Today we will take a look at a track that isn’t normally covered by main stream horse racing. Finger Lakes Racetrack which is located in Farmington, New York will be our focus today. Finger Lakes was first opened in May of 1962 and has held races there every since. Their most noteworthy race is the New York Derby which is part of NY’s Big Apple Triple Crown (the Mike Lee Handicap at Belmont Park, New York Derby at Finger Lakes, and the Albany Stakes at Saratoga) Since it’s inception only one horse, the Finger Lakes based Tin Cup Chalice has ever captured all three legs of the Big Apple Triple Crown. He also went on to capture the Indiana Derby in 2008.
Let’s take a look at a couple of today’s races.
Race 6: 2-4-3
(2) Freud’s Affair will likely go off as the favorite in this small field, but is the one to beat after finishing 2nd last time out at 4.5 furlongs. He should appreciate the stretch out for trainer Christopher Prongo and already owns 5 wins and 14 in the money finishes from 16 starts over this track.
(4) Ross Boss makes his 3rd start of the year coming off a victorious gate to wire win at 4.5 furlongs last time out. He is the most logical challenger to Freud’s Affair, and the one that Freud will be trying to run down in the stretch. Oscar Gomez rides for John Tebbutt.
(3) Grassady broke slow and never got involved when finishing 5th behind Freud’s Affair last time out, but he has won 4 of his 8 starts over this track and could be the best of the rest. Finger Lakes stalwart John Davila Jr. rides for trainer Chris Englehart.
Race 7: 2-1-6
(2) Rambo Red makes his 2nd start of 2018 for trainer Michael LcCesse, who trained the previously mentioned Big Apple Triple Crown winner Tin Cup Chalice, and had a rough go of it in his last start but still managed to run 2nd. A cleaner break and he has every right to improve off that effort under jockey Luis Perez.
(1) Hackensack Hill drops in class after finishing 3rd last time out going 4 ½ furlongs. He stretches out to 5 ½ today for trainer James Acquilano and should be forwardly placed under jockey Michael Davila, Jr.
(6) Ever Young ships up from Aqueduct and takes a sharp drop in class making his first start for trainer Michael Ferraro (previously trained by Linda Rice). While he showed little in his 3 starts downstate at Aqueduct and Saratoga Ever Young is likely meeting a weaker bunch today and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him step right up and win this one. The likely favorite.
Good luck with your handicapping and betting today ladies and gentlemen, and don’t forget to give a look at some of our lesser publicized racetracks. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me on twitter @JasonNYM.