David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
Phone: 585-742-9234
FARMINGTON, N.Y. –Bankit was a one and one-quarter length winner of the 47th running of the $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack on Wednesday. He covered the one mile and one-sixteenth route for New York-bred 3-year-olds in a final time of 1:45.97.

The bay colt sat off a quick early pace set by Not That Brady. He was then guided through traffic to score the victory under jockey Eric Cancel.

Bankit won his second career stakes for trainer Steven Asmussen. His prior stakes triumph was achieved in the $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont Park on October 20.

He now has a total of three wins in 12 lifetime start for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Hilton Racing LLC. He improved his career earnings to a sum of $468,625 and paid $7.50, $3.30 and $2.70. Not That Brady secured the second place position and returned $3.10 and $2.40. Just Right finished third and paid $3.90.

New York Oaks

Wait a Minute shrugged off the challenge of Expresso Shot to take the $75,000 New York Oaks for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies. She upset her rival by a margin of two lengths for owners Richie Rich Stables and her trainer Jackie Stauffer.

Stauffer earned her first career stakes victory in the 33rd renewal of the annual event.
Wait a Minute was guided to the win by Jose Baez. She completed the one mile and one-sixteenth distance in a final time of 1:48.17.

The $83,329 earner notched her third victory in her sixth career start and paid $7.60 and $2.70. Expresso Shot returned $2.10 for finishing second.

The New York Derby is one of the richest events on the racing schedule at Finger Lakes. Notable past?winners of the one mile and one-sixteenth stake for New York bred 3-year-olds include Fio Rito and?Tin Cup Chalice. ?The event has been run for years as the second jewel of the Big Apple Triple?beginning?with the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park and concluding with?the Albany Stakes at Saratoga. Tin Cup Chalice remains the only horse to sweep all three races. He performed the feat in 2008.

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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