FARMINGTON, N.Y. – A field of seven 2-year-old New York-breds are set to face off in the 57th renewal of the $204,713 New York Breeders’ Futurity on Monday at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR). The richest stake of the season is slated as the seventh race of the eight race card.
Both convincing winners of the FLGR stakes held on September 9 are set to return for the six furlong sprint. Listentoyourheart and My Italian Rabbi are entered after each had a successful performance in their prior visit to FLGR.
Listentoyourheart won the $114,213 Aspirant Stakes by a margin of two lengths. The Christopher Clement-trainee was guided to the victory by Manuel Franco.
The $146,628 earner will again be under the direction of Franco on Monday. He is listed as the 2-1 program choice for the feature event.
My Italian Rabbi completed the $108,775 Lady Finger Stakes in a time quicker than the male horses the same day. She finished the dash for 2-year-old New York-bred fillies in a six furlong time of 1:13.02. The Jeremiah Englehart-trainee was unchallenged by her female foes and won by six and three-quarter lengths.
Leading FLGR jockey Jaime Rodriguez will be in the irons of My Italian Rabbi in the seventh race. Rodriguez was aboard the quick filly in her previous start at FLGR.
The $50,000 Arctic Queen Stakes is also scheduled for Monday. The 20th renewal of the event for older New York-bred fillies and mares drew a field of ten competitors.
Forever Changed is the morning line favorite for the six furlong dash. The 3-1 program choice got a feel for the FLGR surface while easily defeating allowance rivals by five and one-quarter lengths in a route race on September 24.
The $153,110 earner trained by Charlton Baker has two career victories in sprints. She will be ridden by Wilfredo Rohena in Monday’ sixth race.
The Columbus Day Handicapping Showdown is scheduled for Monday, October 14. Participants could win their share of $15,000 in cash and prizes in the contest. Entry fee is $150 and the tournament bankroll is $150. First place gets a berth into the Boyd Gaming Horse Player World Series in Las Vegas. The challenge is limited to 100 entries.
About Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 and expanded again in 2013 by adding 33,000 square feet with a $12 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by over 1,100 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, Express, Remedy Bar & Lounge, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Gaming doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit www.fingerlakesgaming.com.