Thursday, March 26, 2015

FRIDAY NIGHT'S SELECTIONS

Here are my selections for Friday night's 12-race card at Buffalo Raceway with a post time of 6:35 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. In the 'Challenge', Brian leads 122-110 through Wednesday night.
                                                     Friday, March 27th
Race # Horse Comments
1st 2 Shadow Baran Lands back in winning spot
3 Don’t Sweat My Swag Can't ever eliminate
1 One Chaser Rail helps cause
2nd 1 It Was An Honor Should love the inside start
2 Retail Gets the pocket trip
5 Deep Finesse Needed last outing
3rd 3 Goddess's Justin Softer test makes the difference
5 Feets Of Magic The main competition
2 Wainui Tabman N Late kick takes third
4th 1 The Ring King Might 'knock out' this field
5 Talon Hanover Back class could return
6 Mighty Looker Pads the trifecta
5th 2 Bruener Too good from here
5 Tapioca Blues Tough break in previous
3 Dedalos Forgive last appearance
6th 3 Carbon Footprint Been knocking on the door
4 Callmeclassylady Post relief is the key
5 RA's Shakenbake Could be 'shakin' late
7th 7 Adelita Hanover Seeks back-to-back victories
3 DJ's Shadow Competitive against this gang
2 Stonebridge Saga Could be serious threat
8th 2 Tremendous Hit Will be a big 'hit' tonight
3 Peaceful Prince Last was an indication
4 Bit O Lavec Look out in the lane
9th 1 Launching Tonight Blast off from the pylons!
2 Precious Medal Always hanging around at the wire
6 Lotto Ticket Completes the winning number
10th 2 Almost Midnight Drops and pops for win
1 Vintage Fenom Feeling better now
7 Cyst To Sister Despite the poor post
11th 6 Nighthawk Hall Doesn't look back this evening
5 Eagle Real One Disappointed in last two tries
1 Zampano Skims inside for show dough
12th 2 Legerdepan No excuses from here
4 Lady Jill Another upset in store?
6 Tip N Go Don't look past this gal


Best bet: Launching Tonight (9th race)
Live longshot: Nighthawk Hall (11th 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.

Wednesday night, I had eight winners, Ugly Betty ($3.20) in the first, Sadies Place ($3.70) in the second, The Prophet Mary ($2.80) in the third, Serendipitious ($3.90) inthe fourth, Up Front Lady Gray ($3.00) in the sixth, Northern Bullet ($3.00) in the seventh, Judge And Jury ($8.70) in the ninth, and Keystone Nobility ($4.50) in the twelfth. I also hit the early daily double for $8.70, the early Pick-3 for $9.20, the sixth race exacta for $5.80 and the twelfth race exacta for $4.70.


Friday night's total investment: $78.00
Wednesday night's total winnings: $61.20
Win percentage: 122-for-371  35.8 percent
Top pick in the money: 251-for-371  68.3 percent
Best bet percentage: 10-for-28 41.0 percent
Brian's Selections vs. Michael Carter Challenge: Brian leads 122-110

BANKROLL: minus $166.00

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap...3/22

Shawn Gray is starting to warm up at Buffalo Raceway as he posted seven driving victories on the week and added three training wins as well.
Shawn Gray was red-hot during the week

Gray had a double on Friday night and followed that up with a four-bagger to move his seasonal total to 38, good for fifth place in the driver's standings.

Kevin Cummings continues to lead the way after putting up nine victories. He now has 87 wins on the year and padded that total thanks to a four-bagger on Wednesday night, a double on Friday night and a triple on Saturday. He's also the leading money earner with $364,107.

Jim Morrill Jr. pulled a 'hat-trick' on Wednesday night while Shawn McDonough, just back from Pompano Park, had four wins including three on Friday night. 

Drew Monti was shut out the first two nights of racing but responded with a triple on Saturday night.

Jack Flanigen and Ron Beback Jr. each doubled on Friday night.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Kevin Cummings (87, .423, $364,107)
2. Billy Dobson (45, .387, $246,400)
3. John Cummings Jr. (41, .343, $237,555)
4. Drew Monti (41, .272, $209,810)
5. Shawn Gray (38, .262, $206,795)
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As mentioned above, Shawn Gray was hot in the sulky and also led the way in the trainer's department with three victories, all coming Saturday night.
Denny Bucceri had two winners

Denny Bucceri also scored a double as a conditioner on Saturday night.

There were plenty of training double this week including JD Perrin. He now has 30 victories on the meet and is also tops in purse earnings with $180,399.

John Mungillo, who sits just behind Perrin in second place with 23 wins, posted a pair of them during the week.

Also scoring two wins during the 37-race week were Gerry Sarama, Darren Taneyhill, Kirk Desmond, Michelle Gramza, Brandi Somerville, and Chris Naedele.

A total of 24 different trainers had at least one win on the week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Earnings)
1. JD Perrin (30, .374, $180,399)
2. John Mungillo (22, .373, $129,388)
3. Kirk Desmond (19, .404, $73,358)
4. Neal Russo (19, 369, $111,935)
5. Darren Taneyhill (18, .486, $82,824)
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Peenie found out if at first you don't first succeed, try, try again. 

After starting three times off the rail in his last four starts, Peenie attempted to go wire-to-wire in each start but couldn't complete the task. 
Peenie gets the job done in Saturday's feature
But Saturday night (March 21) in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway, driver Kevin Cummings gave Peenie another chance on the front end and he passed the test with a length victory over Giant Sculpture in 1:57 over the sloppy track.

Peter Pumpkineater briefly took the lead in the race to the opening quarter pole, but Peenie wasted no time in re-taking and reaching the half in a brisk 57.4. The closers were in perfect position to challenge in the stretch but Peenie showed no quit and posted the win over Giant Sculpture (Shawn Gray). Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third.

It was the first victory in eight tries this season for Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) and the 50th of his career. Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelding has now earned $12,470 in 2015 and $644,849 lifetime.

In the $8,800 conditioned sub featured pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) used a slick move between the opening quarter and the half to take the lead and never looked back to score a 1-1/4 length decision over Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:58.2.
Lucky Nadotremblay cruises in $8,800 sub-featured pace

Sitting in third approaching the top of the stretch the first time, Lucky Nadotremblay was able to slip thorugh along the inside as King Otra (Drew Monti) and American Bull (Cummings) battled three-wide. 

Taking over the lead to the half, Lucky Nadotremblay ($19.60) enjoyed a two-length edge at the top of the lane and was in cruise control to the finish. Bakken used a late kick to take second while Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) finished in third.

The victory was the third in nine starts this season for Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissful Hall-Periella Hanover). Owned by the Nickel City Ranch Stable, the 5-year-old horse is trained by Ron Van Wagoner. The win upped his 2015 bankroll to $15,488 and $77,977 in his career.

Lutetium is a known front-runner and Justgottogetthere is a known closer. You figured something had to give. Nothing did.

Justgottogetthere (#6) and Lutetium in a dead heat Wednesday
The pair couldn't settle their differences as Lutetium and Justgottogetthere finished in a dead heat for the victory in 1:58.3 over the fast track in the $8,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (March 18).

Lutetium, starting in the eight post with Kevin Cummings in the sulky, managed to get to the lead while Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) was able to drop into the garden spot behind the pace-setter. Lutetium set the splits with times of 29.1, 59.1 and 1:28.9.

It boiled down to a two-horse race down the stretch with Lutetium ($6.50) begging for the wire while Justgottogetthere ($5.10) was charging on the outside. Nothing was settled in the photo as the pair battled to a draw. The Bronx Bumper (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished in third.

Lutetium, a 16-time winner in 2014, hit the winner's circle for the first time in 2015 after four previous attempts. The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Collen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw.

Justgottogetthere has now won four out of seven starts this season. He's a 6-year-old gelding owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing with Jerry Nugent Jr. the conditioner.

In the co-featured $8,500 pace for fillies and mares, it took another photo to separate the winners but his time the picture produced a victor as Sadie's Place ($12.60) had just enough in the tank to hold of Fiftyonefifty by a head.
Sadies Place (#4) hangs on for F&M victory

Sadie's Place (Shawn Gray) had little trouble reaching the top from the four post. Settling back and enjoying the crisp Western New York air, Sadie's Place notched fractions of 28.4, 58.2 and 1:27.4 and welcomed any challengers.

Watching the action from second place, Fiftyonefifty was the lone threat and made a charge late in the lane but ran out of real estate, coming up a head short. Bad Girl Vegas (Drew Monti) took the show position.

With the win, the second in nine tries in 2015, Sadie's Place has earned $13,110 this season and $322,090 lifetime. The 10-year-old mare is owned by Barry Franklin and trained by Darren Taneyhill.
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The handle during the week at Buffalo Raceway remained steady.

On Wednesday night $261,055 was taken in, Friday night's total was $240,725 while Saturday night's program take was $214,089. The weekly total was $715,869 for an average of $235,289 per card. Last week's total handle was $750,270.
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Wednesday night started off the claiming week with Tapioca Blues going to the bard of Standardbred Ventures with Russell Bratt the trainer. Then Helena's Hope found a new home with Maurice Bazinet who paid the $8,000 price. JD Perrin is the trainer.

Friday night say two pacers taken for the $6,000 price. One Chaser went to owner/trainer Angelo Nappo while Gary's Party went to the Summer Wind Stable with Bob Gruber III the trainer.

There were no claims on Saturday.
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The Prophet Mary is now the top winner this season at Buffalo Raceway with six trips to the winner's circle in 2015. Pacers Mach Stockn Barrel and I C D Moolah each have five victories

The top trotter is Valorscross who has five wins.

S A Lowe is the leading money winner as the pacer has four victories with $23,839 in 2015 earnings.

Justgottogetthere is the top earner on the trotting side of the ledger with $22,437, thanks for four wins.
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The post time favorite this week won out 11 of the 37 races for an average percentage of 31 percent.

For the season, Buffalo Raceway's winning favorite is 42.55 percent.
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A reminder that all uncashed 2014 tickets must be redeemed by March 31. Since Buffalo Raceway will be closed on Sunday, March 29, Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, they have to be cashed by the close of racing on March 28.
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In the "Handicapping Challenge" between Buffalo Raceway announcer Michael Carter and Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections, the contest is led by Brian 114-104 through the ninth week.
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Speaking of handicapping, the final qualifying round for the World Harness Handicapping Championships at the Meadowlands will be conducted at Buffalo Raceway this Saturday, March 28th.
Qualifiers continue Saturday at Buffalo Raceway
It costs $20 to enter and the winner of the round receives $50 and will battle in the April 11th final to see who represents Buffalo Raceway at the Meadowlands for the championship on April 19th.

Buffalo Raceway's winner will receive entry into the World Harness Handicapping Championships, two nights at a hotel and $500 cash.

For more information, click here for complete rules and information at http://www.buffaloraceway.com/special-events/handicapping-contest/
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The inside post, especially the four spot, were the place to be during the 37-race week at Buffalo Raceway.

The inside posts combined to win 29 of the 37 races with the four hole winning 11 times.

The eight spot failed to produce a victory.

Wins By Post Position (For the Week)
1.  7
2.  6
3.  6
4. 11
5.  3
6.  2
7.  3
8.  0
Wins By Post Position (For The Season)
1. 78
2. 62
3. 56
4. 72
5. 45
6. 22
7. 17
8.  9
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would like to thank Buffalo Raceway photographer Steve Roth  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 
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Racing will resume this week on Wednesday night with a 12-race card scheduled.


Wednesday Night Specials continue in March with $3 pizza, pop, hot dogs, pretzels and beer.

Racing will also be held on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:35 p.m. Happy Hour is every live racing night from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Call 716-649-1280, extension 300 to make your reservation for Saturday nights. 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.

BUFFALO  RACEWAY SIRE STAKES & EXCELSIOR SERIES SCHEDULE
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.

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