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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway begins its final week of the 2019 campaign on Wednesday night (July 17) and the last classification of the New York Sire Stakes will highlight the 13-race harness racing program as the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters will get together for two divisions worth $51,000 each. Post time is set for 5 p.m.   Scheduled as the fifth and seventh races on the card, the Sire Stakes attracted 10 youngsters who were split into a pair of five horse fields.   There will be a local flair to the first division as Barn Holden is tabbed the 2-1 choice from the two post for driver Kevin Cummings.   Barn Holden (Conway Hall-Barn Babe) is co-owned by the Western New York connections of trainer Steve and Nancy Pratt, the Purple Haze Stable and the Out In The Country Stable. Barn Holden arrives fresh off a gate-to-wire 3-1/4 length victory in NYSS competition at Yonkers. He covered the mile in 1:59.   The main threat should come from Sky Castles (Conway Hall-Sand Piper) who drew the inside with Charlie Norris in the sulky. Sky Castles already has a win in the NYSS as he rolled to a 1-1/4 length score in 1:57.4 at Tioga Downs on June 30. In his last appearance at Yonkers, he finished third behind Barn Holden.   The rest of the opening bracket includes Hobbs (Jim Morrill Jr.), Bourbon Express (Jason Bartlett) and Clear Sailing (Dan Daley).   In the second division, Berkery J looms as the one to beat as he comes off a 7-1/2-length victory in 1:58.2 in the NYSS at Yonkers on July 8. Drawing the rail for Bartlett, Berkery J (Chapter Seven-Southwind Caitlin) also has a solid second place finish at Tioga in his only other career start. He's is the even money choice on the morning line.   Saylor drew the two hole for Doug Ackerman and be the main competition to Berkery J. He set the pace in his last outing at Yonkers in NYSS competition but faded late and took second place, losing by two lengths.   Others involved in this race will include Book Seven (Andy Miller), Sing Me A Lalabye (Norris) and Redneckerthenyou (Daley).   The track record for the colt freshman trotters is 1:58.4 established in 2016 by Money MacIntosh while the gelding standard is 2:01.2 set in 2013 by The Lindy Treaty.   There are also a pair of $15,000 events in the Excelsior A Series and one $6,800 race in the Excelsior B Series on the card.   After Wednesday night, Buffalo Raceway will have just two programs left on the season, that being at 5 p.m. on Friday while Saturday, closing night, has a 6 p.m. start time.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a pair of disappointing setbacks, Adonis Bay returned to his winning ways by capturing the harness racing  $13,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 13).   Reverting back to his successful style of racing, that being on the front end, Adonis Bay posted fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.2 in covering the mile in 1:55. He beat Black Is Back (David McNeight III) by 3/4 lengths while Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) took third.   The victory with Adonis Bay gave driver Ray Fisher Jr. a sweep of the weekend features as he notched the win aboard Lougazi in the Open Trot on Friday night.   Owned by Michael Gentner and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the fourth win in 22 appearances for Adonis Bay (If I Can Dream-Kiss Me I'm Lucky). The triumph moved the 7-year-old gelding's 2019 bankroll to $48,390 and $269,295 lifetime.   Rose Run Ranger (Drew Monti) needed every inch of the Buffalo Raceway home stretch and was able to squeeze out a nose victory over In Runaway Bay N in the $11,000 Class AA pace.   Going three wide around the final turn, Rose Run Ranger was persistent in his drive to the lead and finally nudged ahead of In Runaway Bay N at the wire. Lots Of Lovin (Denny Bucceri) took the third place check. Rose Run Ranger covered the mile in a seasonal best of 1:54.4.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the seventh win in 21 starts for Rose Run Ranger (Major In Art-A And G's Finest). The 6-year-old gelding has produced $55,330 in earnings this season and $130,300 lifetime. Rose Run Ranger   Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) slipped through in the passing lane and snagged a nose decision over Grantor Hanover in the $10,000 Class A pace in seasonal best of 1:54.1. It was the second straight triumph for Harry Hoo N ($5.00).   McNeight III and Fisher Jr. had a driving triples on the card while Monti, and Billy Davis Jr had doubles. David McNeight Sr., James Clouser Jr. and Jeff Amann all had two training wins.   The final week of the 2019 season at Buffalo Raceway gets underway on Wednesday night as a 13-race card will be presented. The New York Sire Stakes will take place for the final time this year as the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters will headline the card. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B series.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 'fickle' Lougazi ($6.30) found things to his liking at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (July 12) and took the $12,500 Class A-Open Trot by topping Southern Palms by a length in a seasonal harness racing best in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   "He's a temperamental horse," winning driver Ray Fisher Jr. said of Lougazi. "If things aren't perfect and to his liking, he's very hard to handle."   Well, things must have been up to Lougazi's standards as he used his slow and steady first over trip to register the victory.   Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) set the splits with fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:28.3. Lougazi found a spot in sixth place early but then was on the move just past the opening quarter. Steadily making up ground, Lougazi eventually collared the tempo-setting Southern Palms midway down the stretch while Serious George (David McNeight III) finished in third.   "Lougazi nearly pulls me out of my seat scoring down but then he can't leave three steps off the gate," Fisher Jr. said of the now familiar come from behind style of the 5-year-old gelding. "Everything has to be right for him, even down to how the track condition is."   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade) now has three victories in 17 tries in 2019. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $37,000 and $141,483 lifetime.   Shawn McDonough completed the night with a driving triple while Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Cummings had two victories apiece. Trainer Ryan Swift had two wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race to be presented.   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. --- Groovy Joe ($8.40) stamped himself as one of the top 2-year-old male pacers on the New York Sire Stakes harness racing circuit on Wednesday night (July 10) as he rolled to a dominating 5-1/4 length triumph over the highly-touted Sandy's Bolt in 1:54.3 at Buffalo Raceway.   It was the third consecutive win for Groovy Joe in the NYSS. He just missed the 2-year-old colt track record of 1:54.2 in capturing the first $52,000 division.   Oreo Dream Xtreme ($3.40) used the long Buffalo Raceway stretch to his advantage and rallied past the pace-setting Teton Sunset in 1:57.1 to take the second bracket.   In what was expected to be an early career showdown between the two undefeated colts, Groovy Joe got the upper hand over Sandy's Bolt in their first meeting with the impressive win.   "He's good on a half mile track," winning driver Matt Kakaley said of Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk). "He's just a very nice colt."   Setting the hot fractions of :27.4, :57,1 and 1:26.3, Groovy Joe braced for a move by the pocket-sitting Sandy's Bolt (Jason Bartlett) with a final panel to race but that never materialized. Groovy Joe instead unleashed a final mark of :28 which dashed Sandy's Bolt's hopes of the win. Major Asset (Mike Simons) took third.   "I wasn't worried the last quarter mile," Kakaley said. "I knew he (Groovy Joe) was that good."   Co-owned by trainer Blake MacIntosh and the Hutt Racing Stable, Groovy Joe is now a perfect 3-for-3 with $58,925 in earnings thus far.   In the second division, Oreo Dream Xtreme (Bartlett) let Teton Sunset (Mark MacDonald) do all the dirty work on the front end then cruised on past in the lane to take the victory. Major On The Beach (Kakaley) grabbed the show position.   "The race went as planned," Bartlett said of the journey with Oreo Dream Xtreme. "He was a little 'steppy' around the final turn but once he straightened out, I wasn't worried."   Teton Sunset put up reasonable fractions of :29.1 :59 and 1:28.4 but couldn't answer the bell when Oreo Dream Xtreme roared on by in the lane.   Oreo Dream Xtreme takes second division of NYSS in 1:59.1   Co-owned by Crawford Farms Racing, J. Crawford, Happy Hour Racing and R. Preziotti, it was the first career win for Oreo Dream Xtreme (American Ideal-Spotlight On). The decision upped his season earnings to $38,842.   In the two $15,000 Excelsior A events, American Mojo blew up the tote board with a $62.00 win for driver Kevin Cummings in 2:01.4 while Sunsetboozecruise ($2.80) covered the mile in 1:56.1 for Jim Morrill Jr.   Redemptionbluechip (Bartlett) captured the $6,500 Excelsior B race with a 1:59 and returned $2.80 for the popular victory.   Cummings finished the program with three victories while Ray Fisher Jr. and Bartlett each had doubles. Trainers Ryan Swift and John Butenschoen conditioned two winners.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program set. There's a $1533 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. --- They may be just beginning their harness racing careers but a pair of talented and undefeated colts are set to square off in the fifth race at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 10) as two $52,000 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the freshman male pacers are slated.   Sandy's Bolt and Groovy Joe are ready to collide in an early career showdown as they both arrive with two impressive victories in the Sire Stakes.   Coming off a 6-1/2 length victory in the NYSS at Monticello Raceway on July 1, Sandy's Bolt (Bolt The Duer-White Sand) also had a 3/4-length decision at Yonkers on June 20. Tabbed as the 2-1 morning line choice, Sandy's Bolt drew the four post with Jason Bartlett scheduled to drive.   Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) has yet to taste defeat as well and is fresh off a two length victory in 1:56.4 at Monticello. He was also successful in the Sire Stakes at Yonkers on June 20 with a solid 1-3/4 length win in 1:56.4. He's the second choice at 3-1 and will score from the two hole for Matt Kakaley.   Not to be overlooked is Linus (Roll With Joe-Jet Wash), a runner up to Sandy's Bolt at Monticello is his lone career start. Starting from the three spot, Jim Morrill Jr. gets the nod in the sulky.   Major Asset (Mike Simons) gets the rail and has a victory in the Excelsior A Series along with a third place finish in the NYSS at Monticello.   The remainder of the field includes Shvaiko (Drew Monti) and American Rebel (Mark MacDonald).   The second division will go off as the seventh race and all the entrants are in search of their maiden win. While they may not have been as successful as their counterparts in the first division thus far, the price they were purchased for at the sales say their owners have plenty of faith in their abilities.   Ideal Artillery (American Ideal-Shelliscape) is owned by local connections of Howard and Michael Ouriel of Rochester. A $70,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Sale, Ideal Artillery did get a third place finish behind Sandy's Bolt at Monticello on July 1. He'll start from the five post with Drew Monti aboard.   Oreo Dream Xtreme (American Ideal-Spotlight On) was a $60,000 buy at the Lexington Sales. Getting the four spot on the starting grid with Bartlett, Oreo Dream Xtreme has a second and third place finish in both his NYSS efforts.   Major On The Beach (Art Major-One For The Road), the morning line favorite at 2-1, will begin off the rail for Kakaley. This $50,000 Lexington Sale purchase has a third place finish at Monticello Raceway in the NYSS on July 1.   The rest of the participants include Play Therapy (Morrill Jr.), Steuben Moose (Billy Davis Jr.) and Teton Sunset (MacDonald).   The track record for 2-year-old colt pacers is 1:54.2 established last year by Melodies Major while the gelding standard is 1:56.3 set by Roadside Delight way back in 2010.   There will be a pair of $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series on the 12-race program along with a $6,500 leg of the Excelsior B Series. Post time is 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- BZ Glide ($5.80) wired the field in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class A-Open Trot on Friday night (July 5) in a seasonal best of 1:58.3 but his recent harness racing success has been tied to an old friend, Paco.   With the weather cool and damp this spring, it has taken a little longer than usual for BZ Glide to get in shape. Winning driver Mike Caprio laid the blame on Paco who delayed BZ Glide in getting prepped for the season.   "It's Paco, the 36-year-old Appaloosa horse we have," Caprio said laughing. "If Paco doesn't want go outside because it's cold or because of his asthma, BZ Glide refuses to go out too and jog. He just won't go. It's the craziest thing you'll ever see."   But with the weather improving, BZ Glide's buddy Paco was been making his way to his outside pen. With Paco basking in the lazy, hazy days of summer, BZ Glide has been getting his work in and the results are beginning to show.   Zooming off the starting gate, BZ Glide has no issues in setting the splits of :29.2, :59.4 and 1:30.2. With a final panel to trot, the pocket sitting Majestic Kat broke stride and lost all hope.   Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) and Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) avoided the breaker and made late bids but settled for second and third respectively. BZ Glide enjoyed a non-threatening half-length advantage at the finish line.   Owned the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, the 10-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer) has won twice in seven tries in 2019. The victory moved his seasonal earnings to $16,510 and $331,557 lifetime.   Shawn McDonough had a great night as he drove and conditioned three winners on the evening. Ray Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. all had driving doubles.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-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  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fashion Hill took advantage of an unusual circumstance and it ended up helping her shatter the Buffalo Raceway 2-year-old filly pacing track record with a 1:55.3 victory in the first $54,000 harness racing division of the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (July 3).   She crushed the old standard of 1:56.2 established in 2016 by She's A Billionair.   Winning driver Tyler Buter said of the unique trip with Fashion Hill. "Kevin's (Cummings) horse (Sugaronthebeach) kept hitting her foot on the bike and the noise scared mine that she wanted to go a thousand miles an hour. She (Sugaronthebeach) finally stopped hitting it around the half mile pole and my horse then settled down."   Racing right to the lead, Fashion Hill set the blazing fractions of :29, :57.1 and 1:26.4. It appeared that So Rude (Matt Kakaley) and The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.) were going to take shots at the leader down the stretch but Fashion Hill never looked back in posting the 1-1/4 length victory. So Rude took the place position and The Fun Marshall was third.   "She had a lot left at the end of the race," Buter said of Fashion Hill (American Ideal-Taxi Fare Hanover). "I wasn't worried about a track record, I was concerned in getting her around the track." He added, "I want to thank the connections (trainer Chris Oakes) and the owner (Tom Hill) for the opportunity.   In the NYSS second division, Cummings used the home track advantage to guide Racine Bell ($8.50) to a nose 1:57.1 victory over Galleria Gal (Buter). Rare Jimstone (Morrill Jr.) was third.   "It's a tough track to get around but having the knowledge racing here helps," Cummings said. "It looked like she (Racine Bell) could get around a half-mile track pretty well. After looking at her last race at Monticello, I wanted to get her to the lead."   Scoring from the six post, Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) got to the top and showed the way with splits of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:29. Galleria Gal made a sustained charge in the lane but came up just a nose short.   "She dug in and showed a lot of guts late," Cummings said of Racine Belle.     Owned by Chris and Dale Lawton and trained by David Dewhurst, it was the second win in three career appearances for Racine Belle. The victory upped her seasonal earnings to $35,125.   In the lone $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Twin B Salsa (Cummings) covered the mile in 1:59 and returned $7.50 to her backers.   There was a $6,300 event in the Excelsior B Series with Twin B Infinity (Kakaley) taking the non-betting affair in 2:03.3. The win gave trainer Blake MacIntosh a sweep of the Excelsior races.   Cummings, Davis Jr. and Morrill Jr. each had driving doubles with Maria Rice and James Clouser Jr. collecting a pair of training wins apiece.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including 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 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

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