David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
Phone: 585-742-9234
FARMINGTON, N.Y. –Talented young horses displayed their class in a pair of 2-year-old New York-bred stakes on Monday at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. The $108,775 Lady Finger Stakes and the $114,213 Aspirant Stakes were the co-features of the nine race card.

My Italian Rabbi was a popular winner of the 41st renewal of the Lady Finger Stakes for owner Gold Square. The Jeremiah Englehart-trainee was guided to the victory by jockey Jaime Rodriguez

The $178,365 earner completed the six furlong event for fillies in a final time of 1:13.02. She scored the triumph by a margin of six and three-quarter lengths.

The promising filly registered her second lifetime stakes victory on Monday. She also won the Stillwater Stakes at Saratoga on July 18.

My Italian Rabbi notched her third win in her fourth career start and paid $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10. Single Verse was second and returned $3.10 and $2.10. Light in the Sky was third and paid $2.10.

Listentoyourheart drew away from his rivals to win the 45th running of the $114,213 Aspirant Stakes. The Christopher Clement-trainee earned the triumph by a margin of two lengths in a final six furlong time of 1:13.44.

The chestnut colt owned by Merrylegs Farms was directed to the victory by Manuel Franco. He improved her career earnings to a sum of $146,628 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Mission Wrapitup was second and returned $3.90 and $2.70. A Maize Zing Rip was third and paid $4.20

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 annual stake is scheduled for September 30.

The Columbus Day Handicapping Showdown is slated for Monday, October 14. Participants could win their share of $15,000 in cash and prizes in the contest. Entry fee is $150 and the tournament bankroll is $150. First place gets a berth into the Boyd Gaming Horse Player World Series in Las Vegas. The challenge is limited to 100 entries.

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 1,100 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, 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
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