David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
Phone: 585-742-9234
FLTAP receives percentage of purse earnings from owners in recently run stakes
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) and the Finger Lakes Horsemens Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA) announced that the owners of the top three finishers of the $50,000 Susan B. Anthony Stakes run on Saturday, May 17, have each voluntarily donated one percent of their respective purse earnings to the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (FLTAP).
A total of $450 was received by FLTAP from as a result of the gesture. Little Rocket won the event for Barry Schwartz, Mark Valentine’s Haldane finished second and Miss Rubycubes was third for Kathleen Babcock and David Brown.
FLTAP, founded in 2005, is the first Thoroughbred adoption facility located on the grounds of a racetrack and assists in placing retired racehorses with new owners and second careers as simple as companions or trail riding, to those as complex as eventing/jumping. Since its inception, over 500 horses have been placed by the organization.
Officials are hopeful that the donations may motivate owners of horses that hit the board in remaining 2014 stakes at FLGR to contribute to the charitable organization in a similar manner.
'The generosity shown by the owners of the top three finishers in the Susan B Anthony Handicap is a welcome gift to the vital mission FLTAP serves in finding former racehorses a suitable environment after their days on the track, commented FLGR president and general manager Chris Riegle. 'In addition to the base funding of the program being supplied by the track and horsemen, countless hours of effort and time is donated to this cause by many of our employees, as well as horsemen. This gift is a recognition of those efforts.'
Base funding of the program is provided through a $2 donation for every horse that starts a race at Finger Lakes by FLGR and then matched by the Finger Lakes HPBA. Other funding is provided through private donations, grants and more.
The stakes schedule at Finger Lakes features 15 events in 2014, with the next scheduled races being the $50,000 Genesee Valley Breeders’ Handicap on July 4 and the $50,000 Jack Betta Be Rite Handicap on July 5.
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
About Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program - Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (FLTAP) obtained 501 (c) 3 certification in May of 2006. Since its inception in 2005, over 500 horses have found new homes and careers. The program, through collaboration with Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack management and horsemen, is the first Thoroughbred adoption facility in the United States on the grounds of a racetrack. The Purple Haze Center is the state of the art horse barn located on the west side of the property that is open to the public and prospective adopters. Visit for more information.
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