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04.09.2015
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – The countdown to the 2015 thoroughbred racing season is on at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR). Opening Day for the 155-day season is set for Friday, May 1, just 22 days away, with a first race post time of 1:10 p.m. Racing gates will open at a special time of 10:00 a.m.

The opening of the 2015 live racing season coincides with Kentucky Derby weekend and FLGR will have all of the excitement from Churchill Downs available for viewing and wagering on both Friday and Saturday. Friday, May 1 will feature a bucket hat giveaway along with the ability for guests to place advance wagers on the Kentucky Derby. The following day, FLGR will celebrate the 141st Run for the Roses with its own live racing, an official Kentucky Derby glass giveaway and a Derby hat contest.

After the opening of the season on May 1 and 2, FLGR will run Monday, Friday and Saturday the following week, before adding Tuesday as a race day on May 12. Five-day race weeks will begin with the addition of Thursdays on May 21. Beginning the week of November 2, live racing days will move to Monday through Friday through the conclusion of the meet on December 9 with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 when no racing will be scheduled. There is also no racing on Thursday, July 30 due to scheduled track maintenance. The week of Labor Day, racing will take place Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and the week of October 11, racing will take place Tuesday through Saturday.

First race post time will be 1:10 p.m. daily and beginning November 2, post time will move to 12:15 p.m. each day to accommodate the end of daylight savings time.

2015 Stakes

The 2015 stakes schedule features 14 events with purse levels estimated to total over $1 million combined. The New York Breeders’ Futurity on Saturday, October 17 headlines the schedule with an estimated offering of $200,000.

Other highlights of the schedule include the 43rd running of the $150,000 (added) New York Derby on Friday, July 3. The New York Derby is the second leg of the Big Apple Triple for New York bred 3-year-olds, which begins May 25 with the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park and concludes with the Albany at Saratoga on August 28.  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.

The stakes season begins with the $50,000 Susan B. Anthony Handicap (NY bred 3-year olds & up, fillies & mares) on Friday, May 29.
 
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 1,500 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, 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 (10 a.m. for May 1 and 2). For more information, visit www.fingerlakesgaming.com.
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