David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
DNC Gaming & Entertainment at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack
Phone: 585-742-9234
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Future stars will compete for large purses in a pair of 2-year-old New York-bred stakes on Monday at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR). The $108,775 Lady Finger Stakes and the $114,213 Aspirant Stakes will each be contested at a distance of six furlongs.

My Italian Rabbi is the even money favorite for the 41st renewal of the Lady Finger Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. The Jeremiah Englehart-trainee has the distinction of being the only multiple winner in the inexperienced field. She also is the only rival who scored a victory on dirt.

Jockey Jaime Rodriguez will be aboard the $113,100 earner in the co-feature. Rodriguez is currently the FLGR leading jockey with a total of 92 victories.

Eight male competitors will do battle in the 44th running of the Aspirant Stakes. A Maize Zing Rip and Disco Deano will be class tested in the rich event after each bay juvenile earned impressive multiple length victories over the FLGR surface.

A Maize Zing Rip won his career debut on June 13 by a convincing margin of five and one-half lengths. The Sal Iorio-trainee will be under the direction of jockey Dean Frates in the eighth race.

Disco Deano dominated his foes in his first FLGR appearance by ten and three-quarter lengths under Jaime Rodriguez. The M. Anthony-trainee will again be under the guidance of Rodriguez in the annual dash.

The Lady Finger Stakes will be run as the second event of Monday’s nine race card. The Aspirant Stakes is slated as the eighth. First race post time is set at 1:10 p.m.

The Columbus Day Handicapping Showdown is scheduled for Monday, October 14 at FLGR. Participants could win their share of $15,000 in cash and prizes in the contest. Entry fee is $150 and the tournament bankroll is $150. First place gets a berth into the Boyd Gaming Horse Player World Series in Las Vegas. The challenge is limited to 100 entries.

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 1,100 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, 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
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