Finger Lakes Racetrack is open for racing on Monday in Farmington, NY. Farmington is about a 25 minute drive from Rochester and over an hour to Syracuse. If you want to debate the Jets, Bills, and Giants then Finger Lakes is for you because there are plenty of those football fans there. Actually, I do not believe that Governor Cuomo has given the greenlight to allow fans at tracks, so you’ll have to wait for that. NASCAR will not be at Watkins Glen Racetrack this year, so the only racing you are going to find in the region is at Finger Lakes.
I always look forward to the Watkins Glen road race, but NASCAR will be skipping it because of the coronavirus. There is a lot of racing to be had in North America today at the horse tracks. BetOnline is offering 14 tracks to bet on Monday, including eight races at Finger Lakes. A total of $113,700 in prize money is available on Monday at this New York based track. Head below for our free Finger Lakes Racetrack picks for August 3, 2020.
Post Time: 2:04 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 3 is scheduled to run with seven runners over 6 furlongs on the dirt. A purse of $10,000 will be offered at Finger Lakes in the event. Unparalleled and Elizabeth Nicole are likely going to be willing participants. Grassmiss should be in the mix as well, but I’d like something more than +250 on the morning-line.
Unparalleled is 4 for 24 in her career with results of 5th, 4th, 2nd, 8th, 5th in her previous five outings. Her last win was just before that run on October 1, 2019 in a 6 ¼ length win in a $19,000 event. In her most recent performances, Unparalleled was running for purses of $26,000 and $20,000 in January and February.
She is going down the payscale for Monday at Finger Lakes. Unparalleled is coming off three workouts in July, with recorded times of 48.30, 51.20, and 52.20 seconds. If she is in the same form as seven months ago, then Unparalleled is going to be close to a win at the wire. However, she hasn’t looked overly strong in the morning, and that kind of form might put her behind the 8-ball on Monday.
In any event, I believe Unparalleled will be in the mix in the stretch. This is an easy race compared to previous entries, so that should help. Elizabeth Nicole was in the same position as Unparalleled before dropping in class recently. She won by 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Bayshore Beauty in a $10,000 race on July 20.
Elizabeth Nicole had a 1 length lead at the ⅜ pole and didn’t give up. She continued to drive hard throughout the rest of the race. This is an extra furlong compared to that 5-furlong event, but continued to get stronger so that shouldn’t be a problem for Elizabeth Nicole. She likely won’t shake the field until late, but should eventually get it done.
Post Time: 2:58 p.m. EST
Race 5 is one of the bigger races at Finger Lake on Monday. A purse of $19,000 is on offer, which is the third most wealthy race today. Amers and Trouble for Skylar should compete hard for the top prize in Race 5. Amers has finished 1st, 7th, 5th, 2nd, 4th in her previous five races. Overall, she is 5 for 20 in her career.
Two of those wins came in two of her first three races, but since then Amers has been up and down throughout her career. She went 1st, 3rd, 1st from October 6, 2019 to December 28, 2019. That’s been the best form recently for Amers.
Amers goes from Belmont Park on June 7 to Finger Lakes today. In that performance, Amers finished 4th in a $27,000 event. It went as expected for Amers with no surprises. Prior to that race, Amers placed 2nd to lose by 4 ¼ lengths in a $13,500 event. In three workouts Amers has been good in July.
She has recorded times of 48.30, 49.10, and 49.30 seconds. She has been in fine form in the morning and should be able to compete against this field. It would be disappointing for her connections if she isn’t flirting with a win on Monday afternoon at Finger Lakes.
Trouble for Skylar was a $225,000 purchase in 2016 and was expected to be competing for more than $19,000 purses, but this event is within her reach. This is her debut at Finger Lakes after racing at Saratoga, Belmont, and Aqueduct. She is seeking easier pastures on Monday in Farmington. In her previous three races, Trouble for Skylar has finished 2nd, 2nd, 8th.
In the races she placed in on December 28, 2019 and February 1, Trouble for Skylar was competing in $46,000 and $64,000, so this is well done on the difficulty scale, and she ran good enough to beat five and seven other horses. Her latest event was in February, so entering Finger Lakes on a bit of a layoff.
She has been in good form in the morning. Most recently she completed a 4-furlong workout on July 27 with a time of 49.10 seconds. Anything less than a win would not be good enough for her connections on Monday in a $19,000 race. She should be able to take care of business in this one, though.
Post Time: 3:52 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 is the co-feature race of the day at Finger Lakes Racetrack. It will go for 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $21,100 purse. Nine horses are scheduled to participate in the event. Irish Roar and Ryan’s Cat should be in good order today. Also keep Bassman Dave within your sights as well. Irish Roar is better than we’ve seen in his previous two outings. However, Irish Roar is down in class for today and should be able to compete at this level.
He finished 8th in a $42,000 event on June 18, and then followed up for 6th in a $27,500 event in his latest outing on July 11 at Monmouth. That was a disappointing run for Irish Roar. However, prior to those performances, Irish Roar was a winner for $45,000 and $28,000 in January and February.
The same form just wasn’t there for Irish Roar in his next two entries, though, so down in class he goes for today. Overall, Irish Roar is 2 for 13 in his career, with both of his wins coming in the events I noted above. If he can get back into that kind of form, then Irish Roar is going to likely be the clear winner here. Although, we haven’t seen that out of Irish Roar since February. Upon his return in June, the same energy wasn’t present.
Ryan’s Cat has stakes experience with appearances in the Tyro Stakes (Black Type), Sugar Bowl Stakes (Black Type), and John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (Black Type). In his most recent stakes event, Ryan’s Cat finished 5th in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on February 14.
Following that event, Ryan’s Cat placed 2nd on February 23 at Aqueduct in a $55,000 race and 2nd on July 19 by 3 ¼ lengths in a $54,000 race. If you remove the two stakes races, Ryan’s Cat has finished in the top-2 in five straight outings. The way I see it, Ryan’s Cat should be the betting favorite on the morning-line here.