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Friday, May 26, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Picks for Saturday 5-27

Below are my selections for the 11-race card at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday with post time at 6 p.m. You can wager on Buffalo Raceway at various sites including TVG, Bet America, TwinSpires and various simulcast locations throughout North America. In the 'Handicapping Challenge', between Brian and Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven, Wayne leads 240-194.
                                               Saturday, May 27th
Race # Horse Comments
1st 1 Raylan Givens Takes full advantage of the rail
5 Screentest Hanover Needed last appearance
3 Private Equity Should be charging at the finish
2nd 3 Southwind Torque Finally gets a competitive post
1 Adversary Seelster Toss out last outing
6 Big Ricky Capable of pulling a surprise
3rd 1 Freaky Flyer Drops back into comfort level
8 Upbyfive Easier test despite outside 
2 Prairie Jaguar Just failed last time out
4th 7 Im So Handsome May be a 'good looking' winner again
4 Mach Stockn Barrel With a repeat of last week
2 Ain't No Stoppin' As sharp as any in here
5th 1 Steuben Patriot Catch me if you can
5 Keystone Dalton Hard to fault record
2 Littlebitaclass Comes from good connections
6th 7 Life's Lessons Consistency pays off at a price
5 Brett McFavrebus Newcomer seeks a successful debut
4 Most Happy Rider Back class might reappear
7th 7 Shady City Dangerous from any post position
4 Sir Ziggy's Z Tam Look at last two tries
1 Brees Creek Will be a factor from this spot
8th 3 Cracker Pullet May not look back tonight
5 McRusty Tough if front end speed fails
2 GD Airliner Still looking for a victory
9th 1 Royal Reception Rail makes all the difference
3 Rebel Soldier Comes closes in this battle
5 Panalytical Can't eliminate this fella
10th 6 Windemere Shadow Rebounds after a tough journey
3 Traffic Cop Last race was an indication
1 Regal Delight Better post and a softer task
11th 3 Maple Leaf Matt Kick drive gets the job done
1 Creating A Dream Should get a 'dream' trip
8 Ideal Affair Might add some value to the trifecta

Best bet: Steuben Patriot (5th race)
Live longshot: Life's Lessons (6th race)

Friday night, I had two winners, Brooklets Dynamite ($2.40) in the fourth and Tymal Colossus ($3.80) in the seventh.

I will play $2 to win on all top selections and $2 cold exactas on each race. I will also play a $1 trifecta key on each race along with $2 daily doubles, $1 cold Pick-5, Pick-4 and Pick 3.

Saturday night's total investment: $76.00
Friday night's total winnings: $6.20
Win percentage for 2017: 194-of-651 - 29.9%
Top selection in the money: 435-of-651 - 64.2%
Best bet: 26-of-55 - 48.00%
Handicapping Challenge: Wayne Teaven leads 240-194
BANKROLL: minus $770.10

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 5-21

Driver Larry Stalbaum
Larry Stalbaum and Jim Morrill Jr. shared top honors in the driving statistics as each found their way to the winner's circle seven times.

Stalbaum, who leads the rankings with 135 victories and $684,472 in purse earnings, had a double on Wednesday, a single on Friday and exploded with four wins on Saturday night. He ranks 20th nationally in victories with 139.

Morrill Jr. in the meantime pulled into a fourth place time in the standings with Shawn Gray as they each have 58 wins. Morrill Jr. had a pair of wins on the Wednesday and Saturday programs and scored a triple on Friday night.

Monti continues to stay hot thanks to a six-win week. He posted a four-bagger on Wednesday night and added a double on Saturday.

Ray Fisher Jr. inched closer to the 100-win barrier with five wins. Fisher Jr., who sits in second place in the driver's standings, had doubles on Friday and Saturday nights along with a single on Wednesday.

Between Stalbaum Morrill Jr., Monti and Fisher Jr., they combined to win 25 of the 33 races.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Larry Stalbaum (135, .381, $684,472)
2. Ray Fisher Jr. (97, .320, $491,061)
3. Drew Monti (78, .321, $435,125)
4. Shawn Gray (58, .373, $314,615)
4. Jim Morrill Jr. (58, .379, $287,077)
Trainer Kim Asher
Kimberly Asher continues to run away from the pack in the trainer's standings as she posted another five-win week to push her total to 83 on the season.

Asher, with just a few more starts, will become the top UTR-ranked trainer in the country as her percentage will easy put her atop of the crowd in the 300-499 start bracket. She currently is sixth nationally with 84 victories.

Helping Asher out this week was a three-bagger on Saturday night. She also conditioned Open Trot winner Empire Earl N on Friday and Open Pace winner Shady City on Saturday. She has a 83-48 edge over Gerry Sarama in the standings.

JD Perrin picked up three wins on the week and pulled within two of Sarama, 48-46. Sarama did have two victories on the week.

Bo Sowers, David Russo, Jeff Amann, and Jim McNeight all had two wins on the week.

There were 22 different trainers who had at least one win last week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Earnings)
1. Kim Asher (83, .469, $415,955)
2. Gerry Sarama (48, .345, $275,309)
3. JD Perrin (46, .379, $231,943)
4. David Russo (.349, .189,226)
5. Sabrina Clevenger (30. 386, $159,400)
5. Bo Sowers (30, .219, $151,118)
Shady City ($2.60) finally broke the second place blues by capturing the $10,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 20). Shady City had finished a heart-breaking second in four consecutive starts in harness racing Open competition.
Shady City gets out of 2nd place rut on Saturday.

It wasn't easy for Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) to get re-acquainted with track photographer Steve Roth as he needed a seasonal best of 1:54.3 over the fast track to get the first place check. He beat Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) by 1-1/4 lengths while Pan Street USA (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show spot
It was a mad dash to the opening quarter as Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) went three-wide to wrestle the top from Shady City and Pan Street USA in a 27.3 first panel. Settling in and putting up the next two fractions of 55.3 and 1:25.0, Fireyourguns ran out of ammunition in the stretch.

Shady City, enjoying the pocket trip, slipped down into the passing lane and was the strongest of all in getting to the finish line first while a hard-charging Gallant Seelster was second best.

Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, the 7-year-old gelded Shady City (Metropolitan-Maid In Shade) has four wins in 17 starts. The win increased his 2017 earnings to $36,536 and $267,113 lifetime.

For harness racing owner/driver Larry Stalbaum, he's not been hard to please lately when it comes to his trotter Empire Earl N.
Empire Earl N gets great trip on Open Trot win.
For the second time in three weeks, Empire Earl N found his way into the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway by taking the $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 19).

They got the photo opportunity thanks to a 3/4-length victory over Osprey Vision in 1:57.3 over the fast track.

Stalbaum said after the race, "Not too much to complain about. I was able to work out a good two hole trip." With a pair of wins and a narrow second place in his last three outings, Stalbaum has a good reason to be happy with his trotter.

With Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) setting the splits of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:27.3, Stalbaum and Empire Earl N were able to drop into the pocket from the six post off the gate. Biding their time until the passing lane, Empire Earl N then zoomed past the tiring Winkys Pride to get the win.

Osprey Vision (David McNeight III) was closing fast on the outside and secured second place while Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished in third.

Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, the 9-year-old gelded Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita) has now produced two wins in nine starts this season. The victory upped his 2017 earnings to $20,070 and $105,995 lifetime.

Hot Patootie enjoying photo shot on Wednesday.
Hot Patootie has been used to going gate-to-wire recently to find her way to the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway. But that method went out the window on Wednesday night (May 17). Getting the long journey on the outside the entire mile, Hot Patootie was still good enough to top the harness racing field in the $8,200 pace for the mares
For Hot Patootie ($13.20), it was her third victory in her last four starts. She beat Double Joy by a half length in 1:56.0 over the fast track.

It was a four-way battle to the top and when the dust settled on the warm evening, Voltina found herself in the lead. Going by the half in 57.4, Double Joy (Larry Stalbaum) was in command with Hot Patootie (Drew Monti) inching her way closer on the outside.

The final panel boiled down to a battle between the two mares with the relentless Hot Patootie managing to wear down Double Joy late to take win. Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot.

Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, it was the fifth victory in 16 appearances for Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better). The win upped her seasonal earnings to $17,578 and $80,767 lifetime.
The inside post scored 10 wins on the 33-race week with the four post following closely with eight victories. The seven hole actually had three wins compared to the two path which had just two. The eight hole failed to score a win and just has 11 on the season..

Buffalo Raceway Post Position Winners: (Week/Year):
1. 10 (142)
2.  2  (100)
3.  5  (99)
4.  8  (116)
5.  2  (64)
6.  3  (51)
7.  3  (16)
8.  0  (11)
The claim box was busier than last week with several changing barns.

Wednesday night, owner/trainer Priscilla Mooney collected pacer Kisses N Kicks for $4000 while Mark Jakubik selected Voltina for $17,500 with Sabrina Clevenger the handler.
Seven changed barns on the week.

On Friday, the tandem of owner Tessa Roland and trainer JD Perrin were active as they got pacer Cracker Pullet for $8,000 and Wisers Deluxe for $5,000.

Also, David Hughson claimed trotter Born American for $8,000 with Jeff Amann the conditioner.

Saturday night, the Roland/Perrin combination went on a shopping spree by taking three. The tandem snagged pacer Brees Creek for $20,000, Yosemite Camn for $12,500 and Mystical Valentine for $8,000.

Eric Prevost also got into the action by purchasing pacer Wrangler Rockstar for $10,000 with Sabrina Clevenger the conditioner.
This past week, the winning favorites took 15 of the 33 races contested for a 38.0 percent average and the seasonal statistics has the top choice taking 265-of-641 for 42.42 percent.
On the handle side, Buffalo Raceway, Wednesday night's handle was $198,425 while the rest of the week showed $168,797 crossing the windows on Friday evening and $275,735 was wagered on Saturday. The total for the week was $642,957 with a nightly average of $214,314. The previous week, $571,941 was bet.
In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven and myself, Wayne leads the contest 232-187 through the 18th week. 
I'd like to thank Buffalo Raceway track photographer for his great photos that he provides each week for Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections. You can order any picture from Steve by going to his website of
The pacer Royal Reception leads for the top spot for the most wins thus far at Buffalo Raceway with nine. Quicksilvercandy A and  Beachfront are next with eight. Saint William A Deliciouslynaughty, Ideal Affair and Moccasin Blue Chip are all next with seven.

Quicksilvercandy A is the top earner at the track for all horses with $43,885.

The trotter The Bronx Bumper is tops in his gait with seven wins. The Bronx Bumper is also the top purse earner among the sidewinders with $29,468. City Kid has six victories.
Buffalo Raceway will resume racing on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races set to go to the post. There's a $0 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.

There will also be racing on Friday night at 5 p.m. with Saturday set to go with at  special 6 p.m. post time.

Don't forget Happy Hour every live racing day with $4 specials.

Every Saturday night, head to the Winner's Circle Cafe where you can enjoy a great home style meal.

Also on Saturday is the Spring Winner Circle contest where you can win a $50 betting voucher and a chance to win even more later in the season. Just select who you think is going to win the ninth race on Saturday's card and if that horse finishes in first, you have a chance to win.

For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, notes, race replays and results, go to

Monday, February 27, 2017

It's 'All In The Family' For The McNeights

It was a unique version of 'All In The Family' for the McNeight crew on Saturday night (Feb. 25) at Buffalo Raceway as harness racing driver David McNeight III drove three horses to victory which covered three generations of his family.

David McNeight III
In the third race, trainer David McNeight Jr. enjoyed watching his son (David III) guide Sea Star to a $38.00 victory.

Lucky Millionaire ($12.80), who was driven and trained by David III, captured the ninth race.

So with two generations now covered, there was a chance for the unique trifecta in the 12th race as Spring Terror, trained by grandfather David McNeight Sr. was entered with David III in the bike. Sure enough, Spring Terror ($4.00) got up in the shadow of the wire to score the half length win, giving the McNeights a unique three-generation family hat trick.

McNeight III sits fourth in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings with 21 wins while David McNeight Jr. is in fourth place in the trainer's rankings with 17 wins.

You can view this week's weekly recap below this story!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Buffalo Raceway 2017 Schedule

Below is the 2017 Buffalo Raceway schedule which is set to begin on Wednesday, January 11th at 5 p.m. It's Buffalo Raceway's 75th Anniversary season.