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By Gene Kershner » 7:45 AM

The Saratoga and Del Mar summer meetings wind down this weekend and we will start to point towards the Breeders’ Cup world championships at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. This weekend’s Spa action is fast and furious with big races in many of the divisions, including… Read more »

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The National Lacrosse League has released the Buffalo Bandits schedule for the 2015 NLL regular season. The Bandits will open their season at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday, Jan. 2, marking the third straight season-opener against the recently relocated Wings franchise, formerly of Philadelphia. The Bandits’ schedule features… Read more »

By Gene Kershner » Friday, August 22, 2014

The three graded stakes races preceding the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Saturday afternoon will be on the undercard of a super day of racing at Saratoga Race Course. The Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes for fillies and mares three-years-old and up will start off an all-stake Pick-4… Read more »

By Gene Kershner » Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Haskell winner Bayern was set as the 2-1 favorite at Tuesday evening’s post position draw for the 145th running of the Grade 1 $1.25 million Travers Stakes in downtown Saratoga Springs. The race will be run on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course and will be televised live by NBC… Read more »

By Budd Bailey » Friday, August 15, 2014

By Gene Kershner It’s a big racing weekend at the Spa and at Arlington Park, both tracks with major races that will impact key divisions in thoroughbred racing. The $600,000 Grade 1 Alabama Stakes will be the featured race this… Read more

By Budd Bailey » Thursday, August 14, 2014

You might remember the story of Joe McConaughy, who was trying to break the record for running the entire Pacific Coast Trail – Mexico to Canada. That’s 2,663 miles if you are counting, and Joe probably was. Well, he did it. McConaughy covered the distance in 53 days, 6 hours… Read more »

By Budd Bailey » Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By Larry Ott After nearly six decades of stock racing competition at Elegant Builders Raceway Park in Lancaster, the engines have now been silenced. Due to what he described as financial difficulties with the stock car program, EBRP promoter Ralph… Read more

By Budd Bailey » Friday, August 8, 2014

By Gene Kershner It’s somewhat of a sleepy summer racing weekend with two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan skipping this weekend’s Fourstardave at the Spa after winning the last two editions. Recovering from colic surgery in May, the two… Read more

By Budd Bailey » Thursday, August 7, 2014

I saw a story on Facebook this week that grabbed my interest. It seems that after a recent race, a local runner taunted another local runner after beating her by saying, “You’d better get used to it.” The second runner… Read more

By Budd Bailey » Friday, August 1, 2014

Williamsville native Emily Regan will be gunning for a fourth gold medal at the international level when she competes for US Rowing in the straight four at the 2014 FISA World championships in Amsterdam Aug. 24-31. Regan, a 2016 Olympic… Read more
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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.