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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Once Ellieonthemove got 'moving', there was no stopping her as she romped to a throttled down 1-3/4 length win over Laughing Emoji N in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,000 Class A-Open Pace for the fillies and mares on Wednesday night (April 7).   With the field being trimmed down to five due to the scratch of Blue Bell Bonnie, Ellieonthemove was parked for most of the opening quarter as Yankee Secret tried to take some of the starch out of her.   That ploy didn't work as once Ellieonthemove ($3.50) got in gear, there was no looking back.   Grabbing the front end after an opening split of :28.2, driver Kevin Cummings and Ellieonthemove were never in danger after that as he guided her to fractions of :58.0 and 1:27.1, crossing the line in 1:56.1 over the fast track. Laughing Emoji N (David McNeight III) rallied late for the place position with Yankee Secret (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Sidney Easton and trained by Anthony Cummings, Ellieonthemove (Well Said - Ireneonthemove) is a 6-year-old mare that has now earned $17,316 this season and $110,564 lifetime. It was her fourth victory in 10 tries in 2021.   In the $7,200 Class B Pace for the ladies, Robintheatm (Jim Morrill Jr.) collected her fourth straight win by holding off Supreme Dumpling (Billy Davis Jr.) by a half length in 1:56.4.   Robintheatm ($9.30) is owned by Mike Torcello and conditioned by Gerry Sarama. The 9-year-old mare has now bankrolled $13,825 on the season and $167,162 in her career.   Keystone Apache ($4.40) went first over just before the half and cruised home from there in collecting a four length score in 1:59.3 over Barn Beast (Kevin Cummings) in the $7.200 Class B Trot.   Owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock and trained by Maria Rice, it was the third decision in six attempts for Keystone Apache. The 6-year-old gelding has now produced $8,625 in winnings on the campaign and $232,367 lifetime.   Davis Jr. led the way with three victories in the sulky while Shawn McDonough and Morrill Jr. each collected a pair. Sarama, McDonough and Jim Graham each posted a pair of training wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 12-race card scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   For full race results, click here.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There were strong, gusty winds at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 8) but Voltina found things to be just a 'breeze' in the featured $8,200 pace for the harness racing mares.   Scoring from the rail, Voltina (Kevin Cummings) made every step a winning one and defeated Dontch Remember (Jim Morrill Jr.) by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:58.3 over the fast track.   Voltina had no problem in getting to the lead as the favored Deliciouslynaughty broke stride just as the starting gate opened.   After putting up fractions of 29.3, 58.4 and 1:28.3, Voltina enjoyed a two length advantage heading into stiff wind down the stretch.   The margin proved to be more than enough as Voltina ($11.80) was able to hold off Dontch Remember and Honor Roll (Shawn McDonough) who took second and third place respectively.   Owned by Chs Racing and trained by Anthony Cummings, it was the second win in eight tries in 2017 for Voltina (Allamerican Native-Best Not Tell). The win upped the 7-year-old mare's bankroll to $12,378 this season and $152,919 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-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   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The fireworks started two days early at Buffalo Raceway as American Bull was as hot as a firecracker in deep stretch and blew up the tote board with a $38.20 victory in the featured $9,000 Open II pace on Saturday night (July 2).   Getting a pocket journey for most of the mile, American Bull (Todd Cummings) was able to win the cavalry charge to the finish by beating Jolt Of Whiskey (Kevin Cummings) by a neck while Bad Fox (Lee Dahn) took third.   Big Bad George played give-and-go with American Bull to set the tempo with times of 30.0, 59.2 and 1:29.1. But in the final panel of pacing action, the favored Big Bad George was in retreat mode while American Bull, Jolt Of Whiskey and Bad Fox were gearing up three-wide heading for the wire.   Using the passing lane, American Bull had all the momentum in the shadow of the finish line to power past Jolt Of Whiskey and Bad Fox in 1:58.0.   Owned by Sidney Easton and trained by Anthony Cummings, American Bull (American Ideal-Touch Of Pearls) is a 5-year-old gelding that has two wins in 11 appearances this season. The win upped his 2016 bankroll to $15,210 and $103,865 lifetime.   It was a great night for Shawn McDonough as he drove home four winners and had a pair of training victories while Drew Monti had a triple in the bike. Maria Rice had a training double.   Racing will resume on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was appropriate that harness racing driver Kevin Cummings reached 3,000 driving wins in his career when he steered Most Happy Rider ($10.60) to a narrow neck decision in Buffalo Raceway's seventh race on Friday night (February 6).   Cummings became just that, a 'most happy rider' after sweating out the photo finish before officially being awarded the milestone victory.   "I didn't think I won it at the wire," a relieved Cummings said after the win. "I didn't think the photo (at the wire) did the finish justice. I thought it was a lot closer. (Second place finisher) Ideal Rowan was getting to me and had the momentum."   Cummings scored his 2,999th victory in the fourth race aboard Camstar ($3.20) but came up empty in his next two attempts. The third time became the charm as he went gate-to-wire with Most Happy Rider, who is trained by his brother Anthony Cummings and owned by Sidney Easton. They covered the mile in 1:59.1.   "I just wanted to get it over with," Cummings said after missing on two tries to reach the 3,000-win plateau. He added, "It's a big accomplishment for me. It just isn't a number." He finished the night with a triple.   Cummings started his racing career in 1989 where he won three races in his 15 starts and had earnings of just $4,438. His initial victory was Orlando Otto.   However, things skyrocketed after the calendar year turned to 2000. He had 132 victories that year and then reached the 200-win mark for the first time in 2005 with 209 victories.   Cummings then cracked the $1 million barrier in 2009 for the first time when he posted 265 wins with $1,189,102 in earnings. He's reached the million dollar mark every season since.   But the best was yet to come. His best campaign came in 2014 when Cummings won both the Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway driving titles thanks to a career-highs of 334 victories and $1,557,050 in earnings. It was the first time ever he won both crowns in the same year.   Over the span from 2009 until now, Cummings has amassed 1,477 victories and well over $7 million in earnings.   The way the 44-year-old Cummings is driving, it should take too long to reach the 4,000-win mark.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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