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Batavia, NY---It's an old story, but one that's frequently told in western New York. Lutetium wins another $9,500 Open trot feature race at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 20). Leaving from the outside (post six) in an abbreviated field, Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) shot right to the front and took a lead he would never relinquish. With a loose, two-length advantage for most of the race, Lutetium cut quarters of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.2. As he opened up a wider margin past that last station, Cummings guided Lutetium to the wire first in 1:58.2 as the rest of the field viewed his efforts while arguing for minor spoils. It was the tenth win of the season for Lutetium ($3.20) and sixth victory at Batavia Downs this meet. The winner's share of the purse inflated his 2015 earnings to $80,371 for owner Colleen Girdlestone. Mark Laidlaw trains the 8-year-old gelded son of Credit Winner. The Downs leading driver, Kevin Cummings, registered a quintet of victories Friday night, extending his already insurmountable lead in the dash win category for the meet. He finished first with Lutetium ($3.20), Creating A Dream ($3.10), Leave Your Mark ($8.90), Livefreeordiehard ($8.10) and Rebel Teen ($4.80). Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. also had driving doubles. On the training side, John Mungillo sent three horses to the winner's circle and Mihalo Zdjelar Jr. did the same with two. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Nov. 21) at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

What does a harness racing mare that raced the likes of Anndrovette, Table Talk, Color's A Virgin and Rocklamation just two months ago do when she comes to Batavia Downs? Win by four lengths in the $10,000 Open distaff pacing feature on Wednesday night (Sept. 23). The 4-year-old pacing mare Act Now, who just scorched the Open class ladies at Flamboro Downs in 1:53 flat last week, came south of the border on Wednesday to take on the best in Western New York. However the best weren't good enough to even challenge the invader who toured the facility unencumbered this night. Act Now (Kevin Cummings) left the gate and shot right to the front, opening up a three-length advantage; a lead that was extended up to six-lengths during the race. Cummings had a stranglehold on the mare through fractions of :27.2, :55.1 and 1:23.4 when talk of another track record started swirling through the press box. With the plugs popped and Cummings clearly driving with the time in mind, Act Now flew home with no opposition nearby, to win by four lengths in 1:53.3. The finishing time was only three-fifths of a second off the track record of 1:53 for aged pacing mares set by Xenia Hanover in 2013. It was the second win in 10 starts this year (including two in a row) for Act Now ($4.10) and her share of the purse boosted her lifetime earnings to $521,717 for owners Joseph Davino and Patrick O'Brien. The Western Ideal mare is trained by Nikolas Drennan. The Downs leading driver, Kevin Cummings, had five winners on the card Wednesday night. He took a picture with Socialdelight ($4.10), Dedalos ($4.20), Most Happy Rider ($4.70), Act Now ($4.10) and Mystical Danica ($5.10). Sean McDonough and Dave McNeight III both scored driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 25) with the first race post time set at 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

After making quite a jump in class, Makes Her Mark ($15.00) took full advantage of an assigned inside post to trip-out in the $8,500 mares Open I-II Handicap on Wednesday night (Sept. 9) at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs. It was a pretty simple race most of the way: All About Boyz (Dave McNeight III) left and went right to the front while the rest of the field remained in post position order behind her. Makes Her Mark (Kevin Cummings) who had post one, sat in the garden spot as the group went through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.1. When the field was approaching the third station, Call Me Maybe (Drew Monti) was moving on the outside with Ugly Betty (Mike Caprio) in tow. Then Caprio swung that one three-deep as the field entered the turn. Call Me Maybe's bid failed along with Ugly Betty's and their demise opened the door for Makes Her Mark to come off the pylons and go after the leader. Cummings pulled the mare and went to the stick to get the advantage at the wire in 1:56.4. Badlands Love (Jim McNeight) snuck up the rail for second and Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) picked up the pieces for third. It was the sixth win in 15 starts for Makes Her Mark and the victory pushed her yearly earnings to $20,732 for Jim Dunn, who owns and trains the 6-year-old Codyscoltfortyfive mare. The Downs leading driver, Kevin Cummings, scored a driving triple on the card while Drew Monti and Dave McNeight III both tallied driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 11) with post time set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

Batavia, NY-- He's three-for-three at the current meet and continues to win at will. Lutetium wired his foes on Friday night (Aug. 14) in the $10,000 Open trot feature at Batavia Downs. Once again leaving from the widest post in the draw (7), Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) made quick work of taking the lead before setting-down for the mile. However this week his main rival BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) decided to leave as well and tucked in third for the trip. The field was led to a soft half in: 58 when the tempo picked up on the backside. Lutetium tripped the three-quarters in 1:26.3 with BZ Glide on the outside, closing in for the chase. As the race hit the top of the stretch, Lutetium's 2-length advantage was dwindling and continued to do so as the sparring pair drove to the wire. But when they hit, the 8-year-old gelded son of Credit Winner mustered just enough to gut out a head victory over the fast closing BZ Glide. It was the seventh win in 21 starts for Lutetium ($7.60) and pushed his earnings to $48,331 for owner Colleen Girdlestone and trainer Mark Laidlaw. Five drivers were seeing double on Friday as Kevin Cummings, Shawn Gray, Dave McNeight III, Ray Fisher Jr. and Jim McNeight all scored two wins on the card. Shawn Gray, Jim McNeight and Carl Smith also tallied a pair as trainers. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 15) with post time set for 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski  Batavia Downs Media Relations  

The $10,000 Open pace feature at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs was up for grabs for most of the race. But a patient drive by leading reinsman Kevin Cummings proved valuable as Youwillwishyouhad ($7.70) won his first race for his new connections on Saturday night (Aug. 8). It was a cavalry charge off the gate as Ponyta Boy (Shawn McDonough), Beachfront (Dave McNeight III), Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) and Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) all had sights on the lead. The field momentarily settled behind the still battling Ponyta Boy and Beachfront, who eventually got the front As they passed the quarter in 27.1, Fireyourguns pulled from fourth and took the front by the top of the stretch. He then led the group to the half in 56 as an outer flow began. Now in two rows heading up the backside, Elite Awards (Drew Monti) tipped three-high with fresh legs as they breezed by three-quarters in 1:25. At that point, Youwillwishyouhad snuck off the rail from his perfect trip and into contention outside of the charging Elite Awards. At the top of the stretch, Fireyourguns ran out of ammunition and it became a two-horse race. Elite Awards tried hard to hang on but Youwillwishyouhad wore him down and powered on to win by two lengths in 1:54. It was the third win in a row and eleventh win in 20 starts for the 4-year-old Artiscape gelding and the win brought his 2015 bankroll up to $60,178. Youwillwishyouhad is trained by J.D. Perrin for Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland, who just claimed him last week for $31,250. Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Jack Flanigen all scored driving doubles on the card. Racing resumes on Sunday (Aug. 9) at Batavia Downs with two divisions of 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings competing for $108,000. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. Tim Bojarski

It was business as usual Friday night (Aug. 7) for one of the best resident trotters to ever ply his trade at the historic Genesee County oval. Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) led from gate to wire for the second week in a row and captured the $9,500 featured Open trot at Batavia Downs. Leaving sharply from post six, the 8-year-old gelded son of Credit Winner went right to the front and set fractions of 28.2, 59.1 and 1:28.2 before closing out the deal in 1:57.3. Cummings rated the horse perfectly and had no problem holding off a late charge by post time favorite, BZ Glide (Mike Caprio). It was the sixth win in 20 starts this year for Lutetium ($5.50) and the proceeds raised his annual earnings to $43,331 for owner Colleen Girdlestone. The winner is trained by Mark Laidlaw. Batavia Downs leading driver, Kevin Cummings, and Dave McNeight III both scored driving triples on the night. Shawn Gray made his return to the sulky a winning one after taking the second race with Four Starz Trump ($3.20). Gray had been sidelined for just over three weeks after being involved in an accident at Buffalo Raceway on July 15. Racing resumes on Saturday night (Aug. 8) at Batavia Downs with post time set at 6:35. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Victories have been coming in bunches for this tracks top harness racing drivers of late and tonight was no exception. Not to be outdone by Drew Monti's five-victory outing on Friday (July 31), Batavia Downs defending dash driving champion Kevin Cummings struck back fast and hard tonight taking a six-pack to the winners circle. Cummings came out swinging, winning with Vintage Fenom ($4.90), Terlingua ($5.40), Youwillwishyouhad ($3.30), Cobble Beach ($2.70), Bettor Again ($4.10) and Southwind Whiski ($3.70). After having two doubles and a triple in the first three days of the meet, Cummings now has 13 victories at Batavia Downs and leads all drivers for wins to date. He also sports a gaudy .438 UDR over the same period of time. At this point of the year, Kevin Cummings is on pace to shatter his career high numbers that he just set last year. He already has 215 wins and $1,151,609 in purses and a 2015 UDR of .374 that ranks him seventh overall in North America. For his career, Cummings has 3,185 wins and over $13 million in earnings. Cummings fourth score just happened to be behind the winner of the featured $10,000 Open pace, Cobble Beach. Mr. Icon (Jim McNeight) left with a rush from post three to take the early lead. But 1-4 post time favorite, Cobble Beach, became king of the hill before they hit the quarter in 27.4. The group continued in single file when Jokerman (Dave McNeight III) started the outer flow just before they hit the half in 57.1. Jokerman continued to advance until he got within a half-length of the leader, who rang up a 1:25.3 third panel. But a half-length was as close as he got as Cobble Beach turned up the heat in the final two furlongs with a 28.3 clocking to win by a length in 1:54.1. Mr. Icon, who benefitted from a perfect trip caught second and Jokerman hung on for third. It was the fifth win in 26 starts for Cobble Beach and it inflated his 2015 wallet to $45,490 for owner/trainer James Clouser Jr. The winner returned $2.70. Other notable performances by horsemen competing tonight: Drivers Dave McNeight Jr. and Ray fisher Jr. both had driving doubles and trainers John Mungillo, Gerry Sarama, James Clouser Jr. and Russell Bratt each registered two wins apiece. Betting and attendance have been up significantly after the first four cards of racing at Batavia Downs. Handle is up 7% and the clubhouse has been sold out all week along with every available program. The beautiful weather in the area has also had the apron full of race-goers each night. It's the best opening week the track has seen in years. The management would like to thank all their loyal customers who have made the opening such a success and promise to keep the excitement going as we move through the year. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 2) with three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies going for $119,000 in purses. Post time for the first is 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

It seemed like a stroll in the park on an 86 degree summer night for Kellys Cross as she totally overpowered a solid field of Open II pacing mares in Wednesday night's (July 29) feature at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs. As the wings closed, the speedy Voltina (Jack Flanigen) bolted to the lead, but not before getting rimmed to the quarter by rail-rider Real Joy (Drew Monti) in 27.4. After she took, Real Joy came right back at her and the two continued to argue to the half. At that point, Downs defending driving champion, Kevin Cummings pulled Kellys Cross from third and circled the dispute as the girls passed the three-quarters. From there the pair opened up a six-length advantage and coasted home in 29.1 with the victory never in doubt. Kellys Cross tripped the timer in 1:55.1 and paid $11.40 to her backers. It was the fastest win time ever over a half-mile track for the 4-year-old Royal Mattjesty progeny. It was also the fifth win of the year for the mare that competes under the guidance of trainer John Mungillo for owner Frank Spagnolo. Drivers scoring doubles on the card included Jim McNeight (who registered the natural daily double in races one and two), Kevin Cummings, John Cummings Jr. and Dave McNeight III. Batavia Downs also hosted its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, NY (bccr.org ). Each of the eleven races was sponsored by groups who made donations to the fund and presented blankets to the winners after each race. There was also a silent auction and raffle that was held during the night, with winners announced before the last race. The effort raised $5,200 that will go to BCCR to help find a cure and eradicate this scourge to women everywhere. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (July 31) night at 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

The 2015 harness racing season came to a close at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 26) and driver Ron Beback Jr. capped the 91-day meet with a four-bagger.   Beback Jr. was aboard Lotto Ticket ($4.00), Almost Midnight ($3.10), Boots N Bourbon ($5.90) and Four Starz Trump ($3.70)   The victory for Four Starz Trump was the 50th in the 12-year-old gelding's career and moved his lifetime earnings to $371,951. Beback Jr. finished the week with eight wins.   Driver Kevin Cummings made a run at Jim Morrill Jr.'s all-time win mark of 214 set in 2006 but came up a dozen victories short.   All was not lost however.   Cummings did win his second consecutive driving title with 202 wins, the third most in Buffalo Raceway history.   Morrill Jr. (214) and Shawn Gray (206) are the only drivers to go over 200 victories in a season at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   Cummings was also the leading purse earner with nearly $1.1 million.   Drew Monti took second place in the driver's standings with 140 wins while Gray was third with 123.   JD Perrin captured his third straight trainer's title by conditioning 70 winners.   John Mungillo took the runner up spot with 54 victories and Kirk Desmond third with 49.   The Prophet Mary had the most trips to the winner's circle on the season as the pacer scored nine times.   Justgottogetthere was the top trotter with eight wins and $48,217 in earnings.   Jettison was the leading money earner as the pacer collected $50,314.   Live racing is tentatively scheduled to resume in January, 2016.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

Ever since arriving from Scioto Downs in Ohio on June 28, Milliron Pete has sure made himself right at home at the harness racing meetings at Buffalo Raceway.   And while adjusting to his surroundings in Western New York, he's finding the winner's circle is a pretty good place to hang out as well.   For the fourth time in five starts at the Hamburg half-mile oval, Milliron Pete (Jim McNeight) showed he's not camera shy either by taking a half length victory in the $10,500 Open Pace in 1:55.0 over the fast track Saturday night (July 25).   While Milliron Pete ($9.60) has new stomping grounds, he has passed just about every test put in front of him.   Starting out in a $4,800 conditioned race on June 28 at Buffalo Raceway, Milliron Pete has stepped his way up the ladder and it landed him on the top rung, the Open pace.   Posting a 1-1/2 victory in 1:55.2 on July 18 in a $7,800 conditioned pace, the jump in class was well deserved.   Big Bossman did much of the dirty work in the race by setting fractions of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26.1.   Milliron Pete, who was assigned the inside post, drafted along perfectly in second and scooted through in the passing lane to stun Big Bossman (Jack Flanigen).   Western Alumni (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.   Trained by McNeight and owned by the Eim Racing, Milliron Pete (American Ingot-Komoda Dragon) has now posted six victories in 26 tries in 2015.   It sent the 5-year-old gelding's earnings to $34,816 this year and $57,481 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) reverted back to his front-running style and it resulted in an impressive four length win in a sizzling 1:53.1.   Scoring the from six post, Cobble Beach had to tussle with Mister Icon for the lead to the opening quarter but once getting there, it was all over.   Cobble Beach motored to the half in 56.2 and blistered a 28.1 last panel to put the remaining five horses in surrender mode.   Mister Icon (McNeight) finished a distant second while I C D Moolah (Beback Jr.) was third.   Owned and trained by James Clouser Jr., Cobble Beach (Artiscape-Mirmattculous) has now posted four wins in 24 starts this season, moving his earnings to $40,490.   The 5-year-old gelding upped his career bankroll to $134,597.   The 2015 season comes to a close Sunday afternoon when an 11-race card goes to the post at 1:05 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

Goosebump Hanover had to battle to get to the lead but that was the only battle she faced the rest of the way in going wire-to-wire in 2:01.4 over the fast track to highlight the action in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing  meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 15).   It was the fastest of four divisions worth over $27,000 each but well off the track record of 2:00.2 set by Munis Bluechip back in 2009.   Go Mary Go (2:02.1) just kept right on going and never looked back to take her division while Dolly Drama PV (2:03.2), and Dizzy Broad (2:05.3) also found their way to the winner's circle on a picture perfect evening.   After Goosebump Hanover ($8.20) was challenged to the lead by Swing Royalty, it was all fresh air after that as she never was threatened to the finish line. Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) was 1-1/2 lengths behind at the wire with Threehundredlindys (Jim Morrill Jr.) taking the show spot.   "She was a little touchy at first," Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings said of Goosebump Hanover's trip. "She settled in good after that but I had to ask her a little in the stretch. She was pretty much in hand at the finish."   Trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Silva Stables, Crawford Farms and J. DiScala, it was the first win in two career starts for Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents).   It was also a gate-to-wire victory for Go Mary Go in the Sire Stakes opener. Driver Ray Schnittker scored a front-running win on on July 3 at Monticello Raceway and used the same tactic to get the job this week.   Go Mary Go put up fractions of 29.4, 1:01.2 and 1:32.3 in posting the head victory 2:02.1 over Posterity (Charlie Norris) while Royal Surprise (Dan Daley) finished in third.   "I'm impressed with her gate speed," Schnittker said of Go Mary Go (RC Royalty-Michelle's Way), now 2-for-2 in her young career with both victories coming on a half-mile surface. She is trained and co-owned by Ray Schnittker, Hero Stables, T. Gerwertz and DM Pepin.   Dolly Drama PV (Lucky Chucky-Massive Drama) won the battle of attrition in notching a huge $153.50 stunner for driver Jeff Gregory. She was the only trotting filly not to break stride in the race and that was the difference in going the mile in 2:03.2.   "She handled the turns perfectly," Gregory said. "Also, (trainer) Mark Harder put an open bridle on her and I think that really made a big difference."   Bundle Of Energy (Schnittker) recovered after a break at the start to take second place while Playtime Lima (Rick Zeron) was third.   It was the first career win for Dolly Drama PV, owned by Peter Paul Venturini.   Cummings made it a driving double in the Sire Stakes with a victory aboard Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) in 2:05.3.   Using a first over journey down the backstretch the final time, Dizzy Broad ($7.50) took advantage of a break by the pace-setting I Will Take Credit near the three-quarter pole and was able to hang on for the victory.   "I had to keep her mind on things in the stretch," Cummings said of the late going with Dizzy Broad, who is owned and trained by Noel Daley.   I Will Take Credit (Daley) regrouped in time to finish second while Crazyasclassic (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series races, Outside Court ($11.40) scored for Gregory in 2:03.4 while Lindylicious ($2.60) trotted the mile in 2:01.2 for Lems.   Linda's Choice ($8.80) was victorious in 2:05.2 in the $6,600 Excelsior 'B' Series with Gregory in the bike while Lucky Lana took the non-betting race for Norris in 2:05.3.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 13-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J Mazurek

David McNeight III capped off the holiday weekend in fine fashion at the harnes racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway as he scored three straight victories and had a pair of training wins to highlight the action on Sunday afternoon (July 5th).   McNeight III drove and trained In Goods Hands ($6.50) and Straitstraitstrait ($3.00) to wins and was also aboard Milliondollardad ($4.40) to complete the triple.   McNeight III is coming off three victories in the sulky on Saturday evening.   Ron Beback Jr. and Kevin Cummings also posted three-baggers on the 13-race program.   Beback Jr. guided Carman Coyote ($24.80), Goddess's Justin ($3.70) and That Horse JD ($14.00) while Cummings went to the winner's circle with Way To Go Fabieo ($3.30), Sir Altb Z Tam ($3.00) and Peaceful Prince ($3.60).   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway at 5 p.m.   The 12-race card will feature the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers along with Excelsior Series 'A' and 'B' events.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek    

The way Rockstar Temper has been racing at Buffalo Raceway the past two weeks, he is quickly reaching 'rock star status' after rolling to another impressive victory in the $10,000 conditioned pace at the harness racing there on Saturday night (July 4).   After watching Mr. Perserverance do the dirty work on the front end, the pocket-sitting Rockstar Temper ($3.90) cruised on by in the stretch and registered a length win in a seasonal best 1:53.2.   It was his second straight victory in the week's featured pace.   Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) protected pocket position from the start and put up scorching fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:24.4 over the fast track while Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) followed in tow.   With a quarter mile to go, the duo broke away from the pack and were ready to duke it out to the wire.   Rockstar Temper had the most punch and rolled past the helpless-feeling Mr. Perservance in the lane.   Cobble Beach (Jack Flanigen) took the show spot.   Owned by James Caradori and trained by Darrin Monti, it was the fifth win this season for Rockstar Temper (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper).   The 7-year-old gelding has earned $48,520 this season and increased his lifetime mark to $337,853.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, there was no stopping Ain't No Stoppin' as driver Jim McNeight was able to take him to a gate-to-wire victory in a seasonal best 1:55.3.   Starting from the pylons, Ain't No Stoppin' went to the front and posted splits of 29.1, 58.1 and 1:26.4.   After seeing Ain't No Stoppin' drop anchor in the stretch last week, the closers were licking their chops at get a shot at tracking him down.   But the flame out didn't occur this week as Ain't No Stoppin' was strong enough to barely fend off the cavalry charge that developed behind him and notch the $23.20 win.   The heavily-favored Burton Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings) just missed and finished a mere head behind while Art Two D Two (Monti) took third.   Owned by Michael Calimeri and trained by McNeight, it was the fourth win of the campaign for Ain't No Stoppin' (Dream Away-Lasting Approval).   The 9-year-old horse has now put $21,746 in the bank in 2015 and $181,719 in his career.   LeReina Road scored a $82.50 upset victory in the third race with David McNeight III in the bike.   Racing will return on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It didn't take long for Buffalo Raceway to start off the Fourth of July weekend with a bang as the early harness racing daily double on Friday night (July 3) returned a whopping $1,603 for a $2 wager.   Robin Would (Jim McNeight) kicked off the first leg with a $15.40 victory while Ron Beback Jr. steered KC Colt to a stunning $41.40 win from the eight post to produce the big return on the 1-8 daily double combination.   Beback Jr. finished the night with a triple as he was also aboard Caviart Cara ($9.10) and Diditagain Hanover ($3.70)   The countdown has begun for driver Kevin Cummings as he attempts to break Buffalo Raceway's all-time record for wins in a season. Cummings had a three-bagger to push his seasonal total to 185, just 29 wins shy of Jim Morrill Jr.'s mark of 214 set in 2006. He scored with Terracina AS ($5.10), Sleep Talker ($4.00) and Governor Victory ($5.10).   Besides winning the opener on the card, McNeight followed that up later in the program posting a victory with Cashmandu ($5.50) and Yankovitch Hanover ($9.10) to complete the hat trick.   The racing continues over the weekend with a 12-race card set for Saturday evening while a 13-race program will be presented at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1).   The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012 will remain safe for another season.   The first division was the quickest as Gotmyredressontnit just missed the track record with a 1:56.4 clocking while Soft Idea and Encore Deo each went the mile in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   The favored Gotmyredressontnit ($4.10) toyed with the field in the first division.   Sitting third at the quarter pole, driver Jason Bartlett said it was time to go with Gotmyredressontnit and took command.   She was on cruise control from there, going 58.1 in the second half mile, including a 28.2 last panel to pull away from runner up Wishy Washy Girl (Jordan Stratton) by 2-3/4 lengths while Another Look (Tom Jackson) finished in third..   Bartlett said after the race, "This filly is really fast. She's high speed and has a great gait."   He added that he was confident when they passed the half-mile pole.   "The way she's been qualifiying, I knew we had it won at the half mile.   I still haven't pulled the plugs on her." Gotmyredressontnit won her two non-betting prep races by 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 lengths.   Owned and trained by Janice Connor, Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) is now a perfect 1-for-1 in her young career.   In the second division, a gutsy drive by Scott Zeron in the passing lane allowed Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) to score a narrow victory over Vino And Formaggio and Angels Rockn Pink in an exciting blanket finish that was decided by a mere head.   Angels Rockn Pink (John MacDonald) set the fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.1. They looked home free at the top of the stretch but things started to fall apart. The leg-weary Angels Rockn Pink was begging for the finish line but Soft Idea and Vino And Formaggio (Kevin Cummings) were pacing strong to the finish.   Soft Idea ($13.60) went as far down the passing lane as possible and managed to nose past the game Vino And Formaggio at the wire while Angels Rockn Pink was a head back.   Zeron admitted it was a tight squeeze down the stretch. He then added, "She was loaded the entire mile. I backed her off around the turns but down the stretch, I had a ton of horse."   Soft Idea is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by the South Mountain Stable, the Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable and Little E LLC.   After losing a narrow decision in the second leg of the Sire Stakes, Cummings got his revenge in the third and final division aboard Encore Deo ($10.80).   Blasting to the top from the five post, Encore Deo, a $100,000 Lexington Sales purchase, played a game of catch me if you can and ended up wiring the field of seven. Putting up fractions of 30.1, 59.4 and 1:28.4, a 28.4 last quarter panel was enough to hold off any late threat. No Clouds Bluechip (Bartlett) finished 3/4 lengths back while Dime A Dance (Stratton) took the show spot.   "She handled the track really well," Cummings said of Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven -Docdor Cameo). "I was a hair worried around the last turn, but once she straightened out in the stretch, she had a a lot left."   Encore Deo is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Stable, Weaver Buscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Karr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, it was a clean sweep for Jim Morrill Jr. as he guided Amazon Ideal ($3.40) to a 2:00.3 win and was in the sulky with Roll Of Dreams ($4.00) who turned in a 2:00.1 time.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series went to Milky Way Rae ($4.20) who toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 2:00.4 with Bartlett in the bike.   BZ Glide (Morrill Jr.) was victorious in the $10,500 Open Trot in 1:57.2 and returned $2.70 for the win. Morrill Jr. finished the night with four victories.   Country Delight ($4.00) went coast-to-coast in notching a 1:57.3 win in the $9,500 Open pace for the filly and mares. John Cummings Jr. handled the driving duties.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 11 races scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J. Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Unicorn Hanover and harness racing driver Kevin Cummings worked out a perfect first over trip and took the featured $10,500 Open I-II pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 20).   Sitting sixth and last place to the half, Unicorn Hanover tipped to the outside and started his winning march to the lead, getting on even terms with Bakken at the three-quarter pole.   As the field of six turned for home, Unicorn Hanover ($5.20) was quickest of all, holding off a stubborn Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) by a half length in 1:55.2 over the fast track. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.), the pace-setter for much of the race, finished in third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Unicorn Hanover (Four Starzzz Shark-Up Front Georgia) has now won three times in 11 attempts in 2015, putting $25,850 in the bank. The victory pushed his career earnings to $387,361.   In the sub-featured $8,800 pace, Beachfront turned in a seasonal best 1:55.4 and held off a late rush from Ponyta Boy (Ron Beback Jr.) and Art Two D Two (Drew Monti).   Setting the splits of 29.0, 58.1, and 1:27.1, driver David McNeight III and Beachfront ($6.90) were ready for challenges in the stretch and they weren't disappointed. Ponyta Boy and Art Two D Two each made serious late bids but Beachfront had enough in the tank to hang on for the head win.   Beachfront (Somebeachsomewhere-Up Front Norma) is a 5-year-gelding owned by the Limerick Racing Stable and trained by David McNeight Jr. It was his third win of the season and moved the 5-year-old gelding's winnings to $17,424 and $91,270 lifetime.   Racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. with a 10-race card set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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