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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 4-22

Driver Drew Monti
Drew Monti continued to make a serious march to the stop spot on the Buffalo Raceway's Driver's Standings leader board after finishing the week with seven victories to move within seven wins of leader Shawn Gray.

Monti started off the week with a triple and put another four wins in the books to up his Buffalo Raceway total to 54 on the season.

Gray kept his advantage, however, by posting a five-bagger on Saturday evening. Gray now has 61 victories on the season at Buffalo Raceway and continues to be the top purse earner with $285,731.

Ray Fisher Jr. scored a double on both Wednesday and Saturday programs to solidify his hold on fourth place with 35 wins.

Kevin Cummings had a double on Wednesday night.

A total of nine different drivers had at least one win during the week of action.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Shawn Gray (61, .485, $285,731)
2. Drew Monti (54, .333, $270,737)
3, Billy Davis Jr. (50, .310, $263,410)
4. Ray Fisher Jr. (35, .258, $195,134)
5. John Cumminigs Jr. (25, .259, $162,876)
It was another big Saturday night for trainer James Clouser Jr. as he sent another four winner for photo shoots with track photographer Steve Roth.
Trainer James Clouser Jr.

Clouser Jr.'s 'grand slam' allowed him to keep his edge over runnerup JD Perrin 46-38. Clouser Jr. is also the top purse earner for conditioners with $206,577.

While his statistics lead the way at Buffalo Raceway, his numbers rank him among the top trainers in the United States. Clouser Jr. currently sits in third place nationally in the UTR battle with a .553. He trails Andy Santeramo and Dan Noble who are first and second respectively. Clouser Jr. also is ranked ninth nationally in training wins with 46.

Perrin in the meantime had three wins on Saturday to stay within range of the top spot.

Steve Kiblin and Ryan Swift were the only other trainers to produce more than one victory on the week as each found pay dirt twice on the 23-race week.

Congratulations are also in order for Riley Asher-Stalbaum as she got her first career training win on Saturday night as Empire Earl N won the opener in the $8,100 trot.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. James Clouser Jr. (46, 553, $216,577)
2. JD Perrin (38, .418, $142,873)
3, Maria Rice (27, .344, $159, 898)
4. David Russo (18, .316, $94,804)
5. Gerry Sarama (12, .287, $93,097)
Upfront Countryboy ($5.60) made it look easy once again at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 21) by thumping the field in the featured $9,600 pace in a seasonal best 1:54.0 over the fast track.

Upfront Country romps to easy 7-1/4 length win.
After blowing out his foes last week by 5-1/2 lengths in an $8,100 optional claimer, Upfront Countryboy stepped up in class to face better. The stiffer competition didn't matter as he paced away to a comfortable 7-1/4 length win over Im So Handsome.

Taking command through a half-mile of 56.4, Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) never looked back from there. A blazing :27.4 final split eliminated the slight hopes of the remaining six pacers had in the stretch. Im So Handsome (James McNeight Jr) held on for second place while Barrys Shelby (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.

Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the fifth win in eight attempts this season for Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The 9-year-old gelding has now put $14,957 in the bank in 2018 and $376,957 lifetime.

A disappointing second place finish last week left a bitter taste in the mouth of Sportsmuffler. But on Wednesday night (April 18), she bounced back nice and tasted sweet victory by registering a two length decision over Aritzia Hanover in the featured $10,400 Open Pace for the mares at Buffalo Raceway.

Sportsmuffler takes feature win on Wednesday
After watching Aritzia Hanover reel off fractions of :28.4 and :58.4 to the half, Sportsmuffler (Drew Monti) began her first over journey to the lead. 

Getting to the top with a quarter mile to pace, Sportsmuffler ($3.10) used a :28.0 final panel to seal the deal in going the mile in a seasonal best 1:56.3.

Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) held on for second place while Hey Kobe (David McNeight III) rallied late for third.

It was the second victory in five starts in 2018 for the 6-year-old Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore).

Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, Sportsmaster has now earned $14,309 this season and $227,165 lifetime.
For the week, the winning favorites took 14-of-23 races for 60.8 percent. The post time favorites have won 140-of-277 for 49.9 percent in 2018.
Trotter True Muscle and pacers Freaky Flyer and Lightning Raider N all share first place for most wins thus far at Buffalo Raceway with six wins each on the season as all found the winner's circle on Saturday night.

Donegal Jim, Krystal C and Mach Stockn Barrel are next in line with five wins for the pacers with Signal Hill OK next up for the trotters with four.

Mach Stockn Barrel is the top money earner among all horses with $29,817 while True Muscle tops the trotters with $21,975 thanks to the six victories.
For the week, victories by post position showed the one and four posts each gathering six wins each. All positions on the starting grid had at least one victory during the stint except the eight post.

Wins By Post Position (Week/Year)
1.  6 (79)
2.  2 (38)
3.  3 (39)
4.  6 (44)
5.  1 (45)
6.  3 (25)
7.  2 (14)
8.  0  (5)
I'd like to once again thank Buffalo Raceway photographer Steve Roth with the great action shots and other pictures used on this blog. Without his cooperation and dedication in helping promote harness racing locally, this spot would be a lot more difficult to do. To order any of his photos, go to
In the 'Handicapping Challenge between Brians Buffalo Raceway Selections and Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven, after 11 weeks of competition, Wayne leads the battle 106-79.
There were just two nights of racing at Buffalo Raceway this week and the handle on Wednesday night with $240,696 taken in while Saturday produced $143,373 for a total of $384,069. The nightly average for the week was $192,035. Last week's handle for the one day was $192,872.
There were a total of five claims during the week with three coming on Wednesday night followed by two more on Saturday's card.

The Resilient Racing Stable and trainer Rose Russo got things going on Wednesday evening by taking Real Evidence for $5,500.

In the last event of the night, a pair of pacers were taken. Owner Tessa Roland picked up Yosemite Camn for the $4,000 tag with JD Perrin the conditioner while owner/trainer Priscilla Mooney got One Chaser for the same asking price.

Saturday night saw more business in the training department come Perrin's way. First off, Tessa Roland claimed pacer Wrangler Rockstar for $8,000 and Cheryle Perrin selected R M Hawk for the $12,500 tag.All ill be under the guidance of JD Perrin.
Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 10-race card. The next card then will be Saturday with a 6 p.m. starting time.

Saturday night  has the Spring Winner's Circle contest. Pick the winner of the ninth race and if your horse wins, who'll have a chance to win $50 in wagers plus you'll return later in the season for the grand prize drawing.

Remember, happy hour is every live racing day from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. with $4.25 drafts, well drinks along with other items.

You can also make clubhouse reservations now for the Kentucky Derby which will be held on Saturday, May 5th. Don't delay as the clubhouse is almost full!!! Get your table now to avoid disappointment.

There will be food and drink specials along with a free Kentucky Derby glass giveaway. Also, live racing will start at 7 p.m. on Kentucky Derby Day. Player Reward card members will also receive double points.

For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, race results, replays, entries and upcoming promotions, go to