David Mattice
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FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Breakin the Fever was named 2017 Finger Lakes "Horse of the Year" at the annual Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association awards dinner on Saturday. The 5-year-old New York-bred owned and trained by Debra Breed won five of his six starts this year at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR).

The $564,997 earner took the FLGR top horse honors for the third consecutive year. He has maintained his status as the reigning champion of the sprinter division at FLGR with 17 victories in 20 career FLGR starts.

The fast gelding won two stakes at FLGR this year under jockey Nazario Alvarado. He took the $50,000 George Barker Stakes on June 5 and the $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Stakes on October 9. He now boasts a total of seven stakes triumphs at his home track.

Also on Saturday, trainer Chris Englehart was officially inducted into the FLGR Hall of Fame.

Chris Englehart started off as a hot walker at FLGR in 1967. The 62 year-old from Canandaigua, NY began his training career in 1973 and secured his first training title in 1985 with 84 victories. He became dominant in the local trainer rankings earning a lifetime total of 15 FLGR trainer titles.

On June 3, 2017, Englehart became the first local trainer to earn 4,000 career wins.
Prince Supreme scored a two and one-quarter length victory in the fifth race to reach the milestone mark.
Ten horses received awards in different categories at the annual dinner. Below is a complete listing of the 2017 winners:

2017 Finger Lakes H.B.P.A. Awards
Best $5,000 Claimer (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Lulu Rocks
Best $5,000 Claimer (Filly or Mare) – Beautiful Success
Best Starter Allowance (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Financial Freedom
Best Condition Allowance (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Winston’s Chance
Best Condition Allowance (Filly or Mare) – Satin Frost
Best Older Mare – Lemme Rock
Best 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding – Six Sided Bling
Best 3-Year-Old Filly – Clara’s Gone West
Best 2-year-old – Indy’s Lady
Horse of the Year – Breakin the Fever

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, 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
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