FARMINGTON, N.Y. – The 2018 live thoroughbred racing season at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (FLGR) came to an end on Wednesday, November 28. The meet concluded with Fritter taking the final race of the Closing Day card.
The victory for the 3-year-old gelding completed a hat trick for trainer Michael S. Ferraro. Fritter was guided to the one and one-quarter length triumph by jockey Jaime Rodriguez.
Jaime Rodriguez also had three wins on Wednesday to finish the meet with a total of 169 victories. He reclaimed the top ranking in the FLGR standings after competing in Ohio last year. Rodriguez earned his fourth FLGR rider title in 2018.
Chris Englehart also took back his spot as the top trainer from Jeremiah Englehart. His son was the top conditioner for the previous two seasons. Chris finished the meet with a total of 106 victories and now has a record total of 16 FLGR trainer titles.
Saratoga Giro won the honor of FLGR "Horse of the Year for his achievements in 2018. The 5-year-old horse owned by Henry Steadman and trainer Paul Barrow won two of his four starts this year at FLGR including the $50,000 George Barker Stakes on June 4.
The bay New York-bred secured both of his 2018 FLGR victories under jockey Jeremias Flores. He finished in the top three in all four of his FLGR starts this season. His most recent effort was a third place finish in the $50,000 Leon Reed Stakes on October 9.
2018 HIGHLIGHTS AND SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
On October 29, John Davila, Jr. became the first FLGR jockey to reach the 4,000 career win milestone. He earned the mark after guiding Pretty Wild Posie to a narrow victory in the first race of the day.
Davila, Jr. began riding at FLGR in 1983. The 54-year-old from Puerto Rico passed Leslie Hulet last year to become the all-time FLGR leading jockey.
FLGR jockey Tammi Piermarini recorded the 2500th win of her career while competing in a race out of town. She reached the milestone when Dr. Blarney scored a three-quarter length victory in the fifth race at Delaware Park on Saturday, September 29.
Piermarini is the third woman to attain the 2,500 lifetime mark. Only Julie Krone and Rosemary Homeister have more victories than Piermarini.
Also, on September 29, the sixth race at FLGR was held in honor of jockey Les Hulet. The FLGR hall-of-fame jockey passed away on September 21 at the age of 69. He completed his career in 1999 with a total of 3,818 victories.
Finger Lakes will remain in operation during the winter months for simulcast wagering with up to seven tracks per day. Live thoroughbred action will resume in the spring with the start of the 2019 meet.
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 1,100 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.-