Jockey Dennis Carr could reach career milestone on first day of meet
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Early entries are set for Opening Day of the 2012 live thoroughbred racing season at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack. The Western New York track will begin the celebration of 50 years of racing with the Friday afternoon card. First race post time is scheduled for 12:35 p.m.
Jockey Dennis Carr has three chances to reach a career milestone on Opening Day. The 43-year-old from Massapequa, New York will begin the meet just one away from 2,500 victories.
Carr joined the local jockey colony in 2008 and finished his first season at Finger Lakes ranked
second in the rider standings. He has earned a total of 392 wins at Finger Lakes including four stakes victories.
Valuable Lady will be Carr’s mount for Friday’s feature race. The 5-year-old mare has set the pace in most of her 27 starts, but is still searching for her second win. The allowance event for fillies and mares will be her first attempt at a shorter distance of four and one-half furlongs. The $86,002 earner is listed with morning line odds of 4-1.
Too Tough Sissy is the 8-5 program choice for the eighth race. The John Tebbutt-trainee responded to a class reduction and finished third in her most recent start at Aqueduct. Elaine Castillo will be in the saddle of the 4-year-old filly.
Castillo came back from retirement last year to ride a limited amount of horses. The 30-year-old from Mexico City, Mexico holds the record for most Finger Lakes victories by a female jockey.
Trainer Chris Englehart and jockey John Davila, Jr. will both receive awards on Friday for winning
their respective titles in 2011. The presentation will be made after the running of the third race.
Englehart was the top Finger Lakes conditioner for the ninth consecutive year. The 56-year-old from Canandaigua, N.Y. saddled 135 winning horses to earn his eleventh career trainer title.
Englehart was honored by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders for his success in 2011. He
received the award for New York-bred Trainer of the Year at the annual award banquet on April 2.
Davila was the leading rider for the tenth straight year. He guided 139 horses to victory to notch his twelfth jockey title.
Both Englehart and Davila attained career milestones in 2011. Englehart saddled his 3,000th winneron August 19 and Davila reached the same mark on November 14.
The first 1,500 Player Extras Members to check in between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday will receive a commemorative racing program and a mystery betting voucher that could be worth up to $1,000.
Racing Gates open at 11:00 a.m. for Opening Day of the 163-day season. Post time for the first race is set at 12:35 p.m.