Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Buffalo Raceway Wednesday Night Selections

Here are my selections for Wednesday night's 13-race card at Buffalo Raceway with a post time of 5 p.m. (EDT). Wager on the card at TVG, Twin Spires, Bet America and many simulcast locations throughout the United States and Canada. Follow the 'Handicapping Challenge' all season long between Buffalo Raceway announcer Michael Carter and Brian's Buffalo Raceway
Selections. The 'Challenge' is tied 25-25 through Saturday night. The first five races will be telecast on TVG!!
                                                    Wednesday, January 28th
Race # Horse Comments
1st 6 Lutetium Gets the slightest edge
7 Second Hand News Second best tonight
3 Justgottogetthere Should be very competitive
2nd 3 Memumsnotnice Controls the action to the wire
8 Bazooka Terror Late stretch try comes up short
4 Wicked Elphaba Needed last appearance
3rd 3 S A Lowe Catch me if you can
2 Eyemajet Capable from this spot
4 Infrontigo Hanover Post break sure does help
4th 1 Sky Keeper Gets an easier test from the pylons
4 City Kid This 'kid' may win it all
8 Vacation Day Needs the perfect trip
5th 1 Eyeseefame Rebounds after costly break last time
5 Chrome Over Gray takes his turn in the sulky
2 Princess Bliss Garden spot makes a contender
6th 1 Herbie Is Gone No excuses from the inside
5 Zorgwijk Mercedes Still camera shy
3 Somolli Crown Has to mind manners
7th 1 Tiger Boudoir The 'tiger' roars against these
3 Helena's Hope Plenty of 'hope' here
8 Putnams Kream Post is the lone concern
8th 7 Pathtodover Despite the outside start
6 The Prophet Mary Hard to eliminate
1 CS Kentucky Dangerous from here
9th 1 McArdle Direct Cruises coast-to-coast
2 Passion Upperclass Ignore last attempt
5 Puff Mommy Can't drop anchor
10th 1 No Teasing Me Will have a longer nose this evening
4 Future Life The main threat
7 Legal Process Pads the trifecta
11th 2 Magnolia Is in 'full bloom' versus these
4 Hally Will be battling in the lane
5 Safe Bet Hanover Always a serious factor
12th 3 Whipmeintoshape In 'good shape' right now
1 Stage Star Could be the 'star' in this race
4 Aries Angel Never overlook this mare
13th 1 Lifeoftheoldboy May not look back
2 Goddess's Justin Will be chasing the entire mile
4 Tapioca Blues Tumble in class is key

Best bet: Herbie Is Gone (6th race)
Live longshot: Pathtodover (8th race)

I will play $2 to win on each top selection and $2 cold exactas and $1 trifecta wheels with the top choice along with the second and third place finishers. I will also play $2 daily doubles and $1 cold Pick-3s and Pick-4 on each card.

Saturday night, I had four winners, Mach Stockn Barrel ($2.20) in the seventh, Youwillwishyouhad ($3.70) in the eighth, Magic Manny ($4.30) in the eleventh and Carman Coyote ($10.00) in the thirteenth. I also hit the eighth race trifecta for $21.70.

Wednesday night's total investment: $82.00
Saturday night's total winnings: $41.90
Win percentage: 25-for-73  34.3 percent
Top pick in the money: 48-for-73  69.8 percent
Best bet percentage: 4-for-6  66.6 percent
Brian's Selections vs. Michael Carter: Tied 25-25
BANKROLL: minus $57.65

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap...1/25

Billy Dobson had eight victories on the week including a five-bagger on Saturday night to pull within three of Kevin Cummings in the driver's race. 
Billy Dobson has 5-bagger Saturday

Dobson had two victories on Wednesday night along with a single on Friday to move his total to 12 on the season.

Shawn Gray is just one win in back of Cummings with a seven-victory week. Gray notched four on Wednesday night then cooled of with just a double on Friday and one on Saturday. He trails Cummings 15-14. Gray also trained three winners as well.

Frank Milby got into the top five in the driver's standings thanks to a four-win week including a triple on Friday night.

Kevin Cummings had a double on Wednesday night as well while Ron Beback Jr. had a triple on Friday night. Beback Jr. also had two victories as a trainer.

David McNeight III had two scores on Saturday night.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Kevin Cummings (15, .455, $54,368)
2. Shawn Gray (14, .298, $55,342)
3. Billy Dobson (12, .359, $69,108)
4. John Cummings Jr. (9, .326, $44,415)
5. Frank Milby (6, .261, $43,800)
The trainer's standings remain extremely close after the first two weeks.
Maria Rice had three training wins

Maria Rice moved into the top five after registering three victories during the week. Her good week put her into a tied for third place with John Mungillo and James Clouser Jr. who each have five wins on the season as well.

JD Perrin still sits atop the leader board with seven total victories, four of which came this week. He is the top earner thus far with $30,944.

Neal Russo has six wins on the season and three came this week.

James Clouser Jr., Gray, David McNeight Jr., and John Mungillo also tripled while Ron Van Wagoner, Denny Bucceri and Beback Jr. all had two trips to the winner's circle.

There were 21 different trainers who posted at least one win last week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Earnings)
1. JD Perrin (7, .380, $30,494)
2. Neal Russo (6, .521, $26,308)
3. James Clouser Jr. (5, .64, $26,610)
4. John Mungillo (5, .444, $26,332)
5. Maria Rice (5, .377, $17,337)
Pacers Beachfront, Fast Fool, Mach Stockn Barrel, Magic Manny, Putnams Kream, The Prophet Mary and Youwillwishyouhad along with trotters Second Hand News and Valorscross have all started out the 2015 campaign at Buffalo Raceway a perfect 2-for-2.
Youwillwishyouhad is making the 2015 harness racing season as successful as his 2014 campaign as he scored another impressive victory in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night.

After posting 11 victories in 28 starts last year and finishing in the money 13 other times, Youwillwishyouhad made it a perfect 2-for-2 in the early going of 2015 after romping to an easy 2-1/2 length win over Western Alumni in 1:57.3 over the good track.

Youwillwishyouhad continues an amazing streak
Starting from the three post, Youwillwishyouhad had little resistance in getting to the lead and put up fractions of 29.2, 59.3 and 1:29.0. Turning for home, driver John Cummings Jr. had Youwillwishyouhad in cruise control and looked for some challengers which never materialized. Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) skimmed the pylons to take second while No Real Surprise (Frank Milby) held on for third.

Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., the 4-year-old Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has now earned $10,500 this season and $76,657 lifetime. It was his 17th career trip to the winner's circle in just 39 starts.

The trotters in the second race at Buffalo Raceway sure did put on a show Friday night and when the dust settled, Nineanddivine (Frank Milby) took a nose victory and returned a whopping $186.00 for the harness racing victory.
Nineanddivine (#8) scores the $186.00 upset win Friday night
The top four finishers were all within a head of each other in the end and the entire field of eight were just three lengths apart at the wire.

Tremendous Hit (Shawn Gray) was in command through three-quarters of a mile but said good night at the top of the stretch.

Trotters then started coming from everywhere in the lane and Nineanddivine, sitting seventh in the drive for the finish, rallied and nosed out 13-1 shot Chrome Finish (Ray Fisher Jr.) for the victory. Ryan's Caviar (Jim McNeight), 18-1 shot, was a head back to take third.

The $2 exacta of 8-6 returned $2,131 and the 50-cent trifecta of 8-6-5 was worth $6,228.
Nineanddivine is owned by Todd Santoro and is trained by Gary Gibson.

They used two different routes but post time favorites Bazooka Terror and Second Hand News each found their way to the harness racing winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night in the co-featured events.

Bazooka Terror went from last to first to take the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace while Second Hand News showed plenty of heart in going gate-to-wire in the $10,500 Open Trot.

Bazooka Terror goes from last two first in F&M Open Pace
Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings had a lot of patience with Bazooka Terror in the opener. After sitting sixth and last past the half-mile pole, the pair went first over down the backstretch and easily cruised past Memumsnotnice (Frank Milby) and Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) in the stretch to score the 1-1/4 length win in 1:56.3. The winner turned in a 28.0 final panel.

Bazooka Terror (Western Terror-Lucky Liz) is a 6-year-old mare owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr. In the money 29 of 41 races in 2014, Bazooka Terror has now earned $157,987 lifetime with the victory.

In the Open Trot, Second Hand News and Milby set the fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:29 and had the the usually front-running Lutetium breathing down their neck until the top of the stretch.
Second Hand News wires field in Open Trot

Second Hand News was first attacked by Lutetium on the outside down the stretch with no luck. Then midway down the lane, Cummings dropped Lutetium into the passing lane but again to no avail as Second Hand News ($4.40) and Milby opened up a 2-1/4 length edge at the wire. They went the mile in 1:57.3. City Kid (Billy Dobson) finished in third.

The 13-year-old Second Hand News (Pathway To Victory-Mohawk Super Night) is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Kent Conshafter. Ron Van Wagoner trained Second Hand News, now a perfect 2-for-2 on the young season.
Wednesday's are continuing to be a great night on the tote board. After handling $377,77 on opening night, the total for this past Wednesday evening was $412,238.

Besides the $412,238 on Wednesday, Friday night's total was $262,590 while Saturday night's handle was $262,225 for a weekly total of $937,053 and an average of $321,351 per card. Last week's total handle was $851,967.
There were four claims during the week with at least one each racing night.

Wednesday night, trotter Herbie Is Gone was taken for the $8,000 price by Sidney Easton with Anthony Cummings the trainer.

On Friday night, Tessa Roland got the action started by taking pacer Put It In Gear for $6,000 with JD Perrin the trainer. Richard Baldelli and Bob Gruber III got together to took pacer Donegal Jim for $4,000 while James Kustra took pacer The Awful Truth for $5,000. Gruber III will train both Donegal Jim and The Awful Truth.

Mark Jakubik and Roland combined on Saturday night to the pacer Peter Pumpkineater for $17,500 with Perrin the trainer.
The post time favorite on opening week won 21 out of the 38 races. That is almost 58 percent average. For the season, Buffalo Raceway's winning favorite is 39 of 73, or 56 percent.
In the "Handicapping Challenge" between Buffalo Raceway announcer Michael Carter and Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections, the contest is tied at 25-25 through the second week. Michael had a seven-win night on Saturday.
I would like to thank Buffalo Raceway photographer Steve Roth in advance 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 www.photosbyroth.com
The Guaranteed $5,000 Pick-4 is back this coming Wednesday night starting in the fifth race. The pool is guaranteed by the Western New York Harness Horseman's Association and the United State Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program.
The 'five was alive' in post position wins at Buffalo Raceway this week as it produced 11 victories. The inside five posts took 36 of 38 wins. The six spot failed to score a win while the seven and eight spots got one each.

Wins By Post Position
1.  6
2.  5
3.  8
4.  7
5. 11 
6.  0
7.  1
8.  1
People registered in the Memebers Rewards Club who make a total of $500 in wagers on Buffalo Raceway in either January or February will receive a Buffalo Raceway polo shirt with their credit voucher.

It's free to join and can be done so at the Customer Service location in the clubhouse during simulcast or live racing.
Racing will resume this week on Wednesday night with a 12-race card scheduled. There will be co-features on the program with the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace set to go in the first race while the Open Trot will be the third race.

There will once again be the $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 starting in the fifth race. The night also has the $3,00 Wednesday Night Specials including pizza, pop, hot dogs, pretzels and beer.

Racing will also be held on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:35 p.m. Make a clubhouse reservation for any Saturday night in January or February and you'll receive $5 off total your total table meal purchase, $5 per person in free play at Hamburg Gaming along with free programs for each member of your party.

Call 716-649-1280, extension 300 to make your reservation. The clubhouse has open seating on Wednesday and Friday nights.

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 www.buffaloraceway.com

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