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Batavia, NY --- Harness racing driver Dave McNeight III has been on a tear of late at Batavia Downs and he stayed scary-good on Saturday (Oct. 31) as he won five races on the matinee card. He scored with Thor De Vie (1:54, $3.20), Barry Hanover (1:55, $10.40), Daylight Rush (1:55.2, $3.80), This Baby Rocks (1:57.3, $41.20) and In Runaway Bay N (1:56.1, $4.10). McNeight currently sits in fourth place in the driving race but has been gaining a lot of ground lately. In the last six cards of racing McNeight has won 16 races. The top race of the day was the $8,500 Open I Handicap pace and after not seeing the starting gate for 21 days, Mr. Euroman N made his return to action a triumphant one after a late stretch rush to grab the feature win. Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) got away sixth while Percy's Z Tam (Jim Morrill Jr.) barked the orders on the front end wIth horses in single file behind. They hit the quarter in :27,3 and the half in a slow :58.1. Heading up the backside, Mr. Euroman N was still sixth while only McSpidey (Denny Bucceri) pulled to make a bid. Around the last turn McSpidey faded and Percy's Z Tam looked a likely winner. But when they straightened for home, Stratosphere (Drew Monti) found room up the pylons, Tullow N (Shawn McDonough) tipped outside and Mr. Euroman N shook loose from mid-pack and went four-wide and when the four horses hit the wire, Mr. Euroman N was the best by a nose in 1:55.2. It was the fifth win of the year for Mr. Euroman N ($15.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. BIlly Davis Jr., who currently sits second in the driver standings, also had a big day in the bike after he registered a grand slam on the card. Aside from winning the feature, his four scores were capped with a victory by the venerable 13-year-old pacer Expensive Toy (Camotion-Costly Toy) who went gate to wire in 1:58 to capture the 50th win of his long career. After having made 290 career starts, Expensive Toy has 50 wins, 52 seconds and 46 thirds with earnings of $468,848. Expensive Toy is owned and trained by Sabrina Shaw. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 4) at 5 p.m. There will be another guaranteed Pick-5 pool of $3,000 on Wednesday and it will again be part of the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program with free program pages available on both USTA and Batavia Downs websites starting early next week. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- The 2020 harness racing season got underway at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (July 29) with owners only on hand to watch the action. But absent a crowd and the usual fanfare, the horses showed up and took full advantage of a lightning fast track. A pair of $10,000 Open events headlined the card and the winner of each took a new seasonal mark for their efforts. In the Open I trot, Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) proved he was the best on the grounds this week after making every step from gate to wire a winning one. Morrill shot Il Mago off the gate and to the front and the race could have been called at that point. Trotting like a loose horse on the point, Il Mago went quarters of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26 flat, while extending his lead at each station. With only Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) remotely close, Il Mago was up by 3-1/2 at the top of the stretch and rolled home in front by 4-1/4 in 1:56.3. It was the third win in the last four starts at three different tracks for the classy Il Mago ($2.80) who now has 49 career wins and $869,373 in earnings. The son of Kadabra-Northern Style is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama. The fillies and mare Open I was also contested Wednesday and Julio's Girl (Dave McNeight III) upset the apple cart for the second straight week. HP Sissy ( Jim Morrill Jr.) left best and Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) followed while the rest of the field followed in post position order. After HP Sissy got to the half in :56.3, McNeight pulled Julio's Girl first over entering the third turn and started the outside grind toward the leader. After a quarter mile in the breeze, Julio's Girl got even with HP Sissy at the top of the stretch and then paced clear down the lane to win by a length in 1:54.2, holding off a late rush from Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) and Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) in the process. After returning $33.60 in victory last week, Julio's Girl blew up the tote board again in her seventh win of the year and rewarded her backers with $35.20 this week at Batavia. Julio's Girl is owned by William Emmons and is trained by Jim Clouser Jr. Jim Morrill Jr. Had the hot hand in the bike on opening night, scoring a grand slam during the evening. Besides the already mentioned Il Mago, Morrill also won with Lyra (1:55.2, $4.90), Leaderofthepack (1:59.4, $4.00) and Edom Up Blue Boy (1:58.4, $2.30). Dave McNeight III and Billy Davis Jr. also had productive nights, getting three wins each on the card. Trainers Gerry Sarama and Jim Clouser Jr. led all conditioners with two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (July 31) with post time at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The rainy weather couldn't cool off the red hot Daylight Rush ($5.40) at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 11) as he notched a 3-/4 length harness racing victory over Percy's Z Tam in the $11,500 Class AA-Open Handicapped Pace.   In his last six starts since June 6, Daylight Rush has three wins and three second place finishes. The win on Saturday gave him two straight and three out of his last four.   Class Six stomped out the early fractions on the sloppy track with splits of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.4 but they eventually took its toll on the pace setter.   Percy's Z Team made the first over move and powered to the top while Daylight Rush with driver David McNeight, III came along for the ride as Pick Six retreated.   In the drive to the finish line, Daylight Rush had too much punch for Percy's Z Tam and moved away to the triumph. Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) closed late for the show position.   Owned by Cassandra Johnson and trained by McNeight III, it was the third score in eight outings for the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution). The victory has pushed his 2020 winnings to $22,850 and $244,334 in his career.   Thor De Vie (McNeight III) has climbed up the ladder with perfection after rolling to an easy 1-1/2 length victory over Utah Beach in the sub-featured $10,000 Class A pace in 1:57.2.   With wins in the Class B and C in his last two appearances, Thor De Vie made the natural progression to the A bracket and found little trouble in finding the winner's circle once again.   After relinquishing the lead briefly to Sizzling Summer, Thor De Vie roared back to the top and posted splits of :28.4, :59.0 and 1:28.1. In the stretch, Utah Beach (Cummings) made a belated bid but came up well short. In Runaway Bay N (Dan Yetman) finished in third.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Lee Winters, Giuseppe Micchia and Paul Trandlmayer, it was the third win in five attempts this season for the 5-year-old gelded Thor De Vie (So Surreal-Pebblebeach De Vie). The victory upped his seasonal bankroll to $13,168 and $249,130 lifetime.   The final week of the 2020 season kicks off on Wednesday night with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rockefeller Lindy ($17.60) and driver David McNeight III watched the favored Wilberforce do all the dirty work but then cleaned up in the end to take Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) in 1:58.0 over the good track.   McNeight III started the 2020 campaign on a memorable note as he had four driving victories including the feature win and a $115.50 decision aboard Won Sweet Dream in the nightcap. He also had a training score.   It was the first night of the 66-day season at Buffalo Raceway. Director of Operations Jon Cramer said, "It was a good night. The clubhouse was busy, the weather cooperated, the track crew did a great job in getting the track ready and people were excited to be back."   In the feature, after briefly getting the lead, Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) relinquished the advantage as Wilberforce (John Cummings Jr.) muscled his way to the top.   Posting fractions of :29.1, :49.2 and 1:29.1, Wilberforce was bracing for challengers in the stretch. The closers didn't disappoint. The pocket-sitting Rockefeller Lindy found plenty of racing room through the passing lane to collect the half length win over Wilberforce while the late-charging Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) picked up the show check.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, the 6-year-old gelded Rockefeller Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Touch Of Lindy) was now earned $154,617 lifetime. James Clouser Jr., Buffalo Raceway's defending training champion, conditioned the winner.   Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) didn't look like he had a ghost of a chance until the top of the home stretch but then unleashed a powerful kick to roll past a surprised Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) and Some Royalty (Shawn McDonough) in winning the $10,000 Class A trot.   Sitting third with a quarter mile to trot, it appeared that Noble Legend and Some Royalty were going to duke it out to the wire but Daylon Phantom ($17.80) came from way back to steal a neck victory in 1:58.3.   Owned by Franklin Meier and Super Mile LLC, it was the first triumph of the season for the 5-year-old gelded Daylon Phantom (Kadabra-Daylon Marvel). Conditioned by Angelo Nappo, the victory moved his career bankroll to $64,949.   Protect Blue Chip ($2.40) paced right off the gate and never looked back in taking the $10,000 Class A pace for the filly and mares in the season opening event. She beat Who's Got The Move by 3-3/4 lengths in a snappy 1:57.0.   As the wings opened, Protect Blue Chip (Davis Jr.) set the splits with panels of :29.2, :58.2 and 1:28.2. A 28.3 last quarter mile sealed the deal for Protect Blue Chip as Who's Got The Move and Mean Pauline (McDonough) had to settle for second and third respectively.   Owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock, it was the first win in two tries this season for the 5-year-old mare Protect Blue Chip (American Ideal-Lucky Turn). Trained by Maria Rice, it upped her seasonal winnings to $5,000 and $92,004 lifetime.   Davis Jr. and Drew Monti had three wins apiece with Denny Bucceri doubling. Rice had three training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 12-race card set for 6 p.m. It will be 'Lucky Exacta Night' with customers receiving a pair of ceramic Buffalo Raceway coasters and a lucky exacta combination which could win you free wagers.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Two top class races highlighted the second to last harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 13) and both winners rewarded their backers with premium mutuels. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto was overlooked at 11-1 and pulled the upset with a strong closing effort. Saratoga invader Golden Kronos (John Cummings Jr.) flew to the lead and rattled off fractions of :29 and :59.2. At the half Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) pulled first up and Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) followed his cover. Positions remained the same until the top of the stretch when Davis tipped Fox Valley Veto clear and matched strides with Golden Kronos all the way to the wire where he got a slight advantage and won by a head in 1:58.4. It was the third win in a row and 12th of the year for Fox Valley Veto ($24.80) who has now earned $72,317 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Then in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace for fillies and mares, Blue Bell Bonnie turned some heads as she breezed the fastest mile of the night. Driver Dave McNeight III burst through the gate with Blue Bell Bonnie, went right to the front and never looked back for a second. Posting furious fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2, Blue Bell Bonnie rounded the final bend and took a two length lead into deep stretch where he won in a shocker time of 1:54.3. It was the 10th win of the year for Blue Bell Bonnie ($10.60) and it pushed her total for 2019 to $75,258. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi own and James Clouser Jr. trains. The Downs 2019 driving champion Billy Davis Jr. was the top dog again on Friday after winning four more races on the card. Besides the already mentioned Fox Valley Veto, Davis also won with Expensive Toy (1:58.4, $3.00), Traverse Seelster (1:59.3, $13.60) and Are You In (2:00.4, $8.70). Drew Monti also scored a driving hat trick and Shawn McDonough doubled up both as a driver and a trainer. Live racing resumes for the final time in 2019 on Saturday night (Dec. 14) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- After racing at Northfield Park the last two weeks, Down On My Luck returned to Batavia Downs and his winning ways as he captured the $12,500 Open I Handicap harness racing pace on Saturday night (Dec. 7). Cultural Paradise (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead from the pegs with the field following him in post position order. After going to the half is a very pedestrian :59.1, Driver Drew Monti tapped the gas and pulled the pocket with Down On My Luck, rocketing alongside and then past Cultural Paradise to take the lead at the three-quarters in 1:27.1. From there Down On My Luck strode out to a two length lead at the head of the stretch and won easily from there by 1-¾ lengths under the light in 1:55.1. It was the seventh win in only 10 starts at Batavia Downs and the 11th win of the year for Down On My Luck ($6.30) who is owned by Robert Woodburn and trained by Patrick Shepherd. The $11,000 Open II pace was an interesting affair after Brunello N (Drew Monti) and Lucky McTrucky (Dave McNeight III) battled for most of the second half of the mile and then paced side by side down to the wire where they stopped the clock simultaneously in 1:57.2, resulting in a dead heat. Brunello N ($2.30) got his third win of the year for owner Carl Monti and trainer Darrin Monti and Lucky McTrucky ($3.00) got his seventh win of 2019 for owner Tessa Roland and trainer JD Perrin. Monti ended up having a big night, scoring a Grand Slam Saturday. Besides the aforementioned Down On My Luck and Brunello N, Monti also won with Way To Go Fabio (2:00, $2.80) and Santana Beach (1:56.4, $21.40). Other horsemen having multiple successes during the evening included Denny Bucceri who scored the driving hat trick along with Jim McNeight Jr. and Renaldo Morales III who each had two driving wins. Trainers Jim McNeight and Steve Andzel also both sent out two stable members to victory. With no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Saturday, there is a $1,164 carryover and a $3,500 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 wager on Friday (Dec. 13) when racing resumes at Batavia Downs. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, there will be free program pages available on the USTA's website on Wednesday morning (Dec. 11). Post time for Friday (Dec. 13) is at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Rain driven by 50 mile-per-hour winds that blew right down the stretch made harness racing conditions less than desirable on Wednesday evening (Nov. 27) but it didn't bother Blue Bell Bonnie who displayed intestinal fortitude while cutting the mile to victory in the $12,500 Open I Handicap for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. Driver Dave McNeight III took command from post two when the gate released the girls and was never headed from there. After cutting fractions of :29.4, 1:01.2 and 1:31.2, Blue Bell Bonnie scooted around the last turn and took her one-length advantage all the way to the wire where she won in 2:00.2. It was the ninth win of the year for Blue Bell Bonnie ($8.30) who has now made $68,383 for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. trains the mare. The inclement weather stifled chalk bettors in two races as longshots blew up the tote board starting in race one where Playin The Ponies (Denny Bucceri) rallied late at 45-1 to win by a length and pay $92.50. The win also generated a 7-1-5 trifecta that paid $4,776. Then in the fifth race, Better To Be Lucky (Renaldo Morales III) came from off the pace as well to win at 56-1 and return $114.50. The 8-6 exacta paid $764, 8-6-7 trifecta paid $3,528 and the 8-6-7-ALL superfecta returned $5,726. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 29) with post time at 6 p.m. Also please note that there is a $930 carry-over for the Pick-5 wager that starts in race one. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Despite two consecutive impressive starts yielding a win and a second, the betting public opted to overlook Media Queen N as she made a step up in class on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 9). But the harness racing lass from down-under made the doubters eat their tickets as she rallied from off the pace at 33-1 to capture the $11,000 fillies and mares Open II pace at Batavia Downs. Rock N Roll Rosie (Howard Parker) was the commander of fractions from the start and led the ladies to the half in a quick :55.3 while parking Mach's Echo (Denny Bucceri) in the process. Media Queen N (Dave McNeight III) pulled third-over behind Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) past the half and then tipped three-deep around her and the now back-peddling Mach's Echo at the three-quarters. As the race headed into the stretch, Rock N Roll Rosie had the lead on the pins, Kaitlyn Rae was second out and Media Queen N was still three-high. They straightened out down the lane and the three paced in unison until McNeight got Media Queen N in front and she prevailed in 1:55.1. It was the eighth win of the year for Media Queen N ($69.50) who is owned by Daniel Goehle and trained by Angel Nappo. The $10,000 fillies and mares Open III saw Gia's Surreal (Jim Morrill Jr.) lead every step of the way in a gate to wire victory timed in 1:55.1. The 3-year-old filly that raced on the New York Sire Stake circuit this summer scored her eighth win of the year and pushed her earnings to $77,869 for owners Jim Graham, Edward Peron, Lee Winters and Thomas Mariano. Jim Graham trains the winner. Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. were the top drivers and Pat Galbraith best trainer for the night, each getting two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 11) with post time at 6 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- If last week's seven-length romp wasn't proof enough he's on top of his game, Black Is Back beat the best harness racing pacers on the grounds again on Saturday (Aug. 31) in the $12,500 Open I Handicap at Batavia Downs. In a no-nonsense move, Dave McNeight III pushed Black Is Back off the gate and to the lead and set down the marching orders from there. With the field in post position order behind him, Black Is Back cut the quarters in :28.3, :57.2 and 1:25.3 with the only horse staying close to him being the pocket-sitting In Runaway Bay N (Drew Monti). Rolling off the far turn Monti pulled In Runaway Bay N off the pylons and took dead aim at Black Is Back and momentarily put a nose in front at the top of the stretch. McNeight asked for more from his horse and Black Is Back was up to the task; surging back to the lead and winning by a half-length in 1:54. Black Is Back now has eight wins and $56,360 earned in 2019. The 6-year-old gelded son of Western Terror-Magic Moments is owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and is trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. In the $11,000 Open II pace Race Me Rocky (Shawn McDonough) got away fifth off the gate before pulling with cover behind Iammrbrightside N (John Cummings Jr.) past the half, tipped three-wide in the last turn and out hustled the competition to the wire to win in 1:53.2. It was the third win in the last four starts for Race Me Rocky ($12.40) who is owned by Delmis Esquivel and trained by Pat Galbraith. The fastest circuit of the night came in a $9,000 mid-level condition race where Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) went gate to wire by a gapped advantage and won by two in 1:52.3 which tied his seasonal mark for 2019. Mr. Euroman N ($3.90) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. Mr. Euroman N was only one of three winners for driver Billy Davis Jr. Saturday, who extended his lead as the top dash driver of the meet. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (Sept. 2) with a special 1:15 p.m. post time for the annual Labor Day matinee. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Black Is Back took full advantage of post one in Saturday night's (Aug.17) $12,500 Open Handicap harness racing pace at Batavia Downs, going gate to wire in impressive fashion. Driver Dave McNeight III flew off the wings to claim the point with Black Is Back in the first turn and then kept his foot on the gas to the quarter in :27 flat. The race was basically over at that point as the pair would just continue to extend their lead from there. After hitting the half in :56.2 on top by 1½, Black Is Back paced away to a two length lead at three-quarters and four lengths by the top of the stretch. As he turned for home, McNeight sat statuesque as the wrapped-up Black Is Back continued to pull away and hit the beam on top by seven in 1:53.2. It was the second win in four Batavia Downs starts and seventh win of the year for Black Is Back ($3.70) who now has banked $50,110 this year for owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr.. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner. The $11,000 Open II Handicap also went to a coast to coast winner; Tullow N. John Cummings Jr. rousted Tullow N off the gate and to the front and never let anyone get close to them the whole mile. After clicking off fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.4 with a loose lead to boot, the field was scattered behind Tullow N except for Manceiver (Drew Monti) who sat the pocket the entire way and was close enough to be considered a contender. But Tullow N didn't see it that way as he turned for home and pulled away to a 2-¾ length win in 1:53.1. With $55,135 in earnings on the strength of four wins in 2019, Tullow N ($8.10) is also two for four since coming to Batavia Downs. Blindswitch Racing owns the 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tessa Bromac and Dave Russo does the training. Shawn Gray was in from Saratoga to drive on Saturday and put on a clinic while he was here. Gray won half the card; five out of the 10 races including a natural Hat Trick in the final three races of the night. He had his picture taken with Best Ears (1:54, $9.20), Myell's Rockstar (1:54.2, $6.30), Thisjetsabookin (1:54.2, $4.20), M G Home Run (1:56, $13.60) and P C Shockwave (1:56.4, $2.60). The five-bagger vaulted him from ninth to fourth in the local driver standings in one night. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 18) at 1:15 p.m. Sunday will feature a $3,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website or by clicking here for a direct download. ( By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Driver David McNeight III had to change game plans with Wheels A Turning ($7.10) early in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Class A Trot on Friday night (June 7) but the strategy paid off with a 1-1/2 length harness racing victory over Mickeys House in a seasonal best 1:57.3.   Wheels A Turning was involved in three-way scuffle for command early with Mickeys House (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough). Going three wide and little chance of reaching the lead, McNeight III put on the brakes and tucked in third behind the pace-setters.   "Jimmy (Morrill Jr.) was intent on cutting the mile with Mickeys House so I was able to find a spot in third," McNeight III said in changing tactics.   Just past the half mile pole, Wheels A Turning, the lone mare in the event, began a first over trip and eventually collared Mickeys House in the lane and coasted to the win. Labatt Hanover held on for third.   "I couldn't have asked any more of her," McNeight III said of Wheels A Turning. "I drove her aggressively and I felt when I pulled her that we'd have a pretty good chance in the end."   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the fifth win in 13 starts for the 5-year-old Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The victory jumped her 2019 earnings to $32,500 and $187,902 in her career.   Billy Davis Jr. notched three wins in the bike while Morrill Jr. and Hunter Myers each collected a double. Trainer Rose Russo scored a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday with a 12-race card. There's a special 7:15 p.m. post time accommodate the running of the Belmont Stakes. There will be a $593 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   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was certainly a 'dream' trip for Beachy Dream at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 11) and it resulted in a harness racing win in the featured $12,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting chilly behind the pace-setting Charmbo Orbit, Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) squeezed through an opening at the top of the stretch and managed to edge by China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) to capture the victory in a seasonal best 1:54.4 over the fast track.   Beachy Dream suffered a heartbreaking nose setback last week against the same company but this time as able to reverse his fortunes by the exact margin.   Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) set the fractions with splits of :28.4, :57.1 and 1:26.2. Drafting along in second, Beachy Dream wiggled free and won the charge to the finish line against China Dream who made a valiant attempt in the passing lane. Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) took third place.   "I was able to squeeze out just in time," a relieved Cummings said of getting Beachy Dream in position for the drive to the finish line. "Midway down the stretch, I knew it was going to be a battle with China Dream. I knew I had it at the line."   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the fourth victory in 13 tries for Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $32,045 in winnings this season and $212,185 in his career.   There were a pair of sub-featured $10,000 Class A paces on the program.   In the first division, Littlebitaclass made it two straight victories by sneaking past Manceiver (Cummings) in the shadow of the wire to take the neck decision in 1:54.1.   Driven by Drew Monti, Littlebitaclass (Santanna Blue Chip-Aspirine Semalu) is an 8-year-old gelding that is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was his fourth win in 16 starts, jacking his seasonal earnings to $25,685 and $207,055 lifetime.   The second bracket saw Low Card lead from start to finish and post a length triumph over Raylan Givens in 1:57.0.   Driven by Ron Beback Jr. and trained by James Clouser Jr., the 6-year-old gelded Low Card (Cam's Card Shark-Low Country Love) has now found the winner's circle four times in 16 outings for owner William Emmons. The victory upped his bankroll to $26,462 in 2019 and $153,884 lifetime.   Beback Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Monti all produced two driving wins on the night. Perrin finished with a training double.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a nine-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rebel Voyager got a perfect 'voyage' around Buffalo Raceway's half-mile track on Saturday night harness racing (April 6) and posted a half length victory over Heaven Rocks in a seasonal best 1:55.4 in the featured $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap pace.   Drafting second behind the pace-setting Bugatti (David McNeight III) through splits of :29.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2, Rebel Voyager (Billy Davis Jr.) cruised on by in the stretch and was able to hold off the hard-charging Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) by a diminishing half length.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the fourth victory in seven appearances for the 5-year-old gelded Rebel Voyager (Shanghai Phil-Pan Voyage). Trained by Maria Rice, the win jumped Rebel Voyager's seasonal earnings to $20,146 and $126,371 lifetime.   In the two sub-featured $10,000 Class A pacing events, both victories came via the gate-to-wire route.   Andy's Ideal ($18.60) never looked back for driver Mike Caprio in scoring a half length decision over Harry Hoo N (Shawn McDonough) in 1:56.1.   Lucan Hanover (Davis Jr.) made his Buffalo Raceway debut a good one with a popular neck victory over Rose Run Ranger (McDonough). The win by Lucan Hanover returned $2.50 to his backers.   Davis Jr. completed the evening with four wins with Kevin Cummings adding a double. Rice conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a 9-race program slated. There's a $1,693 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   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 1, 2019 -- He had to beat the richest Standardbred ever to do it, but David McNeight III collected career win 1,000 Monday at The Meadows when he piloted Knocking Around to victory in race 10. The race was styled "Foiled Again's Last Call," as it marked the final race of Foiled Again, who faced mandatory retirement Jan. 1 when he turned 15. McNeight and Knocking Around, however, weren't intimated by Foiled Again's career bankroll of more than $7.6 million, as they powered up first over to prevail in the slop. Foiled Again finished fifth. Winners’ circle following the 1,000th career win of David McNeight III. - Chris Gooden photo McNeight, a native of western New York who has compiled just less than $6 million in purses, learned the business under the tutelage of his father, trainer David McNeight, Jr., the conditioner of Knocking Around. "My dad worked for General Mills for a while, but he got back into the business in 2008 when I was 18," he says. "I was cleaning stalls and grooming for him, but when I watched the drivers winning races, I wanted to do the same thing." McNeight cut his teeth on the half-mile ovals at Buffalo and Batavia. When the McNeights relocated to The Meadows about two years ago, he found that the most difficult aspect of the transition was not the switch to a five-eighths-mile track. Rather, it was holding his own against The Meadows' talented, experienced drivers. "The driver colony here is deep," he says. "You definitely want to get away close to the lead when you're racing against Dave Palone, Mike Wilder, Jim Pantaleano and all the Ron Burke horses. It's more challenging, but at the same time, it's more rewarding." The younger McNeight also trains three horses -- he's their sole owner -- and doesn't foresee a time when he'll want to specialize in training or driving exclusively. "I'd like to add to my own stable and keep driving for my father and other stables," he says. "Having other owners for my horses would be good, but right now it seems better to own them myself."   Evan Pattak   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino Home of Pennsylvania's largest jackpot ever paid, The Meadows is an all-inclusive entertainment destination and significant economic generator for the region. With its nearly 1,300 employees, The Meadows provides approximately $125 million in taxes annually and more than $14 million per year to the Local Share Account designated for new economic, community and industrial development projects. The Meadows features 82 table games and more than 3,100 slot machines, premier restaurants with spectacular views of the gaming floor and the racetrack, a racing grandstand with VIP suites, a simulcast area, an 11,000 square foot event center, a 7,500 square foot banquet room and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and a high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting. For more information, please see:

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Osprey Vision was in focuduring Buffalo Raceway's $8,200 co-featured trot on Friday night (July 14) as he went a lifetime best 1:57.1 over the fast harness racing track to produce a surprising $23.60 victory over Serious George.   Lucky Pablo ($18.00) kept the upsets going in the co-main event by breaking an 0-for-20 streak in 2017 with a head victory over Shawnee Magic in 1:59.3.   It was all Osprey Vision in the opener as David McNeight III sent him right to the top. Establishing fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:28.0, it appeared the only trotter to have a chance to catch Osprey Vision was Before I Die. But his hopes were quickly dashed as he broke stride allowing Osprey Vision to hit the wire uncontested. Serious George (John Cummings Jr.) was 3-1/4 lengths back and picked up the second place check with Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) rolling into third.   Owned by Marissa Russo and trained by David Russo, the 8-year-old gelded Osprey Vision (Ken Warkentin-Summerhill Hallie) now has six wins in 24 starts, pushing his seasonal earnings to $43,214 and $142,947 lifetime.   It was a real tussle in the second $8,200 trotting race with Shawnee Magic, Trotting R T, and City Kid all enjoying the front end before hitting the opening panel in 29.1. With Shawnee Magic (Kevin Cummings) hitting the half in 58.2, Lucky Pablo was sixth but first over and on the move.   Grinding it out to the top in the stretch, Lucky Pablo (Monti) got up in the shadow of the wire to nip the favored Shawn Magic by a head while a game City Kid (Larry Stalbaum) finished in third.   Lucky Pablo (Lucky Chucky-Classical Princess) is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and is trained by Maria Rice. The win moved the 5-year-old gelding's winnings to $20,980 this year and to $97,317 in his career.   McNeight III, Cummings Jr., Stalbaum and Monti all produced doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Show Stopping sure did steal the show on Saturday night (July 8) at Buffalo Raceway by breaking a long-standing track record in winning the featured $9,000 Preferred Pace in 1:53.4. The time beat the old mark for the harness racing aged pacing horses (5+) of 1:54.0 established way back in 2008 by Civil Attack.   "I didn't realize it was a track record until I was told about it," winning driver David McNeight III said after the big $33.00 upset victory aboard Show Stopping. "I got a good trip behind Lucky McTrucky. I knew it was going to be close at the finish. Trainer Matt Tumolillo had him ready to race."   Tumolillo, who has just started to spread his wings as a first year trainer said, "I wasn't even thinking about a track record, I was just thinking about getting the win." Tumolillo's small stable now has hit the board in six of eight starts including a pair of victories this season. He said, "I've had my training license for a while but this is the first time I am putting it to use."   Lucky McTrucky (Kevin Cummings) did the dirty work in helping Show Stopping break the record. Setting fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:25.1, Lucky McTrucky was begging for the line but Showing Stopping edged out late in the stretch and took the victory by a narrow nostril. Lucky King (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.   Show Stopping (I Am A Fool-Posterone) is a 7-year-old horse that is owned by Robert Izzo. He now has six wins in 21 starts this year, earning $42,196 and $151,089 lifetime.   Ray Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and McNeight III all completed the night with doubles. Gerry Sarama conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with 10 races on the card. The program will feature action in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters along with events in the Excelsior A and B Series. There's also a $799 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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