Post time favorite takes feature event by four and one-half lengths
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – B Shanny won the $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack on Saturday by a large margin . The 1-4 post time favorite scored the popular victory by four and one-half lengths.
The 4-year-old gelding owned by Barry Schwartz covered the six furlong sprint for New York-bred, 3-year-olds and upward in a final time of 1:10.27. He was directed to the gate-to-wire triumph by jockey John Davila, Jr.
Davila has been aboard four of the six winners of the annual event. He took the inaugural running in 2006 with Johnny Bye Night.
B Shanny received some early pace pressure from William Thomas. He then disposed of his challenger and widened his lead on the field to secure the win.
The Michael Hushion-trainee registered his fifth victory in his twelfth career start and improved his lifetime earnings to a sum of $224,405. He recorded his first stake win and paid $2.70, $2.40 and $2.10. Sundae On Sunday won the three horse battle for second and paid $3.50 and $2.50. Al’s Deputy was third and returned $3.50.
The $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Handicap was formerly named the Wine Country Handicap which was established in 1973. The name was changed in remembrance of the Finger Lakes employee who tragically lost his life on November 19, 2005.
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.
The $75,000 New York Oaks will be the next big race on the stakes schedule of Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack. The one mile and one-sixteenth route for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies is slated for Saturday, August 24.