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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Buffalo Raceway Saturday Night Selections

Below are my selections for the 11-race card Saturday night starting at 6 p.m. The Pick-5 starts in the fifth race with a $603 carryover. You can wager on Buffalo Raceway at TVG, Bet America, Twin Spires along with other internet and simulcast outlets around the United States and Canada. Buffalo Raceway announcer Peter Berry leads Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections 279-225 in the 'Handicapping Challenge' through Friday night.
                                                  Saturday, June 25th
Race # Horse Comments
1st 5 China Dream Closes late to snag the win
2 Lucky Nadotremblay Dangerous from this position
6 G D Airliner Returns to the comforts of Buffalo
2nd 6 Button Fly Won't disappoint backers again
3 Inthenameofjames Drops down to competitive level
1 He Said Gets an inside draw at last
3rd 1 Mystical Valentine Takes advantage of the pylons
4 Thebestofme Looms the top threat
2 Believeinyourmach Needed last appearance
4th 1 Instant Thrill Will 'thrill' us again with a win
4 Youwillwishyouhad Back class might pay off
7 If It Rains Post is the main obstacle
5th 3 That Horse J D This guy is a win machine
6 Southwind Torque Has been knocking on the door
5 Dumas Walker Faces better but still OK
6th 4 Dash N Better draw aids in the upset
2 No Real Surprise Can't stall out at the finish
7 Yosemite Camn Toss out last start
7th 1 Listowel May not look back from here
5 Enzo Seelster Always involved in the end
4 Rebel Teen Don't overlook this guy
8th 3 Deuces And Jacks Looks like a winning hand tonight
2 Junior Pride The one to track down
1 Carman Coyote Should get a great trip
9th 1 Peter Pumpkineater Drops and pops from the pylons
3 Cracker Stoney Better than last two outings
6 Donegal Jim Last race wasn't true
10th 4 Surfer's Paradise Catches the wave for the victory
5 Bazooka Shooting for second place
8 Bieber Hanover May arrive 'just in' time
11th 2 The Dominate One Excuses end this evening
1 Ghost Victory Might wake up from here
3 Whosurbanker Adds some value to the ticket

Best bet: Instant Thrill (4th race)
Live longshot: Dash N (6th race)

Friday night, I had one winner, Dragon Seelster ($3.00) in the seventh.

I will play $2 to win on all top selections along with a $2 cold exacta with my first and second choices and a $1 trifecta key. Also I will play $2 on all daily doubles along with $1 straight Pick-3 and Pick-5s on each racing program.

Saturday night's total investment: $72.00
Friday night's total winnings: $3.00
Win percentage: 225-for-797 28.76%
Top pick in the money: 530-for-797 69.73%
Best bet of the night: 25-for-70 39.6%
Peter Berry leads Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections 279-225
Bankroll: minus $1519.00

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap For 6/19

Jim Morrill Jr. hit the century mark in wins at Buffalo Raceway this week as he posted 11 victories including his fourth seven-bagger of the season.
Jim Morrill Jr.

Morrill Jr. also took over the lead in pursing earnings with $460,199. He leads Todd Cummings in the win column 100-83 and the purse earnings $460,199 to $450,782. This Wednesday, Morrill Jr, will be back in action in the New York Sire Stakes featuring the 3-year-old filly pacers.

Kevin Cummings heated up on Sunday afternoon with four victories and allowed him to move into a fourth place tie with Drew Monti at 65. Cummings finished with six wins on the week.

Monti and Ray Fisher Jr. each tripled on Friday enroute to a four-win weeks. 

David McNeight III had two wins on both the Saturday and Sunday programs while Shawn McDonough doubled on Sunday.

Thanks to the Sire Stakes which brought in out of town drivers, 15 different reinsmen found their way to the winner's circle.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Jim Morrill Jr. (100, .552, $460,199)
2. Todd Cummings (83, .291, $450,782)
3. Drew Monti (74, .247, $447,554)
4. Ray Fisher Jr. (65, .236, $404,854)
4. Kevin Cummings (65, .344, $352,517)
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JD Perrin continued his assault on the rest of the field in the trainer's standings with another three victories which pushed his seasonal total to 85.

Perrin now is just 37 wins away from Buffalo Raceway's all-time record of  122 set by Sherri Holliday.

Maria Rice remains in second place in the standings with 45 victories and remains the leading female trainers.

Gerry Sarama, John Mungillo and Rose Russo also were able to head to the winner's circle three times during the week.

Mike Carrubba, Angelo Nappo, Joe Agostino and Leonard Segall all managed two wins.

There were a total of 29 different trainers that scored a win during the 42-race week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Earnings)
1. JD Perrin (856, .396, $371,675)
2. Maria Rice (45, .373, $272,547)
3. John Mungillo (41, .308, $233,710)
4. Kirk Desmond (35, .287, $185,335)
5. David McNeight Jr. (.32, .259, $191,526)
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There was plenty of 'luck' to be had in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,000 Open II pace on Saturday night (June 18) as Lucky Nadotremblay ($8.00) rallied in time to beat Lucky King by a half length in 1:55.0 over the fast harness racing track.
 
Lucky Nadotremblay had the luck on his side on Saturday
It was a scramble to the top as Lucky King managed to grab the lead just before the opening stanza as Lucky Nadotremblay settled back and enjoyed the pocket trip. With splits of 28.2, 56.3 and 1:25.4, Lucky King tried to make it to the end but in mid stretch, Lucky Nadotremblay got into high gear and roared on by to snatch the victory.

Lucky King (Ron Beback Jr.) was able to hold on for second place while Bad Fox (Lee Dahn) took the show spot.

It was the fourth victory of the season for Lucky Nadotremblay who is trained by Alex Giuliani and is co-owned the Paul and Ronald Viele. The win moved the 6-year-old's seasonal earnings to $22,623 and $152,992 lifetime.

Strong Hope ($5.10) remained razor sharp and proved it by lowering his own track record in winning the $10,000 Open Trot in 1:56.3 over the fast harness racing track at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (June 17).
 
Strong Hope with another track record on Friday night.
He beat his own standard of 1:57.1 (aged 5+ colt) set this season on April 16. Strong Hope has now won four times in his last eight starts along with a trio of second place finishes.
It was the sixth time this year a track record has been rewritten at Buffalo Raceway.

With the field scratched down to five, Cold Certified tried to cut the mile with splits of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.0. But with a quarter mile to trot, Cold Certified called it a night and the first-over Strong Hope (Ray Fisher Jr.) powerfully took command and never looked back in the stretch, putting away the field with a 28.3 last panel.

The battle for the minor spoils went to Serious George (Mike Caprio) who finished 3-3/4 lengths behind the winner while Northern Matador (Jim Morrill Jr.) took third.

Owned and trained by Joe Agostino, Strong Hope (Cr Excalibur-Spring Lane Joanie) is a 9-year-old horse who has six wins in 20 attempts this season. The victory upped his 2016 winnings to $43,191 and $544,074 lifetime.

A pair of track records, seven victories and a New York Sire Stakes win. It was just another day at the office for harness racing driver Jim Morrill Jr. at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 15).

Morrill Jr. captured a $58,000 division of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacers as to guided Missile J to a neck victory over Manny in a track record of 1:53.1 which eclipsed the gelding mark of 1:53.4 set by Murder He Wrote in 2014.
Missile J winning in track time of 1:53.1 in NYSS

Earlier in the program, Morrill Jr. and Terrorcam set a new track standard for the 4-year-old pacing mares with a 1:54.1 time in a filly and mare optional claiming race. It crushed the old time of 1:55.0 established by Bet The Ranch in 2009 and Skyway Tia in 2015.

It was the fourth time this season Morrill Jr. has posted seven wins on a program at Buffalo Raceway as he accomplished the feat on March 3, March 25 and April 15. Kevin Cummings still hold the Buffalo Raceway mark with eight wins back on June 2011, 2005.

Fine Diamond and driver Joe Bongiorno won the $59,100 first division of the New York Sire Stakes with a half-length decision over Craftship in 1:56.0.

Missile J ($2.20), the winner of the $300,0000 Art Rooney Stakes at Yonkers earlier this season, opened up a six-length edge with a quarter mile to pace, but just had enough left to beat the hard-charging Manny (Chris Lems) by a diminishing neck in 1:53.1.
A blistering 26.2 second panel which set up a 54.0 half for Missile J wasn't was Morrill Jr. was hoping for, stating, "He was all wound up. He just wanted to go."

And go he did. Missile J tipped the timer in 1:23.1 to three quarters and but was begging for the finish line. "He was certainly tired at the end, especially with those fractions," Morrill Jr. said after the race. Manny finished in second with JK Heaven Sent (Bongiorno) taking third.

Owned by Kj Stables LLC and the Purple Haze Stables and conditioned by Linda Toscano, it was the sixth win in 10 starts this season for Missile J (American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter). It increased his season earnings to $232,675. Missile J was unraced in 2015.

In the other NYSS division, Fine Diamond and Bongiorno sat back and watched the front end battle between Craftship (Morrill Jr.) and Bottom Deals (Lems). The speed duel did the pair in as Fine Diamond scooted down the passing lane to register the half length decision. Craftship took the place position and Autotune Hanover (Dobson) was third.

Meadowlands regular Joe Bongiorno wins with Fine Diamond
"With Bottom Deals and Craftship pushing the fractions, it set it up pretty well for me," said Bongiorno. "Fine Diamond was excellent."
A Meadowlands, the 22-year-old Bongiorno said, "It's my first time here (at Buffalo Raceway) and it was a great experience."

It was the fourth win in six starts for Fine Diamond (Rock N Roll Hanover-Yellow Diamond). The decision pushed his seasonal bankroll to $63,635 and $209,145 lifetime. He is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Buscemi and the Panhellenic Stable.

In the Excelsior A Series with each leg carrying a purse of $15,000, the winners were Hash-Tag Chrome (Sam Schillaci), Readysetletsroll (Billy Dobson) and Here's The Scoop (Morrill Jr.).

The non-betting Excelsior B Series race worth $6,200 went to Americanation (Dobson).
Wanna Rock N Roll (Lems) captured the $9,500 Open Pace for the filly and mares in 1:56.1 and returned $4.20.
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The claim box was relatively busy during the weekend with two changing barns on both Friday and Saturday nights.

On Friday, trainer Priscilla Mooney and Edward Belica took pacer Junior Pride for $15,000 while out of the same race, owner/trainer David McNeight Jr. selected Spring Terror.

Saturday night saw the well-traveled pacer That Horse JD move again as Paul and Ronald Viele took for the $15,000 price with Alex Giuliani the trainer.

Elizabeth and Dyce Spalluto along with Curtis Edholm got together and claimed Instant Thrill for $15,000 with Milo Zdjelar Jr. the conditioner.
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The next Claiming Championship Series is well underway and here are the standings for the different divisions through June 16. Below are the top four leaders in each bracket. The finals are scheduled for July 23rd.

Horse & Gelding Pacers ($4,000-$7,000)                 Filly &Mare Pacers ($4,000-$7,000) 
 Schooner Or Later 120                                                Helena's Hope 175
OK Braveheart 112                                                      Amoreuble Hanover 150
Warhorse 108                                                                Mystical Danica 137
KC Colt 105                                                                 Val's Jett 125

Horse & Gelding Pacers ($5,000-$7,000)                 Filly & Mare Pacers ($8,000-$12,000)
Junior Pride 112                                                           Fresh Squeezed 163
Donegal Jim 88                                                            Charmschooldropout 95
Cracker Stoney 83                                                        Voltina 50
Two are tied with 75                                                    Babe's Chip 50

Horse & Gelding Pacers ($8,000-$10,000)               Trotters ($4,000-$5,500)
Yosemite Camn 175                                                    Wild Ride 87
Enzo Seelster 100                                                        Christina Victory 75
Mystical Valentine 100                                                Alabama Flash 62
Carman Coyote 80                                                       Mr Avalanche 25

Horse & Geldings ($12,000-$15,000)                       Trotters ($8,000-$12,000)
Instant Thrill 125                                                         Socialdelight 125
Bettor Design 100                                                        Lenny Mac 85
Most Happy Rider 83                                                  VIP 63
Two tied with 50                                                          Patronus 62
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The handle for Wednesday night was $188,526, Friday night was $127,027, Saturday saw $120,790 while Sunday posted $134,190 for a total of $570,533. The four-day average was $142,633. Last week's total for the three nights was $609,762.
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In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections and track announcer Peter Berry, Berry leads 272-220 through Saturday night.

To get additional insight on handicapping, Wayne Teaven will share his thoughts live every evening for that night's program. So besides the opinion of Berry and Mazurek, Teaven will add his view into the mix.
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Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections would like to thank track photographer Steve Roth for the providing the fine pictures used on this blog. To order any photos in the winner's circle or even action shots, contact Steve at photosbyroth.com
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There were 42 races contested during the week at Buffalo Raceway and the post time favorites won 21 times for a 50% average. For the season, the favorites have won 353 of 787 races for 44.07%.
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The wins from the starting grid at Buffalo Raceway had the one and four holes leading the way with 10 victories during the week. All posts had at least one win.

Buffalo Raceway wins by post position (Week/Year)
1.  10  (226)
2.   4   (125) 
3.   7   (114)
4.  10  (126)
5.   4    (94)
6.   3   (56)
7.   2   (35)
8.   1   (17)
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Pacers That Horse J D is in sole possession of first place for the most wins on the season with 10 while Aberarder Smitty and Helena's are next with nine. That Horse JD is also the top money winner with $49,560.

Socialdelight are the top winner for the trotters with eight.victories while Kahoku, Noble Legend and Strong Hope each have six.
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Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 12-race card which will feature Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. along with $3.50 hot dogs, pizza, pretzels and more.

The second night of New York Sire Stakes races are this Wednesday with the 3-year-old filly pacers. There will also be battles in the Excelsior A & B divisions along with the Open Pace for the fillies and mares.

Matt Kakaley, Andy Miller and Mark MacDonald are expected in town for the Wednesday program along with local favorite Jim Morrill Jr.

Then on Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. post, the 3-year-old colt trotters arrive. The track side grill will be open serving hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers.

There will also be a 5 p.m. post on Friday night while Saturday's live post time will be 6 p.m.

Also, bring your group out to the track for a great night of live action. There's a packages available for groups of 10 or more. Call 716-649-1280, extension 200 for more details.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Drew Monti Completes Unique Daily Double

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- In Drew Monti's mind, there was no way he wasn't going to complete a unique daily double last Saturday (May 21).
 
His commencement ceremony from Canisius College in Buffalo was scheduled at 12:30 p.m. and he was slated to drive in eight events at Buffalo Raceway starting at 7 p.m. With college graduations tending to drag on and many photos to be taken after wards, there was a chance Monti might have to take the night off in the sulky.
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Drew Monti
 
Not a chance.
 
Wearing the blue and gold cap and gown of Canisius College, Monti happily and proudly accepted his Bachelors in Economics diploma, took plenty of pictures and spent time with family, friends and well-wishers. He then made it to Buffalo Raceway where he donned his racing colors of brown, gold and white with plenty of time to spare.
 
"I knew a long time ago that graduation was on a Saturday and initially I figured I wouldn't drive that night," Monti said. "But then after thinking about it for a bit, I knew that I could do both. There wasn't a chance I was going to miss my college graduation. None. It's a once in a lifetime thing. At worst I figured I might miss the first few races." 
 
So after four years of juggling his schedule with school, studying, working in the barn and driving, figuring out his graduation day events was a breeze. He actually made it to the track around 4:45 p.m., plenty of time to race in all three qualifiers.
 
"After graduation, my friends thought I was out of my mind to drive that night," Monti said. "But I am committed to driving every night and to the people who give me the opportunity to do so. I guess not driving never crossed my mind really."
 
Monti stated before that he used to, on occasion, daydream in class about that night's card. He basically blocked out racing during the graduation ceremony admitted with a chuckle, "Racing that night after graduation was in the back of my mind."
 
Drew finished the night with one victory aboard Bettor Design ($6.30) along with a second and four third place finishes. "I wish I could have done better but it wasn't a bad night."
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Monti drove Bettor Design to win on Graduation Day
 
Getting an education was always a priority for Drew. "I could be winning eight races a night but there was no way I was ever going to drop out college. My parents were never going to let that happen and I wasn't going to let it happen either."
 
Drew was especially happy to see his Uncle Dan (Monti) at the graduation ceremony. "I'm his only nephew and he's a doctor in Philadelphia. He pointed me in the right direction academically and was the biggest influence on me academically."
 
It was a tough grind for Monti the past four years. With school five days a week, racing three to four nights a week along with working in the barn on off days, there was little free time. "I never had a set schedule. I tried to keep up on my school work and do it when I could. A break here, a break there, a cancelled class. Every day was a little different and it was a challenge."
 
He handled the hectic schedule well as his final grade point average (GPA) will be in the 3.2 range. 
 
While Monti will continue to find a seat in the sulky, his diploma won't be sitting collecting dust on the mantle. He's already landed a job with Buffalo Financial Associates and starts in about a month.
 
"They (Buffalo Financial Associates) have absolutely no problems with me working for them and driving at night," the 21-year-old Monti said. "It's a good job and I can take it as far as I want to. It's going to be nice to have two incomes."
 
And while he's starting a new job, he's also in the thick of the Buffalo Raceway driving championship race. Jim Morrill Jr. leads the way with 71 victories while Todd Cummings is next with 69 and Monti third with 60.
 
Now he's in search of a Pick-3...graduating college, landing a great new job and winning the Buffalo Raceway driving title. 
 
With the determination, commitment and pride Monti has shown thus far in his young career, it is extremely possible.

Photos by Steve Roth

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The ABC's of WNY Harness Racing for 2016

Below are the yearly ABC's of harness racing at Buffalo Raceway as the 2016 season kicks off on Wednesday, January 13th with a 5 p.m. post time. 

A: Andrew (Drew) Monti continues to be a rising star locally in the sulky and give Kevin Cummings a run for his money in the driver's standings.
Drew Monti

B: Buffalo Raceway putting on some great competitive races once again and hopefully will enjoy some outstanding weather.

C: Cummings (Kevin) will once again challenge the all-time win mark in a season of 212 set by Jim Morrill Jr. He'll be the one to beat in the driver's standings as well.

D: David McNeight Jr. finds his way to the winner's circle once again on a regular basis. With son David McNeight III in the bike, he's a contender for the training title.

E: Exotic wagers at Buffalo Raceway, including the new Pick-5, have some great payoffs.

F: Flanigen (Jack) remains a 'never overlook' driver when making selections at Buffalo Raceway.

G: Gregory (Jeff) keeps returning 'home' to compete on the New York Sires Stakes circuit.

H:Having afternoon racing the summer may be one of Western New York's best kept secrets.

I: Inclement weather is a word off limits this season in Western New York.

J: John Campbell makes another appearance during the season after arriving for the Sire Stakes after a 23-year absence in 2015.
Incelement weather, including snow, always possible in WNY

K: Keep an eye on the Friday night races as huge prices tended to be the norm.

L: Lems (Chris) finds success once again as he won $115,879 in just 31 tries at the Hamburg half-mile oval.

M: Morrill (Jim) continues to make starts in the New York Sire Stakes locally and for racing fans to enjoy his driving talents.

N: New Pick-5 wager produces some big carryovers and payoffs during the season.

O: Ouriel (Howard and Michael) have success with their stable including Breeder's Crown winner Divine Caroline. Also, their charitible support to such organizations as the Sunshine Horses and the Boys and Girls Club.

P: Perrin (JD) takes more opportunities to drive as he searches for his third straight Buffalo Raceway training title.

Q: Queen? Will Ugly Betty return to be the 'queen' at Buffalo Raceway?
Maria and Jack Rice

R: Rice Stable (Jack and Maria) has a big year on the local circuit.

S: Sire Stakes attracts high-class fields with the youngsters just making their way to the races and beginning that journey locally.

T: Track records don't fall as quickly as they did last season. With a total of 10 new marks either tied or broken in 2015, it would be nice see some standards remain for a few years.

U: Upsets are expected especially in the early season. Many the horses will be on more than a month break so the surprises are not unusual.

V: Video Lottery Terminals helps keep the purse structure at Buffalo Raceway in a healthy position.

W: Welcome to Peter Berry, 'The Voice of Mountaineer Park' as he will call the first half of the racing season at Buffalo Raceway.

X: X factor? Will there be a new driver coming in during the winter to challenge the local driver colony?

Y: Youwillwishyouhad stays as sharp as last year at Buffalo Raceway with eight victories and $45,090 in the bank.

Z: Zdjelar (Mihajlo Jr.) finishes again in the top 20 in trainer standings.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Peter Berry To Call Races At Buffalo Raceway

Peter Berry, the voice of Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, will be calling the action for the first half of the season at Buffalo Raceway when their 90-day campaign opens up on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Buffalo Raceway Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said, "Peter is an A+ announcer by anyone's standards and we are pleased to have him here for the first half of our meet." 
Peter Berry to call first half of season

Berry said, "I'm thrilled to get the opportunity to call harness racing in the United States. I was a long-time writer for the sport in Australia and it has been my first love for as long as I can remember.

"I did some harness race-calling at a very young age in Australia while attending a race-calling academy but moved to journalism at 17 and had to put my passion on hold. That passion was reignited by Wiggle It Jiggleit at the Little Brown Jug,” he added.

Berry will return to Mountaineer Park in mid-April when their season begins.

A former news editor at the Daily Racing Form, Berry was a harness racing writer and United States sports correspondent and columnist for The Age in Australia. The Youngstown, OH resident also has owned standardbreds in Australia.

Located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, Buffalo Raceway will race on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m. throughout the meet. Sunday afternoons will be added starting on June 19 with post times of 12:35 p.m. Closing day is July 24.

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

Sunday, December 13, 2015

DID YOU KNOW.........?????????

Here are some fun, fast facts about Buffalo Raceway.........

Buffalo Raceway has shifted post times for its 90-day meet with tentative start times of 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Fridays, 6 p.m. on Saturday evenings and 12:30 p.m. when Sunday afternoon racing commences on June 19.
Racing begins on Wednesday, Jan. 13

Buffalo Raceway will offer a Pick-5 wager this season starting in the 5th race. It will have a minimum 50-cent wager and should the Pick-5 not be hit, there will be carryovers!!!

The superfecta will have a 10-cent minimum. There will be four daily doubles offered each night along with a pair of Pick-3s. The Pick-4 wager has been eliminated.

There were a total of 156 claims made last season at Buffalo Raceway as compared to 135 back in 2014 and 107 in 2013.

There were 98 different drivers to sit in the sulky during the 2015 campaign including two females. Maria Rice and Hannah Miller each got one start over the Hamburg half-mile oval but each finished out of the money.

Fireyourguns set the all-time track record at Buffalo Raceway my crusing the mile in 1:52.0, shattering the old standard of 1:52.3 established by Steelhead Hanover back in 2012. Veteran horseman Mike Caprio drove Fireyourguns to the victory.
Fireyourguns setting new track record of 1:52.0

Buffalo Raceway's first racing day ever was on June 12, 1942.

The first triple dead heat ever at Buffalo Raceway was on May 18th, 1957.

There were seven dead heats for the win while there were seven dead heats for place in 2015. Also there were four ties for the show position during the campaign

More than 1,200 ton of material was put down on the Buffalo Raceway surface this fall. At the end of the 2014 season, more than 6,000 ton was laid down as the turns were re-banked and the drainage was improved. That's 7,200 tons of material over a two-year span or 14,400,000 pounds!!!

Mother Nature cooperated with Buffalo Raceway in 2015 as only one racing day was scratched due to weather issues.

The home stretch at Buffalo Raceway is 640 feet long and 80 feet wide.
Hall Of Famer John Campbell

Hall of Fame driver and 'Mr. Harness Racing' John Campbell returned to Buffalo Raceway in 2015 for the first time since 1992 and won with Jewels In Hock in New York Sire Stakes action. Campbell hadn't won a race at the half-mile oval at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg since 1990.

Former Buffalo Raceway regulars returned back to the area for Sire Stakes action in 2015 and enjoyed good results. Jeff Gregory was 9-of-18 for $139,950 in earnings while Ray Schnittker took two wins in eight tries for $40,813.

The highest win payout in 2015 came when Diditagainhanover pulled a $240.50 shocker on April 10th. The all-time win price at the Hamburg half-mile oval is $490,50 established on March 10, 2011 when Allamerican Tiki rolled to the upset win.

Kevin Cummings won seven races on March 4, 2015 but ended up a victory short of tying his own record of eight wins he registered on June 11, 2005. He also was just the third driver in Buffalo Raceway history to notch 200 or more victories in a season as he found the winner's circle 203 times. Jim Morrill Jr. holds the all-time mark of 213. Shawn Gray also went over the 200-win plateau with 206 in 2011.
Trainer JD Perrin

JD Perrin once again captured the training title with 70 victories in 377 starts. He was also the leading money winner with $388,290 in purses.

Michelle Gramza was the top female conditioner with 39 victories in 152 attempts. Gramza finished 7th in the overall standings. Maria Rice finished 10th overall with 32 winners in 204 appearances. Courtney Ohol cracked double digits victories for the ladies with 12 while Lisa Lederhouse and Rachelle Mungillo each posted 10.

Post time favorites hit at a 41.99 clip in 2015.

The one post was as expected the place to be at the half-mile Buffalo Raceway track as 267 victories came from that spot. Scoring from the inside resulted in a mark of being in the money 60.8 percent of the time. The two post was next with 207 victories and surprisingly the four hole had 186 wins as compared to the three slot which had 170.

The dreaded eight spot resulted in just 20 victories for a mere 3.2 win percentage. That outside spot managed to finish in the money just 13.1 percent of the time.

Frank Milby
The season opening race of 2015 was the memorable one for driver Frank Milby as the newcomer rolled to a $38.60 victory aboard Memumsnotnice. It was Milby's first start ever at Buffalo Raceway but found the going tough the rest of the season, winning just 10 times in 171 appearances. The stint in Western New York turned out to be a nice warmup for Milby however as he led the way at Ocean Downs in Maryland with 71 wins in 391 starts and is the current runaway leader at Rosecroft Raceway with 109 victories in 522 rides.

The highest nightly handle of the 2015 campaign was on Wednesday, January 21 when $412,238 was wagered.

The Prophet Mary had the most wins on the season at Buffalo Raceway with nine trips to the winner's circle, earning $40,907. Ironically, the pacer won 6-of-8 races on a off-track, the tops among all trotters and pacers on the grounds.

Youwillwishyouhad had the highest earnings per start, winning and average of  $3,221 per outing. The pacer won 8-of-14 starts.
Youwillwishyouhad scoring a victory in 2015.

Justgottogetthere led the way for the trotters with an average check of $2,679 in 18 appearances. Justgottogetthere won 8-of-18 efforts.

When considering a driver on an 'off-track',  Ray Fisher Jr. had just one victory in 66 tries at Buffalo Raceway for a 2% average last season. Kevin Cummings in the meantime had the best win percentage on a 'off-track' with 69 victories in 256 starts for a 27% win mark. These numbers are all based on drivers having at least 50 starts over an track that was considered 'off'.

Steve Roth will once again be the Buffalo Raceway photographer.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

2016 Buffalo Raceway Schedule (Tentative)

Below is the tentative 2016 live harness racing schedule at Buffalo Raceway. Post times for Wednesday and Friday nights will be 5 p.m., Saturday evenings will go to the post at 6 p.m. and Sunday matinees will get underway at 12:30 p.m.

Racing begins on Wednesday, January 13 and will end on Sunday, July 24.