After the opening of the season on April 20, Finger Lakes will run Monday, Tuesday and Saturday the following week, before adding Friday as a race day on May 3. Five-day race weeks will begin with the addition of Thursdays on May 16 . Beginning the week of November 4, live racing days will move to Monday through Friday through the conclusion of the meet on December 10 with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 when no racing will be scheduled. There is also no racing on Thursday, July 25 due to scheduled track maintenance.
First race post time will be 1:10 p.m. daily with the exception of Fridays, which will be a 12:35 p.m. start through November 1. Beginning November 4, post time will move to 12:15 p.m. each day to accommodate the end of daylight savings time. Post time for Saturday, November 2 is yet to be determined based on the schedule of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The 2013 stakes schedule features 15 events with purse levels estimated to total just over $1.1 million. The New York Breeders’ Futurity on Saturday, September 28 headlines the schedule with an estimated offering of $200,000. Two new stakes recognizing past Finger Lakes racing legends are being added in 2013 and will also be run on September 28. The $50,000 Tin Cup Chalice will be for New York bred 2-year-old colts and geldings, while the $50,000 Shesastonecoldfox will highlight New York bred 2-year-old fillies.
Other highlights of the schedule include the 41st running of the $150,000 (added) New York Derby on Saturday, July 20. The New York Derby is the second leg of the Big Apple Triple for New York bred 3-year-olds, which begins with the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park in late June and concludes with the Albany at Saratoga in late August. Finger Lakes-based Tin Cup Chalice was the first and only horse to ever to sweep all three legs of New York’s version of the Triple Crown in its 14-year history, doing so in 2008.
For the ninth consecutive season, FM Talk 92.1 WYSL and NEWSPOWER 1040AM will provide exclusive live coverage of selected Finger Lakes stakes action, including the New York Derby.
The stakes season begins with the $50,000 George W. Barker Handicap (NY bred 3-year olds & up) on Memorial Day, May 27.