Breakin the Fever narrowly held off a late challenge by Sundae on Sunday to win the recent $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track in Farmington.
The bay gelding completed the six furlong sprint for older New York-breds in a time of 1:10.46.
The $272,268 earner, owned and trained by Debra Breed, battled with Baime during the early stages of the eighth race before being allowed to clear that rival. He maintained his lead until Sundae on Sunday cut into the margin as they approached the wire. He held on to take the annual dash over his fast-closing competitor.
Breakin the Fever won the event the second consecutive year. He held off Bigshotinthenews in the same fashion in 2015.
Nazario Alvarado guided the 4-year-old to his second stakes triumph of the meet. Alvarado also directed him to victory in the $50,000 George Barker Stakes at FLGR in June.
Breakin the Fever registered his 13th victory in his 23rd career start and paid $3.20, $2.80 and $2.10. Sundae on Sunday ran second at odds of 16-1 and paid $8.10 and $3. Baime was third and returned $2.10.
The $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Stakes was formerly named the Wine Country Handicap, which was established in 1973. The named was changed in remembrance of the Finger Lakes employee who died Nov. 19, 2005.