FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Two rich events highlight the Saturday card at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR). The $150,000 New York Derby and the $75,000 New York Oaks will both be run at a distance of one mile and one-sixteenth.
Blindwillie McTell is the morning line favorite for the 47th renewal of the New York Derby. The 5-2 program choice for the New York-bred stake restricted to 3-year-olds won the $125,000 Mike Lee Stakes in his most recent start on May 27 at Belmont Park. The Linda Rice-trainee has been no worse than second in five career starts including three stakes victories.
The $258,650 earner will begin the feature event from the outside post. He will be ridden for the first time by jockey Oscar Gomez.
Not That Brady will be making his FLGR debut in the eighth race. The $205,300 earner is the first foal of Lisa’s Booby Trap, who made national news as a human interest story in 2010. Lisa's Booby Trap attained more than $180,000 in earnings despite blindness in one eye and a club foot.
Not That Brady won the $100,000 Damon Runyon in his first stakes appearance at Aqueduct on December 31. He showed even more class with a second place finish in the Grade 3 Withers stakes on February 2. The Rudy Rodriguez-trainee will be ridden by Reylu Gutierrez and is listed at 4-1 in the morning line.
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. ?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.
Five rivals are entered in the $75,000 New York Oaks for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies. The 33rd renewal of the route will be run as the seventh race of the eight-race Saturday card.
Starting at 11:30 am, the first 1,000 Lucky North Club members will receive a free New York Derby T-shirt. First race post time is set at 1:10 p.m.
Below are the fields for the $150,000 New York Derby and $75,000 New York Oaks:
$150,000 (added) New York Derby
No.? Horse??? Odds Jockey???
1 Not That Brady 4-1 Gutierrez, R
2 Durkin's Call 5-1 Davila, Jr., J
3 Bankit 7-2 Cancel, E
4 Just Right 6-1 Diaz, Jr., H
5 Hot Diggitty 10-1 Rodriguez, J
6 Almendro 10-1 Hernandez, J
7 Paddy All Day 15-1 Rohena, W
8 Blindwillie McTell 5-2 Gomez, O
$75,000 New York Oaks
No.? Horse??? Odds Jockey???
1 Awillaway 12-1 Worrie, A
2 Wait a Minute 8-1 Baez, J
3 Elegant Zip 9-2 Rodriguez, J
4 Newly Minted 4-5 Gomez, O
5 Espresso Shot 9-5 Cancel, E
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 www.fingerlakesgaming.com.