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Batavia, NY --- The Wednesday evening (Nov. 11) racing menu at Batavia Downs featured a pair of $8,500 Open I handicap harness racing events that produced definitive winners on both the pace and the trot and also saw the meet's second winningest driver, Billy Davis Jr., win five races on the card. In the handicap pace for fillies and mares, Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead and was pushed through blistering early fractions of :27 and :55.4 by Tellawoman (Dave McNeight III). But the feverish tempo to the half only gave way to a fantastic finish by Protect Blue Chip, who kicked away by three lengths around the last turn and stretched that out to five at the wire where she won handily in 1:55.3. It was the fifth win of the year for Protect Blue chip ($4.10) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Team rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice. Later in the handicap trot, Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) bolted to a 3-1/2 length advantage at the quarter, extended that to five open at the half and stretched it out to six at the head of the stretch. From there he closed out the mile on top by three in 1:57. For Il Mago ($7.70) it was the seventh win of the year and 53rd lifetime and the winner's share of the purse pushed his career earnings in excess of $891,000. Mike Torcello owns the Gerry Sarama trained son of Kadabra-Northern Style. Billy Davis Jr. had a monster night, winning five races on the card including a natural Hat Trick in races one through three. Besides the already mentioned Protect Blue Chip, Davis scored with Hey Sweetie (1:56.3, $14.00), Babylon's Bridge (1:59.4, $4.00), Aunt Betty (1:58.3, $7.30) and Kredit Karma (2:00.2, $12.80). Three of Davis's winners were trained by Maria Rice and she led all conditioners on Wednesday as a result. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Nov. 14) with post time at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Fresh off a late closing victory in the top pace at Batavia Downs last week, Mr. Euroman N found himself right back in the winner's circle once again after capturing the $8,500 Open I Handicap pace at the Downs on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 7). M. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) got away fourth as Tullow N (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the lead by the quarter and then paced smartly to the half in :57. At that point Davis had Mr. Euroman N out and moving first-over into the third turn and drew alongside Tullow N by the three-quarters. Davis and Fisher then commenced rocking and knocking around the far turn with Mr. Euroman N getting an advantage heading down the lane that he would keep all the way to the line where he won by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. It was the third Open I win in the last four stars for Mr. Euroman N ($4.80) and owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. The $7,500 Open II pace went to Stratosphere (Drew Monti) who dropped down from Open I company this week and led throughout the entire mile before holding off the tripped-out Percy's Z Tam (Jim Morrill Jr.) at the light to win by a neck in 1:54.1. It was the sixth win of the year for Stratosphere ($5.80) who is owned by his driver and trained by Darrin Monti. Billy Davis Jr., Drew Monti and Jim Morrill Jr. all had three driving wins on Saturday while trainers Darrin Monti, Jerry Nugent Jr., Gerry Sarama and Lee Dahn all had two wins apiece. When racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 11) there will be a guaranteed pool of $3,000 for the Pick-5 wager that day. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages will be available courtesy of Trackmaster on both the USTA and Batavia Downs website early next week. Post time for Wednesday is set at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Heavy rain, strong winds and sloppy goings were not the best conditions for racing on Wednesday night (Sept. 30), but they were no match for the storm harness racing driver Billy Davis Jr. kicked up on the track while winning six of the 13 races at Batavia Downs. Davis came out of the gate strong, winning both ends of the double with Surfers Paradise (1:57.3, $3.10) and The Land Shark (2:01.2, $14.80) and followed that up with victories with Wonderful World (1:56.1, $5.90), Pembroke Bada Bing (2:02, $22.20), Rockn Legend (2:00.3, $7.40) and Electric Chapel N (2:00.2, $4.30). Davis, who is the defending dash driving champion at the Downs, started Wednesday in second place and 10 wins behind the current leader Jim Morrill Jr. But with Morrill drawing a blank during the card, Davis is now only four wins away from moving into a first place tie. Davis is also currently the tenth leading percentage driver in North America with a .342 Universal Driver Rating. Morrill is fifth in that category with a .377. The one race Davis did not win was the featured $8,500 Open I trot. That race went to Lunar Credit and Jim McNeight Jr. who lurked second behind the front running Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) all the way to the top of the stretch where the one-path opened up. Lunar Credit shot the gap to catch the leader and fend off the fast closing Daylon Phantom (Drew Monti) and Before I Die (Dave McNeight III) to win by 1/2 length in 1:58.4. Lunar Credit ($10.40) scored his fourth win for his owner/driver McNeight Jr. The winner is trained by Jim McNeight. Jim McNeight Jr. also had a big night in the bike winning two more races to score the hat trick. Trainers Jim McNeight, Andy Torre, Don Niles and Sabrina Shaw all registered two wins on Wednesday. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 3) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- A pair of $8,500 Open I Handicap races topped the harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 23) -- one for trotters and one for pacing mares -- and both produced gate to wire winners. Majestic Kat moved up to the Open I trot after a 4-1/2 length, 1:57.2 seasonal best win in the Open III last week and despite the jump in class, went almost the exact same mile. Billy Davis Jr. left with Majestic Kat and cut quarters of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.1 before Before I Die (Dave McNeight III) trotted alongside him in the last turn and then matched strides all the way down the lane. With less than a half-length between them for the last 1/16th of the mile, Majestic Kat managed to hold her ground and beat Before I Die at the light by a 1/2 length in 1:57.1, which was another new seasonal mark. Majestic Kat ($7.90) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice. Billy Davis Jr. added two more wins during the proceedings, walking away with a driving hat trick. One race later in the top distaff pace, HP Sissy rebounded from two consecutive eight hole draws and went right to the front where she does some of her best work. Denny Bucceri sped to the quarter in :27.1 before grabbing leather in a :30 flat second panel, where the race was really decided. Blacknsweet Adda A (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled on the second circuit with Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) on her back, but HP Sissy was up to the task. She hit the three-quarters in 1:25.4, rounded the far turn and opened up a two-length advantage while pacing sharply to the wire in 1:54.4. It was the fifth win of the year for HP Sissy ($7.10) who is owned by Finnocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol. Finnocchario, Ohol and Bucceri doubled their pleasure Wednesday as they also won with Mach's Echo who blew up the tote board with a $39.60 payoff. Jim Morrill Jr. had a big night in the bike, winning four races on the card. He scored with Sentimental Lady (1:57.1, $5.30), Il Mago (1:57, $4.40), Odyssey Blue Chip (1:58.1, $2.50) and You Mach Me Crazy (1:56.4, $2.30). Gerry Sarama trained the last three Morrill winners, giving him a training triple that was matched by fellow conditioner Sabrina Shaw. Drew Monti was the final multi-win horseman teaming two winners on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 26) with post time at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- It was a big night for driver Billy Davis Jr., trainer Maria Rice and the ownership group of Vogel and Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 19) as they sent three from their harness racing stable to the Purple Haze winner's circle, including the winner of the co-featured race. In the $8,000 Open I-II trot, Noble Legend followed Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) the entire mile until the head of the stretch when Davis tipped and out-trotted the leader to the wire while holding off a fast-closing Lunar Credit (Jim McNeight Jr.) and won in 1:58.1, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the second straight win for Noble Legend ($6.50) and third win of the year. Then in the $7,250 fillies and mares Open II-III pace, Protect Blue Chip drafted third most of the mile while Tellawoman (Jim Morrill Jr.) and HP Sissy (Denny Bucceri) took turns on the lead. Davis pulled from that spot at the three-quarters, cleared by the top of the stretch and held off one final bid by Tellawoman to win by a length in 1:54.4, which was also a new seasonal mark. The heavily favored Protect Blue Chip returned $3.10. Finally in the $7,250 Open II-III trot, Keystone Apache displayed some old form as he went unchallenged from the word go, scoring a wire to wire 8-1/2 length victory in 1:57.3. That too was a new seasonal mark for the winner. It was the fourth win in the last six starts for Keystone Apache ($2.80) Jim Morrill Jr. also had a driving hat trick, including winning the other $8,000 feature which was the Open I-II for fillies and mares with Toothofthedragon. Toothofthedragon who had been third the whole race, found just enough room to get out in the stretch and catch the race long leader Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) by a head to win in 1:56. Toothofthedragon ($4.30) is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 22) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mr Euroman N ($10.60) made his 2020 harness racing seasonal debut a successful one with a gate-to-wire win over Andy's Ideal in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (March 14).   The score by Mr Euroman N capped a stellar night for driver Billy Davis Jr. as Buffalo Raceway's leading driver put together a five-win evening while trainer Maria Rice and co-owners Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock enjoyed three victories on the 13-race program.   Starting from the rail, Mr Euroman N stomped out to the early advantage and posted fractions of :29.4, :58.2 and 1:27.2 over the fast track. In the stretch, Mr Euroman N found no takers and was in cruise control hitting the wire in 1:56.0. Andy's Ideal (Kyle Cummings) was second with Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbing the show spot.   Mr Euroman N (Art Major-Little Big Sister), an 8-year-old gelding, saw his career winnings move to $164,055.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Drunkonaplane (Davis Jr.) made a big three-wide brush heading to the three-quarter marker and flew home a winner in 1:57.0. He beat Jim's Great (Kevin Cummings) by a diminishing neck while Myell's Rockstar (Shawn McDonough) was third.   Drunkonaplane ($3.60) is co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock. Trained by Rice, it was the third win in 10 tries for the 6-year-old gelded Drunkonaplane (Rock N Roll Heaven-Ali Badali). He has now earned $16,218 this season and $151,821 lifetime.   It was a cavalry charge down the stretch in the second division with a photo needed to decide the winner. In the end, Percy's Z Tam ($9.20) and driver Kevin Cummings held on by a nose in 1:56.4 with Blue On Black (McDonough) and Santana Beach (Aaron Byron) settling for the disappointing second and third place positions respectively.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 6-year-old gelded Percy's Z Tam (American Ideal-Mintjulep Bluechip) has now scored three victories in eighth starts this year. The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $15,890 and $201,286 in his career.   Aaron Byron and Kevin Cummings had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There will be a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Hamburg, NY — Buffalo Raceway will open the 2020 harness racing season on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) with a 13-race program that gets underway at 5 p.m. It will be a busy week at the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg as there will be lots for the fans to look forward to during opening week. Wednesday’s opener will feature a $2,500 guaranteed Pick-5 which begins in the second race. There will also be free programs and a 2020 season magnet giveaway. In the Winner’s Circle Cafe, personal pan pizzas will just be $5 and patrons can also taste the new philly cheese steak and meatball hoagies. When the action returns on Saturday (Feb. 1) with a 6 p.m. start time, the popular ‘Lucky Exacta’ contest returns as each fan will receive two ceramic Buffalo Raceway coasters along with an exacta combination. Should your exacta come in, you’ll spin the prize wheel to win free wagers on the last race of the night. The coasters will also have $5 in free play from Hamburg Gaming. While the fans will be treated off track, it’s back to business for drivers and trainers. Billy Davis Jr., who swept the driving titles last season at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs with 119 and 131 victories, respectively, will be busy as he is scheduled to drive in 12 of the 13 events on opening night. “I had a very good meet last year,” Davis said in looking back on 2019. “I am hoping to build off that and have another good run.” He went on to say about the early part of the season, “It’s always difficult to know how the opening days of racing meets can go but I am very confident in my trainers and their horses. It would be great to start the season off with a bang.” James Clouser Jr. returns after he claimed the training crowns at both Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs in 2019. He had 56 winners at Buffalo Raceway last season and added 51 more at Batavia Downs. He’ll send a pair out on the opening night program. Maria Rice, who was the runner-up behind Clouser in both Western New York meets last year, hopes to jump start her season as she drew into six races on the Wednesday night card. The main event on the slate is the $13,000 Open Trot that drew the likes of 2019 Buffalo Raceway ‘Trotter of the Year’ Wheels A Turning and Lougazi. The sub features include the $10,000 Class A Trot and the $10,000 Class A Pace for the fillies and mares. Racing will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. while Saturday nights will have a 6 p.m. post. Action returns on Friday starting in April and will have a 5 p.m. start time. For more information, including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com. by Brian Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Two top class races highlighted the second to last harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 13) and both winners rewarded their backers with premium mutuels. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto was overlooked at 11-1 and pulled the upset with a strong closing effort. Saratoga invader Golden Kronos (John Cummings Jr.) flew to the lead and rattled off fractions of :29 and :59.2. At the half Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) pulled first up and Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) followed his cover. Positions remained the same until the top of the stretch when Davis tipped Fox Valley Veto clear and matched strides with Golden Kronos all the way to the wire where he got a slight advantage and won by a head in 1:58.4. It was the third win in a row and 12th of the year for Fox Valley Veto ($24.80) who has now earned $72,317 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Then in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace for fillies and mares, Blue Bell Bonnie turned some heads as she breezed the fastest mile of the night. Driver Dave McNeight III burst through the gate with Blue Bell Bonnie, went right to the front and never looked back for a second. Posting furious fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2, Blue Bell Bonnie rounded the final bend and took a two length lead into deep stretch where he won in a shocker time of 1:54.3. It was the 10th win of the year for Blue Bell Bonnie ($10.60) and it pushed her total for 2019 to $75,258. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi own and James Clouser Jr. trains. The Downs 2019 driving champion Billy Davis Jr. was the top dog again on Friday after winning four more races on the card. Besides the already mentioned Fox Valley Veto, Davis also won with Expensive Toy (1:58.4, $3.00), Traverse Seelster (1:59.3, $13.60) and Are You In (2:00.4, $8.70). Drew Monti also scored a driving hat trick and Shawn McDonough doubled up both as a driver and a trainer. Live racing resumes for the final time in 2019 on Saturday night (Dec. 14) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (UNY USHWA) has named the top harness racing driver and trainer of the 2019 meet at Batavia Downs and will present each with a trophy between races in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 14). The driver of the meet was Billy Davis Jr. Davis started driving on a regular basis at Batavia Downs in 2016 and finished a strong third last year with 99 wins. This meet Davis started fast, maintained his momentum throughout, demolished the competition and in the end captured his first Batavia Downs driving title. Davis currently has a total of 127 wins, 48 more than the second place Jim Morrill Jr. who pulled the pin for the year on the first day of November. Those wins along with 101 seconds and 82 thirds out of 621 starts have earned him a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .341 for the meet and $839,581 in purses. The earnings total is a new track record for a single meet exceeding the standard of $802,528 set be Jim Morrill Jr. 13 years ago in 2006. For 2019 in its entirety, the 33-year-old Davis has won 270 races, pocketed $1,846,243 in loot and his UDR of .320 was the best of his career. The trainer of the meet was James Clouser Jr. Clouser has been conditioning horses at Batavia since 2014 and has twice finished second in the standings in 2015 and 2018. This year Clouser took command early and stayed on top the entire meet to capture his first Batavia Downs training title. With a strong stable of horses anchored by owners Burke Racing/Weaver Bruscemi and William Emmons, Clouser posted 50 wins, 29 seconds and 37 thirds out of 214 starts for a UTR of .367 and $352,910 in earnings. That income total is the second highest ever recorded at the Downs behind Kim Asher's $505,624 in 2017. For the calendar year overall, the also 33-year-old Clouser has won 270 races and $775,359 in purses. He is also nearing his 500th career training win (currently at 482) and the $3 million earnings plateau. Batavia Downs and UNY USHWA congratulate both men and all their connections. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

Batavia, NY --- With no more Wednesday harness racing this year at Batavia Downs, the top distaff pace joined the weekly featured trot on Friday night (Dec. 6) with one race providing an upset and the other satisfying the chalk bettors. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) settled in fourth off the gate and watched as Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) made a break and Alert Hanover (Jim McNeight Jr.) overtook Empire Earl N (Mike Caprio) for the lead at the quarter pole. After all that action sorted itself out, Davis pulled Veto off the pegs at the three-eighths pole and motored to the top by the half in 1:00.2. As the race progressed onto the second circuit, Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) came calling on the outside and matched strides with Fox Valley Veto up the backside, around the far turn and into the stretch. The battle continued down the lane until Fox Valley Veto slammed the door at the light, winning by one-half length in 1:58.3 at 15-1 . It was the 11th win of the year for Fox Valley Veto ($33.40) and owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Then in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace of fillies and mares, Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr,) drifted fourth on the outside for the first eighth of a mile before she made a quick rush for the lead at the quarter in :28.2. From there the race was history. Lady London opened up a 1-½ length lead by the half in :58.3 and extended it to four at the three-quarters in 1:26.4. With no one even close as she sprinted around the last turn, Lady London jogged home wrapped up like a Christmas present to win by 6-½ lengths in 1:56. It was the third win in the last four starts for Lady London ($5.40) and owner VHF Racing. Sabrina Shaw is the trainer. Eight participating horse people had multiple win performances on Friday night. Drivers Billy Davis Jr. and Drew Monti led the way with three wins each on the card while Shawn McDonough and John Cummings Jr. both won two. And trainers Sabrina Shaw, Maria Rice, Jim Tronolone and Dave Russo all sent two stablemembers to the winner's enclosure for photographs. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 7) with pot time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Keystone Apache was a dominant force in the $10,500 Open II trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 13) and scored his eighth harness racing win of the year in the easiest of fashion. Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) left slowly and made a gradual attack at the lead. He got there by the quarter in :28.4 and from that point on, the race was over. With a two-length gap for the next half mile, Keystone Apache stopped the timer in :57.3 and 1:27.3. With the plugs having already been pulled before that the station, Keystone Apache extended his lead to four-lengths heading into the final turn and maintained it into the stretch. Davis had little left to do as his horse was off and gone; Keystone Apache jogged across the wire by three lengths in 1:58.2. Keystone Apache ($6.40) upped his 2019 income to $62,092 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. Several horsemen had multiple wins on Friday. Dave McNeight III and Shawn McDonough led the way with three driving wins apiece while Jim Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each had two. Trainer Maria Rice also had two winners. The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that are comprised of eight $225,000 races will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. Peter Kleinhans will be the track's guest host and handicapper for the in-house and simulcast broadcast and Heather Wilder will be in the Purple Haze winner's circle interviewing the winners and all their connections after each stakes race. There will be two $7,500 guaranteed pools in both the early and late Pick-4 wagers that night and both will be all-stake Pick-4s (races 3-6 and races 7-10). The pools are part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA's website and through links on the Batavia Downs Facebook page when they become available. Free full card programs are now available for download from the Daily Racing Form Harness. There will be a T-shirt giveaway courtesy of the NYSS on Saturday night as well. Fans attending the races live only need to swipe their Player's Club card at guest services starting at 4:30 p.m. to receive a ticket to get their shirt after the seventh race. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's been quite a week for Buffalo Raceway's leading harness racing driver Billy Davis Jr. First, he went over the $20 million mark in career purse earnings and then on Saturday night (July 6) he celebrated his 33rd birthday with six victories including the two main events.   "I've had a pretty good go of it lately," Davis Jr. said of the big week that has included 10 victories in the past three cards at Buffalo Raceway. "It was a pretty good birthday."   Davis Jr. captured the $13,000 Class AA-Open Pace aboard Lucan Hanover ($5.90) as they posted a length triumph over Western Passage and he also collected the win aboard China Dream in the $11,000 Class AA Pace.   After a pair of heart-breaking second place finishes by a neck in his previous two tries, Lucan Hanover completed the task this time with a gate-to-wire score in seasonal best 1:53.2.   Posting fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:25.1, a :28.1 last frame by Lucan Hanover kept Western Passage (Denny Bucceri) at bay at the wire. Black Is Back (David McNeight III) took the third place position.   "It felt like the old Lucan Hanover," Davis Jr. said. "Last week he was coming off a two-week break and I figured he might be short. Tonight he coasted along pretty good."   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and the Pine Hill Racing Stable LLC, it was the fifth win in 21 starts for Lucan Hanover (Western Ideal-Lauren Order). The 9-year-old gelding has now produced $39,649 in winnings this season and pushed his career bank to $1,199,665.   China Dream has been earning his keep with plenty of second and third place finishes but he finally got the winner's share of the purse after registering a 2-1/4 length nod over Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) in the $11,000 Class AA pace. China Dream ($21.60) toured the mile in a season's best 1:54.4. Rose Run Ranger (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position as Lots Of Lovin was disqualified from third to fifth due to interference.   Since the beginning of May, China Dream has had a second and four third place finishes. He broke the dry spell thanks to a hard-charging :27.2 final quarter mile which secured his fourth victory of the campaign.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, it was the fourth win in 20 outings for the 8-year-old gelded China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art). The win upped his bankroll to $37,030 on the year and $320,217 lifetime.   China Dream   In the $10,000 Class A pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) tied his lifetime best with a 1:53.4 and turned back Race Me Rocky (Billy Davis Jr.) by 1-1/2 lengths. He win was worth $9.30 to his backers.   Shawn McDonough had a pair of driving and training victories while Maria Rice conditioned a pair of winners.   The final two weeks of the 2019 campaign will begin on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the program as the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will clash in a pair of $52,000 divisions. 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 www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Keystone Apache ($5.20) was on his best behavior on Friday night (May 10) and that resulted in a harness racing victory in the $11,000 Class A Open Handicap Trot at Buffalo Raceway. He turned back Lougazi by a 3/4 lengths in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   It's been feast or famine for Keystone Apache. When not dealing with breaking woes, the 4-year-old horse has been very good.   "Trainer Maria Rice made a few equipment adjustments on him and it worked," winning driver Billy Davis Jr. said. "The race set up perfectly for him and once I got him around the last turn, I knew we'd be good. He's fast horse when he doesn't break."   Sitting fourth heading down the back stretch the final time, Keystone Apache was following dull cover and was forced three wide. The move was the right one as he was able to open up a two length advantage turning for home and used a :28.4 last panel to quell the last gasp hopes of Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.). Southern Palms (Shawn McDonough) rolled into the third place position.   Owned by the the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the fourth win in 14 attempts this year for Keystone Apache ( -Found An Angel). The victory upped his 2019 earnings to $30,850 and $163,454 lifetime.   Davis Jr. and McDonough had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled. There's a $839 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lady London ($3.90) may not have been as fast as last week but she was still pretty darn good on Wednesday night (May 8) after romping once again in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Setting two new marks for the all-aged and aged (5+) distaff pacers with a 1:53.2 clocking last week, Lady London was dominate again after coasting to a 4-1/2 nod over Little Joke in 1:54.2 over the fast harness racing track.   At the start, Little Joke handed out a parking ticket to Lady London as the tandem reached the quarter pole in a rapid :27.4. But once reaching the lead, driver Billy Davis Jr. and Lady London were in command the rest of the way.   Enjoying a three length advantage turning for home, Lady London dropped a :28.3 final panel on the field to evaporate all of their hopes. Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) took the place position with Rock My World (Jim Morrill Jr.) finishing in third.   Owned by Vhf Racing LCC and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the third victory in nine starts this season for Lady London (Maddam Luck-Northern Luck). The 6-year-old mare has now earned $21,588 on the campaign and $75,876 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. and Davis Jr. had a driving triples on the program. Trainer Gerry Sarama sent three to the winner's circle with Clevenger getting a double.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a nine-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lady London was the fabulous female on Wednesday night (May 1) in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap pace for the harness racing filly and mares as she broke two track records in going the mile in 1:53.2.   Driven by Billy Davis Jr., Lady London ($3.30) eclipsed the all-age mark for the distaff pacers of 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip and also established a new standard for the aged (5+) mare pacers of 1:53.3 registered in 2018 by Sportsmuffler. And to put an exclamation point on the night, it was a lifetime best.   Davis Jr. said about the record breaking journey aboard Lady London. "I just stepped on it with her when (Kevin Cummings) came up behind me with You Mach Me Crazy at the three-quarter pole."   He went on to say, "I thought it (the track record) was 1:53.1. I never asked her until the last eighth of a mile. She had plenty left in the tank."   With a fast track and the temperature at nearly 80 degrees, it was the perfect recipe for some speedy efforts.   Scoring from the inside, Lady London set sail and rocketed out to fractions of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:25.4. Any thoughts of the field catching her were quickly doused as Lady London used a final panel of :27.3 to dispose of Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) who finished 2-3/4 lengths behind and You Mach Me Crazy.   Owned by Vhf Racing and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the second victory in eight tries for Lady London (Big Jim-Maddam Luck). The six-year-old mare has now produced $16,338 in earnings this season and $70,626 lifetime.   Davis Jr., Ray Fisher Jr. and Cummings all had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a nine-race card slated to begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Buffalo Raceway will present an 11-race program that has a special 7:15 p.m. post to accommodate the running of the Kentucky Derby.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After suffering a narrow nose defeat last week, Sportsmuffler made sure she wasn't going to suffer the same fate on Wednesday night (April 10).   Starting from the pylons, Sportsmuffler ($3.30) led every step of the way and blew away the field by four lengths in Buffalo Raceway's $9,200 Class A-B Handicap pace for the harnes racing filly and mares.   Sportsmuffler wasted no time to reaching the lead, putting up a :58.2 opening half over the fast track. Things went even quicker from there as driver Billy Davis Jr. put on the burners with Sportsmuffler, scorching the final half in :57.2. Rock My World (Kevin Cummings), who pinned the narrow loss on Sportsmuffler last week, had to settle for second place with Bad Glamour Girl (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, it was the first victory of the season for Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore). The 7-year-old mare has now earned $7,700 in 2019 and $296,206 in her career.   Jim Morrill Jr., Drew Monti and Davis Jr. all doubled on the program with Frank Mays and Jeff Amann scoring training doubles.   Racing will resume on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card on tap.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, result, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com       By Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

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