In operation as a thoroughbred racetrack since 1962, Finger Lakes Racetrack added gaming to its offerings in 2004. Nearly two million people visit the facility annually. Finger Lakes has hosted over 62,000 horse races and entertained over 19 million fans since its opening in 1962. The facility is located in Farmington, just outside of Rochester.
The horse racing product contests a 101-race day season that gets underway in April. Their 450-acre property houses over 1,200 race horses in 21 barns. Along with a world-class equine swimming facility, Finger Lakes maintains a one-mile main racing track and a half-mile training track. Along with the live racing action, there is also simulcast racing available for wagering from top tracks across North America.
As well, there are more than 1,100 video gaming machines ready to be taken for a spin in their 44,000 square foot casino. Play such popular titles like Willy Wonka, Dancing Drums, Titanic and Wheel of Fortune, or enjoy classics such as Blazing 7s and Double Diamond. They offer video poker as well as progressive jackpots. From penny machines to high limits, there’s a game for every guest.
The 100 percent smoke free gaming floor is open daily from 8 a.m.-4 a.m. It features comfortable seating, an accessible floor plan with wide walkways, scooter rentals, valet parking, plus complimentary beverages and seasonal coat check service.
There are several featured dining options at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. These include the Platinum Grille, the Remedy Bar, which features live music, the Carvery, the Starting Gate Grill, the Wire, Sevens Bar, Tim Hortons, and the Vineyard Buffet.
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack’s Meeting and Conference Center offers a custom meeting space that can accommodate groups of all sizes. The Meeting and Conference Center has state-of-the-art equipment, provided with all the assistance required to make that next meeting a success.
They also offer over 2,500 square feet of beautifully decorated dining and banquet space. The Party and Banquet Facility is the perfect location to hold that next event, retirement party, shower, or reception. The Party and Banquet Facility is perfect for large or small parties with ample space to enjoy catered food and a private bar.
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State, where there’s always an abundance of things to do and plenty of lush landscapes to explore.
Finger Lakes Racetrack is licenced by the Schenectady-based New York State Gaming Commission.
Major Horse Betting Events at the Venue
The stakes schedule at Finger Lakes Racetrack features 13 events headlined by the 50th running of the $150,000 New York Derby for top New York-bred three-year-olds and the New York Breeders’ Futurity for New York-bred two-year-olds with an estimated offering of $200,000.
Other key stakes races include the Lady Finger and Aspirant Stakes, both with estimated purses of $100,000. The stakes season begins with the $50,000 George W. Barker Stakes. Other key stakes races include the Niagara Stakes, Ontario County Stakes, New York Oaks, Jack Betta Be Rite Stakes, Genesee Valley Breeders’ Stakes, Arctic Queen Stakes, Leon Reed Memorial Stakes, and the Shesastonecoldfox Stakes.
In 2007, Funny Cide became the first-ever Kentucky Derby winner to race at Finger Lakes in the $100,000 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap. A crowd of more than 12,000 watched the champ charge from behind and pull away down the stretch in the final race of his career.
Bet Types Allowed
Types of wagers offered at Finger Lakes Racetrack include win (horse must finish first, place (horse must finish first or second), show (horse must finish first, second or third, daily double (wager on correctly selecting the winners of two consecutive races, Pick-3 (wager on correctly selecting the winners of three designated races), Pick-5 (wager on correctly selecting the winners of five designated races. If no one wins, the pool carries over to the next live racing day).
There’s also exacta (wager on two horses. They must come in first and second in the precise order predicted), exacta box (wager on two horses. They must come in first and second in any order), trifecta (wager on three horses. They must come in first, second, and third in the precise order predicted) and superfecta (wager on four horses. They must come in first, second, third, and fourth in the precise order predicted).
Bettors can also play trifecta and superfecta keys (wager on three horses. Pick one horse to win (the “key”), followed by the other two horses you pick, which must come in second or third in any order. Wagers can be placed on more than two horses in second and third – any two of those horses can finish in second or third for the bet to win) and trifecta and superfecta boxes (wager on three horses. They must finish first, second, and third in any order).
Finger Lakes Bonus Bets is an interactive wagering platform that allows betors to wager on thoroughbred racing both live and simulcast through the internet and telephone. Deposits and withdrawals can be made to a secure account when players register for an account. Plus, take advantage of great benefits such as a $50 when the first $100 is bet from a new account, live streaming and weekly rebates.
Mobile Betting App
Lucky North Online is the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack mobile app. It enables players to play popular slots, blackjack, video poker, trivia and bingo for free. New players are given 30,000 points in free play to get started. The app is downloadable for iOS and Android devices. Links to launch the download process for both systems are available on the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack web page.
The Lucky North Club is Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack’s player rewards program. It’s free to join. As players collect reward points, they become eligible for such VIP experiences as free meals and free play, valet parking and hotel stays.
Regular rotating promotional offers are updated consistently on the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack web page. They also offer regular handicapping contests for horse racing players.