Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 455
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- BZ Glide ($9.00) got the early jump on the field in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (July 13) and just kept right on rolling to post a solid three-quarter length victory over Barn Winner in 1:57.4.   It was a wide open affair according to the tote board with Fox Valley Veto (Jim Morrill Jr.) sent off as the lukewarm 5-to-2 post time favorite while BZ Glide, Southern Palms and Barn Winner were each dismissed at 7-to-2.   BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) nabbed the front end with relative easy, registering fractions of :28.4, :59.1 and 1:29.0 on the fast track. He braced himself for challengers in the stretch but no one could come up with the answer. Using a :28.4 last panel, BZ Glide never wavered in the lane and held off the timid bids of Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Fox Valley Veto who had to settle for the second and third place checks.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer) is a 9-year-old gelding who was won three times in nine attempts this season. The victory pushed his 2018 earnings to $27,600 and to $283,602 in his career.   Fisher Jr. and Morrill Jr. each had driving doubles on the card.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race program scheduled for 6 p.m.   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. --- It was another harness racing day at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 11) and there was another track record broken as Amal Hall ($3.20) did the honors this time with a hard-fought neck victory in her $36,000 (approx.) division of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the 2-year-old filly trotters.   Amal Hall (Andy Miller) went the mile in 1:59.0, blowing away the previous mark of 2:00.0 set last season by Plunge Blue Chip. It was the tenth track record either broke or tied at Buffalo Raceway in 2018.   Miller swept the NYSS early daily double as he guided With Out A Doubt ($3.70) to the win in 2:00.4 while Safe Word ($5.10) captured the final bracket with a 4-3/4 length decision in 2:01.0 with Jeff Gregory in the bike.   In the opener, Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the pace while Sensibility (Scott Zeron) and Amal Hall tucked into second and third respectively. Approaching the three-quarter marker, Miller tipped Amal Hall first over and began to chip into the lead turning for home.   Eventually, Amal Hall wore down the pace-setting Quincy Blue Chip and managed to stick a neck in front at the wire for the win. Sensibility took the show position.   "When I pulled her out, she kept going faster and faster," Miller said of Amal Hall. "I am happy with her performance. She's a nice filly."   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable, the Getty Stable and the Dumain Haven Farm, Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) is trained by Julie Miller. The win was the second in three tries this season for Amal Hall who pushed her earnings to $47,058.   Miller made it two straight as he used the passing lane to give With Out A Doubt a three-quarter length score over Gobi Princess (Zeron) and Exotic Diamond (Morrill Jr.).   Summermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) set the tempo with splits of :30.0, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2 but was under siege as the field turned for home. With Out A Doubt dropped to the 'lightning lane' and was the quickest in the dash to the wire.   Co-owned by Ross Bonafield, Robert McCarthy and James Moran, With Out A Doubt (Conway Hall-Queen Of More) is trained by Erv Miller. The win was the first in three attempts for With Out A Doubt, now a winner of $29,140.   The final division was a stroll for Safe Word as she went right to the lead and never looked back in posting a solid 4-3/4 length triumph over Liquorstoreblues (Morrill Jr.). It's My Party (Sam Schillaci) took the show position.   Safe Word posted splits of :30.3, 1:01.4 and 1:32.0 and had no threats in cruising to the finish line.   Owned by driver/trainer Gregory, William Richardson, Martin Garey and Henry Wieseneck, Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) has now posted two wins in three starts, earning $44,321.   Miller finished the night with three wins as he drove Song Chapter ($5.00) to a victory in a $15,000 division of the Excelsior A Series with a mile of 2:04.0. Barn Tease ($5.10) took the other leg as Claude Huckabone Jr. steered her to the decision in 2:03.2.   In the $6,600 Excelsior B events, Ms O'Reilly ($12.60) took her race for Gregory with a 2:04.4 mark while Morganslovin Dream (Daley) trotted the mile in 2:04.2 and returned $5.10 in the victory.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled.   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. --- They may be young and inexperienced but the 2-year-old filly trotters that are entered in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 11) seem to have started off their careers in pretty good fashion.   There are 17 freshmen fillies that will be involved in three divisions worth $36,000 (approx.) each, With a combined 32 starts between them, the ladies have produced six victories, 10 second place finishes and a trio of thirds.   With nine track records either being tied or broken at Buffalo Raceway thus far in 2018, the 2:00.0 mark for the 2-year-old filly trotters established last year by Plunge Blue Chip looks very vulnerable with warm, dry conditions expected.   The opening leg, scheduled as the first race, is certainly the stacked race. Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) was installed as the 7-to-5 favorite with Andy Miller slated to drive. Amal Hall has a first and second place finish in her two career outings, both coming in the NYSS. She captured her bracket in 2:02 at Monticello on June 25 and was second at Yonkers Raceway on July 3, losing by 3/4 lengths in 1:58.2.   Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation) looms as the main threat thanks to a pair of narrow second place finishes in Sire Stakes. Scott Zeron will steer Sensibility from the two post at 3-to-1.   Others involved include Lifetime Credit (John Stark Jr.), Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Blue Ribbon Gal (Jonathan Drury).   With Out A Doubt (Conway Hall-Queen Of More) headlines the second division which will go off as the back half of the early daily double. She lost by a mere head at Yonkers on July 3 to Safe Word. Miller will guide With Out A Doubt from the three hole as the 8-to-5 morning line pick.   Exotic Dream (Rc Royalty-Not A Diva) is the lone entrant that has a win thus far in her brief career. She picked that up in the Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on June 25, winning by a head in 2:05.3, making up nearly 12 lengths along the way.   The remainder of the field includes Gobi Princess (Zeron), Lindy In The Sky (Claude Huckabone Jr.), Somermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) and Royal Trumpery (Jeff Gregory).   The last leg is scheduled for fifth race and Safe Word gets the slight 2-to-1 nod with Gregory in the bike. Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) won her last outing by a head over With Out A Doubt in 2:00.4 in the Sire Stakes at Yonkers on July 3.   Hot Chapter (Chapter Seven-Some Like It Hot) drew the rail for Miller and is the 5-to-2 second choice. She has a second and third place finish in her two starts this season, both in NYSS competition.   The rest of the participants include It's My Party (Sam Schillaci), Pittstop Beki (Daley), Bit Coin (Drew Monti) and Liquorstoreblues (Morrill Jr.).   There's 14 races scheduled on the card which begins at 5 p.m. The Excelsior Series will feature a pair of $15,000 events in the "A" division while the "B" classification will have two races going for $6,600 apiece.   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. --- "That was crazy. Horses aren't supposed to go that fast here," driver Brett Miller said after Hitman Hill annihilated the Buffalo Raceway track record for 3-year-old gelded pacers with a 1:51.4 mile on Sunday (July 8) in winning his $39,000 (approx.) division of the New York Sire Stakes. The previous standard was 1:53.1 established in 2016 by Missile J.   Other winners were Rootin Tootin ($2.90) who posted a 3/4-length victory in 1:53.4 while Trump Nation ($3.00) notched a 3/4-length win in 1:54.0 on the crystal clear afternoon.   Things didn't go the way Miller had hoped at the start with Hitman Hill. "I wanted to get to the lead and go from there but they (Rockapelo and Topville Olympian) were just going too fast so I had to drop into third."   After watching splits of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:24.2, Miller guided Hitman Hill to the outside with a panel to race and used a :27.0 last quarter to secure the victory in record time. Topville Olympian (James MacDonald) took second with Rockapelo (Jim Morrill Jr.) securing the third place check.   Co-owned by Tim Hill and the Northfork Racing Stable., it was the second win in seven tries in 2018 for Hitman Hill (American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker). The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $115,870 and $262,403 in his brief 14-race career.   Rootin Tootin used the passing lane to gain the lead and managed to hold off a late rally by Twin B Tuffenuff (Miller) to post the victory in the opening leg. My Delight took the show position.   With My Delight (Scott Zeron) setting the pace with fractions of :28.0, :57.0, and 1:26.1, Rootin Tootin eventually shook free from third and poured it on with a :27.2 last frame.   Morrill Jr. said of Rootin Tootin, "He doesn't like the front end so I took him back. He gets lazy on the front end. But when we found racing room in the stretch, he sprinted to the line. It all worked out well."   Co-owned by trainer Blake MacIntosh, Stuart McIntosh, Fred Brayford and Robert MacNeil, it was the third victory in seven starts this year for Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe, Wild Retreat). The 3-year-old colt has earned $49,195 in 2018 and $113,041 lifetime.   Trump Nation, the winner Rooney Pace earlier this season at Yonkers, never got to the lead until past the opening quarter marker and hung on late to beat Real Surreal (MacDonald) in the final division.   "I wanted to follow the four (Real Surreal) but that didn't work out so I had to go," Bartlett said of making the big brush to the top early.   With fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.3, Trump Nation needed every moment in going :27.2 in the lane to hold of the late charges of Real Surreal (MacDonald) and Major Authority (Morrill Jr.). "He dug in when he had to," Bartlett said of Trump Nation..   The 3-year-old colt is co-owned by the Crawford Racing Stable and Evan Katz. Trained by Chris Oakes, Trump Nation (Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N) has produced $209,346 in winning this year and $259,656 lifetime.   Driver/trainer Ray Schnittker took both the $15,000 Excelsior A race and the $6,500 Excelsior B event.   Schnittker registered a $14,20 surprise with Major Sugar Rush in 1:54.1 in the "A" race and then captured the "B" bracket as Damion Diesel Hahn cruised to a $9.30 score in 1:55.4.   Bartlett, Morrill Jr. Schnittker and Ray Fisher Jr. each had doubles on the program while Oakes and Schnittker had two training victories.   Racing will return on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a 14-race program scheduled. The card will be highlighted by the New York Sire Stakes with the 2-year-old filly trotters ready to compete.   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's co-featured $11,500 Open Pace may have been scratched down to a field of four but that didn't stop them from putting on quite a show on Saturday night (July 7).   Western Conquest ($8.90) was the headliner as he went gate-to-wire, winning a terrific stretch duel against Classic American N, to register a nose victory in 1:53.2. The time tied the track record for aged (5+) pacing horses set by Utah Beach in 2017.   In the co-main event, the $11,500 Open Trot, Empire Earl N ($3.30) had to get reacquainted with the inside post and took full advantage of it, coasting to a front-running 1-1/2 length score over Chelseas Chance in 1:57.4 over the fast surface.   With China Dream and Sir Ziggy's Z Tam both excused due to illness, it left a quartet to duke it out in the Open Pace.   Scoring from the inside, Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) zoomed immediately to the lead, setting fractions of :28.0, 56.4 and 1:25.2. With a quarter mile to pace, it appeared the first over and heavily favored Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) was ready to launch a serious bid but that quickly fizzled out.   It left Western Conquest to deal with the pocket sitting Classic American N (Ron Beback Jr.) who made a valiant attempt to collar the pace-setter but lost by a nose in the photo. Best Ears (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by the Tanah Merah Farms LLC and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the fifth win in 12 outings for the 7-year-old horse Western Conquest (American Ideal-Aries Conquest). The victory jumped his seasonal earnings to $28,575 and $287,136 lifetime.   It's been quite a while since Empire Earl N drew the inside post and Buffalo Raceway's defending Trotter of the Year felt right at home, storming off the gate and never looked back.   Setting moderate splits of :30.0, :59.1 and 1:28.3, Empire Earl N (Monti) used a :28.4 last panel to hold off any potential threats from Chelseas Chance (Billy Davis Jr.) and Bold Dresser (Shawn McDonough) who had to settle for second and third place respectively.   Owned by Kimberly Asher and conditioned by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, it was the sixth win in 19 appearances this year for the 10-year-old gelded Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita). The victory upped his 2018 earnings to $46,618 and $208,458 in his career.   Fisher Jr. and Monti completed the evening with driving triples. Trainers Steve Kiblin, JD Perrin and Swift each had a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 12-race program set. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the card with the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers set to clash. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B series.   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. --- The New York Sires Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers is nearing the halfway point and Sunday afternoon (July 8) at Buffalo Raceway, precious points that are needed to reach the finals are starting to come at a premium.   A trio of races, worth approximately $39,000 each, has attracted 17 sophomores looking to solidify their spots for the finals on Saturday, September 22 at Yonkers Raceway. In the current point standings, 10 of the top 20 boys will be in action on Sunday. Along with a nice check, 50 critical points will be put into the account of the victors.   Entrants include defending 2-year-old NYSS champion Jersey Jim, 2018 Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation, current NYSS point leader My Delight and Hitman Hill, a winner of nearly $250,000 in just 13 career starts.   The first leg will feature My Delight (Betterthanchaddar-Kg Delight) who currently sits atop the points standings with 87. He hasn't missed the board in six starts this season, putting $49,599 in the bank. My Delight, who has a first, second and third place finish in NYSS competition in 2018, will begin from the four post and be driven by Scott Zeron.   The major threat could be Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe-Wild Retreat) who currently sits in second place in the points race with 55. Jim Morrill Jr. will guide Rootin Tootin from the second hole.   Others in the field include Lisburn (John MacDonald), Twin B Tuffenuff (Brett Miller) and Handsoffmychips (Jason Bartlett).   Hitman Hill (American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker) arrives coming off a third place finish the $500,000 Hempt Finals at Pocono Downs, losing by a mere head. A participant in last year's North American Cup final at Woodbine, Hitman Hill has a lifetime best of 1:49.3 at Pocono. Brett Miller will steer him from the six post.   It's a stacked field against Hitman Hill as all his foes are in the top 20 in points including Rockapelo (Morrill Jr.), Lyons Steel (Drew Monti), Topville Olympian (James MacDonald), Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron) and Rock Lights (Bartlett).   Ghost Dance was victorious in the NYSS last season at Buffalo Raceway with a 1:57.3 decision with Mike Saftic in the sulky.   The third division, scheduled as the fifth race, has reigning champion Jersey Jim (Artiscape-Jersey Pearl) entered. It's been a rather slow beginning this season for him, earning just $13,101 in seven tries this season after putting $177,483 in the bank in 2017. Things could be looking brighter however for Jersey Jim (Ray Fisher Jr.) as he comes off an impressive 4-3/4 score in 1:52.2 at Saratoga Raceway on June 30.   The main competition should come from Trump Nation (Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N), the winner of the $300,000 Rooney Finals at Yonkers on May 26 in 1:51.3. With a bankroll of $189,746 already in 2018, Trump Nation drew the rail with Bartlett slated to drive.   Other scheduled to compete in the final bracket include Major Authority (Morrill Jr.), Cross My Mind (Zeron), Real Surreal (MacDonald) and Love Yourself (Steven Rybka).   The track records for the 3-year-old pacing colts is 1:52.3 by Steelhead Hanover in 2012 and 1:53.1 for the geldings established in 2016 by Missile J.   Also on the program will be one $15,000 Excelsior A race and a $6,500 Excelsior B event.   Post time for the 12-race card is 12:30 p.m.   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. --- A power outage just before the start of the fifth race at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 4) forced officials to cancel the remaining six harness racing events on the program.   A transformer failure in the Hamburg area cut power throughout the town including the Buffalo Raceway facilities.   Due to previously announced scheduling changes, Buffalo Raceway will be dark on Friday night but the simulcasting area will be open as usual. Live action will return on Saturday with an 11-race program set for 6 p.m. Then on Sunday, there's a 12:30 p.m. matinee which will feature the New York Sire Stakes with the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers ready to clash.   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. --- It was a select field of five in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Pace on a steamy Saturday night (June 30) so strategy wasn't at a premium. But Focus Power and driver Drew Monti made the right move early and cruised to an easy 1-3/4 length victory over China Dream in 1:54.4 over the fast track.   Starting from the two post, Focus Power ($4.60) wasted little time in gaining the lead off the gate and posted rather pedestrian fractions of :29.4 and :59.1 in saying 'come and get me'.   The tempo picked up the second half as Focus Power had to contend with a first-over China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) with a panel to go. But there were no anxious moments in the stretch as Focus Power pulled away thanks to a :27.4 last quarter and China Dream retreated. R M Hawk (Kevin Cummings) took third place.   Owned by James Caradori and trained by Darrin Monti, it was the third victory in 10 tries this season for the 6-year-old gelded Focus Power (Shadow Play-Luv's For Ever). The win pushed his 2018 earnings to $28,116 and $189,083 lifetime.   Drew Monti finished the night with four victories in the sulky with Shawn Gray adding three. Trainer James Clouser Jr. picked up three wins and Darrin Monti a pair.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled. Buffalo Raceway will be dark this Friday (July 6) but will have a Saturday evening program at 6 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. with the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers battling in the New York Sire Stakes.   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. --- BZ Glide ($4.00) tied the all-time harness racing trotting record in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (June 29) and broke the aged (5+) gelding mark as well with a brilliant gate-to-wire 1:56.1 mile over the fast track.   It was also a lifetime mark for the 9-year-old gelded BZ Glide whose previous career best was 1:56.3.   The all-time standard equaled by BZ Glide will be shared with Gural Hanover and Chelseas Chance who each went 1:56.1 in 2014 and 2018 respectively. Ironically, Chelseas Chance finished second, two lengths behind behind BZ Glide on Friday.   The aged (5+) gelding record was 1:56.2 established by Lutetium in 2014 and Kahoku in 2016.   While BZ Glide gets the credit for the record-tying race, driver Mike Caprio said the change of bikes made a huge difference. "The bike I was using was like 20 years old so I bought the one I am using now from Jim Morrill Jr. I adjusted the seat and foot pegs and BZ Glide was a lot more comfortable with it."   BZ Glide was ready to go at the start and immediately fired out to the lead. Posting fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27.2, it appeared Barn Winner might be the main threat down the stretch but that attempt fizzled out. Chelseas Chance (Bobby Verney) skimmed the rail for second while Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) held on for third.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the second win in seven starts in 2018 for BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer). The victory pushed his seasonal earnings to $20,930 and $276,932 lifetime.   Ray Fisher Jr. and Kevin Cummings had doubles in the sulky while Verney and Marc Shuttleworth had two training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with 10 races scheduled for a 6 p.m. post.   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. --- Mother Nature didn't cooperate at all with the 2-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters entered in the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (June 27) at Buffalo Raceway but three were able to overcome the sloppy conditions to post victories.   Horns For Three ($3.40) was the most impressive of the trio of winners in the $37,000 (appprox.) divisions with a 2:02.4 mile, by far the fastest in the Sire Stakes. Certify ($10.80) captured his leg in 2:05.2 while Xcuseme ($36.00) was triumphant with a 2:06.3 tour of the Buffalo Raceway half mile oval.   The times were well off the Buffalo Raceway track records. Those records were 1:58.4 for the freshmen colts established by Money Macintosh in 2016 and 2:01.2 for the geldings set in 2013 by The Lindy Treaty.   With a steady rain falling, Horns For Three settled down at the start and dropped into the three hole as Rap Sheet took the lead to the quarter pole in 31.0. Just before the half, driver Kevin Cummings pulled Horns For Three first over and took over command.   Reaching the stretch in front, Horns For Three trotted smartly to the wire as Jake G's Champion (Scott Zeron) couldn't get any closer than 1-3/4 lengths. Crazyforlovinyou (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the show position.   "He ran out a bit on the turns but otherwise he did really well," Cummings said of Horns For Three. He added, "It was a great mile for the sloppy conditions. I showed him the whip in the stretch but never used it. He did it with ease."   Co-owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher, Horns For Three (Credit Winner-Swoosh Hanover) is trained by Edward Hart.   In the opener, Certify battled with Charlieman for the lead to the opening marker, but once reaching the top, he never looked back in posting the half length decision over Thunder (Jason Bartlett. Charlieman (Dan Daley) ended up in third.   Certify slogged through splits of :32.0, 1:04.0 and 1:36.1 but had enough left in the tank to hold off the late bid by Thunder.   Owned and trained by Earl Sauve, it was the first victory in two starts for Certify (Credit Winner-Good Intentions).   The last division saw five of the trotters break stride at the start, thus scattering the field. Xcuseme (John Stark Jr.) inherited a 10-length lead at the quarter pole while Our White Knight (Bartlett) and Jnr Express (John MacDonald) remained on gait and fought to get back into contention.   Xcuseme, who set splits of :32.1, 1:05.1 and 1:36.4, dug in late and won by a half length as Our White Knight and Jnr Express put in game efforts but finished second and third respectively.   Co-owned by Stark Jr., Thomas McTygue, David Smith and James Gianucci, Xcuseme (RC Royalty-The Cuse) is trained by Stark Jr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Praying Angel ($6.40) won the first division for Morrill Jr. in 2:06.1 and Reel Of Fortune ($12.00) captured the second leg in 2:07.2 for driver Phil Fluet.   Speeding Moose ($7.80) registered the victory in the lone $6,400 Excelsior B Series event as Dan Daley steered him to the win in 2:11.3.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled. There's a $3,578 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   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. --- There are 23 freshmen colt and gelding trotters entered in Wednesday night's (June 26) New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway and while the boys may be short on experience, their preps for the three divisions worth approximately $37,000 have been certainly impressive.   The group as a whole has 42 starts in betting and qualifying races leading up to Wednesday night's action. The boys have earned 16 victories, 10 second place finishes and nine thirds in those attempts with only nine not hitting the board.   Credit Winner and Conway Hall have each sired six entrants, RC Royalty has four, Crazed three, Muscle Mass two while Chapter Seven and Muscles Yankee have one apiece.   The first leg will go off as the second race with Pushthebuttonmax (Muscle Mass-Julieannie) tabbed the 3-to-1 morning line favorite from the five post with John Stark Jr. in the bike.   On June 21, Pushthebuttonmax had a good third place finish in a conditioned event at Saratoga Raceway, losing by just 1-1/4 lengths to Broken Tale in 2:00.0. He also had a win in a qualifier at Saratoga on June 16.   The main threat could come from Certify (Credit Winner-Good Intentions) who drew the four post for driver Claude Huckabone Jr. In a conditioned race at Saratoga on June 21, he jumped off stride and spotted the field 16-3/4 lengths before regrouping and finishing third just 2-1/4 lengths back.   The remainder of the field will include The Butler Did It (Anthony McDonald), Sure Hit (Kyle Husted), Thunder (Jason Bartlett), Rx For Success (Scott Zeron) and Charlieman (Dan Daley).   Horns For Three (Credit Winner-Swoosh Hanover) leads the field in the second bracket as he's the 5-to-2 choice for driver Kevin Cummings out of the six hole.   Coming in from Hoosier Park, Horns For Three has been lights out in his two qualifiers, winning both. His first attempt came on June 9 where he won by 1-3/4 lengths in 2:00.4 and followed that up with an 11-1/4 length victory in 1:58.3.   Jake G's Champion arrives from Vernon Downs with a pair of non-betting scores. Last time out on June 15, Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) rolled to a 2-1/4 win in 1:59.0. He'll get the four post with Zeron in the bike.   The rest of the entrants include Leap Year Lucky (Dan Daley), Okay (Huckabone Jr.), Rap Sheet (Husted), Crazyforlovinyou (Morrill Jr.), Barn Beast (Mike Caprio) and The Chutzpah Kid (Chuck Connor Jr.).   Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall-Get Chipped) drew the rail in the last division and was installed as the 3-to-1 top pick with Morrill Jr. to drive. He's been solid thus far, winning his qualifier at Pocono Down by two lengths in 2:00.0 then romping away to a 5-1/4 length score in a maiden race at Tioga Downs on June 16 in 1:59.0.   Whimzical Chapter (Chapter Seven-Whimzical Britt) may be the main contender from the five post with Daley in the sulky. In his lone qualifier back on June 8 at Vernon Downs, Whimzical Chapter went gate-to-wire in 2:00.1 to register a 5-1/4 length triumph.   Others in the leg include Sanchez Rocks (Drew Monti), Our White Knight (Bartlett), Xcuseme (John Stark Jr.,) Jnr Express (John MacDonald), Travel Winner (Trevor Henry) and Simple Kaos (Zeron).   Racing will begin at 5 p.m. with events in the Excelsior A and B series also on the 11-race program. There's an $845 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, result and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After watching the field go a relaxed opening half mile time, Upfront Countryboy wanted no part of that slow down in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (June 23).   Putting matters into the hands of driver Shawn Gray, Upfront Countryboy used a blazing :54.4 back half, including a :27.3 final split, to waltz to an easy 4-1/2 length win over Focus Power in 1:52.4 over the fast track.   The field of five went in post position order off the gate with Western Conquest leading the way with soft opening frames of :28.3 and :58.0.   But then, enough was enough for Upfront Countryboy as he wasted no time in going first over and taking command at the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1.   From there, it was a sight-seeing journey down the Buffalo Raceway homestretch for Gray and Upfront Countryboy as they pulled away for the convincing decision. Focus Power (Drew Monti) took second and China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) third.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the eighth victory in 17 starts in 2018 for the 9-year-old gelded Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $39,620 and $401,620 lifetime.   Gray had five victories on the card with Monti adding four. Clouser Jr. finished with four training wins and JD Perrin got a triple.   Due to changes in the racing calendar, action that originally scheduled for this Sunday afternoon has been cancelled.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races slated. An $845 carryover awaits in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the program with the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters to compete in three divisions. There will also be events in the Excelsior A and B series.   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  

1 to 16 of 455
1 2 3 4 5 Next »