David Mattice
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Rodriguez trips at wire but wins event to benefit Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Karma Police scored a two and one-half length victory in the $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack on Wednesday. The Joseph Signore, Jr.-trainee won the six furlong event for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies in a final time of 1:11.76.

The promising star owned by Glenridge Stable was guided to her first stakes victory by jockey Pedro Rodriguez. The stake triumph was the second in consecutive days for Rodriguez. The veteran journeyman also directed Mystic City to a three-quarter length triumph in the $100,000 Windward Stakes at Presque Isle Downs on Tuesday.

Karma Police achieved all of her four career victories at the six furlong distance. She improved her lifetime earnings to a sum of $134,463 and paid $6.20, $4.00 and $2.50. Capella Dancer closed ground to be second and returned $7.80 and $3.60. Saichi Sweepin faded to be third after setting the early pace and paid $2.10.

A photo finish was used to decide the winner of the annual jockey footrace. Jaime Rodriguez was declared the victor despite tripping and falling to the ground as he hit the wire. He narrowly defeated Guillermo Rodriguez in an entertaining finish to the 70 yard dash.

Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack donated a sum of $3,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund in recognition of the event. The Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund is a public charity that provides financial assistance to former riders who have suffered serious on-track injuries. Since it’s founding in 2006, the organization has disbursed over $3 million to injured jockeys who have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.

The $150,000 New York Derby is the next stake scheduled to be run at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack. The rich event for New York-bred 3-year-olds will be contested at a distance of one mile and one-sixteenth on Saturday, July 21.           
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