Finger Lakes on the brink

Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby WaquoitNBroadBrush » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:03 am

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/fi ... ow-for-ny/

Racing at FL may have breathed its last, thanks to the new casino a half hour down the road. What does it mean for folks who don't care about FL racing? Well for NYRA bettors, how about standard four- or five-horse fields to wager on instead of the now-standard six or seven, as the NY breeding industry contracts?

"49% of all starters at the NYRA tracks are state-breds. A shuttered Finger Lakes would no doubt lead to fewer horses being bred in the state and that would reduce the available horse population at NYRA."

The story concludes by saying that all involved are waiting and hoping for the state gub'mint to come through with a miracle solution! Oh, boy!
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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby Quiet Chris » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:24 am

If horse racing needs slots to exist it should just die off. Why is horse racing entitled to slot money? It is insane. Perhaps Saratoga and a couple months at Belmont is all NY should have. Kill the slots and Aqueduct will die the death it deserves too. Sorry but NY horse racing just sponges off slots. Atleast with Gulfstream the owner owns it all. He competes with other casinos and is constantly making improvements to compete. Dumps like Fingerlakes and Aqueduct should be gone. The facilities are atrocious because they essentially are subsidized dumps that never improve in order to survive.
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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby Somnambulist » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:00 pm

If it's not profitable I don't know why there should be a miracle to save it, although I'm sure that's what will happen. It's just a band aid.

That sounds callous, and you have to be nervous about the effects but immediately and long term.
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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby Rick1323 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:47 pm

I have been going to FL since it opened, so it is my home track. During the week, it is a mainly simulcast product with maybe 50-100 people in the stands. It means close to 1,500 jobs including area farms, but the time has come to say goodbye......
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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby Insane Crazy » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:02 pm

FL is where we get our horses from at the rescue now that Suffolk is basically dead. It supports a lot of people -- most horsemen racing there are only racing there, and their livelihood hinges on state bred races and breeding. It breaks my heart, because it's not like there are billions to be made there, and every trainer I've talked to seemed to be in it because they didn't want to be doing anything else. It's a passion and a letdown.

Watching with interest, I guess. Most horses who race at FL are just wintering at the farm. They don't go anywhere else. What happens to the animals if FL shutters and trainees don't relocate? Oy...
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby WarBiscuit » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:36 pm

Sounds like they are trying to hook up another oxygen tank...

www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/article ... -discussed

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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby Insane Crazy » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:04 am

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... nger-lakes

Don't mind the local casino contributing money, though I find it interesting that they were totally on board.
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby PJMIII » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:32 am

Finger Lakes Racing Dates Could Plummet Under Proposal

The number of racing dates at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack could plummet by at least 15 percent under a proposal pushed by state officials to help the track cope with competition from a newly opened commercial casino just a half hour's drive from the Thoroughbred track.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... r-proposal
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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby Rick1323 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:18 am

PJMIII wrote:Finger Lakes Racing Dates Could Plummet Under Proposal

The number of racing dates at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack could plummet by at least 15 percent under a proposal pushed by state officials to help the track cope with competition from a newly opened commercial casino just a half hour's drive from the Thoroughbred track.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... r-proposal


Reduced days is probably worse than reduced purses. One of the few attractions is they race a lot of days in the same place. Easy to puts kids into a local school and build a life. When Ross Morton the long time track announce died, they had a ton of applicants before settling on Tony Calo. Trainers, jocks and other backside folks like being able to build a life without switching venues every few months. They really need to rethink this.......
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Re: Finger Lakes on the brink

Postby WarBiscuit » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:09 am

Temporary stay of execution...

www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/article ... track-open


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