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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 4-23

"The way things went several times in my harness racing career, I never thought I'd be able to reach 2,000 wins," driver Ron Beback Jr. said after reaching that milestone on Wednesday night (April 19) steering Ergo Hanover ($3.60) to victory in the sixth race at Buffalo Raceway.

Ron Beback Jr. celebrates with wife Sandra.
The 52-year-old Beback Jr. has had to overcome two serious medical issues over the years but has bounced back each time with a clean bill of health to help grow his win total.

"Back in May of 1999, I was involved in an on-track accident," he said. "After about two weeks, I developed a pair of blood clots that went to my heart which gave me a heart attack. My heart nearly exploded. The doctor told me he didn't want me drive again but I recovered well. Driving is something I love to do."

But then in 2012, Beback Jr. said he developed some dizzy spells and after battery of tests were taken, he found out he had vertigo. "The doctors straightened things out so I was able to get back to racing."

In a four-year span from 2007 through 2010, Beback Jr. was able to find the winner's circle 603 times with 2009 his top season of all-time with 189 victories. Then after the vertigo issue, he returned to get 467 wins from 2013 through 2015. He has over $8.1 million in career purse earnings with most coming on the Western New York circuit.

He also trains horses but has seen this stable go from nearly 30 during his peak to just a handful now. "The owners I used to have just aren't around anymore," Beback Jr. stated.

Besides his own, he gets regular duties from trainers Mark Laidlaw and Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. . Beback Jr. said he prefer the trotters with two of his favorites to drive now being Lutetium and Kahoku.

And for the future, Beback Jr. said he plans to continue on racing as long as possible. "I'm going to take it year by year but I have no plans of stopping any time soon."
Drew Monti
It was another good week for Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, Larry Stalbaum, as he collected another seven wins to move his leading total to 107.

Stalbaum had a triple on Friday night while registering doubles on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

Drew Monti and Jim Morrill Jr. had five victories each on the week including a double on Friday and Saturday.

Ray Fisher Jr., who sits in second place in the standings, had four wins inlcuding a pair of Friday.

David McNeight III produced a double Friday in posting three wins on the week.

There were 12 different drivers who had a least one victory during the week.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Larry Stalbaum (107, .380, $517,901)
2. Ray Fisher Jr. (76, .328, $389,212)
3. Shawn Gray (58, .373, $314,615)
4. Drew Monti (50, .297, $283,863)
5. David McNeight III (38, .203, 195,467)
Kimberly Asher just keeps finishing the winner's circle as she conditioned another five to wins during the 32-race week.
Jeff Amann

Asher had double on both Wednesday and Friday nights and added another win on Saturday. She now enjoys a 28-win advantage over her nearest rival, Gerry Sarama. Asher's lead is 66-38. She also is the leading purse earner with $306,165 and currently sits sixth nationally in victories.

Jeff Amann had a productive week as he had three victories with one coming on each race day.

Bo Sowers had three wins including a double on Saturday night while David Russo, Joe Skowyra and Darrin Monti each  had two trips to the winner's circle.

There were a total of 21 different trainers who found success with their charges during the week.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Earnings)
1. Kimberly Asher (66, .452, $306,165)
2. Gerry Sarama (38, .376, $220,922)
3. JD Perrin (36, .369, $183,269)
4. David Russo (29, .362, $144,482)
5. Bo Sowers (27, .228, $120,831)
Just imagine if Hot Deuce would have seen a pylon.

Being parked the entire mile in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open pace on Saturday night, Hot Deuce still incredibly managed to post a lifetime best 1:53 over the fast track in nipping the front stepping Shady City by a head.
Hot Deuce (#7) wears down Shady City.

Shadowing Shady City (Larry Stalbaum on the outside, Hot Deuce (Drew Monti) eventually managed to wear down the stubborn pace-setter in deep stretch to pull off the $21.80 upset victory. Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III), last week's Open winner, took the show spot.

Owned by Mike McAllister and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, the five-year-old gelded Hot Deuce (Armbro Deuce-Hot Dam Here I Am) has now won four times in 10 races. He has earned $18,196 in 2017 and $54,056 lifetime.

After making two starts at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland to begin his 2017 campaign, Studio City had a successful return to familiar harness racing territory, that being Buffalo Raceway on Friday evening (April 21) and captured the featured $8,200 trot with a length victory over Noble Legend in 1:59.2.

Studio City, who had five wins on the Western New York circuit in 2016, made two uneventful starts at Rosecroft earlier this month before shuffling off to Buffalo.
Studio City returns to Buffalo with a win.
It was a mad scramble for the lead in the early going as Kahoku, Noble Legend and Studio City battled for command.

Noble Legend won the dash to the quarter pole, parking out Kahoku along the way while Studio City ($7.70) tucked into the pocket. With fractions of 28.4, 57.4 and 1:29.0, the race eventually boiled down to that trio who pulled away from the pack.

Studio City (Larry Stalbaum) rolled to the lead from the passing lane while a stubborn Noble Legend (John Cummings Jr.) settled for second and a tiring Kahoku (Kevin Cummings) hung on for third.

Co-owned by Scott Woogen and Lisa Denison and trained by Lisa Lederhouse, the 8-year-old gelded Studio City (Conway Hall-Yagot Prestige) has now earned $5,660 in his young 2017 season and $274,370 lifetime

On Wednesday night, Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum) won the featured $8,200 pace for the mares with a head victory over V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) in 1:57.2 over the sloppy track. Who Says That (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third place.

Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, it was the fifth win in 15 starts this year for the 10-year-old Deliciouslynaughty (Mach Three-Naught Enough Hare). The victory pushed her earnings to $31,506 in 2017 and $445,051 lifetime. Stalbaum and Asher combined for a driver/trainer double.
The inside post scored 10 wins on the 32-race week with the three and six posts following with six victories apiece. The eight spot failed to get a win while all other posts registered at least two victories.

Buffalo Raceway Post Position Winners: (Week/Year):
1. 10  (104)
2.  4  (89)
3.  6  (77)
4.  2  (88)
5.  6  (71)
6.  2  (36)
7.  2  (11)
8.  0  (9)
The claim box was humming all week as six horses changed barns on Wednesday, with four more moving on Friday and four on Saturday.

There were five pacers and a trotter moved on Wednesday.
There were 14 claims made on the week.

Bettor's Night went for $8,000 to Mark Jakubik with Sabrina Clevenger the trainer while Springhouse Star was claimed by Cheryle Perrin for $8,000 with JD Perrin taking the conditioning duties.

Keson's Silhouette was claimed for $5,500 by Angelo Schifano with Jerry Nugent Jr. the conditioner while there were three grabbed for the $4,000 asking price. Trotter Main Stage went to Daniel Goehle with Angelo Nappo the trainer, pacer Wacky Rei is headed to Marissa Russo with David Russo in charge while Prada Spur was snagged by Kara Long with Jeff Amann doing the training chores.

The top claim on Friday night saw trotter Osprey Vision go to Marissa Russo for $12,500 with David Russo the conditioner.

Tessa Roland and trainer JD Perrin found two new occupants in their barn by selecting High Resolution for $8,000 and Power Off for $4,000.

The final claim on Friday had owner/trainer Patrick Shepherd collecting the pacer Beachfront for $4,000.

Marissa Russo and trainer David Russo were involved in two purchases on Saturday as they took pacers Bahama Bay for $10,000 and Yosemite Camn for $12,500.

Panalytical went to Mark Jakubik for $10,000 with Sabrina Clevenger the conditioner while owner/trainer Bob Gruber III nabbed Upbyfive for the $20,000 tab.
This past week, the winning favorites took 10 of the 32 races contested for a 30.3 percent average and the seasonal statistics has the top choice taking 207-of-505 for 41.54 percent.
On the handle side, Buffalo Raceway, Wednesday night's handle was $269,898 while the rest of the week showed $171,184 crossing the windows on Friday evening and $173,085 was wagered on Saturday. The total for the week was $614,167 with a nightly average of $204,722. The previous week, $574,525 was bet.
In the Championship Claiming Series, the top five point-getters are listed below through April 20th. There is just two weeks left before the championship races for the A Series will be contested May 3-6 so there should be plenty of scrambling to get points and lots of claims headed into the finals.

H&G $4,000 Pacers                                                F&M $4,000 Pacers
1. Beachfront 255                                                     1. Kiddie McCardle 295
2. Mcturesque 228                                                   2. Helena's Hope 278
3. First Of Fun 219                                                   3. Babe's Chip 258
4. Stonebridge Comet 157                                         4. Moccasin Blue Chip 250
5. K J's Flash Jordan 153                                         5. Fox Valley Lena 233
H&G $5,000-$6,000 Pacers                                     F&M $8,000-$12,000 Pacers
1. Maple Leaf Matt 239                                              1. Quicksilvercandy A 462
2. Warhorse 183                                                        2. Iaquinta 233
3. Yosemite Camn 178                                               3. That's My Dream 188
4. Autocorect Hanover 170                                          4. Buttercup Baby 153
5. Ideal Affair 167                                                      5. Bugatti Beauty 134                                                                                                                                                                           

H&G $8,000-$10,000 Pacers                                     $4,000-$5,000 Trotters
1. Bahama Bay 203                                                  1. VIP 292 
2. Saint William A 179                                               2. Main Stage 215
3. Noble's Grand Slam 178                                         3. Ona Dream 190
4. Harmony Oaks Ruler 175                                        4. Wild Ride 175
5. Yosemite Camn 162                                               5. Iain'tnomomaluke 167

H&G $12,500-$15,000 Pacers                                   $8,000-$12,500 Trotters
1. Steuben Patriot 262                                               1. The Bronx Bumper 200
2. Peter Pumpkineater 183                                         2. Dash For The Cash 174
3. Enzo Seelster 180                                                3. Tenor Duharas 119
4. Montezuma Blue Chip 174                                      4. Tymal Colossus 100
5. That Horse JD 170                                                 5. Limitless 75                                                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven and myself, Wayne leads the contest 179-150 through the 14th week.
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The pacer Quicksilvercandy A took over the top spot for most wins thus far at Buffalo Raceway with eight. The pacer is also the leading money winner with $35,172.

Beachfront, Moccasin Blue Chip and Royal Reception are next in line for the pacers with seven victories.

The trotter The Bronx Bumper is tops in his gait with seven wins. The Bronx Bumper is also the top purse earner among the sidewinders with $29,468. City Kid has six victories.
Buffalo Raceway will resume racing on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 11 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.

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

Also on Saturday is the Spring 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.

Reservations for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6th are now being accepted at 716-649-6300. This day is always a sellout in the clubhouse so don't be disappointed. Make your reservations TODAY!!

On Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 5th, the annual Chicken BBQ benefiting the Food Bank of Western New York will take place at Buffalo Raceway. The meal is $10 and will be served throughout the day. You can wager on the Kentucky Oaks and there will also be live harness racing beginning at 5 p.m.

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.