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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Buffalo Raceway Picks For Wednesday 3-21

Here are my picks for Buffalo Raceway for Wednesday, March 21st with a post of 5 p.m. for the 12-race card.  You can bet the races at TVG, Twin Spires, Bet America, Finger Lakes Best Bets and other simulcast locations throughout North America. In the Handicapping Challenge, between Brians Buffalo Raceway Selections and Buffalo Raceway announcer Wayne Teaven, Wayne leads 73-59.

                                          WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST

Race # Horse Comments
1st 1 Drinkin N Dancin There's a celebration tonight
4 Krystal C Should be the main threat
5 Warrawee Qually Might catch at a big price
2nd 7 Who's Got The Move Ends winless streak in here
2 Fie Fy Fo Back into comfort zone
4 Ringing The Bell Slides down to face easier 
3rd 3 Larjon Laura Takes advantage of the better post
2 Fox Valley Lena Will be setting the fractions
7 Twice An Angel Has battled much tougher
4th 2 Shanghai Jack Won't stall out in the stretch
7 Misslarissa If the front end speed fails
3 Trotting R T With a repeat effort last time out
5th 4 Springhouse Star Will be the 'star' this evening
2 Phoenician Gal Always involved at the wire
3 Bettor's Night Failed as the favorite in previous
6th 3 Most Happy Rider Drops in class and better draw
1 Moot Court Rail won't hurt chances at all
4 Outlaw Gunpowder Wake up call is delivered
7th 6 Little Joke Too much for this field
4 Voltina Needs front end journey for a shot
3 Sportsmuffler Might need a another race
8th 1 Spender Hanover Old-timer gets back to winning ways
4 Bobcat Bound Looms as the top contender
8 Beechwood Wayne Takes a share despite outside
9th 6 Donegal Jim The one to catch
1 Traffic Cop Won't get caught in 'traffic' jam
3 Fast Fool Don't be 'fooled' by the record
10th 3 Rocket Master Could cruise on best behavior
1 Southern Palms New shooter could be a factor
2 Praying Fay Rounds out the trifecta
11th 4 Mayabelle Improvement expected at this level
3 Scarlet N Silk Finally a better draw
2 Mach An Angel May add some good value to the ticket
12th 3 Yosemite Camn Catch me if you can once again
5 No Real Surprise Winning won't be a big surprise
8 One Chaser Bad post is the main worry
Best bet:   Little Joke (7th race)
Live Longshot:   Mayabelle (11th race)
Pick-5 ticket:  7-2-4/3-2/2-7/4-2/3 = $24.00

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

Saturday night, I had three winners, Mach Stockn Barrel ($3.30) in the first, Juxlivin My Dream ($3.50) in the sixth and Signal Hill OK ($2.50) in the eighth. I also hit the sixth race exacta for $9.20.

Wednesday night's total investment: $76.00
Saturday night's total winnings: $18.50
Winning percentage: 59-of-175...33.2%
Top pick in the money: 144-for-175... 74.0%
Best bet: 6-of-15...42.0%
Wayne Teaven leads Brians Buffalo Raceway Selections 73-59
BANKROLL: minus $351.00

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 3-18

Billy Davis Jr. continued to flex his muscles at Buffalo Raceway as he scored seven victories on the week to remain in a solid second place in the driver's standings.

Davis Jr. had a four-bagger on Wednesday night and added three more on Saturday to move his seasonal total to 38. He trails leader Shawn Gray 49-38. Davis Jr. has $185,803 in purse earnings.
Driver Drew Monti

While Davis Jr. was enjoying seven wins, Drew Monti continued to heat up during the cold weather. Monti found paydirt six times by producing triples on both Wednesday and Saturday nights. He sits in third place in the standings with 30 victories and $150,286 in purse earnings.

Gray is making the most of his Saturday nights at Buffalo Raceway as he found the winner's circle five times, four of which were aboard James Clouser Jr.'s trainees. Gray has an incredible .500 UDR rating at the Hamburg half-mile oval. Gray leads the money earning category as well with $266,496.

Jim Morrill Jr. found the winner's circle for the first time in 2018 as he posted a double on the Wednesday night card. David McNeight III also had a double on Wednesday.

There were just six different drivers to have a victory on the week. The only other driver to score a win during the 23-race week was John Cummings Jr. who notched a win on Saturday.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Shawn Gray (49, .500, $266,496)
2. Billy Davis Jr. (38, .340, $185,803)
3. Drew Monti (30, .299, $150,216)
4. John Cummings Jr. (17, .270, $115,889)
5. Ray Fisher Jr. (16, .200, $99,040)
Trainer Russell Bratt
JD Perrin and his charges are beginning to get into high gear as they notched five wins during the week. Perrin, who sits in second place in the standings with 25 victories, had a double on Wednesday evening then brought home three more winners on Saturday.

Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer, James Clouser Jr., continues to be 'Mr. Saturday Night' along with driver Shawn Gray as he had another four trips to the winner's circle. Clouser Jr. leads the way in victories with 34 and is the top money winner with $158,200. His UTR of .636 leads the way in the United States.

Russell Bratt had a pair of winners on Wednesday night with Maria Rice getting two on Saturday. Rice sits in third place in the rankings with 20 wins.

Milo Zdjelar Jr. picked up two wins during the week by getting a single on both Wednesday and Saturday's programs.

A total of 13 different conditioners scored at least one win during the 23-race week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. James Clouser Jr. (34, .636, $158,200)
2. JD Perrin (25, .394, $87,000)
3. Maria Rice (20, .365, $118, 368)
4. David Russo (15, .317, $78,587)
5. Kimberly Asher (10, .509, $57,059)
It was St. Patrick's Day at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday evening (March 17) but no luck of the Irish was needed by the favorites as Mach Stockn Barrel ($3.30) and Fox Valley Veto ($3.00) won the co-featured Open Pace and Open Trot respectively.
Mach Stockn Barrel wins fifth race of 2018.

Mach Stockn Barrel (Shawn Gray) used an inside trip to capture the $9,500 Pace by topping Hardts Or Bettor by a half length in 1:56.1 over the fast surface. It was the fifth win in eight starts for Mach Stockn Barrel who has yet to finish off the board in 2018.

Fox Valley Veto, after four consecutive second place finishes, finally got a picture opportunity with track photographer Steve Roth by going coast to coast in turning back Lenny Mac by 1-1/2 lengths in 2:00.2.

In the opener, Mach Stockn Barrel used a ground-saving inside trip to notch the win. Starting from the one spot, Hardts Or Bettor (Davis McNeight III) enjoyed the top for a brief moment before Mach Stockn Barrel retook the lead just past the opening panel.

Cruising along on the front end past the three-quarter marker, Mach Stockn Barrel saw Im So Handsome pull to a brief advantage around the final turn. That was the best Im So Handsome would do however as Mach Stockn Barrel kicked it into high gear and held off Hardts Or Bettor by a half length. China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) took third. A final split of 28.3 did the trick for Mach Stockn Barrel.

Fox Valley Veto finally hits the winner's circle.
Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) is a 7-year-old gelding that has earned $26,256 this season and $146,980 lifetime.

Fox Valley Veto wasted no time in taking control of the Open Trot, zooming to the lead and never looking back. A pedestrian :31.3 third panel sealed the deal for fresh Fox Valley Veto as Lenny Mac (Gray) couldn't make any headway down the lane while City Kid (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.

Co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable along with Jack Rice, Fox Valley Veto (Piazzazzed-Yankee Victory) is a 7-year-old gelding that is trained by Maria Rice. The victory upped his seasonal bankroll to $21,829 and $416,667 in his career.

Hey Kobe ($7.30) popped the pocket at the top of the stretch and eventually collared the pace-setting Aritzia Hanover in the shadow of the wire to collect the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $7,700 Open II Pace for the mares on Wednesday night (March 14).

Hey Kobe rallies late for Wednesday victory.
After putting up splits of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.1, Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) seemed at ease on the lead with a quarter mile to pace. That comfort level evaporated quickly as Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) started to attack on the outside but then called it a night
Meanwhile, Hey Kobe (David McNeight III) was getting the perfect pocket trip, pulled out at the top of the stretch and needed every stride down the lane to finally get past the never-say-die Aritzia Hanover by a head in 2:00.3 over the sloppy track. Cut And Paste (Mike Micallef) gobbled up ground late to earn the third place check.

Owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the second win in eight appearances this season for the 6-year-old Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West). The victory pushed her 2018 earnings to $10,000 and $270,049 lifetime.
In the very short week, the winning favorites took 11-of-23 races for a 45 percent. The post time favorites have won 88-of-175 for 50.0 percent in 2018.
Trotter True Muscle and pacer Mach Stockn Barrel share first place for most wins thus far at Buffalo Raceway with five wins each  on the season. Mach Stockn Barrel is the top money earner among all horses with $26,256 while Lenny Mac tops the trotters with $19,760.

Double Double Jo, Lightning Raider N and Freaky Flyer all have four victories for the pacers while Signal Hill OK trails True Muscle on the trotting side of the ledger with four wins.
For the week, the one hole led the way with 10 victories while the five post was next with four on the 23-race week. The outside, post eight, didn't get a victory.

Wins By Post Position (Week/Year)
1. 10 (57)
2.  2 (26)
3.  2 (24)
4.  3 (26)
5.  4 (31)
6.  1 (13)
7.  1  (7)
8.  0  (4)
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 seven weeks of competition, Wayne leads the battle 73-59.
There were two nights of racing at Buffalo Raceway this week. The handle showed Wednesday night raking in $243,499 while Saturday evening had a handle of $159,154 for a two-day total of $402,653. The average nightly take was $201,322. Last week's handle for the two days was $382,258.
There were only two claims, one coming on Wednesday and another on Saturday.

Wednesday night, pacer One Chaser was taken for $4,000 by owner/trainer Anthony Cummings.

Then on Saturday evening, pacer Madd Hoss Jackson was selected by owner Curtis Edholm for the $10,000. Milo Zdjelar Jr. will handle the training duties.
Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card. Racing is scheduled to continue into Saturday with a 6 p.m. starting time.

Saturday night  has the Winter 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.
WHHC Qualifier this Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway

The WHHC contest will be held on Saturday, March 24 at Buffalo Raceway with a chance to win an entry into the World Championships at the Meadowlands. It's just $10 to enter.

The winner will receive entry into the World Harness Handicapping Contest a the Meadowlands, two nights hotel accomadations along with $500 in cash. Get a chance to represent Buffalo Raceway in the WHHC.

A reminder that all  2017 winning tickets must be cashed in by the close of business on Saturday, March 31st.

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.

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