by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. — Wagering may have been cancelled at Buffalo Raceway due to electrical problems but Miss Irish Rose A was still all business in taking the featured $9,500 Open Pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Jan. 17) in a snappy 1:59.1.

A power surge at Buffalo Raceway caused a failure of Amtote’s PC Color Display Computer System and its backup. Due to the lack of odds and prices being presented, wagering on the 11-race card was cancelled with the races being run for purse money only.

Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) wasted no time in getting the lead and posted fractions of 31.1, 1:01.1 and 1:30.2. A final panel of 28.4 by Miss Irish Rose A took the starch out of the remaining six mares as she rolled to an easy 2-1/2 length victory over Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.). Tymal Luckynpink (Drew Monti) finished in third.

Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kimberly Asher, the 6-year-old Miss Irish Rose A (McArdle-Kilinchy Rose) has now earned $85,249 in her career. Driver Shawn Gray had a good night in the sulky by posting four wins while Ray Fisher Jr., Stalbaum and Davis Jr. each doubled. Gerry Sarama and Asher each had a pair of training victories. Due to a lack of entries, Friday night’s card has been cancelled at Buffalo Raceway but a 13-race program is set for Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

The night will feature the Winter Harness Racing Handicapping Challenge with $850 in prize money on the line. There is a $10 entry fee. Also in the Winner’s Circle Cafe, there is $3 off the home style turkey dinner. For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to