David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
Phone: 585-742-9234
Local retired thoroughbreds perform well in international event
FARMINGTON, N.Y.?–?Numerous thoroughbreds that were recently retired from competition at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) participated in the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) in Lexington, Kentucky. The event was sponsored by Thoroughbred Charities of America and took place from October 23-25.

Desert TnT earned the highest placing of any FLGR horse in the Show Jumper division. The 8-year-old gelding owned by Hess Stables completed the program in fifth out of a field of 43 horses from around the world. He achieved the high placing under the guidance of training partner Skye-Anna Nye-Smith.

Kelly Neale received the award for the Ranch Horse division's Top Amateur. She earned the honor with former FLGR competitor Cup of Cee. Neale is also a veterinarian with a practice in Stanley, NY.

Roxanne Mitz took the award for second highest amateur in both the barrels and competitive trails divisions with Fifty Sense. Mitz is employed in the racing office at FLGR and also volunteers to help local retired racehorses.

Fifty Sense was a local favorite during his racing career performing at an elite level on a regular basis. He executed the same type of consistency at the international contest.
"The event was very well organized and the Finger Lakes horses did fantastic," said FLTAP Program Manager Julie Smith. "I’m very proud of all of them."

The "RRP 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover" competition attracted approximately two hundred Thoroughbreds from around the globe that have recently been trained in ten different riding skills. The event from October 23-25 was a celebration of the talent and trainability of the off-track Thoroughbred.*
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
About FLTAP: *The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (FLTAP) took the shape of a formal and very credible Thoroughbred adoption program. FLTAP obtained 501(c)3 certification in May of 2006, paving the way for tax deductible donations which include not only the donated Thoroughbreds, but supplies, equipment, services, and (still very much needed) cash. Since the initial inception in early 2005, hundreds of thoroughbreds have found new homes and new careers through FLTAP.
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