David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
Phone: 585-742-9234

FARMINGTON, N.Y.?–?Jockey John Davila, Jr. notched his 4000th career win at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (FLGR) on Monday, October 29. He reached the milestone when Pretty Wild Posie scored a narrow victory in the first race.

Davila, Jr. began riding at FLGR in 1983. He has earned 3,953 of his 4,000 wins at FLGR including 57 stakes victories. He added a graded stakes triumph to his resume in 1995 when he won the $100,000 Finger Lakes Budweiser Breeders’ Cup aboard Not Surprising.

The 54-year-old from Puerto Rico is the first FLGR rider to register 4,000 wins. He passed Leslie Hulet in 2017 to become the all-time FLGR leading jockey.

"I didn’t think I’d win 100 races in my life," said Davila. "Now look at this, here I am with 4,000."

Davila has been the main rider for trainer Chris Englehart. He has a total of 1,901 victories aboard horses form the barn of the all-time FLGR leading trainer.

"He’s a good rider and has always been consistent for me," said Englehart. "It’s worked out very well."

John Davila, Jr. also holds a record 14 FLGR jockey titles. He is currently second in the 2018 local standings with 110 victories.

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

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