Top two finishers of $141,675 sprint from same barn
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – A field of 14 New York-bred 2-year-old fillies started from the gate in the $141,675 Lady Finger Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack on Saturday. The event concluded with a photo finish between stablemates from the the same barn. Dunn Listening caught Evrybdymstgetstonz at the wire to secure a successful exacta sweep for trainer Gary Contessa.
Evrybdymstgetstonz set the early pace of the expensive dash and led by a large margin in the late stages. Dunn Listening rallied in the stretch to catch her rival and earned the fourth race victory by a head. She was guided to the narrow triumph by Angel Arroyo in a six furlong time of 1:12.73.
The $88,655 earner owned by John Moriano, Monty Foss and Steven Wecker registered her first victory in her second career start and paid $17.40, $6.70 and $3.80. Evrybdymstgetstonz was a game second and returned $6.20 and $4.20. Irish Heroine finished third and paid $3.30. The Contessa exacta (13-7) paid $127.50 for a $2.00 wager.
Tiz Time to Shine was a popular winner of the $127,063 Aspirant Stakes. The 1-4 post time favorite scored a three-quarter length victory in the six furlong sprint for New York-bred 2-year-olds.
The Chad Brown-trainee completed the seventh race in a time of 1:13.31 under jockey Jaime Rodriguez. The bay colt owned by Blue Bison Stable and Hoffman Thoroughbreds improved his lifetime earnings to a sum of $90,838 and paid $2.70, $2.30 and $2.10. Summer Brother was second and returned $3.30 and $3.00. Deputy Bustersone was third and paid $2.90.
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 rich event is one of three stakes scheduled to be run on Saturday, October 4. The $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial and the $50,000 Arctic Queen will also be part of the card.
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.