02/28/2006 12:00AM

Finger Lakes stakes very familiar


The stakes schedule at this year's Finger Lakes meeting remains nearly unchanged from last year's, with 17 stakes worth a total of $1,225,000 over 160 racing days.

Once again, the New York Derby, to be run July 15 with a purse of $150,000 added, will be the second leg of the OTBs' Big Apple Triple for New York-bred 3-year-olds. The series - which starts with the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park on June 25 and ends with the Albany Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 25 - holds a $250,000 bonus for a sweep of the three races.

One stakes bears a new name this year. The Wine Country Handicap is now the Leon Reed Memorial Handicap, named for the assistant starter who died last November of injuries sustained in a starting gate accident.

The Finger Lakes meet is scheduled to start April 14.

2006 stakes schedule

Mon.,May 29George W. Barker Stakes3YO & Up6 furlongs$50,000
Mon.,May 29Susan B. Anthony HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Sun.,June 18Ontario County Stakes3YO6 furlongs50,000
Tues.,July 4Arctic Queen HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Tues.,July 4Niagara StakesF3YO6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,July 15New York Derby3YO1 1/16 mile150,000
Sat.,July 15Leon Reed Memorial3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Aug. 19Lady Finger Stakes2YO F6 furlongs70,000
Sat.,Aug. 19Aspirant Stakes2YO6 furlongs70,000
Mon.,Sept. 4New York Oaks3YO F1 1/16 mile75,000
Mon.,Sept. 4New York Breeders' Futurity2YO6 furlongs100,000
Sun.,Sept. 17Genesee Valley Breeders' HCP.3YO & Up1 1/16 mile50,000
Sun.,Sept. 17Jack Betta Be Rite StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 mile50,000