By Gene Kershner
ARCADIA, Ca. -- Jeremiah Englehardt, local trainer from Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, N.Y. was the winning trainer in the first Breeders' Cup race of the day the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. His winning filly, Ria Antonia was placed first when She's A Tiger was disqualifed for bumping.
The 32-1 longshot finished second with Javier Castellano in the irons but was placed first by the stewards based on a majority ruling. When asked about his background he told the media corps that his roots are deep at the little track off of Interstate 90. "Obviously my mom and dad are both trainers at Finger Lakes. My mom's name doesn't get put out there, but she's the blood, sweat and tears behind my dad's operation," said the winning trainer.
He's the first Finger Lakes conditioner to saddle a Breeders' Cup winner. He has been training since 2003 and has a total of nine stakes wins including three in graded events. His father, Chris is the top trainer at Finger Lakes and his brother Jeffrey began training horses this year.
I reached Englehardt by text message this afternoon at the Great Race Place and asked him what the race meant to him and Finger Lakes. He responded via text, "Means I'll be there Monday morning to watch my horses, I have 36 to see."
It's just your basic, ordinary $1.2 million victory, I guess. Business as usual at the Finger on Monday.