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Finger Lakes Horseracing

Finger Lakes Race Track is a 450-acre thoroughbred racing facility with a one-mile horse track in Farmington, New York. A racing season at the track offers approximately 165 racing programs. The season normally starts in mid-April and winds up in November.

Located in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes region, the track has hosted 60,000 races and over 18 million racing enthusiasts since its establishment in 1962. Finger Lakes hosts several high-profile stakes events each year, among them are the New York Breeders' Futurity, New York Derby, New York Oaks, Lady Finger Stakes and Aspirant Stakes.

Finger Lakes Race Track also has a 28,000 square foot gaming floor with over 1,000 video gaming machines.

Finger Lakes Race Track Facts

  • Main Track: One mile, oval
  • Track Surface: Sandy Loam
  • Length of Stretch: 960 feet
  • Chutes for 6 furlong & 1¼ mile races: Yes
  • Distance from last turn to finish line: 960 feet

Finger Lakes Race Track Records

DISTANCE HORSE (Age) WGT. TIME DATE
2 furlongs Broadway Blondie (5) 116 0:21 4/5 4/3/1998
4 1/2 furlongs Top End (7) 115 0:50 3/5 4/8/1998
5 furlongs Wonderous Wise (6)
Bobby's Code (6)
115
116
0:57 1/5
0:57 1/5
4/11/1989
4/8/1998
5 1/2 furlongs Hilary Star (6)
With It (5)
What A Rollick (3)
111
115
117
1:02 4/5
1:02 4/5
1:02 4/5
4/16/1989
6/12/1994
12/12/1994
6 furlongs Kelly Kip (4) 119 1:08 1/5 6/20/1998
1 mile Transact (4)
Fling N Roll (4)
119
116
1:36 1/5
1:36 1/5
8/29/1994
11/29/1995
1 mile & 70 yds. C B Account (4) 116 1:40 7/6/1997
1 mile & 1/16 Fit For Royalty (9) 119 1:43 5/19/1997
1 mile & 1/8 Copper Mount (3) 119 1:48 4/5 8/27/1994
1 mile & 3/16 North Warning (10) 113 1:58 2/5 7/10/1994
1 mile & 1/4 Caramba (6) 114 2:05 1/5 7/11/1987
1 mile & 1/2 Brave Beast (6) 124 2:33 3/5 9/22/1991
1 mile & 5/8 North Warning (10) 119 2:46 3/5 9/4/1994

History of Finger Lakes Race Track

  • Finger Lakes Race Track opened on May 23, 1962. Approximately 9,200 fans watched as Pure Village took the inaugural race at Finger Lakes with a winning time of 1:17 3/5 for six furlongs.
  • On September 24, 1978, Steve Cauthen, fresh off guiding Affirmed to a Triple Crown sweep in 1978, attracted a crowd of 11,030 that wagered a single-day, on-track record of $765,580.
  • One of Finger Lakes Race Track's greatest pride is the horse Fio Rio. He dominated at the track throughout his career, winning 19 of 27 starts. In 1981, he was named New York State Horse of the Year, for winning the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Upon his passing in 1996 at the age of 21, he was buried in the Finger Lakes Race Track infield.
  • The total amount wagered annually on Finger Lakes racing has grown from $14.3 million in 1962 to nearly $200 million in 2002. Finger Lakes Race Track enjoyed its most successful season ever in 1999 when fans wagered over $208 million.
  • Throughout four decades of operation, Finger Lakes Race Track has seen some of the greatest jockeys and thoroughbreds in the history of the sport grace its grounds. Hall of Fame riders such as Angel Cordero, Pat Day, Julie Krone and Bill Shoemaker have demonstrated their skills at Finger Lakes. Meanwhile, thoroughbred sensations like Groovy, Safely Kept and Not Surprising are among the horses that showed off their form at Finger Lakes Race Track.


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