04/15/2011 12:07PM

Canandaigua Bound


It's a big and busy Saturday, with the last two Grade 1 preps for the Derby at Oaklawn and Keeneland and a $1 million race for older horses at Charles Town, but I'll be spending it at the only track running a nine-race card comprised entirely of races at 4 1/2 furlongs: It's opening day at Finger Lakes!

It's my highly-overdue first visit to Canandaigua, NY and the state's "other" thoroughbred track after three decades of shuttling around Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. So I'll watch all those big races from Finger Lakes, and Saturday night from 6 to 9 pm I'll be speaking and fielding questions at a fundraising dinner in the Vineyard Buffet at the track for the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, an event that was organized by some enthusaistic racing fans at the Western New York Horse Racing Club. If you're in the neighborhood, stop on in. Tickets are $25 (including dinner) and all proceeds go to the adoption center.




bob m toga More than 1 year ago
hi steve, hope you enjoy the trip. a road trip to a track you have never been to is a fun day, i dont care where it is or what quality of racing they have. on my way out to breeders cup last year we stopped at beulah for an afternoon and we had a ball !!! on a separate note, the aqueduct website as well as the nyra rewards site do not mention one word about the track and the online wagering are unavailable today !!! its bad enough they dont allow wagering on this day but to not alert anyone is awful. do you know how many people are going to download keeneland and gulfstream today at home and then find out they cant bet !!
$bill More than 1 year ago
steve, this is off topic again& thank you sir for acknowledging my posts.... this time i wish to speak about the business of shipping horses. years ago i worked for the murty brothers,but even way before that(1970's) i hustled van rides & got paid with nationwide horse vans..... nowadays they don't allow grooms/attendents to ride with horses,they got smart(cheap) & figured out that if they put a digital camera in the back & a monitor in the drivers cab they could save a few bucks, well first off most drivers don"t know bowed tendon from bog spavin,theyre drivers not horseman,theyre are exceptions of course like my man jaybird in n.y., but for the most part commercial drivers are just that... it was a terrible thing that just happened to that lorraine horse van transporting a load of horses from ocala to n.y. but ive been saying it to anyone that would listen for years now that without a man in the back something just like this is bound to happen...i can't tell you how many times ive seen hayracks become empty & fall down ,once i even had to cut one off from a horse that got tangeled up in it. i even remember once shipping into hialeah with some darby dan horses & we ran out of hay around boca raton & john veichts pony threw one hell of a fit. the point is ,is that anything can happen, why spend $100/200 thousand on a horse & put it on a van with a company trying to save $200 by not using a van attendent, it makes no sense at all.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Here's a link to a video on the finger lakes retirement program http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=CA#/watch?xl=xl_blazer&v=Eunru3fbWsM
ARCstats More than 1 year ago
I see where Rudy Rodriguez finally broke his maiden on a drug suspension. Now who could have seen that one coming?
Ian Lawrence More than 1 year ago
Please don't comment on drug suspensions because it seems the DRF does not want to deal with this blight on racing. I think owners of horses who test positive should be suspended also. All they do is list the assistant trainer as the trainer and continue to run their horses. Manny Ramirez was facing a 100 game suspension. Start suspending and fining owners and then maybe we would have some movement toward solving this problem.
charles hoarse More than 1 year ago
HA! Don't forget your slicker! (i was gonna say what my mom always said when it rained this much "don't forget your rubbers!" but that didn't seem appropriate)...good luck.
Tom D. More than 1 year ago
Sorry to hear that. Did you lose a bet?
Hammer More than 1 year ago
Steve, I'm so glad you mentioned this event and your appearance. I always enjoy listening to you speak and your points. I look forward to hearing you speak. Thank you. Hammer
ML/NJ More than 1 year ago
And I'll be at my traditional and more proper site in Lexington Ky. Cigars at 11, Bourbon at noon, on the back portch if anyone wants to say, "Hello." (Tomorrow too. Gonna be cold today though)
robert ginnerty More than 1 year ago
After playing Finger Lakes unsuccessfully for forty years while living in the Finger Lakes area, I wish you good luck. Early in the season you must play horses who have been running at other tracks during the winter. Let us know how you feel the gaming establishment has affected the racing part for the fans.
Big Turf More than 1 year ago
Wow- big races all over the country and you are spending it at the F-Lakes! Enjoy the wine country and area around it - it is gorgeous. As for the F-Lakes and the races... why don't you suggest they put in a turf course... it would make a dull track experience much-MUCH more interesting.