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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Picks for Wednesday 3-22

Below are my selections for the 12-race card at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday, March 22nd 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 128-101. First 8 races will be telecast on TVG!!!
                                               Wednesday, March 22nd
Race # Horse Comments
1st 4 Dontch Remember Remembers that winning feeling again
1 Aritzia Hanover Look out from the inside
3 Scarlet N Silk Returns after brief visit to Yonkers
2nd 5 Quicksilvercandy A The one to track down
3 Bettor's Delight Could be her 'night'
1 Sarah Cola Finally gets a competitive post
3rd 2 Western Should be pointed in the right direction
1 Glory Jean Don't disregard from the pylons
3 Buttercup Baby Post relief should help
4th 2 Babe's Chip Goes the entire mile tonight
3 Amoreuble Hanover Hasn't been that far off
6 Kesons Silhouette Closed like a train in previous
5th 3 Main Stage Completes the job at last
1 Rockandroll Jesse Has to be on best behavior
5 Iain'tnomomaluke Can't leave off the ticket
6th 8 Wanna Rock N Roll Should overpower this field
2 Honor Roll Needs to get a perfect score
6 Sandy De Vie Faces better but still can compete
7th 8 Brewski Overcomes outside for the upset
4 Scarlet Starlet Always hanging around at the wire
3 Can U Be Fun Rallies for the show spot
8th 3 That’s My Dream Is 'dreaming' of another win
1 Taylor Rei Softer class plus the rail
6 John's Jessi Bird Flies into third place
9th 6 American Legend Breaks out of third place rut
4 Hardhead'slilchris Should be setting the tempo
2 Baywood Shadow Maybe Buffalo Raceway holds the key
10th 4 Aberarder Smitty Catch me if you can
6 Mcturesque Lurks as the main threat
5 Power Off Can't overlook this guy
11th 3 Kiddie McCardle Goes gate-to-wire for victory
5 Springhouse Star Should be a big factor in here
1 Fox Valley Lena Adds some value to the tirfecta
12th 1 Red Carpet Tonight Takes advantage of the inside draw
3 Amber John Wake up call is given
5 Wacky Rei Has faced much better competition

Best bet: Main Stage (5th race)
Live longshot: Brewski (7th race)

Saturday night, I had for winners, China Dream ($3.30) in the first, Shady City ($10.60) in the fourth, Ideal Affair ($4.10) in the sixth and Green Olives ($7.80) in the twelfth. I also hit the fourth race trifecta for $46.50 and the twelfth race exacta for $15.00.

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: $72.00
Saturday night's total winnings: $87.30
Win percentage for 2017: 101-of-338 - 29.9%
Top selection in the money: 224-of-338 - 61.0%
Best bet: 14-of-28 - 50.00%
Handicapping Challenge: Wayne Teaven leads 128-101
BANKROLL: minus $434.35

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 3-19

With a shortened week, there wasn't any change in the driver's standings as the top five remained the same.
Driver Shawn Gray

Larry Stalbaum continued on top with 68 victories, thanks to a single win on Friday and a four-bagger on Saturday night.

His nearest rival is Shawn Gray who registered a triple on Saturday night to move his victory total to 55.

Jim Morrill Jr. had a four-bagger on Friday night but failed to find the winner's circle on Saturday's program.

Ray Fisher Jr., who is in third place with 53 wins, had three wins during the week including a double on Saturday. He now has 3,997 career victories and will be seeking to hit the 4,000-win barrier this upcoming week.

David McNeight III and Drew Monti are tied for fourth place in the standings with 27 victories. McNeight III had a double on Friday and Monti took the final two races on Saturday's card.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standing (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Larry Stalbaum (68, .374, $330,976)
2. Shawn Gray (55, .382, $289,919)
3. Ray Fisher Jr. (53, .356, $272,371)
4. David McNeight III (27, .206, $133,052)
4. Drew Monti (27, .294, $138,281)
The training colony spread the wealth around during the 22-race week as 17 different trainers found their way to the winners circle.
Sabrina Clevenger

Sabrina Clevenger led the way as she connected for three winners including a double on Saturday night. She cracked the top 10 in the trainer's standings with 11 victories on the 2017 campaign at Buffalo Raceway.

Kimberly Asher still has a commanding advantage in the standings with 46 wins. She only had one victory during the week but still holds an 18-win edge over Gerry Sarama.

Ironically, Sarama did have a win during the week and the 28-win total he sports now equals his entire 2016 victory total from all of last season at Buffalo Raceway.

David Russo, who sits in fourth place, had a pair of winners while Jeff Amann, who is eighth in the standings with 13 victories, had a double on Friday night.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Earnings)
1. Kim Asher (46, .461, $216,033)
2. Gerry Sarama (28, .395, $144,518)
3. JD Perrin (25, .341, $125,490)
4. David Russo (22, .376, $101,662)
5. David McNeight Jr. (21, .327, $97,289)
With less than ideal weather and track conditions at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 18), it appeared that the times weren't going to be all that impressive.

Someone forgot to tell that to China Dream.
China Dream goes 1:54.3 in sloppy Open Pace win.
Going the fastest mile of the meet with an eye-popping 1:54.3 clocking, China Dream ($3.30) steamrolled the field in the $10,000 Open Pace with an easy wire-to-wire victory over Believe This Bob by 2-3/4 lengths.

With temperatures in the upper 30s, light rain showers and a sloppy track, China Dream seemed to be on a mission to get back to the comforts of his stall as quick as possible.

Using fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:27.1, China Dream (Shawn Gray) posted a 27.2 final panel to erase any hopes the other five participants had of pulling out the victory.

 Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) took the place position while Littlebitaclass (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third.

Co-owned by Jack and trainer Maria Rice, it was the third win in eight tries this season for the 6-year-old gelded China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art). The victory pushed his season earnings to $22,120 and $194,793 lifetime.
City Kid showed who the 'man' was on Friday night (March 17) at Buffalo Raceway by winning the featured $8,200 trot by a length over The Bronx Bumper in a seasonal best 1:58.2 on the fast track.

City Kid and Larry Stalbaum roll to Friday's win
After a pair of narrow defeats the past two weeks, City Kid ($14.40) finally his photo opportunity thanks to a pylon-skimming journey over the Hamburg half-mile oval.

Lenny Mac, the lone mare in the event, set the tempo in the race with fractions of 29.4, 59.0 and 1:28.4. She had to deal with The Bronx Bumper who pestered her on the outside the entire mile while City Kid enjoyed the ground saving trip.

Turning for home, City Kid (Larry Stalbaum) dropped to the passing lane to rustle the lead but had to hold off a stubborn The Bronx Bumper (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Lenny Mac (Kevin Cummings) who finished a game second and third respectively.

Owned by Marissa Russo and trained by David Russo, City Kid (Cincinnati Kid-Salagadoola) is a 9-year-old gelding who now has earned $14,990 in 2017 and $203,580 lifetime.
The top winning post position for the shortened 22-race week was the four spot where seven victories were produced followed by the three hole which had four. The eight post failed to produce a win.

Buffalo Raceway Post Position Winners: (Week/Year):
1.  3  (68)
2.  2  (56)
3.  4  (49)
4.  7  (66)
5.  3  (41)
6.  1  (28)
7.  2  (6)
8.  0  (3)
This past week, the winning favorites took 8 of the 22 races contested for a 36.3 percent average and the seasonal statistics has the top choice taking 136-of-329 for 39.94 percent.
There was no racing on Wednesday but three claims were made on Friday and eight were made on Saturday.

On Friday, pacer Four Boys was claimed for the $6,000 price by Curtis Edholm with Sabrina Clevenger as the trainer while Ulster Hanover went to Tina Rockwell with Tommy Garcia the conditioner for $4,000.
There were 11 claims during the week.

Trotter VIP found another new home this week as he now heads to Ron and Paul Viele with Alex Giuliani the trainer after paying the $5,500 asking price.

Things came in pairs on Saturday as eight horses changed owners in four races.

In the $12,500 claiming ranks, Life's Lesson went to Michael Torcello with Gerry Sarama the trainer while Sea Deuce went to Vogel & Wags Nags Stables and Jack Rice with Maria Rice in charge.

A pair changed hands in the $10,000 level with Baham Bay headed to Harry Wortzman and Kathleen Leuer with Shawn McDonough the conditioner while Yosemite Camn was taken by Rocco Stebbins with Joe Skowyra the trainer.

The Stebbins/Skowyra tandem nabbed That Horse JD for $8,000 while Mystical Valentine was claimed out of the same race by Curtis Edholm and Veronica Dylo with Milo Zdjelar Jr. handling the duties.

Finally in the $5,000 classification, Ideal Affair was snagged by Jaclyn Giuliani with McDonough the trainer and Dragon Seelster is headed to Tessa Roland with JD Perrin the training job.  
On the handle side, Buffalo Raceway, Wednesday nights card was cancelled while the rest of the week showed $222,232 crossing the windows on Friday evening while $181,022 was wagered on Saturday. The total for the week was $403,322 with a nightly average of $201,661. The previous week, $585,295 was bet.
In the Championship Claiming Series, the top five point-getters are listed below through March 16th. The championship races for the A Series will be contested May 3-6..

H&G $4,000 Pacers                                            F&M $4,000 Pacers
1. Beachfront 205                                                    1. Kiddie McCardle 275
2. Mcturesque 165                                                   2. Moccasin Blue Chip 250
3. First Of Fun 159                                                   3. Helena's Hope 153
4. K J's Flash Jordan 153                                         4. Springhouse Star 149
5. Beechwood Wayne 137                                         5. Fox Valley Lena 145
H&G $5,000-$6,000 Pacers                                 F&M $8,000-$12,000 Pacers
1. Yosemite Camn 175                                              1. Quicksilvercandy A 237
2. Story Book 165                                                     2. Iaquinta 175
3. Royal Reception 158                                              2. That's My Dream 175
3. Warhorse 158                                                        4. Buttercup Baby 145
5. Maple Leaf Matt 149                                               5. Deliciouslynaughty 87                                                                                                                                                                               5. Bugatti Beauty 87

H&G $8,000-$10,000 Pacers                                $4,000-$5,000 Trotters
1. Noble's Grand Slam 161                                        1. VIP 212 
2. Release The Terror 140                                         2. Grecale AS 145
3. Yosemite Camn 137                                             3. Take Heart 138
4. Saint William A 128                                              4Wild Ride 100
5. Button Fly 108                                                     5. Iain'tnomomaluke 97

H&G $12,500-$15,000 Pacers                               $8,000-$12,500 Trotters
1. Peter Pumpkineater 183                                        1. The Bronx Bumper 200
2. Steuben Patriot 175                                               2. Dash For The Cash 164
3. That Horse JD 170                                                3. Limitless 75
4. Adversary Seelster 149                                         4. Tenor Duharas 65
5. Zipnthruthehall 133                                               5. Trotting R T 50
In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven and myself, Wayne leads the contest 128-101 through the ninth 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
Pacers Beachfront and Moccasin Blue Chip lead the way at Buffalo Raceway this season with six victories apiece. Kiddle McCardle and Thats My Dream are next with five each.

The top earning pacer is Itsonlyrocknroll A who has put $24,200 in the bank thus far in 2017.

Trotters Perfect Rendition, The Bronx Bumper and Southern Palms lead the trotters with four wins apiece. Perfect Rendition is also the top purse earner among the side-winders with $19,500.
Buffalo Raceway will resume racing on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 12 races set to go to the post. There's a $0 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.

There will also be racing on Friday night at 5 p.m. with Saturday set to go at 6 p.m.

Don't forget Happy Hour every live racing day with $4 specials.

Saturday night, head to the Winner's Circle Cafe where you can enjoy a great home style meal.

Also every Saturday is the Winter's Winner Circle contest where you can win a $50 betting voucher and a chance to win even more later in the season. Just select who you think is going to win the ninth race on Saturday's card and if that horse finishes in first, you have a chance to win.

Also, all outstanding vouchers and mutual tickets from 2016 must be cashed no later than March 31, 2017.

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

It's 'All In The Family' For The McNeights

It was a unique version of 'All In The Family' for the McNeight crew on Saturday night (Feb. 25) at Buffalo Raceway as harness racing driver David McNeight III drove three horses to victory which covered three generations of his family.

David McNeight III
In the third race, trainer David McNeight Jr. enjoyed watching his son (David III) guide Sea Star to a $38.00 victory.

Lucky Millionaire ($12.80), who was driven and trained by David III, captured the ninth race.

So with two generations now covered, there was a chance for the unique trifecta in the 12th race as Spring Terror, trained by grandfather David McNeight Sr. was entered with David III in the bike. Sure enough, Spring Terror ($4.00) got up in the shadow of the wire to score the half length win, giving the McNeights a unique three-generation family hat trick.

McNeight III sits fourth in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings with 21 wins while David McNeight Jr. is in fourth place in the trainer's rankings with 17 wins.

You can view this week's weekly recap below this story!!

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.