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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The Covid-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench into every harness racing track's season with Buffalo Raceway being no exception.   Closing from March 14 until June 3, Buffalo Raceway did get in 28 live race dates out of the 66 that were scheduled and performed quite well considering.   "It was a trying meet but overall was successful," Buffalo Raceway Operations Director Jon Cramer said. "We were off to a great start until the pandemic forced us to close. Thanks to the support of everyone, we were able to open quickly and maintained a safe and clean environment. We could not have done it without the cooperation from the New York State Gaming Commission, the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association, all of the horsemen, staff and our fans."   Cramer stated that before the shutdown, the daily average on track wagering was up 10 percent and were looking forward to spectators returning. For the season, pool totals were up 50 percent with much of the increase coming in June and July.   Billy Davis Jr. captured his second consecutive Buffalo Raceway driving title and his third straight on the Western New York circuit. He collected 70 wins on the season and earned $376,644 in purse earnings. He easily beat out David McNeight III who finished second with 41 victories.   "It's nice to win it again," Davis Jr. said. "I was consistent throughout the year and it helped teaming up with trainers Maria Rice and Sabrina Shaw who had some good horses for me to drive."   Davis Jr. said of the layoff, "I'll tell you I was chomping at the bit to get back. After the first night coming back, I was a little sore the next morning."   Maria Rice took her first training title ever and stated, "I never thought it was possible until a couple of years ago. It's pretty cool to win it, I'm not gonna lie."   Since arriving on the Western New York circuit seven years ago, Maria and her husband Jack have 23 horses in their barn which made winning a championship more realistic.   "We've been in this for some years now and when we first started out we had like seven horses and we shipped all over," Rice said. "We never thought of winning a title because of that. The past few years, when you have 23 horses, you think about winning the title a little but never think it is possible."   She went on to say, "When the pandemic hit, it was business as usual for us. We didn't have to lay off anyone and our horses stayed fit and happy."   Rice finished the meet with 39 victories, a UTR of .353 and $242,962 in purse earnings. She beat trainer Gerry Sarama by 14 victories, 39-25   Davis Jr., who was the 'first call' driver for the Rice barn said, "It's great that Maria won the trainer's title and it's nice to be able to share it with her."   In the 'Pacer Of The Meet' competition, Daylight Rush took the top honors for the 2020 campaign.   Since returning to the track after the pause on June 6, Daylight Rush had three wins and four seconds in his seven starts. His four runner up finishes were less than two lengths combined.   With a seasonal mark of 1:55, the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution) is owned by Cassandra Johnson and was trained and driven by David McNeight III. He completed the Buffalo meet with $28,850 in earnings and has a career bankroll of $247,334.   There was little doubt who the 'Trotter Of The Meet' was going to be as Bred For Greatness was just great all season long.   Winning seven times in nine starts against the top level sidewinders, Bred For Greatness earned $39,315 on the year, by far the highest purse earnings at the track for either gait. He enjoyed a four-race win streak until July 8 when Victoria Swan pinned a three-length loss on him.   Co-owned by trainer Michael Ohol and Steven Gross, Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) had Jim Morrill Jr. and Kevin Cummings share the driving duties. The 6-year-old gelding had a seasonal mark of 1:58.1 and has produced $125,596 in lifetime earnings.   In race statistics, the post time favorite won at a clip of 40.17 percent while the one spot had the most victories with 84 in 356 races while the four post was next with 68.   Live racing is tentatively to resume in January 2021. Simulcasting in the clubhouse will remain closed until January 1, 2021.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Under Paid made his first appearance at Buffalo Raceway a memorable one as he set the track record for 4-year-old pacing horses with a 1:53.4 clocking over the fast track. The time smashed the previous mark of 1:54.3 established in 2015 by Instant Riches. It was also the first track record of the season at Buffalo Raceway and it came on closing night. Racing in the $6,400 Class C optional claiming level, Under Paid ($23.00), following the guidance of driver Denny Bucceri, posted splits of :28.2, :56.4, 1:25.1 en route to the 2-1/2 length nod over Chanting Hanover (Drew Monti). Owned by Jennifer Rogowski, Under Paid is trained by Mike Ohol.   Percy's Z Tam ($8.80) snuggled the pylons in cutting the mile in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (July 18) and he needed every step of the ground saving journey to collect a head harness racing win over Daylight Rush in a seasonal best 1:55.0.   Zooming off the gate from the four hole, Percy's Z Tam (Kevin Cummings) was able to get to the cones quickly and posted reasonable splits of :29.3, :58.3 and 1:26.3.   Turning for home, Buffalo Raceway's Pacer of the Meet, Daylight Rush (David McNeight III), took dead aim at Percy's Z Tam but just came up a head short. China Dream (Jack Rice) skimmed the inside for third.   Mike Torcello owns the 6-year-old gelded Percy's Z Tam (American Ideal-Mintjulep Bluechip). Trained by Gerry Sarama, the win boosted Percy's Z Tam's winnings to $32,590 this year and $217,986 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Class A Pace, Atlantis (Cummings) took the lead just past the opening panel and held off a late charging Stratosphere by a neck in 1:54.2. In Runaway Bay N (Shawn McDonough) took the show position.   Sitting third approaching the first quarter marker, Atlantis wanted to be the boss on the front end and did just that. Setting a :56.4 opening half, Atlantis ($12.40) was able to withstand the late bid from Stratosphere to notch his fourth victory of the campaign.   Owned by Torcello and trained by Sarama, Atlantis (Well Said-Plant A Kiss) has now pushed his 2020 earnings to $17,749 and $52,014 lifetime.   Utah Beach ($4.50) had a similar journey as Atlantis and posted a neck score over Arch O Matic in 1:54.0 in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace.   Going first over to the opening quarter, Utah Beach (McNeight III) enjoyed the front end trip as Arch O Matic rode the pocket but never could push by in the stretch. Andy's Ideal (Kyle Cummings) rallied for third place.   Owned and trained by Richard Roth, the 6-year-old Utah Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Pears N Amoretto) has put $23,900 in the bank this season and $223,841 in his career.   The simulcast center at Buffalo Raceway will remain closed until Friday, January 1, 2021. Live racing is tentatively scheduled to resume in January, 2021.   For more information including the latest news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a pair of sub par efforts, Julio's Girl found the rail to be the cure for those subtle woes on Wednesday night as she pulled off a surprising $33.60 neck harness racing victory over Lady London in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Class A-Open Handicap Pace for the fillies and mares.   Julio's Girl (David McNeight III), who had a three-race win streak earlier in the meet, managed a fourth and fifth place finish in her previous two tries.   Drawing the rail, Julio's Girl was able to draft behind the pace setting Blackandsweet Adda A. With fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.4 over the fast surface, Blackandsweet Adda A was a sitting duck in the stretch as the closers lined up to fire off their best shots.   Under siege in the lane, Blackandsweet Adda A could only watch as the charge was led by Julio's Girl who dipped into the passing lane and was able to hold off the late bids by Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Carly Girl (Drew Monti) who took second and third place respectively.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the sixth win in 10 appearances for the 7-year-old mare Julio's Girl (Art Director-Prayer Answered). The victory moved her seasonal earnings to $28,903 and $173,723 lifetime.   The 2020 live racing season at the Hamburg half-mile oval will conclude on Saturday night with a 13-race card scheduled for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The rainy weather couldn't cool off the red hot Daylight Rush ($5.40) at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 11) as he notched a 3-/4 length harness racing victory over Percy's Z Tam in the $11,500 Class AA-Open Handicapped Pace.   In his last six starts since June 6, Daylight Rush has three wins and three second place finishes. The win on Saturday gave him two straight and three out of his last four.   Class Six stomped out the early fractions on the sloppy track with splits of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.4 but they eventually took its toll on the pace setter.   Percy's Z Team made the first over move and powered to the top while Daylight Rush with driver David McNeight, III came along for the ride as Pick Six retreated.   In the drive to the finish line, Daylight Rush had too much punch for Percy's Z Tam and moved away to the triumph. Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) closed late for the show position.   Owned by Cassandra Johnson and trained by McNeight III, it was the third score in eight outings for the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution). The victory has pushed his 2020 winnings to $22,850 and $244,334 in his career.   Thor De Vie (McNeight III) has climbed up the ladder with perfection after rolling to an easy 1-1/2 length victory over Utah Beach in the sub-featured $10,000 Class A pace in 1:57.2.   With wins in the Class B and C in his last two appearances, Thor De Vie made the natural progression to the A bracket and found little trouble in finding the winner's circle once again.   After relinquishing the lead briefly to Sizzling Summer, Thor De Vie roared back to the top and posted splits of :28.4, :59.0 and 1:28.1. In the stretch, Utah Beach (Cummings) made a belated bid but came up well short. In Runaway Bay N (Dan Yetman) finished in third.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Lee Winters, Giuseppe Micchia and Paul Trandlmayer, it was the third win in five attempts this season for the 5-year-old gelded Thor De Vie (So Surreal-Pebblebeach De Vie). The victory upped his seasonal bankroll to $13,168 and $249,130 lifetime.   The final week of the 2020 season kicks off on Wednesday night with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Gia's Surreal ($5.30) went from last to first and collected her third straight harness racing win in the $11,500 Class A-Open Handicapped Pace for the fillies and mares with a head victory over Blacknsweet Adda A in 1:55 at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (July 8).   After a fourth place finish in her initial start of the season back on June 3, Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) has been dynamite since then with a powerful late closing kick which has allowed her to roll to three consecutive scores.   Blacknsweet Adda A (Kevin Cummings) managed to take control of the front end and posted fractions of :28.0, :57.1 and 1:26.1 over the fast track. Gia's Surreal rode the tailgate from sixth but put herself three-wide turning for home and drove past Blacknsweet Adda A late while Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Lee Winters, John Mariano and Ed Peron, it was the third victory in four tries for the 4-year-old mare Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene). The triumph increased her 2020 bankroll to $18,130 and $169,691 lifetime.   In the $11,500 Class A-Open Handicap Trot, it appeared that it was going to be another heavyweight battle between the boys, Bred For Greatness and Lougazi, but someone forgot to tell the lone mare in the race, Victoria Swan.   Grabbing the lead just before the opening quarter, Victoria Swan (Drew Monti) left the boys in the dust and notched an impressive three length win over Bred For Greatness (Kevin Cummings) in a seasonal best 1:57.2. Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show position.   Bred For Greatness took the lead off the starting gate but Victoria Swan wanted no part of that strategy. Taking the top, Victoria Swan put up splits of :29.3, :58.3 and 1:28.1 and that proved to be more than enough to take the starch out of the boys.   Co-owned by RBH Ventures, Inc. and Spagnola Racing LLC, the 4-year-old mare is trained by Sabrina Shaw. It was the fourth victory for Victoria Swan (Swan For All-Victoria Sahbra) who has earned $22,604 on the campaign and $119,639 in her career.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with four wins in the sulky with Monti posting a triple. Graham, Maria Rice and Shaw all had a pair of training victories.   Racing will resume at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening with a 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Black Is Back ($3.90) has now posted 'back to back' harness racing victories at Buffalo Raceway with a neck win over China Dream in the $11,000 Class AA Pace on a steamy Saturday evening (July 4).   After scoring the decision in the Class A bracket last week, Black Is Back (David McNeight III) was nudged up another level and was able to just get past the tough luck loser China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) in the shadow of the wire. Cultural Paradise (Kyle Cummings) took the show spot.   As expected, China Dream set up shop on the front end and posted fractions of :28.0, :58.0 and 1:27.0 over the fast track. Black Is Back in the meantime sat in the pocket and was able to sneak on by in deep stretch.   Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr., and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., Black Is Back (Western Terror-Magic Moments) has now won twice in four attempts this season. The triumph moved his 2020 earnings to $11,460 and $254,310 lifetime.   McNeight III swept the features as he guided the heavily favored Daylight Rush ($2.40) to a 3/4-length nod over Stratosphere in 1:55.0 in the $10,000 Class A pacing event.   Stratosphere (Drew Monti) zoomed off the starting gate to grab the early lead but Daylight Rush wanted no part of a pocket journey and retook the advantage before reaching the quarter marker in :28.3.   Sizzling Summer (Davis Jr.) made a first over trip down the backstretch the final time and was on even terms with Daylight Rush at the three-quarter pole. But his rally fizzled out as Daylight Rush was easily able to fend off a mild threat from Stratosphere in the lane while Rock The Dream (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbed the show spot.   Owned by Cassandra Johnson and conditioned by McNeight III, it was the second victory of the year for the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution). The win pushed his seasonal bankroll to $17,100 and $238,584 in his career.   Daylight Rush holds on for popular victory   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Gia's Surreal is quickly becoming the dominate damsel at Buffalo Raceway as she collected her second straight win in the $11,500 Open Pace for harness racing fillies and mares with a solid half length victory over Hey Kobe is 1:54.2 on Wednesday night (July 1).   Just making her third start of her 4-year-old campaign, the favored Gia's Surreal ($4.60) had little problem rallying to get the victory.   Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) set the splits with times of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:25.2. Midway down the backstretch the final time, Gia's Surreal was stuck behind dull cover and had to tip three wide with a panel to go.   In the stretch, Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) was just too powerful for Hey Kobe (Drew Monti) and Lady London who had to settle for second and third respectively.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Ed Peron, Tom Mariano and Lee Winters, the victory moved Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene) seasonal earnings to $12,380 and $163,940 in her career.   The heavily-favored Victoria Swan ($2.90) played 'catch me if you can' in the $10,000 Class A-AA Handicapped Trot and no one was up to the task.   Scoring from the rail, Victoria Swan had little trouble in turning back Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a half length in 1:58.4. Call My Broker (Dan Yetman) took the show spot.   After relinquishing the lead early on to Empire Earl N, Victoria Swan used a big backside brush to take command and never looked back. A :58.1 last half was enough to dash the hopes of the remaining six participants.   Co-owned by RBH Ventures Inc. and Spagnola Racing LLC, it was the third triumph in 10 tries for Victoria Swan (Swan For All-Victoria Sahbra). Trained by Sabrina Shaw, the 5-year-old mare now has $16,854 in winnings in 2020 and $113,854 lifetime.   Monti and Fisher Jr. finished the evening with triples while Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. all doubled. Rich Mays, Darrin Monti and Gerry Sarama each conditioned two winners.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated.   For more information including the latest, news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Class Six is finding his surroundings at Buffalo Raceway very comfortable as he notched his third harness racing victory in as many starts with a neck win over Percy's Z Tam in the $11,500 Class AA-Open Pace on Saturday night (June 27).   Since arriving from Miami Valley in Ohio in the beginning of June, Class Six ($21.00) has reeled off three consecutive wins with three different drivers. Shawn McDonough had his opportunity behind Class Six this time around and he didn't let it go to waste.   Following behind the favored and pace-setting China Dream, Class Six and McDonough roared through the passing lane and drove to the score in 1:55.0 over the fast track. Percy's Z Tam (Kevin Cummings) took the photo for second with China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) finishing in third.   Owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Sabrina Shaw, it was the third victory in 12 tries this season for the 9-year-old gelded Class Six (Western Ideal-Can Du River). The win jacked his earnings to $28,460 in 2020 and $406,716 in his career.   In the sub-featured $10,000 Class A Pace, Black Is Back ($8.40) returned to his winning ways with a half length victory over Daylight Rush in 1:54.4.   Black Is Back, a winner of 10 races in 27 starts and amassing $79,675 in earnings last season, failed to hit the board in his only two starts of 2020, both coming in the Class AA-Open level. But a slight dip in class proved to be the perfect remedy.   Firing off the starting gate, Black Is Back (Davis Jr.) managed to reach the top and set the splits of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:26.0, bringing along the favored Daylight Rush (David McNeight III) for the pocket trip.   In the stretch, Black Is Back stubbornly stood his ground as Daylight Rush tried valiantly but couldn't get past the winner. In Runaway Bay N (McDonough) took the show spot.   Black Is Back (Western Terror-Magic Moments) is a 7-year-old gelding who is co-owned by Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and Curtis Edholm with Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. handling the training duties.   Black Is Back   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The tactics may have changed but the results remained the same for Bred For Greatness as he posted his fourth straight harness racing victory at Buffalo Raceway with a narrow nose win in 1:57.3 over Lougazi in the $11,500 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night (June 24).   The win, which returned a surprising $14.80 to his backers, was also the seventh in eight tries this season for the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Way-Wendy Woo).   Usually staying close to the lead, Bred For Greatness turned things around this time as winning driver Kevin Cummings shot to the lead and posted fractions of :29.2, :59.0 and 1:29.0.   While enjoying the lead, Bred For Greatness knew Lougazi would be charging late and he was right. But fortunately, Bred For Greatness hung on as Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) just ran out of real estate. Victoria Swan (Drew Monti) captured the show position.   Owned by trainer Mike Ohol and Steven Gross, Bred For Greatness has put $37,240 in the bank this season and $128,471 lifetime.   Hey Kobe ($11.00) got a perfect pocket trip and posted a 3/4-length victory over Blue Bell Bonnie in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap for the distaff pacers.   After watching the pace setting Squeeze This park out the heavily favored Hey Sweetie through three quarters in 1:28.1, it became a closer's dream come true.   Hey Kobe pounced on the golden opportunity in the passing lane and took full advantage to score the win while Blue Bell Bonnie (David McNeight III) rallied for second and Squeeze This (Fisher Jr.) held on for third.   Hey Kobe gets a perfect trip in victory   Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdejlar Jr., Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West) is an 8-year-old mare now has four victories in 10 tries this year. The win jumped her seasonal earnings to $18,918 and $371,289 lifetime.   Fisher Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each had driving triples while Wade Tomaszewski and Cummings had doubles. Maria Rice and Ryan Swift each produced two training victories.   Racing action will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.with a 13-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cha-ching. Iluvtomakemoney put some nice bank into his faithful follower's pockets by cashing in on a $48.20 harness racing stunner in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (June 20).   Making a big three-wide brush going around the final turn, Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) steamrolled to the lead and was never threatened after that in going the mile in 1:55.1 over the fast track.   Hold The Gold (Kevin Cummings) managed to take the place position with Brunello N (Drew Monti) third.   Co-owned by Tanah Merah Farms LLC and Swift Racing, it was the third victory in nine starts this season for Iluvtomakemoney (Well Said-Symphony In Motion).   Trained by Ryan Swift, the 5-year-old has bankrolled $21,300 in 2020 and $199,931 lifetime.   A good start led to a great finish for Class Six as he collected the victory in the $10,000 Class A-AA Handicapped Pace in 1:55.0.   Starting from the dreaded eight post, Class Six ($6.30) was rushed off the gate and was able to drop right in behind the rail riding and tempo-setting Allstar Energy. After a moderate :56.4 half, driver Kevin Cummings couldn't wait any longer and blew past the laboring Allstar Energy down the backstretch and never looked back from there.   Cultural Paradise (Kyle Cummings) finished a length back with Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) taking third.   Class Six   Owned by Eric Prevost and conditioned by Sabrina Shaw, Class Six (Western Ideal-Can Du River) is a 9-year-old gelding that has won $22,710 this year and $401,216 in his career.   Don McWhite (Davis Jr.) got a perfect journey behind Andy's Ideal (Fisher Jr.) in the $10,000 Class A Pace and was able to scratch out a head victory in 1:56.3.   Playing follow the leader with the pace-setting Andy's Ideal, Don McWhite ($4.80) found room through the passing lane and was able to nudge ahead in the shadow of the wire. Classic American N (Denny Bucceri) rallied late for third place.   Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, the 7-year-old Don McWhite has now won three times in nine tries this season. Trained by Maria Rice, he has produced $21,375 in earnings on the campaign and $182,791 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) posted her first harness racing victory of the campaign with a 1-1/2 length win over Protect Blue Chip in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Filly and Mares Open Pace on Wednesday night (June 17)   After earning nearly $100,000 last season as a 3-year-old, it was just the second start of the year for Gia's Surreal and it was sure impressive.   Sitting third heading to the three-quarter marker, Gia's Surreal ($15.20) went first over and easily blew past the pace setting HP Sissy and never looked back. Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) took second with Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) rolling into the show spot.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Ed Peron, Lee Winters and Tom Mariano, Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene) has now put $158,191 in the bank lifetime.   Lucky Sheila avoided lots of traffic trouble due to breaking horses and overcame the outside post as well to notch a stunning $32.80 victory in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicapped Trot.   Lucky Sheila avoids trouble to notch victory.                        Bill Burke photo   With Teardown This Wall, Call My Broker, Too Much Man and Before I Die all jumping it off around the first turn to scatter the field, Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) managed to stay the course on the pylons while Jim Morrill Jr. was able to take Lucky Sheila wide and drop into the gaping hole in second.   It was a two horse break away for much of the race with Rockefeller Lindy setting the splits of :29.1, :59.0 and 1:29.2. In the stretch, Lucky Sheila and Morrill Jr. popped the pocket and trotted away to the half length win in 1:59.1. Rockefeller Lindy held on for second with State Ofmyhead AS (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Vincenetta Speck and conditioned by Brittney Ohol, it was the second win in five attempts for the 5-year-old mare Lucky Sheila (Lucky Chucky-Carmita). The win vaulted her 2020 earnings to $13,525 and $127,207 lifetime.   Little Joke ($3.50) wasn't joking around in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Class A-B Handicapped Pace as she used a front end journey to register the 1:55.4 victory.   Scoring from the six post, Davis Jr. had to work hard with Little Joke to get the front end and the effort paid off.   Posting fractions of :28.1, :57.0 and 1:26.1, Little Joke was able to hold off The Bay Front (Morrill Jr.) by a half length and Blue Bell Bonnie (McNeight III).   Co-owned by Vogel Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, it was the second win in five outings for Little Joke (Bettor's Delight-Town Joke). The 8-year-old mare is trained by Maria Rice and has upped her seasonal bankroll to $12,025 and $313,958 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with five victories while Morrill Jr. had three. Graham had a training double.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) watched China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) do all the legwork then reaped the reward in the end by taking Buffalo Raceway's featured harness racing $12,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (June 13) in a seasonal best 1:54.3 over the fast track.   It turned out to be a bittersweet victory for Beachy Dream as he was entered for the $25,000 tag and was claimed out of the race by Marissa Russo, Stuart Oppenheimer and Glasser Racing LLC.   China Dream cruised to the lead and registered fractions of :28.3, :57.4 amd 1:26.0. Sitting in the pocket turning for home, Beachy Dream ($7.90) was able to edge on by and pin the 1-3/4 length setback on China Dream. Brunello N (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl) was owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama. The 9-year-old gelding has now earned $27,450 in 2020 and $266,030 in his career thanks to four wins in eight outings.   Hold The Gold ($3.00) got the gold medal in the $11,000 Class AA pace with a coast to coast journey in 1:54.3, beating Polak A (Shawn McDonough) by 1-1/4 lengths. It was one of five victories on the program for driver Jim Morrill Jr.   Hold The Gold, after setting splits of :28.4, :57,1 and 1:26.1, was under siege with a quarter mile to go, but Morrill Jr. kicked things into another gear and was able to turn back Polak A and third place finisher Perzy's Z Tam (Cummings).   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the third win in nine outings for the 6-year-old gelded Hold The Gold (Allthatsgltrsisgold-Village Joy). He was bankrolled $18,690 on the season and $106,151 in his career.     Hold The Gold (Bill Burke Photo)   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Class Six ($2.80) made his first start since arriving from Miami Valley and it was a huge success by wiring the field in 1:54.0. He easily turned back Brookdale Fletcher (Denny Bucceri) by 1-1/2 lengths with Stratosphere (Monti) collecting the show spot.   Driven by Morrill Jr. and trained by Sabrina Shaw, Class Six (Western Ideal-Can Du River) is owned by Eric Prevost. The 9-year-old gelding collected his first win in 10 starts on the campaign and now has put $17,710 in the bank this season and $396,216 lifetime.   Sizzling Summer ($3.50) didn't disappoint in the other division as Davis Jr., who had a driving double, steered him to the win over Motor Shark (Monti) in 1:56.2. Raylan Givens (James McNeight Jr.) rallied to grab the show dough.   It was the first start of the season for Sizzling Summer (Sportswriter-Electric Smile). Trained by Maria Rice and co-owned by Vogel Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, the win jacked his career winnings to $73,724.   Lee Dahn had the hot hand for the trainers on the evening with a triple.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Julio's Girl ($3.90) remained perfect at Buffalo Raceway with a solid three length harness racing victory in 1:56.4 over Hey Sweetie in the $11,000 Class A-AA Handicap Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (June 10)   Since arriving at Buffalo Raceway in early March, Julio's Girl (David McNeight III) has reeled off three straight wins in as many starts, all in convincing fashion.   Scoring from the four post, Julio's Girl had a bit of a tussle to reach the top with Hey Sweetie (Billy Davis Jr.). Once she cleared, there were no serious threats as Hey Sweetie and Hey Kobe could only watch Julio's Girl and battle for the minor awards.   Trained by James Clouser Jr. and owned by William Emmons, it was the fifth win in seven attempts this season for the 7-year-old mare Julio's Girl (Art Director-Prayer Answered. The victory jacked her bankroll to $21,440 on the year and $166,458 lifetime.   Call My Broker (Dan Yetman) avoided three breakers and then used a first over journey to capture the victory in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicapped Trot, He notched the $27.20 win over Mighty Nicky (Drew Monti) and Lucky Sheila (Jim Morrill Jr.) in 2:00.3.   Call My Broker posts $27.20 upset win.   With the favored State Ofmyhead AS, Kimco Kid and Lucky Sheila all making early breaks, Well Connected Kid took off and set the fractions of :30.3, 1:01.0 and 1:30.3. Call My Broker was first off the pylons and headed straight to the top at the three-quarter marker. From there, it was clear sailing as no one was able to mount any challenges.   Owned by Franklin Meier and trained by Angelo Nappo, it was the second victory in nine tries for the 6-year-old gelded Call My Broker (Muscle Massive-Pretty Crafty) in 2020. The win jumped his seasonal winnings to $14,776 and $132,944 lifetime.   Davis completed the evening with five wins in the bike with Yetman posting a double. Maria Rice and Sabrina Shaw each had three training victories.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening with a 12-race card scheduled beginning at 6 p.m.   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. --- Iluvtomakemoney ($11.20) cashed in on some live cover and took the harness racing featured $11,000 Class AA pace in 1:54 over the fast track at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 6).   Sitting fifth behind the live flow provided by Percy's Z Tam (Kevin Cummings) at the three-quarter pole, Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) followed that cover to the lead and posted the 2-1/2 length victory. Percy's Z Tam, who did the dirty work and was in front at the top of the stretch, settled for second while Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) managed third.   Owned by the Tenah Merah Farms and the Swift Racing Stable, it was the second win in seven tries for the 5-year-old Iluvtomakemoney (Well Said-Symphony In Motion). The victory improved his seasonal earnings to $14,340 and $192,971 lifetime.   China Dream ($5.10) led every step of the way and easily turned back the field in the $10,000 Class A pace.   Scoring from the five post, China Dream (Davis Jr.) sprinted smartly to the lead and put up sensible fractions of :29.0, :58.1 and 1:27.3.   In the stretch, eventual runner up Brookdale Fletcher (Drew Monti) was the only one with an opportunity to collar the pace setter but those thoughts were quickly erased as China Dream put up a :27.4 final panel to stroll away to the convincing 2-1/4 length score. Raylan Givens (Jim McNeight Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by Team Rice Racing and trained by Maria Rice, China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art) is a 9-year-old gelding that now has won three times in seven attempts in 2020. The victory upped his seasonal earnings to $14,400 and $365,562 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with four wins while Jim Morrill Jr., Fisher Jr. and Monti all doubled. Rice, Jim Graham and Riley Asher-Stalbaum each had two training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening as a 12-race program is set with a 6 p.m post.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It appeared that Bred For Greatness was going to have to settle for a tough luck second place finish in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Class A-Open Trot on Wednesday night (June 3) but a huge change in fortunes in deep stretch turned that disappointment into a harness racing victory.   Lougazi appeared to have nailed down the win but a costly break 30 yards from the wire allowed Bred For Greatness ($18.40) to snatch the unexpected victory.   Due to the miscue, Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) was relegated to fifth while Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) and Mighty Nicky (Drew Monti) were placed second and third respectively.   Noble Legend took command off the gate and posted splits of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28.4. With a quarter mile to trot, Bred For Greatness (Jim Morrill Jr.) was first over and brought Lougazi in tow.   Lougazi took the lead in the stretch looked like he was headed off to the winner's circle but a break quickly changed those plans. Bred For Greatness, now a winner of six races in seven tries this season, benefited from the bobble and scored the decision in 1:58.3.   Co-owned by Steven Gross and trainer Mike Ohol, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) has now earned $30,690 this season and $126,971 lifetime.   In the $11,000 Filly and Mare Class A Open Pace, Protect Blue Chip ($7.30) went wire-to-wire to post a two length decision over Blue Bell Bonnie (David McNeight III) in 1:56.3 while the heavily favored H P Sissy (Morrill Jr.) took third.   There was a mad four-horse scramble for the lead at the start with Protect Blue Chip (Davis Jr.) able to come out on top. With splits of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27.0, there were plenty of challengers poised to strike in the lane but no one had the answer for the pace setter.   Owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock, it was the second win in five appearances of the campaign for the 5-year-old mare Protect Blue Chip. Trained by Maria Rice, the victory upped her seasonal earnings to $16,750 and $103,754 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. completed the night with four wins while Fisher Jr., Davis Jr. and Kevin Cummings all doubled. Mike Ohol had a pair of training victories.   With no spectators on the grounds, Buffalo Raceway handled $617,809 for the 12-race card.   Buffalo Raceway Director of Operations Jon Cramer said, "We appreciate all the cooperation we received from the horsemen and to all the fans who wagered off track."   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 12-race program scheduled for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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  

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