David Mattice
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Eventful start to Finger Lakes Celebration of 50 years of Racing

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack had an eventful beginning to their celebration of 50 years of racing on Friday afternoon. Jockey Dennis Carr notched the 2,500th victory of his career and trainer Jeremiah Englehart teamed up with jockey Wilfredo Rohena to win five of the nine opening day races.




Jockey Dennis Carr earned his 2,500th career win aboard Valuable Lady in the eighth race. The 43-year-old from Massapequa, New York guided the Debra Breed-trainee to a one length victory.

 “It means I’ve been productive”, said Carr. “I have people behind me giving me good horses to ride.”

Carr has been riding since 1986 and notched his first victory in 1987 at Aqueduct aboard
Crobosity. He later moved out to the west coast where he registered the majority of his triumphs. He had a streak of five consecutive wins on a single card while riding at Golden Gate Fields.

The veteran journeyman has earned a lifetime total of 91 stakes victories including wins in 17 Graded stakes.

He joined the local jockey colony in 2008 and finished his first season at
Finger Lakes ranked second in the rider standings. He also won two stakes that year including the $318,000 New York Breeders Futurity aboard Legal Consent.





The opening day card concluded with trainer Jeremiah Englehart and jockey Wilfredo Rohena teaming up to win the ninth race with Phantom F Four. The victory was the fifth of the day for the connections.

The horses that won for the duo scored by an average margin of four lengths. Phantom F Four demolished his rivals by nine and one-quarter lengths.


The accomplishment of five victories by a trainer with the same rider on a Finger Lakes opening day

card was unprecedented before Friday. Englehart and Rohena will attempt to keep the hot streak going with horses entered in both the first and fifth races on Saturday.


Finger Lakes will continue the celebration of 50 years of racing on Saturday, April 21 with a 1:10

p.m. first race post time. The first 1,500 Player Extras Members to check in between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00

p.m. will receive a commemorative racing program and a mystery betting voucher that could be worth up to $1,000.






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