FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Little Rocket drew away from her rivals to win the 34th renewal of the $50,000 Susan B. Anthony Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack on Saturday. She took the six furlong dash for older New York-bred fillies and mares in a final time of 1:11.45.
The 4-year-old filly owned by Barry K. Schwartz was rated off the early pace that was set by Miss Rubycubes. She then cruised by her rivals in the stretch and scored the sixth race victory by a margin of five lengths.
The Michael S. Ferraro-trainee registered her fifth career win to improve her lifetime earnings to a sum of $196,790. She was guided to the convincing triumph by jockey Daniel Vergara. Vergara continued his success with a victory aboard Neptune Road in the eighth race.
After a late scratch of odds-on favorite Clear Passaj, Little Rocket became the second choice in the wagering and paid $6.20, $3.20 and $5.90. Haldane was second and returned $8.80 and $12.20. Miss Rubycubes held on to be third and paid $11.20.
The George W. Barker Stakes is the next blacktype event on the Finger Lakes live racing calendar. The six furlong sprint for older New York-breds is scheduled for Monday, May 26.
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.