Chestnut colt wins $160,800 New York Derby by six and one-half lengths
FARMINGTON, N.Y. –Amberjack drew away from his rivals to win the 41st renewal of the $160,800 New York Derby by six and one-half lengths at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack on Saturday. The chestnut colt covered the one mile and one-sixteenth route for New York-bred 3-year-olds in a final time of 1:44.42.
After breaking to the front, the Michael Hushion-trainee was rated by jockey Jose Espinoza and conceded the early lead. He saved ground and waited for room on the turn and exploded in the lane to secure the victory.
“He’s a smart horse that has class and can run”, said Espinoza. “I was able to do what I wanted with him.”
With victories in the Mike Lee Stakes and the New York Derby, Amberjack remains in the hunt for the Big Apple Triple bonus. The $250,000 cash award is given to the connections of the horse that wins all three legs of the stakes series. The final leg is the Albany Stakes at Saratoga on August 21. Tin Cup Chalice is the only horse that has performed a successful sweep of the three events. The local legend performed the feat in 2008.
Amberjack earned his fourth victory in his sixth career start for owner Peachtree Stable. He improved his lifetime earnings to a sum of $255,355 and paid $4.50, $2.80 and $2.20. Smooth Bert held second after contesting the early pace and returned $4.20 and $2.20. West Hills Giant finished third and paid $2.70.
Arctic Queen Handicap
Arctic Queen Handicap
Earlier on the card, Sing Dixie Sing went gate-to-wire to win the 14th running of the $50,000 Arctic Queen Handicap. The $237,352 earner owned by White Wabbit Wacing LLC finished the six furlong dash for New York-bred fillies and mares in a time of 1:11.95.
The 4-year-old filly trained by Jason Servis was guided to the three-quarter length triumph by John Davila, Jr. She registered her sixth lifetime victory and paid $5.90, $4.50 and $2.60. Capella Dancer was second and paid $8.10 and $3.20. Lady On the Run finished third and paid 2.30.
About Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 with a $10.5 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by nearly 1,200 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. A nearly 33,000 square foot expansion featuring additional gaming space, feature bar and new restaurant is currently under construction and slated to open in the fall of 2013. Casino doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit www.fingerlakescasino.com.