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Batavia, NY - A solid field of seven Open pacers went postward in Batavia Downs feature race Saturday night and the result was a double-digit payout for the savvy bettors. Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) was the 4-1 morning line third choice and was coming off an Open class victory just last week at Buffalo Raceway. In fact he has two wins and two seconds in that class in his last four starts. Yet the 6-year-old gelding was allowed to go off as a 12-1 overlay. As the gate set the field free, Little Man Cam (Michael Whelan) opened up a quick six-length lead that left the rest of the field following in post-position order. After a :28 quarter, Best Ears (Shawn McDonough) pulled and heavily favored Spender Hanover (Drew Monti) followed as they hit the half in 57.1. Driver Jim McNeight still had Western Alumni seventh at the wood, saving ground around turn three. When they straightened out up the backside, McNeight got Western Alumni in gear and followed the live outer flow, third-over in a crisp 1:26 clip to the three-quarters. From that point McNeight tipped three-deep around the turn and fanned four wide in the stretch to out-battle the leaders and beat a fast closing Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.) by a neck in 1:55.2. Best Ears hung on to be third. Western Alumni paid $27.60 as he registered his sixth win of the year and the victory pushed his 2014 earnings total to $48,370. North Creek Racing LLC of East Amherst, NY own Western Alumni and he is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. Racing resumes tomorrow afternoon at the Downs with three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes and two divisions of the Excelsior series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 1:15. For more racing information from Batavia Downs or to watch race replays as soon as they are declared official, logon to www.bataviadonwsgaming.com. Or if you would like to bet online and watch live streaming coverage of the races as they occur, logon to www.bataviabets.com and open an account. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY - An enthusiastic crowd lined the fence to welcome back live harness racing at the oldest lighted harness track in North America and their zeal was rewarded with a great slate of exciting contests on a warm summer night. The feature race was the $9,500 mares Open pace where newcomer Bazooka Terror established her status the first start out of the box as she soundly defeated her competition in 1:55.4. Bazooka Terror got away fourth as Case Solved (John Cummings Jr.) and Mondatta (Ron Beback Jr.) argued for the lead in 28 seconds flat. But just before they hit the half, Shawn McDonough pulled the mare first-over where she seemed to hang a bit before getting in gear. By the time they hit the three-quarters in 1:26.2, Bazooka Terror found her stride and motored around Case Solved as they skated through the turn. When they hit the top of the stretch, McDonough was rocking and knocking and Bazooka Terror responded to pull away to a widening two-length victory. Bazooka Terror is owned by her trainer, Leonard Segall of Clearwater, Florida. This was her sixth win of the year and it pushed her bankroll to $43,904 for 2014.She returned $6.20 for the win. In the co-featured$7,500 Open mares trot, Love Me Do took a huge step in class and thought nothing of it as she cruised to a five-length victory in a seasonal best time of 1:59. Love Me Do was claimed last week for $8,000 after winning that race from post seven in 2:00.1. Apparently liking what he bought, trainer Alex Giuliani wasted no time in promoting her to the top level for her sex and gait this week and the move paid off. Love Me Do left and tucked third as 3-2 favorite Fiorentina (John Cummings Jr.) took the front and began to cut the mile. After a 29 second quarter and 59 second half, Love Me Do tipped at the five-eighths and took the lead past the three-quarters in 1:28.4. When she got the lead she got away from the pack and scored an easy five length victory, her sixth of the year. The time of 1:59 was a seasonal mark for Love Me Do and the winners share raised he annual earnings to $31,397. She paid $10.20 to win. Love Me Do is owned by Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, NY. Reinsman Kevin Cummings carried his hot hand over from the recently concluded Buffalo meet winning four times on opening night while 2013 Batavia leading dash driver Shawn McDonough notched a triple. Batavia Downs returns live this Friday night (July 25) with 12 races on the card. For more racing information, a list of racing promotions or to watch race replays as soon as they are declared official, logon to www.bataviadonwsgaming.com. Or if you would like to bet online and watch live streaming coverage of the races as they occur, logon to www.bataviabets.com and open an account. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY- As Batavia Downs kicks off its 2014 live racing season tonight, the best of the resident distaff congregation takes main stage as both feature races focus on the best local mares from both gaits. The evening's first race is a $7,500 mares Open trot that has seven going postward. The 2-1 morning line favorite is Fiorentina. This 5-year-old Angus Hall mare has been facing the boys each week in Open company at the recently concluded Buffalo Raceway meet and has been no worse than third in her four most recent starts. However you have to go back to February 28 to find the last time she has won a race. That said, competing within her peer group tonight will provide some welcomed class relief for this outing. Fiorentina, who is conditioned by the Downs defending training champion John Mungillo, has three wins in 12 starts for the year with a mark of 1:58.3 at Buffalo. She drew post two and has Truman Gale in the bike. Stormont O My has the rail and a 3-1 second choice designation. This classy 10-year-old has been racing mostly in claiming races this year, winning her last start handily in 1:59.4 with a $12,500 price tag. She has raced in Open class company twice at Buffalo and faced Fiorentina both times. On April 18 Stormont O My was second, finishing ahead of Fiorentina who was third and on January 23 she was also second, only behind Fiorentina who won that race. Stormont O My is trained by Darrin Monti and is co-owned and driven by Drew Monti. She has four wins in 15 starts this year with her best winning effort of 2014 coming just last week. In the night's featured sixth race, seven starters will line up in the mares Open pace to compete for the winner's share of $9,500. The 5-2 odds maker's choice is Bazooka Terror, who hails from the barn of local newcomer Leonard Segall. This 5-year-old Western Terror has been competing most recently at Scarborough Downs in Maine and had a 1:56.2 win in the top mares class there three starts ago. After finishing second at that level once again, she was dropped to a lower condition where she dominated the field and registered a 1:54.2, nine-length victory over the half-mile track. She took her lifetime mark of 1:52.1 at Tioga Downs on June 6 of this year and has registered three wins in her last five starts. Bazooka Terror has been overcoming outside posts in seven of her last eight starts and gets some inside relief tonight from post three. She also gets the services of defending Batavia Downs dash winning driver Shawn McDonough. Her main rival in the race is the 3-1 second choice, Case Solved. This recent addition to the Adam Short stable has been impressive locally since coming in from Hoosier Park in Indiana. After winning her initial start at Buffalo for her new connections in an uncontested 1:54.2 wire-to-wire romp, Case Solved moved into the mares Open ranks and finished a narrowly beaten second two consecutive times. Driver Ray Fisher Jr. will pick up the lines once again and look to allay those back to back defeats this week. Post time for the 12 race card is 6:35. Opening night will also feature two giveaways for the fans on hand. Free Batavia Downs racing programs and magnetic schedules with be distributed to all in attendance, as long as supplies last. For more racing information or to watch race replays as soon as they are declared official, logon towww.bataviadonwsgaming.com. Or if you would like to bet online and watch live streaming coverage of the races as they occur, logon towww.bataviabets.comand open an account. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY - As the 68th season of live harness racing gets underway at Batavia Downs this Wednesday evening (July 23), fans will be welcomed back with an aggressive schedule of racing and promotions that will run through December 6. Racing will be conducted on a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday schedule from opening night through Labor Day, when the racing schedule changes to a Tuesday Wednesday, Friday, Saturday format. Post time is 6:35 except for Sundays, which will convene at 1:15. There are also two special matinee cards slated for Labor Day (Sept. 1) and Columbus Day (Oct. 13) that will also have a 1:15 post. Todd Haight, Batavia Downs Director/Manager of live racing said "We're extremely happy to begin the new meet with increased purses as this year we'll payout an additional $200,000. Although our main lobby entrance is still under construction, many other areas of our remodel are complete. Customers will find the new Paddock Room betting area a great place to spend the night as it features new flat screen TV's." A plentitude of wagers that carry low minimum investments are available this year. There are four $1 Daily Double wagers; early (races1-2), mid (races 4-5), late (races 8-9) and late-late (races 11-12). A $1 exacta and 50-cent trifecta is offered in every race as well as a 10-cent superfecta in all races except races one and seven. Lastly there is a 50-cent pick-4 in race 3, a 50-cent pick-5 in race 5, a $2 pick-6 in race 7 and a $.50 pick-3 in race 10. Every Wednesday beginning July 30, Batavia Downs racing will be broadcast live on Time-Warner cable channel 98 in Rochester. Tuesdays will be added after Labor Day. Race analyst Ashley Holliday will return as host and be seen in seven western and central New York counties throughout the meet. This year's racing schedule will be highlighted by eight divisions of the lucrative New York Sire Stake (NYSS) series that will bring with it some of the finest standardbreds in North America. Both the NYSS and Excelsior series will be contested on July 27, August 1-13-17-20-27-31 and September 6. Then on October 18, the tracks' signature event, the12th annual (est. $50,000) Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace will attract some of the best Open class pacers from the U.S. and Canada to vie for the top prize. This race has featured top horses like Foiled Again over the years and was responsible for lowering the all-time track record in 2011 when Aracache Hanover blistered the course in 1:51.1. Last year's leading driver Shawn McDonough and top trainer John Mungillo will both be back to defend their titles. But there will be stiff competition from their local peers and some new stables taking up residency on the grounds. Race secretary Joe Zambito commented "We have a few new trainers shipping in including Leonard Segall from Florida and Dave Wackford from Iowa. We will also have several stables shipping in to race from other tracks and have already received entries from them." "This year we added a new fillies and mares Open trot to the condition sheet and it has been well received by the horsemen. That race, along with the regular Open trot, will be written on Sunday for the duration of those afternoon dates" Zambito also noted. Fans will be treated to a seemingly endless list of events and giveaways throughout the meet. A total of 23 special promotions are slated for the 72 date meet, starting with opening night when free racing programs and magnet racing schedules will be distributed. July 27 is Thurman Thomas bobble-head night. The former Buffalo Bill great and NFL Hall of Famer is the official spokesman for Batavia Downs Gaming. Thomas will be at Batavia Downs in person on July 30 as a guest bartender for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester benefit night at the races. He will be in the clubhouse and that presents a great opportunity to get your bobble-head signed by the man himself. In conjunction with the United States Trotting Association, the "Back to the Track" 2014 tour makes a stop at the Genesee County oval on August 2 and brings with it a list of activities. Harness racing bingo will provide 5 full card bingo winners that will receive a $100 betting voucher each. Other giveaways will include Back to the Track T-shirts and assorted driver bobble-heads. August 24 is the most popular all-age race day of the year. The wiener dog races will highlight Family Fun Day at the Downs. Ten heats of eight wiener dogs each will go postward to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. Family events will start during the live harness races and include free pony rides, face painting, and a clown and caricature artist. With the New York Sire Stake in town on August 31, there will be a free NYSS baseball cap giveaway. Fans will receive a ticket throughout the course of the day that can be redeemed as long as supplies last. And Labor Day features the annual driver's bike race. Local reinsmen show they are comfortable in more than one kind of "bike" as they tour the Downs oval on ten-speeds. After the winner is crowned, the eight bikes will be given away to fans in random drawings. For more information on all the events at Batavia Downs this year, logon to www.bataviadownsgaming.com . There you can get full race schedules, entries, results and you can watch all the race replays immediately after every race has been declared official. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Best Ears was sent off as the harness racing heavy 3-5 favorite in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (July 5) and he proved he was the 'best' with a neck decision over Western Alumni in 1:54.2 over the fast track.   Scoring from the rail, Best Ears (Shawn McDonough) played 'give-and-go' with Western Alumni and set the fractions with times of 29.0, 58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, it boiled down to a two-horse race with Best Ears ($3.30) begging for the finish line late and was able to hold off the late drive of the pocket-sitting Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) by a diminishing neck. What The Sheik (David McNeight III) took the show position.   Best Ears (Shark Gesture-Extreme Dream) is a 5-year-old gelding who is owned by Joseph Amico and is trained by Frank Mastrodonato. It was the fifth win in 24 starts this season for Best Ears and pushed his 2014 earnings to $32,992 and $216,397 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon with a 12-race card slated for 1:05 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a thing a beauty, especially if you had a couple of bucks on the nose of Ugly Betty.   She may have been the longest shot on the board, but Ugly Betty ($46.20) was first across the finish line in the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 25). She beat Mondatta, sent off at 21-1, by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.4 as driver Jack Flanigen drove Ugly Betty to the surprise victory.   The pair combined for a $1,248 exacta and topped a $4,660 trifecta with You're Too Funny (Ron Beback Jr.), who finished in third.   CS Kentucky (Shawn McDonough) posted the fractions of 29.1, 59.3 and 1:29.0 but called it a night after that. Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) was first over and took over the lead at the top of the stretch. She then tired and threw in the towel. That allowed the second over and three-wide Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) to register a 28.2 final panel and cruise to the solid 1-1/2 length win over a late-pacing Mondatta (Jim McNeight).   Ugly Betty, a 6-year-old mare owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, has now won six times in 19 starts this season, bankrolling $42,648 in 2014 and $154,610 lifetime. Dennis Dylo handled the training duties.   Racing resumes on Friday night when two $60,200 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings highlight the 13-race program that is scheduled to start at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After being hampered by outside post positions the past four weeks in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway, Western Alumni finally got the rail. While it may have been foreign territory, he took advantage of it and posted a nose win over a fast-charging Best Ears and What The Sheik in 1:55.1 Saturday night (June 21).   In the co-featured $24,750 Spring Break Claiming Pacing Series, The Awful Truth rallied late to score the win in 1:57.3 over Always An Optimist.   Western Alumni ($5.50) has been in the six post or further out but finally drew inside to the pylons. Driver Jim McNeight sent the 6-year-old gelding right to the top and played 'catch me if you can.' Putting up easy fractions of 29.1, 58.2 and 1:26.4, Western Alumni knew the battles were coming in the stretch.   Best Ears (Shawn McDonough) and What The Sheik (David McNeight III) took their best shots in the drive for the wire but Western Alumni had just enough in the tank to hold on for the nose victory.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the fourth win in 17 tries for Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss). The victory increased his earnings to $33,150 in 2014 and $174,879 lifetime.   The Awful Truth has turned out to be quite a $4,000 claim for owner/trainer Priscilla Mooney. Back on May 3rd of this season, Mooney claimed the 9-year-old gelding and he's responded sensationally with two wins and three second place finishes in six starts including the victory in the $24,750 Spring Break Claiming Pacing Series finale.   Sitting fifth at the start, The Awful Truth ($5.90) and Buffalo Raceway leading driver Kevin Cummings, followed live cover to the three-quarter and powered himself three-wide in the lane to overtake the pace-setting Always An Optimist (Jack Flanigen) in 1:57.3 over the fast track. FB Seelster (Shawn McDonough) finished in third.   It was the third win in 19 appearances this season for The Awful Truth (Western Hanover-Game Bunny) and increased his 2014 earnings to $24,991 and $371.277 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Spring Break Claiming Series consolation race, Pembroke Crankcall ($6.90) rallied in the stretch and snagged the victory in 1:58.1. Cummings drove the winner for owner/trainer Rachael Mungillo.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon when an 12-race program heads to the starting gate at 1:05 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, results, race replays and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- The tote board in Saturday night's (June 14) featured $10,500 Open Pace nearly exploded as What The Sheik pulled the $51.50 upset over long shots Salazar (13-1) and Western Alumni (23-1).   The 7-8 exacta paid $592.00 and the 7-8-all trifecta $909.50.   A big reason for the huge prices was the fact that the rail-sitting and heavily-favored Best Ears (4-5) broke stride around the opening turn. After dropping back to eighth, Best Ears did manage to climb into second place in the lane but stalled as the the break took its toll.   What The Sheik (David McNeight III) was more than 10 lengths behind past the opening quarter, but a slow, steady trip just before the half got the 7-year-old horse in contention.   The closers made their mark the final panel as What The Sheik rolled to a two-length edge while Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.) took second and Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) rallied for third place. The final time was 1:56.2 over the fast track.   What The Sheik (Western Hanover-Radiant Heiress) is owned by Mike Torcello and is trained by Gerry Sarama. It was his second win in eight starts and moved What The Sheik's earnings to $15,169 in 2014 and $367,500 lifetime.   In the semi-finals of the Spring Break Claiming Series, the field of eight is set for next Saturday night's $24,000 finale.   In the first division, FB Seelster (Shawn McDonough) went in 1:56.0 to capture the victory while in the second division, Bob's Alibi (Ray Fisher Jr.) went the mile in 1:57.0. Others advancing onto the finals include The Awful Truth, Always An Optimist, Sturgeon Seelster, Classic Camelot, Puppetandmee N and Ms. Luck.   Racing resumes on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start. There will be two $59,100 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters which will include 2-year-old champion Market Rally. Also, there will be Excelsior Series races and the Billings Amateur Driving Challenge.   The Father's Day card, which has 12 races planned, will also feature free sno cones, cotton candy and pony rides.   For more information, including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Taylor Rei absolutely enjoyed watching a pair of mares battle in a speed duel on the front and then reaped the benefits of their hard work to win the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 8) in a seasonal best time of 1:54.3 over the fast track.   Real Joy (Shawn McDonough) and the parked Ugly Betty (Jack Flanigen) tussled to the opening half mile, posting fractions of 28.0 and 56.2. Taylor Rei (Ray Fisher Jr.), who went three-wide down the backstretch, zoomed past the tiring pace-setters, hitting the three-quarter pole in 1:25.3.   In the stretch, Taylor Rei ($15.40) and Ray Fisher Jr. enjoyed the beautiful spring air in Western New York and never had to deal with any challengers, scoring a four length victory. V'La Faire (Drew Monti) finished in second while CS Kentucky (Kevin Cummings) took third place.   Taylor Rei (Cheyenne Rei-Lady Raider), owned by Jonathan Klee Racing and trained by Ryan Swift, has now registered five victories in 15 starts, producing $27,663 in earnings in 2014 and $106,065 lifetime.   The racing action resumes on Friday evening at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program scheduled at 6:40 p.m.   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. --- Barn Babe has won $338,167 in her first two seasons, but the start of her 4-year-old mare's campaign has begun slowly.   That changed on Sunday afternoon (June 8) as Barn Babe circled the field and cruised to a convincing 1-1/4 length decision over Haste in the conditioned $4,500 trot in 2:04.4 over the sloppy track at Buffalo Raceway. It was Barn Babe's first win of the season in seven starts.   Sitting sixth three-wide at the three-quarter marker, Barn Babe ($5.00) made a slight bobble but driver Shawn McDonough managed to get her back on stride and roared through the stretch to trot past Haste (Jim McNeight) and Accrual Girl (David McNeight III).   Owned by Steven and Nancy Pratt, Barn Babe now has 13 victories in 32 career starts and now has earned $340,417 lifetime.   David McNeight III and Jim McNeight each posted driving triples on the matinee card.   Racing will return on Wednesday evening with an 11-race card set to begin at 5 p.m.   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. --- Mystical Escapade showed she's starting to round into harness racing shape after capturing the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (June 6).   Starting in just her third race since November 15, a stubborn Mystical Escapade went wire-to-wire and held off a fast-closing Heartsaregonnaroll by a diminishing neck in 1:59.2 for trainer/driver Shawn McDonough. Last season, Mystical Escapade had eight victories and nearly $90,000 in earnings. She had finished in fourth and fifth in Open competition in her first two starts of 2014.   Scoring from the inside post, Mystical Escapade ($7.50) put up fractions of 30.1, 1:00.0 and 1:29.1 and enjoyed a two length win at the three quarter pole. In the drive for the wire, Heartsaregonnaroll put in a valiant effort in the passing lane but came up a disappointing neck short. Fiorentina (Kevin Cummings) showed late trot and finished third.   It was the first victory of the season for Mystical Escapade (Valley Victor-Armbro Orbital). The 5-year-old mare is owned by Empowered Racing and now has earned $6,615 in 2014 and $156,318 lifetime.   It was also a memorable night for 33-year-old provisional driver Bradley Jackson as he steered Mister Briunski ($10.60) to a gate-to-wire win. It was the first pari-mutual victory in just eight career starts for Jackson.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 13-race slated to begin at 6:40 p.m.   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, NY-- On a day where the 1 hole ruled the first 6 races Ryan's Caviar had a streak of his own. Ryan's Caviar entered Sunday with 4 straight victories all by half length or less, but today the 10-year-old SJ's Caviar gelding had a much tougher group to face. Getting a very good draw off the claim in the 4 hole, he showed that he could control the pace his own way. After Somedancer Hanover broke before the start, Bit O Lavec set the early pace. Ryan's Caviar (Shawn McDonough) dropped in behind the early pace as Ramblin Rick (Kevin Cummings) the Open horse was parked to the opening quarter mark. The quarter time was a little fast for the trotters in 28.4 over the fast track, but Ramblin Rick rolled up on the outside led to the half way point slowing down the fractions. At that point McDonough decided it was time to pull Ryan's Caviar to try to contend for the lead. By the time the field reached the three-quarter mile pole Ryan's Caviar was clear by two lengths as Ramblin Rick had stopped. Ryan's Caviar went on to win his fith straight race in a rated 2:00 4/5, Bit O Lavec (Dave McNeight III) was a game 2nd and Madimpulse Hanover came flying home to finish 3rd. In talking to Shawn McDonough after the race he said "He has been very sharp as of late is in a really nice class." He (McDonough) went on to say "this horse can take a ton of air and can come from anywhere." In other racing action at Buffalo Raceway one of the 3-year-old fillies scored her first victory since coming to Buffalo Raceway. Aroma (Artiscape-Cinnamon Reel-Cam Fella) scored very nicely in the 10th race for leading driver Kevin Cummings and Trainer Kirk Desmond. Aroma was bread in Maryland by Winbak Farm. By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway

Hamburg, NY-- The rains came, the track was fast and still it did not bother Lutetium and driver Kevin Cummings at all. Lutetium (5.60 5.50 4.40) went right to the lead and never looked back once the gates opened. Driver Kevin Cummings had to do battle with Big Baller (Ron Beback Jr.) and Armed Dangerously around the opening turn but once they straightened away it was smooth sailing. Big Baller Tracked intently from in 2nd, but the times tonight were very quick considering the rain. When the field hit the half mile pole, Lutetium slowed down the pace to a 29.2 2nd panel after a blistering 28.4 opening quarter mark. They all looked to bunch up after that when Shawn McDonough and Mystical Escapade made the 1st move and Studio City (Jack Flanigen) followed. By the time they hit the three-quarter marker it was too late for either of them and Big Baller who was 2nd at the time as Lutetium had opened up by 5 lengths. Lutetium is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw. This is his 6th win of 2014, most of them coming over the Buffalo Raceway half mile track. Racing continues on Saturday night with a 13-race program with a first post of 6:40PM. We start racing on Sundays in June with a 1st post of 1:05 PM. For more information, results, race replays, and much more visit buffaloraceway.com By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- No respect. That's what Western Alumni has to be feeling the past two weeks in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway. While his feelings may be hurt, the harness racing victories keep on coming.   For the second consecutive week, Western Alumni has proved the betting public wrong, this time registering a 1-1/2 length win over Salazar in 1:54.3 Saturday night (May 10).   Last Saturday, Western Alumni went gate-to-wire to win and return $10.00. This time, it was a first over brush that sent the 6-year-old gelding to a $14.20 victory.   Western Alumni was first over at the three-quarter marker and took over the lead midway around the final turn. Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.), who got shuffled in traffic just past the half, charged late in the lane to finish second as Western Alumni had more than enough in the tank to spring the upset once again. Sand Savage (Drew Monti) took the third place position.   The win was the second in 11 tries in 2014 for Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss). He is owned by North Creek Racing LLC and is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. The win increased his winnings to $20,520 this season and $162,502 lifetime.   Jim McNeight drove Western Alumni to the victory. It started a streak of four straight wins for McNeight on the card.   While McNeight enjoyed a nice stretch, driver Shawn McDonough was even better as he finished the night with five winners.   Racing returns to Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 13-race program set to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including race results, replays, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

With Restless Yankee and MacKenzie's Bliss tussling early, Kelly Hope's Stonebridge Master ($5.10) had a fast pace to close into, looping the field in the final quarter mile for a 1:51.2 triumph in the featured $8,000 Miracle Mile 2 Pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (April 12) evening.   The eight-year-old Artsplace gelding was in no hurry early on, sitting well off a pressured :26.4 first quarter, and even having a 12-length deficit at race's midpoint, where JK Panache (Truman Gale) pushed past Restless Yankee (Chris Lems) to force a :55.2 half mile. Midway around the far turn,   Aaron Byron angled Stonebridge Master off the pegs, and the Jordan Hope trainee's response was instant. Moving three-wide at the top of the stretch, Stonebridge Master gobbled up ground at will, taking over the lead in upper stretch, drawing clear to win by 3-1/4 lengths, and posting a solid :26.3 last quarter en route. Unicorn Hanover (Shawn McDonough) closed from far back to take second, while Moonlight Ransom (Jimmy Whittemore) rallied from last to finish third.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Running Book is currently like a fine wine...he's getting better with age. The 10-year-old Running Book proved he's still got plenty left in the tank as he buried seven harness racing rivals in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (March 8).   With driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the sulky, Running Book ($4.30) blasted off the starting gate and never looked back in posting an impressive 6-1/4 length win over Naked News (Jim McNeight) in a seasonal-best of 1:54.4 over the fast track. Salazar (Shawn McDonough) picked up the show dough.   After a rather routine opening half mile of 58.0, Running Book and Wrenn Jr. bottomed out the field with a 56.4 last half. It proved more than enough as the pair looked around for oncoming competition in the stretch but found no takers.   Trained by Buffalo Raceway's leading conditioner JD Perrin, Running Book has now scored three wins in eight starts this season for owner Tessa Roland. He's earned $16,775 in 2014 and has 35 career victories and $652,825 lifetime winnings.   The racing action resumes at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race card slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com/   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway      

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