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Batavia, NY --- Tullow N was all business when he went to the front and never looked back en route to winning the $12,500 Open I Handicap harness racing pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 7). Driver John Cummings Jr. flew off the wings with Tullow N and had one thing in mind; going down the road. After Tullow N settled on the pylons he was immediately confronted by Sir Pugsley (Jim Morrill Jr.) who was also on the attack. Cummings never flinched and refused to give up the lead and as a result, the two horses paced side by side to the quarter in :27.2 and to the half in :54.4. Heading up the backside on the second circuit, Tullow N was pacing strong on the point while Sir Pugsley succumbed to brutal trip. Tullow N opened up a two length lead by the three-quarters in 1:23.2 but saw Race Me Rocky (Shawn McDonough) pull from third to advance, the pocket-sitting Southwind Torque (Billy Davis Jr.) was getting closer and Some Attitude (Shawn Gray) joined the party at the top of the stretch. Heading to the wire they were four across the track but Tullow N was not to be denied on this night and hung on by one-half length to win in 1:53.2. It was the fourth score of the meet and sixth of the year for Tullow N ($7.20) who is owned by Blindswitch Racing and trained by Dave Russo. In the $11,000 Open II pace, Rock To Glory (Shawn Gray) got away third and stayed there for a half before pulling first-over past the five-eighths pole to out-muscle the front-running Manceiver (Ray Fisher Jr.) down the lane and win by a length in 1:54.1. It was the fourth win in the last five starts and the sixth of the year for Rock To Glory ($12.40) who is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. Shawn Gray and Billy Davis Jr. both had driving grand slams on the night while John Cummings Jr. scored a double. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 11) with a 5:00 p.m. post time. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing trainer JD Perrin reached the 1,000 career win mark when Cheyenne Louie posted a $15.20 victory in the 10th race at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 1).   Since 2014, Perrin has had three training titles at Buffalo Raceway and four at Batavia Downs along with several second place finishes on the Western New York circuit.   Things started out slowly for the 34-year-old Perrin as he started his training vocation in 2003 with just one start. He registered his first conditioning victory in 2005 and had just 89 trips to the winners circle through 2011. Things then exploded for him starting in 2012.   Perrin had 96 winners in 317 tries in 2012 with his career best coming in 2016 when he scored 154 victories and $727,983 in purse earnings.   Recently, he just passed $4.5 million in career winnings.   Perrin will hop on the sulky occasionally where he has produced 350 career driving wins.   It didn't take Perrin long to start his bid on the next thousand wins as two races further on the card, Littlebitaclass collected the $26.20 victory for him in the $12,500 Class AA Open pace.   Watching the heavily favored Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) step off fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:27.0, Littlebitaclass had to overcome Western Passage (Cummings) in the shadow of the wire to post the nose score in 1:56,0. Rose Run Ranger (Ray Fisher Jr.) rallied for third.   Owned by Tessa Roland, the 8-year-old gelded Littlebitaclass (Santanna Blue Chip-Asperine Semalu) has now been triumphant five times in 19 tries. The win upped his 2019 winnings to $35,730 and $297,100 lifetime.   Littlebitaclass   Upfront Countryboy (Jim Morrill Jr.) went first over and cruised on by in the stretch to capture the co-featured $11,500 Class AA Open pace in a seasonal best 1:53.4.   Sitting fourth just before the half-mile pole, Upfront Countryboy ($5.40) began a steady drive to the lead, collaring the pace-setting China Dream at the three-quarter marker. From there, it was smooth sailing to the finish line as Upfront Countryboy beat Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) by a comfortable length. Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) took third place.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid) is a 10-year-old gelding that has now produced $35,975 in earnings on the campaign and $484,395 lifetime.   In the pair of $10,000 Class A paces, Lucan Hanover ($8.70) was the quickest of all in the lane and worked out a half length decision over A F F Bigdaddy in 1:56.4 for driver Billy Davis Jr. The other bracket saw Race Me Rocky (Monti) make his Buffalo Raceway debut a winning one by taking a length victory over Lucky Nadotremblay in 1:58.0 and returned $9.40 to his backers.   Monti and Cummings each had four wins on the card while Perrin, John Mungillo, Gerry Sarama and Richard Roth had a pair of training victories each.   Racing will return on Wednesday evening with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes will make its first appearance of the season as the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers will square off. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A pair of $100,000 harness racing earners from 2018 locked horns in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open II Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 9) and the two did not disappoint in the main event tussle.   With both Lucky McTrucky and Shady City hitting six figures last season, the betting public figured it was going to be a two horse race. They were right.   It was Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) however who proved to be the best on the frigid night, topping rival Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) by a half length in a impressive 1:56.0 over the fast track. Dark Horse (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Scoring from the rail, Shady City registered rather soft fractions of :29.1 and :58.2 to the half, parking Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) along the way.   With the cover starting to fad heading to the three-quarter marker, Monti got Lucky McTrucky ($4.80) into gear and stared Shady City into the eye turning for home. It seemed like Shady City might hang tough but he just couldn't keep up as Lucky McTrucky used a :27.1 final panel to secure the decision.   Lucky McTrucky (McArdle-Truculent Lady) is a 10-year-old gelding that has won twice this season in six attempts, earning $19,900. Owned by Tessa Roland and conditioned by JD Perrin, the victory pushed his career earnings to $519,287.   In the $10,500 co-featured Class A-AA Handicap Pace, Beachy Dream ($9.20) made it two straight at Buffalo Raceway with a come from behind 3/4-length score over the pace-setting Southwind Torque in 1:56.2.   After sitting in third until the top of the lane, Beachy Dream went three-wide down the stretch and zoomed past Southwind Torque (Davis Jr.) who had posted solid splits of :284, :57.4 and 1:27.0.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second win in three tries in 2019 for 8-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The victory upped his seasonal winnings to $11,500 and $191,640 lifetime.   Gray finished the evening with four driving victories while Monti added three and Stalbaum two. James Clouser Jr. had three training wins with Sarama and Perrin doubling.   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   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Akron, NY --- The final weekend of harness racing at Batavia Downs kicks off on Friday (Dec. 14) and although 26 more races are yet to be contested, there are two that have already been settled. The dash winning driver and trainer for the 2018 meet are Drew Monti and JD Perrin. This is the second driving title for Drew Monti at Batavia Downs and third overall of his career. The 24-year-old Monti put together another stellar year in the bike; to date starting 560 times, winning 115 races, finishing second 89 times and third 72 times. Those starts earned his connections $686,305 in purses and earned himself a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .337. Those numbers were solid additions to Monti's overall figures for the year where he has 252 wins, 194 seconds and 174 thirds out of 1,260 starts with over $1.52 million in earnings and a UDR of .332. JD Perrin won the training title at the Downs three straight years from 2014-2016 making this his fourth title at the track. With 192 starts, Perrin trainees have won 55 times with 31 seconds and 19 thirds giving him a Universal Trainer Rating (UTR) of .409. His stable banked $298,248 for the session. Perrin's annual numbers show 442 starts yielding 126 wins, 68 seconds and 51 thirds earning his group $633,623. Also, Perrin currently ranks fourth in North America for UTR among trainers with less than 500 starts this year. Drew Monti and JD Perrin will receive their trophies in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle at Batavia Downs after the 12th race on Saturday night (Dec. 15). Please note that post time for Saturday's card is early at 4:45 p.m. Also on Saturday night, there are many opportunities for the fans to take advantage of before the lights go off for the last time this year. The $20,000 final of the Dash for the Holiday Cash series is the feature event and goes as the sixth race. There is a free Pick-6 contest with a mandatory payoff of $1,000. The Pick-6 starts in race four and runs through race nine. Entry blanks can be picked up at Players Club and can be deposited with your selections prior to the start of the fourth race. Entries are limited to one per person. The Pick-6 is co-sponsored by the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association. Then there will be a random drawing from all the Pick-6 entries to win 10 "Driver of the Meet" Drew Monti bobble heads and 10 official Dan Patch Awards baseball caps. 10 winners will be drawn and each will receive both prizes. The bobble head and baseball cap give away is sponsored by the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and TAG Jewelers. Friday night (Dec. 14) is the UNY USHWA Night of Distinction awards presentations at Batavia Downs that will take place in the winner's circle between races. Post time on Friday is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, president, UNY USHWA  

Batavia, NY --- Lucky McTrucky got back to his winning ways taking the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec.8). The feature field got away in post position order leaving Cultural Paradise (Jim McNeight Jr.) on top calling the shots and with no pressure to the half, it was a soft fraction of :58 flat. However that would soon change when In Runaway Bay N (Truman Gale) came calling first-up on the outside where the race began to get interesting. In Runaway Bay N paced along with Cultural Paradise up the backstretch in a quick :28.3 third panel and while that was going on, Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) joined the party late but came with lots of pace. Halfway through the turn Monti tipped Lucky McTrucky three-deep and caught the leaders by the top of the stretch and then went right by in the lane to win by two-lengths in 1:55.4. It was the 55th lifetime win and 13th of the season for Lucky McTrucky ($10.60) who now has earned $93,405 in 2018 for owner Tessa Roland. JD Perrin trains the winner. The $9,900 Open II pace saw Western Rockstar A (Shawn McDonough) close sharply after chasing an early speed battle between Linkjack Hanover (Bob Verney) and Littlebitofabrat (Ray Fisher Jr.) to pull the upset in 1:56.2. Western Rockstar A ($24.00) captured his fifth win of the year for owner Super Mile LLC. Angelo Nappo is the trainer. Three drivers won 10 of the 12 races on Saturday evening. Drew Monti was the big dog copping a Grand Slam of wins. Then Shawn McDonough and Denny Bucceri were right behind, each having a triple on the card. Next week is the final week of racing at Batavia Downs and it starts on Friday night (Dec. 14) with post time set at 6 p.m. There is no racing on Wednesday (Dec. 12) next week. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

Batavia, NY --- Undoubtedly the most exciting race of the year occurred at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 17) when Lucky McTrucky parked out all comers before driving home a winner in the $11,000 Open Handicap harness racing pacing feature. I'm So Handsome (Kevin Cummings), Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) and Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) left the gate together and paced three-deep around the clubhouse turn and up the backstretch until I'm So Handsome relented, letting Lucky McTrucky and Iyq Yqr continue to argue at the quarter in :26.4. And argue they did. Lucky McTrucky refused to let Iyq Yqr take the front and Iyq Yqr refused to take a seat behind Lucky McTrucky so the pair paced in unison to the half in :55.1. The fanatical feud continued around the third turn before Iyq Yqr said nighty-night, but there was still no rest for the weary. Go Collect N (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from fourth and drew alongside Lucky McTrucky past the five-eighths and a new battle ensued. Monti and Davis rocked and knocked, high-lined and bounced from the three-quarters all the way to the wire with inches between them left to right and front to back and it took a photo to call the winner. The winner was Lucky McTrucky who closed the deal by a head in 1:54.3 while the sold out clubhouse roared in appreciation. It was the 12th win of the year and 54th of his career for Lucky McTrucky ($4.90) who now boasts $85,815 in earnings this year. The uber-game 9-year-old gelded son of McArdle is owned by Tessa Roland and is trained by JD Perrin, The $9,900 Open II pace was won by Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) who sat third to the quarter before pulling to take the lead by the half and then pulled away by four lengths in the lane to win in 1:54.3. It was the 13th win of the year for Upfront Countryboy ($6.30) who is trained by James Clouser Jr. for owner William Emmons. Drew Monti the top teamster on Saturday scoring a Grand Slam on the card. Besides the big win with Lucky McTrucky, Monti also had pictures taken with Hardts Or Bettor (1:55.2, $10.80), Foreign Officer (1:56.2, $4.80) and Linkjack Hanover (1:56.4, $7.40). All four of Monti's wins were trainees of JD Perrin that are owned by Tessa Roland. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 21) at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Batavia, NY --- After some early maneuvering, Lucky McTrucky got a perfect trip en route to winning the $10,500 Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 3). Cool Like Fire (Billy Davis Jr.) took the early lead but soon yielded it to Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) past the eighth pole. Then just before the quarter, Davis pulled Cool Like Fire and retook the lead once again. From there positions remained unchanged for the next half mile. After passing the three-quarters in 1:27, Cool Like Fire was in a very good spot and looked fresh legged on the point. But Monti, who had gotten the perfect trip, pulled Lucky McTrucky coming out of the final turn and pushed him hard towards the stretch drive. As they headed down the lane the horses were stride for stride in a good match race with Lucky McTrucky getting the advantage before the wire and won by a neck in 1:56.1. It was the 11th win of the year and 53rd victory of his career for Lucky McTrucky ($6.00) who has won $79,765 in 2018 for owner Tessa Roland. JD Perrin trains the winner. In the $9,900 Open II co-feature, Dark Horse (Ray FIsher Jr.) got away at the back of the pack and watched as Bahama Bay (Denny Bucceri) and Hardts Or Bettor (Drew Monti) battled hard on the front end past the half. Fisher tipped Dark Horse four-wide up the backstretch, took the lead in the final turn and pulled away to win by two in 1:56. It was the fifth win of the year for Dark Horse ($4.70) who is owned by VHF Racing and trained by Sabrina Cleavenger. Ray Fisher Jr. led all drivers on Saturday scoring three wins on the night. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 7) with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Driver Drew Monti and trainer JD Perrin teamed up to put on a show Staurday night (Aug.18) winning five races on the 10 race card.   The two teamed up to send Cheyenne Louie (1:57, $4.70), Hands Of Frank (1:55, $25.40),Foreign Officer (1:56.1, $2.60), Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (1:53.4, $3.70) and Rock To Glory (1:55.4,$4.60) to the Purple Haze winner's circle for pictures.   Sir Ziggy's Z Tam was was the pick of the pack, winning the featured $10,000 Open Handicap pace.   Southwind Torque (John Cummings Jr.) took an immediate lead from the pylons and rebuffed a challenge from Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Drew Monti), making him take a seat. After they hit the half in :56.4, the field was still in single file with no serious challengers in sight.   The top two continued in that order until the three quarters when Monti pulled Sir Ziggy's Z Tam and drew alongside Southwind Torque. However Cummings was up for the challenge and maintained a one length lead to the head of the stretch. But "Drivin' Drew" got to work, throwing the lines at Sir Ziggy's Z Tam in the lane and he swelled up pacing by the leader in deep stretch to win by a neck in 1:53.4.   It was the 35th lifetime win for the classy Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($3.70) who now has $878,791 in purses earned for his career. The 10-year-old altered son of Art Major is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin   Kevin Cummings, who also had three wins on the card, took the $9,000 Open II with Im So Handsome who equalled his season's best effort in the process.   Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) left hard for the lead before Im So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) came out and took the top position from him. After a :28.3 quarter and :57.4 half Tyler (Shawn Gray) pulled at the five-eighths, brought Barry Hanover (Shawn McDonough) with him and they motored up the outside to the three-quarters in 1:26.2.   Im So Handsome and Tyler battled all the way around the last turn when Barry Hanover tipped three wide and took his best shot late. With all three across the track, Im So Handsome outlasted both challengers and hung on to win by a neck in 1:54.3.   Looking good now with seven wins on the year, Im So Handsome ($4.30) has also broken the half century mark in earnings, now boasting $50,549 in loot for owner Mike Torcello and trainer Gerry Sarama.   Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs with a Sunday (Aug. 19) matinee that has a first race post time of 1:15 p.m. It's dollar Day Sunday with cold draft beer, soda or hot dogs served fresh trackside for only $1 each.   by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---After a two-week furlough, Sir Ziggy's Z Tam was back taking on a short but select field in the $10,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (July 28) and in the process, got back to his winning ways. Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Drew Monti) got away fourth as Classic American (Billy Davis Jr.) shot for the lead. The race got boring for the next five-eighths of a mile as position remained unchanged until just before three-quarters when Hardts Or Bettor (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled from third and tried to advance. At this point, Sir Ziggy's Z Tam was locked in last on the pylons. As they headed out of the last turn, Hardts Or Bettor's bid failed and he was heading south. Barry Hanover (Kevin Cummings) who sat second the whole mile, popped the deuce and paced right by Classic American to take the lead. But Sir Ziggy's Z Tam who was almost three lengths behind the new leader, roared down the center of the track under methodic urging by Monti to make up the deficit and win by a length in 1:54.4. It was the sixth win in nine starts for the high percentage Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($8.10) who now has banked $36,175 in 2018 for owner Tessa Roland and trainer JD Perrin. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II, Bugatti (Billy Davis Jr.) tripped-out behind an aggressively paced Brunello N (Drew Monti) and capitalized on the fractions when Davis pulled right leather and let his horse fly home in :27.4 to win by two lengths in 1:54. Bugatti ($7.10) is owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. Billy Davis Jr. put on a show for the weekend faithful, winning five of the eleven races on the card. Besides the afore mentioned Bugatti, Davis also scored with OK Gemma (1:57, $18.00), Bold And Brassy (1:55, $3.30), Osprey Vision (1:58.2, $3.80) and Energizer Ivory (1:56.4, $4.50). The five wins by Davis bolted him from sixth to first in the driver standings, tying with Kevin Cummings for the lead with six wins on the meet. Cummings and Monti both scored doubles on Saturday. With no winner in the Pick-5 wager once again on Saturday, there will be a guaranteed pool of $2,000 for the early Pick-5 on Sunday afternoon (July 29) when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs. The early Pick-5 wager starts in race one and runs through race five. Post time for the first race on Sunday is 1:15 p.m. by Tom Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Mike SImons) took the Tioga Downs Open Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (June 17). Along with the 13 harness races, the Fathers Day crowd was entertained by the always fun Camel and Ostrich races. Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) put up a first quarter of 27.4 and preceded to battle Doo Wop Hanover (Jim Meitnnis) all the way through three-quarters. Doo Wop Hanover led them to the half in :55.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.0. Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($4.70) sat patiently in the pocket watching the duel before going three-wide just before three-quarters. Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, he flew by in the stretch to win in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.1. Major Leaguer (John MacDonald) finished second with Caviart Reagon getting third. SIr Ziggy's Z Tam is a 10-year-old gelding by Art Major. He won for the sixth straight time this season in seven starts. It was his career victory number 33. Roland and Perrin teamed up for two more wins on the afternoon. They also won with Foriegn Officer ($26.60) and Thebestofjoel ($2.60). Trainer Mike Deters and driver Jim Meittinis also teamed up for three wins on the day. Their wins were with Brinks Job ($4.50), Ideal Feeling ($2.70), and Prairie Panther ($3.50). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 22) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($12.40) got a perfect pocket trip then ended up with Buffalo Raceway's all-time track record on Saturday night (June 9) by winning the featured $11,500 Open Pace in 1:51.2 over the fast track, eclipsing the old mark of 1:52.0 set by Fireyourguns in 2015.   "The horse gave me goose bumps," driver Billy Davis Jr. said after the record breaking mile with Sir Ziggy's Z Tam. "I knew I had the race won when I popped the pocket at the top of the stretch. The horse has a lot of heart and kept digging to the finish line."   It was a two horse breakaway from the start as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) put up fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.0 while Sir Ziggy's Z Tam followed along in second.   Sir Ziggy's Z Tam, facing Open company for the first time this season, nailed the pace-setter in mid stretch and scored the head decision over the tough luck loser Upfront Countryboy. Im So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) finished in third.   It was the fifth straight victory for Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Art Major-So Far Away). The 10-year-old gelding is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was the fifth win in six tries in 2018 for Sir Ziggy's Z Tam, now a winner of $24,575 this season and $892,191 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card set. The New York Sire Stakes highlights the program with the 3-year-old filly pacers in the spotlight. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series as well.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Batavia, NY---With only two nights of harness racing left in the 2016 season at Batavia Downs, the competition for top horsemen of the meet has been decided. Drew Monti is the dash winning driver of the meet and JD Perrin is the dash winning trainer of the meet. Drew Monti currently has 114 wins at Batavia Downs and is two ahead of Jim Morrill Jr., who began his winter break a short while ago. He also has 89 seconds and 79 thirds with $621,716 in earnings. For the year, Monti has won 217 races and earned a single year career best $1.2 million in purses. This is the first ever driving title won by Monti and at just 22 years of age, makes him one of the youngest drivers ever to accomplish this in western New York. Monti has been driving full time for the last four years while attending Canisius College to attain his degree in economics. Despite the long hours required for these endeavors, Monti excelled both in school and at the track. His four-year career totals to date show 688 wins, 644 seconds and 694 thirds on the strength of 4,885 starts and just under $3.7 million in purses. JD Perrin has now won the training crown for a third straight year at Batavia Downs. Perrin sent 44 horses to the winner's circle, six more than Maria Rice who did not enter any horses at Batavia this weekend. Perrin also had 44 seconds and 34 thirds. These efforts helped his students put $255,338 in the bank this meet. Overall in 2016, Perrin has won 151 races with 103 seconds and 83 thirds with $716,319 in purses. It's also interesting to note that his starts, wins and purses won were all career high numbers. Although Perrin doesn't drive much anymore since turning his attention to training full time upon arriving in western New York in 2012, he did manage to get eight starts in the bike this year with one win for his efforts. Perrin's career training numbers show 723 wins, 561 seconds and 460 third out of 3,377 starts and $3.1 million in earnings. Monti and Perrin will be honored in a winner's circle presentation at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 17) during the races. Here are the current top five drivers and trainers of the 2016 Batavia Downs meet: Drivers Drew Monti 114 wins Jim Morrill Jr. 112 wins Ray Fisher Jr. 92 wins Kevin Cummings 75 wins Dave McNeight III 67 wins Trainers JD Perrin 44 Maria Rice 38 Gerry Sarama 34 Dave McNeight Jr. 30 Priscilla Mooney 24   Tim Bojarski

Batavia, NY---The temperature was cool for the final matinee card of harness racing at Batavia Downs for 2016 but Drew Monti was red hot, winning five races on Monday afternoon (Oct. 10) including the special Columbus Day featured $5,000 "Run for the Cannolis" Italian driver's race. The Run for the Cannolis is an annual tradition at the Downs to honor the large Italian population in the city of Batavia. It was started decades ago and has continued each year on Columbus Day. In this year's edition, Monti drove Beechwood Wayne to a three-length win in 1:58.1. After getting away second, Beechwood Wayne followed closely as Goddess's Justin (at the pylons) and First Of Fun (outside) battled side-by-side for the lead for over a quarter mile. When First Of Fun finally failed, Beechwood Wayne popped the pocket at three-quarters and blew right by Goddess's Justin. But the race wasn't over. Rock C. Vinci, who has won this race for the last two years, had tracked Monti's move around the far turn and was now breathing down Beechwood Wayne back at the head of the lane. As both drivers went to the stick in the dash to the wire, "Drivin' Drew" had the jump and got Beechwood Wayne there first to claim the cannolis for 2016. It was the ninth win of the year for Beechwood Wayne ($3.60) and third in a row during his current streak. The 9-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. Monti also won with Big unit ($7.50, 1:58), Quick Silver ($9.40, 1:58.4), Mystical Valentine ($4.00, 1:56.4) and Girls Luv Diamonds ($4.10, 1:57) to complete the five-bagger. His wins combined with a second and two thirds saw Monti's UDR soar to .519 for the day. Ray Fisher Jr. had a driving triple on Monday and Kevin Cummings scored a double. And the wins recorded by all three drivers have made the dash competition at the meet extremely close. After Monday's races, Cummings sits on top with 62 wins, Monti is second with 60 and Fisher is third with 56. With 28 racing days left, the driving crown is definitely up for grabs. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Oct. 12) with post time set for 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Whosurpal was claimed two weeks ago for $15,000 by Tessa Roland and Thomas Mazzone and the 6-year-old gelding is sure making a great impression with his new connections.   After rolling to an 8-3/4 length victory last week in 1:53.3 in a $7,400 conditioned pace in his debut in the JD Perrin barn, Whosurpal stepped up in class and found the $10,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway a breeze as well by coasting to an easy 2-1/4 length victory over China Dream in 1:54.4 on Saturday night (July 16).   Driven for the second straight week by Jim Morrill Jr., Whosurpal sat fourth behind the pace-setting He's Got It (Ron Beback Jr.) to the half in 57.1.   But down the backside the final time, Whosurpal was first over and brushed to the lead without any trouble, opening up a commanding six length advantage at the top of the lane. Midway through the stretch, Morrill Jr. throttled down Whosurpal and beat the non-threatening China Dream while Bad Fox (Lee Dahn) was third.   It was the third victory in 25 starts this season for Whosurpal (Whosurboy-Galyn Seelster), a winner of $31,112 this season and $115,308 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. finished the card with five victories while Todd Cummings had a double. Perrin had a training four-bagger and Roland had four trips to the winner's circle as an owner.   There's an 11-race card set for Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes will be in town with the 3-year-old filly trotters to square off in a pair of $60,200 events. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Mr Perserverance tried to cut the mile and Fridaynightflight did everything he could not to allow it to happen. The final result? The harness racing pair ended up in a dead heat in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (May 14).   At the start, Mr Perserverance went right to the lead and registered splits of 29.0, 58.0 and 1:27.0. It looked like a perfect set up for the closers Knocking Around and China Dream. While both were lurking on outside turning for home, neither one fired and finished out of the money.   So with the two closers no longer involved, Mr Perserverance (Ron Beback Jr.) had to deal with unexpected challenges in the passing lane from Fridaynightflight (Todd Cummings) and Babe's I Scoot. It seemed like Mr Perserverance ($12.70) might hang on but a late surge by Fridaynightflight ($8.40) resulted in a finish that couldn't separate the pair in the photo. Babe's I Scoot (Kevin Cummings) finished third, just a neck behind in the race that went in 1:55.3.   Mr Perserverance (Real Artist-Miss Tenacity) is an 8-year-old gelding who is owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr. It was his third victory in 10 starts this season, pushing his earnings to $16,630 and $274,279 lifetime.   Fridaynightflight (Panspacificflight-Ramlin Rosie) is a 7-year-old gelding owned by Tessa Roland and conditioned by JD Perrin. The win was the fifth in 16 tries for Fridaynightflight, improving his 2016 bankroll to $34,600 and $651,095 in his career.   Beback Jr. had a good night in the bike with a four-bagger along with a training victory while Todd Cummings, Shawn McDonough and Drew Monti all doubled. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin added another three wins to total while Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., Maria Rice and Clouser Jr. conditioned two.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway              

Leave Your Mark made it three in a row at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (April 29), hanging on by a diminishing head over Strong Hope in the harness racing featured $9,000 trot. The winning time was 2:01.2 over the good track.   There were several win streaks on the line as Strong Hope came into the race with three straight while Leave York Mark and Red Clay each had two. While Red Clay finished fifth, Leave Your Mark and Strong Hope were determined to keep their streaks alive and battled right to the finish line.   Driver Jim Morrill Jr. settled into third place with Leave Your Mark at the start but fired out and took the lead away from Lenny Mac just before the quarter pole. Putting up fractions of 31.1, 1:00.3 and 1:30.4, Leave Your Mark ($6.40) knew there would be challenges coming in the stretch.   Strong Hope (Ray Fisher Jr.) was first over and was in perfect striking position in the drive to the wire. Leave Your Mark didn't give in and was strong enough to hold off the hard-charging runner up Strong Hope. Ali De Vie (Todd Cummings) finished in third.   Leave York Mark (Yankee Glide-Celebrity Liza) is a 7-year-old gelding who is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was the fourth win of the season for Leave Your Mark, now a winner of $21,514 in 2016 and $179,232 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. finished the night with three victories with Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Jim McNeight each registering doubles. Perrin and Kirk Desmond each had two training wins.   Racing will resume at 6 p.m. on Saturday night with another 11-race card set. There will be a $982 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the fifth race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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