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News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan have a live show that airs on WBBZ-TV twice weekly, at 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Find out where to find WBBZ here.

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Reminder: 'Bucky & Sully' airs at special time, 6:30, tonight on WBBZ

Due to WBBZ's coverage of the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight, "Bucky & Sully" will air a half-hour earlier, at 6:30 p.m., than its regularly scheduled start time. The show goes back to 7 p.m. Monday.

Replays of the shows can be found on BuffaloNews.com shortly after their conclusion on Mondays and Fridays. View past episodes here.

WBBZ is available through every major television provider in Western New York, including the following channels:

Time Warner Cable in Buffalo: 5 or 710 (HD)
DirecTV: 67
Dish Network: 5
Verizon FiOS: 5 or 505 (HD)

Post Time: Friday racing notebook

By Gene Kershner 

Your chance to see the 2012 U.S. Horse of the Year on one of racing's premier turf course is within traveling distance of Buffalo this weekend. Wise Dan, winner of his last eight races back to last year's Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, will be at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday racing in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile.

He will attempt to defend his 2012 Woodbine Mile title as the 2-5 favorite for owner Morton Fink. Woodbine is full of stakes races this weekend, with the $300,000 Northern Dancer to be on the Woodbine Mile undercard to be run at a mile and a half. On Saturday, two Breeders' Cup Win and You're In races are scheduled  - the $200,000 Natalma Stakes for fillies and the $200,000 Summer Stakes, both to be contested at one mile on the grass.

The stakes record time for the Woodbine Mile is 1:32.04, set by Ventura in 2009 when she became the first and only filly or mare to win the race.  Quiet Resolve ($91.10 in 1999) is the longest-priced winner while Wise Dan is the shortest-priced winner ($3.10 in 2012).  Leroidesanimaux established the largest margin of victory, seven and three-quarter lengths, in 2005. He is the sire of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom.

Only four favorites have won the Mile in its first 16 editions - Soaring Free in 2004, Leroidesanimaux in 2005, Shakespeare in 2007 and Wise Dan last year.

Four horses which raced in the Woodbine Mile have won the Breeders’ Cup Mile.  However, Wise Dan is the only one to win both Grade 1 races in the same year. The others are 2007 Woodbine runner-up Kip Deville and 1999 fifth place finisher Silic, who both went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile the same year. 2010 Woodbine Mile winner Court Vision captured the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Here are this week's racing notes as we wait patiently for Super Saturday at Belmont Park in two weeks…

  • Fort Erie Racetrack has scheduled a press conference for 9 a.m. this morning to discuss the status of the 2013 race season at Fort Erie and the outlook for 2014. 
  • Sad news being reported out of Belmont Park on Thursday.  Mentor Cane, second in the Grade 1 King's Bishop on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course, was euthanized yesterday following an injury he incurred during a workout earlier in the day. The 3-year-old suffered a right-hind lateral condylar fracture and a comminuted right-hind P1 fracture, according to NYRA's Chief Examining Veterinarian. 
  • One customer on Wednesday had the sole winning ticket on Belmont Park's Pick 6, which paid $423,424. The Pick 6 had carried over to a third day before being hit. Not a bad day at the office. 
  • Discreet Marq (7-2) and Emollient (3-1), a pair of New York-based horses exiting Grade 1 wins in California, will face each other for the first time on Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $500,000 Garden City for 3-year-old fillies. Both horses will attract west coast riders to fly in for the big race. Garret Gomez will ride Discreet Marq and Hall of Famer Mike Smith will be aboard Emollient. 
  • In the admit you were wrong department, it looks like Verrazano will be pointed towards the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. Projections of his retirement have been greatly exaggerated. 
  • How impressive was Groupie Doll on Monday night, rolling late to win the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters?  She won her second straight Masters as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, a race she won last year at Santa Anita. The Masters has proved to be a key race for the F&M Sprint the past few years, so keep an eye on place and show horses, Purely Hot and Judy the Beauty, respectively. 
  • A recently formed Buffalo-based horse racing partnership called Buffalo Thoroughbred Company announced that the trainer for the group is Jasmine (Jazz) Napravnik, sister of top flight jockey Rosie Napravnik. Their approach reminds me of the Joe Mesi - Third Franchise marketing drive, looking to jump into the horse racing game with Buffalo roots. We'll be watching closely as the group matures and they add more horses to its current stable. 

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Running notebook: A series of firsts

It was a week of firsts in running, in some silly and some interesting ways. Here's my list:

* I discovered almost my accident a unique trait of the t-shirt given out at the Wendelville Harvest Moon race. Quite by accident, I found out that my new shirt glows in the dark.

* On Sunday, when I picked up my bib number and shirt from the Headway Run along the waterfront, my goodie bag contained ... a flyswatter. I've been doing races since 2001, and never received one of those before.

* The Headway Run starts by the Hatch and heads to the lighthouse at the Marina before turning around and heading out into the city. Going the other way near the lighthouse was a runner who seemed a little small be doing so well. He kept it up. Liam Regan finished second at the ripe old age of 11. Very impressive. His time for 5-kilometers was 19:06.

Who know what awaits us this weekend? Here's the list from buffalorunners.com:

* Brothers of Mercy Oktoberfest and 5K Run, 4520 Ransom Road in Clarence, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 759-7808. Oktoberfest in September? Is that legal? It's an interesting course around a nature preserve.

* Lackawanna Fire 5000 "80's Retro Run!", 2900 South Park in Lackawanna, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 200-2908. No, you don't have to wear a hairstyle straight of Duran Duran to run, but it wouldn't hurt.

* Run for Life, 5K, 4928 Seneca St. in West Seneca, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 864-4571.

* Connor's Wiener Run, 5K, 8934 Old Lakeshore Road in Angola-on-the-Lake, 10 a.m. on Saturday, 926-2218.

* WNY Hispanic Veterans Memorial Monument 5k, Central Wharf in Buffalo, 10 a.m. Saturday, 207-3863.

* Food is our Medicine 5K, 12857 Route 438 in Irving, 9 a.m. on Sunday, 532-4900 x5022.

* 8 in the Rough Trail Run, 8.7 miles, Sprague Brook Park casino in Glenwood, 10 a.m. Sunday 574-0888.

* Niagara Celtic 5K, Krull Park in Olcott, 10 a.m on Sunday, 417-2410.

* Shea's Run for the Arts, 5K, 646 Main St. in Buffalo, 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, 553-0179. This is rather late for a Sunday run, especially during Bills' season. But Shea's does put on a good race, and their early-bird discount has always been an attractive draw.

On Sunday, I'll talk to a new Western New Yorker with some unexpected experience at the marathon.

-- Budd Bailey

Video: 'Bucky & Sully' on WBBZ, by segments

News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan have a live show that airs on WBBZ-TV twice weekly, at 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Find out where to find WBBZ here.

Here are segments from tonight's show:

Continue reading "Video: 'Bucky & Sully' on WBBZ, by segments" »

Video: 'Bucky & Sully' on WBBZ, by segment

News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan have a live show that airs on WBBZ-TV twice weekly, at 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Find out where to find WBBZ here.

Here are segments from tonight's show:

Continue reading "Video: 'Bucky & Sully' on WBBZ, by segment" »

Post Time: Friday racing notebook

By Gene Kershner 

We move from the summer places to be back to the some of the tracks with the largest grandstands in Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita. The Great Race Place will not start its Autumn meeting in Arcadia, California until Sept. 27, which will lead up to the Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 and 2. Santa Anita will host the Breeders' Cup for the second consecutive year and has been awarded the 2014 races as well. Churchill (Friday) and Belmont (Saturday) open up this weekend with their respective Fall meetings.

Some thoughts as we head into the weekend…

  • The New York Racing Association released final handle and attendance figures on the recently 40-day Saratoga meet. All-sources handle declined 0.3 percent to $568.7 million down from $588.4 million in 2012. On-track handle was off 2.1 percent from 2011. Attendance for the meet was 867,182, a 3.9 percent decrease from 901,033 in 2012.  
  • Todd Pletcher won the Saratoga trainer title for the fourth consecutive year and the tenth time in his career winning 36 races. Javier Castellano won his first jockey title with 66 wins, falling three short of Ramon Dominguez' record set last year. Ken and Sarah Ramsey took down the owner's title with a record-breaking 22 victories in achieving their third career Saratoga owner's title. 
  • How impressive was Strong Mandate's Hopeful victory for trainer D. Wayne Lukas who also won the Grade 1 Travers the week before? Lukas celebrated his 78th birthday in style, winning the Grade 1 race for the seventh time and first since 2009, when Dublin won the race for him. The Tiznow colt decimated the field by 9 3/4-lengths in the slop. 
  • The win by jockey Jose Ortiz aboard Strong Mandate was his first in a Grade 1 race and he was very excited about his colt's performance.  "I asked him a little bit because I knew [Corfu] is a tough horse," said Ortiz. "I cracked him one time on the shoulder and he put me right beside him, so I knew I had a lot of horse. At the eighth pole I looked back, and nobody was coming. I'm very happy, very excited." 
  • Believe it or not, the Road to the Kentucky Derby starts this weekend with a race at Churchill Downs. Saturday's Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes will be the first race that kicks off the second year of the points system utilized to determine the 20 starters for the Run for the Roses. 
  • The NYRA will offer a new Pick 5 wager every race day. The 50-cent minimum, 15-percent takeout wager will span the first five races of each race day. This wager should be popular with horseplayers, a bet that has been well received on the west coast at Del Mar and Santa Anita. 
  • Another  NYRA wager which will only be available on Thursdays will be a joint Pick-4 with Penn National, which will also feature a 50-cent minimum and low 15-percent takeout. The Thursday Pick 4 will link the final two races at Belmont Park with the first two races at Penn National Race Course. The wager will commence Thursday, September 12.  You ask why Penn National? Well, NYRA's former media director is now the director of racing operations at Penn National, so draw your own conclusions. 
  • The biggest day of the Belmont meet is Super Saturday on Sept. 28 when Big Sandy will host six stakes worth $3.4 million: the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational, the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Invitational, the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Invitational, and the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap. The News will have a preview of Super Saturday in print that morning. 
  • The News visited with winning Spinaway trainer Leah Gyramati during the Saratoga meet while watching a workout for Bona Ventures Stables' Smooth Bert. We happened to meet her Spinaway winner Sweet Reason at the barns that morning, and found a very feisty filly in her stall.  She blew away the talented field on an off track by 5 3/4 lengths which was similar to her maiden breaking victory earlier in the Saratoga meet. In her debut, also on a sloppy track, Sweet Reason dropped 18 lengths off the pace in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint and rolled by the entire field to win by 6 1/4 lengths. It was the first Grade 1 victory for Gyramati, who was nursing a baby squirrel back to health at her barn during the News' visit.  

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Running notebook: Crowded schedule

It was quite a week for local running. The WNY Running Hall of Fame race went extremely well, as the inductees also seemed to have a fine time. A surprise guest was Mary Wittenberg of New York Road Runners, who was there just to see some brothers run and it turned out she knew some of the inductees. The Fleet Feet 15K went off nicely on Monday morning, as a strong field turned out for a muggy morning. Then one of the last mid-week night races of the year took place in Wendelville. (There's one more in early October, the BobKat Run.) I'm not sure if the line for food at the picnic grounds has gone down yet.

Everyone likes to have a race in September because the weather is traditionally a bit cooler. I'll take time to note the loss of the Holy Angels Academy race, because the school closed over the summer. This one got washed out a year ago, and I was looked forward to trying again this year.

Here's the weekend schedule from Buffalorunners.com:

* Peach Festival 5K, 493 Center St. in Lewiston, 9 a.m. Saturday, 297-5831.

* Scrub Run 5K, Cazenovia Park in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 706-2104. It's a new race, and it's easy to wonder if the $25 (until last week) and $30 (through raceday) prices will scare some people off. It's always a danger unless there's a natural constituency.

* Derby Fair 5K, 7431 Erie Road in Derby, 10 a.m. Saturday, 947-0945.

* Headway Walk, Run & Wheel, 5K, The Hatch in Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 408-3103.

--- Budd Bailey

'The Bucky & Sully Show' is coming to WBBZ

I once heard Donald Graham, the soon-to-be-former owner of the Washington Post, say he read his newspaper the proper way: From the sports section out. I start my day with two of the best sports columnists in the country: Jerry Sullivan and Bucky Gleason.

Starting next Friday, Sullivan and Gleason will also be on television: 7 p.m. every Monday and Friday on WBBZ.

"The Bucky & Sully Show" has been on BuffaloNews.com since last fall, but now the show will also be on the airwaves. Sullivan has been at The News for 24 years, Gleason for 15.

They are fun to read and fun to watch.

Tune in at 7 next Friday night for the first show this season. Find past shows here.

--Mike Connelly, Editor

WBBZ -- which carries the New York Yankees and will air the Bills-Browns game on Oct. 3 -- is available through every major television provider in Western New York, including the following channels:

Time Warner Cable in Buffalo: 5 or 710 (HD)

DirecTV: 67

Dish Network: 5

Verizon FiOS: 5 or 505 (HD)

Replays of the show will also be available on BuffaloNews.com.

Video: Catching up on 'Bucky & Sully'

Starting next week, News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan will host a twice-weekly video show on WBBZ-TV airing at 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. The show is presented by The Vinyl Outlet and Mattress Firm.

WBBZ -- which carries the New York Yankees and will air the Bills-Browns game on Oct. 3 -- is available through every major television provider in Western New York, including the following channels:

Time Warner Cable in Buffalo: 5 or 710 (HD)
DirecTV: 67
Dish Network: 5
Verizon FiOS: 5 or 505 (HD)

Replays of the show will also be available on BuffaloNews.com.

If you're unfamiliar with the show, you'll want to tune in to see exchanges like these:

Watch recent archives of show episodes here, including from when it ran exclusively on BuffaloNews.com:

* April 14
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* March 31
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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.

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