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Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track is a casino and thoroughbred horse racing track located in Farmington, north of Canandaigua and about 25 miles southeast of Rochester. It is one mile south of Thruway Exit 44.

HistoryEdit

Finger Lakes Race Track opened on May 23, 1962 as a thoroughbred horse race track. The race track has gone through several ownership changes and a cycle of successful and near-bankrupt seasons. Famous jockeys that have ridden at Finger Lakes include Angel Cordero, Pat Day, Julie Krone, and Bill Shoemaker. The track as a seasonal business, holding races from spring to fall was financially hurt with the advent of Off Track Betting in the 1980s. Finger Lakes rebounded in the 1990s when simulcast racing began. Under this system, patrons were able to attend the clubhouse year-round and wager on races at other tracks around the country. In 2004, Finger Lakes Race Track became Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track after a $10.5 million renovation. The largest part of the renovation was the addition of a racino, which is a casino-style video gaming floor. Attendance rose at the facility after the introduction of the racino. Ross Morton, a well-known race caller, was Finger Lakes' announcer from opening day until his death in February 2008. And Tin Cup Chalice, the first winner of the Big Apple Triple Crown of Racing, made his home at Finger Lakes. Unfortunately, Tin Cup Chalice was killed on April 17, 2009 in a freak accident while training at the track. A colt named Zany bolted and collided with him and both horses died.

Feature RacesEdit

Finger Lakes is home to the New York Derby, a 1 1/16th mile restricted race for 3 year old horses who have been bred in the state of New York. Carrying a purse of $150,000, the race is a part of the Big Apple Triple, consisting of the Mike Lee Handicap at Belmont Park, the New York Derby, and the Albany Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. The New York Derby race is typically run in July. At this time, Finger Lakes Race Track does not offer any graded stakes. They do offer ungraded and restricted stakes throughout the meet.

List of stakes races at Finger LakesEdit

  • George W. Barker Handicap
  • Susan B. Anthony Handicap
  • Wadsworth Memorial Handicap
  • Niagara Stakes
  • New York Derby
  • Ontario County Stakes
  • Arctic Queen Handicap
  • Leon Reed Memorial Handicap
  • Jack Betta Be Rite Handicap
  • New York Oaks
  • Lady Fingers Stakes
  • Aspirant Stakes
  • Genesee Valley Breeders Handicap
  • New York Breeders' Futurity
  • Proud Puppy Handicap
  • Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies
  • Finger Lakes Juvenile

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