FARMINGTON, N.Y. –Talented young horses displayed their class in a pair of 2-year-old New York-bred stakes on Saturday at Finger Lakes Gaming &Racetrack (FLGR). The $120,950 Aspirant Stakes and the $116,775 Lady Finger Stakes were the co-features of the eight race card.
Jockey Dylan Davis was aboard both victors of the rich events. One of the winning 2-year-olds was from the barn of his father Robbie Davis.
Ribbonite won the 38th renewal of the Lady Finger Stakes with an aggressive ride by Davis. The bay filly was sent to the front by Davis and drew away from her rivals to win the rich event by a margin of six and three-quarter lengths.
Robbie Davis recorded his initial stakes win as a trainer with the $88,316 earner. The victory was also his first with his son in the saddle.
Ribbonite completed the six furlong distance of the second race in a final time of 1:12.36.
She registered her first victory in her third career start and paid $9.90, $4.60 and $3.90. Very Fashionable chased her to the wire and held second to return $4.10 and $2.80. Ransom Drop was third and paid $3.80.
Pat On the Back was guided to a narrow victory in the Aspirant Stakes by Davis. He rallied in the stretch to take the sixth race by a nose margin over Macho Miah.
The Kenneth McPeek-trainee notched his second career triumph and finished the six furlong dash in a time of 1:11.43.
The $120,020 earner scored the victory in his third career start and paid $12.20, $6.60 and $3.80. Macho Miah returned $4.60 and $3.20 for finishing second and Ethan Hunt was third and paid $2.50.
The sweep of the New York-bred 2-year-old stakes improved the career win amount for Dylan Davis to a total of 270 victories. His sister also had a recent successful trip to FLGR. Jacqueline Davis won the New York Oaks with Super Allison on July 23.
The Aspirant Stakes and the Lady Finger Stakes are held annually as preparation races for the New York Breeders’ Futurity. The Futurity is a six furlong sprint for New York-bred 2-year-olds with an estimated purse of $200,000. The annual stake is scheduled for October 1.
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. For more information, visit www.fingerlakesgaming.com.