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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Selections for Wednesday, 1/18

Below are my selections for the 11-race card at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday, January 18th with a 5 p.m. post time. You can wager on Buffalo Raceway at various sites including TVG, Bet America, TwinSpires and various simulcast locations throughout North America. In the 'Handicapping Challenge', between Brian and Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven, Wayne leads 7-5.
                                               Wednesday, January 18th
Race # Horse Comments
1st 6 Wanna Rock N Roll Will 'roll' to another victory
1 Who Says That Better post helps chances
2 Aritzia Hanover Expect an improved effort
2nd 2 Kaitlyn A keeper Returns home to face easier foes
1 Missevil Could be the one to catch
6 Heavenly Way Won't get a big price this week
3rd 3 Voltina Has a longer neck tonight
5 Charmschholdropout New barn but battles tougher
1 Deliciouslynaughty Can't overlook this mare from here
4th 1 Hustleonehome Sets sail from the rail
4 Buttercup Baby Should be the top contender
1 Tiger Boudoir Had a tough break last time
5th 1 Wiser's Deluxe Takes advantage of needed post break
2 My Last Chance Will be challenging at the wire
3 Wrangler Rockstar Has seen much tougher fields
6th 5 That's My Dream Is 'dreaming' of the victory
1 Kisses N Kicks Dangerous from the pylons
8 Shakina Hanover Post is the main issue
7th 2 Montezuma Bluechip Better draw and softer field
3 M G Home Run Won't drop anchor this evening
1 Western Could add some value to the triple
8th 1 Virgin E A Lights Has been knocking on the door
4 Moccasin Blue Chip Needs a repeat performance
3 Marachere Along late for show spot
9th 7 Royal Reception Gets the victory with a clean trip
3 Clubber Lang Forget last race
1 First Of Fun Pulled a stunner in previous
10th 3 Take Heart Returns to his winning ways
8 Star Rose Competitive despite break in last
2 Jay Ray Look out in the race to the wire
11th 1 Sadies Place No excuses from this position
4 Kiddie McCardle Failed as favorite in previous attempt
6 Babe's Chip Could be a factor late

Best bet: Wanna Rock N Roll (1st race)
Live longshot: Royal Reception (9th race)

Friday night, I had two winners, That Horse JD ($3.40) in the sixth and Story Book ($3.40) in the seventh.

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

Wednesday night's total investment: $69.00
Friday night's total winnings: $6.80
Win percentage for 2017: 5-of-20 - 25.0%
Top selection in the money: 13-of-20- 65.0%
Best bet: 2-of-2 - 100.00%
Handicapping Challenge: Wayne Teaven leads 7-5
BANKROLL: minus $95.40

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 1/15

Drew Monti
After capturing his first ever driving title in his career by taking the crown at Batavia Downs in 2016, Drew Monti went right to the top at Buffalo Raceway by scoring four victories on the opening night of action.

Monti did not race at Buffalo on Friday night as he spent the weekend in the sulky at The Meadowlands but his four wins on Wednesday were enough to keep him atop the standings. Monti picked up three victories at the Meadowlands on Friday night, his second triple in a week at the New Jersey track.

Ray Fisher Jr. and Shawn Gray each had three wins during the abbreviated week. Fisher Jr. doubled on Wednesday night and Gray posted a pair on Friday.

Truman Gale and Larry Stalbaum each finished with two victories apiece.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDRS, Earnings)
1. Drew Monti, (4, .481, $13,696)
2. Ray Fisher Jr. (3, .346, $15,553)
2. Shawn Gray (3, .340, $16,665)
4. Truman Gale (2, .292, $5,179)
4. Larry Stalbaum (2., .451, $17,827)
Kim Asher, Maria Rice and Steven Kiblin each produced to winners during the week to share early honors in the training standings. All three found the winner's circle once on Wednesday and Friday's programs.

There was a total of 17 different trainers that posted a victory during the shortened 20-race week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTRS, Earnings)
1. Kim Asher (2, .544, $11,773)
1. Steven Kiblin (2 .778, $9,375)
1. Maria Rice (2, .467, $8,888)
4. 17 tied with one victory
Buffalo Raceway's handle for the two-day week, with Saturday's card being canceled due to a lack of entries, showed $214,933 taken in on Wednesday while $217,982 went through the windows on Friday. The handle for the week was $432,915 with a daily average of $216,957.
With the cancellation of Saturday evening's program, the commemorative 75th Anniversary Lucky Exacta Coin giveaway has been moved to this Saturday, January 21.

Lucky Commemorative Exacta Coin Giveaway is Saturday
On the back of the coin will be two numbers representing an exacta for races 2 through 10. If your coin has the winning exacta number, you'll spin the Wheel of Cash to determine how much in free wagers you will be given to bet on in the 12th race, the 75th Anniversary Year Pace.

If the 7-5 exacta comes in on any race, the lucky holders will spin the wheel for double the amount. You can win on multiple races plus all fans receive $10 in free play at Hamburg Gaming.

Also starting on Saturday, and continuing every Saturday throughout the meet is the Winter Winner's Circle Contest. Fill out an entry and drop it into the box of the horse you think will win the ninth race.

A slip will be drawn from the winning horse's entry box with $50 in Buffalo Raceway wagers going to the lucky fan. They'll also be eligible for the March 25th final with a chance to collect $250 in wagers. 

There will be an 11-race card at 5 p.m. on Wednesday with racing as well on Friday evening with a 5 p.m. start.
The claim box sure was busy for the first two nights of racing as a total of 10 horses found new barns.

There were 10 claims during the week.
Wednesday night, Paul and Ronald Viele were busy as they took trotter VIP for the $4,000 price and also took pacer Buttercup Baby for $8,000. The horses will be conditioned by Alex Giuliani.

Trainer JD got a couple of new horses in his barn as Cheryle Perrin took pacer Mayabelle for $12,500 and Tessa Roland claimed pacer Charmschooldropout for $5,500.

The Viele's made another purchase on Friday by snagging trotter Affective Action for $12,500 while out of the same race, Pete Kibler, Ken Owzarczak and Courtney McNeight got together to buy Dirty Secret with David McNeight Jr. the trainer.

Marissa Russo took pacer Ideal Affair for $5,000 while in the same race, Kara Long claimed Warhorse with Jeff Amann in charge.

Roland wasn't done claiming as she collected pacer Yosemite Camn for $6,000 and owner/trainer Priscilla Mooney will be welcoming trotter Touchhermuscles to her barn after paying the $5,500 tab.
The four post was the place to be on opening week as nine victories out of the 20 races came from that position. The one post was next with three wins while three came out of the two slot.

Buffalo Raceway Post Position Winners: (Week/Year):
1. 4 (4)
2. 3 (3)
3. 1 (1)
4. 9 (9)
5. 1 (1)
6. 2 (2)
7. 0 (0)
8. 0 (0)
For the first week, the winning favorites took nine of the 20 races contested for a 45 percent average.
In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven and myself, Wayne leads the contest 7-5 through the first week.
I'd like to thank Buffalo Raceway track photographer for his great photos that he provides each week for Brian's Buffalo Raceway Selections. You can order any picture from Steve by going to his website of
Mesmerized finally got out of his second place trance by using a late rally to capture the harness racing featured $8,200 trot at Buffalo Raceway on a chilly Friday night (Jan. 13).

Mesmerized in the winner's circle after Friday's win
After three consecutive runner up finishes to close out the 2016 campaign at Batavia Downs, it was time for Mesmerized to get the spoils of a victory by nudging out the front running Winkys Pride by a nose in a snappy 1:58.4 over the fast track. Ali De Vie (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.

Winkys Pride (Larry Stalbaum) was in command for the first three panels, putting up splits of 28.4, 59.0 and 1:29.1 as Mesmerized (Shawn Gray) tagged along in second.

As the field turned for home, Winkys Pride looked like she had given Mesmerized ($7.10) the slip but the 5-year-old gelding (Cantab Hall-Gift Card) re-rallied on the outside and managed to put a nose in front in the final step at the wire.

Owned by Jack Rice along with Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Mesmerized is trained by Maria Rice. He has now won nine times in 51 career starts, putting $141,468 in the bank.

It may be a new racing season but Wanna Rock N Roll continued to be up to her old tricks as she pummeled the field in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 featured pace for the mares on Wednesday night (January 11).

After completing the 2016 season at Batavia Downs with three consecutive victories, Wanna Rock N Roll ($4.10) showed the holiday break and change of venues didn't quell her appetite for winning as she easily put away her five rivals by 6-1/2 lengths in 2:00.2.
Wanna Rock N Roll blasts to 6-1/2 length win on Wed.
Wanna Rock N Roll (Rocknroll Hanover-Cams Leading Lady) had 10 wins in 30 starts in 2016 with $71,220 in earnings.

Starting from the assigned six post, driver Drew Monti sent Wanna Rock N Roll right to the top off the starting gate, posting fractions of 30.0, 1:01.1 and 1:30.2 over the good track. Tiger Boudoir, who sat the pocket, broke stride at the top of the stretch to scatter the field. The miscue wouldn't have mattered as Wanna Rock N Roll was long gone.

Warrawee Qually (Larry Stalbaum) won the tight battle for second place with My Tallia Ideal (David McNeight III) finishing in third.

Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, Wanna Rock N Roll is a 6-year-old mare who has now produced 22 wins in 92 career appearances, putting $237,477 in the bank.
There were some big prices to be had on the opening night card as Heavenly Place took the first race and returned $45.00 while in the seventh race, First Of Fun notched a $93.00 victory.
It was also 2016 Awards Night at Buffalo Raceway on Friday and along with getting a victory in the first race with Mesmerized, the Rice family along with the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable celebrated as their 5-year-old gelded Noble Legend was honored as Buffalo Raceway's 2016 Trotter of the Year.
In another great twist, That Horse JD, who was selected as 2016 Pacer Of The Year thanks to 12 victories in 24 starts and $57,760 in earnings, won the sixth race on Friday's program in 1:56.3. He was conditioned by JD Perrin who was recognized as the Trainer of the Year. Perrin registered 106 victories in 2016, the second most wins ever in a season for a trainer at Buffalo Raceway.

Jim Morrill Jr. was named Driver of the Year, his first at the Hamburg half-mile oval since 2006, after scoring 131 wins in just 338 starts.

The connections of Trotter of the Year, Noble Legend.
From (left-to-right) are Buffalo Raceway Racing Secretary
Tom Agosti, co-owner Jack Rice, co-owner Maria Rice,
Buffalo Raceway Operations Director Jon Cramer and
co-owner Marc Vogel.
JD Perrin (center) accepts awards from Buffalo Raceway Racing
Secretary Tom Agosti (left) and Buffalo Raceway Director of Operations
Jon Cramer after Perrin took the 2016 Trainer of the Year and was
also involved with Pacer of the Year That Horse JD.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Ready For 75th Anniversary Season

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway begins its 75th anniversary harness racing season on Wednesday, January 11 and will celebrate in various ways throughout the 90-day meet until closing day on Sunday, July 23.

The new season will bring some changes both on and off the track at the Hamburg half-mile oval which is located on the Erie County Fairgrounds.

"We are looking forward to the upcoming season and creating more winners," Buffalo Raceway Director of Operations Jon Cramer said as the track preps for the 75th season.
Commemorative coin to be given away on Saturday, Jan. 14th

Buffalo Raceway will have a post of 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday evenings while Saturday's program will get underway at 6 p.m. Matinee racing will begin June 18 with a 12:30 p.m. start. There's a special 7 p.m. post when thoroughbred's Triple Crown races are contested.

Racing fans can expect four new barns to make their debut this season with George Anthrop, Kim Asher, Joe Skowyra and Bo Sowers all coming in during the campaign.

They can expect to tussle with JD Perrin who remains at the top of the list for local conditioners. He posted his third consecutive training title at Buffalo Raceway last season, rolling up 106 victories. Perrin has won six straight crowns on the Western New York circuit between the Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs.

There is one new driver confirmed for 2017 and that is Larry Stalbaum who joined the Western New York driving colony at Batavia Downs mid-season.

Stalbaum finished with 32 victories in 175 starts at Batavia Downs but will have to deal with the likes of defending Buffalo Raceway champion Jim Morrill Jr., reigning Batavia Downs leader Drew Monti and the always dangerous Kevin Cummings.

Monti has been competing at the Meadowlands during the hiatus in Western New York and is looking forward to the upcoming campaign.
Drew Monti returns after winning Batavia Downs title.

"It's been unbelievable racing at the Meadowlands," a confident Monti said. "I'm looking for another good year in 2017 and hopefully the momentum I had at Batavia and the Meadowlands will carry over to Buffalo Raceway. I started slow last season at Buffalo so hopefully I will get off to a better start."

Off the track, Buffalo Raceway patrons will notice a updated look in the clubhouse with new table and chairs, the addition of several 50-inch televisions and other cosmetic changes.

Cramer said, "I think patrons will enjoy the updated clubhouse and it will make their evening pleasant."

Wayne Teaven will be handling the race calling duties full-time for the 2017 season after announcing part of 2016.

"This is definitely a dream of mine," Teaven said about getting the full-time position. "Buffalo Raceway has a lot of rich history and I am glad to be a part of the 75th anniversary season. I am definitely looking forward to it."

The wagering menu has some slight modifications this season as Buffalo Raceway will offer a Pick-5, Pick-4, a pair of Pick-3s, three daily doubles along with the standard win, place, show, exactatrifecta and superfecta bets.

Opening week will be busy with a free magnetic schedule giveaway on Wednesday night, the 2016 Awards presentation along with the always popular fish fry dinner on Friday while Saturday evening, a commemorative 75th Anniversary Lucky Exacta Coin will be handed out.

On the back of the coin will be two numbers representing an exacta for races 2 through 10. If your coin has the winning exacta number, you'll spin the Wheel of Cash to determine how much in free wagers you will be given to bet on in the 12th race, the 75th Anniversary Year Pace.

If the 7-5 exacta comes in on any race, the lucky holders will spin the wheel for double the amount. You can win on multiple races plus all fans receive $10 in free play at Hamburg Gaming.

Starting on Saturday, January 21 and continuing every Saturday throughout the meet is the Winter Winner's Circle Contest. Fill out an entry and drop it into the box of the horse you think will win the ninth race. A slip will be drawn from the winning horse's entry box with $50 in Buffalo Raceway wagers going to the lucky fan. They'll also be eligible for the March 25th final with a chance to collect $250 in wagers.

All entrants will also receive $5 in free play at Hamburg Gaming.

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

Monday, November 14, 2016

Buffalo Raceway 2017 Schedule

Below is the 2017 Buffalo Raceway schedule which is set to begin on Wednesday, January 11th at 5 p.m. It's Buffalo Raceway's 75th Anniversary season.