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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Picks for Wednesday 6/21

Below are my selections for the 13-race card at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday with post time at 5 p.m. 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 276-232. There's a $1154 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.
                                               Wednesday, June 21st
Race # Horse Comments
1st 2 Roll With Faith Gotta have 'faith' in her
1 Osprey Blue Chip Entry could produce the win
3 Takeyourbreathaway Will be charging at the wire
2nd 5 Roll Baby Roll Tough to find fault with this gal
1 Sydneydreamweaver Pylons enhances her chances
3 Ubder The Bus Toss out last appearance
3rd 3 Planet Rock She'll 'rock' this group
8 Playing Favorites Has to overcome the bad draw
1 Major Master Piece Could be involved late
4th 5 Artrageous Catch me if you can
6 World Apart Should love the long stretch
1 St Helena Can't eliminate this filly
5th 1 Shesarocker Too sharp for this field
3 Robin J Needs better rating tonight
6 Fast Roll Along in time for third place
6th 1 Make Mine Ideal Knows way around Buffalo oval
7 Miss Roll Joe Post is the main worry
4 Sevenatenine If improvement continues
7th 6 Classy Lane Rose Overpowered softer in previous
4 V'La Faire Looms as the top threat
2 Susie's Delight Faces much better in here
8th 1 Vals Jett No excuses from the pylons
4 Princess Bliss Wake up call has been given
2 Helena's Hope Put a line through last outing
9th 2 Wacky Rei Debut for Perrin barn a success
3 Bet On Me Hanover Won't be a long price this evening
4 Drinkin N Dancin Hasn't been that far off
10th 4 Wicked Elphaba Drops down to much easier level
3 Call Me Maybe Might get the 'call' at the line
1 Skyway Tia Rails sure helps cause
11th 3 Voltina Consistency pays off in a victory
5 Dustlanemissmolly Is the logical top contender
2 Margaux Qualifier was decent enough
12th 6 Tymal Luckynpink Gets out of second place rut
4 Quicksilvercandy A Old timer is still getting it done
1 Kruella Look out for her from the inside
13th 2 Heavenly Way Gets back to a 'heavenly' spot
3 Jenna Casimir Is the major danger
6 Tarahumara Adds value to the trifecta

Best bet: Shesrocker (5th race)
Live longshot: Tymal Luckynpink (12th race)

Sunday afternoon, I had five winners, A F F Bigdaddy ($3.80) in the fourth, Im So Handsome ($3.00) in the fifth, Pistopackinpiper ($3.90) in the ninth, Terlingua ($2.60) in the eleventh and Cedar Wapsi Road ($3.20) in the twelfth. I also hit the fifth race exacta for $7.10, the twelfth race trifecta for $13.60 and the late daily double for $5.50.

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: $76.00
Sunday afternoon's total winnings: $42.70
Win percentage for 2017: 232-of-768 - 29.9%
Top selection in the money: 59-of-768 - 64.2%
Best bet: 30-of-65 - 48.00%
Handicapping Challenge: Wayne Teaven leads 276-232
BANKROLL: minus $817.95

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 6-18

Kevin Cummings
Kevin Cummings vaulted himself into the top five in the driver's standings after having a solid week in the sulky.

After starting the week slowly with just a win on Wednesday night, Cummings came alive on the weekend with a four-bagger on Saturday and followed that up with two more on Sunday. He now sits at 65 wins on the season.

Drew Monti, who is at 99 wins, had six victories during the week with four on Wednesday evening and a double on Sunday.

Ray Fisher Jr. strengthened his hold on second place with five wins, one coming on Saturday and a 'grand slam' on Sunday.

Jim Morrill Jr. found the winner's circle once on Wednesday and added a triple on Friday.

David McNeight III produced a pair of doubles with one coming on Wednesday and another on Satrurday.

Leading driver Larry Stalbaum had four victories on the week, with one coming on Wednesday and Saturday and a double on Sunday.

There were 11 different drivers who had a win on the week.

Buffalo Raceway Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Earnings)
1. Larry Stalbaum (162, .378, $805,590)
2. Ray Fisher Jr. (113, .312, $570,477)
3. Drew Monti (99,.324, $544,057)
4. Jim Morrill Jr. (86, .387, $439,165)
5. Kevin Cummings (65, .223, $430,502)
John Mungillo
John Mungillo is starting to get re-adjusted at Buffalo Raceway after spending the early part of the season at Pompano Park.

Mungillo produced a triple on Sunday afternoon's card to take top honors on the week.

JD Perrin also had three winners during the 35-race week. Perrin sits in second place in the standings with 59 victories. He trails Kimberly Asher who had two winners on the week to push her total to 99.

Maria Rice continues to have multiple winners each week as she scored two more victories.

Angelo Nappo was the only other conditioner to have at least two wins on the week.

There were 27 different trainers who had wins.

Buffalo Raceway Trainer's Standings (Wins, UTR, Earnings)
1. Kimberly Asher (99, .468, $472,354)
2. JD Perrin (59, .389, $286,599)
3. Gerry Sarama (58, .336, $313,947)
4. David Russo (39, .327, $208,673)
5. Bo Sowers (33, .214, $164,627)

Gwally has been at four different harness racing tracks in the past two months so developing a fan base might be a little difficult. But the well-travel sidewinder probably made a few new friends at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 17) after scoring a $42.00 victory in the $10,000 Open Trot in 1:57.4.

Gwally scores $42,00 upset on Saturday.
In the co-featured $9,000 Preferred Pace, Fireyourguns showed he's still got plenty of weapons left in the arsenal as he won his second straight race with a 1:53.0 score over Montezuma Bluechip. It was the 50th career victory for Fireyourguns in just 110 lifetime starts.

Some hot fractions in the main event for the trotters proved to be a perfect set up for Gwally who has paid visits to Yonkers Raceway, Tioga Downs and Northfield Park in the past few months.

Noble Legend and Kahoku battled for supremacy with the opening half in 57.2. In the meantime, Gwally (David McNeight III) toiled in fifth and began to make a move in the outer flow to the three quarter station.

Noble Legend and Kahoku threw in the towel at the top of the stretch and Gwally yook full advantage of the situation and never looked back in notching the decision by 2-3/4 lengths. Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) rallied for second with Studio City (Kevin Cummings) taking the show position.

Fireyourguns makes it two straight wins.
Co-owned by Marissa Russo and John Mariano, Gwally (Rompaway Wally-Surrogate Lover) is a 7-year-old gelding who is trained by David Russo. It was the third victory in 20 starts for Gwally, now a winner of $24,446 in 2017 and $202,780 lifetime.

Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover) and driver Mike Caprio had to work hard to get to the lead from the seven post but once arriving there, he showed what a competitor he truly is.

Putting up fractions of 27.2, 55.3 and 1:24.0 over the fast track, Fireyourguns ($8.90) cruised through the stretch and easily held off Montezuma Bluechip (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (McNeight III) by a throttled down 3/4 lengths.

Co-owned by trainer Terence McClory along with Jennifer and Robert Lowe, the victory pushed Fireyourguns' seasonal earnings to $10,000 and $356,556 in his sparkling career.

It was a family affair in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open Pace for the ladies on Wednesday night (June 14) as three generations of the Monti lineage had a part in Classy Lane Rose's victory.

Classy Lane Rose wins for the Monti family.
Owned by grandfather Carl Monti, trained by son Darrin Monti and driven by grandson Drew Monti, Classy Lane Rose ($6.50) exploded midway down the lane and put away V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:55.1. It was the first win in three starts at Buffalo Raceway for Classy Lane Rose since arriving in early May from Yonkers.

Dustlanemissmolly and V'La Faire played give and take to the quarter marker in 28.0. After regaining the lead around the second turn, Dustlanemissmolly posted fractions of 57.3 and 1:26.2 but couldn't sustain the lead.

Classy Lane Rose, who was second over behind Kruella around the final turn, overpowered the rest of the field in the stretch as a 28.3 last quarter mile was more than enough to get the photo opportunity. V'La Faire was second with Dustlanemissmolly (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.

The 8-year-old Classy Lane Rose (Jereme's Jet-Titantic Rose) has now won four times in 12 outings this season. The victory pushed her seasonal earnings to $40,230 and $524,941 lifetime.
The one and four posts scored nine wins on the 35-race week with the five hole next with seven victories. All spots on the starting grid had at least a victory on the week.

Buffalo Raceway Post Position Winners: (Week/Year):
1.  9  (177)
2.  2  (116)
3.  3  (120)
4.  9  (142)
5.  7  (82)
6.  2  (63)
7.  2  (24)
8.  1  (134)
There were 4 claims this week.
It was a very slow week in the claim box as none were made on Wednesday, two on Saturday and two on Sunday.

A pair of pacers were grabbed on Saturday night as Brett McFavrelous heads for Eric Prevost after paying the $12,500 asking price. Priscilla Mooney will be the trainer.

Peter Pumpkineater went back to Keith Pinkowski and trainer Milo Zdjelar Jr. after claiming him back for $12,500.

Prevost and Mooney picked up a pair of Sunday afternoon as they collected Peenie for $6,000 and Im So Handsome for $10,000.
This past week, the winning favorites took 14 of the 35 races contested for a 37.0 percent average and the seasonal statistics has the top choice taking 322-of-779 for 42.76 percent.
The point standings for the Championship Claiming Series are posted below which includes races through Wednesday, June 14th.

H&G Pacers ($4,000)                                                F&M Pacers ($4,000-$6,000)
1. Dragon Seelster 150                                              1. Helena's Hope 183
2. One Chaser 137                                                    2. Heavenly Place 162
2. Mcturesque 137                                                    3. Wacky Rei 156
4. Scootin Bay 108                                                    4. Mondatta 155
5. Capote 100                                                           5. Black Magic Eyes 112

H&G Pacers ($5,000-$6,000)                                      F&M Pacers ($8,000-$12,500)
1. Power Off 150                                                       1. Quicksilvercandy A 137
2. Maple Leaf Matt 116                                               2. Letsgosomewhere 111
3. Motor Shark 108                                                    3. Brewski 100
4. Wisers Deluxe 100                                                 4. Amoreuable Hanover 94
5. Ideal Affair 100                                                      5. Springhouse Star 87
                                                                                5. Vals Jett 87

H&G ($8,000-$10,000)                                                Trotters ($4,000-$5,500)
1. Prairie Jaguar 142                                                  1. Wild Ride 58
2. Cracker Pullet 100                                                  2. Main Stage 33
3. Box Car Johnnie 80                                                3. Our Last Photo 24
4. Ain't No Stoppin 75                                                 4. Pleasing Form 20
5. Electric Albert 70                                                    5. Christina Victory 17

H&G Pacers ($12,500-$15,000)                                   Trotters ($8,000-$12,500)
1. Panalytical 170                                                       1. Ona Dream 80
2. Rebel Soldier 112                                                    2. Lenny Mac 74
3. Royal Reception 88                                                 3. Trotting R T 55
4. P L Hellcat 70                                                         4. Pilgrims All In 46
5. Ain't No Stoppin 62                                                  5. Hunter Valley 25
                                                                                  5. Sun Chimes 25
Don't forget to vote on the new poll question that is located on the top right hand column of this page.

Last week,71 percent of the voters would like to see Buffalo Raceway begin Sunday afternoon racing earlier in the season.
On the handle side at Buffalo Raceway, Wednesday night's take was $158,960 while the rest of the week showed $154,206 crossing the windows on Saturday evening and $152,506 was wagered on Sunday. There was no racing on Friday. The total for the week was $465,672 with a nightly average of $153,530. The previous week, $628,885 was bet.
In the 'Handicapping Challenge' between Buffalo Raceway track announcer Wayne Teaven and myself, Wayne leads the contest 276-232 through the 22nd week. 
Beginning next Sunday, the 'Weekly Recap' story will be published after the matinee card on Sundays at Buffalo Raceway.
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
The pacer Royal Reception leads for the top spot for the most wins thus far at Buffalo Raceway with 10. Quicksilvercandy A has nine while Ideal Affair, Helena's Hope and Beachfront are next with eight.

Quicksilvercandy A is the top earner at the track for all horses with $50,473.

The trotter The Bronx Bumper is tops in his gait with six wins. Star Rose, Tymal Colossus, City Kid and Southern Palms each have five victories. Osprey Vision is the top earner trotter with $32,760.
Buffalo Raceway will resume racing on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races set to go to the post. There's a $1154 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.

There will also be racing this Friday night (June 23) and will resume on during the weekend with Saturday set to go with at 6 p.m. post time. Sunday afternoon action continues as well with a 12:30 p.m. post.

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 Summer 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.

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.