Sunday, July 14, 2019

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap For 7-14

Driver Ray Fisher Jr.
Billy Davis Jr. has basically put the clamps on his first driving title in the United States as he holds a solid 114-91 edge over Kevin Cummings with just three race cards left on the season. He has won championships at Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs along with a tie at Clinton Raceway, all in Canada.

Davis Jr. had a rather slow week by his standards with just four victories including a double on Saturday night. He is also the leading purse earner with $705,465.

Cummings sits and 91 win and had five victories including a triple on Wednesday and a double on Friday. He hopes to get nine win during the final week to hit the 100 plateau.

Ray Fisher Jr. led the way during the week with seven victories. He took a pair on both Wednesday and Friday and collected three more on Saturday. Fisher Jr. swept the weekend features with Lougazi on Friday night in the Open Trot and Adonis Bay on Saturday evening in the Open Pace. He is locked in fourth place with 68 trips to the winner's circle.

Shawn McDonough continues to have a stellar season and he found pay dirt four more times this week. He tripled on Friday and added another win on Saturday. McDonough this season has 49 wins with $367,581 in purse earnings compared to 20 victories and $202,365 for the entire season at Buffalo Raceway in 2018.

Drew Monti had four winners on the week including a triple on Saturday while David McNeight III had a three-bagger on Saturday as well.

There were 12 different driver that produced at least one victory on the week.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Billy Davis Jr. (114, .318, $705,465)
2. Kevin Cummings (91, .341, $651,290)
3. Drew Monti (85, .286, $562,863)
4. Ray Fisher Jr (68, .263, $530,352)
5. Jim Morrill Jr. (62, .349, $521,981)
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Trainer Ryan Swift
While the driver's title appears all but settled the same can't be said about the training crown and Jim Clouser Jr. maintains a narrow 53-50 edge over Maria Rice with three program remaining on the 2019 campaign.

Clouser Jr. gave himself a little wiggle room thanks to a double on Saturday night, his only two victories on the week. Rice, meanwhile, had one score and that came on Wednesday night.

The top conditioner during the week was Ryan Swift as she garnered five win including doubles on both the Wednesday and Friday program.

Jeff Amann had three victories with a single on Friday and two more on Saturday.

Mike Ohol, who sits in fourth place with 34, posted two victories on Wednesday night as did John Butenschoen who was in town for the New York sire Stakes and Excelsior Series.

Anthony Cummings, Shawn McDonough, Don Niles and David McNeight Sr. all made two trips to the winners circle during the 36-race week.

There were 23 different trainers who notched a win during the recent stretch.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. James Clouser Jr. (53, .416, $393,331)
2. Maria Rice (50, .387, $320,834)
3. Gerry Sarama (.295, $326,580)
4. Mike Ohol (34, .283, $229,003)
5. JD Perrin (31, .361, $169,013)
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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).

Adonis Bay gets back to winning ways.
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.

Rose Run Ranger squeezes out nose victory.
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.

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).

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."
Lougazi pleased with results of Class A Open trot.

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.

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.
Groovy Joe just misses track record in NYSS.

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.
Oreo Dream Xtreme charges late for victory.

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.

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.
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This will be the last 'Weekly Recap' of the season. Next week, will be the 'Yearly Recap' which is expected to be published on Tuesday, July 23. It will have all the year-end statistics, highlights of the season and top performances by horses, drivers and trainers.

So be on the lookout for that!!
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For the season, favorites have won 291 of 691 races for a 42.11%.

This past week, post time favorites captured 19 of 36 events for 48.75%.

On Saturday, the post time favorite won 11 of 11 races, much to the delight of the chalk players.
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Donegal Jim and HP Sissy lead for the most victories at Buffalo Raceway this season as they have collected eight. 

Western Passage, Beechwood Wayne, Rose Run Ranger, Manceiver and Upfront Countryboy are in third or the pacers with six.

Upfront Countryboy is the top purse earner among the pacers with $56,975.

For the trotters, Wheels A Turning is tops with six victories while Mickey's House is next in line with five.

Wheels A Turning is the top earner for the trotters with $40,610.
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The one post led the way during the 36-race week with 13 victories while the two post followed with seven.

Most of the action came from the inside four spots as they collected 29 of the 36 races run. The seven and eight posts failed to get a win.

Wins By Post Position (Wins This Season/Wins This Week)

1. 166 (13)
2. 117 (7)
3. 108 (5)
4. 114 (4)
5.  85 (3)
6.  49 (4)
7.  30 (0)
8.  14 (0)
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The handle for the week showed $227,090 going through the windows on Wednesday night with the take on Friday evening being $132,216 and Saturday's handle was $155,728. The week's total was $515,034 with a nightly average of $171,675. Last week's total handle was $542,051.
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In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Brians Selections and Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven, Teaven leads 218-202.
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Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections would like to thank Steve Roth for providing all the photos used in this blog. Without his cooperation, the blog wouldn't be as popular.

Enjoy your retirement Steve Roth!!!

I'd also like to wish Steve good luck as he moves to North Carolina to enjoy his retirement. We've worked together at Buffalo Raceway for quite a few years now and we have established a great friendship along the way, both on and off the track.

With his nightly pictures, head shots or photos I've needed for Hoof Beats Magazine, he was always 'camera ready' and produced GREAT quality. He'll enjoy the warm winter days in the Outer Banks of North Carolina while we shiver here in Western New York.

So, when you see Steve this week, please wish him good luck on his retirement.

And from my wife Maryanne and myself, Best of Luck to you and Lori. You've earned and deserve it!! We are going to miss out monthly Tuesday night dinners!!!

You can still order your Buffalo Raceway pictures from Steve by going to www.photosbyroth.com
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The first claim in four weeks came on Saturday night as Donegal Jim was taken for $7,500 by Marissa Russo with David Russo the trainer.
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Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled. It will feature the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old the colt and gelding trotters. There will be a $0 carryover on Wednesday starting in the second race.

Friday racing resumes again this week at 5 p.m. and there will be a normal Saturday card at 6 p.m. This is the last week of the season on the 2019 season with just three programs remaining.

Each night at Buffalo Raceway, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., it's Happy Hour with $4.25 drink and draft beer specials.

It's not too soon to make reservations for the new Winner's Circle Buffet coming up this Saturday, July 21st, closing night. You get the dinner, beverage, $5 Buffalo Raceway wager, $5 coupon for free play at Hamburg Gaming and a Buffalo Raceway program for just $19.00. It has shown to be very popular so make plans and get your reservations now.

Also on Saturday night, closing night, there will be 20 sets of Erie County Fair tickets given away

Simulcasting takes place every Wednesday through Sunday with tracks from all around North America available to be wagered on. Simulcasting be be closed starting July 21 until after the Fair.

For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, results, race replays, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com

Friday, July 12, 2019

Buffalo Raceway Picks for Saturday 7-13

Below are my selections for the 13-race card at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday evening that has a 6 p.m. post time. You can bet Buffalo Raceway at various outlets including TVG, Bet America, TwinSpires along with various simulcast locations throughout the country. In the 'Handicapping Challenge', Buffalo Raceway announcer Wayne Teaven and Brian's Selections, Wayne leads 213-199.

                                         SATURDAY, JULY 13th


Race # Horse Comments
1st 1 Always A Rocket Blasts off from this position
5 Foreign Officer Back down into a softer level
6 Golden Gesture May end up with the bronze
2nd 1 Sunset Sid Sets sail from the rail
2 Terlingua With a repeat of last week
3 Burton Blue Chip Improved post should help
3rd 2 Rose Run Ranger No excuses from this spot
1 Lots Of Lovin Tough break in last outing
5 Drunkonaplane Newcomer could be dangerous
4th 5 Falcon's Luke Swoops in for the victory
3 Dunesite Sport Has seen tougher up north
1 Iluvmakingmoney Capable from the pylons
5th 6 Mr Perserverance Catch me if you can
1 Spring Terror Could be a 'terror' from here
2 Bakken Hasn't been off by much
6th 1 Drake Eye-popping race hard to miss
3 A F F Bigdaddy Never ignore this fella
4 Race Me Rocky Has to hold it together late
7th 5 Classic American N Expect marked improvement tonight
1 Just Frank Steps up to face better but okay
7 This Baby Rocks Shows up late for third place
8th 4 Stonebridge Guard Consistency pays off this evening
5 Jimi Wind Ricks Slides into a competitive level
2 OK Galahad Can't look past recent record
9th 4 Expensive Toy Goes the entire mile this time
1 Silver Arrow Still seeking first win of year
5 Lightning Raider Could be the one to beat
10th 6 Brunello N Try, try, try again
8 Whosurpapa Always a threat in the stretch
5 Dragon N Kickin Showed a lot of 'kick' last try
11th 5 Upfront Countryboy He'll be 'upfront' in the end
2 Western Passage Gets 'passage' to second place
3 China Dream Hangs around again for a chance
12th 3 Woodmere Fullalife Gets out of second place rut
6 Myell's Rockstar Arrives at Buffalo for a reason
4 Keystone Keen Last appearance wasn't true
13th 3 Steuben Patriot Better draw is the main key
2 Ace Of Sharks Drops down to battle easier
4 Max Is Back Adds some value to the trifecta
Best bet: Rose Run Ranger (3rd race)
Live Longshot: Classic American N (7th race)

We will play $2 win tickets on all top selections along with $2 cold exactas in each race along with $1 trifecta key wagers. We'll also play $2 cold daily doubles along with straight $1 Pick-3s, Pick-4 and Pick-5.
 

Friday night, I had five winners, Rock The Dream ($3.50) in the second, Sporty Mercedes ($3.90) in the fifth, Put On The Day ($3.30) in the sixth, Warrior Way ($10.20) in the eighth and Magdalana Royalty ($7.40) in the tenth. I also hit the eighth race exacta for $41.60 and trifecta for $85.75.

Saturday night's total investment: $78.00
Friday night's total winnings: $155.65
Winning percentage: 199-for-678......27.8%
Top choice in the money: 474-for-678...70.4%
Best best: 17-for-61...28.0%
Wayne Teaven leads Brian's Selections 213-199
Bankroll: minus $1099.35


Selections are recommendations and success is not guaranteed.
Track condition, weather, scratches and other factors can affect the race results

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 7/7

Driver Billy Davis Jr.
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. is in search of his first driving title in Western New York and with 10 wins last week, put him in pretty good position to do just that. He has 110 victories and holds a commanding 110-82 lead over second place Kevin Cummings. Davis Jr. is also the top purse earner with $673,996.

To begin the week, Davis Jr. had doubles on both Wednesday and Friday nights then exploded for the six-bagger to complete the stellar stretch.

Shawn McDonough had a spectacular week as he drive home six winners with a single on Wednesday, a triple on Friday and two more on Saturday.

Cummings kept his one-race (82-81) lead on Drew Monti for second place as he bagged a double on Wednesday evening as did Monti.

Jim Morrill Jr., is just two wins behind Ray Fisher Jr., 61-59, in the battle for fourth place. Morrill Jr. had five victories on the week including doubles on both the Wednesday and Friday cards. Fisher Jr. in the meantime had three wins on the week with two coming on Friday and one on Saturday.

Rock A. Vinci, the 77-year-old father of Rock C. Vinci, got his first win of the season as he steered Just Frank to the deicision on Friday's program.

There were 14 different drivers who had at least one win on the week.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Billy Davis Jr. (110, .322, $673,996)
2. Kevin Cummings (82, .337, $598,940)
3. Drew Monti (81, .283, $529,355)
4. Ray Fisher Jr. (61, .259, $445,938)
5. Jim Morrill Jr. (59, .352, $490,144)
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Driver/trainer Shawn McDonough
While the Buffalo Raceway driving title appears to be over, the training crown is still very much up in the air.

James Clouser Jr. maintains a slim 51-49 edge over Maria Rice with six racing programs left on the 2019 campaign.

Clouser Jr. had three wins on the week with a double on Wednesday and a single on Saturday.

Rice in the meantime picked up five victories including doubles on Wednesday and Saturday along with a single on Friday to narrow the gap to two.

While Clouser Jr. and Rice battled for the top spot, Shawn McDonough actually took top honors for the conditioners on the week. Besides having six driving wins, he notched six training victories with a triple on Friday and a double on Saturday to go along with a single on Wednesday. McDonough now has 25 victories this season as a trainer.

JD Perrin had a 'vitamin' week as he had 'one a day' as the trainer notched three victories to move his seasonal total to 29.

Rachelle Mungillo was the only other conditioner with more than a win on the week as she posted two with a trip to the winner's circle coming on Friday and Saturday evenings.

There were 23 different trainers that had at least one victory on the week.

Buffalo Raceway's Trainer's Standings (Wins UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. James Clouser Jr. (51, .416, $370,210)
2. Maria Rice (49, .394, $310,045)
3. Gerry Sarama (41, .299, $314,383)
4. Mike Ohol (32, .276, $215,669)
5. JD Perrin (29, .347, $163,296)
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On Saturday night, 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 as he posted six wins on the evening.
Billy Davis Jr. steers home Lucan Hanover.

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.

China Dream posts $21.60 surprise on Saturday.
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.

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.

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.
BZ Glide captures Class A-Open Trot by wiring field.

"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.

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).

Fashion Hill crushed track mark in victory.
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.

Racine Bell holds on for narrow win in Sire Stakes.
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
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For the season, favorites have won 272 of 645 races for a 42.17%.

This past week, post time favorites captured 15 of 37 events for 40.45%.
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Donegal Jim leads for the most victories at Buffalo Raceway this season as he has collected eight while H P Sissy is next with seven. 

Western Passage, Beechwood Wayne, Manceiver and Upfront Countryboy are in third or the pacers with six.

Upfront Countryboy is the top purse earner among the pacers with $55,935.

For the trotters, Wheels A Turning is tops with six victories while Mickey's House is next in line with five.

Wheels A Turning is the top earner for the trotters with $40,610.
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The four post led the way during the 37-race week with ten victories while the one post followed closely with nne.

Most of the action came from the inside four spots as they collected 30 of the 37 races run. All posts did, however, have at least one victory during the week.

Wins By Post Position (Wins This Season/Wins This Week)

1. 153 (9)
2. 110 (6)
3. 103 (5)
4. 110 (10)
5.  82 (4)
6.  45 (1)
7.  30 (1)
8.  14 (1)
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The handle for the week showed $208,308 going through the windows on Wednesday night with the take on Friday evening being $160,658 and Saturday's handle was $173,085. The week's total was $542,051 with a nightly average of $187,350. Last week's total handle was $578,517.
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In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Brians Selections and Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven, Teaven leads 207-188.
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Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections would like to thank Steve Roth for providing all the photos used in this blog. Without his cooperation, the blog wouldn't be as popular.

You can order your Buffalo Raceway pictures from Steve by going to www.photosbyroth.com
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There were no claims made for the third consecutive week..
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Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled. It will feature the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old the colt and gelding pacers. There will be a $0 carryover on Wednesday starting in the second race.

Friday racing resumes again this week at 5 p.m. and there will be a normal Saturday card at 6 p.m. There are just two weeks left on the 2019 season (six programs).


In non-betting affairs on Wednesday afternoon, the Erie County Fair races will be conducted at 1 p.m. with nine races on tap.

Each night at Buffalo Raceway, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., it's Happy Hour with $4.25 drink and draft beer specials.

It's not too soon to make reservations for the new Winner's Circle Buffet coming up this Saturday, July 21st, closing night. You get the dinner, beverage, $5 Buffalo Raceway wager, $5 coupon for free play at Hamburg Gaming and a Buffalo Raceway program for just $19.00. It has shown to be very popular so make plans and get your reservations now.

The Summer Winner's Circle contest will take place again on Saturday night. Pick the winner of the ninth race and you could win $50 in free Buffalo Raceway wagers.

Simulcasting takes place every Wednesday through Sunday with tracks from all around North America available to be wagered on.

For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, results, race replays, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com

Monday, February 25, 2019

Paige Usiak Joins Handicapping Team At Buffalo

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Opinions. Everybody has one.

Well, fans are now getting another opinion when it comes to handicapping the races at Buffalo Raceway as Paige Usiak has joined the team to give her insight. She's along side Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven on the track and simulcast feed as the pair share their perspective on each race.
Paige Usiak

Their input is in addition to Brian Mazurek's selections which appear in the nightly Buffalo Raceway program and at http://briansbuffaloracewayselections.blogspot.com

So, along with the morning line odds, it now gives fans four different points of view on each and every race. 

Usiak said, "We are tweaking things as we go along but so far I think Wayne and I are playing off each other well. I study the program for every card and probably watch two hours of replays to get ready for the night."

Buffalo Raceway Director of Operations Jon Cramer said, "We're excited to have Paige on board. She is working well with Wayne."

Usiak is no stranger to horses. She's was on Buffalo Raceway's backstretch last year,  working the ship-in barn and also paddocking. Being on the front side is different this season for her, stating, "On any given day I can be doing something new, I never know what but I'll do it. It's a lot of fun."

She can be seen serving cocktails in the clubhouse and discussing her personal race picks with seasoned fans and newcomers.

Usiak is currently enrolled at Erie Community College where she plans on becoming an architect. So while being a 'Jill of all trades' at Buffalo Raceway, a handicapper and college student, it makes for a busy life.

But for Usiak, it's something she's enjoying.

Monday, December 10, 2018

2019 Buffalo Raceway Schedule

Below is the 2019 Buffalo Raceway 66-day schedule. Racing will begin on Wednesday, January 30th at 5 p.m. with action to continue on Saturday, February 2nd at 6 p.m.

Buffalo Raceway, located on the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, will continue the Wednesday/Saturday schedule until April when Fridays will be added with the first race of the night set to go at 5 p.m. There are two Sunday programs slated, on June 16th and June 22nd, with post time set for 12:30 p.m.

On Saturday, May 4th, Saturday, May 18th and Saturday, June 8th, post time will be at 7:15 p.m. in order to allow fans to watch and wager on the Triple Crown races.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Track Renovation At Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It may be the off season at Buffalo Raceway but things are starting take shape for the 2019 harness racing season.
5,000 tons of new material to be added at Buffalo Raceway

Currently, the half-mile oval has a track improvement project in progress under the guidance of consultant Kim Crawford. 

Buffalo Raceway Director of Operations Jon Cramer said, "We expect to have a race track that will be more than ready for the winter opening on January 31, 2019 with 5,000 tons of new material and the re-banking of the turns."

And while the track surface is being upgraded, the purse structure will be enhanced as well. 

"At a minimum, we will start the meet with a 10 percent increase above the 2018 levels which were increased in May of last year," Buffalo Raceway Race Secretary Tom Agosti said. "All classes will be increased significantly because of the reduction of scheduled race days and the increases in gaming revenue. We will issue the opening purse schedules in November when stall applications go out."

For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com