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.

Trotters
All Age   
One MileGural Hanover1:56.12014
Three Year Olds   
ColtGural Hanover1:56.12014
FillyGlowngold1:59.02014
Two Year Olds   
ColtRoyal Deceptor1:59.32014
FillyMunis Blue Chip2:00.22009
    
Pacers
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
FillySweetnsinful1:54.12014
Two Year Olds   
ColtHe's Watching1:55.42013
FillySilk Purse1:56.32011
 Summertime Lea1:56.32012

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Buffalo Raceway Race Secretary's Letter To Owners

I am excited about the upcoming 2015 race season at Buffalo Raceway. I look forward to meeting and speaking with each and every one of you. I am open to new ideas and suggestions that will help generate more excitement for the horsemen, fans, and betting public.
Race secretary Tom Agosti

The first condition sheet is on the web site. Purses in many classes have been increased from 2014 levels. It is my hope to write competitive races for the horse population available to us, and to get as many horses possible to race in a given week. As you may be aware, the race schedule is three days per week from January through May.

At 13 races per night, it should result in ample opportunities for all horses that fit the classes. In addition, this autumn we added some 6000 tons of material to the base of the track, re-banking the turns and producing a true and level track that blends into the straights.  It is our hope that horses drawing the outside post positions will have a much better chance to compete. Take a look at the changes in the Niatross Knockout Series, and the exciting opportunity for low claimers to win a big paycheck.

I expect to be in the clubhouse on most Saturday nights and in the race office and paddock daily. I hope that you will introduce yourself to me and discuss the business at hand. It will be my pleasure to help make your experience at Buffalo Raceway more enjoyable, and hopefully more profitable.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Buffalo Raceway Stall Applications Ready, Track Renovations Done

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The weather is turning wintry in Western New York and that can only mean Buffalo Raceway is stepping up its preparations for the 2015 harness racing season, tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 14th with a 5 p.m. post time. The racing schedule is pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission.
Racing scheduled to start Jan. 14th, 2015

Stall applications for the season, which is slated to end on July 26, are available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association office at Batavia Downs and on-line at www.buffaloraceway.com They are also going to mailed out to those who have stabled at the Hamburg half-mile oval. Deadline for applications is December 12.

Jim Mango, Buffalo Raceway's Chief Operating Officer, said, "We are the game in town basically in January, February and March. We race in the winter for the horsemen."

The paddock and barn area are key selling points in the winter months at Buffalo Raceway. "We have the best stable area around. There aren't many out there like this.  But if you stable here, we expect you to race here," Mango added.

He went on to say, "This is Tom Agosti's first full season as Race Secretary and he's a smart guy and he's going to put his talents in trying to get new stables here. But there's enormous competition for horses. We hope to pick up some new barns and might surprise a few. It's way to early to tell who might come in though but we know we'll get some good drivers coming in who are basically down during those months."

And while stall applications are going out, the renovation of the racing strip is now complete except for new drainage near the finish line that will be worked on over the next few weeks.
Heavy equipment was the rule during renovations to the racing strip this fall.

"There have been several horsemen who've seen it and loved it," Mango said of the track. "The turns are really noticeable...they are now more banked to give the relief of pressure on the horses going around the turns."

Pete Arrigenna spearheaded the track work and will be around all season to "help maintain the integrity of the track," Mango added.

Over 6,000 tons of new material have been laid down on the race surface and is "packed down". The $150,000 cost of the track renovations were split by Buffalo Raceway and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association.

But even though there's a new racing strip, Mother Nature is always lurking. "Our biggest problem during the winter is the snow," Mango stated. "It takes some skillful maneuvering of the grader to get the snow off the track."

The Buffalo Raceway early season schedule is always a crap shoot. But as Mango put it, "If the weather is good, it pays off. And if the weather isn't good, well things aren't so good."

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections To Return In 2015

Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections will once again return for the 2015 harness racing season. There will be nightly selections, weekly recaps along with feature stories involving Western New York drivers, trainers, owners and horses.
Live racing returns in January 2015!!!

Make sure to send any story ideas you may have to me via e-mail at brianjco@yahoo.com and we will do our best to put it together.

Besides finding my selections here on this website, my nightly picks will also be found in the Buffalo Raceway program.

Look for stories from Buffalo Raceway beginning in mid-December and the 2015 preview in early January 2015.

The harness racing season will begin in mid-January at Buffalo Raceway and run through late July.

Make sure to follow all of us on Twitter at brianjco1 along with track announcer Michael Carter at mcarte1 and at buffaloraceway.

Get ready for another exciting season at Buffalo Raceway, starting in January, 2015.