Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Night Selections

Here are my selections for Saturday night's 13-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 82-76 through Friday night.
                                                    Saturday, February 28th
Race # Horse Comments
1st 3 Nothingbutmach Disregard last appearance
1 Peenie Tough from the inside
5 Major Marcus Arrives fit and fresh
2nd 3 Elite No more excuses
1 Ready To Work Should be 'ready' for this
4 Keystone Reactor Failed as the favorite
3rd 2 Dash N Gets better trip tonight
3 Historian Been getting closer
4 Veto Hanover Rallies for the show spot
4th 2 Walks Of Life Will 'run' through this group
5 Mach Stockn Barrel The top challenger
1 Art's Delight A dangerous spot
5th 3 King Otra Gets the throne back
4 Jokerman Always a threat
7 Peter Pumpkineater Post is the main worry
6th 4 Freaky Flyer Overdue for a victory
1 George P Hanover Look out from the pylons
2 I C D Moolah Faces much better now
7th 1 Deuces And Jacks Inside gives a winning hand
4 Mr Perserverance Newcomer could spring the upset
3 Raging Cam Will set the fractions
8th 1 One Chaser Should romp from here
2 Ms Luck Needs a bit of luck
4 Delightful Caitlin Along late for third
9th 1 It Was An Honor Takes advantage of the rail
2 Shaolin Master Second best effort
5 Eagle Real One Can't stall out late
10th 2 Mercurio N Won't disappoint again this evening
5 Enzo Seelster Last was an indication
1 Auditorial Will be battling at the finish
11th 4 Mr Bricks Rebounds off last attempt
1 Baccarat Stena Has to mind manners
5 Secluded Island Gotta love recent form
12th 3 Ideal Rowan Last wasn't true
2 Giovanni's Legacy Drops to comfortable level
7 Wiser's Deluxe Adds some value to the trifecta
13th 1 Instant Hit Sets sail from the rail
7 Nighthawk Hall Tough luck in previous appearance
2 Clubber Lang Just missed last time


Best bet: One Chaser (8th race)
Live longshot: Freaky Flyer (6th 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.

Friday night, I had five winners, Strung Out ($11.20) in the first, Shadow Baran ($9.60) in the third, Dancin' Thea ($6.50) in the sixth, Gabby Haays ($4.70) in the seventh and Feets Of Magic ($4.00) in the eleventh. I also hit the first race trifecta for $50.65, and the third race exacta for $13.60 and trifecta for $19.10. 

Saturday night's total investment: $82.00
Friday night's total winnings: $119.65
Win percentage: 82-for-234  36.8 percent
Top pick in the money: 166-for-234  65.3 percent
Best bet percentage: 8-for-18 46.0 percent
Brian's Selections vs. Michael Carter: Brian leads 82-76

BANKROLL: minus $224.35

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap, February 22

To say that this was a difficult week at Buffalo Raceway would be an understatement but things worked out well in the end.
Normal schedule resumes Wednesday

Wednesday night, high voltage power issues forced Buffalo Raceway to cancel the races after the fifth. With the uncertainty of the status of the power situation, track management moved the 6:35 p.m. post times on Friday and Saturday nights to a unique 2:30 p.m. time on those days. It  allowed the horsemen to race and ensured the card would be completed before darkness settled in.

And on top of the power woes, the weather wasn't cooperating either. With the temperatures hovering around zero throughout much of the week along with snow, the Western New York Horsemen and Buffalo Raceway should be applauded in taking everything in stride and putting on some solid racing despite all the issues.

Barring any unforeseen problems, Buffalo Raceway will return to its normal racing schedule on Wednesday with a 5 p.m. post while Friday and Saturday nights will go at 6:35 p.m.
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Peter Pumpkineater had the last laugh in the harness racing featured $9,500 conditioned pace at a snowy Buffalo Raceway Saturday afternoon as he rallied in the shadow of the wire to take a head victory over Peenie in 1:59.3.

After scooting off the gate from the four post, Peter Pumpkineater looked content to set the fractions. That wasn't going to happen, however, as Peenie re-took the lead to the opening quarter marker and Peter Pumpkineater had to settle back into the pocket.

Peter Pumpkineater wins $9,500 pace on Saturday afternoon
After watching splits of 30.2, 1:01 and 1:31.0 put up by Peenie, driver John Cummings Jr. dropped Peter Pumpkineater ($7.40) into the passing lane and managed to poke a head in front at the wire. Peenie (Kevin Cummings) had to settle for second while Rude Boy (Billy Dobson) took the show position.

Peter Pumpkineater (Camluck - Disney Dream) is a 7-year-old gelding co-owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin handled the conditioning duties. The victory moved the winner's 2015 bankroll to $11,090.

In the co-featured $8,800 conditioned pace, Union Man Hanover ($6.10) toyed with the field and ran off with an easy 2-3/4 length win over Bakken in 1:59.4 over the good track. 

Union Man Hanover (Cummings) played give-and-go with Art's Delight and kept right on going to the winner's circle. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) showed some late kick in the lane to finish in second while Art's Delight (Frank Milby) hung on for third.

It was the first victory of the season for Union Man Hanover (Artiscape - Up Front Rose). The 6-year-old horse is owned by Stephen Andzel and is trained by Alex Giuliani. Union Man Hanover is now a winner of $7,853 this year.

One Chaser was the fastest division winner in the Niatross 
In the quarterfinals of the Niatross Knocking Claiming Series, One Chaser ($4.90) put up the fastest time of the four division winners, going the mile in 2:00.1 with Cummings in the bike.

Shaolin Master (Shawn Gray) took the second leg with a 2:01.1 clocking and returned $5.50. Dragon Ridge ($5.90) won in 2:03.0 with Dobson in the sulky while Jimmy Whittemore guided Goddess's Justin to a $9.80 victory in 2:03.3 in the final division.

The top four finishers in each race will return next Saturday night for the semi-finals.

Ugly Betty turned in another 'beauty' of a victory and Justgottogethere pulled a shocker to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 18).

It was an easy gate-to-wire win for Ugly Betty in the $9,500 conditioned pace for fillies and mares while Justgottogethere used a perfect pocket trip to register a $59.50 surprise in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned trot.
Ugly Betty doesn't look back in filly and mare pace

Ugly Betty ($6.10) started from the rail and never looked back in cruising to her second straight win, an impressive 4-1/2 length decision over Memumsnotnice. Shawn Gray set sail from the rail with Ugly Betty and posted splits of 29.0, 58.0, 1:27.3 in posting a seasonal best time of 1:57.0. 

Memumsnotnice hung on for place (Frank Milby) while Sadies Place (Draw Monti) finished in third.

Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is a 7-year-old mare who is trained by Dennis Dylo. With the win, Ugly Betty has now earned $13,425 this season and $186,798 lifetime.

It was a perfect game plan used by driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere to get the victory in the featured trot.
Justgottogetthere posts the stunning $59.50 win
Dropping into the garden spot at the start behind the pace-setting Lutetium, Justgottogetthere and McNeight waited patiently until the top of the stretch. They then roared by the leg weary Lutetium to pull away for the stunning 2-1/2 length win in 2:02.1.

Fiorentina (Milby) showed late kick for second while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.

The $59.50 win price by Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) spurred a $480.50 exacta and $4,390.50 trifecta.

Justgottogetthere is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. Jerry Nugent Jr. trained the the winner, now 2-for-3 on the season. It pushed the trotter's earnings to $10,000 in 2015 and $148,482 in his career. 
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It may have been a short week but Kevin Cummings continues to pile up the victories.

Ron Beback Jr.
Buffalo Raceway's leading driver and defending champion had eight victories with doubles on Wednesday and Friday and topping it off with a four-bagger on Saturday.

Cummings holds a 49-42 lead over nearest rival, Billy Dobson, who had a strong week with four victories on Friday and a pair on Saturday.

Ron Beback Jr. registered a driving triple on Friday afternoon and posted a training double on the same card. He currently sits in seventh place in the driving standings with 12 victories and is close to cracking into the top five.

Drew Monti is starting to heat up as he was able to score the 'hat-trick' on Saturday afternoon while Jim McNeight had three wins on the week including a double on Friday.

Billy Dobson leads in purse earnings with $222,542 while Cummings is next with $191,097.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Kevin Cummings (49, .420, $191,097)
2. Billy Dobson (42, .405, $222,542)
3. Shawn Gray (22, .242, $116,830)
4. John Cummings Jr. (20, .320, $116,830)
5. Drew Monti (17, .246, $91,112)
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It was 'double or nothing' for the trainers at Buffalo Raceway as no conditioner was able to get more than two wins.

A total of eight trainers managed to get a pair of victories, 15 others had one victories.

Michelle Gramza had two victories
Leading trainer JD Perrin had two victories to move his seasonal total to 19. He kept a two-race edge over Neal Russo who has 17 victories with one coming this week.

Michelle Gramza, who sits in a tie for ninth place in the standings with six wins, registered two of them on Saturday afternoon.

Others scoring a pair of wins during the week included Darren Taneyhill, Anglo Nappo, Ron Beback Jr., Alex Giuliani, Bob Gruber III and Russell Bratt.

Perrin is the leading purse earner with $106,645 while Taneyhill has the highest UTR among trainers with a minimum of 15 starts with .521. Taneyhill's horses have won 6-of-16 starts.
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The handles at Buffalo Raceway had to be considered great considering Wednesday's card was cut down to five races and the Friday and Saturday events were moved from 6:35 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on very short notice.

On Wednesday night, $165,626 was bet on just five races, Friday night's total was $286,685 while Saturday afternoon's program was $206,281. The weekly total was $603,872 and an average of $201,290 per card. Last week's total handle was $604,320.
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There 12 claims during the week and 11 of them came on Saturday afternoon.

On Wednesday, pacer Donegal Jim was taken for $6,000 by the Summer Wind Stable with Bob Gruber III the trainer.

There were 12 claims on the week at Buffalo
There were seven claims made in the four divisions of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series with all pacers having a $6,000 price. Elizabeth and Dyce Spalluto took a pair as they grabbed Goddess's Justin and Full Circle Spirit with Milo Zdjelar the trainer.

Jettison went to William Hart Carmichael with Lisa Lederhouse the conditioner, Moo Coo Inc. and Jonathon Klee Racing collected Shaolin Master for trainer Andy Gardner. Also, A Little Crazy was claimed by Barbara Russo with Neal Russo handling the prep, owner/trainer Priscilla Mooney tabbed One Chaser for her barn while Delightful Caitlin was purchased by the Ultra Racing Stable and Curtis Edholm with Milo Zdjelar the trainer.

Owner/trainer Darren Taneyhill made of couple of claims, taking Yohansbation Mach for $10,000 and Emmys Junior Grin for $8,000.

The big claims were $15,000 deals as Mark Jakubik took Dont Stop Mach with Taneyhill the conditioner and Jokerman found his way to Richard, Robert and Randy Roth with Richard Roth listed as the trainer.
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Trotter Valorscross is the only horse that is perfect thus far in 2015 with a minimum of three starts as he is 4-for-4.

The trotter Herbie Is Gone, and pacers Donegal Jim and Magic Manny are all 4-for-5. The Prophet Mary is 4-for-6.

S A Lowe is the leading money earner with $17,082.
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The post time favorite this week won 10 out of the 31 races for 33 percent average.

For the season, Buffalo Raceway's winning favorite is 49.15 percent.
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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 72-67 through the sixth week.
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Speaking of handicapping, the qualifying rounds for the World Harness Handicapping Championships at the Meadowlands will be conducted at Buffalo Raceway starting on Saturday, March 7th.
Qualifiers start March 7th at Buffalo Raceway

It cost $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.

Other qualifying dates at Buffalo besides March 7 are March 14, March 21 and March 28.

For more information, click here for complete rules and information at http://www.buffaloraceway.com/special-events/handicapping-contest/
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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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The Guaranteed $5,000 Pick-4 is back again this coming Wednesday night starting in the fifth race.

The pool is guaranteed by the Western New York Harness Horseman's Association and the United State Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program.

Last Wednesday, the Guaranteed $5,000 pool went over the mark again with a pool of  $6,107. Unfortunately, the final three legs of the sequence were cancelled due to the power issues and the 3-all-all-all returned $2.70. 
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The inside posts was the place to be at Buffalo Raceway as 9 of the 31 victories came from the inside hole in the shortened week. The three and four post had six wins each. All starting spots had at least one victory.

Wins By Post Position (For the Week)
1.  9
2.  2
3.  6 
4.  6
5.  4
6.  2
7.  1
8.  1


Wins By Post Position (For The Season)
1. 49
2. 35
3. 29
4. 42
5. 29
6. 14
7. 10
8.  6
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People registered in the Members Rewards Club who make a total of $500 in wagers on Buffalo Raceway in February will receive a Buffalo Raceway polo shirt with their credit voucher. There's just a week left to earn this nice looking shirt!!!

It's free to join and can be done so at the Customer Service location in the clubhouse during simulcast or live racing.
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Racing will resume this week on Wednesday night with a 13-race card scheduled.

The Niatross Claiming Knockout Series continues on Saturday night. The semifinals will be run this Saturday night. The top four finishers in each division will advance on to the finals.

There will once again be the $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 starting in the fifth race. The night also has the $3,00 Wednesday Night Specials including pizza, pop, hot dogs, pretzels and beer.

Racing will also be held on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:35 p.m. Make a clubhouse reservation for any Saturday night in February and you'll receive $5 off total your total table meal purchase, $5 per person in free play at Hamburg Gaming along with free programs for each member of your party.

Call 716-649-1280, extension 300 to make your reservation. The clubhouse has open seating on Wednesday and Friday nights.

Monday, February 16, 2015

World Harness Handicapping Championship

In conjunction with HorseTourneys.com and the 2015 World Harness Handicapping Championship, which will be held at the Meadowlands on Saturday (April 25), the United States Trotting Association announced the dates for its series of 10 free, online qualifying contests. The winner of each contest will be awarded a free entry into the WHHC final in New Jersey.

Contestants can register and enter for free at www.HorseTourneys.com starting on Tuesday (Feb. 17) at 11 a.m.

The USTA qualifying series will feature racing from 10 different member tracks, with the first one scheduled for Friday (Feb. 27) with racing from WHHC host, The Meadowlands, starting at 7:15 p.m. (EST).

Free Platinum Plus past performances will be provided for each contest by TrackMaster.
The contest format will be the selection of one horse and an alternate, in case of a late scratch, for a $2 Win-Place wager on each race at the featured track that evening with all selections to be submitted prior to post time of the first race. There will be a limit of 1,500 players per contest.

By entering, contestants agree to all the contest rules and regulations including:
(1) Entries are limited to ONE (1) per person, PER HOUSEHOLD (this includes husband/wife teams--only ONE may play). Multiple entries from the same household will be disqualified upon conclusion of the contest. There are absolutely no exceptions to this policy.

(2) Any activity by individuals or groups of players (e.g., group play, multiple tickets per family members, multiple tickets from the same computer, etc.) deemed to be made in an effort to gain an advantage or violate the ONE (1) entry per person/per household rule will be investigated and may result in the immediate disqualification of any or all individuals involved. Please note that IP addresses for all players are recorded.

A complete listing of rules and regulations is available at www.HorseTourneys.com.

Following is a schedule with featured racetracks for the 2015 USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifying Series:

Date--Track--Time (EST)
Fri. (Feb. 27)--Meadowlands--7:15 p.m.
Sat. (Feb. 28)--Balmoral Park--8:10 p.m. (7:10 p.m. CST)
Sun. (March 1)--Cal Expo--7:50 p.m. (4:50 p.m. PST)
Fri. (March 6)--Yonkers Raceway--7:10 p.m.
Sat. (March 7)--Miami Valley Raceway--6:30 p.m.
Sun. (March 8)--Pompano Park--7:30 p.m.
Fri. (March 13)--Maywood Park--8:10 p.m. (7:10 p.m. CST)
Sat. (March 14)--Buffalo Raceway--6:35 p.m.
Fri. (March 20)--Saratoga Raceway--6:45 p.m.
Sat. (March 21)--Northville Downs--7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Frank Milby Getting Comfortable At Buffalo Raceway

When driver Frank Milby was looking for a place to compete during the off season on the Maryland harness racing circuit, he decided his landing spot would be Buffalo Raceway.

Frigid Western New York in the dead of winter? Why, Frank, why? His response was very simple, "Why not?"
Driver Frank Milby
"I love to race and I felt Buffalo Raceway was the best fit for me," Milby said. "I wanted to race when the Maryland tracks were shut down. I looked around. I raced a few years ago at Vernon Downs (in the summer months, however) and I liked it there. I knew a few people from Vernon who are now racing at Buffalo Raceway so here I am."

The cold weather surprisingly hasn't affected Milby. "I was worried about being cold at first but I actually haven't felt it that much. I've stayed warm all the time. I'd love to drive all 13 races...the cold hasn't bothered me at all."

While he has kept himself warm, he sure has made the tote board red-hot thus far.

It didn't take Milby long to make himself known on the Western New York scene as he won the first race of the 2015 campaign  at Buffalo Raceway when he guided Memumsnotnice to a $38.60 victory.

"Getting that win in the first race opening night took some of the pressure off me," Milby admitted. "Being new here, you don't want to wait to get that first one."

While posting the huge mutuel price on opening night, the 36-year-old Milby wasn't done yet. On Friday, January 23rd, he brought Nineanddivine from the eight post to register a $186.00 win price. Currently, Milby has six wins on the season at Buffalo with his average winner returning $52.60 his backers.
Frank Milby drives Nineanddivine (#8) to a $186 victory

"Just been lucky," Milby said about pulling the upsets in the early part of the season. "I've been second call on some horses, gotten some outside posts so I've been trying to keep them going to get the owners a check. I've been fortunate enough to get some good trips and get the win."

While driving just a handful of races in his career at Buffalo Raceway for this winter, he was able to train a few horses the morning of opening night to get a feel for the Hamburg half-mile oval. "I've found if you keep the horse along the rail, the stretch is pretty long and you can make a move there."

He said the people on the backstretch of Buffalo Raceway have been great. "A lot of trainers have helped me out, especially Ron Van Wagoner," he stated. "I am getting more drives and hopefully it continues. I'd love to get 13 a night."

Milby also said of why the move to Buffalo Raceway. "I love working with the babies, breaking them. But the owner I worked for didn't get any this year so it kind of freed up my schedule."

He admitted he loved to drive the youngsters in the Sires Stakes and is hoping for an opportunity this spring and summer arises. "I did well in the New York Sire Stakes a few years back at Vernon Downs and if I stay here all season, I'd love the chance race them here."

Milby is also approaching a career mark, that being 2,000 career victories. He is just 13 away from that milestone.

"I know I am getting close but I am really not trying to pay attention to it because if you do, you can start to over drive," he said. "I am just going one race at a time and when it happens, it happens."

Milby started racing at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland and has competed at Chester, Colonial, Dover and Harrington Raceway. He's sitting on 1,987 career wins and has almost $10.5 million in lifetime earnings. Milby's best season came in 2013 where he had 265 victories and $1.5 in earnings.

And his initial thoughts on the local harness racing scene after a month, Milby was nothing but praise. "The people are great. The track is good. I love Hamburg...it's a nice place. I live in the middle of nowhere in Maryland so it's great here.

He also has liked the cuisine. Milby said, "I've had chicken wings at three different spots and can't wait to try 'that sandwich'." The sandwich he is referring to is 'beef on weck'.

As for the rest of the season, "I am going to play it by ear," Milby said. "Whenever you have a job, you can always do better. I think I am doing good now, but I definitely can do better. The big races are on Tuesday in Maryland so I might be able to race there then come back here for the rest of the week."

Milby did admit, however, that becoming a Bills' fan won't happen. "Nope...A Ravens here...that won't change."

Photos by Steve Roth

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