We’re at Finger Lakes Racetrack on Tuesday for their afternoon racecard in Farmington, NY. Farmington is south of Rochester and is about an hour and 30-minute drive from Buffalo. Finger Lakes doesn’t match up with the likes of Belmont, Aqueduct, and Saratoga in the state of New York, but it’s still a solid mid-tier track with some good racing throughout the week. New York is a competitive state when it comes to horse racing. That includes the historic Yonkers Raceway, which attracts some quality harness race horses.
Finger Lakes has nine races on the schedule Tuesday with a total of $131,500 available. We have three selections on the docket in Farmington today. It was a good day at nearby Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania yesterday. We were unable to complete the sweep, but managed to find two winning horses to go 2 for 3 in the afternoon. Let’s do our best to pull off a sweep at Finger Lakes today. Heda below for our free Finger Lakes Racetrack picks for August 11, 2020.
Post Time: 2:04 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 3 is our first pick of the day at Finger Lakes Racetrack. The 6-furlong event will include a $10,000 purse for a small six-horse field. Fridaybeers and Old Man Winter are on my shortlist in Race 3. Old Man Winter might have a better chance of a win here than the morning-line indicates. At least, Old Man Winter should be in the mix with a chance of victory. Old Man Winter heads into the third start of his career on Tuesday with a bit of momentum after a bold effort on July 21.
Old Man Winter was 7th as a first-time runner on September 10, 2019 in a $26,500 event. No threat to his rivals. That might have been too tough for him, but he found a grove a few weeks ago and looked much more comfortable at the $10,000 level. The form was much improved for Old Man Winter as well.
He finished a neck back of Brian’s Last Song to be denied at the wire. He had a half length lead at the top of the stretch, but lost the duel in the stretch. Old Man Winter was a gamely runner with improved form following his debut. He would have finished much better than 7th in September with that kind of effort.
Fridaybeers takes a big drop in class after failing to compete in his first three races. He has finished 7th, 6th, 9th to open his career, all of which were events in 2020. Two were worth $41,000 and another $39,000 maiden claiming race. This horse was a $105,000 investment in 2018, so racing in $10,000 events isn’t what his connections had in mind, but it’s still early in his career and this is a much easier assignment.
Post Time: 2:58 p.m. EST
Race 5 is the co-feature race of the day at Finger Lakes. Ganondagan and Samurai Legacy are on my shortlist in this $26,500 event on Tuesday. Ganondagan will enter the third race of his career. He finished 6th in his debut on March 15 at Aqueduct, and received a transfer to Finger Lakes for a July 20 race.
His first entry was in a $60,000 event at Aqueduct. He wasn’t going to find too many easy races there, so is searching for easier pastures at Finger Lakes now. In his debut at Finger Lakes on July 20, Ganondagan showed signs of improvement in a $26,500 race to finish 4th.
Ganondagan was 1st at the 3/16 pole, but weakened after the ⅜ pole as they headed for the top of the stretch. He’s more than capable of competing against this field, though the fact he was slowing down in a 5-furlong outing is concerning. Ganondagan will be taking on an extra furlong in this race, so it may prove to be too long for him.
Samurai Legacy got off to a slow start in his debut as well on October 30, 2019. He finished 7th in a $26,500 race, but instantly showed improved form in the same class shortly after. Samurai Legacy was a head away from a win after losing to Bank On This at the wire. Those two stuck close with one another throughout the race, with Bank On This having a little extra in the tank. Samuray Legacy was a willing participant.
He followed up to place again on July 27, though that one wasn’t as close with Number One Dillion running away for a 10 ¾ length victory. Samurai Legacy recently made an impressive 4-furlong workout clocked at 47.30 seconds. Unless Ganondagan shows a lot more improvement from his most recent performance, expect to see Samurai Legacy up front in Race 5.
Post Time: 3:25 p.m. EST
Race 6 is the other feature race at Finger Lakes today, with a purse of $26,500 on offer. It’s also another 6-furlong race, so there aren’t any differences besides the participants. In this one we have Troubleshooter and Wesworld on the shortlist. Troubleshooter will reappear today after finishing 8th in his debut on November 16, 2019. He’s coming off a layoff and aiming his sights lower on Tuesday.
As a first-time runner, Troubleshooter shot high in a $62,000 race. Along with entering a lower class, Troubleshooter is going for a shorter distance as well. He was tired in that 1 1/16 mile race, but should benefit from only 6 furlongs on Tuesday. Leading up to today, Troubleshooter made three workouts at 4 furlongs in the last month. He completed the assignments in 50.40, 55, and 50.10 seconds. Expect a much better performance by Troubleshooter after faltering in November.
Wesworld heads into Tuesday with finishes of 3rd, 7th, 8th, 3rd. In his most recent outing, Wesworld was 3rd in a $26,500 maiden event on July 28. He was really close to the front, with Wesworld, Papa Tom B, and Odin’s Steed dueling in the stretch. Wesworld was less than 2 lengths away from a win, but had to settle for the show money. This outing on Tuesday should make for the easiest assignment of his career. That should ultimately be the difference for Wesworld in Race 6.