Sunday, April 19, 2015

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for April 19th

Drew Monti and Kevin Cummings dominated the driver's action during the week and the combination won 19 of the 32 races contested.
Drew Monti has 11 wins on the week

Monti was definitely on fire as he had five victories on Friday evening and also had triples on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The 11-win week moved his season total to 68 and pushed him into second place behind Cummings.

But Cummings is still the runaway leader with 116 wins. He had eight victories during the week, posting a four-bagger on Wednesday and a hat trick on Saturday. He is also the leading purse earner with $503,931.

Jim McNeight had a double on Wednesday night, Shawn Gray two wins on Friday night and John Cummings Jr. found his way to the winner's circle twice on Saturday.

A total of 10 different drivers had winners on the week.

Buffalo Raceway's Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Kevin Cummings (116, .408, $503,931)
2. Drew Monti (68, .285, $329,665)
3. Shawn Gray (67, .311, $347,192)
4. John Cummings Jr. (53, .322, $308,374)
5. Billy Dobson (45, .387, $246,400)
Don't look now but trainer John Mungillo is making progress in trying to catch JD Perrin in the Buffalo Raceway standings.
John Mungillo

Mungillo had a four win week and moved to within nine victories of Perrin, 43-33. Perrin finished with just a victory on the week but is the leading money winner with $241,624.

Dan Mullet and Ron Van Wagoner each had good weeks with three training wins. Maria Rice, Courtney Ohol, Robert Hummel, James Clouser Jr. and Angelo Nappo all found the winner's circle twice. Taneyhill leads the way in UTR ratings with a .497 rank.

Michelle Gramza is still the leading female trainer on the grounds with 24 victories.

A total of 24 different trainers posted wins during the week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Standings)
1. JD Perrin (42, .364, $241,624)
2. John Mungillo (33, .364, $181,918)
3. Kirk Desmond (26, .359, $110,611)
4. Michelle Gramza (24, .431, $92,671)
5. Darren Taneyhill (23, .497, 105,784)
No respect. That's about the best way to summarize Mach Stockn Barrel at Buffalo Raceway as for the fifth time in six starts, the 4-year-old gelding failed to go off as the post time favorite despite an impressive harness racing resume.
Mach Stockn Barrel boldly rushes to wire in Saturday's victory

But for the fifth time in those six starts, Mach Stockn Barrel ($7.00) found his way to the winner's circle after registering a hard-charging length win in a career-best 1:55.2 in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace on Saturday night.

With eight victories now in 12 starts in 2015, Mach Stockn Barrel drew the seven post and watched Jokerman post some wicked fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:25.4,. It proved to be a perfect set up.

Mach Stockn Barrel, sitting last at the half in the field of seven, started making steady headway up the backstretch. Now gobbling up real estate on the outside past the three-quarter pole, Mach Stockn Barrel was locked and loaded. He used a powerful drive to the wire and blew past the stalling Jokerman (Jack Flanigen). 

Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn Gray) rallied and finished in second while Jokerman held on for third.

Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) has now earned $36,856 in 2015.

The semi-finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series, Dedalos ($6.30) and Secluded Island ($5.70) each posted wins.

Dedalos (Jim McNeight), who won the 'A' division back in March, had the fast time of the two divisions with a 1:57.1 clocking, nipping Jettison (Cummings Jr.) by a nose. Tymal Torch (Gray) finished in third and will advance to next week's $24,500 (estimated) final along with Full Circle Spirit (Drew Monti) who took fourth.

Secluded Island, in the meantime, had a little bit easier time after romping to a two length decision over Feets Of Magic (Monti). Also moving on to the finals are third place finisher Nighthawk Hall (Kevin Cummings) and K C Colt (Ron Beback Jr.) who rolled into fourth position.

A $10,000 consolation race will also be held next Saturday for those not making the championship event.

Home sweet home. That's the way Lutetium has to be feeling after returning to Buffalo Raceway Wednesday and strolling to an easy 6 1/4 length victory in the $8,500 conditioned trot.
It's home sweet home for Lutetium on Wednesday night
Talk about loving home cooking. Lutetium has nine wins in 19 starts with $59,532 in earnings at Buffalo Raceway since the beginning of 2014. He has won 19 times in 38 tries overall in that span.

After scoring a win at Northville Downs and taking a parked fourth place at Northfield Park in Open trots the past two weeks, Lutetium ($3.20) took no prisoners on his home turf. Getting to the top with ease from the six hole, Lutetium put up splits of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:27.

The last quarter mile was a throttled down 29.4 as Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) had the remaining field of seven waving the white flag in surrender, stopping the timer in a seasonal best of 1:56.4 over the fast track. Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) finished in second place while Flaming Yankee (Shawn Gray) took third.

Owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw, Lutetium has now won three times in eight starts in 2015, earning $19,341. The 8-year-old gelding (Credit Winner-Luby) now has a career bankroll of $295,437.

In the co-featured $8,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, She's A Maniac had some bad luck in the photo finish as she was nosed out at the wire by Fiftyonefifty. But her misfortune turned into a victory a few minutes later as she was awarded the win via disqualification.

She's A Maniac (#1) loses by a nose but wins on disqualification
It looked like Fiftyonefifty (Cummings) was going to escape with a narrow nose victory as she just managed to get in front of the pace-setting She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight). 

The celebration was short-lived as Fiftyonefifty was placed fourth for an euro-rail violation at the top of the stretch.

She's A Maniac ($7.70) ended up in the winner's circle while Basic Survival (Jack Flanigen), who finished in third a nose behind, was elevated to second. 
It's De Lovely (David McNeight III) was moved up to third.

Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., She's A Maniac (Rocknroll Hanover-Check And Raise) has now won $14,948 in 2015 and $311,185 in her career.
The handle during the week at Buffalo Raceway dipped compared to the previous week.

On Wednesday night $210,680 was taken in, Friday night's total was $215,922 while Saturday night's program collected $172,331. The weekly total was $599,993 for an average of $199,844 per card. Last week's total handle was $647,527.
There were no claims made on Wednesday night but things picked up later in the week including seven on Saturday night.
A total of eight claims were made during the week.

Friday night saw pacer Yosemite Camn go for $8,000 to owner Sandra Beback with Ron Beback Jr. listed as the trainer.

Saturday night, Eric Rupert and trainer Bob Gruber III got together and selected a pair of $12,500 pacers. The nabbed Whosurbanker and Elite out of the claiming ranks.  Also from that level, owner/trainer Darren Taneyhill took Sand Savage.

In the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series which carried a $7,000 price tage, four were taken and surprisingly all out of the first division.

Dedalos, the winner of the 'A" Series, captured another leg in the 'B' Series for new owner the EIM Racing Stable with Bradley Jackson the conditioner. He'll be running in the $25,000 (est.) fianl this Saturday and also has a spot in the $25,000 Invitational in May.

Also taken was Jettison by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable with Taneyhill the trainer. Full Circle Spirit went to the Third Day Risen Stable with Judy Blaun in charge of the care while Goddess's Justin went to the barn of Elizabeth and Dyce Spalluto with Milo Zdjelar Jr. the trainer.
Mach Stockn Barrel is now the top winner this season at Buffalo Raceway with eight trips to the winner's circle in 2015. Mach Stockn Barrel is the leading money winner with also with $36,166.

The Prophet Mary is second in victories with seven.

The top trotters are Herbie Is Gone, Justgottogethere and Valorscross who each have five victories.

Justgottogetthere is the top earner on the trotting side of the ledger with $28,812, thanks for five wins.
The post time favorite this week won 14 of the 36 races for an average percentage of 41 percent.

For the season, Buffalo Raceway's winning favorite is 40.85 percent.
In the "Handicapping Challenge" between Buffalo Raceway announcer Michael Carter and Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections, Michael cut into the advantage but still trails Brian 156-152 through the 13th week.
Buffalo Raceway is now taking clubhouse reservations for the 2015 Kentucky Derby which is set for Saturday, May 2nd.
Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 2
It's the biggest night of the season at Buffalo Raceway and the clubhouse sells out every year for the Kentucky Derby and the live racing card which will follow the Derby.

You can make your reservations by calling 716-649-1280, Ext. 300 for the big race.

More information on the Derby Day festivities as Buffalo Raceway will be announced later.

 Don't be left out and disappointed come race day!!!

You can also bet the Preakness and Belmont Stakes later in the season in the Buffalo Raceway simulcast area.
All post positions had at least two victories during the week with the rail gathering the most with the inside four spots dominating. The two hole gathered the most victories with nine.

Wins By Post Position (For the Week)
1.  7
2.  9
3.  5
4.  7
5.  4
6.  2
7.  1
8.  1
Wins By Post Position (For The Season)
1. 109
2.  90
3.  78
4.  97
5.  68 
6.  33
7.  23
8.  13
would like to thank Buffalo Raceway photographer Steve Roth  for the coming season as he will be providing this site many of the pictures that will be seen here. Should you like to order any pictures, you can contact Steve at 
Racing will resume this week on Wednesday night with a 12-race card scheduled.

The Niatross Knockout Claiming Series finals will be Saturday night with a field of eight going for an estimated $25,000 with the consolation race carrying a $10,000 purse.

Make clubhouse reservations for Saturday night's big card by calling 716-649-1280, ext. 300. The Niatross finals should be great with the likes of Dedalos, Jettison and Secluded Island.

Wednesday Night Specials continue in April with $3 pizza, pop, hot dogs, pretzels and beer.

Racing will also be held on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:35 p.m. Happy Hour is every live racing night from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fast, Fun Facts From Buffalo Raceway

Here are some fast, fun facts from Buffalo Raceway that might come in handy for you during the 2015 season. Racing starts on Wednesday, January 14th with a 5 p.m. start.

Did you know..........?????

* Dan Daley won 6-of-15 races he started in for a UDR of a .526.

* Jim Morrill Jr. had an amazing .503 UDR with 32 victories in just 89 appearances with 17 second place finishes and 10 shows.
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. expected to drive at Buffalo Raceway.
 * A four-some of early season visitors last season won 164 races. Billy Dobson led the way with 51 wins followed by Ronnie Wrenn Jr. with 48, Aaron Byron 39 and Peter Wrenn 26. Dobson and Wrenn Jr. are expected to drive this coming January at Buffalo.

* Lutetium finished with 16 victories on the season with eight coming at Buffalo Raceway, The trotter finished in a third-place tie for most wins in the United States with 16 overall, finishing just three wins behind leader Rose Run Nash. Lutetium also finished with $44,835 in the bank at Buffalo Raceway and had the highest earnings per start with $3,449.

* Ophiuchus N was tops in wins for the season at Buffalo Raceway with 12 and highest earnings with $49,653.

* Buffalo Raceway's home stretch is 640 feet long and 80 feet wide.

* Since January 1, 2010, Kevin Cummings has posted the most victories as a driver with 742 and a UDR of .298. Jack Flanigen is second during that span with 671 wins and a UDR of .299 while Ray Fisher Jr. stands third with 540 trips to the winner's circle and a UDR of .272. Cummings is also the purse leader with $3,899,398.
Kevin Cummings

Jim Morrill Jr. during that time frame has a gaudy .481 UDR with 155 wins in just 451 appearances on the track.

* On the trainer's side, Jim Graham has the most victories since January 1, 2010 with 263 wins and a UTR of .266. John Mungillo is next with 254 and a UTR of .324 while Sherri Holliday is third with 238 and a UTR of .327. Graham is also tops in earnings with $1,276,319.

JD Perrin, who is in fourth with 233 wins, has the highest UTR during that span with a .386 mark.

* In the period from January 1, 2010 until now, pacers Macho Uno, Most Happy Rider, Up Front Lady Gray and Wyndridge Bliss all have 18 wins while Clearly Possessed and Mighty Looker lead the trotters with 16 apiece.

* There were 1,133 betting races in 2014 at the Hamburg half-mile oval.

* There were 135 claims made at Buffalo Raceway in 2014 compared to 107 claims in 2013.

* More than 6,000 ton of material was put down on the Buffalo Raceway surface this fall. The turns were re-banked and drainage near the finish line was worked on.

* Kevin Cummings, besides leading the driver's colony with 170 trips to the winner's circle, was the leading money earner with $838,902.

* Riini Rekila was the only female to race in a pari-mutual race at Buffalo Raceway and she found the winner's circle with Stoneham ($17.80) in the NY Sire Stakes on July 9th.
Riini Rekila was the  only female to win race at Buffalo in 2014

* On the trainer's side, the ladies did quite well as Ryan Swift led the way with 44 wins, Maria Race 26, Courtney Ohol 25 and Lisa Zgodzinski 20 for a combined total of 115 victories.

* The post time favorite won 43.33 percent of the time.

* Buffalo Raceway's track record book is now divided by gait, grouped by age (2,3,4, 5 and up), and distributed into three sex categories (colts and horses, fillies and mares, geldings).

After the new calculations, Jim Morrill Jr. has driven six current record holders while Jimmy McNeight has five. John Cummings Jr. is next with three, Kevin Cummings, Mickey McGivern, Ray Fisher Jr. and Ray Schnittker two apiece while Mike Caprio, Jerry Nugent Jr., Rodney Laframboise, Dan Noble, Matt Kakaley, Denis St. Pierre, Howard Okusko Jr., Jeff Gregory, Jimmy Whittemore, Tim Tetrick and Jack Flanigen all have one.

* The one hole on the starting grid was in the money 59.5 percent of the time and produced 291 winners.
Buffalo Raceway announcer Michael Carter

* Announcer Michael Carter, called 1133 events in 2014 at Buffalo Raceway and his voice was also heard at the Shenandoah County Fair, Northfield Park and a race at Mohawk Raceway as a fill-in during the off-season. He also subbed at Hazel Park for thoroughbreds race.

* Buffalo Raceway had to cancel their racing program seven times in 2014 due to weather.

* The eight post had horses in the money just 12.7 percent of the time and won just 3 percent of the time.

* A total of seven track records were either tied or broken in 2014 at Buffalo Raceway.

* Art's Delight won 6-of-11 races when the pacer started on an 'off track.'

* There were 98 different drivers who were in the sulky for at least one race in 2014. There were 41 of those who failed to win a race.

* A total of 100 trainers had at least two victories on the season in 2014.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The 'A to Z' Wish List For the 2015 Harness Racing Season

The 2015 harness racing season is just around the corner at Buffalo Raceway and once again I present the ever popular 'A to Z Wish List' for the upcoming year. These are just predictions, hopes and wishes. The views expressed are strictly my own. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and healthy New Year.

A: Agosti (Tom) has a great season in his first full year at Buffalo Raceway as Racing Secretary.
B: Beback Jr. (Ron) continues to show consistency as a driver after posting 84 wins at the Hamburg oval in 2014.
Ron Beback Jr.
C: Cummings (Kevin) will once again dominate the local driving colony. He had a career-high 334 victories this season.
D: Diditagain Hanover 'does it again' this season.
E: Every stall remains filled on the Buffalo Raceway backstretch.
F: Father's Day promotion is even more popular and well-attended like in 2014.
G: Guaranteed $5,000 Pick-4 becomes even more popular in 2015.
H: Handicapping Challenge between Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections and track announcer Michael Carter continues to go MY way.
I: Improvements to the Buffalo Raceway surface brings about even better racing.
J: JD Perrin takes another trainer's title. The 125 victories this year was tops locally for conditioners.
K: Kentucky Derby Day is once again a big draw at Buffalo Raceway.
L: Lutetium can produce another stellar season like in 2014. Might be hard to beat the 16-for-30 record from this season but the 7-year-old trotter will be trying.
M: Morrill Jr. (Jim) driving talents are once again on display locally.
N: Niatross Claiming Series is as exciting as in the past years, including the $25,000 Champions race.
O: Ophiuchus N repeats his 12-race winning mark like in 2014.
P: Pete Arrigenna helps in keeping the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in tip-top shape.
Q: Quinellas...just make them go away.
R: Rosecroft Raceway's driver Frank Milby (200 wins in 2014, .300 UDR) is coming to town and finds success in his first season at Buffalo Raceway.
S: Sunday afternoon racing continues to grow in popularity.
T: Track photographer Steve Roth keeps producing great quality finish line and action shots.
Ugly Betty a good looking winner
U: Ugly Betty remains a 'good-looking' choice at Buffalo Raceway.
V: Vengance repeats his 50 percent win record (6-of-12).
W: Wrenn, Ronnie Jr. returns this winter hopefully and tries to improve on his 34 percent win mark.
X: X Factor...The 7 and 8 holes become the 'x factor' in races during 2015 season, after just winning 3 percent of the time in 2014.
Y: Young drivers Drew Monti, David McNeight III and Shawn McDonough continue to make their marks locally.
Z: Zdjelar Jr., Mijhalo still remains one of the top trainers on the Buffalo Raceway backstretch.

Friday, December 19, 2014

2015 New York Sires Stakes Schedule At Buffalo Raceway

It may be the holiday season but your thoughts can turn to spring and summer now as the New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series 2015 schedule has been announced including the eight dates the competition for harness racing's up-and-coming stars stops at Buffalo Raceway.

New York Sire Stakes begins at Buffalo Raceway May 27th
The Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series kick off on Wednesday, May 27th when the always competitive and high-profiled 3-year-old colt pacers take to the Hamburg half-mile track. The following Wednesday evening, June 3rd, the 3-year-old filly pacers take center stage.

The series then takes a month off locally before returning continues Wednesday July 1st with the 2-year-old filly pacers followed by the 2-year-old colt pacers on Wednesday July 8th.

Both the Sires Stakes and Excelsior Series races will be held on one night in the specific divisions.

The Sire Stakes finals will be at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday 12th (3-YO divisions) and Saturday, September 26th (2-YO divisions) and the Excelsior Series championships (all divisions) are slated for Vernon Downs on Saturday, September 19th.

Buffalo Raceway opens the 2015 campaign on Wednesday, January 14th with a 5 p.m post. There will also be racing on Friday and Saturday nights with a 6:35 p.m. post. Sunday afternoon racing begins on June 7th at 1:05 p.m.

For more information on Buffalo Raceway, go to

Below is the complete 2015 New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series schedule at Buffalo Raceway.

Wednesday, May 27th....3-YO Colt Pacers
Wednesday, June 3rd......3-YO Filly Pacers
Wednesday, July 1..........2-YO Filly Pacers
Wednesday, July 8..........2-YO Colt Pacers
Sunday, July 12th............3-YO Filly Trotters
Wednesday, July 15th......2-YO Filly Trotters
Sunday, July 19th.............3-YO Colt Trotters
Wednesday, July 22nd.....2-YO Colt Trotters

Saturday, September 12th...New York Sire Stakes finals (3-YO divisions)
Saturday, September 19th...Excelsior Series finals at Vernon Downs (All divisions)
Saturday, September 26th...New York Sires Stakes finals at Yonkers Raceway (2-YO divisions)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Buffalo Raceway Current Track Records

Getting ready for the 2015 live harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway that starts on January 14, 2015? Get in the mood by taking a look at the current track records and see what the horses will be shooting at this season. A total of seven marks were set or tied last year.

All Age   
One MileGural Hanover1:56.12014
Three Year Olds   
ColtGural Hanover1:56.12014
Two Year Olds   
ColtRoyal Deceptor1:59.32014
FillyMunis Blue Chip2:00.22009
All Age   
One MileSteelhead Hanover1:52.32012
9/16 MileProbationer1:05.21994
1-1/16 MileMr Bohana2:09.31982
1-1/2 MileCasimir Lime Lite3:07.21995
MaresMajic Laughter1:54.22014
 Case Solved1:54.22014
Three Year Olds   
ColtSteelhead Hanover1:52.32012
Two Year Olds   
ColtHe's Watching1:55.42013
FillySilk Purse1:56.32011
 Summertime Lea1:56.32012