FARMINGTON, N.Y.–Trainer Dan Conway, Jr. notched his 1000th career win at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) on Tuesday, June 23. He reached the milestone when Blue Claret won the ninth race by a head.
Blue Claret was guided to the narrow triumph by Jaime Rodriguez. The 5-year-old mare is co-owned by Dan Conway, Jr. and his daughter Katie.
"It has truly been an honor to be a part of this… journey with my father," said Katie Conway. "He was put on this earth to train race horses and there is no one I am more proud of."
Conway began his training career in 1973. He recorded his first victory at FLGR with Something Brewing.
The 63-year-old conditioner from Oswego, NY earned his first stakes win with Schoharie Chief in the 1976 Memorial Day Handicap. His most notable victory was with Rises the Phoenix in the $50,000 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap in 2008.
"I owe everything to my parents," said Conway. "This one was for my father."
Conway’s father Dan Conway, Sr. had a 20-year training career and is in the FLGR Hall of Fame. He also credited owners Dan Burke and Bob Murphy for much of his success.
Dan Conway, Jr. registered over 900 of his 1,000 career victories at F.L.G.R. He saddled a total of five stakes winners during his career.
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, 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.