Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Buffalo Raceway Picks for Wednesday 2-20

Below are my selections for the 12-race card at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday that has a 5 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 24-18.

                                              WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th


Race # Horse Comments
1st 4 Capital Account Way too sharp for this field
1 Norma Rei The logical one for the possible upset
5 Pistopackinpiper Perfect 2-for-2 thus far in 2019
2nd 6 Empire Earl N With a better trip tonight
5 Keystone Apache Look out for this newcomer
7 Time Will Tell All Post is the main concern
3rd 1 Quick Draft A They'll be a good draft in this one's sails
4 Donna's Beach Just failed in last attempt
6 Carrickmannon N Can't look past this gal
4th 7 Kahoku Last was was a clue
2 Shanghai Jack Dropped anchor in previous
3 Limitless Hasn't been off by that much
5th 2 Imawesternboy Won't come up short this time around
4 Keystone Royce Should be charging in the end
1 Quick Trot Has to be 'quick' from the pylons
6th 1 Starr Savannah Finally gets a competitive post
3 Simplyamission Might be on a 'mission' versus these
7 Dash For The Cash Has faced much tougher
7th 7 Kaitlyn Rae Rebounds after a dull effort
3 Granny Pants New shooter will have a say in this
5 HP Sissy Should be cutting the mile
8th 4 Auspicious Hanover Lands in a winning position
2 Serious George Tougher task but still a player
1 Chelseas Chance Can't ignore from the rail
9th 4 Donegal Jim Returns home primed for a win
3 Just Frank Looks like the top contender
6 Easy DC Does It Handled this level in last outing
10th 1 Who's Got The Move Might have the 'move' from the inside
8 Squeeze This Capable a squeezing out a decision from here
5 Fox Valley Lena Could catch at a good price
11th 3 Elias Joy Dangerous if on the front end
2 Angel's Image Takes another drop in class
5 Babylons Bridge Can't have any miscues along the way
12th 6 Honey Booboolina New barn celebrates with the victory
3 Gold Star Sonata Consistency might pay off in here
2 Glow Boat She'll 'cruise' in for third place
Best bet: Capital Account (1st race)
Live Longshot: Kahoku (4th 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.

Saturday night, I had three winners, Zero The Hero ($6.20) in the first, Mr Euroman N ($4.80) in the third and Sunset Sid ($10.20) in the ninth. I also hit the ninth race exacta for $51.00.

Wednesday night's total investment: $82.00
Saturday night's total winnings: $72.20
Winning percentage: 18-for-58......31.3%
Top choice in the money: 42-for-58...73.0%
Best best: 2-for-5...100%
Wayne Teaven leads Brian's Selections 24-18
Bankroll: minus $139.00


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

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 2-17

Driver Shawn Gray
Shawn Gray broke the tie for the top in the driver's standings as he collected seven wins on the week to move his seasonal to 15.

Gray, who had a five-bagger on Wednesday night, found pay dirt twice more on Saturday to take the lead. He is also the leading purse earner with $82,788.

Billy Davis Jr. and Drew Monti aren't far behind as they each have 11 wins, just four off the pace.

Davis Jr. had a win on Wednesday night's program and doubled on Saturday. He is second in earnings with $67,531.

After being blanked on Wednesday night, Monti bounced back with a triple on Saturday and is third in earnings with $60,683.

Ray Fisher Jr. had an excellent week as he posted six wins with a double on Wednesday and a four-bagger on Saturday night. He's fourth in the standings with nine.

Denny Bucceri was the only other driver on the week with multiple victories as he singled on both Wednesday and Saturday.

There were nine drivers who had at least one trip to the winner's circle last week.

Buffalo Raceway's Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Shawn Gray (15, .440, $82,788)
2. Billy Davis Jr. (11, .357, $67,531)
2. Drew Monti (11, .302, $60,683)
4. Ray Fisher Jr. (9, .354, $52,292)
5. Larry Stalbaum (3, .219, $34,521)
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Trainer Sabrina Clevenger
It was share the wealth week at Buffalo Raceway as a total of 18 different trainers combined to win 25 of the races contested.

Only five trainers had more than a victory with Maria Rice and Mike Ohol each getting three wins. Sabrina Clevenger had a double Saturday evening while James Clouser Jr. and Jerry Nugent Jr. each had a score on Wednesday and Saturday.

Rice is atop the rankings thanks to her three wins. Besides her season-leading nine victories, she also leads the way in purse earnings with $82,788.

Last season's champion, Clouser Jr., sits in second place with six wins and second in money earned with $37,698.

There is a three-way tie for third with Mike Ohol, JD Perrin and Gerry Saram each with five wins on the young campaign.

In 58 races run this year at Buffalo Raceway, 25 different trainers have at least one victory.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. Maria Rice (9, .471, $44,245)
2. James Clouser Jr. (6, .429, $37,698)
3. Mike Ohol (5, .378, $38,592)
3. JD Perrin (5, .496, $25, 474)
3. Gerry Sarama (5, .319, $12,783)
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Upfront Countryboy got 'up front' early in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Class AA Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb.16) and never looked back in taking a 1-1/2 length harness racing triumph over Dark Horse in 1:56.0 over the good track.

Title Town (Shawn McDonough) was quickest off the gate in the main event but didn't have much time to savor the front end as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) took over the lead just before the opening panel.

Dark Horse was first over and looked like the main threat to Upfront Countryboy coming down the stretch but his rally didn't materialize as hoped and had to settle for second with Title Town holding on for the show position.

Upfront Countryboy was 'up front' at the wire Saturday.
Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the first win in two starts for Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The 10-year-old gelding has earned $6,670 this year and $446,090 in his career.

There were a pair of $9,500 Class A paces on the under card.

Mr Euroman N ($4.80) went gate-to-wire and turned back the late attempts by R M Hawk (David McNeight III) and Manceiver (Gray) to take the victory in 1:57.0 in the first sub-featured event.

Leaving from the inside post, Mr Euroman N set the fractions with a :29.2, :58.3 and 1:28.0. A :29.0 last panel was enough as R M Hawk could get no closer than a half length.

Driven by Billy Davis Jr. and trained by Maria Rice, Mr Euroman N (Art Major-Little Big Sister) is a 7-year-old gelding that is co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD. It was the second victory in five tries this season for Mr. Euroman N, now a winner of $9,950 in 2019 and $113,329 lifetime.

In the second leg, A F F Bigdaddy (Drew Monti) was able to grind out a length victory over Im So Handsome in 1:56.3.

Going first over down the backstretch, A F F Bigdaddy slowly but surely started to cut into the lead of Im So Handsome and took over command midway down the lane. Im So Handsome had to settle for the place position with Heaven Rocks finishing in third.

A F F Bigdaddy (Sir Luck-Artacam Hanover) is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Jennifer and Marcus Rogowski. Conditioned by Steven Kiblin, it was the first trip to the winner's circle for A F F Bigdaddy, now a earner of $5,590 this year and $85,115 in his career.

Time Will Tell All and HP Sissy each used different methods to find their way to the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured harness racing events on Wednesday night (Feb. 13).

Time Will Tell All gets the win in Wednesday's trot.
Time Will Tell All used a late charge down the passing lane to take the victory in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot while HP Sissy made every step a winning one to capture the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.

Driver Shawn Gray got a perfect pocket trip in the opener with Time Will Tell All and never took the lead until the shadow of the wire.

After drafting behind the front stepping Chelseas Chance, who posted splits of :30.2, 1:00.4 and 1:32.0,

Time Will Tell All ($7.70) had a spot through the passing lane and held back a late rally from Lucky Guess (Drew Monti).

 The winner tripped the timer in 2:02.3, notching a neck decision.

A game Empire Earl N (Billy Davis Jr.), a winner of three straight, finished third while being parked the entire mile.
Owned by William Emmons and conditioned by James Clouser Jr., it was the first victory in four tries in 2019 for Time Will Tell All (Prayer I Am-Tender Dion). The win pushed the 8-year-old gelding's seasonal earnings to $8,125 and $200,036 lifetime.
HP Sissy (#3) hangs on for co-featured pace win.
HP Sissy took command off the gate and held on late to score a $16.40 surprise in the co-feature for the distaff pacers.

Denny Bucceri guided HP Sissy right to the lead, posting fractions of :28.4, 1:00.0 and 1:29.4.

Things got a little scary for HP Sissy in deep stretch as You Mach Me Crazy (Gray) was full out but saw her threat come up just a neck short. 24Sentimental Lady (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.

Trained by Mike Ohol and owned by John and Sally Finocchario, it was the second victory in four outings for 6-year-old mare HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip).

 The win upped her seasonal earnings to $10,263 and $261,399 in her career.
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For the season, favorites have won 22 of 58 races for a 39%.

This past week, post time favorites captured 9 of 25 events for 36%
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Beachy Dream is the top money winner at Buffalo Raceway with $10,900 and is one of eight pacers that has two victories on the young season. Also with a pair of wins are Acefourtyfourdon, Capital Account, HP Sissy, Littlebitofabrat, Mr Euroman N, Pistopackinpiper and Susies Delight.

No trotter has been able to find the winner's circle more than once in 2019.
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The two hole had a good week with seven victories in 25 races while the three, four and seven post is next with four wins.

During the recent week, the six spot collected just one victory while the eight post was shutout.

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

1. 10 (3)
2. 10 (7)
3.   7 (4)
4.   8 (4)
5. 10 (2)
6.   1 (4)
7.   5 (4)
8.   3 (0)
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The handle for the week showed $307,841 going through the windows on Wednesday night with the take on Saturday evening being $199,060. The week's total was $506,901 with a nightly average of $253,450. Last week's total handle was $417,596.
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In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Brians Selections and Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven, Teaven leads 24-18 after three cards.
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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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The first claim of the season came in the 12th race on Wednesday evening as owner/trainer Rachelle Mungillo took pacer Honey Booboolina for the $4,000 tag. The claim was the only made thus far in 2019.
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Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled. The action will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

A reminder that the Buffalo Raceway simulcasting area will be open this Monday due to the holiday. Bet on great tracks from around North America.

Wednesday night will feature another round of the "Opportunity Knocks' Series.

Saturday night is the first "Winner's Circle Buffet' where $19 will get you a buffet dinner with a soft drink, $5 wager for Buffalo Raceway, $5 in free play at Hamburg Gaming and a Buffalo Raceway program. Reservations are recommended by calling 716-0649-1280, ext. 6300. This promotion will take place on the last Saturday of each month.

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

The Winter's Winner 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.

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

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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Thank You!!!

I'd like to thank everyone who followed Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections during the 2018 racing season.
Thanks for your support in 2018!!!

A full yearly recap story will be posted on Tuesday with all the statistics and highlights from the past season at Buffalo Raceway.

I'd like to thank Jim Mango, Jon Cramer, Steve Roth, Tom Agosti, Wayne Teaven and Cheryl Menchi along with trainers, drivers and owners for all their support and help they have given me throughout the year. Without their cooperation, this site wouldn't be as successful as it is. There have been nearly a quarter of a million hits on this website and I am also well over 1,500 Twitter followers.

Also, check out Hoof Beats Magazine in August for my story on Quicksilvercandy A and Riley Asher-Stalbaum. It's a neat story with great pictures provided by Steve Roth.

Once again, thank you to everyone who followed this website this season and we'll be back again in January, 2019.