The win went to Don’t Back Down, a bay gelding trained by Clyde Cranwell, associate professor and director of the college’s thoroughbred program, for a $9,000 purse.
The horse, purchased as a yearling, was broke and trained with students in Morrisville State College's thoroughbred racing program.
Don’t Back Down sprinted to the lead, increased his margin while never being challenged, then drew off in the stretch, according to the Finger Lakes Gaming Racetrack website.
It’s the college’s first win of the season at the track, located in Farmington.
A unique feature of the college’s thoroughbred program is a summer option where students can gain actual experience racing horses at the Finger Lakes Racetrack with Cranwell. The college has notched several wins there in the past. Their season typically begins in May.