06/28/2006 12:00AM

Finger Lakes track report


Until this week, only two Finger Lakes-based jockeys had ever won 3,000 races in their career. Paul Nicol Jr. expanded the short list when he rode three winners on Tuesday's card at Finger Lakes to bring his career total to 3,001.

Nicol, 45, reached the milestone aboard Passing Ships in the fourth race. Appropriately, Passing Ships is trained by Edward Perdue. Nicol and Perdue have combined for 124 lifetime victories, including three stakes, most prominently the $150,000 New York Breeders' Futurity with Background Artist in 1993.

Leslie Hulet and Kevin Whitley are the only other Finger Lakes regulars to ride more than 3,000 winners.

During his 25 years as a jockey, Nicol has won 64 stakes, and all but four came at Finger Lakes. Of his 3,001 victories, 1,785 have come at Finger Lakes.

After missing most of last season with broken vertebrae, Nicol has come back strong and stands second in the rider standings with 50 wins.

* Carlow, the 124-pound highweight, is considered likely for Sunday's $50,000 Arctic Queen Handicap. The six-furlong race is restricted to New York-bred fillies and mares.

A 4-year-old filly trained by Karl Grusmark, Carlow has won three stakes locally the past two seasons, including the Susan B. Anthony in her lone start of 2006, on May 29.