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Opening Day At Finger Lakes: Eight Races Carded For Monday, April 25

The 2022 live Thoroughbred racing season at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) in Farmington, N.Y., is set to get underway on Monday, April 25. The historic Western New York track's 98-day meet will begin with the eight-race Opening Day card.

The 2022 FLGR Opening Day card will conclude with the feature event, an allowance race for fillies and mares. Tellaperfectale is the expected favorite after scoring victories in two of her last three starts at Aqueduct. The 7-5 program choice will be under the guidance of Christian Navarro.

The final race will include a total of eight rivals. The sprint will be contested at a distance of four and one-half furlongs.

Also on Monday, last year's top performers will be presented with an award after the conclusion of the third race.

Luis Perez finished the 2021 meet with 93 victories to claim the top ranking in the FLGR standings. Perez earned his second consecutive FLGR jockey title. He is listed to ride in the third and fifth race on Monday.

Chris Englehart continued his dominance at his home track. The veteran conditioner finished the 2021 meet with 65 victories and currently has a record total of 19 FLGR trainer titles.

The 2022 season will begin with two new faces leading the FLGR racing program: Jerry Richards is the new Racing Secretary and Todd Haight is the Director of Racing.

Richards had held the position at Sunland Park in New Mexico. He has an extensive 30-year background in the industry, including work as a horse trainer until 2014.

Haight recently retired after 20 years in multiple prominent positions in the racing industry. He has had past experience as a General Manager and Director of Racing.

“I'm thrilled to be here at Finger Lakes,” Haight said. “I'm really looking forward to an exciting season.”

Keiber Coa is a new face in the local jockey colony. Keiber is the son of Eibar Coa who won over 4,000 races including multiple graded stakes during his competitive riding career.

Keiber Coa recently rode at Delaware Park and has made over $6 million in earnings during his young career. He has two mounts on Opening Day.

The 2022 meet will feature 14 notable races on the stakes schedule. The most significant annual event, the $150,000 New York Derby, will be run on July 18. The richest stake of the year, the $200,000 (est.) New York Breeders' Futurity, is slated to take place on Oct. 17.

FLGR will offer live thoroughbred action Monday and Tuesday for the first two weeks. Wednesday will be added as a race day on May 11. First race post time is set at 1:10 pm.

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