Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Buffalo Raceway Stall Applications Available

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Stall applications for the upcoming 2021 live harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway are now available through several different sources.

Applications have been mailed out and can also be obtained at www.buffaloraceway.com or picked up at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association office located at Batavia Downs.

Deadline to return the form is Friday, December 11.

Racing at the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg is tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 27. The 66-day meet will conclude on Saturday, July 17. 

For the latest news and race information, go to www.buffaloraceway.com

Monday, July 20, 2020

Despite Pause, Buffalo Raceway Has Good Season

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The Covid-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench into every race track's season with Buffalo Raceway being no exception.

Closing from March 14 until June 3, Buffalo Raceway did get in 28 live race dates out of the 66 that were scheduled and performed quite well considering.
Driver Billy Davis Jr.

"It was a trying meet but overall was successful," Buffalo Raceway Operations Director Jon Cramer said. "We were off to a great start until the pandemic forced us to close. Thanks to the support of everyone, we were able to open quickly and maintained a safe and clean environment. We could not have done it without the cooperation from the New York State Gaming Commission, the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association, all of the horsemen, staff and our fans."

Cramer stated that before the shutdown, the daily average on track wagering was up 10 percent and were looking forward to spectators returning. For the season, pool totals were up 50 percent with much of the increase coming in June and July.

Billy Davis Jr. captured his second consecutive Buffalo Raceway driving title and his third straight on the Western New York circuit. He collected 70 wins on the season and earned $376,644 in purse earnings. He easily beat out David McNeight III who finished second with 41 victories.
Trainer Maria Rice

"It's nice to win it again," Davis Jr. said. "I was consistent throughout the year and it helped teaming up with trainers Maria Rice and Sabrina Shaw who had some good horses for me to drive." 

Davis Jr. said of the layoff, "I'll tell you I was chomping at the bit to get back. After the first night coming back, I was a little sore the next morning."

Maria Rice won her first training title ever and stated, "I never thought it was possible until a couple of years ago. It's pretty cool to win it, I'm not gonna lie."

Since arriving on the Western New York circuit seven years ago, Maria and her husband Jack have 23 horses in their barn which made winning a championship more realistic.

"We've been in this for some years now and when we first started out we had like seven horses and we shipped all over," Rice said. "We never thought of winning a title because of that. The past few years, when you have 23 horses, you think about winning the title a little but never think it is possible."
Pacer of the Meet---Daylight Rush

She went on to say, "When the pandemic hit, it was business as usual for us. We didn't have to lay off anyone and our horses stayed fit and happy."

Rice finished the meet with 39 victories, a UTR of .353 and $242,962 in purse earnings. She beat trainer Gerry Sarama by 14 victories, 39-25

Davis Jr., who was the 'first call' driver for the Rice barn said, "It's great that Maria won the trainer's title and it's nice to be able to share it with her."

In the 'Pacer Of The Meet' competition, Daylight Rush took the top honors for the 2020 campaign.

Since returning to the track after the pause on June 6, Daylight Rush had three wins and four seconds in his seven starts. His four runner up finishes were less than two lengths combined. 

With a seasonal mark of 1:55, the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution) is owned by Cassandra Johnson and was trained and driven by David McNeight III. He completed the Buffalo meet with $28,850 in earnings and has a career bankroll of $247,334.

There was little doubt who the 'Trotter Of The Meet' was going to be as Bred For Greatness was just great all season long.
Trotter of the Meet---Bred For Greatness

Winning seven times in nine starts against the top level sidewinders, Bred For Greatness earned $39,315 on the year, by far the highest purse earnings at the track for either gait. He enjoyed a four-race win streak until July 8 when Victoria Swan pinned a three-length loss on him.

Co-owned by trainer Michael Ohol and Steven Gross, Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) had Jim Morrill Jr. and Kevin Cummings share the driving duties. The 6-year-old gelding had a seasonal mark of 1:58.1 and has produced $125,596 in lifetime earnings.

In race statistics, the post time favorite won at a clip of 40.17 percent while the one spot had the most victories with 84 in 356 races while the four post was next with 68.

Live racing is tentatively to resume in January 2021. Simulcasting in the clubhouse will remain closed until January 1, 2021.

For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Thanks To EVERYONE...

I'd like to thank everyone for following along at Brians Buffalo Raceway Selections. Once again, without the tremendous support and sponsorship from Buffalo Raceway and Hamburg Gaming and others, this adventure would be tough.

A special thank you goes out to the staff at Buffalo Raceway including Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango, Director of Operations Jon Cramer, track photographer Bill Burke, Cheryl Menchi, Tom Agosti, Jason Ziemba, Wayne Teaven and Paige Usiak for all their help this season and in previous years as well.

Also, without the cooperation of the trainers, drivers, owners and grooms at Buffalo Raceway, this job would be truly difficult. Everyone is so cooperative which helps me in promoting our local track.

The Weekly Recap story will not be posted this week as the Year End Report will be published here and at other sites around mid day on Monday.

For an FYI, Wayne Teaven won the Handicapping Challenge for the season with 128 wins while Paige Usiak finished with 110 and I had 104.

Should you want to see my recent interview with Cameron at CDR Handicapping, you can watch it by clicking this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_tRfnF-5PQ&t=139s You can also follow him on Twitter @CDR_Cam and go along as he handicaps thoroughbreds and standardbreds.

Once again THANK YOU to my 1625 twitter followers and those 282,000 fans who clicked on my webpage....

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Buffalo Raceway "By The Numbers"

The 2020 Buffalo Raceway live harness racing season will begin on Wednesday, January 29th with a 5 p.m. post time. Let's take a look at some of the numbers at Buffalo Raceway from the past, current and future seasons. Enjoy!!

1 - Drivers David Russo, Claude Huckabone III and Doug Ackerman were a perfect 1-for-1 in the sulky in 2019.
2 - The number of Sunday matinees slated with post time at 12:30 p.m.
3 - Full seasons completed by track announcer Wayne Teaven.
4 - The number of track records held by trainer Sabrina Shaw, the most by any conditioner currently.
- Number of track records broken or tied in 2019.
6 - Years that have elapsed since there was a repeat winner in the driver's championship title.
7 - The number of track records held by driver Ray Fisher Jr., the most currently.
8 - The most wins at Buffalo Raceway in 2019, that being Donegal Jim and HP Sissy.
 Ray Fisher Jr.
11 - Number of wins coming from the eight post.
22 - Percentage of increase in on-track handle last year.
28 - That's the number of new self betting terminals installed over the off-season.
37 - The number of times the eight horse finished in the top three in 2019.
41 - The percentage of post time favorites winning at Buffalo Raceway in 2019.
56 - Number of victories trainer James Clouser Jr. had in taking the conditioning title.
60 - Percent of the inside horse finishing in the money last season.
66 - The number of race dates in 2020.
74 - Number of employees paid by Buffalo Raceway.
75 - The number of different drivers who posted a victory at Buffalo Raceway last season.
78 - It's the number of seasons that Buffalo Raceway has conducted live harness racing.
Billy Davis Jr.
86 - Percentage of 'return on investment' (over 40 starts) with driver Mike Baumeister.
94 - The number of different trainers who had at least one win at Buffalo Raceway in 2019.
119 - The number of victories Billy Davis Jr. had at Buffalo Raceway in 2019.
177 - Number of victories coming from the one post last year.
281 - The number of stalls currently allotted to stable on the grounds this season.
386 - Percentage of  'return on investment' on trotter SR Radar (4-of-12) last season on an off track.
417 - The UTR of trainer James Clouser Jr. in 2019 at Buffalo Raceway.
480 - Total number of reserved seats available in the clubhouse.
502 - The highest UDR of a driver with over 20 starts at Buffalo Raceway, that being Jason Bartlett.
600 - Tons of material put down on the Buffalo Raceway surface in September of 2019.
640 - The length of the Buffalo Raceway stretch in feet.
715  - The special post for the 'Triple Crown' races on May 2, May 16 & June 6
735 - Number of races held in 2019 at Buffalo Raceway.
James Clouser Jr.
873 - The win percentage of HP Sissy (5-of-7) on an off track last season at Buffalo.
1270 - Current amount of followers of Buffalo Raceway on Facebook.
2005 - Current amount of followers of Buffalo Raceway on Twitter.
2010 - This is the year the oldest current Buffalo Raceway track record that still exists as 2-year-old gelded pacer Roadside Delight went the mile in 1:56.3 on July 10, 2010.
54,781 - Amount returned in dollars to Player's Reward members in 2019.
417,099 - Purse earnings won by leading trainer James Clouser Jr. in 2019.
749,076 - The purse earnings of driver Billy Davis Jr..
751,796 - The largest handle ever which was on July 24, 2011.
5,945,770 - Amount paid out in purses at Buffalo Raceway last season.
15,226,813 - The total handle for Buffalo Raceway in 2019.