Updated on 09/17/2011 5:19PM

Caribbean Cruiser captures Aspirant

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Caribbean Cruiser wins the 30th running of the $112,733 Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.

FARMINGTON, N.Y. - Caribbean Cruiser was on cruise control Saturday, as the 2-year-old colt lived up to his billing and short odds to easily win the $112,000 Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes.

Caribbean Cruiser ($2.40) covered six furlongs in 1:10.86 in the Aspirant, the featured race on a card that included two other stakes for New York-breds.

On a track upgraded to good prior to the race, Caribbean Cruiser broke to the lead in the reduced field of five horses. Under jockey Chin Yang, Caribbean Cruiser carved out fractions of 22.17 seconds and 45.59 on a track that had been very quick all day. He held a comfortable one-length lead over You Willgo Broke down the backstretch and, turning for home, Caribbean Cruiser opened up his lead to several lengths.

Caribbean Cruiser, the 1-5 favorite, finished under a hand ride 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Big Apple Daddy. You Willgo Broke was third.

"There's not much to say," Yang said. "He made it look easy out there. I was just along for the ride."

Caribbean Cruiser, trained locally by Donna Bireta, was making his second career start after winning his maiden impressively at Saratoga on July 30. He is a homebred owned by Star Track Farms, who raced his dam, Jack Betta Be Rite, the winner of multiple stakes at Finger Lakes in 1989 and 1990.

"This is a dream come true," Bireta said. "You dream of having the opportunity to have a horse like this."

Caribbean Cruiser will make his next start in the $100,000 New York Breeders' Futurity here Sept. 6.

Lady Finger: Reddy for Rubys takes over

Reddy for Rubys wore down 4-5 favorite Party Maker in the final sixteenth to win the $126,000 Lady Finger Stakes for juvenile fillies by a half-length over a muddy track. Carlow was 5 1/2 lengths behind the winner in third.

Party Maker, trained by John Terranova, broke to the front in the field of 13 and dueled alongside Loch Nessie through quick early fractions of 21.80 seconds and 44.95. Party Maker took over turning for home, and kicked clear by about two lengths at the eighth pole. But Reddy for Rubys, who raced far off the pace in sixth along the backside, made a strong move turning for home as jockey Ariel Smith guided her off the rail and to the outside. Reddy for Rubys covered six furlongs in 1:11.34.

Trained by Dominic Galluscio, Reddy for Rubys ($17) won her maiden in the Lady Finger, her first stakes appearance and only second career start. She finished third in a statebred maiden race at Belmont on July 22.

Wine Country: Top Shoter romps by eight

As expected, 1-9 favorite Top Shoter ($2.30) grabbed the early lead under jockey Paul Nicol Jr. and cruised from there, winning the $50,000 Wine Country Handicap by eight lengths over a muddy track.

Top Shoter, a 5-year-old gelding trained and owned by Charlton Baker, covered six furlongs in 1:09.02 for his third win in four starts this year.