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04.20.2017
145-day meet kicks off with 8-race card
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – The 2017 live thoroughbred racing season at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) is set to get underway on Saturday, April 22. The historic Western New York track’s 145-day meet will begin with the 8-race Opening Day card. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Racing gates open at 11:30 am.

Last year’s top performers will each be presented with an award after the conclusion of Saturday’s fourth race.

Jeremiah Englehart will be recognized on Saturday after securing his first ever FLGR trainer title in 2016 with 129 victories. This ended a long consecutive streak accomplished by his father Chris Englehart who has been the top trainer every year since 2003.

John Davila, Jr. reclaimed the FLGR jockey title after being absent from the top spot the previous four years. He held the top ranking in the FLGR standings for ten consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2011.

Davila completed the 2016 meet with 164 triumphs and presently owns a record total of thirteen career FLGR rider titles.

New Faces
Joshua Navarro will join the local jockey colony after riding at Parx in Pennsylvania. The 25-year-old journeyman from San Juan, Puerto Rico is expected to have an immediate impact. His work ethic and prior success caught the attention of trainer Jeremiah Englehart. He will be riding for the top barn during the 2017 meet.

"You have to work hard here every day," said Navarro. "I pay the price and hope it pays off".

Navarro began his career at Laurel Park in August of 2009. He has a total of 671 career wins including twelve stakes victories.

Navarro’s resume also includes three wins in graded events. He earned his first graded stakes triumph on July 13, 2013 with Dancing Afleet in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks.

His first FLGR mount will be aboard Rose of Sicily in the seventh race on Opening Day.

Carlos Lozada is also a new face in the local colony. The 32-year-old Puerto Rico native previously enjoyed success competing in the state of Louisiana.

Lozada began his riding career in 2007 and recorded a stakes victory during his second year of competition. He won the $100,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs aboard Southern Yankee on November 7, 2008.

FLGR will begin the 2017 season with a new leader in the racing office. Fred Hutton acquired the position of Racing Secretary during the offseason.

Hutton was a former jockey who has had a great deal of experience in the racing industry. He was previously employed as Racing Secretary at Remington Park, Prairie Meadows, Zia Park, and most recently Sam Houston.

Two trainers are expected to reach milestones this season. Bruce Anderson is just three away from career win number 1,000. Also, Chris Englehart is 24 away from becoming the first FLGR based conditioner to register 4,000 victories.

On Saturday, the first 3,000 members to check in at Player Extras between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm will receive a Peel & Win ticket. Participants can uncover a wager amount that could be worth up to $1,000.

Members can also receive an entry for a chance to win up to $500 in vouchers. Two winners will be selected between each race (1-7) and can spin wheels to determine amount and multiplier.

First race post time is set at 1:10 pm and the racing gates open at 11:30 am.

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.
 
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