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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Buffalo Raceway Picks for Wednesday, 5-23

Here are my picks for Buffalo Raceway for Wednesday, May 23rd with a post time of 5 p.m. for the 12-race card.  You can bet the races at TVG, Twin Spires, Bet America, Finger Lakes Best Bets and other simulcast locations throughout North America. In the Handicapping Challenge, between Brians Buffalo Raceway Selections and Buffalo Raceway announcer Wayne Teaven, Wayne leads 154-116.

                                          WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD

Race # Horse Comments
1st 1 Story Book The rail will do the trick
5 A Weekend Faces better but still dangerous
3 Elite If the front end falters
2nd 3 Susie's Delight Class drop makes the difference
1 V'La Faire Just failed as the favorite
2 Krystal C Will be charging at the wire
3rd 2 Lucky Guess You won't be 'guessing' with her
4 Bands Ariston Looms as the top threat
8 Chelseas Chance A 'chance' from the outside
4th 4 OK Gemma Rebounds after a disappointing race
1 Mean Pauline Gets a much needed post break
3 Fox Valley Lena She knows how to be victorious
5th 4 Royal Reception Takes advantage of easier level
1 Rush Rules Could 'rule' from this spot
2 One Chaser He'' continue to be 'chasing'
6th 2 Theresnoway Should absolutely love the Buffalo lane
3 Sweet Kimmy Wouldn't be a big surprise
4 Dusty Lane Min Can't fizzle out in the stretch
7th 5 Sgt Molly Pitcher Try, try, try again
1 Badlands Delight Might be very tough from the inside
7 Hey Kobe Bad post is the only drawback
8th 2 Skyway Tia Gets back into comfort zone
5 Who's Got The Move Can't eliminate this gal
7 Bad Glamour Girl Hasn't been off by much
9th 3 Shanghai Jack Consistency pays off this evening
4 Trotting R T Qualifier was decent enough
2 Ranger Gus Showed some signs in previous
10th 6 Girls Luv Diamonds She'll be 'sparkling' in here
2 Twin B Gangster Better post makes a contender
1 Cracker Stoney Skims pylons for third place
11th 1 Quicksilvercandy A She'll be the 'quickest' once again
4 Tymal Luckynpink Capable of the upset win
2 Sky Fulla Star Should get the perfect trip
12th 2 Bahama Bay Last appearance was an indicator
8 America Ferrera With a perfect journey
1 Mayabelle Along late for the show position
Best bet:   Quicksilvercandy A (11th race)
Live Longshot:   Susie's Delight (2nd race)
Pick-5 ticket:  3-1-2/2-4/4-1/4-1/2-3 = $24.00

We will play $2 to win on all top selections along with a $2 cold exacta and $1 trifecta wheels in all races. We will also play $2 daily doubles, $1 cold Pick-3s and Pick-4 and a $1 cold Pick-5.

Saturday night, I had six winners, Fireyourguns ($3.00) in the first, Utah Beach ($2.20) in the second, Empire Earl N ($6.80) in the third, True Muscle ($2.60) in the sixth China Dream ($4.80) in the seventh and Lightning Raider N ($2.60) in the twelfth. I also hit the second race exacta for $7.70, the early daily double for $7.30, the sixth race trifecta for $7.90 and the twelfth race exacta for $4.40.

Wednesday night's total investment: $72.00
Saturday night's total winnings: $49.30
Winning percentage: 116-of-370...30.2%
Top pick in the money: 281-for-370....74.0%
Best bet: 14-of-32...36.0%
Wayne Teaven leads Brians Buffalo Raceway Selections 154-116
BANKROLL: minus $669.85

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for May 20th

There's a tie at the top of the driver's standings at Buffalo Raceway as the 25-race week came to a close. Shawn Gray and Drew Monti are in a 74-74 draw entering a new week while Billy Davis Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. kept within range with 65 and 56 victories respectively.
Driver Shawn Gray

Gray tripled in his lone night of racing on Saturday. He sits in third place in purse earnings with $357,775.

Monti completed the week with four winners including a triple on Saturday night. He sits atop the purse earning list with $369,460.

It was Fisher Jr. once again who led the way in wins during the week with seven. He posted a four-bagger on Wednesday evening and bounced back with a three-bagger on Saturday night.

Davis Jr. managed a single victory on both Wednesday and Saturday but sits in second place in earnings with $359,830.

Kevin Cummings had a triple on Wednesday night and had one win on Saturday.

In other news regarding local drivers, Jim Morrill Jr. hit the 7,000 career-win barrier at Pocono Downs this past Sunday while John Cummings Jr. had a five-bagger on Tioga Downs on Saturday night.

There were 10 different drivers who found the winner's circle on the week.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Shawn Gray (74, .475, $357,775)
1. Drew Monti (74, .334, $369,460)
3. Billy Davis Jr. (65, .314, $359,830)
4. Ray Fisher Jr. (56, ..283, $295,492)
5. John Cummings Jr. (28, .256, $185,688)
Trainer James Clouser Jr. remained atop the standings for the trainers when the curtain came down on the past week of action.
Trainer James Clouser Jr.

Clouser Jr., who produced a triple on Saturday night, maintained a comfortable margin over runnerup JD Perrin 55-45. Clouser Jr. has a superb UTR of .510 at Buffalo Raceway and leads the way in purse earnings with $281,853.

Perrin had a relatively quiet week as he produced just one winner but holds down a solid second place, leading Maris Rice 45-32 for that position.

Rice had just one win as well on the week but is now second in purse earnings with $204,132.

Riley Asher-Stalbaum remained hot as her training career is just getting started as she sent Quicksilvercandy A and Empire Earl N to the winner's circle during the week.

There were 21 different trainers who had at least one victory during the week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. James Clouser Jr. (55, 510, $286,853)
2. JD Perrin (45, .415, $182,391)
3. Maria Rice (32, .339, $204,132)
4. David Russo (21, .328, $107,177)
5, Gerry Sarama (17, .294, $123,757)
Fireyourguns may have misfired in his seasonal debut last week but he was fully loaded on Saturday night (May 19) by wiring the field in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Pace in 1:52.1 over the fast track. It was just a fifth of a second off the all-time track mark of 1:52.0 set ironically by Fireyourguns in 2015.
Fireyourguns shoots down field in Open Pace.

In the co-featured $11,500 Open Trot, Empire Earl N ended a modest two-race winless streak by going coast to coast to beat a pesky Fox Valley Veto by a neck in 1:58.1, equalling his seasonal best.

Last week, Fireyourguns had a front end journey but stalled out in the stretch and finished sixth in 1:53.3. But that effort proved to be a perfect tightener.

Starting from the three post, driver Mike Caprio guided Fireyourguns ($3.00) to the lead and put up fractions of :27.3, :56.0 and 1:24.1.

In the stretch, Fireyourguns had threats coming from everywhere. Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Bugatti (Billy Davis Jr.) each were making charges late but had to settle for second and third respectively as Fireyourguns held on for the half length victory.

Co-owned by trainer Terence McClory along with Jennifer and Robert Lowe, the victory by the 9-year-old gelded Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover) moved his lifetime earnings to $401,966. 
Empire Eal N wires field in Open Trot.

Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) raced off the starting gate to get the early advantage, putting up a rather pedestrian :30.0 opening panel. With middle times of :59.4 and 1:29.1 splits, Empire Earl N ($6.80) had just enough left in the stretch to fend hold off Fox Valley Veto (Davis Jr.) and BZ Glide (Caprio).

The win was the fourth in 12 tries this year for Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita). The 10-year-old gelding is owned by Kimberly Asher and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum. The victory upped to seasonal winnings to $26,013 and $187,873.

On paper in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,500 Open II Pace for the harness racing fillies and mares on Wednesday night (May 16), it appeared that it was going to be a battle to see if anyone could knock off the front running Sgt Molly Pitcher. Hey Kobe showed she was up to the challenge.

After stalking the slightly favored Sgt Molly Pitcher for more than three quarters of a mile, the second choice in the wagering Hey Kobe (Drew Monti) used the 'lightning lane' to nudge past the pace setter by a neck in a seasonal best 1:55.2 over the fast track.
Hey Kobe up to the challenge in Wednesday feature.
Sgt Molly Pitcher (Jim Morrill Jr.) was in charge early with fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:27.0. But turning for home it appeared the major danger to her was going to come from the first-over Rock My World (John Cummings Jr.). That threat never materialized but Hey Kobe was ready to take her turn.

Midway down the lane, Hey Kobe ($4.00) snuck up the passing lane and eventually got past Sgt Molly Pitcher just before the wire. Double Down Jo (Kevin Cummings) rallied late for third.

Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the fourth victory in 17 attempts this season for the 6-year-old mare Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West). The victory pushed her seasonal bankroll to $26,681 and $286,730 lifetime.
The amazing Quicksilvercandy A, a 14-year mare that produced 22 wins in 47 starts last season, continued to make her final year of racing a memorable one as she notched her 11th win in just 14 tries on the campaign with a 1-1/2 length decision over Tymal Luckynpink in 1:57.1.

Owned and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, Quicksilvercandy A (Bad Bert-Forzett) has won four straight races now, putting $36,875 in the bank in 2018 and $717,103 in her career.
For the week, the winning favorites took 14-of-25 races for 56.0 percent. The post time favorites have won 188-of-370 for 52.1 percent in 2018.
Pacer Freaky Flyer and trotter True Muscle are leading the way with the most victories on the season at Buffalo Raceway with eight apiece.

Mach Stockn Barrel is the leading money winner with $34,839 while True Muscle tops the trotters with $32,874.

Lightning Raider N is next in line with seven victories for the pacers with Donegal Jim, Krystal C and Mach Stockn Barrel in with six wins.

Signal Hill OK is in second place in the rankings for the trotters with five trips to the winner's circle.
For the week, the five post had the most victories with seven while the two post was next in line with six. The six and seven positions on the starting grid failed to collect a win.

Wins By Post Position (Week/Year)
1.  4 (102)
2.  6 (57)
3.  3 (53)
4.  4 (60)
5.  7 (58)
6.  0 (28)
7.  0 (16)
8.  1  (8)
I'd like to once again thank Buffalo Raceway photographer Steve Roth with the great action shots and other pictures used on this blog. Without his cooperation and dedication in helping promote harness racing locally, this spot would be a lot more difficult to do. To order any of his photos, go to
In the 'Handicapping Challenge between Brians Buffalo Raceway Selections and Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven, after 15 weeks of competition, Wayne leads the battle 154-116.
There were just two nights of racing at Buffalo Raceway this week and the handle on Wednesday night was $172,944 while Saturday produced $270,445 for a total of $443,389. The nightly average for the week was $221,694. Last week's handle for the two days was $382,410.
There were two claims made on Wednesday night and five more on Saturday.

Wednesday saw pacer Donegal Jim go to owner/trainer Angelo Nappo for $4,000 while trotter Dartmouth Hall was claimed by Jude Jacobs and Vallelunga Z L for $8,000.

There were seven claims made on the week.
Tessa Roland picked up a pair of $12,500 claimers as she picked up trotter True Muscle and pacer Freaky Flyer. JD Perrin will condition both standardbreds.

Perrin also picked up another job as Cheryle Perrin collected pacer R M Hawk for $12,500.

Pacer Wrangler Rockstar found a new home a Kathleen Leuer paid the $5,500 asking price. Steve Andzel will do the training.

Finally, pacer Panalytical was claimed for $10,000 by co-owners Frederick Rollain and David Bratt with Russell Bratt in charge of the training duties.
Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 12-race card.The next card then will be Saturday with a 6 p.m. starting time to allow fans to enjoy the running of the Preakness.

Saturday night  has the Spring Winner's Circle contest. Pick the winner of the ninth race and if your horse wins, who'll have a chance to win $50 in wagers plus you'll return later in the season for the grand prize drawing.
Watch and wager as Justified goes for the Triple Crown

Remember, happy hour is every live racing day from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. with $4.25 drafts, well drinks along with other items.

You can still make clubhouse reservations now for the Belmont Stakes which will be held on Saturday, June 9th. Get your table now to avoid disappointment and watch Justified go for the Triple Crown.

There's great simulcasting as well on Wednesday through Sunday featuring tracks from all around North America. There will be simulcasting at Buffalo Raceway on Memorial Day, May 28th.

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