FARMINGTON, N.Y. –Empire Dreams rallied to win the 42nd running of the $161,100 New York Derby at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack on Saturday. The Thomas Albertrani-trainee covered the one mile and one-sixteenth route for New York-bred 3-year-olds in a final time of 1:45.55.
Breaking from the outside post, the talented colt avoided the rough start of competitors inside him. He was placed close to the early pace setters by Manuel Franco. He then rallied past his foes to score the triumph by a margin of two and one-quarter lengths.
“This is my first time in this race”, said Franco. “I am thankful to the trainer for the opportunity.”
Empire Dreams recorded his third victory in his ninth lifetime start and improved his lifetime earnings to a sum of $320,500. He was the popular choice in the wagering and paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10. Fox Rox was second but was disqualified and placed fifth for interfering with multiple rivals at the start. Eye Luv Lulu was awarded second and returned $3.60 and $3.20. Let’s Discuss was moved up to third and paid $7.20.
New York Oaks
New York Oaks
The day concluded with a three horse photo finish in the 28th renewal of the $75,000 New York Oaks. Flipcup scored a narrow victory over a stubborn Alwaysinstilettos and a closing Storied Lady.
The bay filly trained by William Mott completed the one mile and one-sixteenth route in a time of 1:46.55 She was directed to the neck triumph by John Davila, Jr.
The $214,209 earner registered her fourth career victory and paid $4.30, $2.70 and $2.10. Alwaysinstilettos returned $6.80 and $3.50 for finishing second and Storied Lady paid $2.60 for third.
Team Penny Racing, Wachtel Sable and Brous Stable were the winning owners that were presented a trophy by trainer Eileen Muller. Muller won the 2013 running of the annual test for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies with Miss Rubycubes.
The $50,000 Niagara Stakes is the next blacktype event on the Finger Lakes live racing calendar. The six furlong sprint for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies is scheduled for Saturday, August 9.
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, Wolfgang Puck Express, 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.