Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack

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Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack

Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack is a horse-racing track in Farmington, New York, United States. It opened in 1962, at Route 96.

History of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

1962 – Finger Lakes Racetrack opened on May 23, 1962, as a thoroughbred horse race track. The race track has undergone several ownership changes and a cycle of successful and near-bankrupt seasons. 

1981 – Finger Lakes Fio Rio dominated at the track throughout his career, winning 19 of 27 starts. He was named New York State Horse of the Year in 1981 for winning the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. 

1996 – The legendary horse Fio Rito was buried in the Finger Lakes infield. He was the first horse buried on the Finger Lakes grounds.

2002 – Finger Lakes introduced an Equine Swim Facility. It is one of the country’s only aquatic facilities on track grounds.

2004 – Finger Lakes added video gaming machines in February 2004, transforming the facility into a multi-faceted entertainment destination. It became Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack after the renovation. 

2007 – Funny Cide became the first-ever Kentucky Derby winner to race at Finger Lakes in the $100,000 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap.

Track Details and other Facilities​

Track Details

  • 🐎Main Track
    • One mile, oval
    • Track Surface: Sandy Loam
    • Length of Stretch: 960 feet
    • Chutes for 6 furlong & 1¼ mile races
    • Distance from the last turn to the finish line: 960 feet
  • 🐎Stable Area
    • There are over 1,214 racehorses in 21 barns.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Grandstand
    • 4,000 seats
  • 🐎Casino
    • Slot Machine Gaming Floor Area: 28,267 square feet
    • Number of Slot Machines: 1,010


  • 🐎Remedy™ Bar
    • Free live bands
    • Hours of Operation
      • Monday to Friday – 10 am to1 am
      • Saturday – 10 am to 2 am
      • Sunday – 12 pm to 1 am
  • 🐎Buffet
    • Buffet Hours & Pricing
      • Fridays & Saturdays – 3 pm to 9 pm (Dinner for $22.99)
      • Sundays – 11 am to 4 pm (Brunch for $20.99)
  • 🐎Platinum Grille
    • It is open daily.
    • Hours of Operation
      • Sunday to Thursday – 10 am to 10:30 pm
      • Friday & Saturday – 10 am to Midnight
  • 🐎Sevens Bar at Finger Lakes®
    • It is located right off the gaming floor.
    • Self-service wagering for live and simulcast racing is available. 
    • Hours of Operation
      • Monday to Saturday – 10 am to 10 pm
      • Sunday – 12 pm to 10 pm

Major Events and Schedule

Finger Lakes Racetrack Schedule

  • The racing season of thoroughbred horse racing is from mid-April through early December. 
  • Simulcast wagering is available daily from 11:30 am to 6 pm.
  • On live race days, the Lower Club is open every 11:30 am to access live racing or simulcast wagering.
  • Gaming Hour (Casino) is from 8 am to 4 am daily.

Feature Race

  • 🐴New York Derby
    • A 1 1/16 mile, restricted for three-year-old horses bred in New York.
    • The purse is $150,000.
    • It is a part of the Big Apple Triple, with the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park and the Albany Stakes at Saratoga Racetrack.
    • It typically runs in July.

Stakes Races

      • 🐴Arctic Queen Handicap
      • 🐴Aspirant Stakes
      • 🐴Finger Lakes Juvenile
      • 🐴Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies
      • 🐴Genesee Valley Breeders Handicap
      • 🐴George W. Barker Handicap
      • 🐴Jack Betta Be Rite Handicap
      • 🐴Lady Fingers Stakes
      • 🐴Leon Reed Memorial Handicap
      • 🐴New York Breeders’ Futurity
      • 🐴New York Derby
      • 🐴New York Oaks
      • 🐴Niagara Stakes
      • 🐴Ontario County Stakes
      • 🐴Proud Puppy Handicap
      • 🐴Susan B. Anthony Handicap
      • 🐴Wadsworth Memorial Handicap

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is in Farmington in western New York State and has a 450-acre property. 
  • It is approximately 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Rochester and about one mile south of New York State Thruway exit 44. 
  • Guests must be 18 to enter the gaming floor, play any video gaming machine, or wager on horse racing.
  • All ages are welcome when live racing is scheduled. The entrance is through the Lower Club (racing doors).
  • On days with no live races, simulcast wagering is accessible only through the gaming floor (up escalator). 
  • Pari-mutuel tellers and self-service wagering terminals are available.


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