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09.09.2017
Classy filly wins $116,775 Lady Finger Stakes by eight  / Mr. Pete takes $117,263 Aspirant
FARMINGTON, N.Y. –Talented young horses displayed their class in a pair of 2-year-old New York-bred stakes on Saturday at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR). The $116,775 Lady Finger Stakes and the $117,263 Aspirant Stakes were the co-features of the eight race card.

Indy’s Lady was a runaway winner of the Aspirant Stakes despite making her career debut in the sprint for 2-year-old fillies. The Jeremiah Englehart-trainee endured some early pace pressure but widened her lead to score the dominant eight length triumph. She was guided to the convincing victory by FLGR leading jockey John Davila, Jr.

Indy’s Lady earned a total of $69,900 for her first lifetime start for owners Orlando DiRienzo and Southfield Farm. She covered the six furlong distance in a final time of 1:12.04 and paid $16.60, $5.80 and $4.40. One Last Cast was second and returned $5.00 and $3.50. Salty Smile was third and paid $3.30.

Mr. Pete rallied past his rivals to win the Aspirant Stakes under jockey Harry Hernandez. The promising colt trained by James Ryerson completed the event for 2-year-old colts and geldings in a six furlong time of 1:11.94.

The $125,957 earner owned by Nirvana Stables took the seventh race by a margin of two and one-quarter lengths. He registered his second victory in his fourth career start and paid $7.60, $3.80 and $2.50. Lover’s Leap was second and returned $7.80 and $4.00 and Collective Effort was third and paid $3.10.

The Aspirant Stakes and the Lady Finger Stakes are held annually as preparation races for the New York Breeders’ Futurity. The Futurity is a six furlong sprint for New York-bred 2-year-olds with an estimated purse of $200,000. The annual stake is scheduled for September 30.

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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