04/15/2011 12:07PM

Canandaigua Bound

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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.