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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After getting clearance from the New York State Gaming Commission, Buffalo Raceway will resume live harness racing on Wednesday evening (June 3) with post time set for 6 p.m. Wednesday racing, which usually has a 5 p.m. start, was shifted to 6 p.m. for the remainder of the schedule.   The half-mile oval, located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, will have racing on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. until the conclusion of the campaign on Saturday, July 18.   The first night of racing on Wednesday will have a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   The draw for Wednesday's card will be on Monday (June 1) with the box closing at 9 a.m. The draws will then be on Wednesday for Saturday cards and on Saturday for the Wednesday programs. Condition sheets for the week can be found under the horsemen's tab at www.buffaloraceway.com   The public or individual horsemen shall not be allowed in the grandstand, clubhouse, apron or general seating areas. There will be no viewing of races from any vehicle or in any building or parking lot on the facility grounds.   Wagering on Buffalo Raceway will be available at various Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) and simulcast outlets throughout North America.   "We look forward to get back to racing," said Buffalo Raceway Director of Operations Jon Cramer said. "Everyone is anxious to get started again. We want to give everyone an opportunity to race and stay safe."   There is a pre-approved list for people entering the backstretch and paddock area and all will have their temperature checked as well. People should give themselves plenty of time in arriving to the track.   A health screening assessment including temperature check shall be performed on all horse people, track employees and commission employees off McKinley Parkway before entering the stable area.   Each and every participant will be asked if he or she has been sick (i.e. fever above 100.0, cough, fatigue) for the last 14 days. If there is a yes or a participant's temperature is above 100.0, they will not be admitted and will be required to leave the Buffalo Raceway premises. In order to return, written medical clearance must be presented.   Masks must be worn at all times and hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the backside. Trainers must provide masks and gloves for their employees. The track will have people helping the horsemen, enforcing policies and sanitizing areas.   Guests, visitors, owners, children or any individuals not directly associated with conducting live racing will not be admitted to the stable area or paddock at Buffalo Raceway on any day.   Note on the post time schedule, there will be more time allocated between races four and five and races eight and nine. This will provide sufficient time for the horses to enter the paddock and warm up for the next set of four races and to reasonably sanitize 'high touch' areas.   Buffalo Raceway will conform to all governmental policies and guidelines for personal protection efforts.   There is also a ship-in limitation of 75 miles and no horses from Canada or out of state will be allowed.   Buffalo Raceway has also relinquished their New York Sire Stakes dates for the 2020 season.   "We need and anticipate everyone's cooperation," Cramer said of the guidelines set down by New York State and Buffalo Raceway.   For complete information including all the policies and procedures, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Based on the changing circumstances and in the interest of public health, Buffalo Raceway announced on Monday (March 16) that live harness racing will be cancelled for 45 days due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.   An expected restart date is Saturday, May 2.   Buffalo Raceway COO James Mango stated, "We will continue to monitor the recommendations of health professionals and abide by the regulatory direction from our local. state and federal officials.   For updates and current news from Buffalo Raceway, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mr Euroman N ($10.60) made his 2020 harness racing seasonal debut a successful one with a gate-to-wire win over Andy's Ideal in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (March 14).   The score by Mr Euroman N capped a stellar night for driver Billy Davis Jr. as Buffalo Raceway's leading driver put together a five-win evening while trainer Maria Rice and co-owners Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock enjoyed three victories on the 13-race program.   Starting from the rail, Mr Euroman N stomped out to the early advantage and posted fractions of :29.4, :58.2 and 1:27.2 over the fast track. In the stretch, Mr Euroman N found no takers and was in cruise control hitting the wire in 1:56.0. Andy's Ideal (Kyle Cummings) was second with Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbing the show spot.   Mr Euroman N (Art Major-Little Big Sister), an 8-year-old gelding, saw his career winnings move to $164,055.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Drunkonaplane (Davis Jr.) made a big three-wide brush heading to the three-quarter marker and flew home a winner in 1:57.0. He beat Jim's Great (Kevin Cummings) by a diminishing neck while Myell's Rockstar (Shawn McDonough) was third.   Drunkonaplane ($3.60) is co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock. Trained by Rice, it was the third win in 10 tries for the 6-year-old gelded Drunkonaplane (Rock N Roll Heaven-Ali Badali). He has now earned $16,218 this season and $151,821 lifetime.   It was a cavalry charge down the stretch in the second division with a photo needed to decide the winner. In the end, Percy's Z Tam ($9.20) and driver Kevin Cummings held on by a nose in 1:56.4 with Blue On Black (McDonough) and Santana Beach (Aaron Byron) settling for the disappointing second and third place positions respectively.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 6-year-old gelded Percy's Z Tam (American Ideal-Mintjulep Bluechip) has now scored three victories in eighth starts this year. The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $15,890 and $201,286 in his career.   Aaron Byron and Kevin Cummings had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There will be a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway announced on Thursday (March 12) that live harness racing will continue but only essential personnel and horsemen will be permitted on the grounds until further notice due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.   The track's clubhouse will be closed to all patrons wishing wager on the races live.   Wagering on Buffalo Raceway will be available throughout various off-track betting and simulcasting locations along with ADW outlets.   Simulcasting daily in the Buffalo Raceway clubhouse will be closed indefinitely as well.   Racing will be conducted on Saturday evening starting a 6 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway        

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Bred For Greatness ($6.20) was certainly 'great' once again as he notched a length harness racing victory over Lougazi in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday evening (March 11).   It was the fifth victory in six starts this year for Bred For Greatness and it was also his seasonal best with a 1:58.1 clocking.   Getting a perfect stalking trip behind the fraction-setting Cr Blazin Beauty, Bred For Greatness (Jim Morrill Jr.) tipped to the outside down the stretch and took command midway down the lane. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) made his usual late charge but ran out of real estate and had to settle for second while Cr Blazin Beauty (Kevin Cummings).   Co-owned by trainer Mike Ohol and Steven Gross, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) now has produced $23,940 in earnings in 2020 and $116,221 in his career.   Noble Legend ($2.70) was no match in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Trot as the 8-year-old gelding put a 12-1/4 length pounding on the field in 1:58.3 over the fast track.   There race was never in doubt as Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) roared right off the gate and put up splits of :31.,1, 1:00.4 and 1:29.4 in going the mile in 1:58.3. The only battle in the event was for the place position as Are You In (Cummings) finished a distant second with Barn Winner (Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, it was the first win in seven tries for Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It). The victory moved his seasonal earnings to $14,860 and $292,889 lifetime.   Julio's Girl (David McNeight III) produced a :57 back half and that proved to be more than enough to capture the $10,000 Class A Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Getting a first over trip, Julio's Girl ($7.50) collared the pace-setting The Bay Front near the three-quarter marker and strutted away to the 3-1/2 length win in a season's best of 1:56.1. The Bay Front (Morrill Jr.) held on for the place position with Little Joke (Davis Jr.) rolling into third.   Trained by James Clouser Jr. and owned by William Emmons, Julio's Girl (Art Director-Prayer Answered) has now found the winner's circle four times in six tries. The 7-year-old mare now has a seasonal bankroll of $15,980 and $161,958 in her lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the night with four driving victories while Morrill Jr. added a pair. Rice conditioned a pair winners. Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated. There will be a $955 carryover in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream ($5.30) remained sharp as a tack on Saturday night (March 7) as he registered his third win in four tries with an exciting head decision over Tullow N in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace in 1:57.2 over the good track.   Sitting in the pocket behind the pace-setting and eventual third place finisher Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.), driver Kevin Cummings pulled Beachy Dream out just past the half which proved to be important as the race went on.   In the lane, Beachy Dream battled Iluvetomakemoney to the wire and were joined late as Tullow N (Shawn McDonough) came from the clouds to create the three-way photo. The picture showed Beachy Dream up by a head while Tullow N was second and Iluvtomakemoeny third.   Cummings said of the first over move. "Ray Fisher's horse (Iluvtomakemoney) is hit or miss on the front so I just wanted to play it safe." When asked if he saw Tullow N charging at the end, Cummings said, "I sure did see him coming but knew I had it at the wire."   Owned by Mike Torcello and conditioned by Gerry Sarama, it was the third victory in six appearances this year for the 9-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl. The win moved his bankroll to $21,450 and $260,030 in his career.   Catch The Wave (Jim McNeight Jr.) rode 'the wave' to the winner's circle in taking a surprising head victory over Jim's Great in the $10,000 Class A pace.   Surfing the outer flow, Catch The Wave ($16.00) took command at the three-quarter marker and turned back the challenges of Jim's Great (Cummings) and Daylight Rush (David McNeight III) in 1:57.3.   Jim McNeight trained Catch The Wave (Jenna's Bech Boy-Hruby's N Emeralds) for owner Mike Ventura. The 8-year-old gelding has produced $15,120 in earnings this season and $178,504 lifetime.   There was no mistaking Casimir Oops in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace as he collected a 1-3/4 length score over Drunkonaplane in 1:56.3.   Sitting fourth and getting the first over trip down the backstretch the final time, Casimir Oops (Mike Baumeister) powered past the favored Percy's Z Tam, coasting to the win. Drunkonaplane (Billy Davis Jr.) rallied late and took the place position with Percy's Z Tam (Ray Fisher Jr.) hanging on for third.   Owned by Sandra Lee Cory and trained by Gregory Johnson, it was the first victory of the season for the 8-year-old Casimir Oops (Astronomical-Casimir Hugs). The win pushed his 2020 earnings to $10,124 and $48,868 in his career.   Davis Jr. had a four-bagger in the bike with Baumeister and Denny Bucceri getting two each. Maria Rice had a triple while Steve Andzel III and Ron Beback Jr. conditioned two winners apiece.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- HP Sissy ($4.30) capped a great night for harness racing trainer Mike Ohol and driver Jim Morrill Jr. as she snagged a nose victory over Protect Blue Chip in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (March 4).   The narrow win by HP Sissy allowed Ohol and Morrill Jr. to combine for four victories on the 12-race program.   Going off as the favorite in a wide-open affair, HP Sissy scooted right to the lead and set the fractions of :28.0, :57.3 and 1:27.4.   Things got interesting in the lane as Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) and Blue Belle Bonnie (David McNeight III) all took dead aim at HP Sissy which produced the blanket finish.   The photo revealed that HP Sissy hung on to win by a nostril in 1:57.3 while Protect Blue Chip and Blue Belle Bonnie had to settle for the disappointing second and third place finishes respectively.   Owned by the Finocchario's Dream Stable, it was the second win in three appearances for the 7-year-old mare HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip). The win took her seasonal earnings to $12,500 and $380,129 lifetime.   Julio's Girl (McNeight III) used a slow and steady first over grind and eventually caught Hey Sweetie in the stretch to collect the $10.40 win in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap for the distaff pacers.   With Hey Sweetie (Davis Jr.), putting up splits of :30.1, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4, Julio's Girl started her march to the top before the half mile station and finally reached the lead at the top of the lane to post the half length decision. Jag Out (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Owned by William Emmons and conditioned by James Clouser Jr., it was the third victory in five attempts this year for the 7-year-old mare Julio's Girl (Art Director-Prayer Answered). The triumph moved her bankroll to $10.940 this year and $156,958 in her career.   In the $10,000 Class A trot, Bred For Greatness ($11.80) continued his dominate start to the 2020 campaign by registering his fourth victory in five tries this season.   Bred For Greatness (Morrill Jr.), with a first over trip, took command from Noble Legend (Davis Jr.) and coasted to a solid 1-1/4 victory in 2:00.3 over the fast track. Mighty Nicky (Monti) took the show position.   Co-owned by trainer Ohol and Steven Gross, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) has produced $16,440 in earnings this year and $110,721 lifetime.   McNeight III had a double in the sulky while Clouser Jr. had a pair of training wins.   Racing will resume at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, entries, race replays, results and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Kevin Cummings made two perfect moves with Beachy Dream in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class A-AA pace on Saturday night (Feb. 29) and it resulted in a length victory over Lucky McTrucky in 1:58.2 over the good track.   Approaching the half mile station, Beachy Dream was sitting third and felt the outer flow developing. Cummings just in the nick of time was able to sneak out and start his first over trip.   Then with a quarter mile to pace, Beachy Dream ($3.90), still on the rim, kicked it into high gear and was able to enjoy in what proved to be an insurmountable lead in the stretch. Lucky McTrucky (David McNeight III) took second with Hold The Gold (Denny Bucceri) rallying for third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second win in five appearances for the 9-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl. The win increased his seasonal earnings to $15,950 and $254,530 lifetime.   In the sub-featured $10,000 Class A pace, Andy's Ideal ($5.90) showed plenty of heart in beating Allstar Energy by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:57.3.   After relinquishing the lead to Blue On Black hitting the third-quarter pole, driver Ray Fisher Jr. re-energized Andy's Ideal in the lane and never looked back in topping Allstar Energy (McNeight III) while Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) had to settle for third.   Trained by Don Rothfuss and co-owned by Michael Ouriel, Howard Ouriel and Stephen Vinik, it was the first trip to the winner's circle in 2020 for the 6-year-old gelded Andy's Ideal (American Ideal-Slainte). The victory pushed his seasonal bankroll to $9,180 snf $181,645 in his career.   Andy's Ideal shows plenty of heart in victory   Cummings and Billy Davis Jr. each registered driving triples while Jim McNeight Jr. and Fisher Jr. doubled. Sarama had his second consecutive training triple while Rothfuss and Maria Rice each collected two wins.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 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  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wilberforce was a force to be reckoned with in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday evening (Feb. 26) as he struck to the lead and hung on the rest of the way to take a 3/4-length decision over Daylon Phantom in 2:01.0 over the sloppy harness racing track.   After being parked at the start of the race, John Cummings Jr. made the decision to march forward with Wilberforce and it proved to be the right call.   With splits of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.0, Wilberforce ($8.60) was strong enough down the stretch and was able to hold back the late surge of Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) while Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show spot.   Co-owned by trainer Kris Rickert and Dale Wareham, it was the fourth victory in eight starts this season for the 8-year-old gelded Wilberforce (Caviar Crown-Rose Run Imprint). The win moved his earnings to $33,950 on the campaign and $321,222 in his career.   Fox Valley Veto ($3.60) has been battling in the Open Trot to start the 2020 season at Buffalo Raceway but got a much appreciated drop in classification and responded nicely in the $10,000 Class A division with a solid 2-1/4 length victory over Are You In.   It took a three-wide move to the opening panel to vault Fox Valley Veto (Davis Jr.) into the lead and he never looked back from there.   Setting the fractions of :30.3, 1:02.0 and 1:32.1, Fox Valley Veto tripped the timer in 2:01.3 and never was threatened as Are You In (Kevin Cummings) and Catch The Bouquet (Drew Monti) settled for second and third respectively.   Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock, Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is trained by Maria Rice. The win upped the 9-year-old gelding's earnings to $5,650 and $532,638 lifetime.   Machs Echo ($7.90) got a perfect pocket trip and turned it into a narrow nose victory over Sarah Cola in the $10,000 Class A-Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Jag Out (Kevin Cummings), who finished in third, set the tempo with fractions of :29.1, :59.0 and 1:29.1. She couldn't hang on, however, as Machs Echo (Jim Morrill Jr.) attacked from the passing lane while Sarah Cola came on the outside. It was a photo finish with Machs Echo managing to nose out Sarah Cola.   Owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, it was the first win in four attempts this season for Machs Echo (Mach Three-Rocket Time). The 6-year-old mare has now produced a bankroll of $9,200 in 2020 and $104,571 lifetime.   Cummings Jr. had a triple in the bike while Monti and Cummings each had a pair of wins. Gerry Sarama had a training triple and David Russo a double.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program on tap.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Im So Handsome (David McNeight III) had to battle to be the boss on the front end and then ended up winning the harness racing war in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 22).   Getting parked for over a quarter mile, Im So Handsome ($11.80) finally got to the pylons and paced home in scoring the length victory over Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) in 1:55.0, the fastest of the 2020 meet thus far.   Hold The Gold, who finished in third, parked Im So Handsome through a quarter in :28.3. It was then 'catch me if you can' for Im So Handsome as went the half in a sizzling :56.3.   No one had the answer, however, as Im So Handsome stayed strong in the stretch to collect the win.   Owned and trained by Tessa Perrin, it was the second win in four starts this year for Im So Handsome (Hot Pans-Cheyenne Rose). The decision moved his seasonal earnings to $13,000 and $273,240 lifetime.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) found the top to be the best spot for him with a 1-1/2 nod over the favored Weekend Atnannies in 1:57.1.   It was a three-way scrum at the start between Southwind Onyx, Weekend Atnannies and Utah Beach. When things finally sorted themselves out, Southwind Onyx ($10.60) set the fractions of :28.0, :57.2 and 1:27.2.   There were no problems in the stretch for Southwind Onyx as the 5-year-old gelding was able to turn back Weekend Atnannies (Renaldo Morales III) and Carlos Danger (Mike Baumeister).   Co-owned by trainer Tammy Cummings and Michael Blidy, it was the first win in four attempts in 2020 for Southwind Onyx (Bettor's Delight-It's Only Rocknroll). The win jumped him seasonal earnings to $8,700 and $88,61 lifetime.   In the second division, Lucky McTrucky (Ray Fisher Jr.) watched the pace-setting Burning Shore do all the dirty work then blew on by in the passing lane to register the neck win in the four-horse photo.   Burning Shore, who set the split of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:27.3, couldn't hold off the late charge of Lucky McTrucky ($21.40), Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) and Don McWhite (Davis Jr.) who took the top three spots respectively.   Co-owned and trained by Perrin, Lucky McTrucky (McArdle-Truculent Lady) is an 11-year-old gelding who captured his first win of the campaign in three tries. The victory increased his earnings to $5,880 and $559,508 in his career.   Morales had a four bagger in the bike while Davis Jr. tripled and Denny Bucceri doubled. Maria Rice, Perrin and Angelo Nappo all posted a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 13-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway has instituted stage three of the three tiered harness racing 'whipping rule' that will go into effect on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.   First introduced in June of 2019 with minimum driving restrictions, the rule was expanded at the start of the 2020 season with drivers required to keep a line in each hand (except as may be necessary to adjust equipment) from the start of the race until the top of the stretch with both hands to stay in front of the body and not raised above the shoulder from the start of the race until the finish. Continuous whipping is prohibited.   Stage three will now require drivers to keep a line in each hand for the entire race.   "We are pleased with the positive reaction so far received from patrons, horse owners and trainers and the total support from the judges and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association," said Buffalo Raceway Racing Secretary Tom Agosti. "There have only been two track imposed suspensions to date for violations of the rule. Everyone seems to be on board."   Buffalo Raceway is on the grounds owned by the Erie County Agricultural Society which hosts many animal related events including the Erie County Fair in August.   "Our racing operation is in line with the Erie County Agricultural Society's mission statement that the welfare of all animals on the grounds is a top priority," said CEO Jessica Underberg. "We are going in the right direction."   Racing will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday evening with a 13-race card set for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions. go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream, after drawing the eight post in his first two starts of the 2020 campaign, finally got some luck in drawing the rail in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA harness racing pace on Saturday night (Feb. 15). The change in fortunes turned into a 'dream' trip and a victory for Beachy Dream as he turned back Santana Beach.   It was a tussle to the top early as Santana Beach, Beachy Dream and Sir Machalot all made bids to control the fractions. When things sorted themselves out before the quarter pole, Santana Beach took command and set the fractions of :29.0, :58.2 and 1:27.4 over the sloppy track.   Sitting the pocket, winning driver Kevin Cummings tipped Beachy Dream ($3.00) to the outside and collared Santana Beach (David McNeight III) by a length in 1:55.4, equaling the fastest mile of the young meet. Catch The Wave (James McNeight Jr.) finished in third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the first victory of the season for the 9-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $7,700 and $246,280 lifetime.   Iluvtomakemoeny (Ray Fisher Jr.) got the first over trip then held back a closing Myell's Rockstar (Renaldo Morales III) by a nose in 1:57.4 to take the first division of the $10,000 Class A sub-featured paces.   Sitting fourth, Iluvtomakemoney ($7.10) started his first over trip past the half and took command with a panel to pace. Myell's Rockstar took dead aim of Iluvtomakemoney late but ran out of real estate and lost in the tight photo. Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) took the show position.   Co-owned by the Tenah Merah Farms and the Swift Racing Stable, the 5-year-old gelded Iluvtomakemoney (Well Said-Symphony In Motion) is trained by Ryan Swift. It was his first win in three tries this season and jumped his 2020 earnings to $6,200 and $184,831 lifetime.   Im So Handsome (McNeight III) posted a 57.1 back half and that made him a good looking winner in the second $10,000 Class A level.   Setting a solid :59.1 tempo the first half, Im So Handsome ($6.10) left the field in the dust with a 28.4 third split in posting the 2-1/2 length triumph over Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) and Burning Shore (Kevin Cummings).   Owned and trained by Tessa Perrin, it was the first win in three starts this season for Im So Handsome (Hot Pans-Cheyenne Rose). The victory pushed his seasonal winnings to $7,500 and $267,740 in the 9-year-old gelding's career.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled. There's a $555 carryover in the Pick 5 starting in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a couple of narrow losses in the $13,000 Open Trot level at Buffalo Raceway, a better post and a change of harness racing equipment proved to be the right remedy for Wilberforce ($3.10) on Wednesday night (Feb. 12)   With a pair of starts from the seven hole, Wilberforce drew the five post and went coast to coast in collecting a 2-3/4 length victory over Lougazi in 2:00.1 over the sloppy track. The margin of victory could have been more but Wilberforce drifted badly in the stretch but had enough in the tank to post the win.   "We put a Murphy blind on him and it did the opposite of what we wanted him to do," chuckled winning driver John Cummings Jr. of the wide journey down the stretch. "You look on paper and you can see he's a good animal."   Posting quarters of :29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2, Wilberforce stepped on the gas the final panel to bottom out the field. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished a hard-charging second while Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) and Daylong Phantom (Jim McNeight Jr.) finished in a dead heat for third.   Owned by trainer Kris Rickert and Dale Wareham, Wilberforce (Caviar Crown-Rose Run Imprint) is an 8-year-old gelding that has won three times in six attempts this season, earning $26,310. His career bankroll jumped to $312,682.   Buffalo Raceway's 2019 Trotter of the Year, Wheels A Turning ($3.40), went wire-to-wire in posting a solid two length victory over Empire Earl N in 2:01.2.   Zooming off the gate from the start, Wheels A Turning went right to the top for driver Aaron Byron and set splits of :30.1, 1:01.4 and 1:31.1. With a panel to trot, Wheels A Turning stayed strong and never looked back as Empire Earl N (John Cummings Jr.) and Traverse Seelster (Denny Bucceri) settled for second and third.   Owned by Allan Schmucker and trained by Sabrina Shaw, it was the first win in three appearances this season for Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The 8-year-old mare has now earned $5,080 this season and $256,917 lifetime.   Sarah Cola (McNeight III) cut the mile and had just enough 'pop' left and hung on for the neck decision Machs Echo (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   With fractions of :30.1, 1:00.3 and 1:30.1, Sarah Cola ($6.80) showed plenty of heart to turn back the determined Machs Echo in 1:59.2 while Jag Out (Byron) was third.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham and Giuseppe Micchia, it was the first victory of the 2020 campaign for Sarah Cola (No Pan Intended-Saramotion). The score upped her season winnings to $6,428 and $168,709 in her career.   Drew Monti completed the evening with a triple while Kevin Cummings, Morrill Jr., McNeight III and Cummings Jr. all doubled. Maria Rice had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening beginning 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  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was hardly 'beach' weather in Western New York on a frigid Saturday night (Feb. 8) but Santana Beach (David McNeight III) topped the harness racing ticket in a 'tropical trifecta' by scoring the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace.   Santana Beach ($5.90) registered a neck win over Catch The Wave (Jim McNeight Jr.) in 1:56.3 while Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) was third to complete the seaside sequence.   Andy's Ideal took early command of the race as he notched splits of :28.3, :57.1 and 1:27.0. Santana Beach in the meanwhile started his first over journey just before the half mile marker and took over at the top of the stretch.   It was nervous time late for Santana Beach, however, as Catch The Wave and Beachy Dream made serious bids late but came up just short.   "He hung in there well late," McNeight III said of Santana Beach. "Trainer Richard Roth has his horses sharp right now and this one is really good."   Owned by Jason Newell and trained by Roth, it was the second straight win in as many tries for Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip-Chips Beach). The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $10,500 in earnings in 2020 and $146,573 in his career.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A pacing events, the cold weather didn't stop Hold The Gold ($30.20) posting the fastest mile of the meet as he covered the mile in 1:55.4 over the good track in beating Im So Handsome (McNeight III).   With Southwind Torque (Billy Davis Jr.) setting scorching fractions of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:26.3, those torrid splits were perfect for the closers as Hold The Gold (Denny Bucceri) took full advantage of the situation.   Driving widest of all in the lane, Hold The Gold easily swooped on by the front runners and took the length win over Im So Handsome while Casimir Oops (Mike Baumeister) was third.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the first win in two appearances this year for the 6-year-old gelded Hold The Gold (Allthatgltrsisgold-Village Jay). The victory bumped his season winnings to $5,800 and $93,261 lifetime.   The other Class A division saw Burning Shore (Kevin Cummings) sneak by Southwind Onyx in deep stretch to take the head decision in 1:56.4 Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) took third.   Southwind Onyx set the tempo with panels of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:27.3 but Burning Shore ($8.30) wore down the pace setter and got up in time to secure the win.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 10-year-old gelded Burning Shore (No Pan Intended-Fine Line increased his career bankroll to $249,279 with the victory.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race scheduled. There is a $10,000 guarantee in the Pick-5 starting in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Catch The Wave (James McNeight Jr.) caught a huge opening in the passing lane and it propelled him to a stunning $42.40 harness racing victory on Saturday night (Feb. 1) in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace.   Weekend Atnannies (Renaldo Morales III) stomped out the fractions of :30.1, 1:00.0 and 1:29.1 over the good track but it was a tempo that proved to a little too hot to handle on the snowy evening.   Andy's Ideal (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Brave Magic (Denny Bucceri) appeared then destined to battle it out to the wire as Weekend Atnannies called it a night. Catch The Wave had other ideas however as the passing lane had a giant slot open up and took full advantage, striding away to a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:58.2. Andy's Ideal and Brave Magic captured the place and show checks respectively.   Owned by Mike Ventura and trained by Jim McNeight, it was the first win in 2020 for Catch The Wave. The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $168,884 in lifetime earnings.   In one of the $10,000 Class A events saw Santana Beach (David McNeight III) go gate-to-wire in posting an easy 2-1/2 length decision over Southwind Torque in 1:56.3, the fastest mile of the young meet thus far.   Setting fractions of :30.0, :59.0 and 1:28.0, a 28.3 last quarter by Santana Beach, took the starch out of the rest of the field. Southwind Torque managed to hold on for second with Obo Hanover (Kevin Cummings rounding out the top three.   Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip-Beachs Luck) is an 8-year-old gelding owned by Jason Newell and conditioned by Richard Roth. The victory upped his career winnings to $141,063.   Santana Beach has fastest mile of meet with 1:56.3 (Bill Burke Photo)   The other Class A pace, Carlos Danger (Ron Beback Jr.) sat the pocket, took the lead, then held off a fast charging Casimir Oops by a half length in 1:58.1 to register the $14.60 win. China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show position.   Co-owned by the Decker's Corner Stable, the Decker's Gate Stable and JC's Get R Done Stable, it was the first victory of the campaign for the 7-year-old gelded Carlos Danger (American Ideal-Natchtoches) The score upped his lifetime bankroll to $198,137.   Ray Fisher Jr., Davis Jr. and McNeight Jr. all doubled in the sulky. Roth, Jim McNeight and Maria Rice had a pair of training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There will be a $1183 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    

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