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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The New York Sire Stakes continues to march through Buffalo Raceway and the harness racing 2-year-old filly pacers will get their opportunity to strut their stuff in a pair of $54,000 divisions on Wednesday night (July 3).   The contests are set as the fourth and sixth events on the 12-race program that begins at 5 p.m. With warm, muggy conditions expected, they could be firing at the track record for their classification which is 1:56.2 set in 2016 by She's A Millionair.   Most of the babies will be in action for just the second time in their young careers but three have already tasted victory.   So Rude (So Surreal-A Am A Snob) tops the field in the first division and will score from the six post for Matt Kakaley. She made her debut on June 24 at Monticello Raceway and registered a 3/4 length win in 1:57.3 in the New York Sire Stakes. So Rude covered the final panel in :27.4 in rallying for the victory and with the long Buffalo Raceway home stretch on the horizon, she should be a serious factor late.   Precious Alexis (Art Major-Put On A Display) will start from the eight post and gets the services of Jim Morrill Jr. She lost a heart-breaking neck decision in her first try at Monticello Raceway to Hidden Cove in the NYSS.   Sugaronthebeach (Kevin Cummings), The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.), Kitty Hoyne (Jimmy Whittemore) and American Chance (Jonathan Drury) are entered and each have started in the Sire Stakes in their career debuts.   Spreckles (Drew Monti) arrives fresh off her maiden victory in the Excelsior A Series at Monticello in 1:59.0. Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) rounds out the full field of eight.   The other bracket has Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) tabbed as the 3-1 favorite from the seven post with Cummings in the bike. She collected her first career win back on June 7 in a maiden race by 3-1/4 lengths at Vernon Downs in 1:56.1. She then travel to Monticello on June 24 where she suffered a tough 1-1/2 setback to Cash Roll in the Sire Stakes.   The highly competitive field also includes the Scott Di Domenico entry of Bolt Of Speed (Kakaley) and Bottle Of Red (Monti) along with Rare Jimstone (Morrill Jr.), Galleria Gal (Buter), Movie Town (Drury), Roll With Angel (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Jackie's Express (Whittemore).   The day's action will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. with a non-betting race in the Excelsior B Series while a $15,000 division in the Excelsior A Series opens the program in the first.   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. --- Black Is Back ($4.10) left the harness racing field feeling blue in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class AA-Open Pace on Saturday night (June 29) with a neck win over Lucan Hanover in 1:54.3 over the fast track.   It was fourth straight victory for Black Is Back with the previous three decisions coming at Saratoga Raceway.   With his first start behind Black Is Back, David McNeight III got to the front early with him but saw Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) storm by and take control as they hit the opening quarter in :28.1.   "I think he (Black Is Back) wanted to cut the mile but he can race from behind," McNeight III stated getting the pocket trip.   That closing kick came in handy as Black Is Back blasted a :28.1 final quarter to help in topping the pace-setting Lucan Hanover. Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) was third.   "At the top of the stretch I knew I had a lot left but I wasn't sure I was going to get by Lucan Hanover who is a tough horse to pass," McNeight III said of the finish.   Co-owned by Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and Curtis Edholm and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., the 6-year-old gelded Black Is Back (Western Terror-Magic Moments) is now a winner of five races in 11 tries this season. The victory improved his 2019 earnings to $29,500 and $193,475 in his career.   Manceiver ($10.60) took the $11,000 Class AA pace with a wire-to-wire victory in 1:55.4 for Kevin Cummings.   Starting from the five post, Manceiver took right off from the wings and was able to set the tempo of :28.2, :57 and 1:26.2. The closers made belated moves in the stretch but Manceiver's advantage was too much to overcome. Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) was second with China Dream (Davis Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the seventh victory in 22 appearances for the 5-year-old gelded Manceiver (Sportswriter-Swift N Shout). The win jacked his season winnings to $45,410 and $140,047 lifetime.   Manceiver   There were a pair of $10,000 Class A paces on the the program with In Runaway Bay ($6.00) taking the first division in 1:55.1 for Morrill Jr. while What's Goin On ($3.90) rallied three-wide around the final turn in posting a 1:55.2 triumph under the guidance of Cummings.   Cummings remained red hot in the sulky with three victories while Morrill Jr. doubled. Sarama had a pair of training wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card slated. The New York Sire Stakes will be back as the 2-year-old filly pacers will collide in a pair of $54,000 events. There will also be competition in the Excelsior A series and a non-betting affair in the Excelsior B division with post time for that race at 4:30 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. --- Noble Legend ($3.90) returned back to Buffalo Raceway after an extended stay at Northfield Park and wasted no time to start enjoying the spoils of home by capturing the $12,000 Class A-Open Harness Racing Trot on Friday night (June 28).   Going the mile in 1:57.1 over the fast track, Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) held off the late charge of Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) and scored the half length victory. Southern Palms (David McNeight III) collected the third place check.   Scoring from the inside, Noble Legend didn't need to expend much energy to reach the top as he posted fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:28. With a panel to trot, Lougazi put in a strong effort but Noble Legend had enough left to notch the win.   "We got the rail and weren't going to waste it," Davis Jr. said of the front end trip with Noble Legend. "We got some easy fractions. I was a little concerned the last quarter mile with Lougazi coming on the outside but Noble Legend showed his class and dug in late."   A 7-year-old gelding, Noble Legend (Kadabra-Lovin It) is trained by Maria Rice and co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. The victory was his sixth in 22 starts in 2019 and moved his seasonal winnings to $44,523 and $244,609 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings finished the night with four driving victories while Davis Jr. added a triple. Trainer Angelo Nappo picked up a double.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-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. --- With most of the harness racing entrants in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old trotting fillies making their first career starts, there were a lot of questions to be asked about the ladies when they hit the starting gate at Buffalo Raceway. But when the dust had settled, four of them came up with the right answers on Wednesday night (June 26).   Love A Good Story was the quickest in the four $26,000 (approx.) divisions with a 2:00.1 clocking while Sorprese ($11.20), Hushabye ($8.80) and Really Blue Chip ($49.80) each picked up their maiden victories in their initial outings.   It was a good opening chapter for Love A Good Story's career as she wired the field for driver Andy Miller, beating Without A Warning (Scott Zeron) by 2-1/2 lengths. Evanna (Drew Monti) finished in the show position.   Scoring from the six post, Love A Good Story, a $90,000 purchase at the Lexington sale last year, was able to grab the lead and was helped out as Reciprocalbluechip and Destined To Dream jumped it off at the start. After a 1:01.1 opening half, Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) covered the back half in :59 to secure the victory.   Co-owned by the Pinske Stables and the Kentuckiana Racing Stables, Love A Good Story is trained by Julie Miller.   Sorprese (Dan Daley) rallied in the stretch and collared the pace setting Rasta Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a length in 2:00.4. while C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet) was third.   Rasta Blue Chip was in charge with fractions of :30.3, 1:00.3 and 1:31 but Sorprese got on even terms with her at the top of the lane and used a :29.3 final frame to take the come from behind victory.   Owned by the Crawford Farms Racing Stable, J.A. Crawford and A Daley, Sorprese (Conway Hall-Isabella Gal) is trained by Daley.   In the slowest bracket. Hushabye (Morrill Jr.) show a lot of patience as Forever N Ever K (Charlie Norris) raced out to an eight length advantage at the half but couldn't hang on.   Rallying from far back, Hushabye used a :29.2 last quarter and edged past Forever N Ever K by a neck in 2:05. Tapupu (Fluet) managed to collect the third place check.   Hushabye (Chapter Seven-Banbury Cross) is trained and co-owned by Blake MacIntosh, S.L. Heimbecker, the Mortgage Boys Stable, and the Hushabye Stables,   Really Blue Chip (Anthony MacDonald) took advantage of a miscue by Tupelo Honey and went on to post a 5-1/2 length score over Illdoitmyself (Zeron) in 2:01 with Sweet Sofie T (Charlie Norris) taking third.   Really Blue Chip   With Tupelo Honey showing the way approaching the head of the lane, she broke stride and made the first over Illdoitmyself scramble to the outside. Really Blue Chip avoided the trouble and found clear sailing, cruising home to the easy win.   Really Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Muscles Secret) is owned by Thestable Really Bluechip and is conditioned by Tammy Cummings.   In the two $15,000 Excelsior A events, Greyscale (Zeron) took the opening leg with a 2:03.4 victory and returned $7.30 for the triumph. In the second leg, Concerted Hanover (Morrill Jr.) was stubborn on the lead and led every step of the way in taking the $8.10 victory in 2:03.4.   The lone $6,800 Excelsior B race saw Comaway With Me (Kevin Cummings) post a stunning $30.80 decision in 2:05.4.   Rock N Roll Rosie (Tyler Buter) captured the $11,500 Class A-Open pace for the filly and mares in 1:56.3.   Morrill Jr. completed the night with four wins in the sulky with Cummings getting a double.   Racing will return on Friday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race card. There's a $782 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. --- The 2-year-old filly trotters arrive at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 26) for the New York Sire Stakes and for most of the harness racing entrants, it's the first time they'll face the starting gate with money on the line.   With 26 freshmen entered in the four $26,000 (approx.) divisions, only four have had a pari-mutual start. The ladies will be searching for their maiden victory and a nice paycheck that goes along with it in the first start of their careers.   The sires of the damsels will be looking for bragging rights as well as Conway Hall and Chapter Seven each have seven offspring entered.   While they may be short on experience, there's a few that were big purchases last year at both the Lexington and Harrisburg sales.   Leading the way in the first division is Rasta Blue Chip (Here Comes Herbie-Winning Jonlin). The Gareth Dowse trainee was a $30,000 purchase at Lexington and the 3-1 morning line choice drew the four post with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike.   The remainder of the field includes Starrystarrynight (Scott Zeron), Soprese (Dan Daley), Seeking Royalty (John Calabrese), Bradylicious (Tyler Buter) and C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet).   The second bracket will feature the 2-1 pick in Charlotte Chaplin (Chapter Seven-Anklets Aweigh). She was a $65,000 buy at the Harrisburg sale and will score from the rail for driver Scott Zeron.   Others involved include Tipsy Gypsy (Buter), Forever N Ever (Charlie Norris), Tapupu (Fluet), Hushabye (Morrill Jr.) and Seducedbycredit (Ray Fisher Jr.).   The third division, scheduled as the sixth race, has a couple of high priced sidewinders. Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) was sold for $90,000 at the Lexington sale and gets the six post. Andy Miller will guide her for trainer Julie Miller.   Reciprocalbluechip (Chapter Seven-Fricton) went for $65,000 at Lexington and will fire off the gate from the four spot for driver/trainer Norris.   The leg will also feature Without A Warning (Zeron), Evanna (Drew Monti), Askmenoquestions (Fluet), Destined To Dream (Morrill Jr.) and Smooth Affair (Buter).   The last division, set for the eighth race, has Illdoitmyself (Chapter Seven-Dornello) as the 3-1 choice beginning from the two hole for Zeron. Trained by Rick Zeron, Illdoitmyself made up 15 lengths with a quarter mile to go in a qualifier at Pocono on June 12 and captured in the victory by 3/4 lengths in 1:58.4.   Other involved will be Lady Jeter (Daley), Dw's Aubrey (Morrill Jr.), Mama's Gift (Jimmy Whittemore), Tupelo Honey (Ed Lohmeyer), Really Blue Chip (Anthony MacDonald and Sweet Sofie T (Norris).   The track record for the 2-year-old trotting fillies is 1:59 set by Amal Hall last season. Ironically, Amal Hall tied the 3-year-old distaff trotting mark on Sunday with a 1:57 in a Excelsior A race.   The 13-race program begins at 5 p.m. and will also feature a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A events and one $6,800 Excelsior B 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. --- For the second straight New York Sires Stakes card at Buffalo Raceway, it was an Excelsior A Series harness racing participant who stole the spotlight.   On Sunday (June 23), it was like a public workout for Amal Hall ($2.40) in the $15,000 Excelsior A division as she tied the Buffalo Raceway 3-year-old filly trotting record of 1:57, equaling the standard set in 2018 by Fury Road. She strolled to an easy 11 length victory over Southwind Tinker (Kevin Cummings).   Amal Hall also owns the 2-year-old filly trotting mark at Buffalo Raceway after putting up a 1:59 last season.   A surprised Jason Bartlett said of Amal Hall, "I didn't even realize it was a track record. I knew we were going fast and if I knew if we were close to the record, we would have went for it. She did it easy but the main thing is we got the win."   Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) is co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable, the Gaitway Stable and the Dumain Haven Stable. Trained by Julie Miller, it was the first score for Amal Hall on the campaign and increased her winnings to $37,589 and $161,691 lifetime.   Winndevie has been chasing Quincy Blue Chip the past three races without much luck but she finally beat her top nemesis in the first $57,600 division of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters.     Winndevie (Bartlett) got revenge by squeaking out a nose victory over Quincy Blue Chip in 1:58.2 over the fast track, the first over her since capturing the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting crown at Yonkers Raceway back on September 22.   In the other leg, Sensibility ($7.40) cruised out to early command and never looked back in registering a length decision over Blue Ribbon Gal in 1:57.1, just a fifth off the track record for the sophomore filly trotters.   Winndevie was able to tuck into third place as the favored Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up respectable splits of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2. With a panel to trot, Winndevie swung to the outside and just got by for the nose victory in the shadow of the wire. Hanna Dreamgirl (Scott Zeron) took the show position.   "That wasn't the trip I really I wanted.," Bartlett said of Winndevie. "I wanted to be on the back of Quincy Blue Chip but it worked out anyways."   He went on to say, "We made a couple of equipment adjustments on her for this track. She got around that last turn really good and she loves to have a target. I thought we got the win but after seeing the photo, it was closer than I thought."   Owned by the Purple Haze Stables LLC and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was the second win in five starts in 2019 for Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie). The triumph upped her seasonal earnings to $81,923 and $309,801 in her career.   Sensibility was able to take early control off the starting gate and rolled to a comfortable 1-1/2 length victory over Blue Ribbon Gal (Morrill Jr.). The favored Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) took the show position.     "She's disappointed before on the front end but today was just a culmination of her good races recently," Zeron said of Sensibility. He added, "You have to capitalize on getting to the front end here at Buffalo Raceway. I didn't know what to expect but (trainer) George Ducharme said she was as good as she's ever been."   Co-owned by the George Ducharme Stable, W.J Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, it was the first win of the season in fifth attempts for Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation. The victory moved her 2019 bankroll to $104,594 and to $180,492 lifetime.   There were two other $15,000 events in the Excelsior A Series. The first race went to Minor Obsession (Scott Zeron) who guided her to a $6.80 decision in Ev's Girl (Bartlett). In the other division, Billy Davis Jr. sent Song Chapter to a $14.40 surprise in 1:59.   In the lone $6,700 Excelsior B Series bracket, Divine Wind (Bartlett) collared the pace-setting Barn Blaze (Davis Jr.) in mid stretch and took the $7.00 score in 2:00.3.   Bartlett and Drew Monti had each a productive Sunday afternoon by posting four victories while Zeron and David McNeight III had doubles. John Mungillo and Ducharme had training doubles.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled. The 2-year-old filly trotters will take the spotlight in the New York Sire Stakes along with 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. --- Adonis Bay ($4.60) flexed his muscles in Buffalo Raceway's $12,500 Class AA-Open Pace on Saturday night (June 22) with a length decision over Manceiver in 1:54 over the fast harness racing track. It was the second consecutive pace-setting victory for Adonis Bay (Jim Morrill Jr.).   In the co-featured $12,000 Class A-Open Trot, Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) went three-wide in the final quarter mile and was able to creep past the favored BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) late to register the $18.80 upset in 1:58.   Adonis Bay is finding the front end to his liking. Zooming off the starting gate, he was able to set comfortable fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:25.3 and had more than enough as the closers had no answers on the perfect evening for racing. Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) skimmed the pylons and took second while Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Owned by Michael Gentner and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the third win in 19 attempts for Adonis Bay (If I Can Dream-Kiss Me I'm Lucky). The triumph increased the 7-year-old gelding's earnings to $40,850 this season and $261,755 in his career.   Wheels A Turning, also a winner of two straight, was able get in perfect position in the final panel and edge past BZ Glide in the lane, posting the length victory. Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) held on for third pace.   BZ Glide, cutting the mile with splits of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:27.2 was soften up to the third quarter pole as Southern Palms looked to trot on by. That attempt failed however leaving BZ Glide to try and fend off the challenge of Wheel A Turning in the lane. He put up a valiant effort but the 5-year-old mare Wheels A Turning was able to squeeze on by for the score.   Wheels A Turning rallies to capture Class A-Open trot.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the sixth win in 14 tries for Wheels A Turning (Cantab Free-Free Wheeling). The victory upped her 2019 bankroll to $37,500 and $192,902 lifetime.   There were a pair of $10,000 Class A paces on the program. In the first leg, Stratocaster (Morrill Jr.) used a :56.3 back half in collecting a 2-1/2 length victory over Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) in 1:55.4, returning $4.50 for the win.   The other bracket saw Lots Of Lovin (Fisher Jr.) go from seventh and last to first in the stretch and spring the $43.60 shocker in nipping Im So Handsome (Cummings) by a head in a seasonal best of 1:55.   Racing will resume on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 15-race program set. There will be a two $57,600 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters along with a trio of $15,000 Excelsior A events and one $6,700 Excelsior B race. There's also a $616 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 3-year-old filly trotters will gather for two $57,600 harness racing events in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (June 23) and there will be some interesting battles on the horizon.   The first division, set as the fifth race on the 15-race program that is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. is absolutely loaded with the six participants combining to win over $1 million in lifetime earnings.   Besides their big bankrolls, the field includes Quincy Blue Chip, a winner of three straight including the NYSS at Saratoga on June 9 and the $209,520 Empire Breeders Crown at Vernon Downs on May 27. She'll have her hands full as 2-year-old filly champion Winndevie drew into the field.   Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) is tabbed the 8-5 favorite with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike for trainer Gareth Dowse. Starting from the five post, Quincy Blue Chip has already produced $168,171 in earnings in 2019 and $350,133 lifetime. She's fresh off a 1:54 mile at Saratoga and with perfect weather conditions expected in Western New York on Sunday, the track mark is in jeopardy for the 3-year-old sophomore trotting fillies of 1:57 established in 2018 by Fury Road.   Morrill Jr. has been on Quincy Blue Chip in all six starts this season, producing four victories and a second.   Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie)) has finished behind Quincy Blue Chip in her last three appearances. She drew the four hole and is labeled the second choice at 7-2 with Jason Bartlett to handle the driving duties for conditioner Trond Smedshammer.   With a Sire Stakes victory at Yonkers back on May 9 in 1:59.1, Winndevie has finished second, third and sixth behind Quincy Blue Chip in her past three opportunities. Winndevie did beat Quincy Blue Chip by 3/4 lengths in the 2018 Sire Stakes finals with a 1:58 time.   The others in the division include Hanna Dreamgirl (Scott Zeron), Summertime Fever (Billy Davis Jr.), Lifetime Credit (John Stark Jr.) and Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris).   The second bracket isn't as star-studded as the first but there's still plenty of talent in the race which is slated as the seventh.   Leading the way is the 7-5 morning choice, Sweet Chapter (Chapter Seven-Mom's Sweetie Pie) who is coming off a late-charging 3/4 length win at Saratoga in 1:55.4 on June 9. She has been in the money in all five start this season and has collected $92,117 in earnings. Matt Kakaley will score her from the three post.   The George Ducharme entry is the next choice at 5-2 as Sensibility (Zeron) and Amanda Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings) will start from the two and four posts respectively.   Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation) has yet to win on the campaign but has been more than earning her keep with a 2019 bankroll of $75,794 and $156,656 lifetime. She comes in off a third place finish to Sweet Chapter on June 9 at Saratoga, losing by just a length.   Another one who could upset the apple cart is Stella Jane (Bartlett) who lost by 3/4 lengths to Sweet Chapter at Saratoga. Stella Jane (Crazed-Naughty Nana) has won $204,812 in her career and is going to start from the five spot at 7-2 odds.   The remainder of the field includes Blue Ribbon Gal (Morrill Jr.) and With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller).   The will also be three $15,000 Excelsior A Series races and one $6,700 affair in the Excelsior B.   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. --- JK American Beauty and So Awesome took the main harness racing events in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 19) at Buffalo Raceway but it was Gia's Surreal in the $15,000 Excelsior Class A Series who stole the show.   Driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and conditioned by local trainer Jim Graham, Gia's Surreal tied the Buffalo Raceway track record with a 1:53.3 time over the fast surface. It equaled the 3-year-old filly pacer standard set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip.   Gaining the top in opening quarter in :28.1, Gia's Surreal ($3.50) saw that advantage quickly evaporate as Chase You (Tyler Buter) used a big brush to take over command. Hitting the three quarter pole in a blistering 1:24.2, Gia's Surreal managed to regain the lead and take the neck victory over Chase You who ended up being a tough luck second. Love Americanstyle (Billy Davis Jr.) finished in third.   Owned by Graham, Lee Winters, Tom Mariano and E. Peron, it was the fourth win in seven tries for Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene). The victory upped her season earnings to $28,460 and $83,656 lifetime.   JK American Beauty had the fastest time in the two $57,000 (approx.) divisions of the New York Sire Stakes with a 1:54.1 clocking, topping Prescient Beauty by a length. JK American Beauty has fastest time in Sire Stakes.   Tracking Heavens Challenge through three panels, JK American Beauty (Matt Kakaley) found some late kick and held off the charge of Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) and Crazy Cute (Ray Fisher Jr.) who took second and third respectively.   "This was the first time I drove her," Kakaley said of JK American Beauty ($6.70). "I didn't know what to expect but she did grab the track in the long stretch and got up in time."   Owned by the 3 Brothers Stable and conditioned by Nancy Johansson, it was the second win in six outings for JK American Beauty (American Ideal-Jk Black Beauty). The victory upped her seasonal bankroll to $51,664 and $178,359 in her career.   So Awesome ($8.40) took the second leg with a 1:54.2 trip over the Hamburg half-mile oval, beating DD Delicious by a head. Hurrikane Norakane (McNair) took the show position.   Sitting fourth on the outside with a frame to go, So Awesome (Buter) uncorked a final quarter of :27.4 to get the photo opportunity.   So Awesome goes :27.4 in final panel to collect NYSS win.   Just like Kakaley in the opener, it was the first time Buter got aboard So Awesome. "I was told she was perfect to drive and she was. She took the turns good and did what she was asked to do."   Owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott DiDomenico, So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) got her initial win of the season after five previous attempts. The victory sent her 2019 winnings to $73,681 and $307,121 lifetime.   In the lone $6,600 Excelsior B race, Sulky Queen ($10.60) snagged the victory with a 1:55.1 tour over the Buffalo Raceway strip for Buter.   David McNeight III, Morrill Jr. and Buter each completed the evening with doubles. Milo Zdjelar Jr. had a pair of training wins.   Racing will continue this weekend with a 13-race card set for 6 p.m. on Saturday night then the final matinee of the season comes on Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. post.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcomong promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     By Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

  HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After two straight weeks of seeing the 3-year-old male pacers and trotters compete in New York Sire Stakes action, the harness racing ladies will get their chance at Buffalo Raceway this Wednesday night (June 19).   There's two divisions for the sophomore filly pacers with each leg carrying a purse of $57,000 (approx.) that will make up the early daily double on the 12-race card. The program will get started at 5 p.m. Besides a nice pay day, they'll be gunning for the track record of 1:53.3 established in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip.   Also, driver Tyler Buter returns again and will try to continue make Buffalo Raceway his personal playground on Wednesday nights. He's had 18 starts at the Hamburg half-mile oval and has won six of them, earning $117,896 in purses.   Each bracket has a competitor who had stellar 2-year-old campaign that racing fans will be keeping a watchful eye on.   The opening event features Prescient Hanover who put $444,668 in the bank in 2018. She was a winner of the $391,250 Three Diamonds Finals at The Meadowlands in 1:50.3 and took a third place finish in the $600,000 Breeders Crown event at Pocono, losing by just a half length.   It's been a slow start for the Gregg McNair trainee thus far in 2019 as Prescient Hanover (Art Major-Precious Beauty) has yet to hit the board in two starts at Woodbine and Vernon Downs. Doug McNair will guide her from the four post and is tabbed the 7-5 morning line choice.   Buter will drive Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustorio) from the five post and is the second choice at 4-1.   Brooklyn Lilacs, trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, took a $85,250 leg of the NYSS on May 14 at Yonkers Raceway with a 1:55.2 effort. After being scratched sick out of an event at Yonkers on May 18, Brooklyn Lilacs has had two tries since then in the Sire Stakes, mustering a third place finish on June 10 at Tioga Downs.   The rest of the field includes Crazy Cute (Ray Fisher Jr.), Heavens Challenge (Jim Morrill Jr.) and JK American Beauty (Matt Kakaley).   So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) is the headliner in the second division. With $278,321 in career earnings in just 14 starts, So Awesome gets the services of Buter out of the four hole at 4-1.   Winless in five tries thus far in 2019, So Awesome has been close however in Sire Stake races with a pair of second place finishes and a third.   The favorite at 2-1 is DD Delicious (Art Major-D D Delightful) who'll score from the two post with Matt Kakaley in the bike.   D D Delicious, unraced as a 2-year-old, has been in the money in all five her outings this season including a head win over So Awesome in 1:54.1 at Tioga on June 10 in her last attempt.   The remainder of the lineup includes Meghan Lynn (Morrill Jr.), Boogie Roll (Drew Monti), Hurrikane Norakane (McNair) and Feel Me Again (Billy Davis Jr.).   The will be a $15,000 contest in the Excelsior A Series and one in the $6,600 Excelsior B classification.   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. --- Rose Run Ranger reverted back to his old tactics in Buffalo Raceway's $12,500 Class AA-Open pace on Sunday afternoon (June 16) and that plan worked to perfection with a 3/4-length harness racing victory over Western Passage in 1:55.1.   With the field trimmed down to four due to the scratch of China Dream, Rose Run Ranger and driver Ray Fisher Jr. had a choice to make. The equally capable pacer could set the fractions or sit back and be a closer. They decide to be the front runner and it proved to be the correct decision.   Setting fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27.3,over the good track, Rose Run Ranger ($3.60) felt some pressure in the lane from Western Passage (Hunter Myers) but a :27.3 last frame was good enough to secure the victory. Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) finished in third place.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Rose Run Ranger (Major In Art-A And Gs Finest) is trained by James Clouser Jr. The 6-year-old gelding has now put $48,510 this season and $123,486 lifetime.   Clouser Jr. made it a training sweep of the main events as he watched Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) dig in late and strut on by a stubborn Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) in 1:53.4, equaling his seasonal best.   Lucan Hanover had things his own way through the opening panels of :28.2, :58.0 and 1:26.2 but then received an expected visitor in the outside n Upfront Countryboy.   It was a match race down the long Buffalo Raceway stretch with Upfront Countryboy ($7.30) managing to pull ahead just before the finish line. Lucan Hanover had to settle for a heart-breaking second while Western Conquest (Fisher Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by William Emmons, it was the sixth win in 19 attempts for the 10-year-old gelded Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The win pushed his seasonal winnings to $53,725 and $493,145 in his career.   Upfront Countryboy   In a pair of $10,000 Class A paces, Adonis Bay (JD Wengerd) found the rail and class relief to his liking and nipped Lots Of Lovin (Ray Fisher Jr.) by a neck in 1:54.2 and returned $5.70 to his backers.   Focus Power ($3.50) took the second division with a coast to coast triumph over Littlebitofabrat (Denny Bucceri).in 1:56.0. Drew Monti guided him to the narrow nose win.   Davis Jr. completed the matinee with four wins while McDonough and Myers each doubled.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card slated. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the program with the 3-year-old filly pacers squaring off. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B categories.   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. --- "He raced huge at Tioga Downs last week so I expected he'd be good here tonight," said harness racing driver Drew Monti of Southern Palms. His prediction was spot on.   Southern Palms was indeed good after rolling to a 1-1/4 length victory over the heavily favored Majestic Kat in Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot in 1:59.3 on a rainy Saturday night (June 15).   Finishing a solid fourth last Sunday in Tioga's Open Handicap trot, Southern Palms got the perfect pocket journey over the sloppy surface as Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) splashed out the fractions of :29.4, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3.   In the stretch, Southern Palms ($12.80) moved to the outside and cruised on past Majestic Kat to score the win. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the third place money.   "I wanted to be forwardly placed," Monti said of the getting the garden spot. "I knew Jack Rice's horse (Majestic Kat) was going to be tough but we'd make a serious run at her."   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second victory in 12 tries for the 6-year-old gelded Southern Palms (RC Royalty-Pacific Elegance). The win boasted his seasonal winnings to $27,840 and $294,571 lifetime.   BZ Glide showed he's back after wiring the field in the $9,200 Class A-B Handicap trot in 1:59.1. He posted a 1-1/2 length decision over Lunar Credit.   Scoring from the seven post, driver Mike Caprio easily reached the lead with BZ Glide and put up splits of :29.1, :59.0 and 1:29.1. There were no serious challenges down the stretch as BZ Glide trotted smartly to the finish line. Lunar Credit (Jim McNeight Jr.) skimmed the pylons and took second while Call My Broker (Monti) rallied for the show position.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the first win in four outings for the 10-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer). The win upped his 2019 earnings to $7,750 and $321,591 in his career.   Davis Jr. and Monti each completed the evening with a pair of driving doubles.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 13-race program on tap. There's a carryover of $684 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. --- Mr Vicktor and Our White Knight were both patient off the starting gate but once they got rolling in their respective $58,000 (approx.) harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the sophomore colt and gelding trotters, it was lights out for their competition.   In the opening leg, Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) cruised to a 2-1/4 score over Captain Krupnik in 1:57.0 while Our White Knight (Jim Morrill Jr.) took a 3/4-length nod over Powerscourt in 1:58.3.   Scoring his third straight victory in NYSS competition, Mr Vicktor ($2.40) has now won five in six tries this season.   Buter said of the impressive Mr Vicktor, "This horse is great on a half mile track. We let them go on the front end at first and when things settled down, we went. He was just perfect tonight."   Kredit Karma (Morrill Jr.) and Captain Krupnik (Kevin Cummings) battled for supremacy to the opening quarter as Mr Vicktor enjoyed the action from third. Just before hitting the opening panel, Mr Vicktor pulled and got the lead and never looked back in tripping the timer in 1:57. Captain Krupnik held on for second while Travel Winner (Trevor Henry) finished in third.   Owned by Robert Santagata, trainer Jennifer Lappe, Diamond Pride, and Joseph Lee, Mr Vicktor (R C Royalty-Hawaiian Vicky) has now produced $142,986 in earnings this season and $152,286 lifetime.   After three consecutive second place finishes, Our White Knight finally got the photo opportunity in the second bracket.   With half of the field of six breaking behind the starting gate at the start, Our White Knight ($7.30) took advantage of their misfortunes. He was able to tuck in second as eventual third place finisher Lights Come On (Billy Davis Jr.) reached the first pole in 30.1.   Our White Knight hold on for NYSS win in 1:58.3   Morrill Jr. and Our White Knight then took over command after that and held off the late rally of Powerscourt (Michael McGivern).   "We were fortunate with the three breakers at the start," Morrill Jr. said. "We took our time getting the lead and Our White Knight knew what to do after that. I was just a passenger."   Owned by the Zippett Racing Stable and conditioned by Edwin Gannon Jr., earned his first victory of the season in five appearances. The win moved his 2019 bankroll to $46,235 and $189,114 lifetime.   There were a pair of $15,000 events in the Excelsior A series. Xcuseme ($5.50) took the first division with a 1:58.0 clocking for John Stark Jr. while Morrill Jr. guided Jason's Camden ($2.60) to the victory in 1:58.0.   Frank Hanover ($9.00) took the first division of the $6,600 Excelsior B Series with a 1:59.4 time for Buter while Hat Trick Marleau ($3.00) turned in a gutsy performance and held on for a 1:59.0 triumph for Mike Simons.   Racing will return on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card slated followed by a 13-race card on Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:35 p.m. The next two Friday evenings are dark.   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. --- The New York Sire Stakes for the harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters will take center stage at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 12) with two divisions each worth $58,000 (approx.) being up for grabs. Post time for the 13-race card is 5 p.m.   The first race finds fourth of the six entrants all finishing in the money this year in Sire Stakes competition but none able to reach the winner's circle. The other division has two participants with a victory including the red-hot Mr Vicktor who arrives with a pair of scores in the NYSS and a second place finish the $215,200 Empire Breeders Crown race.   The boys will be chasing the Buffalo Raceway track records of 1:56.1 established by Gural Hanover for the geldings in 2014 and the colt mark of 1:56.2 set in 2016 by Purpose Blue Chip.   The first leg has One White Knight (Crazed-Psychotherapist) as the morning line favorite at 2-1 as he'll score from the two post for Jim Morrill Jr. With three consecutive second place finishes including one on June 3 in the NYSS at Monticello Raceway, Our White Knight did take third in the Night Of Champions in the 2-year-old finale last season. Trained by Edwin Gannon Jr., he is the top money earner entered this week with a lifetime bankroll of $160,514.   Livinonthedash (Muscle Mass-Sunshine Glide) drew the six post and will get the services of Tyler Buter. Sitting out as a 2-year-old old, Livinonthedash has four victories in seven tries in his rookie season and is the 3-1 second choice.   The remainder of the first division includes Horns For Three (Kevin Cummings), Powerscourt (Michael McGivern), Lights Come On (Billy Davis Jr.) and Chip Chip Conway (Jimmy Taggart Jr),   All eyes will be on the 8-5 favorite Mr Vicktor in the second division, scheduled as the fifth race. Drawing the rail with Buter in the bike, the front-stepping Mr Vicktor (RC Royalty-Hawaiian Vicky) has four wins in five tries this season including two victories on the NYSS circuit. His last start was a wire-to-wire job in 1:57.1 at Monticello. The Jennifer Lappe-trainee has already amassed $113,632 in earnings this year.   Travel Winner hits the Buffalo Raceway track fresh off a NYSS win in 1:58.2 at Monticello Raceway on June 3. Travis Henry gets the driving assignment for trainer R. Nifty Norman. Travel Winner (Credit Winner-Travelin Supergirl) starts from the two post and is the second choice at 3-1.   Rounding out the field will be Big Money Honey (Mike Simons), Quiksilvr Bluechip (Davis Jr.), Captain Krupnik (Cummings), Kredit Karma (Morrill Jr.) and JNR Express (Drew Monti).   Besides Sire Stakes action, there will be two $15,000 Excelsior Series A races and a pair of $6,600 Excelsior B Series events.   There's a $1,744 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. --- After suffering a gut-wrenching nose setback last week, Western Passage gave himself some breathing room this time around and took the $12,000 Class AA harness racing Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 8). He topped the favored Upfront Countryboy by 1-1/4 lengths in a seasonal best 1:53.4.   Upfront Countryboy set the fractions over the fast track of :27.0, :55.3 and 1:24.3 as Western Passage ($8.00) was fifth and last at the half.   Beginning a first over journey from there, driver Kevin Cummings got Western Passage on even terms with Upfront Countryboy (Jim Morrill Jr.) with a panel to pace. Western Passage proved to be the strongest in the stretch as he was able to put some daylight between himself and Upfront Countryboy to take the win. China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by the Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, it was the sixth victory in 16 appearances for the 4-year-old gelded Western Passage (Sportswriter-Forever Western). The score moved his seasonal earnings to $32,936 and $238,400 lifetime.   In the $11,500 Class AA Open pace, Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) made a big brush to the lead at the three-quarter pole and had just enough left in the tank to register a nose victory over the hard-charging Rose Run Ranger (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:55.1.   Manceiver (Cummings) set the tempo with splits of :28.3, :57.0 and 1:26.2 but had no answers as Charmbo Orbit ($21.60) stormed by with a quarter mile to pace.   Things looked well in hand for Charmbo Orbit in the lane but Rose Run Ranger came from nowhere and just missed grabbing the win at the wire. What's Goin On (Drew Monti) was third.   Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the third triumph in 15 tries for the 8-year-old gelded Charmbo Orbit (Mach Three-Pretty Bo Bo). The victory moved his 2019 bankroll to $22,960 and $167,371 in his career.   There were a pair of $10,000 Class A pacing events with both producing minor surprises. Falcon's Luke (Morrill Jr.) took the first division with a coast to coast victory in 1:55.1. He beat Littlebitofabrat (Ray Fisher Jr.) by a half length and returned $11.40 for the win.   The other bracket saw Southwind Torque (Davis Jr.) grind out a half length upset victory over Focus Power (Monti) in 1:54.4 and returned $13.60 to his backers.   Davis Jr., Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, was red hot on the evening as he found the winner's circle five times on the card. Cummings had a triple while McNeight III and Morrill Jr. each collected two victories. Trainers Zdjelar Jr., David Russo, Jim Clouser Jr. and Maria Rice all had doubles.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program slated. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the card with the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters taking center stage along with action in the Excelsior A and B Series. There's also a $1744 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. --- American Mercury ($6.50) overcame the outside post to start the race then overwhelmed Major March in the stretch to collect the harness racing victory in the $118,800 New York Sire Stakes event for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 5).   Covering the mile in 1:52.4, in was the second straight NYSS victory for American Mercury.   "It's a steep hill to climb from the eight post here at Buffalo," Buter said after the race. "I left hard with him but when things straightened up, I let the leaders soften each other up."   Starting from the outside, American Mercury was able to use some early speed and drop into fourth heading up the backstretch the first time. Major March, Melodies Major and Price Hanover showed no mercy toward each other as they battled for early control.   With a smoking opening panel of :26.4 put up by Major March (Jason Bartlett), American Mercury went first over and was able to come to even terms with the pace-setter at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1. In the meantime, the remaining six entrants found those splits too hot and started to retreat.   It boiled down to a match race in the stretch as American Mercury was just too strong for Major March and never looked back in scoring the 1-3/4-length win. Reigning Deo (Jim Morrill Jr), the 2-year-old NYSS champion, was third 10-1/4 lengths behind.   Trained by Chris Oakes and co-owned by Crawford Farms, Northfork Racing Stable, C. Pompey and S. Bice, it was the third win in fourth tries this season for American Mercury (American Ideal-Tessa Hanover). The gelding has now earned $105,050 this season and $142,670 lifetime.   There were two $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series. Buter drove Quake Blue Chip ($3.00) to the opening bracket triumph with a neck score over Murrow Boy (Bartlett) in 1:55.3. Buter made it a sweep at this level with a half-length win aboard Rickybobbynthehaus ($4.10). They beat the front-stepping Rollonhighway (Morrill Jr.) in 1:56.3.   The $6,600 Excelsior B Series race saw McNulty Z Tam (Pat Lachance) register a head victory over Dancing To Heaven (Shawn McDonough) in 1:57.3 and return $2.50 to his backers.   Buter and Billy Davis Jr. completed the evening with triples while Oakes had three training victories and Sabrina Clevenger two.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card slated.   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

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