The Finger Lakes Region, which includes Syracuse, Rochester, and Watkins Glen, recently opened their racetrack up in the state of New York for their summer meet. Finger Lakes Racetrack is located in Farmington, NY, which is just over a 2-hour drive from NYC. There are a lot of hidden gems in the Finger Lakes area, including Finger Lakes Racetrack. The racetrack recently opened without fans and everything has gone smoothly thus far.
After the New York area got hammered with coronavirus in the early stages of the pandemic in the US, they’ve rebounded for the most part with the brunt of the cases in the southern states. As far as I’m aware at the moment, a mandate is still in place that prevents fans from going to the racetrack. Fingers Lakes has eight races on the schedule for Monday afternoon. A total of $144,100 is available on the 1-mile dirt track today. Head below for our free Finger Lakes Racetrack picks for July 27, 2020.
Post Time: 1:10 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Our racecard at Finger Lakes will begin with Race 1 in the early afternoon hours on Monday. Race 1 is offering a $12,500 purse for over 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt. Shamrock’s Rule and Barbara P are expected to be strong runners in the event. Shamrock’s Rule is 1 for 7 in her career, with a win on October 16, 2019 two races ago in a $13,000 maiden claiming event. She is typically competitive even if she doesn’t win. In 4 of 7 races in her career, Shamrock’s Rule has finished in the top-2. She is coming off a layoff following a disappointing performance on November 19, 2019. Shamrock’s Rule finished 7th in the $21,000 event.
Shamrock’s Rule started out okay in that race, but faded fast and played no role in the stretch. She was eased over the wire with no kick. That resulted in Shamrock’s Rule sitting out the next eight months, though she’s back at Finger Lakes on Monday. Her workouts have been okay in June and July, though nothing to get excited over. She completed 5 furlongs with times of 1:04.00, 1:03.10, and 1:04.00, and 4 furlongs clocked at 50.30 and 50.20 seconds in two workouts.
Barbara P sits down in class today after struggling recently. She has finished 10th, 4th, 11th, 5th, 4th in her previous five races. Barbara P is generally entered into races with a purse around $30,000. Even a win on December 19, 2019 at Aqueduct was a $33,000 event for Barbara P, which she won by a half length over Flattering Eyes. Barbara P has been preparing hard for this race on Monday. To get ready for today, she ran a 6-furlong workout on June 27, with a recorded time of 1:19.80. Barbara P isn’t the fastest horse in the backstretch at Finger Lakes, but against this field, she should find success.
Post Time: 2:58 p.m. EST
Race 5 features 5 furlongs of racing on the dirt for 5 furlongs of racing. Runningwscissors and Almendro are expected to be tough customers. The rest of the field will have to find a break somewhere to overtake Runningwscissors and Almendro. They are a slight cut above the rest, though an upset isn’t out of the question. This is horse racing after all.
Almendro is 4 for 12 in his career, with his most recent victory over a year ago in June. However, keep in mind that Almendro has raced in only two events since then. After winning by 2 ½ lengths on June 20, 2019, Almendro went stakes racing in the $150,000 New York Derby (Black Type) on July 24, 2019.
Almendro finished 8th and was outclassed easily. He didn’t belong racing in a race of that caliber, but should find more success in his return race on Monday. Almendro hasn’t participated in any event since finishing 5th on September 27, 2019 in a $30,090 event. He continues to get dropped in class until finding a class that Almendro will be comfortable in. It’s likely that a race for $19,000 will be better suited for him.
Runningwscissors is coming off a strong performance on March 17, with a win at Sam Houston over Kansas City Zip by 5 ¾ lengths for a $19,500 purse. The form he was in that day would have won in a much tougher race than that. Runningwscissors was clearly the best horse and deserved the win. After a small layoff, he’s back and looks ready to post another quick time.
Runningwscissors has been rolling along in the morning. He completed 5 furlongs in 59.23, 59.01, 1:01.50, and 1:01.10. A time of 48 seconds over 4 furlongs was a promising workout for Runningwscissors as well. He most recently completed 3 furlongs in 35.40 seconds on July 24. He has been in good form since March and should prove to be the best horse on Monday.
Post Time: 3:52 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
We land on Race 7 for our third and final selection at Finger Lakes on Monday. Corporate Raider and Moneymeister have potential bold bids in them on Monday. I argue that Moneymeister’s teammate, Breezer Burner, might have a good go of it at the wire, too. Breezer Burner is getting eased in class after finishing 4th on November 27, 2019.
Before going on a layoff, Breezer Burner was competitive, with finishes of 3rd, 5th, 2nd, 2nd, 4th. He has shown that he can win, with 9 wins in 33 outings for Breezer Burner. Breezer Burner had an encouraging workout on July 19 with a time of 47.10 seconds over 4 furlongs.
Corporate Raider is 8 for 18 in his career for a fairly nice win percentage. However, Corporate Raider has gone winless in five straight races and looking to get back to the winner’s circle today. He is coming off a layoff, having not raced since October, where Corporate Raider finished 6th for a $15,300 purse.
He hasn’t strayed too far outside of this class throughout his career. On the positive side, Corporate Raider placed 2nd in 3 of his previous 5 runs, so he’s been in the mix. To prepare for his return, Corporate Raider has primarily been working out at 5 furlongs. He completed those workouts in 1:00.10, 1:04.10, and most recently 1:03.00 on July 16. Corporate Raider also had a 4-furlong of 48.10 seconds on June 17.
Moneymeister is coming off a strong performance at Belmont Park on July 9 with a 2 ½ length win over Javelin. That was a $27,000 event, which is around his average throughout his career. Prior to the win, Moneymeister finished 4th in $27,000 and $32,000 events. He won at Aqueduct by a head for a $28,000 purse on March 8.
In other words, a $15,300 starter optional race shouldn’t give him too many problems. Purchased for $500,000 in 2015, Moneymeister is 8 for 32 in his career. His connections hoped for bigger events at that price tag, but a race like this should provide a good chance for a trip to the winner’s circle.