David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
DNC Gaming & Entertainment at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack
Phone: 585-742-9234
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – The 2019 live thoroughbred racing season at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (FLGR) came to an end on Wednesday, November 27. The meet concluded with Royalbonnielegacy taking the final race of the Closing Day card.

The Jeremiah Englehart-trainee was guided to the two and one-quarter length triumph in the tenth race by jockey Luis Colon.


Tribecca won the honor of FLGR "Horse of the Year" for his achievements in 2019. The 5-year-old gelding owned by Ronald Brown won all three of his FLGR starts including the $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Stakes on October 7.

The $185,326 earner secured all of his 2019 FLGR victories under jockey John Davila, Jr. His most recent effort was a four length triumph in the first race on November 20.

Chris Englehart is the trainer of the 2019 top performer. Englehart finished the meet with a total of 95 victories and recorded his seventeenth FLGR trainer title.
Jaime Rodriguez won the eighth race on Wednesday with Too Many Tales to finish the meet with a total of 146 victories. Rodriguez earned his fifth FLGR rider title in 2019.

Two new members were recently inducted into the FLGR Hall of Fame. John Grabowski and Breakin the Fever were officially entered by the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association on November 23.
John Grabowski was synonymous with FLGR racing during his riding career. He registered a record total of 77 stakes victories at his home track. His 233 victories in 2000 and nine stakes wins in 2001 are single season records. His career total of 3,088 victories at FLGR is third all-time

Grabowski was the subject of the first ever jockey bobblehead giveaway at FLGR in 2006. He has appeared in local commercials and has always been a fan favorite.
Breakin the Fever distinguished himself as the undisputed sprint champion at FLGR. His reign began with a win in the Ontario County Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2015.

The $583,707 earner was voted Horse of the Year for the third straight season in 2017. He won his second George Barker Stakes and his third consecutive Leon Reed Memorial Stakes that year.
Breakin the Fever completed his career with 20 wins in 38 starts for owner, trainer and breeder Debra Breed. He achieved 17 of his 20 lifetime victories at his home track, with a total of six FLGR stakes triumphs.

Wilfredo Rohena notched his 3000th career win on August 28. He reached the milestone when Smooth Cat scored a two and one-quarter length victory in the fourth race.

Rohena began his riding career in Puerto Rico in 1985. The 54-year-old veteran journeyman was an immediate factor after arriving at FLGR. He finished second in the local standings in 2011 before claiming the FLGR title in 2012.

Rohena has registered a total of 780 triumphs at FLGR. He finished in the top ten of the local rankings again this year with 35 victories.

FLGR will remain in operation during the winter months for simulcast wagering with up to seven tracks per day. Live thoroughbred action will resume in the spring with the start of the 2020 meet.

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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