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LOCAL JOCKEY TO COMPETE IN KENTUCKY DERBY

Reylu Gutierrez aboard Barber Road in Saturday's Run for the Roses

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2022

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

FARMINGTON, N.Y. A local jockey who began his career at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) will be riding in the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. Reylu Gutierrez, a Victor native, is named on Barber Road in the $3,000,000 Run for the Roses this Saturday, May 7.

Gutierrez graduated from Victor Senior High School in 2013 and went on to earn his college degree in Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland.

The Gutierrez family has a long history within thoroughbred racing and Reylu grew up in the sport at Finger Lakes helping his father, Luis, a current trainer here at FLGR. His uncle, Jose, was also a long-time jockey at FLGR.

Gutierrez began racing in 2017 and recorded his first career victory at FLGR that same year. He continued his apprentice year in 2018 and was a finalist for an Eclipse Award as Top Apprentice Rider in the nation. The Eclipse Awards are national awards presented annually to recognize Thoroughbred horses and individuals within various categories of the sport.

This will be Gutierrez's second time competing in a Triple Crown race, but first in the Kentucky Derby. He made an appearance in the 2020 Belmont Stakes with Jungle Runner. "I'm riding (in Kentucky Derby) for everyone who helped me become the person I am today," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez has already notched 441 career wins in his short career and will guide Barber Road on Saturday. Barber Road finished second in the Arkansas Derby under Gutierrez to qualify for the prestigious event. His trainer, John Ortiz, will be saddling his first-ever Kentucky Derby horse.

He also has a mount in the prestigious Kentucky Oaks on Friday for the top 3-year-old fillies. He will be in the irons of Hidden Connection for trainer Bret Calhoun. Following the Derby, Gutierrez is set to return to his home track to ride on Tuesday, May 10. He is listed to ride Super Twenty Seven in the second race.

Fans can watch and wager on both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby at FLGR. Simulcast wagering is available daily, and all the action at Churchill Downs will be shown on both Friday and Saturday. Simulcast viewing begins at 10:15am Friday and 10:30am on Saturday.


2022 LIVE THOROUGHBRED RACING MEET TO BEGIN AT FINGER LAKES

Finger Lakes kicks off season with eight races on Monday

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2022

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

FARMINGTON, N.Y. The 2022 live Thoroughbred racing season at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) is set to get underway on Monday, April 25. The historic Western New York track’s 98-day meet will begin with the eight-race Opening Day card.

The 2022 FLGR Opening Day card will conclude with the feature event, an allowance race for fillies and mares. Tellaperfectale is the expected favorite after scoring victories in two of her last three starts at Aqueduct. The 7-5 program choice will be under the guidance of Christian Navarro.

The final race will include a total of eight rivals. The sprint will be contested at a distance of four and one-half furlongs.

Also on Monday, last year’s top performers will be presented with an award after the conclusion of the third race.

Luis Perez finished the 2021 meet with 93 victories to claim the top ranking in the FLGR standings. Perez earned his second consecutive FLGR jockey title. He is listed to ride in the third and fifth race on Monday.

Chris Englehart continued his dominance at his home track. The veteran conditioner finished the 2021 meet with 65 victories and currently has a record total of 19 FLGR trainer titles.

The 2022 season will begin with two new faces leading the FLGR racing program.

Jerry Richards is the new Racing Secretary and Todd Haight is the Director of Racing.

Richards had held the position at Sunland Park in New Mexico. He has an extensive 30-year background in the industry, including work as a horse trainer until 2014.

Haight recently retired after 20 years in multiple prominent positions in the racing industry. He has had past experience as a General Manager and Director of Racing.

“I’m thrilled to be here at Finger Lakes,” Haight said. “I’m really looking forward to an exciting season.”

Keiber Coa is a new face in the local jockey colony. Keiber is the son of Eibar Coa who won over 4,000 races including multiple graded stakes during his competitive riding career.

Keiber Coa recently rode at Delaware Park and has made over $6 million in earnings during his young career. He has two mounts on Opening Day.

The 2022 meet will feature 14 notable races on the stakes schedule. The most significant annual event, the $150,000 New York Derby, will be run on July 18. The richest stake of the year, the $200,000 (est.) New York Breeders’ Futurity, is slated to take place on October 17.

FLGR will offer live thoroughbred action Monday and Tuesday for the first two weeks. Wednesday will be added as a race day on May 11. First race post time is set at 1:10 pm.