Sunday, February 21, 2021

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 2/21

Due to heavy snow, Buffalo Raceway's Saturday's 10-race card that was scheduled for 6 p.m. was called off. But there was action on Wednesday night so let's look at all the updated facts and figures.

Lady Dudette ($15.40) was under siege for most of the stretch drive in Buffalo Raceway's $9,000 Class A-Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 17) but she was one game gal in holding on for a nose harness racing victory over Little Joke in 1:59.

Lady Dudette by a nose.
Playing 'give and go' with Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) en route to the opening panel, Lady Dudette (Kyle Cummings) was able to stomp out the very sensible fractions of :30.0, 1:01 and 1:30.1 over the good track.
Getting the perfect pocket trip, Little Joke inched closer and closer to the pace setter down the lane but ran out of real estate as Lady Dudette refused to relinquish the lead, holding on for the narrow victory.

 HP Sissy (James McNeight Jr.) rolled in late for the show spot.
Owned by Kyle Cummings and trained by Tammy Cummings, it was the first win of the season in three appearances for Lady Dudette (Bettor's Delight-Luxury Goods). The 6-year-old mare has now earned $5,700 this season and $176,373 lifetime.

There were no claims made on the week with only one made thus far this season.


In the 'Handicapping Challenge, Brian Mazurek continues to lead the way with 19 victories while Wayne Teaven is in second with 16 and Paige Usiak nine.

Defending Buffalo Raceway driving champion Billy Davis Jr. inched closer to Jim Morrill Jr. in the standings after posting a three-win night on Wednesday. Davis Jr., now trails Morrill Jr. 16-14 after the shortened week.

Morrill Jr. did post a driving double on Saturday and is the leading purse earner among the drivers with $59,015.

Kevin Cummings remains in third place with eight victories after posting two wins on Wednesday's 10-race program.

There were six drivers who collected victories on Wednesday night.

Buffalo Raceway's Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Jim Morrill Jr. (16, .522, $59,015)
2. Billy Davis Jr. (14, .403, $51,142)
3. Kevin Cummings (8, .267, $37,495)
4. Ron Beback Jr. (4, .370, $15,048)
4. Ray Fisher Jr. (4, .268, $31,139)
Things remained status quo on the training side of the ledger as Gerry Sarama and Maria Rice each registered two wins on Wednesday night. This allowed Sarama to still maintain his three-win lead, 15-12.

Sarama holds the led in purse earnings with $55,768 while Rice is tops in the UTR rankings with a .542 average.

Ron Beback Jr. picked up another win to remain locked in third place with five wins.

Buffalo Raceway's Trainer's Standings (wins, UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. Gerry Sarama (15, .482, $55,768)
2. Maria Rice (12, .552, $45,957)
3. Ron Beback Jr. (5, .437, $18,058)
4. Kevin Cummings (3, .313, $12,082)
4. Tammy Cummings (3, .192, $16,435)
4. Shawn McDonough (3, .267, $20,447)
4. Jim McNeight (3, .174, $18,028)
The handle for the week showed $229,344 for the 10-race program on Wednesday while Saturday's 10-race car was cancelled due to snow. Last week saw a total of $553,320.
The Pick 5 and Pick 4 wagers are becoming more and more popular and some nice payouts have been made. I will be keeping track of the payouts as the season rolls along. The Pick 5 begins each night in the second race and the Pick 4 starts in the seventh race with all having a base wager of 50 cents. The average Pick 5 payoff has been $967.62 and the Pick 4 is $366.70.

1/27/2021: $499.50
1/30/2021: No winner
2/3/2021: $971.50
2/6/2021: Racing cancelled
2/10/2021: $2,250.00
2/13/2021: No winner
2/17/2021: $149,25
2/20/2021: Racing cancelled
Pick 4:
1/27/2021: $164,50
1/29/2021: $353.50
2/3/2021: $88.00
2/6/2021: Racing cancelled
2/10/2021: $16.70
2/13/2021: $833.00
2/17/2021: $744.50
2/20/2021: Racing cancelled
Once again, I'd like to thank Buffalo Raceway photographer Bill Burke for supplying me with great shots he takes all season long. If you'd like a picture or other items he can make of your horse, go to and Bill will take care of all you needs.
The five spot was alive this week as it posted four wins in the 10 races contested. 

It was the only post to score more than one win during the 10-race week.

The four post is the leading the in victories with 12 followed closely by the one with 11.

Wins by post position (week/year):
1. 1 (12)
2. 1 (9)
3. 1 (5)
4. 1 (13)
5. 4 (9)
6. 0 (4)
7. 1 (4)
8. 1 (3)
The post time favorites at Buffalo Raceway are hitting at a 44.07clip. On Wednesday night, the favorite won 5-of-10 races while on Saturday evening was called off.
Trotters Keystone Apache, Teardown This Wall and pacers Little Joke and Hey Sweetie all lead the way in victories this season at Buffalo Raceway as all have two wins each. Hey Sweetie is the top purse earned with $8,050.
Buffalo Raceway will resume action on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled. The Pick 5 begins in the second race. The racing then will continue on Saturday evening with another 6 p.m. post. Note that the new post times will be at 6 p.m. until further notice. There will be a guaranteed pool in the Pick 5 of $3,000 on Wednesday night starting in the second race.

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