04/20/2012 6:09PM

Finger Lakes: Englehart, Rohena team up for five wins on opening-day card


Trainer Jeremiah Englehart and jockey Wilfredo Rohena combined to win five races on Friday’s opening day nine-race card at Finger Lakes.

Another Englehart runner, Star Dance M D, got beat a half-length in the opener at Aqueduct.

At Finger Lakes, Englehart won the third with Seeking El Dorado ($4.60), the fifth with Malla ($18.80), the sixth with Check the Cites ($4.60), the seventh with Brazen Kat ($5.70) and the ninth with Phantom F Four ($3.10). Three of his winners got claimed as did Star Dance M D.

Englehart, 35, said he watched all the races on television from his home near Finger Lakes because he woke up Friday morning with a migraine headache.

“I was supposed to drive down to [Belmont] but I knew I needed to relax,” Englehart said. “I got to watch my crew saddle five winners today. It was exciting.”

Englehart is the son of Chris Englehart, a perennial leading trainer at Finger Lakes, though he never saddled five winners on one card.

“That’s what he told me,” said the younger Englehart, who said his own previous one-day best was three wins on a card, which he accomplished twice in 10 days in 2008, Sept. 27 and Oct. 6.