Jockey Wilfredo Rohena earns consecutive victories in final two stakes of meet
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Good Luck Gus was a popular winner of the 52nd renewal of the $252,098 New York Breeders’ Futurity on Saturday at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. The talented colt took the rich stake for New York-bred 2-year-olds in a six furlong time of 1:11.87.
Good Luck Gus tracked the early pace under jockey Wilfredo Rohena. He took over in the stretch and drew away from his rivals to score the convincing victory. The Rudy Rodriguez-trainee earned the five and one-quarter length triumph equipped with blinkers for the first time.
“He was working very well and seemed a lot more focused with the blinkers,” said Rodriguez. “This win was very special for us.”
The $217,059 earner is owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and the Elkstone Group. He registered his second victory in his fourth career start and paid $5.70, $3.60 and $3.10. Thank You was a nonthreatening second and returned $4.30 and $3.10. Failfire held third after setting the early pace and paid $7.20.
Wilfredo Rohena also won the prior race aboard I’m Stoked for owners Chester and Mary Broman. Rohena guided the Michael Hushion-trainee to a two length victory in the $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Stakes.
I’m Stoked completed the seventh running of the six furlong dash for New York-breds in a time of 1:10.42. He surpassed the $200,000 mark in career earnings with the win and paid $3.50, $2.60 and $2.20. Frisky Warrior was second and returned $2.90 and $2.70. Sundae On Sunday rallied to be third and paid $2.70.
Jockey Daniel Vergara also had multiple victories on Saturday. He won three races on horses saddled by Michael S. Ferraro including the $50,000 Arctic Queen Stakes with Capella Dancer.
Vergara directed the $243,176 earner owned by Happy Face Racing Stable to a one and one-quarter length score in the annual dash for New York-bred fillies and mares. The six furlong distance was covered in a time of 1:12.11.
Capella Dancer notched her second career stakes triumph and paid $14.40, $5.60 and $3.80. Atlantic’s Smile was second and returned $7.40 and $4.80. Vicki’s Dancer was third and paid $2.70.
The running of the three New York-bred events completed the 2014 stakes schedule at Finger Lakes. Live thoroughbred action continues five days a week until the conclusion of the season on December 5.
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.