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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- HP Sissy ($4.30) capped a great night for harness racing trainer Mike Ohol and driver Jim Morrill Jr. as she snagged a nose victory over Protect Blue Chip in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (March 4).   The narrow win by HP Sissy allowed Ohol and Morrill Jr. to combine for four victories on the 12-race program.   Going off as the favorite in a wide-open affair, HP Sissy scooted right to the lead and set the fractions of :28.0, :57.3 and 1:27.4.   Things got interesting in the lane as Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) and Blue Belle Bonnie (David McNeight III) all took dead aim at HP Sissy which produced the blanket finish.   The photo revealed that HP Sissy hung on to win by a nostril in 1:57.3 while Protect Blue Chip and Blue Belle Bonnie had to settle for the disappointing second and third place finishes respectively.   Owned by the Finocchario's Dream Stable, it was the second win in three appearances for the 7-year-old mare HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip). The win took her seasonal earnings to $12,500 and $380,129 lifetime.   Julio's Girl (McNeight III) used a slow and steady first over grind and eventually caught Hey Sweetie in the stretch to collect the $10.40 win in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap for the distaff pacers.   With Hey Sweetie (Davis Jr.), putting up splits of :30.1, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4, Julio's Girl started her march to the top before the half mile station and finally reached the lead at the top of the lane to post the half length decision. Jag Out (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Owned by William Emmons and conditioned by James Clouser Jr., it was the third victory in five attempts this year for the 7-year-old mare Julio's Girl (Art Director-Prayer Answered). The triumph moved her bankroll to $10.940 this year and $156,958 in her career.   In the $10,000 Class A trot, Bred For Greatness ($11.80) continued his dominate start to the 2020 campaign by registering his fourth victory in five tries this season.   Bred For Greatness (Morrill Jr.), with a first over trip, took command from Noble Legend (Davis Jr.) and coasted to a solid 1-1/4 victory in 2:00.3 over the fast track. Mighty Nicky (Monti) took the show position.   Co-owned by trainer Ohol and Steven Gross, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) has produced $16,440 in earnings this year and $110,721 lifetime.   McNeight III had a double in the sulky while Clouser Jr. had a pair of training wins.   Racing will resume at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, entries, race replays, results and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Kevin Cummings made two perfect moves with Beachy Dream in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class A-AA pace on Saturday night (Feb. 29) and it resulted in a length victory over Lucky McTrucky in 1:58.2 over the good track.   Approaching the half mile station, Beachy Dream was sitting third and felt the outer flow developing. Cummings just in the nick of time was able to sneak out and start his first over trip.   Then with a quarter mile to pace, Beachy Dream ($3.90), still on the rim, kicked it into high gear and was able to enjoy in what proved to be an insurmountable lead in the stretch. Lucky McTrucky (David McNeight III) took second with Hold The Gold (Denny Bucceri) rallying for third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second win in five appearances for the 9-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl. The win increased his seasonal earnings to $15,950 and $254,530 lifetime.   In the sub-featured $10,000 Class A pace, Andy's Ideal ($5.90) showed plenty of heart in beating Allstar Energy by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:57.3.   After relinquishing the lead to Blue On Black hitting the third-quarter pole, driver Ray Fisher Jr. re-energized Andy's Ideal in the lane and never looked back in topping Allstar Energy (McNeight III) while Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) had to settle for third.   Trained by Don Rothfuss and co-owned by Michael Ouriel, Howard Ouriel and Stephen Vinik, it was the first trip to the winner's circle in 2020 for the 6-year-old gelded Andy's Ideal (American Ideal-Slainte). The victory pushed his seasonal bankroll to $9,180 snf $181,645 in his career.   Andy's Ideal shows plenty of heart in victory   Cummings and Billy Davis Jr. each registered driving triples while Jim McNeight Jr. and Fisher Jr. doubled. Sarama had his second consecutive training triple while Rothfuss and Maria Rice each collected two wins.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wilberforce was a force to be reckoned with in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday evening (Feb. 26) as he struck to the lead and hung on the rest of the way to take a 3/4-length decision over Daylon Phantom in 2:01.0 over the sloppy harness racing track.   After being parked at the start of the race, John Cummings Jr. made the decision to march forward with Wilberforce and it proved to be the right call.   With splits of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.0, Wilberforce ($8.60) was strong enough down the stretch and was able to hold back the late surge of Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) while Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show spot.   Co-owned by trainer Kris Rickert and Dale Wareham, it was the fourth victory in eight starts this season for the 8-year-old gelded Wilberforce (Caviar Crown-Rose Run Imprint). The win moved his earnings to $33,950 on the campaign and $321,222 in his career.   Fox Valley Veto ($3.60) has been battling in the Open Trot to start the 2020 season at Buffalo Raceway but got a much appreciated drop in classification and responded nicely in the $10,000 Class A division with a solid 2-1/4 length victory over Are You In.   It took a three-wide move to the opening panel to vault Fox Valley Veto (Davis Jr.) into the lead and he never looked back from there.   Setting the fractions of :30.3, 1:02.0 and 1:32.1, Fox Valley Veto tripped the timer in 2:01.3 and never was threatened as Are You In (Kevin Cummings) and Catch The Bouquet (Drew Monti) settled for second and third respectively.   Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock, Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is trained by Maria Rice. The win upped the 9-year-old gelding's earnings to $5,650 and $532,638 lifetime.   Machs Echo ($7.90) got a perfect pocket trip and turned it into a narrow nose victory over Sarah Cola in the $10,000 Class A-Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Jag Out (Kevin Cummings), who finished in third, set the tempo with fractions of :29.1, :59.0 and 1:29.1. She couldn't hang on, however, as Machs Echo (Jim Morrill Jr.) attacked from the passing lane while Sarah Cola came on the outside. It was a photo finish with Machs Echo managing to nose out Sarah Cola.   Owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, it was the first win in four attempts this season for Machs Echo (Mach Three-Rocket Time). The 6-year-old mare has now produced a bankroll of $9,200 in 2020 and $104,571 lifetime.   Cummings Jr. had a triple in the bike while Monti and Cummings each had a pair of wins. Gerry Sarama had a training triple and David Russo a double.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program on tap.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Im So Handsome (David McNeight III) had to battle to be the boss on the front end and then ended up winning the harness racing war in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 22).   Getting parked for over a quarter mile, Im So Handsome ($11.80) finally got to the pylons and paced home in scoring the length victory over Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) in 1:55.0, the fastest of the 2020 meet thus far.   Hold The Gold, who finished in third, parked Im So Handsome through a quarter in :28.3. It was then 'catch me if you can' for Im So Handsome as went the half in a sizzling :56.3.   No one had the answer, however, as Im So Handsome stayed strong in the stretch to collect the win.   Owned and trained by Tessa Perrin, it was the second win in four starts this year for Im So Handsome (Hot Pans-Cheyenne Rose). The decision moved his seasonal earnings to $13,000 and $273,240 lifetime.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) found the top to be the best spot for him with a 1-1/2 nod over the favored Weekend Atnannies in 1:57.1.   It was a three-way scrum at the start between Southwind Onyx, Weekend Atnannies and Utah Beach. When things finally sorted themselves out, Southwind Onyx ($10.60) set the fractions of :28.0, :57.2 and 1:27.2.   There were no problems in the stretch for Southwind Onyx as the 5-year-old gelding was able to turn back Weekend Atnannies (Renaldo Morales III) and Carlos Danger (Mike Baumeister).   Co-owned by trainer Tammy Cummings and Michael Blidy, it was the first win in four attempts in 2020 for Southwind Onyx (Bettor's Delight-It's Only Rocknroll). The win jumped him seasonal earnings to $8,700 and $88,61 lifetime.   In the second division, Lucky McTrucky (Ray Fisher Jr.) watched the pace-setting Burning Shore do all the dirty work then blew on by in the passing lane to register the neck win in the four-horse photo.   Burning Shore, who set the split of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:27.3, couldn't hold off the late charge of Lucky McTrucky ($21.40), Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) and Don McWhite (Davis Jr.) who took the top three spots respectively.   Co-owned and trained by Perrin, Lucky McTrucky (McArdle-Truculent Lady) is an 11-year-old gelding who captured his first win of the campaign in three tries. The victory increased his earnings to $5,880 and $559,508 in his career.   Morales had a four bagger in the bike while Davis Jr. tripled and Denny Bucceri doubled. Maria Rice, Perrin and Angelo Nappo all posted a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 13-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway has instituted stage three of the three tiered harness racing 'whipping rule' that will go into effect on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.   First introduced in June of 2019 with minimum driving restrictions, the rule was expanded at the start of the 2020 season with drivers required to keep a line in each hand (except as may be necessary to adjust equipment) from the start of the race until the top of the stretch with both hands to stay in front of the body and not raised above the shoulder from the start of the race until the finish. Continuous whipping is prohibited.   Stage three will now require drivers to keep a line in each hand for the entire race.   "We are pleased with the positive reaction so far received from patrons, horse owners and trainers and the total support from the judges and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association," said Buffalo Raceway Racing Secretary Tom Agosti. "There have only been two track imposed suspensions to date for violations of the rule. Everyone seems to be on board."   Buffalo Raceway is on the grounds owned by the Erie County Agricultural Society which hosts many animal related events including the Erie County Fair in August.   "Our racing operation is in line with the Erie County Agricultural Society's mission statement that the welfare of all animals on the grounds is a top priority," said CEO Jessica Underberg. "We are going in the right direction."   Racing will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday evening with a 13-race card set for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions. go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Some hot fractions on the front end and a short  harness racing field helped spur the always closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Feb. 19).   With a field of six, Lougazi ($4.80) was in perfect striking range throughout the main event and rolled onto the win late as he caught the pace-setting Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) in 1:58.2 over the good track.   "It was a short field and I never thought they'd go to the half in :58.3," a surprised but pleased Fisher Jr. said after Lougazi's win. "I thought they might walk it to the half and then sprint home but it actually worked out the opposite."   Rockefeller Lindy put up stout fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 which was perfect for Lougazi. Tipping three wide, Lougazi was flying and easily cruised past Rockfeller Lindy in notching a half length triumph in 1:58.2 while Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) captured third.   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the second victory in four attempts for the 6-year-old gelded Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The win increased Lougazi's yearly earnings to $17,810 and $216,293 in his career.   Bred For Greatness (Jim Morrill Jr.) has been nothing but great thus far in 2020 as he made it three straight victories in as many starts with a convincing two length win over Noble Legend in the $10,000 Class A Trot.   After settling into third off the starting gate, Bred For Greatness ($3.90) started the first over grind just before the half and finally caught the tempo-setting Noble Legend just past the three-quarter pole.   In the stretch, Bred For Greatness pulled away slowly but surely and enjoyed a two length advantage over Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) in 2:00.0 while Catch The Bouquet (Jim McNeight Jr.) finished in third.   Co-owned by trainer Mike Ohol and Steven Gross, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) has produced $12,400 in earnings this season and $104,681 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace for the filly and mares, Sarah Cola ($10.60) produced her second consecutive wire-to-wire win with a half length score over Jag Out in 1:58.4.   Taking off from the three post, Sarah Cola (McNeight III) stuffed an early lead attempt from Jag Out (Drew Monti) and that proved to be the right move.   Posting splits of :29.2, 1:00.1, and 1:29.3, Sarah Cola was never in serious trouble on the front end and held back a mild threat from Jag Out late while Machs Echo (Morrill Jr.) rounded out the top three.   Sara Cola (No Pan Intended-Saramotion) is an 8-year-old mare that is co-owned by trainer Jim Graham and Giuseppe Micchia. It was her second victory in four attempts this year, pushing her earnings to $11,428 and $173,709 in her career.   Morrill Jr. have a four-bagger in the sulky while Davis Jr. and Fisher Jr. doubled. Swift and Ohol each had training doubles.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday evening with a 13-race program set for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream, after drawing the eight post in his first two starts of the 2020 campaign, finally got some luck in drawing the rail in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA harness racing pace on Saturday night (Feb. 15). The change in fortunes turned into a 'dream' trip and a victory for Beachy Dream as he turned back Santana Beach.   It was a tussle to the top early as Santana Beach, Beachy Dream and Sir Machalot all made bids to control the fractions. When things sorted themselves out before the quarter pole, Santana Beach took command and set the fractions of :29.0, :58.2 and 1:27.4 over the sloppy track.   Sitting the pocket, winning driver Kevin Cummings tipped Beachy Dream ($3.00) to the outside and collared Santana Beach (David McNeight III) by a length in 1:55.4, equaling the fastest mile of the young meet. Catch The Wave (James McNeight Jr.) finished in third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the first victory of the season for the 9-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $7,700 and $246,280 lifetime.   Iluvtomakemoeny (Ray Fisher Jr.) got the first over trip then held back a closing Myell's Rockstar (Renaldo Morales III) by a nose in 1:57.4 to take the first division of the $10,000 Class A sub-featured paces.   Sitting fourth, Iluvtomakemoney ($7.10) started his first over trip past the half and took command with a panel to pace. Myell's Rockstar took dead aim of Iluvtomakemoney late but ran out of real estate and lost in the tight photo. Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) took the show position.   Co-owned by the Tenah Merah Farms and the Swift Racing Stable, the 5-year-old gelded Iluvtomakemoney (Well Said-Symphony In Motion) is trained by Ryan Swift. It was his first win in three tries this season and jumped his 2020 earnings to $6,200 and $184,831 lifetime.   Im So Handsome (McNeight III) posted a 57.1 back half and that made him a good looking winner in the second $10,000 Class A level.   Setting a solid :59.1 tempo the first half, Im So Handsome ($6.10) left the field in the dust with a 28.4 third split in posting the 2-1/2 length triumph over Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) and Burning Shore (Kevin Cummings).   Owned and trained by Tessa Perrin, it was the first win in three starts this season for Im So Handsome (Hot Pans-Cheyenne Rose). The victory pushed his seasonal winnings to $7,500 and $267,740 in the 9-year-old gelding's career.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled. There's a $555 carryover in the Pick 5 starting in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a couple of narrow losses in the $13,000 Open Trot level at Buffalo Raceway, a better post and a change of harness racing equipment proved to be the right remedy for Wilberforce ($3.10) on Wednesday night (Feb. 12)   With a pair of starts from the seven hole, Wilberforce drew the five post and went coast to coast in collecting a 2-3/4 length victory over Lougazi in 2:00.1 over the sloppy track. The margin of victory could have been more but Wilberforce drifted badly in the stretch but had enough in the tank to post the win.   "We put a Murphy blind on him and it did the opposite of what we wanted him to do," chuckled winning driver John Cummings Jr. of the wide journey down the stretch. "You look on paper and you can see he's a good animal."   Posting quarters of :29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2, Wilberforce stepped on the gas the final panel to bottom out the field. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished a hard-charging second while Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) and Daylong Phantom (Jim McNeight Jr.) finished in a dead heat for third.   Owned by trainer Kris Rickert and Dale Wareham, Wilberforce (Caviar Crown-Rose Run Imprint) is an 8-year-old gelding that has won three times in six attempts this season, earning $26,310. His career bankroll jumped to $312,682.   Buffalo Raceway's 2019 Trotter of the Year, Wheels A Turning ($3.40), went wire-to-wire in posting a solid two length victory over Empire Earl N in 2:01.2.   Zooming off the gate from the start, Wheels A Turning went right to the top for driver Aaron Byron and set splits of :30.1, 1:01.4 and 1:31.1. With a panel to trot, Wheels A Turning stayed strong and never looked back as Empire Earl N (John Cummings Jr.) and Traverse Seelster (Denny Bucceri) settled for second and third.   Owned by Allan Schmucker and trained by Sabrina Shaw, it was the first win in three appearances this season for Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The 8-year-old mare has now earned $5,080 this season and $256,917 lifetime.   Sarah Cola (McNeight III) cut the mile and had just enough 'pop' left and hung on for the neck decision Machs Echo (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   With fractions of :30.1, 1:00.3 and 1:30.1, Sarah Cola ($6.80) showed plenty of heart to turn back the determined Machs Echo in 1:59.2 while Jag Out (Byron) was third.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham and Giuseppe Micchia, it was the first victory of the 2020 campaign for Sarah Cola (No Pan Intended-Saramotion). The score upped her season winnings to $6,428 and $168,709 in her career.   Drew Monti completed the evening with a triple while Kevin Cummings, Morrill Jr., McNeight III and Cummings Jr. all doubled. Maria Rice had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was hardly 'beach' weather in Western New York on a frigid Saturday night (Feb. 8) but Santana Beach (David McNeight III) topped the harness racing ticket in a 'tropical trifecta' by scoring the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace.   Santana Beach ($5.90) registered a neck win over Catch The Wave (Jim McNeight Jr.) in 1:56.3 while Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) was third to complete the seaside sequence.   Andy's Ideal took early command of the race as he notched splits of :28.3, :57.1 and 1:27.0. Santana Beach in the meanwhile started his first over journey just before the half mile marker and took over at the top of the stretch.   It was nervous time late for Santana Beach, however, as Catch The Wave and Beachy Dream made serious bids late but came up just short.   "He hung in there well late," McNeight III said of Santana Beach. "Trainer Richard Roth has his horses sharp right now and this one is really good."   Owned by Jason Newell and trained by Roth, it was the second straight win in as many tries for Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip-Chips Beach). The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $10,500 in earnings in 2020 and $146,573 in his career.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A pacing events, the cold weather didn't stop Hold The Gold ($30.20) posting the fastest mile of the meet as he covered the mile in 1:55.4 over the good track in beating Im So Handsome (McNeight III).   With Southwind Torque (Billy Davis Jr.) setting scorching fractions of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:26.3, those torrid splits were perfect for the closers as Hold The Gold (Denny Bucceri) took full advantage of the situation.   Driving widest of all in the lane, Hold The Gold easily swooped on by the front runners and took the length win over Im So Handsome while Casimir Oops (Mike Baumeister) was third.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the first win in two appearances this year for the 6-year-old gelded Hold The Gold (Allthatgltrsisgold-Village Jay). The victory bumped his season winnings to $5,800 and $93,261 lifetime.   The other Class A division saw Burning Shore (Kevin Cummings) sneak by Southwind Onyx in deep stretch to take the head decision in 1:56.4 Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) took third.   Southwind Onyx set the tempo with panels of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:27.3 but Burning Shore ($8.30) wore down the pace setter and got up in time to secure the win.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 10-year-old gelded Burning Shore (No Pan Intended-Fine Line increased his career bankroll to $249,279 with the victory.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race scheduled. There is a $10,000 guarantee in the Pick-5 starting in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Catch The Wave (James McNeight Jr.) caught a huge opening in the passing lane and it propelled him to a stunning $42.40 harness racing victory on Saturday night (Feb. 1) in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace.   Weekend Atnannies (Renaldo Morales III) stomped out the fractions of :30.1, 1:00.0 and 1:29.1 over the good track but it was a tempo that proved to a little too hot to handle on the snowy evening.   Andy's Ideal (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Brave Magic (Denny Bucceri) appeared then destined to battle it out to the wire as Weekend Atnannies called it a night. Catch The Wave had other ideas however as the passing lane had a giant slot open up and took full advantage, striding away to a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:58.2. Andy's Ideal and Brave Magic captured the place and show checks respectively.   Owned by Mike Ventura and trained by Jim McNeight, it was the first win in 2020 for Catch The Wave. The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $168,884 in lifetime earnings.   In one of the $10,000 Class A events saw Santana Beach (David McNeight III) go gate-to-wire in posting an easy 2-1/2 length decision over Southwind Torque in 1:56.3, the fastest mile of the young meet thus far.   Setting fractions of :30.0, :59.0 and 1:28.0, a 28.3 last quarter by Santana Beach, took the starch out of the rest of the field. Southwind Torque managed to hold on for second with Obo Hanover (Kevin Cummings rounding out the top three.   Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip-Beachs Luck) is an 8-year-old gelding owned by Jason Newell and conditioned by Richard Roth. The victory upped his career winnings to $141,063.   Santana Beach has fastest mile of meet with 1:56.3 (Bill Burke Photo)   The other Class A pace, Carlos Danger (Ron Beback Jr.) sat the pocket, took the lead, then held off a fast charging Casimir Oops by a half length in 1:58.1 to register the $14.60 win. China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show position.   Co-owned by the Decker's Corner Stable, the Decker's Gate Stable and JC's Get R Done Stable, it was the first victory of the campaign for the 7-year-old gelded Carlos Danger (American Ideal-Natchtoches) The score upped his lifetime bankroll to $198,137.   Ray Fisher Jr., Davis Jr. and McNeight Jr. all doubled in the sulky. Roth, Jim McNeight and Maria Rice had a pair of training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There will be a $1183 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. --- Rockefeller Lindy ($17.60) and driver David McNeight III watched the favored Wilberforce do all the dirty work but then cleaned up in the end to take Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) in 1:58.0 over the good track.   McNeight III started the 2020 campaign on a memorable note as he had four driving victories including the feature win and a $115.50 decision aboard Won Sweet Dream in the nightcap. He also had a training score.   It was the first night of the 66-day season at Buffalo Raceway. Director of Operations Jon Cramer said, "It was a good night. The clubhouse was busy, the weather cooperated, the track crew did a great job in getting the track ready and people were excited to be back."   In the feature, after briefly getting the lead, Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) relinquished the advantage as Wilberforce (John Cummings Jr.) muscled his way to the top.   Posting fractions of :29.1, :49.2 and 1:29.1, Wilberforce was bracing for challengers in the stretch. The closers didn't disappoint. The pocket-sitting Rockefeller Lindy found plenty of racing room through the passing lane to collect the half length win over Wilberforce while the late-charging Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) picked up the show check.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, the 6-year-old gelded Rockefeller Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Touch Of Lindy) was now earned $154,617 lifetime. James Clouser Jr., Buffalo Raceway's defending training champion, conditioned the winner.   Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) didn't look like he had a ghost of a chance until the top of the home stretch but then unleashed a powerful kick to roll past a surprised Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) and Some Royalty (Shawn McDonough) in winning the $10,000 Class A trot.   Sitting third with a quarter mile to trot, it appeared that Noble Legend and Some Royalty were going to duke it out to the wire but Daylon Phantom ($17.80) came from way back to steal a neck victory in 1:58.3.   Owned by Franklin Meier and Super Mile LLC, it was the first triumph of the season for the 5-year-old gelded Daylon Phantom (Kadabra-Daylon Marvel). Conditioned by Angelo Nappo, the victory moved his career bankroll to $64,949.   Protect Blue Chip ($2.40) paced right off the gate and never looked back in taking the $10,000 Class A pace for the filly and mares in the season opening event. She beat Who's Got The Move by 3-3/4 lengths in a snappy 1:57.0.   As the wings opened, Protect Blue Chip (Davis Jr.) set the splits with panels of :29.2, :58.2 and 1:28.2. A 28.3 last quarter mile sealed the deal for Protect Blue Chip as Who's Got The Move and Mean Pauline (McDonough) had to settle for second and third respectively.   Owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock, it was the first win in two tries this season for the 5-year-old mare Protect Blue Chip (American Ideal-Lucky Turn). Trained by Maria Rice, it upped her seasonal winnings to $5,000 and $92,004 lifetime.   Davis Jr. and Drew Monti had three wins apiece with Denny Bucceri doubling. Rice had three training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 12-race card set for 6 p.m. It will be 'Lucky Exacta Night' with customers receiving a pair of ceramic Buffalo Raceway coasters and a lucky exacta combination which could win you free wagers.   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

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Jan. 29) at 10:30 a.m. The show will be highlighted by Joe Zambito, Brian Mazurek, and Ashley Eisenbel. Zambito, the newest USTA Director and Race Secretary at Isle Capri Pompano Park, joins to talk about his new roles and how he has adapted to them. Since arriving at the South Florida track, it has been infiltrated with carryovers, the pair will talk with Zambito about what his methodology is in setting up the races. Mazurek, the track handicapper at Buffalo Raceway joins the program to discuss the opening of the Western New York facility. The season kicks off Wednesday (Jan. 29) and he will discuss he opening program and what bettors can expect going forward in 2020. Eisenbel, from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association, joins the pair to discuss the recently concluded Pennsylvania Farm Show. The PHRA introduced new and creative ways to get the guests involved with racing, she will talk about a few of those ideas. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post TIme

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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway will open the 2020 season on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) with a 13-race harness racing 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.   "I had a very good meet last year," Davis Jr. 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 stating, "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 Jr. 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 filly 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 on 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 J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- When the Buffalo Raceway 66-day live harness racing season begins on Wednesday, January 29, there will be changes both on and off the track.   One of the most important changes will be the stricter guidelines for the whipping rule at Buffalo Raceway that was instituted last season.   Along with previous regulations, the track has modified the rule which states "drivers shall keep a line in each hand (except as may be necessary to adjust equipment, pulling plugs, dropping blinkers) from the start of the race until the top of the stretch and both hands shall stay in front of the body and cannot be raised above the shoulder from the start of the race until the finish. Continuous whipping is prohibited."   Drivers will be subject to penalties set down by Buffalo Raceway and are not contingent on any rulings made by the New York State Gaming Commission's judges.   Other changes at the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg include the addition of 600 tons of material placed on the racing surface in the fall, new HD televisions in the clubhouse and paddock along with new self-serve wagering terminals.   The Winner's Circle Cafe will continue to serve freshly prepared food that will be delivered to your table. New menu items for 2020 include personal pan pizzas along with philly cheese steak and meatball hoagies.   The popular 'All-You-Can-Eat' buffet returns the last Saturday each month. The cost is $19.99 and includes the dinner, race program along with a $5 betting voucher and $5 in free play at Hamburg Gaming.   Racing Secretary Tom Agosti is bringing back the A, B and C classifications. He said, "We think this system works best for Western New York horsemen."   Also on the racing end, with the purse structure be the same as in 2019.   Buffalo Raceway's Director of Operations Manager Jon Cramer said, "We are excited about the improvements we've made on and off the track for the fans and horsemen and look forward to a great 2020 meet."   Horses will begin arriving on the grounds this Sunday in preparations for the campaign. Racing will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. while Saturday nights will have a 6 p.m. post. Action on Fridays will return on April 3 with a 5 p.m. start time.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway's 79th racing season including entries, race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "We are very pleased with the numbers, especially with the live on-track handle," Director Of Operations Jon Cramer said looking back on Buffalo Raceway 2019 harness racing season that just came to a close on Saturday night (July 20).   Cramer stated, "Our live handle was up 22 percent and our export handle was up 11 percent." He said the big increases were based on several factors. "The new condition sheet was a huge success, field sizes were up while purses were distributed to many horsemen. Dave Dylo and his crew did and outstanding job with the track the entire meet. A new menu and added service in the clubhouse all contributed to a very successful season."   Billy Davis Jr. won his first driving title in the United States with 119 victories at Buffalo Raceway. He beat Kevin Cummings who finished second with 97 and Drew Monti who posted 87. Davis Jr., who owns driving championships at Clinton Raceway, Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs, was the top purse earner with $749,076.   "I felt like it was consistency," Davis Jr. said the key to winning the crown was. "I would have good weeks and 'good' weeks. I got lucky and drove for some great trainers and never would've had the run I like did if it wasn't for them. The title is a nice feather in my cap and maybe it will lead to more opportunities in the future."   James Clouser Jr. made it two straight training titles as he collected 56 wins and $417,099 in purse earnings. He finished with a gaudy .417 rating. Maria Rice ended in the second place tie with Gerry Sarama as each conditioner had 50 victories. Rice's charges made $332,129 and Sarama's crew $351,874 in winnings.   James Clouser Jr.   Western Passage took "Pacer Of The Year' honors as the 4-year-old gelding started his season in the Class D level and eventually climbed to the Open Pace. Owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, Western Passage (Sportswriter-Ever Western) won six times with three seconds and a third in 17 outings, earning $40,032.   Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling) was the pick for 'Trotter Of The Year' as the 5-year-old mare notched six wins in 12 tries at Buffalo Raceway, making $42,170. She is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC) and is conditioned by Clouser Jr.   During the meet, there were two milestones reached. Trainer JD Perrin hit the 1,000 career win mark on June 1 as Cheyenne Louie posted the victory in the 10th race while Davis Jr. went over the $20 million in career earnings on the July 5 program.   There were three track records broken and two tied during the season. Lady London (Billy Davis Jr.) smashed a pair of marks in one race when she toured the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:53.2 on May 1. That clocking set both the all-age filly/mare and aged (5+) mare pacing records.   Fashion Hill got into the history book on July 3 with a 1:55.3 time for Tyler Buter and claimed the 2-year-old filly pacer standard.   Gia Surreal (Jim Morrill Jr.) equaled the 3-year-old filly pacer record with a 1:53.3 which tied the mark set by Mosquito Blue Chip in 2015.   Amal Hall (Jason Bartlett) tied the 3-year-old filly trotting barrier on June 23 with a 1:57 which was first produced by Fury Road in 2018. Ironically, Amal Hall still holds the 2-year-old filly trotting mark of 1:59 she established last year.   On the season, the post time favorites hit at a 41.09 percent clip.   As expected the one post garnered the most wins on the season with 177 in 735 starts while the two hole was next with 125 victories and the four position 123. The inside spot was in the money 60 percent of the time.   As for next season, Cramer said, "We are looking to continue and improve the experience here at Buffalo Raceway."   Racing will resume in January of 2020. For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

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