3-year-old filly rallies to win Saturday's Handicap
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Color Blind rallied to win the 17th renewal of the $50,000 Jack Betta Be Rite Handicap at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack on Saturday. The 3-year-old filly defeated her older New York-bred rivals in a one mile and one-sixteenth time of 1:46.19.
The M. Anthony Ferraro-trainee took advantage of a quick early pace and rallied in the stretch to secure the victory. The $120,451 earner was guided to the two and three-quarter length triumph by jockey Jaime Rodriguez
Rodriguez visited the winners circle a total of three times on Saturday. He also took the sixth race aboard Gurdarsh and completed a sweep of the late daily double by capturing the ninth race with Missiletoe Kiss. Rodriguez’s 76 wins ranks him third in the 2012 local rider standings in his first season at the Western New York track.
Color Blind recorded her third victory in her tenth career start and paid $10.80, $5.10 and $4.20. Floating Alone was second and returned $7.40 and $5.50. Clean Jean was third and paid $6.20.
Trainer Donna Bireta presented the trophy to winning owner Little Flower Farm LLC after the running of the eighth race. Jack Betta Be Rite was under the care of Bireta during her successful career. The $350,399 earner achieved five of her seven stakes victories at Finger Lakes.The 2012 stakes schedule will conclude on Saturday, September 29 with the $200,000(est.) New York Breeders’ Futurity. The rich event for New York-bred 2-year-olds will be run at a distance of six furlongs.