David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
Phone: 585-742-9234
Two rich stakes to be run on Saturday
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Two rich events highlight the Saturday card at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (F.L.G.R.). The $150,000 New York Derby and the $75,000 New York Oaks will both be run at a distance of one mile and one-sixteenth.
Empire Dreams is the morning line favorite for the New York Derby. The $223,900 earner is listed at 7-5 for the 42nd running of the stake for New York-bred 3-year-olds
The Thomas Albertrani-trainee ran second in the $125,000 Mike Lee Stakes in his most recent start on May 31 at Belmont Park. His two career wins were achieved in six furlong sprints as a 2-year-old and he has been no worse than third in his three starts this year.
The talented colt owned by West Point Thoroughbreds will break from post six and will be ridden in the seventh race by Manuel Franco.
Fox Rox and Lady’s Smart Alec are the only local horses entered in the field of seven. Each gelding has two victories at F.L.G.R. but neither has competed at a distance of over one mile.
Fox Rox was a convincing winner of the $120,925 Aspirant Stakes in 2013. The M. Anthony-trainee was guided to the 18 and one-quarter length romp on September 2 by jockey Pedro Rodriguez. Rodriguez will again be in the saddle of the $131,130 earner on Saturday
Eight New York-bred 3-year-old fillies are entered in the $75,000 New York Oaks. The 28th renewal of the annual route will conclude the Saturday card
Flipcup is the 5-2 program choice for the event. The bay filly trained by William Mott won the $100,000 East View stakes at Aqueduct on December 22, but has not competed since finishing third in the $125,000 Bouwerie at Belmont on May 31. She will be ridden in the ninth race by John Davila, Jr.
Beginning at 11:30 am, the first 1,000 Members to check in at Player Extras will receive a commemorative New York Derby T-shirt. WYSL 1040 AM/92.1 FM will carry a live broadcast with pre and post race analysis of the New York Derby. First race post time is set at 1:10 p.m.
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 1,500 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, Wolfgang Puck 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
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