04/05/2006 12:00AM

Finger Lakes track report


When Finger Lakes opens its season next Friday, Jeff LaRue will be operating the starting gate.

LaRue, a son of Kentucky-based trainer Bobby LaRue, is replacing Art "Duke" Green, who died at age 69 in January after serving as the track's head starter since 1987.

LaRue has 19 years of racetrack experience in various roles, including assistant starter at Beulah Park, The Woodlands, Keeneland, Louisiana Downs, Fair Grounds, and, since 1997, Finger Lakes.

Green spent 20 years as a jockey, leading the standings at Scarborough Downs in Maine and Waterford Park (now Mountaineer) in West Virginia before retiring in 1972 to accept a job as assistant starter at Green Mountain in Vermont.

* Daniel Centeno, third in last season's jockey standings at Finger Lakes with 113 wins, is moving his tack to Delaware Park this spring.