Finger Lakes Race Track
PO Box 25250
Farmington, New York, 14425
USA

(585)-924-3232
(585)-935-5252


Racing Dates: 2011-04-15 until 2011-12-03
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RacetrackTrack Length: 1 Mile
Stretch Length: 960 Feet
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Infield Capacity:
Clubhouse Capacity: 2000
Grand Stand Capacity: 4000
Parking Capacity: 4000
Price General Admission: Free
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Finger Lakes Race Track History

Finger Lakes Race Track kicked off on May 23, 1962, when Pure Village took the inaugural race at Finger Lakes with a winning time of 1:17 3/5 for six furlongs. Hall of Fame riders Angel Cordero, Pat Day, Julie Krone and Bill Shoemaker have demonstrated their winning skills at Finger Lakes in different times. On September 24, 1978, Steve Cauthen chased to victory in Triple Crown in front of a crowd of 11,030 people. Meanwhile, Thoroughbred sensations Eclipse Award winners Groovy, Safely Kept and Not Surprising are among the top-notch performers at Finger Lakes.

In 1981, Fio Rito was named New York State Horse of the Year in 1980 and came into the national spotlight by registering win at the Whitney Handicap, Saratoga. Fio Rito dominated at Finger Lakes throughout his career, winning 19 of 27 starts. His career, which included 28 wins in 50 starts and $611,142 in earnings, ended suddenly due to an injury suffered in the 1981 Woodward Stakes. Upon his passing in 1996 at the age of 21, Fio Rito was buried in the Finger Lakes infield. The total amount wagered annually on Finger Lakes racing has grown from $14.3 million in 1962 to nearly $200 million.

In 1999, Finger Lakes enjoyed its most successful campaign ever with fans wagering over $208 million. As of the conclusion of its 41st season of operation in 2002, the only Thoroughbred track – Finger Lakes - in Western New York has entertained more than 18 million racing fans, which have combined to wager over $1.6 billion. Off-track patrons have contributed an additional $2.6 billion to the handle, bringing the all-time wagering total on Finger Lakes racing to over $4.2 billion.

2002 saw the introduction of an Equine Swim Facility on the Finger Lakes grounds in April. The new aquatic facility is one of only a handful on track grounds in the country, and gives trainers a valuable option in the conditioning regiment for their stable. The New York Derby, is held every year in late July, headlines the schedule, while the New York Oaks and New York Breeders’ Futurity also draw considerable attention. The Derby is the second leg of the Big Apple Triple for New York-bred 3-year-olds. The Big Apple Triple begins with the Mike Lee Handicap at Belmont Park in late June, and concludes with the Albany Handicap at Saratoga in mid-August.



More About Finger Lakes Race Track

Major League Fun; Peel-N-Win; excellent facilities for Corporate Groups, Motorcoach Groups, Social Groups / Family Reunions, Parties; Custom Souvenirs, Gift Shop, Your Very Own Race; Canandaigua Wine Trail Winery Tour, Fall Fun In the Finger Lakes, Meeting Planner Package, Wind and Water Tour; The Fio Rito Room, The Paddock Room, The Terrace Dining Room, The Vineyard Buffet

How to get there:

General Directions: From the West (Buffalo, Rochester, etc.) NYS Thruway (I-90) east to exit 44 (Route 332, Canandaigua) South on Route 332 approximately 1 mile to Route 96 Left on Route 96 Finger Lakes Race Track is ½ mile on the right. From the East (Syracuse, Albany, New York City, etc.) NYS Thruway (I-90) west to exit 43 (Route 21, Manchester) South on Route 21 a short distance to Route 96 Right on Route 96 Finger Lakes Race Track is approximately 5 miles on the left. From the South (Corning): I-86 west to I-390 north I-390 north to exit 2 (Cohocton) Route 371 north to Route 21 Route 21 north to Canandaigua North on Route 332 about 6 miles to Route 96 Right on Route 96 Finger Lakes Race Track is ½ mile on the right. From the South (Elmira): Route 14 north to NYS Thruway (I-90) NYS Thruway (I-90) west to exit 43 (Route 21, Manchester) South on Route 21 approx. 100 yards to Route 96 Right on Route 96 Finger Lakes Race Track is approximately 5 miles on the left.