FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Winston’s Chance won the $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack on Tuesday. The chestnut gelding ran down stablemate Breakin the Fever to take the eleventh renewal of the annual dash.
The top two finishers of the seventh race were from the barn of trainer Debra Breed. Breed has now won the six furlong sprint for older New York-breds the last four straight years. Breakin the Fever had dominated the rich event with consecutive victories the three previous years.
Winston’s Chance covered the six furlong distance in a final time of 1:09.71. He scored the one-half length triumph under jockey Nazario Alvarado.
The $215,632 earner owned by Char Allie Stable and Kathy Haers recorded his eighth victory in his 19th lifetime start and paid $7.50, $3.80 and $2.10. Breakin the Fever returned $7.60 and $3.00 for his rejuvenated second place finish. Saratoga Giro was third and paid $2.10.
The $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Stakes 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 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, 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.