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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream swept by the field like a tidal wave and surfed his way to a dominating 4-1/2 length harness racing win over Dark Horse in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 23).   Driver Shawn Gray sent Beachy Dream to the winner's circle and remained scorching hot at Buffalo Raceway as he banked four victories on the program to push his total to 23 in just 75 starts. He had four victories on Wednesday's card.   It was a mad dash for the lead with IYQ YQR and Dark Horse fighting it out to the half mile pole while Beachy Dream enjoyed the festivities from fifth. Gray then asked Beachy Dream to go to work and he responded perfectly.   Getting live cover, Beachy Dream stormed three-wide to the three-quarter pole and easily stormed his way to the lead, drawing off by widening 4-1/2 lengths in 1:58.1 over the good track. Dark Horse (Ray Fisher Jr.) picked up the place check while Mr Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) was third.   Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl) is an 8-year-old gelding that has found the winner's circle three times in five appearances in 2019. Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Beachy Dream has now earned $17,920 on the year and $198,060 in his career.   There were a pair of sub-featured $9,500 Class A races on the card. The most impressive in the two events was A F F Bigdaddy ($2.60) who strolled to an easy 5-1/4 length win over Im So Handsome in 1:56.1.   After sitting back and watching the scrum take place on the front end, A F F Bigdaddy (Drew Monti) took over just before the quarter pole and never felt any pressure the rest of the way.   Owned by Jennifer and Marcus Rogowski and trained by Steve Kiblin, it was the second victory in three starts this season for A F F Bigdaddy (Sir Luck-Artacam Hanover). The 6-year-old gelding has now put $10,840 in the bank on the campaign and $89,865 lifetime.   In the other contest, four horses had a taste of the lead at some point but it was Manceiver ($5.40) who was on top when it counted the most, at the wire.   Manceiver (Gray) had the lead early, was shuffled back, but found a way to shake free in the stretch to register a 1-3/4 length nod over Foreign Officer (Monti) in 1:58.1.   Conditioned by Sarama and owned by Torcello, it was the third victory in five outings this season for the 5-year-old gelded Manceiver (Sportswriter-Swift N Shout). The win jacked his seasonal earnings to $14,390 and $109,027 in his career.   Monti also had an excellent night in the sulky as he had five victories while Davis Jr. doubled. Sarama had three training scores and Lee Dahn had a pair.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening with a 13-race program scheduled for 5 p.m. The finals and the consolation round of the 'Opportunity Knocks' Series highlight the card along with the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot and the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the ladies.   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 a great night for owner William Emmons, trainer James Clouser Jr. and driver Shawn Gray as the trio combined to sweep both featured harness racing events at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (Feb. 20).   In the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot, Time Will Tell All made it two straight by nudging past Empire Earl N in 2:01.0 while in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares, You Mach Me Crazy rallied in the stretch to turn back HP Sissy in a snappy 1:56.3 over the good track.   Gray, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver in the early going, completed the grand slam by connecting with Donna's Beach ($5.40) and Glow Boat ($4.70).   Time Will Tell All didn't get much love at all from the public as she returned $24.40 for the victory in the first main event.   Sitting sixth, Gray took Time Will Tell All on a first over trip just past the half and eventually battled with the tempo-setting and stubborn Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) down the lane. It wasn't until deep stretch when Time Will Tell All managed to take the lead and hold on for a neck decision. Lucky Guess (Kirk Desmond) had plenty of late trot and took the show position.   It was the second win in five tries for Time Will Tell All (Prayer I Am-Tender Dion). The 8-year-old gelding has now bankrolled $13,125 in 2019 and $204,986 lifetime.   In the featured pace for the ladies, Gray basically used the same method to send You Mach Me Crazy ($6.00) for the photo opportunity.   After settling into sixth, You Mach Me Crazy was sent first over by Gray and looked like he was going to have clearing sailing to the top. Unfortunately just before the three-quarter marker, HP Sissy (Denny Bucceri) made the first move and took over command.   Things worked out just fine however for You Mach Me Crazy as Gray was able to find an open path on the outside down the lane and zoomed past HP Sissy, finishing three-quarters of a length in front. Sentimental Lady (Billy Davis Jr.) took third.   You Mach Me Crazy (Mach Three-Lady Terror) is a 6-year-old mare that now has won three of four starts this season, putting $15,175 in the bank in 2019 and $118,729 in her career.   Besides the stellar night by Gray, Davis Jr. notched a triple and Fisher Jr. a double. George Anthrop, a newcomer to Buffalo Raceway, conditioned three winners while Lynn Fisher and Gerry Sarama had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 6 p.m. post. The first Pick-5 carryover of the season will await fans with $992 in the pot.   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. --- Upfront Countryboy got 'up front' early in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Class AA Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb.16) and never looked back in taking a 1-1/2 length harness racing triumph over Dark Horse in 1:56.0 over the good track.   Title Town (Shawn McDonough) was quickest off the gate in the main event but didn't have much time to savor the front end as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) took over the lead just before the opening panel.   Dark Horse was first over and looked like the main threat to Upfront Countryboy coming down the stretch but his rally didn't materialize as hoped and had to settle for second with Title Town holding on for the show position.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the first win in two starts for Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The 10-year-old gelding has earned $6,670 this year and $446,090 in his career.   There were a pair of $9,500 Class A paces on the under card.   Mr Euroman N ($4.80) went gate-to-wire and turned back the late attempts by R M Hawk (David McNeight III) and Manceiver (Gray) to take the victory in 1:57.0 in the first sub-featured event.   Leaving from the inside post, Mr Euroman N set the fractions with a :29.2, :58.3 and 1:28.0. A :29.0 last panel was enough as R M Hawk could get no closer than a half length.   Driven by Billy Davis Jr. and trained by Maria Rice, Mr Euroman N (Art Major-Little Big Sister) is a 7-year-old gelding that is co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD. It was the second victory in five tries this season for Mr. Euroman N, now a winner of $9,950 in 2019 and $113,329 lifetime.   In the second leg, A F F Bigdaddy (Drew Monti) was able to grind out a length victory over Im So Handsome in 1:56.3.   Going first over down the backstretch, A F F Bigdaddy slowly but surely started to cut into the lead of Im So Handsome and took over command midway down the lane. Im So Handsome had to settle for the place position with Heaven Rocks finishing in third.   A F F Bigdaddy (Sir Luck-Artacam Hanover) is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Jennifer and Marcus Rogowski. Conditioned by Steven Kiblin, it was the first trip to the winner's circle for A F F Bigdaddy, now a earner of $5,590 this year and $85,115 in his career.   Ray Fisher Jr. topped the drivers with four victories on the night. Monti, tripled while Davis Jr. and Gray each doubled. Mike Ohol, Maria Rice and Sabrina Clevenger all scored a pair of training wins.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card 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. --- Time Will Tell All and HP Sissy each used different methods to find their way to the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured harness racing events on Wednesday night (Feb. 13).   Time Will Tell All used a late charge down the passing lane to take the victory in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot while HP Sissy made every step a winning one to capture the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Driver Shawn Gray got a perfect pocket trip in the opener with Time Will Tell All and never took the lead until the shadow of the wire.   After drafting behind the front stepping Chelseas Chance, who posted splits of :30.2, 1:00.4 and 1:32.0, Time Will Tell All ($7.70) had a spot through the passing lane and held back a late rally from Lucky Guess (Drew Monti). The winner tripped the timer in 2:02.3, notching a neck decision.   A game Empire Earl N (Billy Davis Jr.), a winner of three straight, finished third while being parked the entire mile.   Owned by William Emmons and conditioned by James Clouser Jr., it was the first victory in four tries in 2019 for Time Will Tell All (Prayer I Am-Tender Dion). The win pushed the 8-year-old gelding's seasonal earnings to $8,125 and $200,036 lifetime.   HP Sissy took command off the gate and held on late to score a $16.40 surprise in the co-feature for the distaff pacers.   Denny Bucceri guided HP Sissy right to the lead, posting fractions of :28.4, 1:00.0 and 1:29.4. Things got a little scary for HP Sissy in deep stretch as You Mach Me Crazy (Gray) was full out but saw her threat come up just a neck short. Sentimental Lady (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Trained by Mike Ohol and owned by John and Sally Finocchario, it was the second victory in four outings for 6-year-old mare HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip). The win upped her seasonal earnings to $10,263 and $261,399 in her career.   Gray completed the evening with five victories in the bike with Fisher Jr. and John Cummings Jr. each getting a double.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.   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. --- A pair of $100,000 harness racing earners from 2018 locked horns in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open II Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 9) and the two did not disappoint in the main event tussle.   With both Lucky McTrucky and Shady City hitting six figures last season, the betting public figured it was going to be a two horse race. They were right.   It was Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) however who proved to be the best on the frigid night, topping rival Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) by a half length in a impressive 1:56.0 over the fast track. Dark Horse (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Scoring from the rail, Shady City registered rather soft fractions of :29.1 and :58.2 to the half, parking Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) along the way.   With the cover starting to fad heading to the three-quarter marker, Monti got Lucky McTrucky ($4.80) into gear and stared Shady City into the eye turning for home. It seemed like Shady City might hang tough but he just couldn't keep up as Lucky McTrucky used a :27.1 final panel to secure the decision.   Lucky McTrucky (McArdle-Truculent Lady) is a 10-year-old gelding that has won twice this season in six attempts, earning $19,900. Owned by Tessa Roland and conditioned by JD Perrin, the victory pushed his career earnings to $519,287.   In the $10,500 co-featured Class A-AA Handicap Pace, Beachy Dream ($9.20) made it two straight at Buffalo Raceway with a come from behind 3/4-length score over the pace-setting Southwind Torque in 1:56.2.   After sitting in third until the top of the lane, Beachy Dream went three-wide down the stretch and zoomed past Southwind Torque (Davis Jr.) who had posted solid splits of :284, :57.4 and 1:27.0.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second win in three tries in 2019 for 8-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The victory upped his seasonal winnings to $11,500 and $191,640 lifetime.   Gray finished the evening with four driving victories while Monti added three and Stalbaum two. James Clouser Jr. had three training wins with Sarama and Perrin doubling.   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. --- After finishing in the money 30 out of 40 times in 2018 including 10 victories and over $90,000 in earnings, Empire Earl N ($3.40) showed that the change in the calendar year makes no difference to him.   Driver Billy Davis Jr. waited patiently with Empire Earl N and collared Time Will Tell All (Shawn Gray) in the stretch to collect the neck victory in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night (Feb. 6). It was the third straight for Empire Earl N as he closed the 2018 campaign at Batavia Downs with a pair of wins.   Benefiting from the scratches of Snapshot Springs and On Thunder Road N, Empire Earl N was able to score from the six post instead of the eight spot. Tucking in second off the gate, Empire Earl N watched as Time Will Tell All set the fractions of :29.3, 1:01.4 and 1:33.0 over the soupy track.   In the stretch, On Thunder Road held gamely but Empire Earl N had just enough left, splashing by the front runner down the passing lane and grabbing the win in 2:04.4. Lucky Guess (Drew Monti) captured the show position.   Owned by Kimberly Asher and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, it was the 27th career win for the 11-year-old gelded Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita). The win pushed his career earnings to $257,344.   In the $9,500 Class A pace for the fillies and mares, You Mach Me Crazy took command past the half mile marker and cruised to a 4-1/2 length win over Aritzia Hanover (Davis Jr.) in 2:01.4.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., You Mach Me Crazy returned $6.60 to her backers.   Davis Jr. put three more victories into his win column in 2019 while Gray, Monti and Ray Fisher Jr. all doubled. JD Perrin collected a pair of training victories.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Khun Ratha A, after spending a brief time at Monticello and Yonkers Raceway since arriving from Australia, made his Buffalo Raceway harness racing debut on Saturday night (Feb. 3) an impressive one by easily brushing by the field to register a 1-1/4 length victory in the featured $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap.   Under the guidance of owner/trainer/driver Larry Stalbaum, Khun Ratha A ($5.10) went three wide heading to the three-quarter pole and blew past the pace-setting and second place finisher Title Town (David McNeight III) in 1:56.1 to secure the win. Dark Horse (Ray Fisher Jr) took the show position.   Title Town and Western Rockstar A tussled to the opening half in :57.4 over the good track and that battled proved to be the perfect setup for Khun Ratha A.   Sitting fifth, Stalbaum directed Khun Ratha A to go three-wide and the tandem confidently cruised to the top around the final turn and never looked back.   It was the second win in four starts this season for the 9-year-old gelded Khun Ratha A (Bettor's Delight-Calafia). The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $12,660 and $176,028 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Class A event, Beachy Dream went gate-to-wire in 1:57.3 to defeat RM Hawk by a half length. Shawn Gray drove the winner to the popular $2.20 score for owner Mike Torcello and trainer Gerry Sarama.   Billy Davis Jr. got off to a great start on the season by notching four wins in the bike while Drew Monti added three and Gray a pair.   Trainer Maria Rice found the winner's circle four times with Sarama getting a double.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine race card 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. --- After Wednesday night's scheduled 2019 harness racing opener was cancelled due to blizzard conditions and frigid temperatures, Buffalo Raceway hopes Mother Nature will be in a more cooperative mood on Saturday.   With much better weather conditions expected on Saturday (Feb. 2), Buffalo Raceway will offer a solid 12-race program with a starting time of 6 p.m.   The feature on the evening will be the $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace. The main focus will be on Khun Ratha A and trainer/driver Larry Stalbaum who were assigned the eight post.   Drew Monti, last season's leading driver, will be busy as he is scheduled to drive in all 12 events while 2018 training champion James Clouser Jr. will send six from his stable to the starting gate.   It will be a big night for the fans heading to the track as well. The popular Lucky Exacta Contest returns for races three through nine. Patrons will get their exacta combination when they receive a free Buffalo Raceway knit winter hat. Those holding the winning exacta combinations will get a chance to spin the wheel for free Buffalo Raceway wagers.   Also, free magnetic schedules will be handed out to all fans.   Reservations for the clubhouse are available for Saturday night by calling 716-649-1280, ext. 6300.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "We are really looking forward to the upcoming harness racing season," Buffalo Raceway Operations Director Jon Cramer said as the track preps for the opener on Wednesday, January 30th. The 66-day meet will have racing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through March with post times set for 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. Friday night action will begin in April with starting times slated for 5 p.m. The season will close on Saturday, July 20th. There are two Sunday afternoon cards on tap, June 16th and 23rd with the matinees getting underway at 12:30 p.m. The track will be dark on Friday, June 14th and Friday June 21. A trio of special 7:15 p.m. posts are on Saturdays when thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown events are run. The later live racing start times will allow customers to wager on the Kentucky Derby which will be contested on May 4th, the Preakness on May 18th and the Belmont Stakes on June 8th. "We've got a few new updates for both the horsemen and fans," Cramer added. "The improvements made will enjoyed and appreciated by both of them." For the horsemen, they will see a 10 percent increase in purses from the amounts that were offered at the close of the 2018 meet. They will also be able to compete in the "Opportunity Knocks" Series that will be held in February with the $15,000 finale to be run on Wednesday, February 27th. Also, Buffalo Raceway has initiated a new condition sheet with A, B and C classification. Buffalo Raceway Racing Secretary Tom Agosti said of the new conditions, "It's kind of is like the dog racing system. A lot of the problems we encountered were if a horse finished second, he'd have to jump up a class or two. That won't happen now. If you win a race, you only move up one level. And if you don't finish first, second or third in three races, you can drop down a level. "I think it makes for more competitive racing...it eliminates the drastic moves in class," Agosti concluded. Later on, Agosti said that the track has 295 stalls available with 289 of them ready to be filled. "We are kind of short on stall space because we have people who used to train on farms coming in this year. We maintain the track every day so they'll be able to get the horses in shape here compared to on the farms where the track there may not be usable due to the weather." The track added 5,000 tons of material to the half-mile oval in the fall and also did drainage work that hopefully will alleviate issues during thaws. There was talk about eliminating the passing lane but Agosti said they left it up to the horsemen and he stated, "Probably 95 percent wanted to keep the passing lane." For the fans, the track will have new food and beverage offerings. "All food on each racing night will be cooked and made to order, including Wednesday nights," Cramer said. "You can now order food and it will delivered to your table." Some items that will be available on a rotating basis on race nights will be fried chicken, meatloaf and turkey dinners along with sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers. The last Saturday of each month will feature the Winner's Circle Buffet. For $19, you'll receive the buffet dinner, a racing program along with a $5 Buffalo Raceway betting voucher and a $5 voucher for Hamburg Gaming. This special will be available to those making reservations prior to race night. The popular Lucky Exacta contest will return on Saturday, February 2nd. Besides getting an exacta combination where you could win up to $100 in betting vouchers, fans will also receive a Buffalo Raceway knit winter hat. There will also be a Lucky Exacta contest on Father's Day, June 16th. Opening night on January 30th will feature free 2019 magnetic schedules. The betting menu will remain the same as last season. There will be the usual win, place and show wagers available along with exacta, trifecta, superfecta, three daily doubles, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5s. The driver colony will show the return of 2018 champion Drew Monti along with Billy Davis Jr., Ray Fisher Jr., and Shawn McDonough. Monti finished third recently in the 2019 North American Driving Challenge at Miami Valley in Ohio. James Clouser Jr. is back to defend his training crown with JD Perrin and Maria Rice expected to battle for the title. Returning this season will be conditioners Mike and Brittney Ohol and Joe Skowyra who had raced here a couple years back. Monticello trainer George Anthrop is shuffling off to Buffalo and brings in a stable of eight as well. By Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "It was a good but a trying season," Buffalo Raceway Operations Director Jon Cramer said in reflecting back on the recently completed 2018 campaign.   Buffalo Raceway had originally been scheduled to have an 89-day meet but lost 29 of those dates due to weather issues and a shortage of horses. But once things settled down, the trotters and pacers got rolling and put in some stellar performances.   There were a total of 12 track records either tied or broken during the year including both the all-aged pacing and trotting marks. Sir Ziggy's Z Tam became the fastest horse ever at Buffalo Raceway when he paced the mile in 1:51.2 on June 9 and Fox Valley Veto took down the all-aged trotting standard with a 1:56.0 mile on July 20.   Drew Monti won his first driving championship at Buffalo Raceway with 123 victories as the 23-year-old went over $700,000 in purses. Shawn Gray took the runner up spot with 106 wins and Billy Davis Jr. finished in third with 100 in his initial season at the track.   James Clouser Jr. took his first training title at the Hamburg half-mile oval with 81 wins and over $415,000 in earnings. JD Perrin ended up second in the standings with 63 victories while Maria Rice rounded out the top three with 42 victories.   The "Trotter of the Year" went to Fox Valley Veto while the "Pacer of the Year" award went to Lightning Raider N (Christian Cullen-Talent Hanover) as the 13-year-old gelding posted 12 victories in 21 starts in 2018.   Winning favorites took 311 of 673 races in 2018 for a 46.21 percent average.   The one post captured the most victories on the season with 174 while the four post was next with 126 wins.   Buffalo Raceway and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association have agreed on a contract for 2019 season with an option for a second year. There will be 66 scheduled days of racing starting in the end of January, 2019. Racing will then continue twice a week in February and March and three cards per week in April, May, June and July. The exact dates and starting times will be announced in the future.   "We expect to keep the same purse structure next year as it was when we completed the 2018 season," Cramer noted.   Buffalo Raceway's simulcasting area is closed now through August 21 due to the Erie County Fair.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Barry Hanover ($10.60) looked like a prize fighter bobbing and weaving in the stretch, seeking for some racing room in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured $9,700 Open II Pace on Saturday night (July 21). But driver Billy Davis Jr. was patient but persistent and finally found a gap in guiding Barry Hanover to a neck victory over Bugatti in 1:55.3.   In the other $9,700 Open II event, In Runaway Bay N found the 'lightning lane' early and was straight as an arrow to the finish line to notch a $34.20 upset win in 1:55.1.   Bugatti (Ron Beback Jr.) showed the way in the opening feature as he set the tempo with fractions of :29.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. Barry Hanover, who was sitting fifth at the top of the stretch, looked in every direction before Davis Jr. was able to dip him into the passing lane and rally in the shadow of the wire for the victory. Bugatti had to settle for second with Southwind Torque (John Cummings Jr.) taking third.   Owned by John Sixt and trained by Judith Blaun, it was the second win in 15 starts this season for the 4-year-old gelded Barry Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Beachbunny). The win increased his seasonal earnings to $17,628 and $105,609 lifetime.   In Runaway Bay N (Shawn McDonough) got the perfect stalking trip behind the pace setting Dark Horse and squeezed out a head victory. With panels of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26.2, a :28.3 final quarter plus clear sailing through the stretch enabled In Runaway Bay N to collar Dark Horse. Tyler (Shawn Gray) took the show position.   Owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo, it was the third win in 21 starts in 2018 for 7-year-old gelded Runaway Bay N (Mach Three-Pullover Brown). His bankroll jumped to $29,515 this year and to $171,135 in his career.   Gray finished the evening with three winners in the bike with Monti and Davis Jr. adding two apiece. Dave McNeight Sr. had two training victories.   With the 2018 season now complete, the track announced its award winners for the year on Saturday night.   Drew Monti won his first driving championship at Buffalo Raceway with 123 victories as the 23-year-old went over $700,000 in purses. Shawn Gray took the runner up spot with 106 wins and Billy Davis Jr. finished in third with 100 in his initial season at the track.   James Clouser Jr. took his first training title at the Hamburg half-mile oval with 81 wins and over $415,000 in earnings. JD Perrin ended up second in the standings with 63 victories while Maria Rice rounded out the top three with 42 victories.   The "Trotter of the Year" went to Fox Valley Veto who broke the all-aged trotting record on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 1:56.0 victory to solidify the honor. Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable along with Jack Rice. The 7-year-old gelding is trained by Maria Rice and won five times in 16 tries at Buffalo, amassing $40,489 in purse money.   The "Pacer of the Year" award went to Lightning Raider N (Christian Cullen-Talent Hanover) as the 13-year-old gelding posted 12 victories in 21 starts in 2018 for then owner Mae Smith. Lightning Raider N had bankrolled $38,349 until he was claimed last weekend by Marissa Russo and Kenneth Urbanczyk for $5,500.   He didn't last long in their barn as Mike Torcello claimed him on Saturday night for $8,000 with Gerry Sarama listed as the trainer. Lightning Raider N finished fifth in the race.   Simulcasting at Buffalo Raceway will be closed from July 23 through August 21 due to the Erie County Fair.   Live racing at Buffalo Raceway will return in January of 2019.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fox Valley Veto ($8.90) figured things are cheaper by the dozen as for 12th time this season, a track record has either been tied or broken at Buffalo Raceway.   Going gate-to-wire, Fox Valley Veto broke the all-aged trotting standard at Buffalo Raceway with a splendid 1:56.0 victory over the fast track in the $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (July 20). It eclipsed the old mark of 1:56.1 set in 2014 by Gural Hanover and tied this year by Chelseas Chance and BZ Glide.   Starting from the three post, driver Billy Davis Jr. and Fox Valley Veto fired off the starting gate and assumed the top position quickly. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) also tried a leave attempt but broke stride and it extinguished his hopes.   With fractions of :29.1, :58.0 and 1:27.1 on the board, Fox Valley Veto wasn't home free turning for the finish line. Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) and the first over Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) each were within striking distance but couldn't cut into the lead and settled for second and third respectively.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice, Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is trained by Maria Rice. It was his fifth victory of the season in 21 attempts, upping his earnings to $50,709 and $441,441 lifetime.   The track record was just the start of a great night for Davis Jr. as he finished the program with five victories while Monti added a pair. Rice and David Russo had productive evenings with training doubles.   The 2018 season comes to a close on Saturday night with a 10-race card slated for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, to to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Melodies Major has been nothing but spectacular thus far in his brief career and he continued to sparkle on Wednesday night (July 18) at Buffalo Raceway by toppling the 2-year-old pacing colt record with a 1:54.2 victory over Jack Nation in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the freshman pacers.   Cruising to an easy 3-3/4 length win in his $53,500 division, Melodies Major ($2.10) crushed the old mark of 1:55.4 set in 2013 by He's Watching.   In the other NYSS leg, Bicorne Hanover went gate-to-wire in 1:56.3 and held off Jojo's Place by three-quarters of a length.   But is was Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) who stole the show. Driver Tyler Buter said after the race, "I drove him with two fingers. He's such a pleasure to drive. When I asked him to go, he just went faster."   Getting splits of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26.0, Melodies Major never was asked for more in the lane as Buter tucked away the whip and enjoyed the view of the Buffalo Raceway home stretch. Despite being in cruise control, he still put up a :28.2 last panel. Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr.) took second while Covered Bridge (Mike Simons) nailed the show position.   Melodies Major is a perfect 3-for-3 in his brief career and has two track records now with the first coming at Monticello on July 4 with a 1:54.3 clocking. Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, Melodies Major has put $80,000 in the bank already in 2018.   Bicorne Hanover (Kevin Cummings) took advantage of the inside draw and wired the field in a solid 1:56.3.   Leaving from the rail, Bicorne Hanover established fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:28.0. Jojo's Place (Jason Bartlett) made a valiant charge at the end but came up three quarters of a length short at the line. Bean (Scott Coulter) took third place.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, James Martin and William Switala, Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) is trained by Ron Burke. It was the first victory in three starts this season for Bicorne Hanover, now a winner of $44,110 in 2018.   Murrow Boy (Drew Monti) was the fastest in the $15,000 Excelsior A Series races with a 1:55.4 time, returning a healthy $17.00 to his backers. Mark Witha K ($6.20) took the other leg with a 1:59.0 victory for Morrill Jr.   Morrill Jr., who completed the evening with a driving triple, captured the $6,400 Excelsior B event with a 1:58.4 win aboard Baby Maker Hanover ($5.10)   Cummings had a double in the bike while trainer Russell Bratt notched a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a nine race program scheduled and the 2018 season will come to a close on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 10-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway has seen 10 track records either tied or broken during the 2018 season and when the 2-year-old colt and geldings step onto the racing surface Wednesday night (July 18) in a pair of $53,500 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), a pair of long-standing marks could be in serious jeopardy.   The oldest record currently listed is for 2-year-old geldings of 1:56.3 established in 2010 by Roadside Delight while the colt's barrier of 1:55.4 was set in 2013 by He's Watching. With near perfect weather conditions in the forecast, another editing of the record book is possible.   One entrant is already in possession of a track standard at Monticello and that is Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) who will appear in the opener on the 10-race card. He's a perfect 2-for-2 in his brief career including a record time of 1:54.3 at Monticello on July 4. That time erased the previous barrier of 1:55.2 clocked by Freedomformysoul in 2014.   Melodies Major, who has captured both his Sire Stakes races, drew the two post and is the even money morning line favorite with Tyler Buter getting the call in the sulky. Melodies Major has yet to trail in any of his pari-mutual starts and has amassed $53,250 already.   His main competition could come from Jack Nation, a winner last time out in the NYSS on July 4 at Monticello in 1:57.0. Drawing the rail with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike, Jack Nation (American Ideal-Ladyjack) was 12 lengths behind at one point but closed like a train to pull off the half-length score over Covered Bridge (American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses).   The field of six also includes KJ Leo (Jason Bartlett), Keystone Dakota (Kevin Cummings), Covered Bridge (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Rock American (Scott Coulter).   The second division, slated for the back half of the early daily double, looks to be a wide-open event with Bicorne Hanover getting the slight 2-to-1 morning line edge from the pylons. Cummings will steer the Ron Burke-trained freshman colt. Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) has a second and fourth place finish in his two Sire Stakes appearances.   Jojo's Place (Roll With Joe-Angel Place) hopes to get out of a third place rut. Conditioned by John Butenschoen, he's had two show finishes in his pair of NYSS outings and will get the services of Bartlett out of the four spot.   Completing the field will be Shanghai Bobby (Morrill Jr.), Bean (Coulter), P Zonka (Drew Monti) and Jet Rock (Marohn Jr.).   There are also a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series races on the program and a $6,400 leg of the Excelsior B Series. First post is 5 p.m.   It's the last week of action in 2018 at Buffalo Raceway. For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Horsemen are reminded that Buffalo Raceway will conduct a double draw on Tuesday morning (July 17) for the closing weekend programs on Friday and Saturday nights.   With just three cards left in the 2018 campaign, the action will begin on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program which will include the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in two divisions worth $53,500 each. There will also be a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series events and one $6,400 race in the Excelsior B classification.   On Friday, the non-betting Erie County Fair races will be conducted starting at 1 p.m. at the Hamburg half-mile oval with the regular wagering card to follow later in the day at 5 p.m.   Closing night will be on Saturday with a 6 p.m. post. It will be Erie County Fair Night at the track with admission tickets to be given away throughout the program to lucky fans.   Buffalo Raceway's simulcast center will be closed from July 23 through August 21 due to the Erie County Fair.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Now they are even. After Classic American N ($3.90) suffered a heart breaking nose setback last week to Western Conquest in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Pace, he returned the favor on Saturday night (July 14) by pinning a demoralizing head loss on the hard charging Western Conquest in 1:56.0.   For the second consecutive week, the Open Pace was reduced to four entrants with Best Ears and Sir Ziggy's Z Tam both scratched due to illness. So that left a quartet to battle it out over the good track.   This time around, Classic American N got the upper hand early and set the tempo as Western Conquest had to give chase. With fractions of :28.4, :58.0 and 1:27.2, it ended up being a repeat of last Saturday's race between the two.   In the lane, Classic American N (Billy Davis Jr.) managed to stay in front as Western Conquest made a late surge but ran out of real estate. Focus Power (Drew Monti) took the show position.   Co-owned by the Nick Surick Stable LLC and the J L Benson Stables, Inc. and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the fourth win in 21 starts for Classic American N (American Ideal-Classic Vicolo). The victory increased his seasonal bankroll to $32,270 and $271,455 in his career.   Ray Fisher Jr. had four trips to the winner's circle with Davis Jr. getting three and Monti a pair. Trainer Russell Bratt had three victories.   Buffalo Raceway will start its final week of racing this year on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program slated. It will be the last appearance in 2018 for the New York Sire Stakes at the Hamburg half-mile oval with the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in action.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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