Thursday, July 9, 2020

Buffalo Raceway Picks for Saturday, 7-11

Below are my picks for the 13-race card at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night that has a 6 p.m. post timeYou can wager on Buffalo Raceway at TVG, TwinSpires, Bet America and many other simulcast and off-track locations throughout North America. In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Brian Mazurek, Wayne Teaven and Paige Usiak, Wayne leads the way with 118, Paige with 94 and Brian 91.

                                                             SATURDAY, JULY 11th

Race # Horse Comments
1st 2 Terror O Drops again and a great post
3 Southwind Onyx Should be a threat from here
6 P C's Expresso Late kick makes it close
2nd 1 Rearview Blue Chip Faces better but still okay
2 Barry Hanover With a repeat of last week
8 Bugatti Might need a tightener
3rd 1 Adonis Bay Back class returns this evening
3 Back To Motown Still is very camera shy
4 Beckarama Dangerous on the front end
4th 4 Youcaniknow Newcomer 'can' do it
2 Machlicious Disregard previous outing
6 Brookdale Fletcher Showed some signs last race
5th 1 Thor De Vie Will be real tough from the rail
4 In Runaway Bay N Repeat effort is needed
6 Stratosphere Can't look past this guy
6th 3 Skull Of Roses Better draw makes the difference
2 Sports Illustrate Garden spot helps cause
4 Justcallmebets Hasn't been that far away
7th 4 Percy's Z Tam Has been knocking on the door
1 Daylight Rush Will be setting the splits
7 Class Six Post is the main worry
8th 1 Lucky Nadotremblay Gets out of second place rut
3 Manceiver Looms as the major danger
4 Classic American N Easier task makes a threat
9th 5 Charmbo Orbit Completes the job at last
2 Bahama Bay Longer nose will help
6 Andy's Ideal Expect improvement tonight
10th 5 Sir Richie N Looks for back-to-back wins
1 Keystone Keen Feeling better for this event
2 Nobettorplacetobe Maybe Buffalo is the place
11th 3 Gitn Drunkonaplane Takes advantage of post break
1 Thiswayorthehighwy Should love the pylons
8 Magical Cowboy Adds some value to the trifecta
12th 2 Dream Field Will get the 'dream' trip
4 Praying Fay Experience might pay off
1 Hellrider He keeps on getting better
13th 2 P L Lester Rebounds after a rough try
1 Littlebitaclass Has battled much better
6 Beachboydesire Debut wasn't all that bad

                                    Best bet: Charmbo Orbit (9th race)
                                    Live longshot: Percy's Z Tam (7th race)

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

Wednesday night, I had four winners, Are You In ($3.10) in the third, Nutmeg's Dancer ($8.20) in the fifth, Keystone Apache ($2.60) in the ninth and One Summers Chance ($10.60) in the thirteenth.  I also hit the fifth race trifecta for $37.50.

Saturday night's total investment: $84.00
Wednesday night's total winnings: $62.00
Winning percentage: 91-for-317, 27.8 percent
Best bet: 11-for-25, 44.0 percent
Top selection in the money: 208-for-317 68.0 percent
BANKROLL: minus $741.05

'Handicapping Challenge" (Month, Year-to-Date)
Wayne Teaven: (16) 118 wins
Paige Usiak (11) 94 wins
Brian Mazurek (11) 91 wins

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 7/5

Driver David McNeight III
David McNeight III produced a four-bagger on Saturday night, including both feature events, and continues to hold onto second place in Buffalo Raceway's driver's standings.

McNeight III won with Black Is Back and Daylight Rush in both features on Saturday but still trails runaway leader Billy Davis by 30 wins, 64-34, with just four racing dates left on the 2020 calendar.

Davis Jr. just keeps plugging along and he's in great position to collect his second straight Buffalo Raceway driving crown and third consecutive title on the Western New York circuit. Davis Jr. started off the week with a double then collected a triple on Saturday. He's earned $346,313 in purse earnings, also tops among the drivers.

Ray Fisher Jr. kept his hot streak going as he had three wins on Wednesday but failed to hit paydirt on Saturday. He sits in third place, just three wins behind McNeight III, 34-31.

Drew Monti had three victories on Wednesday evening while Jim Morrill Jr. posted a double.

Kevin Cummings still remains in the hunt to reach second place as he had a three-bagger on Saturday and is just five wins out of second place.

Dan Yetman had two wins on the week, one coming of both the Wednesday and Saturday programs.

There were 10 different drivers who had at least one victorie on the week.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Billy Davis Jr. (64, .371, $346,313)
2. David McNeight III (34, .268, $243,658)
3. Ray Fisher Jr. (31, .259, $227,504)
4. Jim Morrill Jr. (30, .458, $179,053)
5. Kevin Cummings (29, .249, $225,407)
Trainer Darrin Monti
Maria Rice still continues to control the leaderboard for the trainer's at Buffalo Raceway as she seeks to win her first ever conditioning title. Despite having just win on the week, Rice still maintains a 37-21 advantage over Gerry Sarama with just four racing programs left on the campaign.

Sarama in the meantime had three victories this week to edge a bit closer. He had a double on Wednesday and had a singleton on Saturday.

The battle is for second place as Sarama has 21 but Ryan Swift, Sabrina Shaw and Jim Graham all have shots at that position. Swift and Shaw are currently tied for third place with 18 victories while Graham is next with 16.

Graham put himself in a good spot with three training wins on the week with one coming on Wednesday and two more on Saturday.

Shaw had scores on Wednesday and Saturday.

Darrin Monti and Rich Mays each collected two wins on the Wednesday card with Angelo Nappo collecting a pair on Saturday.

There were a total of 18 different trainers with at least one win during the 26-race week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. Maria Rice (37, .377, $226,471)
2. Gerry Sarama (21, .268, $166,887)
3. Sabrina Shaw (18, .311, $108,324)
3. Ryan Swift (18, .311, $124,390)
5. Jim Graham (16, .388, $77,412)
Black Is Back ($3.90) has now posted 'back to back' harness racing victories at Buffalo Raceway with a neck win over China Dream in the $11,000 Class AA Pace on a steamy Saturday evening (July 4).

Black Is Back goes 'back to back."
After scoring the decision in the Class A bracket last week, Black Is Back (David McNeight III) was nudged up another level and was able to just get past the tough luck loser China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) in the shadow of the wire. Cultural Paradise (Kyle Cummings) took the show spot.

As expected, China Dream set up shop on the front end and posted fractions of :28.0, :58.0 and 1:27.0 over the fast track. Black Is Back in the meantime sat in the pocket and was able to sneak on by in deep stretch.

Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr., and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., Black Is Back (Western Terror-Magic Moments) has now won twice in four attempts this season. The triumph moved his 2020 earnings to $11,460 and $254,310 lifetime.

Daylight Rush popular win.
McNeight III swept the features as he guided the heavily favored Daylight Rush ($2.40) to a 3/4-length nod over Stratosphere in 1:55.0 in the $10,000 Class A pacing event.

Stratosphere (Drew Monti) zoomed off the starting gate to grab the early lead but Daylight Rush wanted no part of a pocket journey and retook the advantage before reaching the quarter marker in :28.3.
Sizzling Summer (Davis Jr.) made a first over trip down the backstretch the final time and was on even terms with Daylight Rush at the three-quarter pole. But his rally fizzled out as Daylight Rush was easily able to fend off a mild threat from Stratosphere in the lane while Rock The Dream (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbed the show spot.

Owned by Cassandra Johnson and conditioned by McNeight III, it was the second victory of the year for the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution). The win pushed his seasonal bankroll to $17,100 and $238,584 in his career.

Gia's Surreal is quickly becoming the dominate damsel at Buffalo Raceway as she collected her second straight win in the $11,500 Open Pace for harness racing fillies and mares with a solid half length victory over Hey Kobe is 1:54.2 on Wednesday night (July 1).
Gia's Surreal wins another.

Just making her third start of her 4-year-old campaign, the favored Gia's Surreal ($4.60) had little problem rallying to get the victory.

Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) set the splits with times of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:25.2. Midway down the backstretch the final time, Gia's Surreal was stuck behind dull cover and had to tip three wide with a panel to go.

In the stretch, Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) was just too powerful for Hey Kobe (Drew Monti) and Lady London who had to settle for second and third respectively.

Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Ed Peron, Tom Mariano and Lee Winters, the victory moved Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene) seasonal earnings to $12,380 and $163,940 in her career.

Victoria Swan takes featured trot.
The heavily-favored Victoria Swan ($2.90) played 'catch me if you can' in the $10,000 Class A-AA Handicapped Trot and no one was up to the task.

Scoring from the rail, Victoria Swan had little trouble in turning back Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a half length in 1:58.4. Call My Broker (Dan Yetman) took the show spot.
After relinquishing the lead early on to Empire Earl N, Victoria Swan used a big backside brush to take command and never looked back. A :58.1 last half was enough to dash the hopes of the remaining six participants.

Co-owned by RBH Ventures Inc. and Spagnola Racing LLC, it was the third triumph in 10 tries for Victoria Swan (Swan For All-Victoria Sahbra). Trained by Sabrina Shaw, the 5-year-old mare now has $16,854 in winnings in 2020 and $113,854 lifetime.
The handle for the week showed $279,425 taken in on Wednesday while $270,247 was wagered on Saturday for a $549,672 week total, an average of $274,836 per card. The last week's handle in March was $507,240.
In the 'Handicapping Contest' between Brian Mazurek, Wayne Teaven and Paige Usiak this week, Teaven led the way with 12 wins while Usiak and Teaven had seven each.

For the season, Teaven leads the way with 114, Usiak 89, and Mazurek 86. 
In the claiming department, owner/trainer Rose Russo took pacer Race With Grace for $4,000 on Wednesday evening.
I'd like to welcome new track photographer Bill Burke to Buffalo Raceway as he takes over for the retired Steve Roth. I'd like to thank him for the use of his pictures that will be used here throughout the season.

Should you need to order any win photos from Bill, send him an e-mail at and he'll take care of any and all your photo needs.
Trotter Bred For Greatness is the top winner thus far for the 2020 Buffalo Raceway meet as he as scored seven wins in eight tries, earning $36,440, also tops among all horses of either gait. Teardown This Wall is next for the trotters with four trips to the winner's circle.

On the pacing side, Beachy Dream, Rearview Blue Chip, Hey Kobe and Whosurpapa have the most victories with four each with  Beachy Dream is the top money earner among the pacers with $28,000.
In the 26 races that were contested this week, the post time favorite won 14-of-26 for a 53.7 percent. For the season, the favorites have won 123-of-304 for 39.21 percent.
Victories by post positions showed the inside spots, the one through four, combining to win 20 of the 26 races contested.

The two post led the way with six victories while the three and four spots each collected five wins.

The eight position did not notch a win.

(Post, Week Total, Year Total)
1. 4 (64)
2. 6 (45)
3. 5 (43)
4. 5 (57)
5. 3 (49)
6. 2 (21)
7. 1 (12)
8. 0 (8)
Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a 6 p.m. post set for the 13-race card. There will also be action on Saturday night at 6 p.m., once again without spectators allowed on the grounds.There are just six racing cards left on the regular season at Buffalo Raceway.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Buffalo Raceway "By The Numbers"

The 2020 Buffalo Raceway live harness racing season will begin on Wednesday, January 29th with a 5 p.m. post time. Let's take a look at some of the numbers at Buffalo Raceway from the past, current and future seasons. Enjoy!!

1 - Drivers David Russo, Claude Huckabone III and Doug Ackerman were a perfect 1-for-1 in the sulky in 2019.
2 - The number of Sunday matinees slated with post time at 12:30 p.m.
3 - Full seasons completed by track announcer Wayne Teaven.
4 - The number of track records held by trainer Sabrina Shaw, the most by any conditioner currently.
- Number of track records broken or tied in 2019.
6 - Years that have elapsed since there was a repeat winner in the driver's championship title.
7 - The number of track records held by driver Ray Fisher Jr., the most currently.
8 - The most wins at Buffalo Raceway in 2019, that being Donegal Jim and HP Sissy.
 Ray Fisher Jr.
11 - Number of wins coming from the eight post.
22 - Percentage of increase in on-track handle last year.
28 - That's the number of new self betting terminals installed over the off-season.
37 - The number of times the eight horse finished in the top three in 2019.
41 - The percentage of post time favorites winning at Buffalo Raceway in 2019.
56 - Number of victories trainer James Clouser Jr. had in taking the conditioning title.
60 - Percent of the inside horse finishing in the money last season.
66 - The number of race dates in 2020.
74 - Number of employees paid by Buffalo Raceway.
75 - The number of different drivers who posted a victory at Buffalo Raceway last season.
78 - It's the number of seasons that Buffalo Raceway has conducted live harness racing.
Billy Davis Jr.
86 - Percentage of 'return on investment' (over 40 starts) with driver Mike Baumeister.
94 - The number of different trainers who had at least one win at Buffalo Raceway in 2019.
119 - The number of victories Billy Davis Jr. had at Buffalo Raceway in 2019.
177 - Number of victories coming from the one post last year.
281 - The number of stalls currently allotted to stable on the grounds this season.
386 - Percentage of  'return on investment' on trotter SR Radar (4-of-12) last season on an off track.
417 - The UTR of trainer James Clouser Jr. in 2019 at Buffalo Raceway.
480 - Total number of reserved seats available in the clubhouse.
502 - The highest UDR of a driver with over 20 starts at Buffalo Raceway, that being Jason Bartlett.
600 - Tons of material put down on the Buffalo Raceway surface in September of 2019.
640 - The length of the Buffalo Raceway stretch in feet.
715  - The special post for the 'Triple Crown' races on May 2, May 16 & June 6
735 - Number of races held in 2019 at Buffalo Raceway.
James Clouser Jr.
873 - The win percentage of HP Sissy (5-of-7) on an off track last season at Buffalo.
1270 - Current amount of followers of Buffalo Raceway on Facebook.
2005 - Current amount of followers of Buffalo Raceway on Twitter.
2010 - This is the year the oldest current Buffalo Raceway track record that still exists as 2-year-old gelded pacer Roadside Delight went the mile in 1:56.3 on July 10, 2010.
54,781 - Amount returned in dollars to Player's Reward members in 2019.
417,099 - Purse earnings won by leading trainer James Clouser Jr. in 2019.
749,076 - The purse earnings of driver Billy Davis Jr..
751,796 - The largest handle ever which was on July 24, 2011.
5,945,770 - Amount paid out in purses at Buffalo Raceway last season.
15,226,813 - The total handle for Buffalo Raceway in 2019.