FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Saratoga Giro was named 2018 Finger Lakes "Horse of the Year" at the annual Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association awards dinner on Saturday, November 17.
The 5-year-old horse owned by Henry Steadman and trainer Paul Barrow won two of his four starts this year at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) including the $50,000 George Barker Stakes on June 4.
The $116,800 earner attained the FLGR top horse honors for the first time. The "Horse of the Year" award was in the firm possession of Breakin the Fever the three previous years. Saratoga Giro defeated the FLGR sprint champion when he won the annual Memorial Day Stake.
The bay New York-bred achieved both of his 2018 FLGR victories under jockey Jeremias Flores. He finished in the top three in all four of his FLGR starts this season. His most recent effort was a third place finish in the $50,000 Leon Reed Stakes on October 9.
Nine horses received awards in ten different categories at the annual dinner. Saratoga Giro was also the top vote getter for the category of best older male. Below is a complete listing of the 2018 winners:
2018 Finger Lakes H.B.P.A. Awards
Best $5,000 Claimer (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – What R U Doing Now
Best $5,000 Claimer (Filly or Mare) – Soaring Jan
Best Starter Allowance – Ready Dancer
Best Condition Allowance (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Bavaro
Best Condition Allowance (Filly or Mare) – Sicilia Connie
Best Older Mare – I’m A Good Looker
Best Older Horse or Gelding – Saratoga Giro
Best 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding – P J Advantage
Best 3-Year-Old Filly – Crashing Connie
Horse of the Year – Saratoga Giro
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, 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.