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Hamburg, N.Y.--- There was a 10-race harness racing card at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (June 12) and between drivers Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Jack Flanigen, they weren't in much of a sharing mood.   The trio combined to win eight races of the 10 races on the program with Cummings and Monti having 'triples' while Flanigen notched a double..   Cummings, who is the leading driver at Buffalo Raceway, padded his total with three wins. He scored with Ahead Of The Crowd ($3.80), Instant Hit ($3.80) and Livefreeordiehard ($4.00). Cummings now has 164 wins on the campaign.   Monti found pay dirt three times with McArdle Direct ($25.20) Dante Seelster ($26.20) and Two Smart ($3.00). The 'three-bagger' put him over the 100-win barrier for the season at Buffalo Raceway as he now stands at 102 victories.   Flanigen, who had combined for 13 victories in the past three Friday night cards, added two more to that total. He drove Emiliana ($8.00) and Dancin Thea ($8.20) to the scores.   Mike Caprio and Shawn McDonough each had singles to complete the driver's actions.   Racing will continue on Saturday night when an 11-race card goes to the post at 6:35 p.m.   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

It was the first Sunday matinee of the harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway and driver Shawn Gray sure did enjoy the warm, brilliant day.   Sitting in second place in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings with 102 victories, Gray put up a four-bagger Sunday (June 7) to highlight the 11-race card.   He scored with Oceana ($2.10), Strung Out ($6.20), Artillery Major ($8.00) and Spring Terror ($4.00).   Ron Beback Jr., Kevin Cummings and David McNeight III each had doubles on the day.   Beback Jr. pulled a $31.80 stunner with Hawaiian Joe and also steered Almost Midnight to a popular $4.00 win.   McNeight III had a $50.00 shocker on Le Reina Road and followed that up with a $7.60 decision on Caddy Jeff.   Cummings, who leads the way with 161 wins this year at Buffalo Raceway, posted wins with Sleep Talker ($$9.60) and Safe Bet Hanover ($10.60).   Racing returns on Wednesday night with a 10-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek      

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Jack Flanigen steamrolled his way to five victories while it was 'family night' for the Monti crew in sharing top honors at Buffalo Raceway Friday evening (May 22).   Flanigen posted wins aboard Dedalos by Artiscape, Secluded Island by Island Fantasy, Farmersixfournine by Shadow Play, Classic Camelot by Camelot Hall and Cracker Stoney by Givemewhatineed.   Driver Drew Monti picked up three victories while father Darrin had a pair of training wins on the 13-race program.   The Monti stable took the opener as Ooga Booga (co-owned by grandfather Carl Monti and Darrin) rolled to a popular $2.60 decision while later in the evening they saw Im The Cash Man (owned by Carl) go gate-to-wire for a paltry $2.60 return.   Drew Monti capped the 'hat-trick' with Sam Can who found the winner's circle for a $14.00 payoff.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings had three wins, all of which were for trainer Kirk Desmond.   Racing continues on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card slated for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Kevin Cummings domination at Buffalo Raceway continued on Friday night as he guided home another three winners but it was the 20-year-old Drew Monti who sprung the huge upsets to share the spotlight.   Monti posted a trio of stunning upset wins as he steered McArdle Direct ($160.50), Hurtin Albertan ($13.00) and Little Myra ($17.40) to surprise decisions.   Monti now sits in third place in the driver's race with 82 trips to the winner's circle this season.   Trainer/driver Denny Bucceri lit up the tote board in the 10th race as he drove Kely Jo Wiz to an $84.00 victory.   Ray Fisher Jr. also was a part of the wild night at the Hamburg half-mile oval as he notched a $41.40 victory on Carson City Road.   The average win price at Buffalo Raceway Friday night was a whopping $31.20 with the last four races averaging $69.20.   Meanwhile, Cummings, who had a career year in 2014 with 334 victories and over $1.55 million in earnings on the Western New York circuit, continues to be on track to smash his all-time marks.   Last year on this date, the 44-year-old had 91 wins and over $442,000 in earnings. Currently, Cummings has eye-popping numbers with 147 victories through 49 race dates, good for 11th nationally, and over $652,000 in purses.   The most wins in a season at Buffalo Raceway is 214 set back in 2006 by Jim Morrill Jr. With 43 racing days left in the 2015 campaign, Cummings is on pace to crush that mark.   Besides easily sitting atop the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings, Cummings is also the leader nationally in UDR with a mark of .404 for those with over 500 starts.   Cummings scored Friday night aboard Terracina AS ($7.70), Always An Optimist ($3.10) and Spring Terror ($2.40).   Jim McNeight also had a driving double.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 12-race program slated for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race results and replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

It wasn't easy but Justgottogetthere managed to narrowly 'get to' the finish line before anyone else and take the $9,500 conditioned trot at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 13th) in 1:59.1 over the fast track.   In the co-featured $9,500 fillies and mares conditioned pace, Ugly Betty continued to dominate the division with another impressive victory.   This week, she cruised to a 3-1/4 length score over A Cameo In Life in 1:56.3.   The opener saw Justgottogetthere and driver Jim McNeight use their typical tactics, racing to the top and set the fractions.   After posting panels of 29.2, 1:00.0 and 1:29.4, the duo was prepared to take on challengers in the final quarter mile.   The pocket-sitting Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) gobbled up ground down the passing lane but finished in second place just a head behind the leg-weary but game Justgottogetthere ($5.10).   Northern Bullet (Jack Flanigen) had a great chance as well but drifted out badly in the stretch and settled for third.   It was the sixth victory in 11 appearances this season for Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme), who has missed the board just once in 2015.   The 6-year-old gelding is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $35,387 and $173,869 lifetime.   Ugly Betty (David McNeight III) proved to be the best once again in the co-featured pace for the ladies.   She was assigned the outside seven post, was parked the first quarter mile and that made no difference.   Once driver Kevin Cummings got Ugly Betty to the lead, it was a battle for second place.   After being given a parking ticket by A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) to the quarter marker, Ugly Betty ($6.20) cleared and registered times of 28.4, 58.0 and 1:27.3.   She enjoyed a three-length edge at the top of the stretch and never looked back.   A Cameo In Life managed to take the place position while V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) finished third. It was the first pari-mutuel start for Tomaszewski.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) has won seven times in 15 tries in 2015.   The 7-year-old mare has now won $39,439 this season and $210,912 in her career. Rex Clabaugh handled the training duties.   The racing will resume on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jettison was sent off as the heavy 1-9 harness racing favorite in the $25,000 Niatross Invitational Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (May 9) and the 6-year-gelding didn't disappoint on that promise in delivering a 1-1/2 length decision in 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Using a big closing kick to take the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series title back on April 25th, Jettison ($2.30) powered his way past Goddess's Justin (Shawn Gray) and Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen) in the stretch to take the Invitational title.   "He was loaded and I was confident coming off the (final) turn that no one was going to catch him," winning driver Kevin Cummings said of Jettison. "I wasn't worried at all about (second place finisher) Goddess's Justin on the inside."   Secluded Island set the tempo with splits of 29.0, 58.0 and 1:27.2 but felt the pressure on the outside at the three-quarter pole. Jettison was on rim, going eyeball to eyeball with the pace-setter and then easily pulled away, leaving eventual runner up Goddess's Justin and Secluded Island in his wake.   Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison (Jereme's Jet-Piazzacato) has notched six victories in 15 starts in 2015, earning $40,560. Darren Taneyhill handled the training duties.   Youwillwishyouhad continues to add to his impressive resume after going gate-to-wire in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned pace in 1:54.4, tying his seasonal mark. It was his second straight front-running win.   With the victory, Youwillwishyouhad ($6.30) has now won seven times in 11 appearances this season. Since the beginning of 2014, the 4-year-old gelding has had 39 starts, winning 18 times and finishing out of the money just seven times.   Assigned the seven post, Cummings was intent on getting to the lead with Youwillwishyouhad and got there with mild resistance from Jokerman (Jim McNeight).   Setting the fractions of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:26.3, Youwillwishyouhad registered a blistering 28.1 final panel which kept the remaining six competitors a safe distance behind at the wire. Bahama Bay (David McNeight III) finished in second a non-threatening 1-1/2 lengths behind while Jokerman took the show spot.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Youwillwishyouhad (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has earned $35,690 this year and $104,857 in his career.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kevin Cummings registered four wins and Jim Morrill Jr. posted a driving triple to take the spotlight during the 12-race harness racing program at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (May 8).   Cummings, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, steered Farmerssixfournine ($17.00), Whitesand Noble ($10.60), Bet On Me Hanover ($4.00) and Sleep Talker ($5.00) to victories. Cummings now had 137 wins on the season and leads runner up Shawn Gray by 58 victories. The margin is 137-79.   Morrill Jr. swept the chalky early daily double ($8.10) aboard Historian ($5.00) and The Bronx Bumper ($3.20) then later scored with OK Braveheart ($4.10).   Something has to give on Saturday night when the $25,000 Niatross Series Invitational pace goes off in the ninth race at Buffalo Raceway.   After literally battling in two series over the past three months, the top four qualifiers from each leg return for bragging rights and the lion's share of the $25,000 pot. Dedalos and Jettison, winner's of the 'A' and 'B' Series respectively, hope to be wearing the overall crown when the dust settles. But there are several others lurking who are more than capable of spoiling the dreams of the two division winners.   Dedalos, who won the 'A' Series back on March 7th in 1:57.3, had three wins and a second place finish in the 'B' Series. Unfortunately for her, the lone setback came in the finals where Jettison rallied to take the length victory in 1:56.0.   It won't be easy for Dedalos, however, as the 11-year-old gelding drew the eight post with Jim McNeight in the bike. They are 9-2 on the morning line. The series has been a profitable one thus far for Dedlaos as he's made $33,974 thanks to five wins in 13 attempts.   Jettison and coupled entry-mate Delightful Caitlin (2-2A) are the 5-2 choice on the morning line thanks to the giant comeback win in the 'B' Series finals on April 25th. Sitting seventh at the half, Jettison began to roll three-wide at the three-quarter marker and put up a 28.4 final panel to collar Dedalos.   Owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison is trained by Darren Taneyhill. Jettison has five victories on the season and $28,310 in the bank.   While Jettison and Dedalos look for another showdown, there are several others that could prove to be flies in the ointment.   Secluded Island is the second choice at 3-1 and drew the rail with driver Jack Flanigen in the sulky. The 11-year-old gelding has four wins and a pair of second place finishes in his last seven starts and has produced over $640,000 in lifetime earnings. Secluded Island set the pace in the 'B' finals on April 25th but flamed out to finish fourth.   Full Circle Spirit had a pair of wins in the 'B' series qualifying rounds but must overcome the seven post with driver Shawn McDonough. He is part of a coupled entry (1-1A) along with the always dangerous It Was An Honor.   Here's the field from inside post outward: Secluded Island (Flanigen), Goddess's Justin (Shawn Gray), It Was An Honor (David McNeight III), Jettison (Kevin Cummings), Delightful Caitlin (Ron Beback Jr.), KC Colt (Drew Monti), Full Circle Spirit (McDonough) and Dedalos (McNeight).   The Niatross Series Invitational tops the great card on tap Saturday night with 12 races going to the post at 6:35 p.m.The $9,500 conditioned pace opens the program with Youwillwishyouhad the early 3-1 choice from the seven post.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race results and replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, harness racing driver Kevin Cummings showed he was up for any challenge by winning 5 races on the Friday night program at Buffalo Raceway. Kevin started the night off with a very nice victory in the opener with the thirteen year old Haste. He took back early in the mile to set the pocket and then came closing home late to win in 2:00 1/5. Kevin's biggest winner of the night was aboard Terracina As (Allstar Hall-Madeleine It). She made her move going towards the quarter and got caught outside going up the backstretch the last time. When turning for home she looked like a beaten race horse, but was able to power past R A's Shakenbake (Ron Beback Jr.) late to win by a length. Kevin also won with Instant Thrill ($7.30), Dry Ice ($2.90), and Sir Altb Z Tam ($2.50). Saturday nights card at Buffalo Raceway is very strong opens up with the Horses & Geldings Open which features the return of Fireyourguns. Fireyourguns only raced in a couple of starts in 2014 at Buffalo, but was dominating in each performance. Fireyourguns qualified effortlessly last week under a hand drive by driver Michael Caprio. He faces a tough group of other Open horses including Mach Stockn Barrel who has been very consistent as of late and is returning to Buffalo after a tough trip at Mohawk. The co-featured pacing event of the night is the Open II pace where Youwillwishyouhad returns trying to continue his dominance. He had a very good start to the season and then sort of tailed off for a couple of weeks after getting sick. Trainer James Clouser Jr. brings this horse in off a race where he was parked the majority of the mile. Also dropping in against him this week is Unicorn Hanover who is having a very slow start to 2015 and looks to rebound from the inside post. Join Buffalo Raceway for Western New York's biggest Kentucky Party beginning at 10 AM on Saturday. Live racing at the Hamburg-Oval on Saturday is at 6:35 PM. By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The top three in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings showed the way on Friday night (April 24) as the harness racing trio combined for seven victories on the 12-race card.   Drew Monti, who sits in third place in the rankings, had a triple and moved his seasonal total to 71. Last season, he posted 86 victories the entire season at Buffalo Raceway.   Leading driver Kevin Cummings had a double and now has 121 wins in 2015. Shawn Gray, who sits in second place with 72 trips to the winner's circle, also had a double.   It was bombs away in the ninth race as Shawn McDonough drove Girls Luv Diamonds to a $72.00 victory.   Looking ahead to Saturday's card, sometimes it's all about timing and luck. For Eim Racing and trainer Bradley Jackson, it was perfect timing and the luck of the draw.   They won 'the shake' from multiple claims put in on Dedalos in last week's semi-finals of the Niatross Claiming Knockout 'B' Series for $7,000 and are now in line for a couple of big paydays if things work out right starting Saturrday.   Dedalos, who drew the three post, is the 3-1 choice on the morning line in the Niatross $24,500 championship which highlights the program at Buffalo Raceway.   After winning the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'A' Series back on March 7th, Dedalos automatically earned a spot in the $25,000 Invitational set for Saturday, May 9th along with Goddess's Justin, It Was An Honor and Delightful Caitlin.   But with a spot already secured in the Invitational, Dedalos and his new owners would love nothing better than winning both ends. Riding a three-race win streak in the series, Dedalos posted the fastest time in the semi-finals last week with a 1:57.1. But don't expect things to be easy.   Jettison starts from the seven post. He's been claimed in three consecutive weeks in the series and ends up in the finale for co-owners Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable and trainer Darren Taneyhill. Jettison, pegged at 4-1 in the morning line, has had two wins and a pair of second place finishes in his last four starts. Unfortunately, his losses have come to Dedalos.   Secluded Island is a dangerous 5-1 and scores out of the six spot. He cruised to a two-length win in the other semi-race last week in 1:58.0 and has four victories in his last five starts.   The field from the inside out include Full Circle Spirit (Ron Beback Jr.), Nighthawk Hall (Kevin Cummings), Dedalos (Shawn Gray), K C Colt (Jim McNeight), Tymal Torch (David McNeight III), Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen), Jettison (John Cummings Jr.) and Feets Of Magic (Drew Monti).   The top four finishers, as in the 'A' series, will advance to the $25,000 Invitational on May 9th.   The $10,000 consolation race of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will go as the sixth race while the $9,500 conditioned pace is set for the second.   Post time for the solid 12-race card is 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Serendipitious proved she was better than the boys in the $7,900 conditioned/optional claiming trot at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (April 22) and made sure her male counterparts won't soon forget it. Serendipitious, not only destroyed the field of harness racing geldings by five lengths, she went the mile in track record time of 1:58.1, the fastest ever by a trotting mare at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   The previous all-aged mark for mares was 1:58.2 set by Escrow Blue Chip in 2012. The 1:58.1 time by Serendipitious also established a new standard for 4-year-old trotting mares at Buffalo Raceway. The old time for that level was 1:58.4 held by Hat (2011), Clydabell (2012) and Sabo (2012).   Driver Kevin Cummings was a hit with the ladies in the early going as he sent Serendipitious to the record-setting mile. A Cameo In Life ($8.70) then made a clean sweep for Cummings in the early daily double by rolling to a 1-3/4 length decision in 1:58 in the co-featured $8,500 Open II for the distaff pacers.   Serendipitious ($2.90) started off the night impressively in scoring a five-length decision, earning her third win in four tries in 2015. The track was fast but a raw wind, temperatures in the low 40s and occasional rain and snow showers made the record even more remarkable.   Serendipitious had little trouble going gate-to-wire. Scoring from the four post, Cummings went right to the top with the winner, facing no resistance. Posting fractions of 29.0, 49.0 and 1:29.0, the outer flow started to develop just before the three-quarter marker. That's when Serendipitious got her cue to put it into high gear. She had no issues in the stretch, going 29.1 in the final panel. September Hall (Shawn McDonough) and Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) were left to battle it out for the minor spoils and finished in second and third respectively.   Owned by Guy Polillo and trained by John Mungillo, Serendipitious (Majestic Son-Royal B G) has now earned $11,948 this season and $71,347 in her young career.   In the co-featured second race, A Cameo In Life completed the 4-2 Cummings' daily double combination that returned $14.00. Sitting third down the back stretch the final time, A Cameo In Life tipped to the outside, brushing easily to the lead and never looked back from there.   Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) finished in second while Wicked Elphaba (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by Clark Siminski and trained by Kirk Desmond, A Cameo In Life (Lease On Life-Allamerican Cameo) has now put $20,938 in the bank this year and $80,028 lifetime. It was the fifth win in 13 attempts for the 6-year-old A Cameo In Life.   Cummings and Gray finished with three victories apiece while Jack Flanigen doubled.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 12-race card set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Home sweet home. That's the way Lutetium has to be feeling after returning to Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (April 15) and strolling to an easy 6 1/4 length victory in the $8,500 conditioned trot.   Talk about loving home cooking. Lutetium has nine wins in 19 starts with $59,532 in earnings at Buffalo Raceway since the beginning of 2014. He has won 19 times in 38 tries overall in that span.   After scoring a win at Northville Downs and taking a parked fourth place at Northfield Park in Open trots the past two weeks, Lutetium ($3.20) took no prisoners on his home turf. Getting to the top with ease from the six hole, Lutetium put up splits of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:27.   The last quarter mile was a throttled down 29.4 as Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) had the remaining field of seven waving the white flag in surrender, stopping the timer in a seasonal best of 1:56.4 over the fast track. Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) finished in second place while Flaming Yankee (Shawn Gray) took third.   Owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw, Lutetium has now won three times in eight starts in 2015, earning $19,341. The 8-year-old gelding (Credit Winner-Luby) now has a career bankroll of $295,437.   In the co-featured $8,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, She's A Maniac had some bad luck in the photo finish as she was nosed out at the wire by Fiftyonefifty. But her misfortune turned into a victory a few minutes later as she was awarded the win via disqualification.   It looked like Fiftyonefifty (Cummings) was going to escape with a narrow nose victory as she just managed to get in front of the pace-setting She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight). The celebration was short-lived as Fiftyonefifty was placed fourth for an euro-rail violation at the top of the stretch.   She's A Maniac ($7.70) ended up in the winner's circle while Basic Survival (Jack Flanigen), who finished in third a nose behind, was elevated to second. It's De Lovely (David McNeight III) was moved up to third.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., She's A Maniac (Rocknroll Hanover-Check And Raise) has now won $14,948 in 2015 and $311,185 in her career.   Real Joy was just that to her backers as Shawn McDonough steered her to a $118.50 victory in the seventh race.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 12-race program set for 6:35 p.m. at Buffalo Raceway.   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. --- Jokerman had the last laugh in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (April 4) with a stunning upset harness racing victory in a seasonal best time of 1:55.1 over the fast track.   Overlooked by the betting public, Jokerman returned a hefty $27.00 to his backers after turning back the mild rally of Bakken in the race to the wire   It was a battle to the lead as rail-sitting Lucky Nadotremblay tussled with the parked Jokerman to a quarter in a red-hot time of 27.4. Jokerman (Jim McNeight) was finally able to clear for the lead and posted times of 56.2 and 1:25.4 from there.   In the race to the finish, Jokerman posted a final panel of 29.2 and that was more than enough to hold off any challenges from the remaining six horses in the field. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) show some mild kick but finished a non-threatening length back while Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) rolled into the show position.   It was the fourth win in 12 starts for Jokerman and the 6-year-old gelding has now been in the money in all but one start in 2015. He is co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Robert and Randy Roth. Jokerman (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has now earned $29,289 this year.   In the first round of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series, Secluded Island ($4.10) was the fastest winner in the five divisions with a 1:57.1 clocking.   Dedalos ($3.30), who captured the Naitross 'A' Series earlier this season, took his leg with a 1:57.4 mark.   Other preliminary round winners included Nora Lee ($4.00), K C Colt ($15.80) and Full Circle Spirit ($12.00). The quarter-finals will be held next Saturday night.   Driver Drew Monti had a four-bagger on the night and Kevin Cummings went over the 100-win plateau on the year with four victories as well.   Trainer Michelle Gramza had three wins.   The racing action will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race card scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news. results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Kevin Cummings inched closer to the 100-win mark already this season at Buffalo Raceway after scoring a double on a rainy Friday night (April 3).   After driving Herbie Is Gone ($2.20) and Way To Go Fabieo ($5.40) to wins, Cummings pushed his seasonal victory total to 97 and now enjoys a huge 42-win margin over Shawn Gray in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings.   In 2014, Cummings had a career year with 334 wins. He's well on his way to shattering that mark if things continue as they have been. Last season on this date, Cummings had 53 victories in 312 starts. Now in 2015, he has 97 wins in 345 tries, good for 15th nationally. He's tops nationally in the UDR for all drivers with over 200 starts with a .424 mark, leading Dave Palone who is next with a .404 rating.   Cummings is on pace to break Jim Morrill's track record of 214 wins set back in 2006. He'll have plenty of opportunities to increase his totals as Buffalo Raceway just completed their 34th racing date out of 92 days scheduled this season.   Shawn Gray had a four-bagger on the night while Jack Flanigen and David McNeight III also doubled on the program.   The preliminary rounds of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will begin Saturday night to highlight the 13-race card at Buffalo Raceway. Post time set for 6:35 p.m.   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

HAMBURG,N.Y. --- It may have been April 1st but Justgottogetthere wasn't fooling around at all in the harness racing featured $8,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night.   The heavily favored 6-year-old gelded Justgottogetthere ($2.40) toyed with the field of six and went coast-to-coast in posting a 3/4-length victory over Leave Your Mark in 1:59.1 on the fast racing strip. It was his fifth win in eight starts in 2015 to go along with three second places finishes.   Driver Jim McNeight had to go three-wide to gain the lead going to the quarter pole with Justgottogetthere but once the pair settled in, there weren't any anxious moments.   Posting fractions of 28.4, 59.3, and 1:30.1, a final panel of :29 by Justgottogethere kept the remainder of the field at bay. Leave Your Mark (Shawn Gray) tried to make a move in the passing lane but to no avail while Diamonds For Life (Kevin Cummings) and September Hall (Shawn McDonough) battled to a dead heat for third.   Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC. Jerry Nugent Jr. handled the training duties and watched Justgottogetthere increase his seasonal earnings to $26,687 and $165,369 lifetime.   In the first of the two $7,900 co-featured paces for the fillies and mares, Fiftyonefifty ($9.30) was the 'pocket rocket' and flew past It's De Lovely (David McNeight II) and The Prophet Mary (Drew Monti) to score the victory in 1:56.0.   The Prophet Mary threw up fractions of 29.4, 58.3 and 1:27.4 but became leg-weary in the stretch. It allowed the pocket-sitting Fiftyonefifty to drop into the passing lane and race to the 1-3/4 length win.   It was the second win in 11 outings this season for Fiftyonefifty (Daggs-Tj's Little Cammie). The 6-year-old mare is owned by Sidney Easton and is trained by Anthony Cummings. She increased her 2015 bankroll to $16,078 and $145,901 lifetime.   In the second $7,900 pace for the ladies, Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) was a 'jet' in the lightning lane and took off for a 1-3/4 length decision over Ivy's Good News (Ron Beback Jr.) and the pace-setting Bad Girl Vegas (Monti).   Bad Girl Vegas put up some sizzling splits of 27.4, 57.0 and 1:27.0. Basic Survival was parked to the three-quarter pole and surrendered while Eyemajet drafted in second behind Bad Girl Vegas. It the stretch, Gray found the passing lane perfect as Eyemajet had little problem strolling off to the convincing victory.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by Gray, Eyemajet has two victories in 10 starts this year, earning $12,576 and jacking up her career total to $203,100.   Kevin Cummings, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, finished the card with five winners. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer, JD Perrin, is now a perfect 3-for-3 this year in the sulky after posting a driving double.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card set to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing veteran Peenie found out if at first you don't first succeed, try, try again. After starting three times off the rail in his last four starts, Peenie attempted to go wire-to-wire in each start but couldn't complete the task.   But Saturday night (March 21) in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway, driver Kevin Cummings gave Peenie another chance on the front end and he passed the test with a length victory over Giant Sculpture in 1:57 over the sloppy track.   Peter Pumpkineater briefly took the lead in the race to the opening quarter pole, but Peenie wasted no time in re-taking and reaching the half in a brisk 57.4. The closers were in perfect position to challenge in the stretch but Peenie showed no quit and posted the win over Giant Sculpture (Shawn Gray). Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third.   It was the first victory in eight tries this season for Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) and the 50th of his career. Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelding has now earned $12,470 in 2015 and $644,849 lifetime.   In the $8,800 conditioned sub featured pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) used a slick move between the opening quarter and the half to take the lead and never looked back to score a 1-1/4 length decision over Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:58.2.   Sitting in third approaching the top of the stretch the first time, Lucky Nadotremblay was able to slip thorugh along the inside as King Otra (Drew Monti) and American Bull (Cummings) battled three-wide.   Taking over the lead to the half, Lucky Nadotremblay ($19.60) enjoyed a two-length edge at the top of the lane and was in cruise control to the finish. Bakken used a late kick to take second while Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) finished in third.   The victory was the third in nine starts this season for Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissful Hall-Periella Hanover). Owned by the Nickel City Ranch Stable, the 5-year-old horse is trained by Ron Van Wagoner. The win upped his 2015 bankroll to $15,488 and $77,977 in his career.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m at Buffalo Raceway.   For more information including race replays, the latest news, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Lutetium is a known front-runner and Justgottogetthere is a known closer. You figured something had to give. Nothing did. The harness racing pair couldn't settle their differences as Lutetium and Justgottogetthere finished in a dead heat for the victory in 1:58.3 over the fast track in the $8,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (March 18).   Lutetium, starting in the eight post with Kevin Cummings in the sulky, managed to get to the lead while Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) was able to drop into the garden spot behind the pace-setter. Lutetium set the splits with times of 29.1, 59.1 and 1:28.9.   It boiled down to a two-horse race down the stretch with Lutetium ($6.50) begging for the wire while Justgottogetthere ($5.10) was charging on the outside. Nothing was settled in the photo as the pair battled to a draw. The Bronx Bumper (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished in third.   Lutetium, a 16-time winner in 2014, hit the winner's circle for the first time in 2015 after four previous attempts. The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Collen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw.   Justgottogetthere has now won four out of seven starts this season. He's a 6-year-old gelding owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing with Jerry Nugent Jr. the conditioner.   In the co-featured $8,500 pace for fillies and mares, it took another photo to separate the winners but his time the picture produced a victor as Sadie's Place ($12.60) had just enough in the tank to hold of Fiftyonefifty by a head.   Sadie's Place (Shawn Gray) had little trouble reaching the top from the four post. Settling back and enjoying the crisp Western New York air, Sadie's Place notched fractions of 28.4, 58.2 and 1:27.4 and welcomed any challengers.   Watching the action from second place, Fiftyonefifty was the lone threat and made a charge late in the lane but ran out of real estate, coming up a head short. Bad Girl Vegas (Drew Monti) took the show position.   With the win, the second in nine tries in 2015, Sadie's Place has earned $13,110 this season and $322,090 lifetime. The 10-year-old mare is owned by Barry Franklin and trained by Darren Taneyhill.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 12-race program on tap.   For more information inlcuding the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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