough said of the inquiry. "I was close to clipping it but it worked out."   Labatt Hanover, giving Barn Winner a slight tussle for early command, dropped into second place and enjoyed the pocket trip through splits of :28.4, :58.0 and 1:28.3. It was a ploy that worked out well as Labatt Hanover went a seasonal best 1:58.3 over the fast track.   "I was happy sitting second," McDonough said in relinquishing the lead. "We were following a good horse in Barn Winner so I knew we'd get a good trip."   Owned by Cynthia and Gary Saj and trained by McDonough, Labatt Hanover (Muscle Hill-La Boheme) is a 6-year-old gelding that has now produced $20,190 in earnings this season and $114,708 lifetime.   David McNeight III and Monti finished the evening with driving doubles.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 10-race card set. There's a special 7:15 p.m. post time in order to accommodate the running of the Preakness Stakes. Also, there's a $2,096 carryover in the Pick-5 that 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. --- Kaitlyn Rae broke into the win column for the first time this season as she was able to register a half length victory over Sentimental Lady in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,400 Class B harness racing event for the distaff pacers. She covered the mile in 1:57.1 over the fast track.   After posting 14 victories and putting over $83,000 in the bank in 2018, it's been a tough go for Kaitlyn Rae to reach the winner's circle this year. She notch four second place finishes and a third in 13 tries during the drought but finally got that elusive first win on Wednesday night (May 15).   Cruising along in fourth place as Good Lookin Woman (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up fractions of :29.0, :59,1 and 1:27.4, Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) was first over and slowly cut into the lead.   Down the lane, Kaitlyn Rae ($3.30) was able to wear down the pace-setting Good Lookin Woman and hold back the late rushes of Sentimental Lady (Drew Monti) and Carrickmannon N (Kevin Cummings) who were second and third respectively.   Owned and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, Kaitlyn Rae (Cheyenne Rei-I C U Lookin) is a 10-year-old mare that has now won $17,705 this season and $422,494 lifetime. It was also her 63rd career win.   Shawn McDonough completed the night with a driving/training double while Fisher Jr. collected two wins in the bike. Marc Shuttleworth had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Friday night with an eight race card slated for 5 p.m. There's a $752 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race. There will be a 10-race program on Saturday with a special 7:15 p.m. post time in order to accommodate the running of the Preakness Stakes.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rebel Voyager ($7.90) toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in a seasonal best 1:54.0 to take a 1-1/4 length decision over Upfront Countryboy in the co-featured $12,000 Class AA pace on Saturday evening (April 13).   The victory was the third straight win for Rebel Voyager and his fifth in eight appearances.   In the other co-main event, Golden Gesture (Ray Fisher Jr.) zoomed straight to the top and never was threatened the rest of the way to post a stunning $38.20 win over Beachy Dream in 1:55.4.   Starting from the five post, Rebel Voyager and driver Billy Davis Jr. had little resistance in stepping to the lead and put up blazing fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:25.1 which took the starch out of the field. No one came close to Rebel Voyager in the lane as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) took the place position while Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) was third.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and the Pine Hill Stable LTD, Rebel Voyager (Shanghai Phil-Pan Voyage) is a 5-year-old gelding that is trained by Maria Rice. The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $26,146 and $132,331 lifetime.   In the other featured division, Golden Gesture used :28.2, :57.3 and 1:27.0 splits off the rail and was looking for any challengers in the lane but found no takers in producing the solid length triumph.   Beachy Dream (Cummings) took the second place check with Andy's Ideal (Mike Caprio) cruising into third.   Golden Gesture (Shark Gesture-Black Gold Mindale) is trained by Mike Ohol and owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable. The 6-year-old gelding, now a winner twice in 12 starts, has produced a bankroll of $18,158 this year and $168,734 in his career.   Golden Gesture pulls shocker in co-main event.         -photo Steve Roth   In the two $10,000 Class A paces, Down On My Luck ($3.70) made his debut at Buffalo Raceway an impressive one by blitzing the field by eight lengths in a snappy 1:54.2. In the other leg, driver Shawn McDonough and Harry Hoo N ($6.40) wore down Im So Handsome (Cummings) late to take a nose victory in 1:55.4.   Monti finished the evening with four victories in the bike while Cummings had three and Billy Davis Jr. two. Gerry Sarama and Angelo Nappo each conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 9-race card 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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Barry Hanover ($10.60) looked like a prize fighter bobbing and weaving in the stretch, seeking for some racing room in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured $9,700 Open II Pace on Saturday night (July 21). But driver Billy Davis Jr. was patient but persistent and finally found a gap in guiding Barry Hanover to a neck victory over Bugatti in 1:55.3.   In the other $9,700 Open II event, In Runaway Bay N found the 'lightning lane' early and was straight as an arrow to the finish line to notch a $34.20 upset win in 1:55.1.   Bugatti (Ron Beback Jr.) showed the way in the opening feature as he set the tempo with fractions of :29.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. Barry Hanover, who was sitting fifth at the top of the stretch, looked in every direction before Davis Jr. was able to dip him into the passing lane and rally in the shadow of the wire for the victory. Bugatti had to settle for second with Southwind Torque (John Cummings Jr.) taking third.   Owned by John Sixt and trained by Judith Blaun, it was the second win in 15 starts this season for the 4-year-old gelded Barry Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Beachbunny). The win increased his seasonal earnings to $17,628 and $105,609 lifetime.   In Runaway Bay N (Shawn McDonough) got the perfect stalking trip behind the pace setting Dark Horse and squeezed out a head victory. With panels of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26.2, a :28.3 final quarter plus clear sailing through the stretch enabled In Runaway Bay N to collar Dark Horse. Tyler (Shawn Gray) took the show position.   Owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo, it was the third win in 21 starts in 2018 for 7-year-old gelded Runaway Bay N (Mach Three-Pullover Brown). His bankroll jumped to $29,515 this year and to $171,135 in his career.   Gray finished the evening with three winners in the bike with Monti and Davis Jr. adding two apiece. Dave McNeight Sr. had two training victories.   With the 2018 season now complete, the track announced its award winners for the year on Saturday night.   Drew Monti won his first driving championship at Buffalo Raceway with 123 victories as the 23-year-old went over $700,000 in purses. Shawn Gray took the runner up spot with 106 wins and Billy Davis Jr. finished in third with 100 in his initial season at the track.   James Clouser Jr. took his first training title at the Hamburg half-mile oval with 81 wins and over $415,000 in earnings. JD Perrin ended up second in the standings with 63 victories while Maria Rice rounded out the top three with 42 victories.   The "Trotter of the Year" went to Fox Valley Veto who broke the all-aged trotting record on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 1:56.0 victory to solidify the honor. Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable along with Jack Rice. The 7-year-old gelding is trained by Maria Rice and won five times in 16 tries at Buffalo, amassing $40,489 in purse money.   The "Pacer of the Year" award went to Lightning Raider N (Christian Cullen-Talent Hanover) as the 13-year-old gelding posted 12 victories in 21 starts in 2018 for then owner Mae Smith. Lightning Raider N had bankrolled $38,349 until he was claimed last weekend by Marissa Russo and Kenneth Urbanczyk for $5,500.   He didn't last long in their barn as Mike Torcello claimed him on Saturday night for $8,000 with Gerry Sarama listed as the trainer. Lightning Raider N finished fifth in the race.   Simulcasting at Buffalo Raceway will be closed from July 23 through August 21 due to the Erie County Fair.   Live racing at Buffalo Raceway will return in January of 2019.   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

Roll With Sparky (Shawn McDonough) would capture the fillies and mares harness racing featured pace ($7,500) on Thursday night (October 6). Roll With Sparky (Roll With Joe) would control all the fractions :26.3, :56.1, 1:23.4, 1:51.3. Owned by Paul Tandimeyer, Lee Winters, and trainer Jim Graham, the 3 year-old filly would hold off a late charge by the favorite Love To Roll (John MacDonald) to win with ease. Love To Roll (Rocknroll Hanover) would settle for second best. Bye Bye Michelle (Chris Lems) finished third. Roll With Sparky ($7.10) would have a career best time to get win number nine of the season and pick-up career victory number 11. Leading driver John MacDonald would pick up wins number 156 and 157 at Vernon Downs this season. He would first win with ABC Crown Me Queen (ABC Garland) in 1:55.4, paying $4.00. Win two came with Strike A Chord (McArdle) taking the mile in 1:53.3. She would pay $2.90 for the victory. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (October 6) with a nine race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Regal Roxy (Shawn McDonough) would take the Fillies and Mare feature of the two harness racing co-features,Thursday night (July 27) at Vernon Downs. Regal Roxy (Stonebridge Regal) would have the lead at the first quarter but would yield to Major Millie (John MacDonald) before the first half. Major Millie (Art Major ) would then control the race all the way to the top of the stretch. Regal Roxy ($17.80) who is owned by Kathleen Lauer and trained by Misty Carey, would come out of the pocket in the stretch and wear down Major Millie (second) to win by a head in 1:54.1. Finishing third was E R Rhonda. Regal Roxy would pick up her fourth win on the season and her 20th career victory. The 13 year-old veteran Gelato Man (Chris Lems), would win the featured trot. Choke Hold (John MacDonald) would control the first half of the race with fractions of :27.1 and :57.2. Gelato Man (Incredible Abe) would work hard but eventually get the lead before the three-quarter mark. Owned and trained by Angus Macdonald, the gelding would hold off a late drive by Yankee Manny (Fern Paquet Jr.) to win the mile in 1:56.1. Yankee Manny (Yankee Glide) would settle for second best. Engagedatlexington (Jimmy Whittemore) finished third. Choke Hold ($7.30) would win his fifth time this season and would notch his 56th lifetime win. Vernon Downs returns to live action with another eight race card Friday night (July 28) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

  HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Red Clay wasn't asked to do much for more than three quarters of the mile but when harness racing driver Shawn McDonough called on him to go to work, he responded in a big way and captured the $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (July 15).   Getting a perfect pocket trip, Red Clay ($11.00) roared by the pace-setting Winkys Pride in the stretch and scored a convincing two length victory in 1:59.1 over the fast track.   Winkys Pride managed to grab the lead from the start and set fractions of 28.3, 59.2 and 1:29.1. Red Clay in the meantime was more than happy to draft along in second until the top of the lane.   When his opportunity arrived, Red Clay pounced on it and rolled to the lead while Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) could do nothing but watch. Serious George (Mike Caprio) showed some late trot and gobbled up the show spot.   Co-owned by trainer Carmen Cappotelli and Patricia Cappotelli, Red Clay (American Mike-Ersa Kash) now has three victories in 12 starts in 2016. The 6-year-old gelding has earned $20,526 this season and $46,340 lifetime.   Todd Cummings and Kevin Cummings each had driving doubles while trainer Angelo Nappo had two wins.   Action continues on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card on tap. There's a $857 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the fifth race.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway's winning favorites have been hitting at nearly a 45 percent clip this season but that statistic took a beating on Sunday afternoon (July 10) as harness racing long shots ruled the day.   Only three post time favorites found the winner's circle while the big prices were the norm.   Driver Shawn McDonough was the main culprit on the day as he steered home three double digit winners.   McDonough, who also had a training victory, scored aboard Goddess's Justin ($10.60), Alexa's Prayer ($16.20) and Lucky Style ($27.00).   Michael Whelan brought home the biggest price on the program with a $30.60 victory on Western Expression.   Kevin Cummings had a driving double as he brought home bombs Scarlet Starlet ($12.60) and Mixed Media ($24.00).   Ray Fisher Jr. wasn't a part the chaos as he had a double, registering wins with the favored Lady Jill ($5.10) and Whitesand Noble ($4.70).   Racing will return on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 14-race card set. The New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters will be in the spotlight along with action in the Excelsior A and B Series. The Pick-5, which starts in the fifth race, will have a $597 carryover.   For more information 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. --- The fireworks started two days early at Buffalo Raceway as American Bull was as hot as a firecracker in deep stretch and blew up the tote board with a $38.20 victory in the featured $9,000 Open II pace on Saturday night (July 2).   Getting a pocket journey for most of the mile, American Bull (Todd Cummings) was able to win the cavalry charge to the finish by beating Jolt Of Whiskey (Kevin Cummings) by a neck while Bad Fox (Lee Dahn) took third.   Big Bad George played give-and-go with American Bull to set the tempo with times of 30.0, 59.2 and 1:29.1. But in the final panel of pacing action, the favored Big Bad George was in retreat mode while American Bull, Jolt Of Whiskey and Bad Fox were gearing up three-wide heading for the wire.   Using the passing lane, American Bull had all the momentum in the shadow of the finish line to power past Jolt Of Whiskey and Bad Fox in 1:58.0.   Owned by Sidney Easton and trained by Anthony Cummings, American Bull (American Ideal-Touch Of Pearls) is a 5-year-old gelding that has two wins in 11 appearances this season. The win upped his 2016 bankroll to $15,210 and $103,865 lifetime.   It was a great night for Shawn McDonough as he drove home four winners and had a pair of training victories while Drew Monti had a triple in the bike. Maria Rice had a training double.   Racing will resume on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Luck was on the side of Red Clay on Friday the 13th at Buffalo Raceway. After making a costly break while leading the pack last week, Red Clay was on his best behavior this time around and scored a neck harness racing victory in 1:59.2 over Lucky Pablo in the featured $8,200 trot.   Sitting sixth and last past the half mile pole, Red Clay started his march to top as Lucky Pablo set the splits of 29.3, 59.4 and 1:30.2 over the fast track. At the top of the stretch, driver Shawn McDonough and Red Clay went three-wide, stayed on gait, and put a neck in front just before the wire. Lucky Pablo (Jim Morrill Jr.) was a broken hearted second and Striker Ace (Ray Fisher Jr.) third.   Co-owned by Patricia Cappotelli and trainer Carmen Cappotelli, Red Clay (American Mike-Ersa Kash) is a 6-year-old gelding who won for the first time in his third start of the campaign. His seasonal earnings moved to $5,142 and $30,956 lifetime.   McDonough, Morrill Jr. and David McNeight III finished the evening with a driving doubles while trainer John Mungillo had a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled. The Pick-5, which begins in the fifth race, will have a carryover of $1,217.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Another late charge in the home stretch resulted in another victory for Passion R Virginie as she captured the featured $9,000 pace for the harness racing mares on Wednesday night (May 11) at Buffalo Raceway.   Passion R Virginie has taken full advantage of the long stretch at Buffalo Raceway in posting her fourth come from behind victory in her last six outings.   Nutmegs Yankee (Kevin Cummings) set the tempo as she put up fractions of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:27.4 scoring from the seven post. Things started to fall apart for her however as the field got close to the top of the lane.   Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) was able to take the lead briefly but Passion R Virginie ($9.10) was rolling three-wide in mid stretch and had a neck in front at the wire to the win in 1:57.2. Mach This Way was a hard-luck second while Charmschooldropout (Todd Cummings) took the show position.   Trained and driven by Shawn McDonough, Passion R Virginie (Shanghai Phil-Decibelle Ray No) is a 9-year-old mare owned by Rocco Stebbins. It was the sixth victory in 15 tries for Passion R Virginie, now a winner of $27,418 in 2016 and $306,896 lifetime.   Beback Jr. finished the night with four wins while Drew Monti, Kevin Cummings and McDonough had two apiece. Kirk Desmond and Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. each had a training double.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program slated.   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. --- Passion R Virginie unleashed a big rally in the passing lane and then had to sweat out a steward's inquiry before being declared the winner in the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (April 13).   It was the third straight victory for Passion R Virginie who beat Mach This Way by a neck in a seasonal best 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Sitting fifth turning for home, driver Shawn McDonough and Passion R Virginie ($26.60) were just yearning for some room in passing lane. They found a slight opening and took advantage of it with a rush to overtake the stubborn pace-setting Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.). Memumsnotnice (Billy Davis Jr.) finished in third.   While the photo showed Passion R Virginie ahead at the wire, there was a steward's inquiry about a possible pylon violation at the top of the stretch. But by the time McDonough and Passion R Virginie even returned to the winner's circle for the photo shoot, the stewards had found no reason for a disqualification and the result stood.   Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by McDonough, it was the fifth win in 12 starts for the 9-year-old Passion R Virginie (Shanghi Phil-Decibelle Ray No). The win pushed her bankroll to $21,458 this season and $300,856 lifetime.   Davis Jr. finished the evening with a four-bagger while Drew Monti doubled.Trainer JD Perrin conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with another 11-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Little Santamonica ($6.90) unleashed a furious rally in the stretch and stunned Mach This Way by a head Wednesday night (Feb. 10) to take Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace for harness racing fillies and mares in 1:59.2 over the sloppy track.   It appeared that Mach This Way had things under control at the top of the stretch with a brush to take the lead. But Little Santamonica, who was sitting dead last at the three-quarter marker, quickly began picking off horses one by one on the far outside to move into contention.   In the race to the wire, Little Santamonica had driver Shawn McDonough holding on tight as the pair zoomed past Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) who were left in total disbelief. A sizzling 28.3 final panel proved to be the difference. Charmschooldropout (Jim McNeight) took the show position.   Owned and trained by Jordan Hope, it was the first win in five tries in 2016 for Little Santamonica (Little Steven-Tonianne N) whose last six attempts came at Yonkers Raceway. The 8-year-old mare has now won $5,700 this year and $323,563 lifetime.   Driver David McNeight III continued his torrid pace as he posted a four-win night while Todd Cummings tripled and Ray Fisher Jr. added a double. Trainers Kirk Desmond and David McNeight Jr. each had a pair of victories.   Racing resumes Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card scheduled for 5 p.m. Ronnie Wrenn Jr., one of the top drivers in North America, is slated to participate in 11 of the 12 races.   For more information including the latest news, replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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