Champagne Ruby defeats stablemate Miss Narcissist in Saturday feature
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Champagne Ruby scored a two and three-quarter length victory over Miss Narcissist in the 33rd renewal of the $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (F.L.G.R.) on Saturday. The top two finishers are both from the barn of trainer Linda Rice.
Champagne Ruby sat off the early pace that was set by her stablemate. She rallied up the inside under jockey Oscar Gomez to secure the victory. She completed the six furlong sprint for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies in a final time of 1:11.94.
The $142,335 earner owned by Clyde Rice remains undefeated at F.L.G.R. She also won the $50,000 Shesastonecoldfox Stakes on September 28, 2013.
The chestnut filly registered her third career victory and paid $5.80, $3.00 and $2.20. Miss Narcissist completed the Linda Rice exacta and returned $2.40 and $2.20. Aspree finished third and paid $3.20.
New York-bred 3-year-old male horses will clash in the next stake on the F.L.G.R. racing calendar. The six furlong dash is slated to be run on Saturday, August 16. A $2,500 Handicapping Challenge will also be held that day for Player Extras members. Contestants make a selection for F.L.G.R. races 1-8. There will be cash prizes for the top three finishers. The top 25 qualify for the Handicapping Finals, where the winner will earn a berth in the 2015 Horse Player World Series.
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.