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Stake for New York bred 3-year-olds set for Monday

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2021

David Mattice
Publicity Department | 585-924-3232 x234
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

FARMINGTON, N.Y. One of the richest races of the season highlights the racing card for Monday, July 19 at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR). The $150,000 New York Derby will be contested at a distance of one mile and one-sixteenth.

Lobsta is the morning line favorite for the 48th renewal of the one mile and one-sixteenth route. The 5-2 program choice for the New York-bred stake restricted to 3-year-olds finished third in his most recent start on May 31. He earned the top three finish in the $125,000 Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park.

The Gary Sciacca-trainee will be vying for his third career triumph on Monday. The $123,900 earner will be under the direction of jockey Eric Cancel

Hold the Salsa has the distinction of being the only multiple stakes winner in the field of eight. He has recorded three wins in eight career starts with a sum of $256,525 in lifetime purse earnings.

The classy colt owned and trained by Richard Lugovich will be ridden by jockey Carlos Montalvo and is listed at 7-2 in the morning line.

A Huge Checkpoint is the only local horse entered with multiple FLGR starts. The Rachel Sells-trainee has been no worse than second in any of his three FLGR route attempts. He also finished third in the Ontario County Stakes at FLGR on June 28.

Sells will be attempting to record her first career stakes victory. Joel Cruz has the riding assignment trying to score his initial FLGR stakes win.


The $150,000 (added) New York Derby is one of the richest races scheduled to be run at FLGR. Notable past winners of the annual stake include Fio Rito and Tin Cup Chalice.

Below is the field for the $150,000 New York Derby:

$150,000 (added) New York Derby

No.  Horse  Odds  Jockey 
Purple Hearted  8-1  Davila, Jr., J 
1 Hold the Salsa 7-2 Montalvo, C
3 Lobsta 5-2 Cancel, E
4 Devious Mo 4-1 Vargas, Jr., J
5 Here's Waldo 8-1 Beato, I
6 Jaa Mode /td> 12-1 Worrie, A
7 Americanrevolution 6-1 Saez, L
8 A Huge Checkpoint 10-1 Cruz, J


Average daily purse levels now over $30,000 above 2020

For Immediate Release
May 20, 2021

Steve Martin
Sr. Director, Marketing
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

FARMINGTON, N.Y. Officials at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) have announced their second purse increase of the year, which increases the average daily purses by over 26% higher than they were in 2020.

A 10% increase on top of the 15% increase announced last month has allowed average daily purses to increase by over $30,000 a day versus the 2020 season. These increases are possible due to FLGR vastly outperforming projections for its gaming operations since coming out of a nearly six-month closure due to the pandemic in 2020. In addition, FLGR was recently allowed by the state to resume a 20-hour business day after several months of reduced operating hours.

‘This second increase in 2021 is another positive development for horsemen and women at Finger Lakes as they work to recover from a difficult 2020. This will also be an additional incentive for others to come participate in racing at Finger Lakes,’ said FLGR general manager Chris Riegle. Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FLHBPA) president Chris Vaccaro added ‘This is more good news for our membership, and New York racing in general. These increases strengthen racing at Finger Lakes by increasing both participation and investment within the industry itself.’

FLGR has available stalls for suitable horses. Interested owners and trainers are highly encouraged to contact the FLGR racing office directly at 585-924-1546 for more information.

Finger Lakes’ 2021 meet runs through Wednesday, November 24. Racing is scheduled every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon until the week after Labor Day. Thursday is then added to the schedule until the conclusion of the meet.

About Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offerings in 2004.