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Stall Street Journal Entry 18

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stall Street Journal – Entry #18

Seemingly every sports fan wants to play for the New York Yankees...or duel Tiger Woods on the 18th at The Masters...or compete on the USA Olympic team...or be selected #1 in the NFL draft...or breed/own the next equine Triple Crown winner.

But the odds of any of these events happening are many millions to one. This is why we are such big fans of Finger Lakes Racetrack in western New York. You see, not every New York Bred racehorse can be a standout and compete at NYRA racetracks (Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga), which is known to be the toughest, most competitive circuit in the world.

Finger Lakes Racetrack is the Rodney Dangerfield of New York racing: It gets no respect. It’s known by some as the minor leagues, a bush track, even the “Mistake on the Lake.” But in reality, it is a neat, nicely located, hospitable, friendly, safe, well-maintained facility that is just right for many New York breds which cannot compete at the higher levels of NYRA tracks. So, while the purses are considerably lower at Finger Lakes, so too is the daily training expense for a horse. If your horse is not “hitting the board” consistently, and may be a “cut below,” consider running it at Finger Lakes. Earning money is the key to sustaining racing operations and the program at Finger Lakes suits many New York breds quite well.


The racing season at Finger Lakes stretches from April 20 – December 10th...Good Luck!


The four day OBS Spring Sale is complete, and median prices for New York breds outpaced overall sales $37,000 to $35,000., and improved from last year’s average $47,821 to $50,430. Two year old sales from our stallion roster included:

  • -#1 Utopia/Aaron’s Terms : $57K
  • -#250 Utopia/Dancin’ on Broadway : $30K
  • -#485 Catienus/Honorable Halo : $62K
  • -#508 Mr. Sekiguchi/Indian Life : $45K
  • -#513 Bob and John/Ineda Doll : $30K
  • -#523 Mr. Sekiguchi/Itzcocktailtime : $40K
  • -#623 Bob and John/Louisiana Salt : $30K
  • -#672 Utopia/Miramor Miracle : $35K
  • -#832 Utopia/Queen Supreme : $75K
  • -#852 Bob and John/Realyaroan : $50K
  • -#1025 Mr. Sekiguchi/Story Book Girl : $30K
  • -#1155 Mr. Sekiguchi/Wellington’s Choice : $31K


    Racing results for the week include the following winners:

     -4/22 Speaking of Finger Lakes, Utopia’s Mileage Run won the opener at 4 ½ furlongs in 52:4. He led gate to wire to take the $22K MSW race for breeder/owner William Sinkler and trainer James Wright.

  • -4/22 Also at Finger Lakes, Big Bro, Congaree’s four year old gelding won his first start of the year by a nose for Mike Daly and Mark Fleury and trainer Jonathan Buckley.
  • -4/26 Hundred Acre Wood (f 2009, True Advantage by Tactical Advantage) gamely won a $62K mile event on Belmont Park’s opening card for Paul Giacopelli, MD and trainer Gary Sciacca.
  • -At Calder, Congaree’s five-year-old mare Lady Marian Louise won a six furlong sprint to increase career earnings to $51K for owner/trainer Steve Budhoo. She was bred by Jacks or Better Farm.
  • -Tough to Catch, an Alphabet Soup four year old gelding won a 6 ½ furlong race in a sparkling 1:16:3 at Turf Paradise, for it’s 7 of 10 career in the money placings. Joseph LaCombe bred the horse, and it is owned by RWG Racing LLC.

    Congratulations to all!

    The Kentucky Derby is this coming Saturday.

    Who do YOU like???

    It is coming up a very competitive race with several having a good shot to be draped by the blanket of roses. Without a whole lot of confidence, our top choices include:


  • -Orb
  • -Itsmyluckyday
  • -Lines of Battle
  • -Verazzano
  • -Normandy Invasion

 Good Luck to all!

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