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06.19.2014
Jockey will be inducted into the Finger Lakes Hall mof Fame
FARMINGTON, N.Y. –. Retired jockey Kevin Whitley will be honored at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (F.L.G.R.) on Monday, June 23. The 9-time leading rider will be inducted into the F.L.G.R. Hall of Fame by the local Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

After beginning his career at Belmont Park in 1975, Kevin Whitley joined the F.L.G.R. jockey colony in 1979. He quickly ascended in the local rider standings and shared the jockey title with Leslie Hulet in 1981.

Between 1982 and 1983 he visited the F.L.G.R winners circle 453 times, the most ever in two consecutive seasons. His 227 wins in 1982 established a single season record which held until 2000. His 226 wins in 1983 ranked him eighth in the nation.

Whitley’s success continued throughout the 1980’s. He was the leading F.L.G.R. jockey for five consecutive years from 1986 to 1990.

On a memorable day on August 27, 1989, Whitley guided six different horses to victory, and capped off the day with a triumph aboard Packett’s Landing in the $200,000 New York Derby.

Whitley won a total of five stakes with his favorite horse Frattare including the Grade 3 Finger Lakes Breeders’ Cup on July 3, 1989.

Whitley completed his career with over 3,200 victories. 2,617 wins were achieved at F.L.G.R.

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.
 
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