FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Crashing Connie and New Girl in Town participated in a memorable stretch duel that resulted in a tight finish in the $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack on Monday. Crashing Connie earned the triumph by a nose after battling with her rival to the wire.
The James Wright-trainee was guided to the narrow win by jockey Emanuel De Diego. She completed the 37th running of the six furlong dash for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies in a final time of 1:12.64.
With the victory, Crashing Connie became the first 4-time winner of the 2018 meet. She improved her lifetime earnings to a sum of $77,410 for owner Joseph Gentile and paid $10.20, $4.50 and $3.10. New Girl in Town returned $4.50 and $3.10. Indy’s Lady finished third and paid $2.70.
NY-bred 3-year-old males will do battle in the next stakes event on the 2018 live racing calendar. The $50,000 Ontario County Stakes will be contested at a distance of six furlongs on Monday, June 25.
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