FARMINGTON, N.Y. – The 2013 stakes season got underway at Finger Lakes Casino andRacetrack on Monday with Uncle T Seven scoring a narrow victory in the 29th renewal of the $50,000 George W. Barker Handicap. The 7-year-old gelding improved his lifetime earnings to a sum of $527,205 with the one-half length win.
The David Jacobson-trainee completed the six furlong dash in a in a time of 1:11.11. He was guided to his sixth career triumph by jockey Jose M. Rohena.
"At the three-eighths I got a strong challenge from Lopez (Sundae On Sundae) and I had to get him to go", said Rohena. "I urged him three times and I knew I had it won."
Rohena registered his first stake victory in almost ten years. His prior win was achieved on August 2, 2003 with Noble Adversary in the $40,000 Genesee Valley Breeders’ Handicap.
Uncle T Seven has now hit the board in a total of 17 stakes including a third place finish in the 2009 New York Derby in his prior visit to Finger Lakes. He recorded his fifth career victory in a blacktype event and paid $6.40, $4.20 and $2.80. Sundae On Sunday was second and returned $4.20 and $2.80. Longshot Dan’s Gold was third and paid $5.10.
The next stakes race at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack is scheduled for Saturday, June 8. Fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up will compete in the $50,000 Susan B. Anthony at a distance of six furlongs.