The 50th running of $247,238 New York-bred Futurity headlines card
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – New York-bred 2-year-olds will be showcased in three stakes at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack on Saturday. The 50th renewal of the $247,338 New York Breeders’ Futurity headlines the card.
In Harm’s Way is the morning line favorite for the feature event. The 2-1 program choice graduated from the maiden condition in his second career start at Belmont Park on July 15. He scored the four and three-quarter length victory in a five and one-half furlong time of 1:04.34.
The Michael Hushion-trainee was class tested in the $200,000 Saratoga Special in his most recent start on August 12. He ran third in the Grade 2 event behind Spurious Precision who completed the six and one-half furlong dash in a time of 1:16.53.
Edgar Prado is listed to ride the bay colt owned by Chester and Mary Broman. The Hall of Fame jockey has over 6,500 lifetime victories on his resume including three wins in Triple Crown races.
Tequila Hero drew the extreme outside post for the six furlong sprint. The chestnut colt owned and trained by Michael LeCesse was an upset winner of the $126,825 Aspirant Stakes on September 3. He wore blinkers for the first time and earned the three-quarter length triumph at odds of 24-1.
The $76,780 earner has morning line odds of 6-1 for the eighth race. He will be ridden by jockey Jeremias Flores. Flores guided him to the surprise win on Labor Day.
Two additional overnight stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds will also take place on Saturday. The sixth race is the $50,700 Curlin Stakes and the seventh is the $51,100 Rachel Alexandra Stakes. Both inaugural events will be contested at a distance of six furlongs.
A total of $30,000 will be awarded to six not-for-profit organizations in the fifth annual Charity Cup. Each team will compete for a share of the prize money in the community event on Saturday. All charities are guaranteed to receive a minimum donation of $2,000 for participating.
The $247,338 New York Breeders’ Futurity is the final stake of the 2012 live thoroughbred racing season which is scheduled to conclude on Friday, December 7. Post time for Saturday’s first race is set at 1:10 p.m.